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Bucs-Colts Injury Report (11-27)

0 comments 📅November 27, 2015 2:49 pm

The Buccaneers and Eagles released their final injury reports of the week on Friday. Updates in BOLD denote a change from the previous day.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DE George Johnson – Calf – Did Not Participate – Out
G Ali Marpet – Ankle – Limited Participation – Questionable
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Shoulder – Limited Participation – Doubtful
DE Josh Shirley – Calf – Full Participation – Probable
G/C Evan Smith – Knee – Full Participation – Probable
S Keith Tandy – Concussion – Did Not Participate – Out

Indianapolis Colts
S Mike Adams – Ankle – Limited Participation – Doubtful
T Anthony Castonzo – Ankle – Did Not Participate – Out
CB Vontae Davis – Hamstring – Full Participation – Probable
WR Phillip Dorsett – Ankle – Did Not Participate – Out
LB Jerrell Freeman – Ribs – Full Participation – Probable
RB Frank Gore – Ankle – Full Participation – Probable
LB D’Qwell Jackson – Not Injury Related – Full Participation – Probable
WR Andre Johnson – Not Injury Related – Full Participation – Probable
QB Andrew Luck – Abdomen/Kidney – Did Not Participate – Out
LB Robert Mathis – Not Injury Related – Full Participation – Probable
LB Sio Moore – Back – Limited Participation – Probable
CB D’Joun Smith – Knee – Full Participation – Probable
G Hugh Thornton – Shoulder – Full Participation – Probable
CB Greg Toler – Groin – Limited Participation – Questionable
LB Erik Walden – Foot – Limited Participation – Questionable

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Bucs’ Winston Improving In Red Zone

1 comment 📅November 27, 2015 2:34 pm

In the nine games prior to last Sunday’s 45-17 routing in Philadelphia, Jameis Winston sported a 45 percent completion rate in the red zone (20 of 44) with six touchdown passes in total.

After starting 0 for 5 inside the 20-yard line last week, the rookie quarterback settled in and connected on his next five attempts, all of which went for six points, showing rapid growth in the offenses’ most critical down and distance.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston had a career-high 5 TDs at Philly – Photo by: Getty Images

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One of the reasons for Winston’s quick development in red zone situations, according Dirk Koetter, has been his trust in the receivers and their ability to finish the play.

“Jameis gave guys a chance to catch the ball,” the Bucs offensive coordinator said. “One of our things is give him a chance. Know where you are going, know what the coverage is, use your indicators and then give your guys a chance, like on the first fade route to Mike [Evans]. That was pretty well covered, gave him a chance.”

One by one, from the 13-yard toss to Vincent Jackson to the third-and-3 slant to Cameron Brate, Koetter went through each individual touchdown pass in Sunday’s game, saying “more than anything (Jameis) gave our guys a chance to make the play and they made them.”

Earlier in the season, when the Bucs pass-offense was stalling in the red zone, Koetter said that the most important thing a quarterback can do while throwing in tight spaces is make quick decisions and release the ball – no hesitation. Still a rookie, Winston has already shown improvement in that respect and his rapport with the receivers has grown increasingly with each passing game.

Along with building a better relationship with recent starters like Brate and Adam Humphries, Winston is now getting to throw to the original receiving corps, too, one that’s hardly been on the field at the same time this season.

“Basically getting that team feeling back that we had in OTAs,” Winston said of what it meant to have Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans finally on the field last Sunday. “That chemistry that we did develop that we kind of lost early in the season when we lost Austin [Seferian-Jenkins] and eventually Vince, but having him back is just having one of your best guys back. It’s like having another Logan Mankins on the field.

“That’s always going to help you out because Vince is definitely one of our leaders and he’s one of our veterans. As young players, we go to (Jackson), especially during the battle of the game to seek for any wisdom or, ‘what is he doing in this situation,’ so we can build off him.”

