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Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said that right tackle Demar Dotson is getting an MRI on his groin Saturday. If Dotson misses time, Caleb Benenoch would be considered as a replacement at right tackle, as would Kevin Pamphile, which would then move Evan Smith to left guard. All of their offensive linemen cross-train for this reason. Koetter said he feels a lot better about their depth inside versus outside.

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Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston is showing significant improvement from last preseason to this year -- his completion percentage has jumped from 59 percent to over 71 percent. But there is one concern heading into this third preseason game...

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Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Final score: Bucs 12, Jaguars 8. Bucs backups hold off a late surge by the Jags with Isaiah Johnson batting down a Hail Mary pass intended for Neal Sterling.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Folk has missed a 47-yard field goal, his second miss of the night. Keep in mind, Roberto Aguayo missed a FG and a PAT last week and he was gone the next day. Dirk Koetter said the team "needed to get behind Folk" but could Jason Licht's statement (made before Aguayo's cut), about the Bucs' kicker possibly not being on the current roster prove to be a premonition of sorts?

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Halftime update: Bucs leading the Jaguars 12-0. Another strong start for Jameis Winston but the offense left some scoring opportunities on the table. Still, completing passes to nine different receivers was impressive. Protection held up very well. The defense was aided by Blake Bortles' inaccuracy on the deep ball. I expected a much tougher challenge from the Jaguars' defense based on the joint practices earlier this week.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Jameis Winston first half stats: 21-of-29 for 196 passing yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. Came close, but it was ruled a fumble. Positives: For the second-straight week, he led a scoring drive on the opening possession. Negatives: The near-interception, failing to score a touchdown after that opening drive.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Injury update: Bucs DB/special teams ace Josh Robinson has a hamstring injury and he is doubtful to return.

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Missed FG, blocked PAT spoils Folk's Bucs debut

Kicker Nick Folk missed his first extra point attempt since winning the Buccaneers' kicking job, when he had a first-quarter kick blocked in Tampa Bay's preseason game against Jacksonville on Thursday.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Lavonte David sacks Blake Bortles for a loss of seven. He's got tremendous quickness off the ball. We didn't see him blitz a ton early on under Mike Smith last year but that will likely change. The defense was a bit simplified last year. Now that players are more comfortable, there are new wrinkles. David's such a versatile weapon to have for that. He can blitz (18 career sacks), can cover (10 career interceptions) and can deliver a hit. He's the only player in NFL history to record 15 sacks, 10 INTs and 450 tackles in his first five seasons.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter is visibly frustrated with Jameis Winston after a near-interception. He was flung backwards and attempted to throw the ball into the air. Jameis is constantly saying that he has to "take care of the football." Koetter is also trying to engrain in his head that he can't do it all sometimes. He tries to do too much. That's what happened there.

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It's been awhile

The Bills have not made the playoffs since the '90s, while the postseason has eluded the Rams and Bucs for more than a decade.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Injury update: Bucs right tackle Demar Dotson (groin) is out for the remainder of the game.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

In what Bucs fans must be thinking is a cruel, cruel twist of fate, Nick Folk just had an extra point blocked. Bucs GM Jason Licht went with Folk because even though he had missed in practice, he had the better mental makeup to pull it together in games. For what it's worth, that thing was blocked by 6-foot-8 Calais Campbell.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

An end-around to DeSean Jackson for 15 yards...not the first time we've seen that play. Needless to say, 1) that sore ankle looks fine and 2) the Bucs are getting creative with him. He's not just a deep threat, although that is where he can really help Jameis shine.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs Super Bowl-winning head coach and Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden just called Jameis Winston a "legitimate MVP candidate."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Another Buc who will get a ton of snaps tonight is Ryan Smith, who starts for cornerback Brent Grimes. Last week, Smith took his first snaps on defense as a pro. He's going to have a huge test covering Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie Kendell Beckwith will be stepping into the starting strongside linebacker role tonight for Devante Bond. He suffered a torn ACL not even nine months ago. He's also been backing up the MIKE role. They're eager to see him get these reps.

Team Stats

Passing Yards245.416th
Rushing Yards101.024th
Points For22.0Tied-18th
Points Against23.115th

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