Bucs rattle Miami QBs, top Dolphins
MIAMI (AP) -- Tampa Bay swarmed Miami's struggling quarterbacks, and Michael Bennett had 68 yards rushing and a touchdown to lead the Buccaneers to a 17-6 win over the Dolphins on Saturday night in the preseason opener for both teams.
"We just have to get used to game speed, game tackling and just get honed in," Tampa Bay linebacker Barrett Ruud said. "I think we did a pretty good job. Everybody was hustling. We have a couple of big hits out there but all around we are just trying to get a feel for the game again."
Tampa Bay entered the preseason with a firmer quarterback rotation.
Starter Jeff Garcia, out with a strained right calf, didn't make the trip to Miami. His four backups - Luke McCown, Brian Griese, Chris Simms and Josh Johnson - used the time to feature their talents for the other 31 NFL teams that might be interested should they be cut or traded.
Griese led the Buccaneers on a 19-play, 78-yard drive that ended with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Brian Clark as the first half expired. The score gave Tampa Bay a 7-3 lead.
(Pictured - Chris Denman (74) and Michael Bennett (29) celebrate Bennett's fourth-quarter touchdown. Times photo - Brendan Fitterer. Click to enlarge.)