Monday, October 15, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs-Dolphins: Rick Stroud’s third-quarter thoughts

MIAMI — Some quick thoughts on the third quarter of the Bucs' preseason opener against the Dolphins, after which they led, 23-16:

*QB Ryan Griffin is Mr. August. He's never played in a regular-season game, but it's not for a lack of showing up in the preseason.

Griffin got his chance in the third quarter, throwing a 10-yard touchdown pass to Alan Cross.

*Speaking of Cross, he's always a longshot to make the team with tight ends like Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard and Anthony Auclair. But darned if he doesn't make plays when called upon.

*The Bucs need to develop some depth at safety. Rookie Jordan Whitehead appears to be going to play the whole second half. He and Isaiah Johnson did some work but gave up some deep balls in the third quarter.

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If DeSean Jackson scored on the final play, would it have counted?

If DeSean Jackson scored on the final play, would it have counted?

ATLANTA —It was a scintillating play, one that appeared to nearly work.But the Bucs last-gasp attempt to score from the 21 yard line as time expired in Sunday's 34-29 loss to Atlanta would not have counted even if receiver DeSean Jackson fielde...
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Mike Evans’ pitch to DeSean Jackson on final play was bad, but his toss to the ref cost Bucs more

Mike Evans’ pitch to DeSean Jackson on final play was bad, but his toss to the ref cost Bucs more

The worst throw Mike Evans made in Sunday's last-gasp drive at Atlanta may not have been to receiver DeSean Jackson on the final play.Evans actually made a catch of a pass with 45 seconds remaining in the game at the Falcons' 41-yard line. But he tur...
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Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Defense puts Bucs in another hole in loss to Falcons

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Defense puts Bucs in another hole in loss to Falcons

The Bucs lose in Atlanta 34-29 as the defense gets off to another bad start. Jameis Winston brings them back in his first start of the season, but they lose on a crazy play that was very close to working.Rick Stroud and Times sports columnist Tom Jon...
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Bucs-Falcons: Thrilling to the end, Jameis Winston’s return ends on a down note for Tampa Bay

Bucs-Falcons: Thrilling to the end, Jameis Winston’s return ends on a down note for Tampa Bay

ATLANTA — The last play of Sunday's 34-29 Bucs loss to the Falcons was a lot like the way Jameis Winston plays quarterback.It's a wild amusement park ride, adventurous and alluring, with thrilling peaks and painful pitfalls, the Mad Tea Pa...
Published: 10/14/18
DeSean Jackson bemoans missed opportunities in Bucs’ loss

DeSean Jackson bemoans missed opportunities in Bucs’ loss

ATLANTA — DeSean Jackson wasn’t looking forward to the film review of Tampa Bay’s third straight loss. He already knew the missed scoring opportunities would be the most painful part of the Buccaneers’ 34-29 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Too...
Published: 10/14/18
Why the Bucs never had a chance

Why the Bucs never had a chance

ATLANTA — You can watch every tantalizing frame of the final play of the game over and over again until make yourself sick at how close the Bucs came to pulling off a miracle.You can curse kicker Chandler Catanzaro for missing an extra-point th...
Published: 10/14/18
Bucs-Falcons: Grading Tampa Bay’s 34-29 loss at Atlanta

Bucs-Falcons: Grading Tampa Bay’s 34-29 loss at Atlanta

ATLANTA — Well ain't that a kick in the head?Not just the Bucs loss, although Tampa Bay fans are probably feeling mighty queasy right now. It's how the Bucs ended up losing. Two big kicks — one made and one missed — turned out to ha...
Published: 10/14/18
Bucs-Falcons journal: Game a tale of two halves for Tampa Bay defense

Bucs-Falcons journal: Game a tale of two halves for Tampa Bay defense

ATLANTA —  It was the tale of two halves for the Bucs defense, which needs to put down the shovels because it keeps digging first-half holes for the offense.Against the Steelers, they trailed 30-7 at halftime. Against the Bears, it was 38-...
Published: 10/14/18
Bucs-Falcons roundtable: William Gholston’s penalty was Tampa Bay’s most costly play

Bucs-Falcons roundtable: William Gholston’s penalty was Tampa Bay’s most costly play

There were plenty of costly Bucs mistakes in the first half in Atlanta today:*Chandler Catanzaro's missed point-after kick.*Jameis Winston's interception on a deep throw to DeSean Jackson.*And on defense, where do we start? Here's the Times' Bucs cov...
Published: 10/14/18
Bucs-Falcons: A by-the-numbers look at Tampa Bay’s 34-29 loss

Bucs-Falcons: A by-the-numbers look at Tampa Bay’s 34-29 loss

Here's a by-the-numbers look at the Bucs' 34-29 loss to the Falcons on Sunday:-66The Bucs' point margin in the first half of their past three games.4Games this season in which the Bucs have allowed a quarterback to pass for at least 300 yards and com...
Published: 10/14/18