Where there are standouts, there are also disappointments. While the Bucs' starters all looked good, as soon as they got into their second and third-stringers players started to disappoint and underperform.
T James Lee:
Chief among those disappointments was James Lee, who ended last season as the starting right tackle. While he looked pretty decent last season, especially as a pass blocker, he looked particularly poor against the Chiefs. He was beaten regularly and added two holding penalties to his poor day. While the battle for the starting right tackle spot between Jeremy Trueblood and James Lee was supposed to be a competition, it looks more like a foregone conclusion. Unless Lee improves dramatically during the next three games against better opposition, he will stay on the bench for the rest of the season.
RB Allen Bradford:
Allen Bradford got more carries than any other running backs but did nothing with them, gathering just 10 yards for 1.3 yards per carry. Bradford calls himself a monster, but he looked more like a mouse against the Chiefs. He wasn't featured in the passing game either, which will hurt his chances of making the team. He is firmly behind Legarrette Blount, Kregg Lumpkin and Earnest Graham on the depth chart right now, and based on yesterday's performance I would give Armando Allen the nod over Bradford as well.
WR Preston Parker:
Two targets, no catches, including one really ugly drop. While Parker looked good as a punt returner, Parker failed to produce anything as a receiver. He will have to do better than this if he is to make the team. In this game he looked like a return specialist only.
WR Micheal Spurlock:
While he did catch a touchdown against the third-stringers, Spurlock conspicuously failed to get any separation on two occasions earlier in the game. He is clearly behind Williams, Benn, Briscoe and Stroughter on the receiving depth chart, and may fall even further if Ed Gant starts to produce. The fact that the Bucs were trying out Parker exclusively as the return man may be an omen for Spurlock's future with the team.
T Demar Dotson:
Dotson is supposed to be a hugely talented offensive linemen, but has failed to show that so far. He did not look particularly solid yesterday while playing against third-stringers, and added a False Start penalty and an Illegal Block above the Waist (declined). Dotson is going into his third year and cannot keep relying on his talent - it needs to turn into production soon.