In his first start, Dolphins WR Brian Hartline had three catches for 79 yards including a 54-yard reception to set up the game’s only touchdown.
The Dolphins offense struggled overall, however, and coach Tony Sparano was unhappy with their failure to sustain long drives.
Sparano also was unhappy with the Dolphins defense’s inability to stop the Buccaneers from converting on third down.
RB Patrick Cobbs blocked a punt, but LB Charlie Anderson touched the ball which wound up costing the Dolphins a chance to recover it.
Dolphins QB Chad Henne had a rough game, completing only two of eight passes with an interception and he was sacked four times.
Neither Byron Leftwich nor Luke McCown played well enough to make Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris’s end the quarterback competition.
John Romano of the St. Petersburg Times wrote that the more you saw of the two veteran Buccaneers quarterbacks, the more you wanted to see rookie Josh Freeman.
Buccaneers RB Cadillac Williams said his left knee felt great after rushing eight times for 54 yards in his first preseason action.
The Buccaneers may have found their third receiver in Maurice Stovall, who finished with six catches for 74 yards.
The Buccaneers starting defense allowed the Dolphins only one first down.