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Buccaneers vs. Jaguars Social Rewind

Posted Aug 8, 2014

The Buccaneers took the field for the first time in 2014 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Here is how the first preseason game went down through the eyes of social media.

There was plenty of excitement to go around before the first preseason kickoff. After a busy, heavily attended training camp following a busier and much-talked about offseason, Tampa Bay was ready to see their new-look team in action.


It took just one play for the Bucs defense to give their fans a taste of what we might expect this season. 2013 Pro Bowler and first-team All-Pro Gerald McCoy got off to a blistering start, dropping Jordan Todman behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of five. Joe Bucs Fan and plenty of others get the excitement started:


The Jaguars’ first drive went three-and-out. The first Bucs possession was highlighted by a nice 17-yard pass from Josh McCown to Chris Owusu, but was called back. WDAE 620 with the call:


After the Bucs punt, it was the Buccaneers defense again making plays, setting up multiple opportunities to create a turnover. Jacksonville would again be forced to punt. See the possession and chances as called by Gil Arcia of The Bay Cove:


Another punt would put the starting defense back on the field, and again the defense would impress, capped by a strong open-field tackle by Johnthan Banks and an Adrian Clayborn batted pass. Rick Brown tweets:


The next Bucs’ possession would result in the first points of the night as the Jaguar CB Winston Guy cut off a pass and returned it for a touchdown.


Jaguars lead at the end of the first.


The Jaguars defense would get the first action of the second quarter, recovering a fumble and putting their offense back on the field.


As the Jaguars offense returned, the Buccaneers transitioned to their second-string defense for the night. Buccaneers.com Senior Writer and Editor Scott Smith gives his followers the updated linemen. Three players later it was Greg Auman sharing the continued defensive success of the Bucs’ second unit.


With the ball back in the Buccaneers hands, Mike Glennon took the field. The first drive of the second team was highlighted by a strong 9-yard Bobby Rainey run to the outside and would result in three points.


The Buccaneers Official Twitter calls the score at half.


The Bucs would open the second half with ball. Two impressive Charles Sims runs (9- and 13-yarders) would be negated by holding calls. Mike James added a nifty run-after-catch for a 20-yard gain, but it was not enough for the first. Scott Smith notes the Buccaneers offense starting to click:


Later in the third, Jacksonville would start their possession from the 17-yard line. Rookie QB Blake Bortles put together a strong drive with passes of 16, 9 and 31. Bucs would hold the Jags to a field goal. TBO’s Ira Kaufman shares Bortles’ statistics.


As the third quarter neared its end, the Buccaneers offense continued to develop a rhythm, moving the ball 78 yards in seven plays, including these four notable gains.


On the third play of fourth quarter from the six-yard line, The Bucs would tie the game up 10-10. Scott Smith and Joe Bucs Fan tweet the play:


Two possessions later, the Jaguars would get ball at their 38 yard line. A 15-yard Unnecessary Roughness penalty on Brandon Magee would move Jacksonville to the 23-yard line. Following the play, the Jaguars offense crosses the goal line for the first time of the night on a long Denard Robinson run. The Buccaneers D-Line stuffed the two-point conversion attempt. 16-10 Jacksonville.


And that is how the game would end. Mike Glennon 11/19, 140 yards, 1 TD. Bobby Rainey 6 attempts, 25 yards. Louis Murphy 3 receptions, 43 yards. Charles Sims 3 receptions, 6 rushes, 45 yards. Steven Means 3 tackles, 1 sack.