The Tampa Bay Buccaneers end the 2013 preseason with a 1-3 record, despite the subpar record, the Buccaneers still saw its fair share of pleasant surprises during the preseason. The Bucs have had there share of problems beginning with the poor pass protection by the offensive line and the out-of-sync play of quarterback Josh Freeman. However, there are still positive spots for the Buccaneers.
With cornerback Darrelle Revis still recovering from a torn ACL, the rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks has stepped up to fill the No. 1 cornerback role and has emerged as a solid No. 2 corner for the Buccaneers opposite Darrelle Revis. The backup tailback position has looked pleasantly competent and has multiple options behind starting tailback Doug Martin depending on the Buccaneers needs. The emergence of veteran defensive end Trevor Scott will give the Buccaneers solid depth in the defensive line rotation and will push 2nd year defensive end Da'Quan Bowers. Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon looks very capable as the backup quarterback to Josh Freeman and could push Freeman for the starting quarterback spot if Freeman continues to struggle in the regular season. The linebacker position will be a position of strength for the Buccaneers regardless of who starts at strongside linebacker between Dekoda Watson and Jonathan Casillas.
The Buccaneers will now look towards the week one matchup against the New York Jets and these five pleasant surprises should all play a factor for the Buccaneers. Now lets break down these five surprises in a little more detail.