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Bucs-Falcons Injury Report 9-15

1 comment 📅September 15, 2014 9:03 pm

The Buccaneers and Falcons released their official injury report to the NFL this evening and here are the players that both teams listed.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Da’Quan Bowers – Abdomen – Full Participation
Evan Dietrich-Smith – Back – Limited Participation
Demar Dotson – Hamstring – Did Not Participate
Mason Foster – Shoulder – Did Not Participate
William Gholston – Shoulder – Limited Participation
Michael Johnson – Ankle – Limited Participation
Logan Mankins – Knee – Limited Participation
Doug Martin – Knee –Limited Participation
Gerald McCoy – Hand –Did Not Participate
Bradley McDougald –Knee – Full Participation
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Ankle –Did Not Participate

Julio Jones – Ankle – Limited Participation
Jake Matthews – Ankle – Limited Participation
Prince Shembo –Knee – Limited Participation
Roddy White – Hamstring – Did Not Participate

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Smith Sees Some Positive Things After Rams Loss And Plenty to Improve On

3 comments 📅September 15, 2014 6:01 pm

Bucs head coach Lovie Smith was fairly upbeat when he addressed the media on Monday afternoon during his weekly postgame press conference. Part of that has to do with finding some bright spots after reviewing the film.

“As we go forward, we have to highlight some of the positive things we did in the game, starting off offensively with our running game,” Smith said. “Whenever you can average over five yards a carry, it’s a good thing. And when we wanted to pass the football, I thought we were able to do some things in the passing game. We had pretty good balance.

“Offensive line, I think just about every time I’ve come in here someone has asked about the offensive line. I don’t hear any questions now and that’s a good thing. Our offensive line, that’s a good front that we played against. Bobby Rainey, talking about my glass half full as it is, the job Bobby Rainey did stepping up and the offensive line put him a position to do those things. Those are the things that we will build on.”

Although there were some positives, there were plenty of things that disappointed Smith and his staff from Sunday’s loss to the Rams.

“And defensively, just disappointing the amount of times we’ve taken the ball away,” Smith said. “We hung in there, but we had a quarterback that hasn’t played an awful lot, and we let them keep drives going, especially late. In the second half, they had about three long drives, and that really hurt us. Talked a lot last week about special teams and what we did well. As we’ve mentioned, [the blocked] field goal taking points off the board for us, and, of course, that [blocked] punt really hurt us.

“But that’s where we are for our football team. We watched the video this morning quickly and made the corrections. And now, as far as our team is concerned, they’ve moved on to Atlanta.”

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Bucs Waive Melvin; Sign LB Magee From Practice Squad

0 comments 📅September 15, 2014 5:40 pm

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers  announced on Monday afternoon that they have promoted linebacker Brandon Magee from the practice squad to the active roster and waived (injured) cornerback Rashaan Melvin.

Magee (5-11, 225) originally joined the Buccaneers as a waiver claim from the Cleveland Browns during this year’s training camp, spending the preseason with Tampa Bay, before being waived in the final round of cuts. He was then signed to the team’s practice squad. Last season, Magee appeared in eight games with the Browns

Melvin (6-2, 193), has been inactive for both of Tampa Bay’s games this season. He originally joined the Buccaneers as a college free agent in 2013, spending six games on the team’s active roster, but did not see any game action.

The team also announced they have signed linebacker Ka’Lial Glaud to the practice squad. Glaud (6-2, 230) played in seven games for Tampa Bay last season and spent this past offseason and preseason with the team, before being waived in the final round of roster cutdowns.


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Collins Still Hurting A Day After Loss, But Sees O-Line Improvement

3 comments 📅September 15, 2014 5:29 pm

Following Sunday’s 19-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams, Bucs left tackle Anthony Collins was visibly shaken. For 15 minutes he sat in the back of the locker room on a box with a towel over his head speaking to no one. When he finally returned to his locker, most of the media had cleared out. and Tribune reporter Ira Kaufman approached Collins who was still in a state of shock. To no one in particular Collins finally mustered the gumption to speak with tears welling up in his eyes.

“It’s not easy going against those defensive ends,” Collins said. “Yeah I am here for that. I know my ability. People know my ability. But it is not easy. You put your heart and soul into it. I know it is two games but… it hurts.”

Less that 24 hours later Collins familiar grin was back, but the pain from the loss was still evident.

