Scott Reynolds from Pewter Report joins Booger and Rich every Monday and Friday to give you the best Bucs coverage in Tampa Bay. Today Reynolds spoke to Booger and guest host Jim Lighthall from Fan Interfernce about the Buccaneers second preseason game on the road against the New England Patriots Friday night.
Dekoda Watson is still in the drivers seat for the starting linebacker job but Jonathan Casillas has shown the Bucs coaching staff some big hits in practice. Reynolds said the Bucs are looking for consistency out of their defense and for someone to start making splash plays that helps gain momentum during a football game.
Carl Nicks will play tonight in New England, but his toe is likely to bother him throughout the season. Reynolds said Nicks needs to see some reps tonight and it’s a wait and see kind of situation as to whether or not his toe will hold up.
Reynolds says the Bucs love their starting five on the offensive line and backup Gabe Carimi who is fighting with Demar Dotson for a starting position at right tackle. Penn is in fighting form this season Reynolds said and the depth on the offensive line is solid this season.
Earlier this week, Mark Dominik said that the Bucs are thinking about playing Darrelle Revis in Week 3 of the preseason. Reynolds said that his inclination is that Revis will see at least a couple of plays against the Dolphins. Reynolds said that if the management wants him to play and the trainers clear him, then Revis doesn’t have an excuse to stay on the sidelines.
So which player is under the most pressure tonight? Reynolds says defensive end Da’Quan Bowers will likely see a good amount of playing time to see whether or not he can make some big impact plays against the Patriots. So far, Greg Schiano has been unhappy with Bowers’ play and conditioning. The microscope, according to Reynolds, will be on Bowers Friday night.
Special teams is also an area of concern for the Bucs tonight since they struggled against the Ravens a week ago. Reynolds said tonight should be telling and roster spots can be earned or lost from special teams play by the backups. Kicker Derek Dimke can win the starting job according to Reynolds. The toe injury to newly acquired Lawrence Tynes concerns Reynolds and Dimke isn’t slipping up ahead of him.