Final Dress RehearsalAugust 23rd, 2013
For all intents and purposes, Saturday’s game with the Fish in South Florida will be the last time many Bucs projected starters will face a snap against angry competition until the Bucs head to Gotham to face the Jets.
Will Josh freeman look like the franchise quarterback he is? Will Doug Martin get on track? Will the banged up offensive line do well? Can the Bucs breathe on an opposing quarterback?
It is that last question that WDAE-AM 620 Bucs beat writer Tom Krasniqi believes is the most important.
The Bucs would love to see their front four apply some pressure to Ryan Tannehill and company on Saturday. With that being said, expect to see quite a bit of the rookies, especially defensive ends William Gholston and Steven Means in particular. They have flashed some pass rush ability in camp and the Bucs are looking for anyone that can apply pressure. Rookie defensive tackle Akeem Spence will also see quality playing time. The team has been pleased with his progress at the tilted nose tackle position and coaches believe he can provide a push up the middle. Expect Spence to start on Opening Day.
The key to the team’s ass rush are defensive ends Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers. Clayborn is starting to come around but Bowers has been admittedly out of shape and the team could play him quite a bit on Saturday. Schiano continues to push Bowers in practice. “Oh, I think the ceiling is unknown,” Schiano said regarding Bowers’ potential. “I think he can really be a fantastic player. Consistency is the big thing right now, but I do think he’s making strides. I think he’s improved in this training camp.”
It would be awfully nice Da’Quan Bowers cement his anointment at starting defensive end and look like the stud the Bucs thought he would be prior to the season based on shaky personnel decisions. For the Bucs to make a serious run to a postseason berth, pass rushing must be evident in each and every game.
Every Bucs fan knows the question on offense.