The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were trailing the Cleveland Browns 14-0 and were facing a third-and-11 from their own 24-yard line late in the first quarter of their preseason game Saturday.
The third preseason game is always considered to be the dress rehearsal for the regular season.
Pettine acknowledged the hole in his backfield during a conference call on Sunday. A lot more positives than negatives. The negatives were still there. The injury stuff is a little concerning. We’ll look at the overall picture for those guys.
“Tonight he was a part of a bad effort that we had as a football team”, Smith said. “We feel real good about where he is”. “There are also a lot of situations that came up that are good teachable moments”.
CLEVELAND (AP) – Duke Johnson’s concussion has aggravated the Browns’ headache at running back.
“As long as we’re playing in there, get some three and outs”, Haden said. He hasn’t been available for much of the preseason. While were hopeful about the potential, at the same time, it is discouraging to not have him out there..
Johnson’s injury, and those to veteran Shaun Draughn and Glenn Winston, has left the Browns thin at running back. “I played past year at Florida State with a sprained ankle, so that’s the least of my worries”.
Bucs coach Lovie Smith said he didn’t believe Winston took a step back in his development.
Crowell carried the ball 148 times for 607 yards (4.1 YPC) and eight touchdowns in 15 games last season.
Josh McCown played in parts of 11 games for the Bucs, Mike Glennon in six. (Bowe) didn’t have very much practice time. He’s not a highlight-reel machine, but when surrounded by a strong supporting cast he has shown he can win football game.
McCown should play the majority of the game not just as the number one quarterback. Those guys have to be on the same page and understand where each other is going to be. It’s human nature to crave a shared, communal experience, and if you can eat some food and get a buzz going, all the better.
Iosefa, a fullback from Hawaii, played just one offensive snap in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Browns. “I saw Kwon chasing after him, and I thought Josh was going to get down”. Being generous, I would say that Winston should have thrown 3 interceptions in this game, but you could make the argument that 5 could have been picked.
Pettine said McCown will not play in Thursday’s exhibition finale at Chicago, and that some of Cleveland’s other starters will be rested as the team gears up for the September 13 opener against the Jets. Evans does have a hamstring injury, but is expected back for Week 1. Slot cornerback Leonard Johnson and wide receiver Kenny Bell have been ruled out, diminishing both players’ chances of making the team – though Bell’s likely to stick regardless. I say that partially because I have been watching how poised Marcus Mariota has looked in the pocket and there is a clear difference.
The Bucs get on the board in the 2nd quarter. Since Day 2 of training camp, Tampa Bay was changing up defenses and sending blitzes at Winston.