TAMPA, Fla. -- "Sloppy" was an appropriate description for much of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' execution in a 44-16 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday at Raymond James Stadium.
The night meant the NFL debut of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon, and Bucs coach Greg Schiano received early looks at players competing for the No. 2 running back spot behind Doug Martin, among other key position battles.
It is unwise to glean too much from preseason results, but the Bucs will have plenty to work on in many areas throughout the coming days after losing to the defending Super Bowl champions in decisive fashion.
Here are quick observations from the Bucs' preseason opener.
1. The Bucs are not taking any chances with key names recovering from injuries. Thirteen Tampa Bay players were inactive, including some names expected to be major contributors this year. Cornerback Darrelle Revis, tight end Luke Stocker, defensive end Adrian Clayborn, kicker Lawrence Tynes and guards Davin ...