The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play their fourth and final preseason game of 2017 tonight, when they face Washington in Tampa.
The fourth preseason game is generally the least relevant one: almost all roster spots have been decided at that point, and almost no starters will even take the field. It's a minor opportunity for some at the bottom of the roster to show their stuff and earn a roster spot, though mostly they'll have to do that on special teams—that's the primary way bottom-of-the-roster guys get on a regular season roster.
Tonight will be no different: Dirk Koetter has already said the Bucs won't be suiting up their starters, which means Ryan Fitzpatrick will get by far the most playing time at quarterback today, what with Ryan Griffin still being injured.
One upside: these preseason games always have some explosive plays and highlights, though we often see that those don't really make a difference when final roster cuts come around. Still, those highlighs will be fun to watch.
Nuts and bolts
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
Game time: Thursday, August 31, 7:30 p.m. ET
TV channel: WFLA-8 (Tampa) — Check whether you get the game
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass
Announcers: Chris Myers, Ronde Barber
Enemy blog: Hogs Haven
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