“I am still upset, I can say I am over the game, but until the next game…we can’t let that happen anymore,” Collins said. “I just took time to myself and had to get away  in my mind. I put everything (in) it. It is not easy playing who I have played against the last two weeks (Greg Hardy and Robert Quinn). Going into the Atlanta battle I am just ready to get the taste out on my mouth and come away with a W instead of an L.”

Despite the outcome Collins pointed to some positive things, which included an offensive line that gave up just one sack and helped the Buccaneers gain 157 yards on the ground.

“It was just effort, we went out there knowing those boys were going to be from a dome, and it is hot down here in Tampa,” Collins said. “So once we put that body on them and that effort on them, I knew we were going to be able to run the ball.”

Part of that was from the line getting more and more used to playing with each other.

“It is coming along, I got my All-Pro (Logan Mankins) next to me,” Collins said. “Our center (Evan Dietrich-Smith) is getting it down, we have a good right tackle 
(Demar Dotson) and Pat (Omameh) is playing very, very well. I just have to take care of my business. The chemistry is coming with the tight ends. Shortly. But it is coming.

Collins went on to talk about Mankins leadership.

“I have never played with a guy like Logan (Mankins), I have played with some good left guards in Cincinnati, some great guards in Cincinnati” Collins said. “But a guy like Logan is telling you the game as the game is going on. I have never had that and it is different. I am loving it. As long as everybody stays healthy I think we are going to be alright.

“I see improvement and the places we have men we are going to be good. This is the first time we have ever played together period. Dotson is the only one from last year that is here. That has played in this weather and had played in these circumstances.”

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Bucs Lose McCoy To Broken Hand; Others Also Hurt In Loss To The Rams

17 comments 📅September 14, 2014 9:12 pm

The Buccaneers came into Sunday’s game against the Rams already hurting injury-wise, and finished the game in even worse shape.

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy suffered a broken hand and told the media following the game he’s unsure how long he will be out. McCoy was visibly upset in the locker room when discussing the injury and the loss and gave short answers when discussing his injury.

“I split a double team and hurt my hand,” McCoy said.

Defensive tackle Akeem Spence was part of a rotation with Clinton McDonald and Da’Quan Bowers who tried to fill McCoy’s shoes. Spence said losing McCoy was a blow.

“It’s tough, but us up front have the next man up mentality,” Spence said. “You hate to lose a guy like Gerald McCoy, he is the best under tackle in the league. But me, Da’Quan [Bowers], Clinton [McDonald] we tried to come in and fill in for him and pick up (for him), we might not be on the same level as Gerald but we aren’t too far off. We came in and just tried to keep the defense going.”

After the game Lovie Smith talked about the injury situation and the list that is growing longer. It’s one that now also includes linebacker Mason Foster who injured his shoulder in the second half.

“Injury-wise, we had a few – of course Gerald McCoy going down didn’t help the case,” Smith said. “And Mason Foster. Losing your Mike [linebacker] and your three-technique [defensive tackle] puts the defense in a hole a little bit, but nobody wants to hear about that. Don’t know the extent of the injuries, but neither could finish the football game. Hopefully we can get them back before long.”

Another player who took a tough hit but appeared to be okay after the game was wide receiver Mike Evans. The rookie caught a 29-yard pass to the Rams 32-yard line with less than 20 seconds to play, but was unable to get off the field after a hard hit by St. Louis safety T. J. McDonald. The officials stopped play with eight seconds on the clock, but inside two minutes, and without a timeout, the rules says there is a 10 second run off, and the game ended.

“I know all the guys are going to say that the game isn’t lost on one play, but to me, I am the guy that could have changed that,” Evans said.

“He took a blow – I don’t know exactly how bad,” Smith said. “He didn’t get off in the end. We need to if at all possible. But that’s one play in the game.”

The Buccaneers don’t have time to sulk after their 19-17 loss to St. Louis that now leaves them 0-2 on the year. Nor do they have much time to heal, as they travel to Atlanta for a nationally-televised matchup with the Falcons on Thursday night

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Report: Martin Will Not Play Against Rams

0 comments 📅September 14, 2014 2:20 pm

The Bucs lost of walking wounded grew by one on Sunday as it was reported by FOX Sport’s Jay Glazer that running back Doug Martin would not be active for today’s game against the Rams. Martin suffered a knee injury last Sunday against the Panthers and was limited in practice all week.

Boooby Rainey is expected to start in Martin’s place.

