Sometimes it’s easy to be deceived by what you see in the preseason.
And sometimes it means exactly what you thought it was going to mean.
The early optimism about the Buccaneers has been dampened by a shaky offensive line performance, which could be a problem all season.
The Bucs have already allowed a pair of sacks to the Jaguars, one of which led to a quarterback Josh McCown fumble.
Mix in a few penalties (including one which eliminated a third-down conversion), and it’s a rough start for a rebuilt line.
Sure, they were hoping Carl Nicks would have been well enough to play this year, but when that didn’t happen, it exposed several flaws. They’re hopeful that Anthony Collins and Demar Dotson are a good pair of tackles, but that’s where the certainty ends.
Granted, Jacksonville’s defense had a hand in this, as the Jaguars have shown good pressure early on, with defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks in particular looking good.