Bucs Central


Thank God the preseason doesn't count, because the Buccaneers were just shellacked 30-3 by Washington's second-stringers.  Tampa's depth chart has all the depth of an inflatable kiddie pool.  Seriously, is there any position with adequate backup?  The Redskins' second and third units absolutely wrecked Tampa Bay, and created some serious questions about the unified strength… Read More

It's been a year and a half since Josh Freeman looked comfortable throwing long routes.  The gargantuan passer showcased improved footwork and decent timing, but the nagging inaccuracy from a year ago still pulls his throws off course.  It's preseason, and as fans, we're privy only to the superficial workings of Mike Sullivan's offense... but… Read More

Turnover rates are high in professional sports.  Coaches and players are fired and replaced weekly, and a plethora of fresh talent and innovative instruction is tossed into the machine, where it either succeeds or gets gnawed and digested to make room for the next man up. It's a nasty, unforgiving process.  But it's also exciting. … Read More

There's never much to glean from the first preseason game.  In four weeks, after cuts and injuries whittle down the roster, we'll be analyzing a different team with different goals and different setbacks.  But despite the turnover, every team displays subtle tendencies in the preseason -- like tells at the poker table -- that forecast… Read More

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… Read More

There is a lot to like about the preseason. Some people love finally being able to watch the starters in action. Some enjoy seeing which draft picks make a name for themselves. Others use the preseason as a way to gauge their fantasy football prospects. Or you're like me: thrilled to have something other than… Read More

THE GOOD Josh Johnson exists somewhere in that gray area between first and second string.  He struggled as a starter in 2009—throwing to Michael Clayton and a gimpy Antonio Bryant—and didn’t do much to dissuade Josh Freeman’s ascendancy, but in the preseason, he’s been an athletic, reckless, yardage-eating dynamo.  The Chiefs didn’t have an answer… Read More