The Bucs are already without Adrian Clayborn who went on the IR after a biceps injury, Michael Johnson who has an ankle injury, Austin Seferian-Jenkins who also has an ankle injury and Rashaan Melvin who is still recovering from a preseason ankle injury.

Guard Logan Mankins is questionable after suffering a knee injury in last week’s 20-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

The full list of inactives will be released shortly.

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(Podcast) Cook Talks Clayborn Injury And Previews Rams On 98.7 The Fan

0 comments 📅September 14, 2014 12:39 am

Mark Cook of Pewter Report joined Marc Ryan to discuss Adrian Clayborn’s injury and this week’s matchup against the Rams.

Cook said that Clayborn being out is a big deal but it isn’t. He wasn’t very productive but having Michael Johnson out this week is what makes it a bigger deal. Even with those two they weren’t getting pressure so having guys off the streets is cause for some to panic.

Cook said there aren’t a lot of specifics about how Clayborn tore his bicep. It’s unfortunate Cook said because Clayborn has been out with an ACL injury before.

If the Bucs lose to backup QB’s two weeks in a row, Cook said they could go 4-12 again. He can’t see how they can beat Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan if they can’t beat backups.

To listen to the full interview, click here.

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Clayborn Out For Season With Torn Biceps

5 comments 📅September 12, 2014 10:30 am

The Buccaneers defensive line has been a work in progress with a number of roster shakeups since the preseason ended, but now after announcing on Friday that defensive end Adrian Clayborn has a torn biceps and will miss the rest of the season, the Bucs coaching staff, front office and defensive unit will be really be tested.

Clayborn practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday and Thursday apparently trying to fight through the injury before it was determined he would shut down for the season.

The fourth-year defensive end out of Iowa was a first round draft pick in 2011 and has a solid rookie season, notching 7.5 quarterback takedowns. The following year Clayborn suffered an ACL injury in the second game of the season against the Dallas Cowboys and was placed on injured reserve.

Last year Clayborn was able to start all 16 games for the Buccaneers under Greg Schiano and defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan and had 5.5 sacks, and was second on the Buccaneers to Lavonte David with 19 tackles for loss.

Tampa Bay re-signed defensive end defensive end Scott Solomon who was released this week to make room for Larry English.

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David Says Bucs Can’t Worry About Rams QB Situation

1 comment 📅September 11, 2014 5:34 pm

In last weeks opening day loss Rams quarterback Shawn Hill injured his thigh during the third quarter at home to Minnesota. This, coming after the team already lost Sam Bradford, yet again to a torn ACL during preseason now leaving some question marks for the Rams at quarterback.

According to Bucs star outside linebacker, Lavonte David, the focus for Tampa Bay will be staying true to their own strategy on defense.

“We just have to worry about what we do,” David said. “No matter who starts at quarterback, we have to be prepared for him.

“We just have to be disciplined with our drop zones, man coverage, and other things like that. We need to study film and know where receivers go on certain routes. It’s more about what we do, not what they do.”

Aside from the Rams passing game, David also realizes the threat that St. Louis’ running attack poses. 2013 fifth-round pick from Vanderbilt, Zac Stacy, was a breakout star for the Rams, as Tampa Bay saw first hand. Stacy rushed for 104 yards on 33 carries in their 23-13 victory over the the Bucs last December. Since then, David knows the importance of finishing tackles against Stacy and company, as they run tough and are hard to bring down alone.

“It’s a big challenge,” said David. They have another running back too (Benny Cunningham), and they’re both tough runners who are tough to bring down. They’re guys you have to gang tackle. Last year, they were tough to bring down, so it will be the same thing this year. We have to bring our big boy pants.”

Last week, the Rams were limited in the running game en route to their 34-6 blowout loss against Minnesota. Stacy was held to just 42 yards on 11 carries with Benny Cunningham contributing only 21 yards on 5 carries.

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(Podcast) Cook Talks Panthers, and Importance of Rams Game This Week

1 comment 📅September 11, 2014 4:09 pm

Pewter Report’s Mark Cook joined Fan Interference on 98.7 The Fan for his weekly segment on Bucs football to talk about the importance of this week’s game versus the Rams, the struggles of the Bucs offense and how there’s plenty of blame to go around. Cook also spoke about the impact of not having offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford available against Carolina.

In addition, Cook also elaborated on how the Bucs’ cornerback situation has changed due to Mike Jenkins being out for the year, and how they can’t afford to lose another corner to an injury. Click here to listen.

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