On Thursday last week the Tampa Bay Buccaneers played the Baltimore Ravens in their first preseason game. The starters didn’t play very much as second-year running back Doug Martin played the first drive and quarterback Josh Freeman played two drives. On the offensive line Pro Bowl guards Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks both did not play. Last season these two guards season fell short with severe injuries. It should not be seen as panicking that they did not play; the coaching staff just wants to slowly ease them back into their starting roles.
I was impressed with Kevin Ogletree who was acquired by the Bucs this offseason through the free agency. Ogletree played less than a quarter but had five receptions for 65 yards leading the receiving corps. Ogletree’s performance against the Ravens should help his case to win the slot receiver battle contesting against Tiquan Underwood who is with the Bucs for a second season.
I was also impressed with rookie quarterback Mike Glennon who played the majority of the game throwing 11 completions for 169 yards through the air. His first pass was a 61-yard completion to tight end Tom Crabtree. Even though Glennon did perform well, he still has a very long way to go before he can even be placed in the quarterback competition with Freeman.
Freeman’s performance on Thursday night was short as he played only two series on offense. The first drive was a three and out as he was sacked on third down. His second drive was good as he led the Bucs offense into the red zone having a nice pass to Ogletree. Freeman also had a near perfect pass to receiver Vincent Jackson inside the 10 yard line, but unfortunately he could not keep possession of the ball as he was going out of bounds.
The Buccaneers’ next game is against the New England Patriots. You should see the starters getting a little bit more playing time, and it will be interesting to see how Freeman plays with Glennon inching a little closer to him heating up the quarterback battle.