Tonight: Greg Auman live-blogs ... Bucs lose 30-12 to Redskins
Will rookie quarterback Mike Glennon, left, put a smile or a frown on head coach Greg Schiano's face when he makes his first NFL start tonight? We know Josh Freeman won't play, but what about the other starters? Who will win the competitions at left guard and kicker?
Tonight's preseason finale between the Bucs and Redskins is blacked out in the Tampa Bay area, so join the conversation here as the Times' Greg Auman blogs live from Raymond James Stadium, starting at 7:30 p.m.
7 p.m.: Half-hour before kickoff, the skies have cleared nicely here -- fans may have gotten rain driving to the game, but it looks promising for dry weather for the preseason finale ...
Pregame: Here's a crowd shot from just before kickoff -- crowd looks like what you'd expect for a final preseason game. ...
FIRST QUARTER: Not the start you wanted -- on a third-and-6, Washington's Pat White throws a short pass to ex-Bucs receiver Dezmon Briscoe, who breaks free for a 66-yard gain to the 4-yard line. Rookie Johnthan Banks missed the initial tackle, and Briscoe made safety Sean Baker miss to reach the open field. Washington scored on a 1-yard Evan Royster run for a 7-0 lead, 13:11 left in the first.
Tampa Bay looked to have a huge kickoff return -- Eric Page taking it all the way to the Redskins' 3-yard line -- but it was brought back on a holding penalty by rookie running back Mike James. If you're a seventh-round pick, this is a bad week to do that.
Rough opening drive for Bucs rookie Mike Glennon, who goes 0-for-4, the only first down coming on a roughing-the-passer flag on what looked to be an incompletion on third down. James had a drop, then later had a 10-yard run, but it came on 2nd and 15 ...
The one thing every coach says this weekend is wanting to avoid injuries, which is why it's bad, bad news that Bucs tight end Tom Crabtree went down with a lower leg injury and had to be carted off the field. Don't know the severity of the injury, but didn't look good initially. Bucs went three-and-out after Mike James rushed three times for 8 yards...
Bucs defense isn't making stops -- Evan Royster broke off a 36-yard run, FSU's Chris Thompson went for 16, but the Redskins stalled in the red zone, settling for a Kai Forbath 37-yard field goal. Washington up 10-0, 1:09 left in the first.
The good news? The first quarter is over. Chris Thompson took a Chaz Henry punt 69 yards for a touchdown, weaving through Bucs players down the Redskins sideline for a 17-0 lead as the quarter ends.
SECOND QUARTER: More of the same from Mike Glennon, who completes a 3-yard pass to Tiquan Underwood, but one-hops his throw on third and 4 ... Glennon is now 2-for-9 for 5 yards and the Bucs have three straight three-and-outs, with their only first down in four drives coming on a Redskins penalty. Still 17-0, 13:16 left in the second.
Here's something good for the Bucs -- Najee Goode, as in the linebacker intercepting a point-blank Pat White pass and returning it 39 yards for a touchdown. The two were West Virginia teammates in 2008. Derek Dimke misses the extra point -- that doesn't help his case -- so it's just 17-6 Redskins up, 12:20 left in the second.
Things are getting worse for Glennon, who lost a fumble on a pump fake -- much like Josh Freeman last week -- and saw the Redskins recover at the Bucs' 47. Again, the Bucs step up with a red-zone stop, so it's just 20-6 Redskins with 5:26 left in the second.
No, things are worse for Glennon, who hasn't completed a pass longer than 5 yards and was intercepted on third down by his N.C. State teammate, David Amerson, who returned the pick to the Bucs' 9-yard line. Glennon is now 4-for-12 for 13 yards with two turnovers.
Redskins QB Pat White knows Raymond James from his West Virginia days, and he's looking like his old self, scrambling for a 7-yard touchdown just before the half that puts the Redskins up 27-6 with 1:09 to play.
THIRD QUARTER: Mike Glennon looks much better, leading the Bucs on a 65-yard scoring drive, albeit one that ended in the red zone for a 30-yard Derek Dimke field goal. Defensive back Mason Robinson is getting work at running back -- which he played for Schiano in college at one point -- and receiver Jordan Norwood, a midweek pickup for the Bucs, had a nice catch on the drive. 27-9 Redskins now.
Dan Orlovsky now in at QB late in the third quarter -- final numbers for Glennon are 7-for-16 for 63 yards, one fumble, one interception. Bucs still down 27-9, 3:25 left in third.
Pat White's still in the game for Washington, and he's still moving the ball. Another field goal makes it 30-9, 1:07 left in third.
FOURTH QUARTER: Kicker battle! Rian Lindell made an emphatic case for himself with a 50-yard field goal. The Redskins now lead 30-12, and we're hoping to see Mason Robinson attempt a kick.
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