In a final tune-up before the regular season opener Sept. 7 against division rivals, the Carolina Panthers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted the Washington Redskins in a battle of backups Thursday night at Raymond James Stadium. With the starters watching from the sidelines, the Buccaneers dropped their preseason finale 24-10.
The Bucs failed to move the ball on offense in the first half, managing a total of just 15 yards, while allowing 193 total yards. Quarterback Mike Glennon started the game, played one series and was relieved of duty by Mike Kafka.
Despite two end-zone interceptions from undrafted rookies Keith Lewis and Nate Askew that halted potential Redskins scoring drives, the Bucs trailed 10-0 at the half.
For Lewis and Askew, however, making splash plays is what earns roster spots.
“It helps,” said Lovie Smith on Buccaneers.com. “We told the guys to do something to make us put them on the team. Making big plays like that will at least make us take note.”
The only impressive drive engineered by the offense came in the third quarter when Kafka connected with Solomon Patton for a 25-yard touchdown. Patton made a sharp move dodging a tackler on the sideline and scampered into the end zone to cap off a 7-play, 67-yard drive.
Running back and Olympic silver medalist Jeff Demps was solid but unspectacular, carrying the ball 20 times for 59 yards.
Wide receiver Louis Murphy left the game in the second half with an apparent back injury following two nice catches.
First Downs: Buccaneers 12-Redskins 24
Passing Yards: Buccaneers 65-Redskins 316
Rushing Yards: Buccaneers 92-Redskins 127
Turnovers: Buccaneers 1-Redskins 2
Penalties: Buccaneers 2/10-Redskins 4/45
Time of Possession: Buccaneers 25:41-Redskins 34:19
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