Best game: Count Redskins running back Mack Brown among the roster hopefuls thankful the preseason finale wasn’t canceled. Brown, who played his college ball at Florida, had 12 carries for 130 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown run, in the first half. Brown made the most of his final chance to make an impression, finishing with 19 carries for 149 yards. His dad went home with his touchdown ball.
Worst weather: Two inches of rain had already fallen before kickoff and most of the game was played in a downpour.
Best perk of being a starter: Twenty-six Redskins players didn’t make the trip to Tampa. After attending Wednesday’s Welcome Home Luncheon, the group planned to gather at a restaurant in Ashburn to watch their teammates slosh around in the mud. Several of those players were impressed by what they saw from Brown.
Worst first half: Blame it on the rain, but Redskins rookie quarterback Nate Sudfeld was 2 for 10 for six yards in the first 30 minutes.
Best catch: Sudfeld’s final line was 8 for 18 for 72 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Ross, who made a nice catch in the back of the end zone.
Best hope: While discussing the shorthanded Redskins’ running back situation before the game, Clinton Portis promised that one of his alter egos was ready for action if needed. “Southeast Jerome is here for the rescue,” Portis said. The Redskins decided to just roll with Brown and Kelley.
Worst grip: Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon lost the handle on the football in the first quarter and finished 1 for 5 for minus-1 yard.
Best rookie draft picks: Third-round pick Kendall Fuller, who made the game-clinching interception in last week’s win over the Bills, ended Tampa Bay’s first drive with a pass breakup and had five tackles. Second-round pick Su’a Cravens had four tackles, including one for loss.
Worst look: Former Bucs coach Jon Gruden, who lives in Tampa, spent some time with his brother, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden, on the sideline during the second half. He wore a Redskins rain jacket, which he probably won’t wear to FedEx Field when he calls the Redskins’s season opener against the Steelers on “Monday Night Football” on Sept. 12. In fairness, the poncho that Gruden was wearing at the start of the night wasn’t going to cut it.
Best kicks: Dustin Hopkins drilled a 47-yard field goal that would’ve been good from 57 yards to give the Redskins a 3-0 lead in the first quarter. Much-maligned Bucs rookie Roberto Aguayo made a 50-yard field goal early in the second half. Both kicks by the former Florida State kickers should’ve counted for four points given the conditions.
Best news: The Redskins will play at least 16 meaningful games before their next preseason game.