6 Storylines Heading Into Joint Practice: Bucs Vs Dolphins
On Friday, the Buccaneers will square off against the Dolphins for their second preseason game. Today, however, the Bucs and Dolphins will also square off. In practice.
Joint practices aren’t new for the Buccaneers, as they’ve had them multiple times over the years. But each one brings new storylines. Here’s five reasons why I am excited about #GoBucs joint practices with Miami starting tomorrow.
- Ndamukong Suh faces his old team:
Suh had his maintenance day today..no accident. He’ll be looking for blood against his old team and to show he’s still got plenty of gas left in the tank.
2. Xavien Howard Vs Mike Evans:
Howard is regarded as one of the best in the league, posting a whopping seven interceptions and 12 passes defended last season. Mike Evans is also regarded highly in the league, posting more than 1,500 yards last season and 17.7 yards per catch. While Evans has a four inch height advantage, Howard has shown he shies away from no challenger.
3. Ronald Jones and Peyton Barber vs another team:
On Friday, it was hard to tell Barber and Jones apart. Both were sparsely used, and looked good in their first game of 2019, both gaining 18 yards and 3-4 carries. How will the two fair against a new team? Will one of them get the edge for the starting job?
Back in Tampa! Ryan Fitzpatrick is having himself quite the offseason, as he’s winning Miami’s QB battle. How will he fair against this new aggressive Bucs defense?
5. Growing pains for young CB’s?:
Friday showed the young Bucs secondary that practice and games are much different. Will they bounce back against Fitzpatrick and a depleted Miami air raid? Or continue their journey on the learning curve?
6. Noah Spence: Is it time to believe?
Noah Spence raised quite a few eyebrows in practice, and even more so last Friday against the Steelers where their starting left tackle couldn’t stop him. Literally. Pittsburgh had to intentionally hold him to slow him down. Will he continue to show up?