Bucs reflect on loss to the Steelers plus look ahead to Friday’s game against Miami

The Tampa Bay Bucs notes from last nights first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here are some game notes provided to Sports Talk Florida by the Tampa Bay Bucs PR team. 

WR Chris Godwin scored his third career preseason touchdown on the game’s opening possession, capping off a 12-play, 81-yard drive that lasted 6:29.

– QB Jameis Winston went five-of-six in his lone drive, throwing for 40 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown marked Winston’s eighth career preseason touchdown. The quarterback trio of Winston, Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin combined to go 37-of-57 for 420 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, finishing with a combined quarterback rating of 98.6. Griffin threw for 330 of those yards and one of the team’s touchdowns. He has now thrown a touchdown pass in five-consecutive preseason appearances.

– In the first quarter, LB/S Deone Bucannon – who is in his first season with the team – dropped Steelers QB Joshua Dobbs for an eight-yard loss. Bucannon now has 2.0 career preseason sacks (1.0 in 2018).

– In the second quarter, OLB Carl Nassib notched the team’s second sack of the game, taking down Dobbs for a 16-yard loss. Nassib has 4.0 career preseason sacks (1.0 in 2017, 2.0 in 2016). 

– K Matt Gay closed out the first half with a 55-yard field goal, on his first career attempt. The make closed the Buccaneers deficit to 13-10 after the opening half. Gay’s 55-yarder matched the longest field goal made at Heinz Field in an NFL game (preseason, regular season or postseason, tying Mason Crosby’s 55-yarder in 2015. It was also the longest field goal made by a Buccaneers kicker in the preseason since Kyle Brindza hit a 57-yard and a 55-yard field goal in the same game on 9/3/2015 at Miami.

– RB Dare Ogunbowale finished off an eight-play, 76-yard drive lasting 4:05 to close the gap to 20-16 with 3:21 remaining in the third quarter. The touchdown was the first of Ogunbowale’s preseason career. He then scored the game’s final touchdown with 2:11 remaining to put the final score at 30-28 Pittsburgh. Ogunbowale was Tampa Bay’s leading rusher with 10 rushes for 34 yards and two touchdowns.

– TE Tanner Hudson tied for the team lead with seven receptions, recording 84 yards receiving. With 4:47 remaining, Hudson made his first career preseason touchdown grab to push the score to 30-22 Pittsburgh. The seven receptions and 84 yards both set career preseason bests for the first-year tight end.

– WR Spencer Schnell hauled in seven receptions for a team-high 119 yards receiving. Schnell had four receptions that went for 20-or-more yards in the game.

– ILB Kevin Minter andOLB Patrick O’Connor each tallied five total tackles in the game, which tied for the most by a Buccaneers player in the game. The five tackles secured new preseason career-best totals for both Minter and O’Connor.  

– With 2:21 remaining, the Buccaneers defense forced its first turnover of the game as CB Mazzi Wilkins knocked the ball loose from Steelers TE Kevin Rader. The fumble was recovered by Buccaneers S Isaiah Johnson

– Players making Buccaneers preseason debut: S Kentrell Brice, LB/S Deone Bucannon, RB Andre Ellington, QB Blaine Gabbert, DL Jeremiah Ledbetter, TEJordan Leggett, OL Josh LeRibeus, 51 Kevin Minter, OLB Carl Nassib, ILB Corey Nelson, DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches, WR Breshad Perriman, P Bradley Pinion, T William Poehls, K Cairo Santos, ILB Emmanuel Smith, DL Ndamukong Suh, C Nate Trewyn, LS Zach Triner, OL Earl Watford.

– Players making NFL preseason debut: RB Bruce Anderson III, G Zack Bailey,DL Terry Beckner, OLB Kahzin Daniels, S Lukas Denis, WR Matthew Eaton, SMike Edwards, K Matt Gay, WR Anthony Johnson, OLB David Kenney, WR DeMarkus Lodge, WR Bryant Mitchell, CB Sean Murphy-Bunting, DL Dare Odeyingbo, T Brock Ruble, WR Spencer Schnell, WR Cortrelle Simpson, ILB Devin White, CB Mazzi Wilkins.

– Did Not Dress:

#10      WR      S. Miller

#15      WR      K. Brent

#35      CB       J. Dean

#48      ILB       J. Cichy

#50      DL       V. Vea

#54      ILB       L. David

#86      TE       S. Orndoff

#91      DL       B. Allen

#98      OLB     A. Nelson

– Today’s starting lineups:


WR    #13  Mike Evans

TE     #84  Cameron Brate

LT      #76  Donovan Smith

LG     #74  Ali Marpet

C       #66  Ryan Jensen

RG    #65  Alex Cappa

RT     #69  Demar Dotson

TE     #80  O.J. Howard

WR    #12  Chris Godwin

QB    #3    Jameis Winston

RB     #25  Peyton Barber


DL     #93  Ndamukong Suh

DL     #92  William Gholston

OLB   #94  Carl Nassib

ILB    #45  Devin White

ILB    #23  Deone Bucannon

OLB   #57  Noah Spence

CB     #28  Vernon Hargreaves III

CB     #33  Carlton Davis III

CB     #36  M.J. Stewart

S       #34  Mike Edwards

S       #31  Jordan Whitehead