Bucs WR Mike Williams isn’t concerned about the offense’s lackluster performance during the preseason, because the team wasn’t playing the brand of football it will when the regular season opens Sunday against the Jets. The first-team offense ran only three or four of its most basic plays in preseason, and everyone is looking forward to showcasing a more diversified arsenal.
“It’s also good to know that you can run five plays in a row and know you’re going back out there if you (have to give the ball up),’’ he said. “I mean, now it’s time for us to win,” he said, “and so it feels good to focus on that again.’’
By the numbers
Of Bucs QB Josh Freeman’s 24 career victories, 10 were fourth-quarter or overtime comebacks. Yet, since 2010, when he staged five, Freeman has engineered only three fourth-quarter or overtime comebacks, and two of those came in 2011. The only comeback victory Freeman staged a year ago came Nov. 18 against Carolina at Bank of America Stadium.
Did you know?
The Bucs have not beaten the Jets since 1984, when then-Tampa Bay coach John McKay ordered his defense to lay down near the end of a 41-21 victory to help RB James Wilder break an NFL total yardage record. Wilder finished with 2,229 total yards that season, third in league history.
Quote of the day
“I believe if we can stay healthy there, it will be great. I think it will be the best we’ve had in the last three or four years. I’m really excited to see those guys get it rolling.’’
— RG Davin Joseph, on the defensive line and pass rush
LG Carl Nicks (toe, staph infection) and TE Tom Crabtree (ankle) will not play Sunday, according to the injury report issued Friday. CB Rashaan Melvin (hamstring) is doubtful. RB Mike James (eye) and FB Erik Lorig (calf) are questionable. RT Demar Dotson (back) and CB Darrelle Revis (knee) are probable.
Sunday: at New York Jets, 1 p.m.
Sept. 15: New Orleans, 4:05 p.m.
Sept. 22: at New England, 1 p.m.
Sept. 29: Arizona, 1 p.m.