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Live blog: Bucs return missed field goal 109 yards for TD but fall to Lions, 33-30

Follow along as we chronicle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' third preseason game through tweets, photos, video and more.
 
Adam Humphries returns a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Adam Humphries returns a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published Aug. 24, 2018|Updated Aug. 25, 2018

Fourth quarter

Tracy Walker intercepts Austin Allen to end the game.

Allen misses Bernard Reedy deep. Seven seconds left.

Austin Allen overthrows Bobo Wilson. 13 seconds remain.

Rudock hits Marcus Lucas for a go-ahead touchdown. Lions lead 33-30 with 30 seconds left.

Lions drive to Bucs 20 with less than 2 minutes remaining.

Brandon Powell returns a punt 80 yards for a touchdown as Lions trim Bucs lead to 30-26 with 4:53 remaining. Two-point conversion pass is incomplete.

Austin Allen takes over at QB for the Bucs.

Jake Rudock in at quarterback for the Lions.

Shaun Wilson comes up a yard short of the sticks on a third-down reception, and the Bucs are forced to settle for a 42-yard Chandler Catanzaro field goal. Bucs 30, Lions 20 with 7:13 remaining.

Shaun Wilson returns the ensuing kickoff 38 yards.

Matt Cassel connects with Bradley Marquez over the middle for a touchdown, as the Lions cut the Bucs lead to 27-20 with 11:34 remaining.

Third quarter

Detroit hits upright on 50-yard field goal attempt, but Bucs penalized for illegal formation. Lions go for it on 4th-and-1, and LeGarrette Blount picks up the first down on a second effort after nearly being tackled in the backfield.

Theo Riddick bursts through the middle of the Bucs defense for a 10-yard touchdown run. Bucs 27, Lions 13.

After a nice run by Ameer Abdullah, Cassel overthrows an open TJ Jones in the end zone.

Matt Cassel replaces Matthew Stafford under center for the Lions.

Freddie Martino makes up for earlier drop by pulling in a 19-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Griffin. Bucs 27, Lions 6.

Justin Watson draws pass interference penalty on pass down right sideline to Detroit 28.

Ryan Griffin replaces Jameis Winston at quarterback.

Second quarter

Wow! Matt Prater misses a 62-yard field goal attempt, and Adam Humphries zig-zags his way 109 yards with the return for a Bucs touchdown. Bucs 20, Lions 6.

Gerald McCoy sacks Stafford, leaving just 7 seconds left on the clock.

Stafford with a nice sidearm pass to Riddick.

Lavonte David called for a 15-yard facemask penalty while tackling Theo Riddick.

Freddie Martino drops what would have been a first down-catch near midfield.

Winston scrambles up the middle for 6 yards on, then throws incomplete, bringing up 3rd-and-14.

Offensive pass interference call nullifies what would have been a long gain by tight end O.J. Howard.

Will Gholston sacks Stafford, forcing the Lions to punt.

Winston hits Chris Godwin with a back shoulder throw for a 10-yard touchdown. Chandler Catanzaro misses the extra-point try, and the Bucs lead the Lions, 13-6.

Winston scrambles for 6 yards and a first down on 4th-and-inches from the Detroit 20.

Mike Evans, shaken up earlier after taking a hit to the back, will not return to the game.

After a nice blitz pickup, Winston connects with Jackson for 19 yards to the Lions 30.

Winston throws deep for DeSean Jackson but throws well over his head.

Jameis Winston enters the game for the Bucs.

Prater converts from 26 yards. Bucs 7, Lions 6.

Stafford overthrows Golladay in the back of the end zone on 3rd down.

The Lions survive a replay review of a possible fumble by Levine Toilolo and maintain possession inside the Bucs' 10.

Stafford spins away from pressure, then throws deep for TJ Jones. Jordan Whitehead flagged for interference, resulting in a 53-yard pickup to the Bucs 19.

Stafford finds Hakeem Valles for 14 yards and a first down on 3rd-and-9.

First quarter

Josh Robinson downs Anger’s punt at the Detroit 2-yard line.

Fitzpatrick throws out of bounds on 3rd-and-24, bringing out out punter Bryan Anger.

Mike Evans called for pass interference, nullifying a catch deep in Detroit territory. Evans is down on the play.

Sylvester Williams sacks Fitzpatrick.

Ryan Fitzpatrick hits Ryan Jones down the sideline for 37 yards.

