Page says personal foul penalty "looked a lot worse than it was"
Buccaneers receiver Eric Page came through with a 52-yard punt return in Monday night's game against the Dolphins, the longest by the team in four seasons.
But Page also received a lot of attention for his personal foul penalty late in the fourth quarter, when he hit a Dolphins gunner after a punt bounced out of bounds.
Page said the penalty "looked worse than it was." Once the ball bounced past him, he thought it'd stay in bounds, and he tried to block the Dolphins player so that he wouldn't down it deep inside Bucs territory. But the ball bounced out of bounds at the 22-yard line, the Dolphins player stopped running and Page hit him, drawing the 15-yard penalty, and a talk from coach Greg Schiano.
"I've got to be smarter than that," Page said. "We're at crunch time in the game, and I've got to go and just be smart and let the ball go out and let it play out.
"I think it just looked a lot worse than it was because the guy stopped running. If he continued to run, he can shield his way off. But he stopped when the ball bounced. He stopped and I kept going, I thought the ball was going to be in bounds, so it made it a little bit worse. It's a hard call."