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The Bucs dropped their preseason opener 23-12 at Cincinnati against the Bengals.

Although the Bucs lost, there were a lot of bright spots on offense and defense.


The Bucs starters only played the first quarter and impressed many.

Jameis Winston looked sharp going 9-13 with 99-yards passing.

Mike Evans caught four of those passes and his connection with Winston appears to be in mid-season form.

Cameron Brate looked good catching two passes including a highlight reel grab in the first.

Doug Martin looked sharp in the opener. He was making quick lateral cuts looking fast and healthy.

Ryan Fitzpatrick looked like a reliable backup for Winston as he rushed for the only Buccaneers touchdown.

Third-string quarterback Ryan Griffin left late in the game with an apparent shoulder injury. He was the only injury for the Bucs to this point in the preseason opener.


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Kwon Alexander led the Bucs defense with five tackles, four solo.

Vernon Hargreaves III had an incredible interception in the end zone in the first quarter as well. The play came against the Bengals’ Andy Dalton who was looking for Brandon LaFell early in the contest.

Noah Spence was very impressive in the opener, even though he only reordered one tackle, he was disruptive on the line the entire time he was in.

Special Teams

Bucs fans are beginning to worry with their former second-round draft pick Roberto Aguayo.

He missed an extra point, and followed it up with a missed 47-yard field goal.

This offseason, Tampa Bay brought in Nick Folk to start a kicking competition for the franchise.

Coach Koetter will really have to look at who they want starting this season at kicker, and do not be surprised if Aguayo drops on the depth chart very soon.

The Bucs are expected to make the playoffs for the first time in ten years but that won’t be possible without an effective kicker.

What aspect of the game most impressed you in the preseason opener? Do you think Roberto Aguayo should be the second string kicker? Comment on my post or tweet me @tj_m39.