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CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 11: Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks to pass in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on August 11, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

By Leo Haggerty

In my opinion, here’s a few pertinent points to watch for tonight as the Bucs travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars in Week 2 of the exhibition season. When the starters are on the field, here’s what to look for:

  1. EVOLUTION OF THE OFFENSE – Look for Winston to get more of his weapons involved, especially in the passing game.  Also, look for rookie TE O.J. Howard to see more snaps in the 2×2 alignment (two WRs and two TEs).
  2. DEFENSE STOUT AGAINST THE RUN – Jags rookie RB Leonard Fournette is a load.  Stopping him will be a true test for DC Mike Smith and the Pewter Pirates starting defense.
  3. DEFENSE GET OFF THE FIELD ON THIRD DOWN – The defense needs to pressure much-maligned Jacksonville QB Blake Bortels especially on third down.  Don’t let the former UCF star gain confidence.  When the opportunity presents itself to get off the field, make it happen.
  4. IMPROVEMENT IN THE KICKING GAME – Time to find out if Nick Folk is the man, or should I say, the foot. Enough said on that.

Those are the points I think are salient to the Buccaneers improving as they get ready for an opening season date in Miami with the Dolphins. Let’s see whether I’m right or wrong.

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