Even more difficult to explain, was the use — or non-use — of wide receiver Danario Alexander. Following his stellar debut against San Diego, Alexander didn't see the field much in Tampa and caught only one pass for 6 yards.
Alexander experienced some knee soreness following the San Diego game, but Spagnuolo said that was a non-factor in determining Alexander's playing time against the Bucs.
"No, there was nothing there (health-wise)," Spagnuolo said. "The way the offense works with the receivers is they're in there for certain plays. When those are dialed up, he goes in. It's not, 'You have this series, you have that ...' "
In other words, Alexander simply wasn't a major part of the game plan Sunday, which seems startling considering his impact a week earlier.
"Yeah, I think we can get him more involved," Spagnuolo said. "No question."