Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Bucs roundtable: Worst news coming out of the win over the Giants

The worst news for the Bucs coming out of their 25-23 victory over the Giants was …

WHERE'S THE PASS RUSH?

Tom Jones, @tomwjones: Opposing quarterbacks have had 127 dropbacks in three games against the Bucs. The Bucs have exactly one sack. They went sackless in Minnesota against Case Keenum and again on Sunday against Eli Manning. This season will implode without a pass rush.

WHERE'S DESEAN JACKSON?

Rick Stroud, @NFLStroud: Dirk Koetter must find a way to get DeSean Jackson more involved. Koetter says Jackson has a good reason "to be frustrated."

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE TAKEAWAYS?

Greg Auman, @gregauman: Because the Bucs won, these are mere blemishes, but Tampa Bay's defense went without a sack or a takeaway for the second game in a row. They forced takeaways on their first three possessions of 2017 — they have none in 30 possessions since. Eventually, the Bucs need both sides of the ball to play together at a high level.

THE DEFENSE MAY BE EXHAUSTED

Thomas Bassinger, @tometrics: The defense was on the field for almost 80 snaps. And now Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots, who operate one of the fastest offenses in the NFL, come to town. In three days. Can you study game film while lying in a hyperbaric chamber?

THE SECONDARY IS VULNERABLE

Ernest Hooper, @hoop4you: The secondary remains vulnerable. Yes, it needs the aid of a better pass rush, but without that, the cornerbacks continue to give huge cushions to receivers, allowing for quick passes. And no one is better at quick passing than the Patriots. The fact it didn't give up more than 288 passing yards (which is a lot) to Eli Manning can be attributed to CB Brent Grimes, whose absence against Minnesota helped the Vikings enjoy a field day. Put that guy in bubble wrap and make sure he's ready on Thursday.

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