JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (FNN Sports) — Preseason week 2 is upon us and already kicked off with many great games to shut outs. Last night, the Tampa Bay Bucs faced off against the Jacksonville Jaguars–a highly anticipated match for two reasons. One, there are two pretty young and potentially talented teams. Two, both of these teams picked up top defensive players in the 2016 draft.
Jacksonville was first to get on the score board with a connection between Blake Bortles and TJ Yeldon, as Yeldon drove in for a touchdown, placing the Jags up 7-0 with 4:49 left in the first quarter. Excitingly enough, the Bucs responded early in the second quarter: Jameis Winston found his big receiver Mike Evans for a 4-yard reception into the end zone. Both teams matched each other’s pace and aggression, responding to each team’s plays, tying up nearly until halftime, but the Bucs weren’t having that. They had Roberto Aguayo put up a successful 28-yard field goal right before the half, putting Tampa Bay up 17-14.
Coming back from halftime, Tampa Bay made sure they were heard as their first round draft pick Vernon Hargreaves had an interception nearly two minutes into the third quarter. During Tampa’s possession, Mike Glennon handed the ball off to newly signed running back Storm Johnson for a 1-yard touchdown, putting the Bucs up 24-14. With 9:11 left in the forth quarter, 1st year Josh Johnson picked off Glennon and ran it back for an 80-yard touchdown, keeping Jacksonville in the game 24-21.
At this point in the game both teams’ defenses stepped up even more, shutting down and breaking up important plays. These teams definitely showed not only their youth, but promising talent on both sides of the ball. Tampa Bay ended pushing and fighting for the win with a final 34-yard field goal by Aguayo with moments left in the forth quarter, securing the Bucs’ winning lead against the Jaguars 27-21. It’s exciting to see what these two teams bring into the 2016 season.