The preseason has closed out. Cuts and transactions are underway. To close out preseason the Buccaneers defeated the Texans 23-16 and showed some promise amongst it, youngest players. Here are three stat lines to get you pumped for this season and beyond.
After a good outing in preseason week one, and a less than desirable outcome in week two, Kyle Trask showed what he can do. Going 12/14 for 154 yards and a touchdown gave the staff what they needed to see moving forward. Trask was judicious in his reads and looked calm in the pocket. Almost “Brady like”.
On a first and ten on the Houston 46 Trask drops back, pump fakes, makes a second and third read, spins and rolls out to his left, and hits a wide receiver that he throws open. It was beautiful. The only knock that comes to mind was the botched handoff that resulted in a turnover. Luckily those go away with time.
Rolling With Ronald
Ronald Jones II has a good showing with four carries for 27 yards and a touchdown. That’s an average of 6.8 yards a carry. On the touchdown run, he used his elusiveness to sell the run to the left and quickly planted his feet, changed directions, and easily ran it in. He fooled the entire defense.
Furthermore, if you take away his longest run of 13 yards his averages still look good. It would take the stat line to 4.6 yards a carry. Add in Leonard Fournette and this run game will remain potent.
Defense Defense Defense
Joe Tryon-Shoyinka keeps looking like a steal at 32nd overall. He amassed five total tackles, three of them solo. One sack, one tackle for loss, and two quarterback hits. If this trend continues the staff will be working overtime to get him on the field more.
Additionally, rookie fifth-round pick K. J. Britt was very active. Subsequently, leading the team in tackles with eight, five of them coming solo.
The preseason is over. Now, the games become more complex, teams will make changes and get stronger. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to work to get back to the playoffs. No team is given an assured spot. But this team looks complete and ready to perform.
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