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Bucs Relatively Healthy, Still A Few Uncertain

0 comments 📅November 27, 2015 2:33 pm

The Buccaneers have suffered their share of injuries as the season’s progressed, but heading into Week 12, the team appears to be healing up in time for the final stretch. Only two players – defensive end George Johnson and safety Keith Tandy – are officially listed as out for Sunday’s game in Indianapolis.

“When we talk about two guys being out for sure right now, you cant beat that,” head coach Lovie Smith said after practice Friday. “Seems like there isn’t one spot where we’re really in a hole, so we’re in pretty good shape. Again, you can’t be in a better position this time of year.”

Bucs RG Ali Marpet - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs RG Ali Marpet – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Of course, that’s not to say that Tampa Bay is completely injury-free.

While Smith said Austin Seferian-Jenkins is continuing to make progress, as is Ali Marpet, who’s ankle caused him to miss his first game last Sunday in Philly, the Bucs still have some uncertainty with key players on offense.

In Seferian-Jenkins case, the second-year tight end has been limited in practice for the sixth week but still hasn’t been cleared for contact. His prolonged sidelining since Week 2 continues to suggest that his shoulder injury, first said to be a 4-6 week recovery, was far worse that initial reports.

As for Marpet, Smith called the rookie right guard a “game-time” decision. Same goes for Evan Smith, who’s dealing with a knee issue.

“They’re both limited,” Smith said of Marpet and Smith. “They’re making progress and we have a little bit of time to go (before the game). They both were able to do some type of work out there today. When I say ‘limited,’ I don’t quite know that they’re not 100 percent. They are getting better each day.”

While the Colts have generated just one sack between their two main interior tackles this season – rookies David Parry and T.Y. McGill – and measly 14 in total, Tampa Bay could certainly use its starting lineman for added protection against linebacker blitzes this Sunday. Not to mention for the sake of Marpet’s personal growth and trajectory into becoming one of the league’s better right guards.

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Seminoles’ Fisher: Winston Amazed At Speed Of NFL Linebackers

4 comments 📅November 27, 2015 11:34 am

Ask any rookie player in the NFL what the biggest difference between college and professional football is, and 9-out-of-10 times they will say speed.

Bucs rookie quarterback Jameis Winston is no different.

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MMQB’s Robert Klemko took a few minutes and spoke to FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher about the progression of his former star pupil earlier this week, and Fisher said Winston was amazed at certain things about life in the NFL.

“Jameis was kind of amazed at the speed of the linebackers and how well they could cover,” Fisher told Klemko . “With how much more athletic the linebackers are, the underneath windows become really condensed. Throwing the vertical inside seams, you’ve really got to drive it and be good with your eyes.

“Early on, that’s where he really had to concentrate.”

To read more of Klemko’s conversation with Fisher, click here.

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NFL Taking Notice Of Bucs Players; Latest Award Winners

5 comments 📅November 26, 2015 5:46 pm

While no one is confusing the Buccaneers with the New England Patriots, their 5-5 record is surprising some around the NFL. And with the recent success on the field, players are earning national honors.

Bucs RB Doug Martin had a huge day on Sunday against the Eagles – Photo: Getty ImagesOn Thursday the National Football League announced that Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has been voted FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week for Week 11.

Facing the Philadelphia Eagles, Martin rushed 27 times for 235 yards (8.7 avg.). His 235 yards are the most in the NFL this season and the most since 2012, when Martin rushed for a career-high 251 yards (11/4/12 at OAK). His 235 rushing yards stand as the 20th-most in a single game in NFL history and join Martin with O.J. Simpson and Corey Dillon as the only two players to have two games in the top 20 all-time.

Martin notched an 84-yard run – the longest in Buccaneers history – and a 58-yard run, becoming the first player since 2012 to notch rushes of 80+ yards and 50+ yards in the same game (Adrian Peterson, Week 15). He rushed for 177 yards in the first half, the most in the NFL since Jamal Lewis’ 180 on September 14, 2003. Martin helped lead a Buccaneers rushing attack that totaled 283 yards, the most in a game in franchise history. He is currently second in the NFL in rushing yards, with 941 on 188 carries (5.01 avg.). His 5.01 rushing average is the most by any running back with at least 150 carries.

