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Bucs-Bears Injury Report (11-21)

0 comments 📅November 21, 2014 2:45 pm

The Buccaneers and the Bears released their final injury reports for the week on Friday. Updates in BOLD denote changes from the previous day

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
LB Lavonte David – Hamstring – Did Not Participate – Questionable
RB Doug Martin – Ankle – Limited Participation – Questionable
CB Alterraun Verner – Hamstring – Limited Participation – Questionable
RB Charles Sims – Ankle – Limited Participation – Questionable

Chicago Bears
G/T Eben Britton – Illness – Limited Participation – Questionable
DT Ego Ferguson – Illness – Full Participation – Probable
CB Demontre Hurst – Knee – Limited Participation – Questionable
WR Alshon Jeffery – Hamstring – Full Participation – Probable
WR Brandon Marshall – Ankle – Limited Participation – Probable
T Jordan Mills – Ribs – Limited Participation – Questionable
WR Josh Morgan – Shoulder – Full Participation – Probable
LB Darryl Sharpton – Hamstring– Did Not Participate – Out
WR Chris Williams – Hamstring – Did Not Participate – Out
DE Trevor Scott – Knee – Did Not Participate – Out

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Bucs LB David Held Out Of Practice Again

1 comment 📅November 21, 2014 1:57 pm

Tampa Bay’s leading tackler did not take part in practice for the second straight day as the Buccaneers prepare for their trip to Chicago this weekend.

Coaches held linebacker Lavonte David out of Friday’s workout because of a hamstring injury suffered earlier this week.

“Lavonte David, as you could see we kept him out another day,” Bucs head coach Lovie Smith said. “He’ll be a game time decision. We’ll of course give him every chance to play. [He’s] a lot better but we held him out today.”

David is currently tied with Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly for the NFL lead in total tackles with 116. The third-year pro out of Nebraska has started all 42 games of his brief career since entering the league in 2012.

Tampa Bay currently has three backup linebackers on its roster: Dane Fletcher, Orie Lemon and Brandon Magee. Fletcher’s appeared in all 10 games, including three starts at middle linebacker while filling in for Mason Foster. Lemon and Magee have appeared in four and six games, respectively, and were both seen getting extra work after practice with linebackers coach Hardy Nickerson.

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Bears LB Briggs Says Bucs “D” Has Top 5 Potential

4 comments 📅November 19, 2014 6:45 pm

The Buccaneers and their fans need to stay the course.

Despite a season dominated by letdowns and shortcomings that’s combined to produce a 2-8 record, Chicago Bears three-time All-Pro linebacker Lance Briggs says the team has the right man for the job and a defensive scheme that is only going to get better with time.

“He’s going to tell you from day one that he’s going to treat everybody like a man and that’s the honest-to-God truth,” Briggs said during his conference call with the Tampa Bay media Wednesday. “When coaches do stuff like that and stay consistent to exactly what they say, you get a lot out of your men and he’s a man you’ll run through a brick wall for. You can’t say that about everybody you play for, so it was a time that I’ll never forget.”

Briggs played under Smith for nine of his 12 NFL seasons, racking up three selections to the All-Pro team and making seven trips to the Pro Bowl during that time.

In Smith’s 2004-2012 tenure in the Windy City, his teams produced an overall record of 81-63 and finished in the top five in scoring defense four times. The Tampa 2 defensive scheme Smith brought to Chicago 10 years ago is now back in the Bay Area and Briggs sees no reason to believe it won’t produce similar results as long as players buy in.

“We played decently well the first year he was here,” Briggs said of the Bears’ 5-11 inaugural season under Smith. “There are some things that you kind of have to get used to. The ball could be going one way and your key is taking you a different way. In a lot of systems as a linebacker, where the ball goes you go. But once you start getting more and more comfortable and you start seeing how teams attack you, just about every team’s going to attack you the same way. Maybe they’ll dress it up differently, but they’re going to attack you the same way.”

Noticeable in comparison to other defenses he’s experienced over his college and pro career, Briggs said the sum of a Tampa 2 defense’s parts is greatest when all players are able to check egos at the door and stay on point with their assignments.

“It’s not about the individuals that are in that defense,” he said. “If you understand what your role is, you can play fast, you can make plays and you can take the ball away. It’s also a defense where unselfishness is very important. Forcing the play. Hammering and setting an edge and forcing the play back in even though you don’t make the tackle. It’s like you made the play. So there are things you aren’t going to get an award for and you’re not going to get noticed for, but you caused that play. That has a lot to do with single gaps, gap integrity, being accountable for each play.”

One Buccaneer who stands to benefit from Smith’s defense is the man playing Briggs’ weakside linebacker position in Tampa Bay, he said.

