Meriweather wasn't credited with any tackles, but said "it felt good to run around, to actually hit somebody besides my own teammates. ... It felt good just to be out there, period."
Evan Royster rushed for 59 yards and a touchdown in his bid to win a job as a backup running back. Another young running back vying to make the roster, rookie Chris Thompson, scored on a 69-yard punt return.
Tampa Bay (1-3) finished a mostly unimpressive preseason with another sloppy performance.
With a healthy Freeman looking ahead to the Bucs' season opener against the Jets, third-round draft pick Mike Glennon played like a rookie in completing 7 of 16 passes for 63 yards and one interception. He also lost a fumble when the ball appeared to just slip out of his hand before his arm began moving forward to throw.
"Tonight is the first time he looked like a rookie. He struggled a little bit," Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano said. "That's not just him, obviously, but I'm sure when he watches this he'll say he wishes he had done this and done that."
Linebacker Najee Goode scored Tampa Bay's only touchdown, returning a second-quarter interception 37 yards. Derek Dimke missed the extra point, hitting the right upright — one of several sloppy moments for the Bucs, who turned the ball over twice while falling behind 27-6 at the half.
Dan Orlovsky replaced Glennon late in the third quarter and led a field goal drive for Tampa Bay, which sputtered offensively throughout the preseason.
In three exhibitions, Freeman was 12 of 26 for 101 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. He was sacked nine times.
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