Head coach Lovie Smith indicated this week that it is unlikely starters will see much action when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Washington Redskins tonight at Raymond James Stadium in the final game of the preseason. Game time is 7:30 p.m. (EDT).
The Buccaneers are fresh off their first win of the preseason, a dominating 27-14 win over the Buffalo Bills.
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“As a general rule, we use the first three preseason games in order to get ready for the season,” Smith said. “The final one, I never have and don’t plan on [playing the starters]. We feel good about the group that we’re going with and for most of those guys it’s time to get ready for Carolina.
“To develop our football team this is an important game for us and for some of our backups that didn’t play a lot last week,” he added. “We weren’t pleased with how some of our seconds played. We want to get a good look at them, so there are a lot of things that we need to [look at]. During the course of the preseason, we want to get all of the situations in and we haven’t gone for two points, so there are a lot things that we need to do and of course evaluating our seconds is a part of that.”