RICK STROUD’S THIRD-QUARTER TAKES

— 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.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard (80) congratulates running back Peyton Barber (25), after Barber scored a touchdown during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard (80) congratulates running back Peyton Barber (25), after Barber scored a touchdown during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Miami Dolphins running back Kalen Ballage jumps as he fumbles against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith (29) and safety Chris Conte (23) during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS)
Miami Dolphins running back Kalen Ballage jumps as he fumbles against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith (29) and safety Chris Conte (23) during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) congratulates running back Peyton Barber (25) after Barber scored a touchdown during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) congratulates running back Peyton Barber (25) after Barber scored a touchdown during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jakeem Grant (19) can't quite reach a pass against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith during the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS)
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jakeem Grant (19) can't quite reach a pass against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith during the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Jason Reese (81) attempts to hold on to the ball under pressure from Miami Dolphins defensive back Jordan Lucas (23) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Jason Reese (81) attempts to hold on to the ball under pressure from Miami Dolphins defensive back Jordan Lucas (23) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Gesicki, top, can't bring in a pass against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith (29) and safety Chris Conte (23) during first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS)
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Gesicki, top, can't bring in a pass against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith (29) and safety Chris Conte (23) during first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS)
Miami Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker (55) grabs Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Miami Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker (55) grabs Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Miami Dolphins defensive back Jordan Lucas (23) recovers a fumble by Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Justin Watson (17) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Miami Dolphins defensive back Jordan Lucas (23) recovers a fumble by Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Justin Watson (17) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Chris Conte (23) attempts to tackle Miami Dolphins running back Kalen Ballage (33) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Chris Conte (23) attempts to tackle Miami Dolphins running back Kalen Ballage (33) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Miami Dolphins running back Senorise Perry (34) runs for a touchdown during the first half of the team's NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Miami Dolphins running back Senorise Perry (34) runs for a touchdown during the first half of the team's NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) looks to throw during the first half of the team's NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) looks to throw during the first half of the team's NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Miami Dolphins running back Kalen Ballage jumps as he fumbles against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith (29) during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS)
Miami Dolphins running back Kalen Ballage jumps as he fumbles against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith (29) during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) hands the ball to running back Ronald Jones II during the first half of the team's NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) hands the ball to running back Ronald Jones II during the first half of the team's NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (27) avoids a tackle by Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Vincent Taylor (96), to score a touchdown during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (27) avoids a tackle by Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Vincent Taylor (96), to score a touchdown during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerbacks M.J. Stewart (36) and Ryan Smith (29) attempt to tackle Miami Dolphins running back Senorise Perry (34) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerbacks M.J. Stewart (36) and Ryan Smith (29) attempt to tackle Miami Dolphins running back Senorise Perry (34) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Bernard Reedy (18) congratulates Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Alan Cross (45) after Cross scored a touchdown during the second half of the team's NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Bernard Reedy (18) congratulates Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Alan Cross (45) after Cross scored a touchdown during the second half of the team's NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) looks to throw a pass during the first half of the tema's NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. At right is Buccaneers offensive tackle Donovan Smith. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) looks to throw a pass during the first half of the tema's NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. At right is Buccaneers offensive tackle Donovan Smith. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (27) avoids a tackle by Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Vincent Taylor (96), to score a touchdown during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) HRS108
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (27) avoids a tackle by Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Vincent Taylor (96), to score a touchdown during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) HRS108
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter reacts to a play during the second half of the team's NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter reacts to a play during the second half of the team's NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Anthony Moten (43) attempts to tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Charles Sims (34) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Anthony Moten (43) attempts to tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Charles Sims (34) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)