NFL Preseason Preview - Tampa Bay (0-2) at Buffalo (1-2)
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will finally face an opponent
from outside the Sunshine State as they visit Buffalo in preseason action.
A week after falling in Jacksonville, the Bucs suffered another setback when
Miami arrived in central Florida to hand Lovie Smith's club a 20-14 defeat.
Tampa Bay starting quarterback Josh McCown tossed for 46 yards on 5-of-7
passing and a score against the Dolphins while third-stringer Mike Kafka also
added a touchdown pass late in the contest.
Backup Mike Glennon looked like connected with rookie first-round pick Mike
Evans on a 42-yard touchdown strike. The play was reviewed, however, with
video evidence showing Evans fumbling the ball at the 1-yard line and it went
out of bounds in the end zone for a touchback.
The Bucs made a minor move off the field this week trading safety Kelcie
McCray to Kansas City in exchange for offensive guard Rishaw Johnson, who lost
out to rookie Zach Fulton for the Chiefs' right guard spot.
In Tampa Johnson is expected to compete with Oniel Cousins at left guard as
the team tries to replace the now retired Carl Nicks.
The Bills continued their extended preseason last week by losing a tough one
in Pittsburgh after Shaun Suisham's 20-yard field goal as time expired lifted
the Steelers to a 19-16 win.
E.J. Manuel finished 17-of-27 for 148 yards and one interception for the
Bills. Anthony Dixon rushed 10 times for 26 yards and Buffalo's lone TD, a
one-yard run in the third quarter. Fred Jackson led the club with seven grabs
for 28 yards.
Dan Carpenter connected on a pair of field goals, including a 44-yard try
which knotted the score with 1:56 left in regulation.
Rookie wideout Sammy Watkins left the game with bruised ribs on his club's
opening possession and did not return. Watkins was back in pads and
participating in practice by Tuesday but the Bills are expected to be very
cautious with the potential star.
08/22 12:17:28 ET
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