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Buccaneers Game Grades: Which players stood out in the final preseason game?

Pro Football Focus has put out their grades for the final week of the preseason. How did players on the roster bubble fare in their final effort to make the team?

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have already begun to release and waive players to reach the 53-man roster limit enforced on Saturday. They'll consider a player's body of work when deciding whether to keep him or not, and that includes Thursday night's loss to Washington.

Pro Football Focus has chimed in with their thoughts on how the Buccaneers backups performed in their final audition. Here are some of the highlights.

The Offense

If Jeff Demps was on the roster bubble, his performance on Thursday night did not help his cause. The running back earned the lowest grade on offense with a -3.7, mainly losing points as a runner. He wasn't very effective, and did fumble the ball, which work against him in his effort to show he can provide solid depth at the position.

Josh Allen and Jamon Meredith also struggled, with the former allowing tow sacks, a hit and a hurry according to PFF. The latter didn't perform well as a run blocker, earning a -2.9 grade in only 18 snaps.

Kevin Pamphile and Rishaw Johnson, on the other hand, had the best grades on offense, with Pamphile keeping a clean sheet as a pass protector and Johnson doing well in the run game.

The Defense

Gerald McCoy didn't play on Thursday night, but the Bucs still got dominant performances from their defensive tackles. Matthew Masifilo posted a McCoy-esque 4.5 grade, playing well against the run and pass. Akeem Spence turned in a solid night of work as well, especially against the run.

Keith Tandy stood out on tape against the run, and his PFF grade confirmed his activity in stopping Washington rushers. He did struggle in pass defense, however, and is still likely on the roster bubble.

Ka'Lial Glaud, who has already reportedly been released, earned the lowest grade on defense. Steven Means and the already released Kip Edwards also posted low grades for the defense.