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Losers From Bucs Win Over Jaguars

Saturday evening the Bucs were on the road wrapping up their joint practice, and preseason game up the road in Jacksonville. Overall, there seemed to be mixed reviews on individual players, as well as team execution. While holding on for a 27-21 victory against the Jaguars, several players stood out as poor performers. A couple of players were undeniably losers for the game.

1.  K Roberto Aguayo – Okay, let’s get this over with. Although I liked, and still like this draft pick, many would disagree, and win that argument so far. Aguayo had another poor game, going 2 for 4, missing a 28-yard field goal and making a 34 yarder. He was 3 for 3 in the extra point department, which is some saving grace for the struggling kicker. By the looks of the holds they were all clean, leading to nerves being the most likely culprit. Let us hope that Bucs fans will not give Aguayo an unwelcoming home opener this coming weekend; although that might be a lot to ask of Bucs fans.

2.  WR Kenny BellOh Kenny, say it ain’t so. There’s a rumor that Bell was spending most of the game selling popcorn. The struggling wide receiver was hardly seen “running great routes” and did not play on special teams. The old saying ‘out of sight, out of mind’, definitely comes to mind here. It would be hard to believe that Bell has earned a spot already, and coaches wanted a look at other players. Unfortunately, I believe Bell’s days may be numbered. When other receivers such as Jonathan Krause hauling in a 41-yard reception, Evan Spencer making several nice grabs, and Bernard Reedy flashing a few times, you’ll be overlooked.    

3.  G/C Evan Smith – This was a tough one because Smith is usually a very reliable player. While playing center in the first half, Smith looked sluggish and was getting pushed around relatively easily. In this apparent position battle for center against Joe Hawley, it seems almost inconsequential that there’s even a battle. Against the Jags, Smith was being knocked around, and not showing fight on every play. The defensive lines of Jacksonville, as talented as they are, were slipping through Smith’s gap responsibilities. On several plays, Smith held up a red cloth up before slipping it away allowing DT’s to bull rush through and around Smith, penetrating the backfield and getting the RB for TFL’s. 

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