Bucs defeat Texans in final preseason tune-up

Defending Super Bowl Champion Buccaneers show promise.



Tom Brady surveys his receivers to see who’s open in match against Texans.

Ethan Caswell, Staff Writer

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers played their last preseason game on Saturday, August 28th at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Bucs were victorious against the Texans, with a score of 23-16. Not only did it give a chance for the starters to play, but it also helped to determine who is making the active roster versus the practice squad.

The first drive in the game was uneventful, but in the second drive, quarterback Tom Brady was flawless connecting all seven passes in seven plays. Brady targeted Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Leonard Fournette and Antonio Brown twice. Bruce Arians decided quickly in the second quarter that he had seen enough to know his first team was healthy and was ready to face the regular season, and pulled them out. After that, it was just a matter of decisions regarding cuts.

One thing that was notable was that our run-defense was terrible. The Texans were able to get 62 rush yards against our defense on its second drive of the game. They had an 18-play drive but thankfully, no points scored because they went on 4th down and failed. It definitely showed that the Bucs have some work to do in rushing defense.

Someone to watch is Dee Delaney, our back back-up cornerback. Delaney notched two interceptions, including one in the last drive of the game when the Texans were down by a touchdown. Another one to watch is Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, a rookie edge rusher out of Washington. Also, rookie wide receiver Joe Darden looks like he may be the starter for the kickoff and punt return spot.

It was tough for Bruce Arians to cut some people and put them on the practice squad, but Arians said that there is a time that maybe if a player is injured, that they may be able to recall someone from the practice squad. “We leaned on our practice squads heavily last year,” said Coach Arians.  After six years on the Bucs active roster, quarterback Ryan Griffin was released and placed on the practice squad. Others placed on the practice squad included Cyril Grayson, Jonathon Hubbard, Travis Jonsen, Codey McElroy, Herb Miller, Benning Potoa’e, Kobe Smith, Brandon Walton, and Deon Yelder.

As the winner of last year’s Super Bowl, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will start off the season on Thursday, September 9th. The season opener game will be at home at Raymond James Stadium against the Dallas Cowboys.  The game starts at 8:00 pm and will be nationally televised on NBC.