“He’s a player,” Briggs said of Bucs weakside backer Lavonte David. “His name was coming up even before Lovie got there and when Lovie got the job, I knew there were some key positions that are important in that defense and having a three-technique, defensive end, weakside linebacker and a safety, those are the core of what you have there and plus a utility defensive end. When he took the job I thought [David] got put in a good situation as far as defensive personnel.

“Once those guys really buy in and understand what they’re doing over there, they’re going to find themselves as a top-five defense.”

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Bucs-Bears Injury Report (11-19)

1 comment 📅November 19, 2014 5:02 pm

The Buccaneers and the Bears released their initial injury reports for the week on Wednesday.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
LB Lavonte David – Hamstring – Limited Participation
RB Doug Martin – Ankle – Limited Participation
CB Alterraun Verner – Hamstring – Limited Participation

Chicago Bears

LB Lance Briggs – Not Injury Related – Did Not Participate
G/T Eben Britton – Illness – Limited Participation
DT Ego Ferguson – Illness – Did Not Participate
RB Matt Forte – Not Injury Related – Did Not Participate
WR Alshon Jeffery – Hamstring – Did Not Participate
WR Brandon Marshall – Ankle – Did Not Participate
T Jordan Mills – Ribs – Limited Participation
WR Josh Morgan – Shoulder – Limited Participation
LB Darryl Sharpton – Hamstring– Did Not Participate
WR Chris Williams – Hamstring – Did Not Participate
DT Jeremiah Ratliff – Not Injury Related – Did Not Participate
DE Trevor Scott – Knee – Did Not Participate

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Bucs Make Practice Squad Moves

0 comments 📅November 19, 2014 12:19 pm

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they have re-signed defensive end George Uko to the practice squad and released punter Jacob Schum from the practice squad.

Uko (6-3, 284) spent three weeks on Tampa Bay’s practice squad earlier this season, before being released on November 5.

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Bucs Confidence In Murray’s Leg Strong

0 comments 📅November 13, 2014 6:48 pm

One of the more surprising decisions made by Tampa Bay this preseason was showing veteran kicker Connor Barth the door and giving the duties to little-known rookie Patrick Murray.

A quick glance at the former Fordham University kicker’s league-low 69.2 conversion percentage on field goals may seem like the team made an error in judgment. But that’s not the case, and the Bucs are every bit as confident in their 23-year-old kicker as they were when they tossed him the reins in late August.

“Lot of confidence in him and he’s earned all of it,” Bucs head coach Lovie Smith said Thursday. “We’ve talked about him just being our kicker, and earning his way into that spot. He hit a lot of balls to be able to do that. He’s confident, you guys talked with him, he doesn’t need a pep talk. He’s pretty much been on point before the game, telling me exactly where his range was. Couldn’t be more pleased with what he’s done. Just a good pickup for our team.”

He’s not exactly sure when he noticed it, but Murray said he recognizes the coaching staff’s growing comfort level in running him out there no matter the situation.

“Absolutely there was a moment,” Murray said during Thursday’s open locker room. “I can’t pinpoint that moment exactly, but we practice every week and we kick 50-plus yard field goals every week, so it’s just constantly making them in practice and telling coach, ‘Look, if you put me out there I can get the job done.’ That gave him confidence and ultimately gave me confidence when I went out there.”

Where Murray has excelled this season is booting long field goals of 50-plus yards. He’s hit on 4 of 5 attempts from that distance, with a long of 55 yards at New Orleans and the lone miss on a 55-yarder at Cleveland. Only Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey has hit more times (5 of 6) from 50-plus yards this season and Murray is one of four in the NFL to hit at least four from that lengthy distance.

“I’ve always had a live leg and coaches have always let me kick those longer kicks,” he said. “I don’t feel the pressure. To me, I kick the same ball every single time, whether I’m kicking an extra point or a 50-plus yard field goal. That’s something my dad taught me a long time ago when he first taught me how to kick a football. But three points is three points, it doesn’t matter if it’s a 21-yard kick or a 57-yard kick. As long as the points go up on the board.”

Dragging Murray’s percentage down this season are the two midrange-to-short field goals he’s had blocked this season – a 24-yarder against St. Louis and a 31-yarder in Cleveland. His two clean misses were the 55-yarder in Cleveland and a 45-yarder against Baltimore that had plenty of leg but clanked off the right upright.

“You obviously want to be 100 percent on the year and it’s tough to go 100 percent,” Murray said, “but the fact that Coach Smith has the confidence in me to kick these long kicks just gives me more and more confidence every time I’m out there.”

