The Bucs again struggled on offense, despite winning the game. The first-team offense put up 10 points, but they were tough 10 pointsthat did not come easy. It wasn't nearly as ugly as the game against the Patriots, but a couple of Buccaneers stood out in a negative sense.
G Ted Larsen
Ted Larsen looked very good against the Kansas City Chiefs, but looked really rough against the New England Patriots. He continued to look poor against the Miami Dolphins. He got beat several times and failed to provide any push in the run game. In fact, the entire offensive line looked poor in the run game, although
To make matters worse, he was replaced by Jeremy Zuttah at left guard midway through the first half. It's not clear whether this was due to injury or because Zuttah is actually beating out Larsen right now, but it's certainly a disappointment.
UPDATE: According to Stephen Holder, Ted Larsen tweaked his ankle, explaining why he was replaced by Jeremy Zuttah.
T Jeremy Trueblood
Trueblood looked good in the first two preseason games, but he had to face a good edge rusher in Cameron Wake this weak - and he had no chance. Wake was just running circles around Trueblood and forced Freeman to hurry his throws or scramble several times. Trueblood has certainly played better than last season, but Wake is a complete mismatch for the slow-footed right tackle.
WR Dezmon Briscoe
Briscoe has gotten a lot of positive buzz this preseason, but after doing well in the first game he has disappeared these past two games. He had just two targets and one catch against the Patriots, but it was even worse this week: no targets, no catches. He was not a part of the offense at any point, and it seems reports of his pushing for a second receiver spot were much exaggerated.
T James Lee
James Lee continues to look horrible, and he may be in danger of losing his roster spot if he continues to play like this.Lee was called for four penalties, and again struggled to block anyone. Meanwhile, Demar Dotson is pushing him for the backup right tackle job, although the Bucs lack a competent backup left tackle which may keep Lee on the roster.
QB Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman continued to look a little off against the Dolphins. He didn't look particularly bad, but he missed a couple of wide open receivers on easy throws, and failed to show the form he showed last season. Until the two-minute warning at least, when he started to look sharper and did get the Bucs downfield quickly. Still, Freeman has not looked as sharp as he did yesterday. I feel like this is just a case of being a little rusty, and hopefully this problem is limited to the preseason only.