Underneath the guise of a two-minute offense, the Bucs seemed decided with Brady on the helm. His six whole completions on the night time had been unfold out to 5 completely different receivers, together with veteran newcomer Julio Jones, who hauled within the largest play of the opening drive with a 20-yard catch alongside the sideline to get the Bucs within the purple zone.
“Julio is very easy to have chemistry with,” stated Brady. “He is an elite huge receiver within the NFL.”
Brady’s night time ended after the opening drive, finishing 6 of 8 passes for 44 yards. Whereas Brady’s return to the taking part in area generated a optimistic outlook, the Bucs did not stroll away from the preseason finale unscathed.
Heart Robert Hainsey left the sport within the second quarter as a consequence of an ankle harm that might probably threaten his availability for Sept. 11’s Week 1 opener versus the Cowboys. Hainsey’s backup, Nick Leverett, additionally exited the sport early as a consequence of a shoulder harm.
Hainsey has been working towards turning into the Bucs beginning heart for 2022 after Ryan Jensen suffered a major knee harm on July 28, and getting accustomed with the second-year participant was a significant cause for Brady taking part in within the ultimate preseason recreation.
“It is a powerful place. I imply, that is a giant place for an offense, the middle place,” Brady stated of Hainsey. “Clearly, all of us hated to lose Ryan. The extent of that we’re nonetheless attempting to determine however it should be some time. Hainsey stepped in and has carried out a superb job. Labored actually exhausting to realize the boldness of his teammates final 12 months and the belief of the entire group and he’ll need to do an important job.”
Saturday’s dings alongside the offensive line continues an alarming pattern for the Bucs. Beginning guard Aaron Stinnie suffered a season-ending knee harm in Week 2 of the preseason, and any extra prolonged absences of Brady’s blockers cannot be afforded.
Crucial absence, nevertheless, did come to an finish visually with Brady orchestrating a profitable drive in a Bucs uniform. Regardless of the hiccups alongside the best way, Brady and Co. wish to transfer ahead to the 2022 season with the hope of rendering the previous month as a mere afterthought by advantage of their success on the sector.
“We have had some accidents with the road we’re all coping with however you already know, attempt to put collectively a superb unit to go on the market and compete,” Brady stated. “We’re taking part in in opposition to a very good opponent in Dallas. It is going to be a very good take a look at for us.”