This is Martin’s fifth career FedEx Ground Player of the Week award, after winning three in 2012 (Weeks 8, 9 & 11) and one in Week 5 of this season. His five wins are the most by any player in franchise history and he is the only Buccaneers player to ever earn the award multiple times in different seasons.

Martin wasn’t the only Buccaneers to win an award this week as the NFL also announced today that  quarterback Jameis Winston has been voted FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week for Week 11.

Going against the Philadelphia Eagles, Winston completed 19-of-29 passes (65.5 pct) for 246 yards and five touchdowns, with a 131.6 passer rating. Winston became the first rookie since Ray Buivid in 1937 to throw five touchdown passes and zero interceptions in a game. The five touchdown passes tied a record shared with Buivid and Matthew Stafford (2009). His five touchdown passes – to five different receivers – tied a franchise record.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston - Photo by: Getty Images

Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Getty Images

Winston joins Marcus Mariota as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to throw four touchdown passes in one half of a game. Winston is also one half of a duo (along with Doug Martin) that became the first teammates in NFL history to have one player throw for five touchdowns and another rush for more than 200 yards in a road game.

Winston’s 15 touchdown passes are tied for the most by a rookie quarterback through the first 11 weeks of the season since the merger, while his 2,305 passing yards are the third-most.

This is Winston’s first career FedEx Air Player of the Week award and the first for the Buccaneers since 2010 (Josh Freeman, Week 17). Winston is only the third quarterback in franchise history to earn the award (Freeman, Chris Simms).

– Part of this report is courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Communications Department


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All-22 Game Highlights: Bucs vs. Eagles – Winston’s TD Passes

1 comment 📅November 25, 2015 7:22 pm

This week Pewter Report unveils a new feature from correspondent Steve Cheah who will provide video plays taken from the coaches film of selected Bucs highlights from the previous week’s game. This week here is the video of Jameis Winston’s first two touchdown passes against the Eagles.

1. Winston TD to Mike Evans
Winston finds Evans on a fade route to the left side to get the score even at 7-7. The touchdown drive was critical, as the Eagles had taken the opening possession and quickly moved down the field to take an early lead.

2. Winston TD pass to Vincent Jackson Jackson, returning to the lineup after missing three games with a knee injury helped open things up for the Bucs offense. Winston throws a great pass to Evans who uses his 6-foot-5 frame to essentially box out the cornerback while also getting inside the safety who was a step late.

Cheah is an avid Bucs fan and reader who currently lives in New York City. You can follow Cheah and see many more of his video highlights from the coaches film on Twitter @CHEAH_SAY

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Staying With Bucs The First Priority, Bucs RB Martin Says

5 comments 📅November 25, 2015 5:14 pm

Two days after Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith described keeping running back Doug Martin in town as a team priority, the fourth-year running back dittoed the feeling.

“I love Tampa. I built a house here so I love it here,” Martin said of the city right before saying it would be a priority to re-sign with Tampa Bay before leaving for another organization. “This is my fourth year here and I’ve built a lot of relationships around here and like I said I just love Tampa.”

If the contract situation is a motivator or a distraction, Martin’s doing his best not to admit to either.

“That will take care of itself,” he said of his potential value after this season. “I’m just going to go out there and do my job on the field. I know if I do my job everything else will fall into place.”

Tampa Bay had the opportunity to pick up Martin’s fifth-year option but declined to do so this past offseason. That decision’s worked out for both parties, Smith said Monday.

“Is Doug Martin a priority? I can say that, yes, he definitely is,” Smith said. “I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all to go in to the fifth year. I think it has benefited Doug as much as anything. He’s in a great position now. I don’t think Doug came into the season thinking he wasn’t wanted around here. It’s the complete opposite of that and we have acknowledged everything he’s done along the way and we put him in a position to have the type of year that he is having right now.