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Bucs-Redskins Injury Report (11-13)

0 comments 📅November 13, 2014 5:33 pm

The Buccaneers and the Redskins released their second injury reports of the week on Thursday. Updates in BOLD denote changes from the previous day.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
T Anthony Collins – Foot – Full Participation
T Demar Dotson – Neck – Full Participation
DE Michael Johnson – Hand – Full Participation
RB Doug Martin – Ankle – Limited Participation
QB Josh McCown – Back – Full Participation
DT Gerald McCoy – Groin – Limited Participation
TE Luke Stocker – Hip – Full Participation
CB Alterraun Verner – Hamstring – Limited Participation

Washington Redskins
S Ryan Clark – Shoulder – Full Participation
QB Robert Griffin III – Ankle – Full Participation
LB Ryan Kerrigan – Wrist– Full Participation
TE Logan Paulson – Foot/Hamstring – Limited Participation
RB Silas Redd Jr. – Back – Full Participation
RB Keenan Robinson – Shoulder – Full Participation

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Bucs-Redskins Injury Report (11-12)

0 comments 📅November 12, 2014 6:28 pm

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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
T Anthony Collins – Foot – Limited Participation
T Demar Dotson – Neck – Limited Participation
DE Michael Johnson – Hand – Limited Participation
RB Doug Martin – Ankle – Did Not Participate
QB Josh McCown – Back – Full Participation
DT Gerald McCoy – Groin – Did Not Participate
TE Luke Stocker – Hip – Limited Participation
CB Alterraun Verner – Hamstring – Limited Participation

Washington Redskins
S Ryan Clark – Shoulder – Full Participation
QB Robert Griffin III – Ankle – Full Participation
LB Ryan Kerrigan – Wrist– Full Participation
TE Logan Paulson – Foot/Hamstring – Limited Participation
RB Silas Redd Jr. – Back – Full Participation
RB Keenan Robinson – Shoulder – Full Participation

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Bucs-Falcons Final Injury Report (11-7)

1 comment 📅November 7, 2014 6:02 pm

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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
T Anthony Collins – Foot – Did Not Participate – DOUBTFUL
LB Lavonte David – Knee – Full Participation – QUESTIONABLE
G Kadeem Edwards – Foot – Limited Participation – OUT
WR Vincent Jackson – Knee – Full Participation – QUESTIONABLE
DE Michael Johnson – Hand – Full Participation – QUESTIONABLE
LB Brandon Magee – Knee – Full Participation – QUESTIONABLE
RB Doug Martin – Ankle – Did Not Participate – DOUBTFUL
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Thumb – Limited Participation – QUESTIONABLE
RB Charles Sims – Ankle – Limited Participation – QUESTIONABLE
DT Akeem Spence – Hamstring – Limited Participation – QUESTIONABLE
TE Luke Stocker – Hip – Limited Participation – QUESTIONABLE
CB Alterraun Verner – Hamstring – Did Not Participate – DOUBTFUL

Atlanta Falcons
DT Jonathan Babineaux – Foot – Full Participation – PROBABLE
WR Harry Douglas – Foot – Full Participation – QUESTIONABLE
DB Jonathan Massaquoi – Foot – Full Participation – QUESTIONABLE
T Jonathan Scott – Hamstring – Did Not Participate – OUT
RB Antone Smith – Neck – Full Participation – QUESTIONABLE

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Bucs Downplaying Atlanta Rematch After Blowout

2 comments 📅November 6, 2014 8:31 pm

If the Bucs are fired up about getting a second crack at a team that spanked them in front of a nationally televised audience seven weeks ago, they’re not exactly letting on about it.

The general consensus around Tampa Bay’s locker room this week is that the 1-7 team’s more concerned with simply winning a football game than getting revenge.

“I don’t think about that,” defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said of what happened in Week 3. “Coach [Lovie Smith] said it leaves a scar with you; it does. All of us have scars. When you look at a scar you just remember, ‘Aw dang, I got this scar from this happening.’ That’s how we look at it.

“Atlanta’s been doing what they’ve been doing that gives them success in certain areas. But then they’ve been doing a lot of things that we see and can try to expose. Same thing with us. We’ve been focusing on what we have to do better, even starting from last week against Cleveland. It’s not really anything of looking back at the last game [against Atlanta] and what they did.”

Left guard Logan Mankins, a Buccaneer that’s been more accustomed being on the other side of blowouts during his first nine pro seasons in New England, said the approach stays the same week in and week out, but that there at least should be a little extra fire Sunday.

“It’s another game, but it’s a big game for us,” he said. “We’re trying to get on track here. It’s fresh on my mind. As soon as you watch that game again and see how poorly we played, it should spark something in there.”

Center Evan Dietrich-Smith, typically not one to mince words, said he does want to atone for the Week 3’s poor showing but stuck to the team-wide mantra.

“When you get blown out you’re going to remember those games because they suck,” he said. “It’s not fun to be a part of that kind of stuff, but it’s something that happens. So if you get a chance to do something about it you always want to do something about it. This time around we want to make sure the outcome is different. That’s pretty much all we’re trying to think around here.”

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