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Bucs @ Dolphins Rewind and Look Ahead

THE GOOD

Freeman’s touchdown throw came from keeping his eyes down the field.

Stroughter is like a bit of a Raheem on the field, all happy and such.

TE Ryan Purvis got open quite a lot, and had 2 grabs for 26 yards.

Preston Parker had a great, physical 26 yard return up the right sideline and quickly through a few tacklers..

Kareem Huggins had a great 35 yard diagonal run and caught a screen pass where once he saw the opening, he burst about 8 yards for the first down. It’s clear he brings something different to the backfield.

Safety Corey Lynch blocked a punt and had a pass break-up.

THE BAD

Geno Hayes blew right by a ball carrier.

E.J. Biggers was picked on quite a bit and he was lucky they were dropping so many balls but he did recover a fumble.

Neither Josh Johnson nor Rudy Carpenter looked very good. Johnson doesn’t seem to move much in the pocket. He just sort of makes these small steps and it doesn’t buy himself much time or open passing lanes. It is impressive how hard he can throw without planting his foot, but it’s not nearly as accurate as when Freeman does it. Carpenter threw into double coverage three times. Admittedly, when he did it in the end zone, it was on the money and should have been caught. The first throw to Brooks should have been picked off but ended up being a catch. Carpenter was also behind on a throw.

Bob Griese started out by saying Karlos Dansby has wide receiver speed. As someone who watched the Cardinals throughout his career, I had a hearty laugh.

Thigpen had way too much time to throw.

Overall: 7 points, 7 fumbles, 7 penalties. The word I keep using to describe the weapons the Bucs have is “dangerous”. The  Freeman pass on the sideline to Williams was gorgeous and absolutely not the last highlight play those two will have together. The defense looked fast and played with intensity but also, to a lesser extent, benefited from all the drops the Dolphins had. All in all, it will be nice to see a game in better than bad conditions to better see what the Buccaneers got, but the first team offense will need more snaps next time and they need to hold onto the ball.


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