Couldn’t watch tonight’s Bucs-Dolphins preseason game? This live blog captures all the action!
10:46 p.m. Keith Tandy sealed the Bucs’ come-from-behind win with a pick off backup quarterback Pat Devlin with :12 remaining. Final score: Bucs, 17-16.
10:40 p.m. Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon connected with receiver David Douglas on a 12-yard touchdown pass with 1:08 remaining, giving the Bucs a 17-16 lead. The offense regained possession of the football after safety Sean Baker recovered a forced fumble by William Gholston, returning it 55 yards to the Miami 25 yard line.
10:19 p.m. I’ve seen more out of Trevor Scott in one game this preseason than I have in Da’Quan Bowers in three. The new pickup now has three sacks on the night. He’s expected to be a situational rusher, but this guy has single-handedly generated more pressure than the Bucs’ entire defensive line this preseason, with the exception of Gerald McCoy, who’s had a great preseason.
9:42 p.m. Josh Freeman’s night appears to be done. He completed 6 of 16 passes for 59 yards, no touchdowns, and no interceptions. He was sacked four times. He finishes with a 48.7 passer rating.
9:30 p.m. Defensive end Trevor Scott just got his second sack of the night with Da’Quan Bowers coming in to help wrap up the Dolphins’ backup QB. It came on third-and-9 on the Tampa Bay 44 yard line.
9:28 p.m. The offense began the second half with the football and went three-and-out. Josh Freeman could not connect with Mike Williams on third-and-6.
9:15 p.m. HALFTIME: The offense has not looked sharp and continues to have communication issues that were a major problem last week. Quarterback Josh Freeman has gone 4-for-11, with 51 yards passing, no touchdowns, and a costly fumble that set up the Dolphins’ lone touchdown.
He and Vincent Jackson have not looked in-sync at all, with Jackson being targeted four times with just one catch. Mike Williams has caught two passes for 33 yards receiving.
Running back Brian Leonard has played well, showing he can be an effective downhill runner and a punisher in between the tackles. He’s rushed for 19 yards on 7 carries and produced the Bucs’ only touchdown, a 1-yard run up the gut. The offensive line has yielded two sacks.
9:03 p.m. The defense’s streak of luck in the red zone has come to an end with 0:10 remaining in the first half. Ryan Tannehill hit Brandon Gibson for a 4-yard touchdown, beating Lavonte David and putting the Dolphins up 13-10.
8:58 p.m. The Bucs’ offense got a fresh set of downs after a holding call on Phillip Wheeler, but quarterback Josh Freeman fumbled the football at the Miami 45 yard line. It was recovered by defensive end Derrick Shelby.
8:51 p.m. There’s 2:18 to go in the first half and the defense is showing it can hold in the red zone. On first-and-7, Akeem Spence stormed into the backlfield, tackling Daniel Thomas for a 3-yard loss. On third-down, it appears it was Leonard Johnson with the pass breakup in the end zone on Brandon Gibson. Dolphins settle for a field goal. Bucs lead 10-6.
8:39 p.m. Ladies and gentlemen…the Bucs defensive line has finally recorded a sack this preseason. It came from defensive end Trevor Scott, who joined the team this week. WILL linebacker Lavonte David came in on the assist. Prior to tonight’s game, David has the team’s lone sack of the preseason.
8:27 p.m. Former Bills kicker Rian Lindell, who signed with the Bucs this week, just hit a 38-yard field goal to put the Bucs up 10-3.
8:23 pm. The Bucs’ special teams unit has been on-fire tonight. Tom Crabtree forced a fumble on a punt return by Marcus Thigpen that was recovered by Adam Hayward. It was Hayward’s second fumble recovery of the night. After so many struggles on special teams against the Ravens a few weeks ago, Dave Wannstedt’s unit looks noticeably improved.
8:20 p.m. Davin Joseph has been replaced at right guard by Ted Larsen. He saw action on about 15 plays — a good start for a player who has been out of football an entire year.
8:13 p.m. Mike Adams is playing the nickel corner, a role that Coach Greg Schiano said earlier this week was still undecided. I’ll share his remarks with you about what makes the nickel position different from the other two corner spots here:
“That’s a different feel in there – it’s kind of a hybrid. It’s a third safety, a third linebacker, and a third corner, depending on what we’re doing – whether it’s a nickel situation or sub situation. So, those guys really have to be – that’s why [former defensive back] Ronde [Barber], for all those years, was such a valuable guy, because everybody says, ‘Make him a nickel! Make him a nickel!” That’s a hard job. There’s a lot of things you’ve got to be good at.”
8:04 p.m. After stalling at the Tampa Bay 41, the Bucs regained possession of the football when Adam Hayward recovered a muffed punt at the Miami 23 yard line. The Bucs capitalized on it, and on a pass interference call from Brent Grimes. Brian Leonard had a 7-yard run and punched it in for a 1-yard touchdown. Bucs take the lead 7-3.
7:48 p.m. Despite converting on fourth-down at the 12 yard line and getting a fresh set of downs after a penalty on Adrian Clayborn, the Dolphins were held to a field goal. Gerald McCoy and Mason Foster both made key stops in the red zone, and Johnthan Banks broke up a pass intended for Brian Hartline in the end zone. Dolphins lead 3-0.
7:36 pm. The Bucs are just about to kick off, and left defensive end Da’Quan Bowers is not starting with the first-team defense. Instead it’s Daniel Te’o-Nesheim.
7:00 p.m. We’re 30 minutes from kicking off the most important of all preseason games — Game 3. Bucs starting right guard Davin Joseph will make his return to action since suffering a season-ending torn patellar tendon in his knee. Gabe Carimi will get the start at left guard in place of Carl Nicks, who is underdoing treatment for a staph infection in his foot.
Darrelle Revis has officially been ruled out for tonight’s game. Revis did not suffer any type of setback and the move is more precautionary. This likely means he won’t play at all this preseason.
Doug Martin, who suffered a mild head injury against the Patriots last week, won’t play either. Brian Leonard, who is in a fierce competition for the backup running back position with Peyton Hillis and Mike James, will get the start.