Can you smell that? Football is truly back. This weekend college football kicks off with some intense matchups and the NFL regular season is right around the corner. Tonight the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play their last preseason game of the year.
Before we jump into who to watch in tonights game against the Washington Redskins at Raymond James Stadium, let’s rewind what all took place during the preseason for the Bucs.
- Probably the biggest move this preseason for the Bucs was letting go of second-round pick Roberto Aguayo. It was an unfortunate move that had to be done and was highlighted on HBO’s Hard Knocks. The decision came after Aguayo missed a 47-yard field goal and an extra point during the Bucs preseason game against Cincinnati. Veteran kicker Nick Folk had been brought on during the offseason to light Aguayo’s fire a bit with some competition hopefully but it didn’t work. With that said the kicking battle everyone was so intrigued with sadly came to an end and Folk was granted the starting job.
- Former Penn State wide receiver Chris Godwin shocked Bucs staff and fans during training camp at One Buc Place. He continued to prove himself to be a consistent and reliable target for Jameis Winston and will likely be a big asset to the passing game this season. When asked about his adjustment from college to pro the rookie receiver said the biggest change for him was the amount of classroom time he now faces. No not speed, that’s right watching film was the hardest adjustment for Godwin.
- While the Bucs’ kicking battle definitely received the majority of the spotlight, there was another mini battle looming in the background. Running back Doug Martin returned to the practice field for the Bucs after spending some time in rehab, and everyone started wondering who would be the Bucs starting running back? Martin will be absent at the start of the season as he serves the rest of his three-game suspension so Jacquizz Rodgers received the majority of the reps in the Bucs last preseason game against Cleveland to prepare him for the starting role, and he looked good with ten carries for 34 yards.
Washington vs. Buccaneers: Who To Watch
We just talked about the running back position and now we’ll talk about it some more. The fourth and final preseason game is among us which means we likely won’t see any starters playing tonight and with a 90 man roster we’re going to see a lot players rested tonight. With that said one guy to watch is running back Jeremy McNichols out of Boise State. Tonight is a chance for the fifth-round pick to fight for a roster spot behind Martin, Rodgers, Charles Sims, and Peyton Barber.
CB Javien Elliott is another guy to watch tonight. He joined the Bucs as an undrafted free agent a year ago and has been making a name for himself since. He got on the field with some of the starters at the end of last season and is battling Robert McCain for the starting nickel corner spot. Being a walk on at Florida State and being undrafted going into the NFL has made him worker even harder for this.
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Not unusual as the Bucs have made headlines for the kicking problem this offseason; a guy to watch tonight is kicker Nick Folk. Being named the starter for Week 1 after the release of Aguayo, Folk seemed to struggle a bit during the preseason game against the Jaguars. Last week he redeemed himself against Cleveland making three field goals and all nine extra points. Tonight will be a good look at his game performance.
- When: Tune in as the Bucs take on the Washington Redskins tonight at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Raymond James Stadium
- TV: WFLA