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Bucs Fall to Bengals, 23-12, in Preseason

Posted Aug 11, 2017

Recapping the Buccaneers' preseason matchup with the Bengals.

The Buccaneers came out on the losing end in their preseason opener against the Bengals Friday night in Cincinnati. Tampa Bay fell, 23-12, but there were plenty of positives to take away from their first competition of the season.  

The Buccaneers’ starters played two drives and there were a handful of strong plays by players on both sides of the ball. Jameis Winston completed nine of 13 passes for 99 yards, and two of his four incompletions were drops. He hooked up with Mike Evans four times for 58 yards and helped lead the Buccaneers on a 14-play, 92-yard drive to open the game.

Vernon Hargreaves, Kwon Alexander and Noah Spence all had strong performances defensively, with Hargreaves recording an impressive interception at the Buccaneers’ one-yard line. Alexander recorded five tackles in limited action and Spence finished the game with a tackle for a loss.

The Buccaneers got a field goal out of each of their two kickers, with Roberto Aguyo hitting a 20-yarder in the first quarter and Nick Folk booting a 45-yard field goal in the third. The team scored their only touchdown when Ryan Fitzpatrick found the end zone on a six-yard run. Aguayo failed to convert on point after attempt and a field goal, potentially shifting the edge of the kicking competition in Folk’s favor.

Bernard Reedy and Josh Huff both flashed as potential return men while Bryan Anger and Josh Robinson flashed on special teams. The Buccaneers will travel on Sunday to Jacksonville and hold two joint practices with the Jaguars before playing a game against them next Thursday.