Observations on the Buccaneers

It looked a little bit like Josh Freeman turned into Drew Brees on Friday night.

Playing just a little more than a quarter, Freeman completed passes to seven different players as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers opened their preseason with a 25-0 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Freeman completed nine of 13 passes for 73 yards and also ran for a touchdown before leaving with the Bucs holding a 13-0 lead.

Some other observations on the Buccaneers.

  • Tampa Bay’s defense had as much to do with the fast start as the offense. Rookie middle linebacker Mason Foster, who appears to be headed for a starting job, recovered a fumble to set up Freeman’s touchdown. On Kansas City’s next possession, safety Sean Jones recovered a fumble and the Bucs followed that up with a field goal. Tampa Bay’s second-team defense even recorded a safety late in the second quarter.

  • Nice to see the Bucs throw a pass to running back LeGarrette Blount. They’ve talked about getting him more involved in the passing game. Looks like the Bucs are serious about that.

  • Second-year receiver Dezmon Briscoe had four catches for 60 yards. The coaches have been high on Briscoe since late last season and he has a chance to open the season as the starter opposite Mike Williams. Arrelious Benn is coming off major knee surgery. Benn is progressing well, but the Bucs don’t want to rush him. With Briscoe, they might be able to buy Benn some more recovery time.

  • Not a bad outing by backup quarterback Josh Johnson. His agent might want to copy the tape and ship it around the league because Johnson can become a free agent next season.

  • The Bucs used their first two draft picks on defensive ends Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers in hopes of improving the pass rush. The rookies have yet to make an impact, but third-year defensive end Kyle Moore had two sacks and reserve linebacker Dekoda Watson had 1.5.