“I think it’s all good. If I’m Doug Martin, I’m pretty happy I didn’t sign a contract before and like the position I’m in right now.”

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Bucs-Colts Injury Report (11-25)

2 comments 📅November 25, 2015 4:21 pm

The Buccaneers and Eagles released their first injury reports of the week on Wednesday.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DE George Johnson – Calf – Did Not Participate
G Ali Marpet – Ankle – Limited Participation
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Shoulder – Limited Participation
DE Josh Shirley – Calf – Limited Participation
G/C Evan Smith – Knee – Did Not Participate
S Keith Tandy – Concussion – Did Not Participate

Indianapolis Colts
S Mike Adams – Ankle – Did Not Participate
T Anthony Castonzo – Ankle – Did Not Participate
CB Vontae Davis – Hamstring – Did Not Participate
WR Phillip Dorsett – Ankle – Did Not Participate
LB Jerrell Freeman – Ribs – Did Not Participate
RB Frank Gore – Ankle – Did Not Participate
WR Andre Johnson – Not Injury Related – Did Not Participate
QB Andrew Luck – Abdomen/Kidney – Did Not Participate
LB Robert Mathis – Not Injury Related – Did Not Participate
CB D’Joun Smith – Knee – Limited Participation
G Hugh Thornton – Shoulder – Limited Participation
LB Erik Walden – Foot – Did Not Participate

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Bucs Sign 2 To The Practice Squad

1 comment 📅November 25, 2015 4:11 pm

Defensive back Akeem Davis and center Ben Gottschalk were signed to the Tampa Bay practice squad Wednesday.

According to a press release from the organization, there was a spot available due to offensive lineman Ryan Groy signing on the Buffalo Bills’ active roster.

Davis, 6-foot-1, 200-pounds, re-joins the team after having spent Week 10 on the Buccaneers’ practice squad. He’s played in 15 career games over two years, notching one tackle, one forced fumble and 12 special teams tackles.

Gottschalk, 6-foot-5, 293-pounds, also entered the league last year and spent the 2014 offseason and preseason with the Kansas City Chiefs. He split time in Tampa Bay and San Francisco this past offseason.

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Bucs’ Improvement Starting To Show On Scoreboard

3 comments 📅November 25, 2015 11:40 am

Sunday’s 45-17 win in Philadelphia might have been the Buccaneers’ most obvious sign of improvement since the beginning of the season, but according to Lovie Smith, it was far from the first.

Bucs head coach Lovie Smith had his team ready to play in a 45-17 triumph over the Philadelphia Eagles - Photo by: Getty Images

PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 22: (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The head coach, who received a great deal of criticism for saying “it takes a good football team to get out to a 24-0 lead” following the monumental collapse in Washington, stood by his claim that the team had shown signs of growth even in losing efforts.

It was just time for the Bucs to learn how to finish and show that progress on the scoreboard, which was exactly the case last week.

“A lot of you didn’t want to hear that, [you] just wanted to see the score like all of us,” Smith said. “[You] wanted to see the results at the end… (But) it takes a good football team to get up on someone 24-0. Now, to see our football team learn how to finish a game that way (In Philadelphia). We didn’t see that type of game (in Washington), but at the same time you see those improvements showing up on Sunday. That’s what happened (Sunday).”

After consecutive wins – the first time for the Bucs since 2013 – Tampa Bay sits as 5-5 and in the hunt for a wild card spot. The talk of improving has turned into talk of playoffs. But while Smith knows his team is relevant and in contention, the message heading into next week hasn’t changed.

“It’s about that next opponent,” Smith said. “All those other things will take care of themselves. We talked an awful lot about getting to 5-5. Now we have chance to get over .500, win three games in a row. That’s what we’re going to talk about.”

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