The early returns suggest Martin has recaptured rookie-season form. Against Cincinnati, he showed the explosive lateral agility, decisiveness and vision that were missing in 2013 and 2014.
Even if the offensive line remains a question mark, the improvements at quarterback and in the backfield should lead to a more consistent Bucs attack in 2015.
- The Bengals aren't the first team to no-show for a preseason road game. Although they were outgained 216-49 and outscored 23-3 in the first half, there was one bright spot: Geno Atkins is back. Glowing reports out of offseason practices and training camp hinted that Atkins had recaptured the 2012 form that had him in the Defensive Player of the Year race with J.J. Watt. Monday's night's performance backed up that sentiment, as Atkins gave the interior of the Bucs' offensive line fits.
- Andy Dalton's woes under the lights of national television aren't limited to the regular season and postseason. The Bengals' loaded first-string offense was a comprehensive failure, as Dalton managed a 15.7 passer rating in two quarters. Second-year quarterback A.J. McCarron, viewed as an alternative down the line, did nothing noteworthy in his first NFL preseason game.
- Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans exited with a hamstring injury. He was held out of the rest of the game as a precautionary measure, NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported, per multiple sources close to the situation. This will be a situation for fantasy leaguers to monitor in the next few days, though it sounds like Evans will be fine going forward.