The Tampa Bay Buccaneers played Washington in their final 2016 preseason performance. The game had been moved to Wednesday night to stay ahead of tropical storm Hermine, but the heavens opened up and drenched everyone on the field — and the very few fans who were brave enough to actually show up for the game.
That did not make for very good football at any point, nor for a very interesting game. Nor will this game have decided really anything at the bottom of the roster — almost all of the decisions would have been made before the players took the field, and no player really stood out anyway.
Still, we could discern a few winners and losers from yesterday’s game. So let’s get to them.
WR Bernard Reedy
Getting almost all of the first-half returns means he’s probably made the roster as a return specialist, and adding three catches for 19 yards and a touchdown is a bit of icing on the cake.
P Bryan Anger
Eight punts and a gross average of 47.6 yards on those punts, with a net average of 45 yards per punt. Those are some good numbers in heavy rain.
K Roberto Aguayo
Made another three field goals, including a 50-yarder, extending his perfect streak to ten in a row. Add in two touchbacks on three kickoffs, and the one returned kickoff was stopped well short of the 25-yard line (that might have been an intentional short kick), and he had a pretty good day.
C Joe Hawley
Held out with the starters, it seems the center has beaten out Evan Smith for the starting job.
CB Johnthan Banks
Made another couple of plays, as he’s been doing most of this preseason, and may have secured his roster spot. Dirk Koetter praised him after the game, so that’s a good sign for a cornerback who does not appear to be well-liked by the defensive coaching staff.
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
The former second-round pick played nearly the entire game, which is just really weird. Dirk Koetter said after the game that Seferian-Jenkins’ roster spot wasn’t in danger, but that they just “wanted to get him some more reps.” His heavy workload almost seemed punitive, though partly explained by Kivon Cartwright apparently leaving with injury early on. With starting tight ends Luke Stocker and Cameron Brate held out, Seferian-Jenkins is still well down the pecking order at tight end, and t hat’s not good.
WR Kenny Bell
One catch for 13 yards, no return work — he’s gone.
QB Mike Glennon
One completion for -1 yard on five attempts, and another spontaneous dropping of the ball while trying to throw it. Not a good night for someone who’s supposed to be a hot trade commodity.
That’s how many the Bucs will cut between now and Saturday, and today’s game is unlikely to have changed much for any of them. The vast majority of the players who were on the field in the fourth quarter will not be appearing in any games for the Bucs.