Wide receiver Sergio Bailey sustained an ankle injury during pregame warmups and will not play tonight.

Vernon Hargreaves breaks up a pass intended for Golden Tate in the end zone on 3rd-and-goal, and the Lions have to settle for a 24-yard Matt Prater field goal. Bucs 7, Lions 3.

A miscommunication in the Bucs secondary leaves Kenny Golladay wide open, and Matthew Stafford hits him for a long gain to the to the Bucs 6.

The Bucs drive 66 yards on the opening kickoff and score on a 14-yard Peyton Barber run. Barber carried 5 times for 34 yards on the drive. Bucs 7, Lions 0

Bucs best plays are often made up on the fly

Jameis Winston looks for a receiver as he scrambles in the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. [AP Photo/Mark Zaleski]
Jameis Winston looks for a receiver as he scrambles in the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. [AP Photo/Mark Zaleski]

TAMPA — For all the different formations, runs and pass routes in the playbook, the Bucs' most successful play can’t be found there.

"We joke about it, "What's your No. 1 play in the offense?'' coach Dirk Koetter said. "It's scramble.

"At the end of last year, what we determined to be a scramble play was between 90 and 100 plays.''

Considering there are typically between 55-65 plays per game, that’s pretty significant. What’s more, the ability by quarterback Jameis Winston to extend plays outside the pocket and produce positive yardage is one of his biggest assets.

Read Rick Stroud’s full story here.

Weather an unwelcome guest

Pregame preparation

Easy route to NFL runs through Bucs' practice squad

Bucs tight end Cameron Brate (84) runs during a drill earlier this month at One Buc Place. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
Bucs tight end Cameron Brate (84) runs during a drill earlier this month at One Buc Place. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]

If you’re a player cut from an NFL roster and looking to land on a practice squad in a couple of weeks, Tampa Bay may be the best destination for you.

In the last three years, the Bucs have signed a player to their 53-man roster from their practice squad 41 times. Eleven players were called up twice. In fact, 14 players that have been promoted are still on the active roster.

That list includes key contributors such as tight end Cameron Brate, receiver Adam Humphries, running back Peyton Barber and tight end Alan Cross.

The Bucs have some tough decisions to make in the next two weeks. They are loaded with talent at receiver and linebacker and have good competition at running back.

Read Rick Stroud’s full story here.

Could DeSean Jackson be the 1 to turn around the Bucs?

Bucs wide receiver DeSean Jackson (1) walks off the field during training camp Wednesday at One Buc Place. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
Bucs wide receiver DeSean Jackson (1) walks off the field during training camp Wednesday at One Buc Place. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]

TAMPA — DeSean Jackson has a confession. He had spent so much time being 1 of 1, as his tattooed neck and practice jersey numerically confirms, that he found it hard to take a secondary role with the Bucs last season.

Because he had been the star receiver on every team he had ever played, from Long Beach Polytechnic High School to Cal-Berkeley, to the Eagles and the Redskins, being the second option behind the Bucs' Mike Evans last season was an adjustment.

"You get so comfortable and used to it being a certain way, and then you have to come in and adjust to something totally different,'' Jackson said. "I had a little tough time with that, always being the guy where I was at in the past from Philly to Washington and then to come in here and having Mike and just trying to figure out my role, what it was.

"At the end of the day, I’ve played with other good receivers. It’s not the first time playing with a good receiver. But just feeling like I was coming to a team where he was already established and this was kind of like his team.''

Read Rick Stroud’s full story here.

Things to watch (and not watch) in tonight’s game

Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) warms up before the game against the Miami Dolphins earlier this month at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) warms up before the game against the Miami Dolphins earlier this month at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]

Before there was Jurevicius over the middle, before there was Ronde shutting down the Vet, before there was “Tiger Pittman,” there was Washington 40, Tampa Bay 10.

Don't remember Washington 40, Tampa Bay 10?

That was the score of the Bucs' third preseason game in 2002, the so-called dress rehearsal. Tampa Bay, of course, went on to win the Super Bowl. Washington finished 7-9.

The third game of the preseason is supposed to be the one that tells us the most. The starters, at least the healthy ones, play a full half and sometimes into the third quarter.

But it can also be misleading. It’s about the process, not the results.

With that it mind, here are the things I’ll be watching (and not watching) Friday when the Bucs host the Lions in Tampa.

Read Thomas Bassinger’s full story here.