Ravens 44, Bucs 16August 8th, 2013
Preseason games are about individuals, not team play.
That written, the Bucs were sloppy as a unit tonight in the opener against the Ravens. Special teams were very ugly. The first-team offense had its out-of-sync moments, and there was no pass rush to speak of from the defensive line.
In the backfield, Brian Leonard looked very stout and versatile at No. 2 running back. Peyton Hillis looked like a wrecking ball before he left with a knee injury, albeit in the second half against future bouncers, grave diggers and grad students. Mike James’ pass blocking was off, but the kid runs strong and falls forward.
Given the drops by Chris Owusu and Tiquan Underwood, Joe thinks it’s fair to say that Kevin Ogletree cemented his current role as No. 3 receiver. He finished with five catches for 65 yards.
There were no franchise QB stats on the display for the hometown faithful who braved the rain. Josh Freeman was 4-for-7 for 34 yards. His two drives netted a field goal. Mike Glennon was up and down, finishing 11-for-23 for 169 yards and one interception.
Stick with Joe through the night and into the wee hours for so much more on this game.