Bucs Central

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

It’s the last game of the preseason: the edge of the void between offseason and opening day; the 60-minute audition for the bottom third of the roster.  It’s Jonathan Crompton’s job interview. Mossis Madu’s center stage.  It’s the last desperate chance for the backups to the backups—the men buried beneath the depth chart—before the final round of cuts relegates them to inactive rosters and practice squads.  The men on the bubble gave their best shots, but the Redskins felled the Bucs 29-24.

The bright side?  It doesn’t mean a thing.  For fans, it’s the most meaningless game of the season.

So here we go:
The Good
Ed Gant anyone? Good God.  The man is a supercharger.  He caught a 96-yard touchdown—short pass; long run—near the end of the third quarter.  Watching the pass live, I assumed it was going to be a typical Greg Olson slant that fell short of the first down line.  While I won’t praise the pass into triple-coverage, I will praise the result.  Not only did Ed Gant single-handedly demolish two Redskin defenders (showing surprising physicality), but he burnt the entire Washington defense down the field.  It’s been four seasons since we had elite speed on offense, and Gant’s physical talents may have landed him a spot on the roster.

Ed Gant escapes two Redskin defenders (AP).

The Bad
48 penalties for 410 yards.  That’s 12 penalties per game this preseason.  Every week, Raheem Morris vows to clean up the penalties, but they’ve grown progressively worse every game.  If that type of play continues into the regular season, Tampa Bay is going to seriously underachieve.

The Ugly
Lee Roy Selmon had a stroke last night.  His chances of recovery, reportedly, aren’t good, but the ugly here is the local media outlets jumping the gun without confirming their news.  The St. Petersburg Times, the Lakeland Ledger, Pewter Report, Channel 10 News, and several other credible sources all prematurely reported that Lee Roy Selmon had died, despite Dewey Selmon’s insistence that his brother was alive.  Prayers go out to Selmon and his family, and we wish him a complete and healthy recovery.

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