Gameday Tampa Bay

August 28th, 2014

Preseason Game 4

Redskins at Tampa Bay

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

TV: Live on WFLA-TV, Channel 8.

Radio: Buccaneers Radio Network (WDAE-AM 620 and WFUS-FM 103.5 in Tampa-St.Petersburg region); SiriusXM Channel 136.

Weather: Only a 20 percent chance of rain at kickoff with a temperature of 87 degrees. Little change is expected throughout the game.

Odds: Per, Tampa Bay -2.5.

Outlook: No starters will play for Washington, says Skins head coach Jay Gruden. As for the Bucs? Well, Lovie Smith wouldn’t go that far on Wednesday. But regardless, starters are not expected to play much. New All-Pro guard Logan Mankins definitely won’t play, and Mike Glennon will start, per Lovie. Maybe, just maybe, cornerback Alterraun Verner gets some reps as he continues to get in game shape after a training camp hamstring pull.

Sadly, the fourth preseason game is the matted mongrel of NFL games. It flat out stinks, featuring soon-to-be bellhops, grad students, grave diggers, refrigerator movers and gym teachers.

For the Bucs, Joe’s looking to see what defensive ends Steven Means and Larry English can deliver, assuming Means plays on his formerly strained groin. This also is a big night for bubble captain Jeff Demps, who has yet to impress all preseason. Demps should get the full workload at running back, and it’s likely Lovie rests to returner Solomon Patton, the rookie who appears to have one the punt and kick return gig. Joe’s also wondering if recently disciplined Jonathan Casillas will see action at linebacker. His backup, Danny Lansanah, played well in Buffalo and appears to be a favorite of Lovie.

Keep your eyes on the right guard Rishaw Johnson, acquired from the Chiefs last week. He didn’t play on the O-line against Buffalo because he had just arrived with the team. Johnson could become the opening-day starter and should (hopefully) be able to dominate against backups tonight.

It’s still unclear who will be calling the offensive plays for coordinator Jeff Tedford, who is out after a significant medical procedure of some sort this week. The Bucs haven’t provided details.

Final cuts are Saturday at 4 p.m.




30 Responses to “Gameday Tampa Bay”

  1. KSV Says:

    Hey Joe…just read where Tom Brady is still “very upset” at Mankins being traded. While we’re at it let’s offer BB Josh McCown and a 3rd rounder for Brady!

    Yeah, I know ….but a guy can dream, can’t he?

  2. pablo Says:

    Pablo thinks Jeff Demps will be cut by haltime

  3. Bucs Fan #237 Says:

    There’s a game tonight???

  4. Richmondbucsfan Says:

    So mankins is in Tampa already?

  5. BucsfaninChina Says:

    Prepared to be vastly underwhelmed by Rishaw Johnson. Something tells me he was part of the chess game Licht just played with the hoodie.

  6. Bucs Fan #237 Says:

    Is there a place to watch pre-season games after the fact without buying the NFL pre-season package?

  7. Evan Says:

    Woah! Pablo’s back!


  8. Mike Glennon Mob Says:

    …and Mike Glennon will start, per Lovie.

    This is the best news I’ve heard all day! Thanks Joe! We can’t wait!!!!!!

  9. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Joe…great cheerleader pic! Although I think she may have been in an auto accident…looks like both driver and passenger side air bags have deployed 🙂

  10. Buccfan37 Says:

    I’ll watch just to see how Glennon does against the backups. If he plays well I’ll get to hear from the AGM about facing the scrubs. If he plays bad I’ll get to hear from the AGM about how much he sucks. Win win either way for the laughs.

  11. buc'd Up Says:

    … Glennon gets the start… get ready boys, its gonna be a long game!

  12. Andrew 1 Says:

    Alright! Finally something for the mob to get excited about! Glennon gets to start in a game that has no starters! jk. Seriously though, you MGMers have been awfully quiet lately. Tonight’s your night though.

  13. Bucs fan in NC Says:

    Not expecting much from Johnson. I’ll be pleasantly surprised if he actually turns out to be any better than Omameh

  14. Bucs Fan #237 Says:

    The MGM’ers are smart enough to realize that MG is a backup to McCown.

  15. coleman hogg Says:

    Hey Rich nobody will answer that question for some reason been asking that question to all local media and get no response. Kind of strange

  16. Delson Says:

    Rishaw Johnson? I know he is a g that we traded for but idk if he is worth anything. Mccray was also a bubble player who cud have been cut. Heres to hopin we sign incognito.

  17. Delson Says:

    Somebody email me a link at

  18. BamBamBuc Says:

    Let’s see a good game with no injuries. We need any depth we have for the season. Hoping to see Glennon work on his progressions and reads, continue to push the ball downfield instead of checkdown. Hopefully Johnson can show he’s cut out to be our RG over any of the rest of the scrubs we have. Not expecting many surprises in this game, or roster spots to be changed.

  19. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Just watched Mankin’s presser. Guy is still in shock on the trade.

  20. Zam Says:

    More evidence there should be one preseason game only.

  21. unbelievable Says:

    Starting to have some reservations about the Mankin’s trade. From everything we hear, he was/is not happy about it. Can we be sure he will be playing with the same passion and tenacity for us that he did with the pats?

    And more importantly, what about the health of Jeff Tedford?

  22. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    He definitely was NOT happy during the presser.

  23. DB55 Says:

    Scotty where did they show the PC? What channel?

  24. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    on official website.

  25. RastaMon Says:

    Richie !…Richie!…Richie !….

  26. DB55 Says:

    Not up yet. Hope they post it soon. I missed the live stream.

  27. Stanglassman Says:

    Rasta did you rad up on what you found re: Tedford?

    I can’t wait to see Mankins in a Bucs gear. I figure he will be on the sidelines tonight. I looked for a picture of his arrival last night but I guess the media didn’t send anyone out.

  28. RastaMon Says:

    yes I read up on it…

  29. RastaMon Says:

    I’d have Mankins up in the booth with the offensive coaches tonignt…

  30. BucFan20 Says:

    It was on all the local sports news and NO he does not sound happy at all.