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PFF ReFocused, NFL Preseason Week 2: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16, Miami Dolphins 14

Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Matt Gay nailed a 48-yard field goal in the closing moments of the game to beat the visiting Miami Dolphins 16-14 on Friday night.

PFF's ReFocused series features immediate takeaways from the two analysts who graded the game live. The two offer a detailed breakdown of the game's most notable performances before the grades and advanced stats are reviewed and finalized by Senior Analysts.

All of PFF's grades and advanced stats from this game and the other games played this week will be finalized and made available to ELITE subscribers within 24 hours of the final whistle. ELITE subscribers can view player grades, advanced statistics, positional snap counts and more in Premium Stats.

Final Score

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16, Miami Dolphins 14

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay struggled to get out of their own territory for a large portion of the game thanks to a rough performance up front, but Ryan Griffin finally got things going in the fourth quarter. Griffin led the Bucs on three scoring drives in the final period, including one with 34 seconds remaining that featured a pair of excellent throws to tight end Tanner Hudson to set up the game-winning field goal.

Veteran edge defender Shaquill Barrett, who signed with the Buccaneers this offseason, turned in a strong performance against the run and rushing the passer in this one. He recorded multiple pressures and a handful of defensive stops along the way.

Miami Dolphins

Rookie Wisconsin product Michael Deiter had a very strong outing against Tampa Bay, picking up positive grades both in pass protection and as a run-blocker on the night.

Former first-rounder Charles Harris flashed brilliance rushing off the edge in this one, picking up multiple pressures and positively graded pass-rush snaps in the process.

Miami Dolphins

Rookie undrafted free agent Preston Williams followed up his strong performance from a week ago with a tough outing in Tampa Bay. He logged multiple drops and finished the contest with just one reception for seven yards.

Dolphins' Montre Hartage and Jonathan Ledbetter both earned low grades against Tampa Bay. Neither rookie had enough positive marks to mask their respective mistakes. Hartage came up short in coverage on several occasions, and Ledbetter missed some opportunities in the run game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

While Cole Boozer did perform well in the run game, his efforts in pass protection were awful. He allowed multiple pressures across a limited sample size.

Veteran Darian Stewart didn't have a great night before quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick stole his soul with a lowered shoulder on a scramble late in the contest. The Fitztruckstick was just the cherry on top of an already underwhelming performance from Stewart.

[Editor's Note: All of PFF's player grades and advanced statistics are finalized and made available to ELITE subscribers within 24 hours of the final whistle of each game during the preseason. Sign up today to gain access!]

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