The Bucs' first preseason game of the 2016 season didn't go exactly how the team had hoped. But quarterback Jameis Winston, although disappointed, found a few positive takeaways from the game.
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Both of the Eagles' touchdowns came from the Bucs turning the ball over in their opponents' red zone. Tampa Bay picked up four sacks from four different players and surrendered just 188 yards of total offense throughout the game. Naturally, Winston was impressed with the defense's effort.
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"Our defense was amazing," Winston said. "Honestly, if I don't fumble and we don't give the Eagles the ball inside the ten [yard line], they don't score. They don't score at all. I'm talking about first team, second team, fourth team, third team... defense looked amazing."
Winston also found solace in how he, and the Bucs' offense, responded after giving up a fumble deep in their own territory. The turnover came when Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox broke through the line and stripped Winston just five minutes into the game. It was their second turnover after Kenny Bell fumbled the opening kickoff.
"I feel like we did [bounce back from early game mistakes]," Winston added. "I think we had rhythm despite the early turnover by me."
Obviously, after scoring just nine points, there are still things to work on. Winston shouldered the blame for the sack, citing his pocket presence. Head Coach Dirk Koetter was reluctant to agree, citing miscues by a handful of players on that play, not just Winston.
Still, Winston finished the game completing seven of nine passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. The Bucs' offense accumulated 15 first downs compared to Philadelphia's two and racked up 239 yards of total offense. While the final product was somewhat disappointing, the Buccaneers have something to build off of when they take the field for their second preseason game against the Jaguars.