Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Takeaways from Hard Knocks, Episode 5

A few notes from the season finale of Hard Knocks.

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  1. Bobo Wilson got some air time.**
    On Episode 4, Wilson made his first appearance on Hard Knocks. NFL Films continued to chronicle Wilson's journey on Tuesday night's season finale. The undrafted rookie wide receiver had a big game against the Redskins as the Buccaneers' wrapped up the preseason. His strong performance undoubtedly helped him secure a spot on the team's practice squad.

2. Mike Evans is helping his city.
Evans is a native Texan, growing up in Galveston along the Gulf Coast. On Tuesday's Hard Knocks episode, Evans described his donation to J.J. Watt's charity and talked about beginning a charity of his own to help his city specifically, as opposed to Watt's, which is geared towards helping Houston.

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  1. Sefo Luifau was front and center.**
    The Buccaneers' starters didn't play in the team's final preseason game and Ryan Griffin, the Bucs' No. 3 quarterback, wasn't able to suit up. That left Liufau, along with Ryan Fitzpatrick, as the only two passers active for Tampa Bay's fourth preseason game. Hard Knocks followed Liufau through the week as he prepared to take on Washington and through the Buccaneers' fourth preseason game.

4. Cameron Lynch and Riley Bullough were right on the bubble.
Bullough, a fan-favorite and one of the stars of Hard Knocks, didn't make the Buccaneers' 53-man roster, but he was close. Hard Knocks revealed that Bullough and fellow linebacker Cameron Lynch were right on the roster bubble. The Buccaneers ultimately decided to keep Lynch on the 53-man roster while placing Bullough on the practice squad.  

5. Roster cuts stole the show.
In years past, all NFL teams had two rounds of cuts – one bringing the roster down from 90 players to 75 and another one trimming the roster to the final 53. This year was different. There was just one round of cuts and Hard Knocks followed the Buccaneers as they parted ways with more than 35 players.

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