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Rainey On His Fumbles: “I Get Paid To Protect The Ball. That’s What I’ll Do.”

2 comments 📅September 22, 2014 2:29 pm

After rushing for 144 yards on 22 carries in a 19-17 loss to St. Louis, Bobby Rainey, a native of Griffin, Ga., was looking forward to returning home to face the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football. But a night in which he totaled over 100 yards (41 rushing, a career-high 64 receiving) turned out to be disastrous for the Buccaneers, who lost 56-14 to the Falcons, and to Rainey, who fumbled the ball twice.

“The turnovers are something I can’t do – period,” Rainey said. “I have to take care of the ball. I will do that starting today and from here on out. I will take care of the ball. The team doesn’t have to worry about me losing the ball again. What I get paid to do is protect the ball. That’s what I’ll do – protect the ball.
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“I had to basically block it out. I had a lot of the veterans come to me and say don’t worry about it, but I put a standard on myself that’s way more than what anyone could put on me. I had to move forward and contribute the way I could.”

Rainey said that Tim Spencer, the team’s running backs coach, was not pleased with Rainey’s two turnovers, which helped the Bucs dig a hole for themselves.

“He was pissed like always,” Rainey said. “Anytime one of us put the ball on the ground he’s pissed – period. We’re running backs and we have to protect the ball. We’re one of the guys that touches the ball the most. He was upset, but he still had the confidence to put me out there. I don’t know if it was because I was the only back that we had, but he showed confidence in me.”

That, and the fact that backup running back Mike James only has 11 yards in 10 carries and is averaging just over 1.0 yard per carry.

Given the fact that Rainey has three turnovers in three games, including a fumble in the 20-14 loss to Carolina in Week 1, it’s likely a given that Doug Martin will return to the starting lineup when his knee heels, which could be this Sunday at Pittsburgh.

While Martin has yet to turn the ball over this year, he only has nine yards on nine carries, while Rainey leads the team in rushing with 197 yards on 37 carries (5.3 avg.) and has 12 catches for 102 yards and a touchdown

 

 

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Dotson Says Buccaneers Offense Needs Tedford Back

7 comments 📅September 22, 2014 2:10 pm

With Tampa Bay’s offense ranked 30th in the NFL after three weeks, averaging just 271 yards per game and with only 38 points scored in 2014, to say that the team needs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford back calling plays would be an understatement. Tedford had two stents put in his heart following the Bucs’ preseason game in Buffalo last month and missed the preseason finale against Washington and the first three games of the 2014 season.

Bucs quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo has been calling plays in Tedford’s absence, and following Tampa Bay’s 56-14 loss at Atlanta on Thursday, right tackle Demar Dotson said the team needs its O.C. back as soon as possible.

“I don’t know how it has affected us, but I know it hurts,” Dotson said. “Jeff is a real good playcaller and this team needs him. But this team also wants him to do what he has to do to get himself better. When he’s able, we’ll welcome him back. Do we need him? We definitely need him.”

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Week 2: Bucs Fantasy Football Forecast – Sponsored by FanDuel

0 comments 📅September 11, 2014 12:40 pm

The Buccaneers defense is a hot mess for fantasy football players with several injuries affecting the defensive line. Starting left defensive end Adrian Clayborn is out for the season with a biceps injury and starting right end Michael Johnson missed the entire week of practice with a sprained ankle.

With the Bucs having to pick to ends to start out of the group of unheralded players like Will Gholston, Scott Solomon and Larry English, it might be best to stay away from Tampa Bay’s defense, which also lost veteran cornerback Mike Jenkins to a season-ending pectoral injury this week, even though the Bucs are facing a backup quarterback in St. Louis.

Offensively, left guard Logan Mankins practiced on his injured leg and is expected to play against St. Louis. Running back Doug Martin sustained a knee injury against Carolina, but returned to action and was limited earlier in the week in practice. He’ll play on Sunday, but how effective will he be? He may not be worth starting this week due to St. Louis’ stout defense. Backup running back Bobby Rainey, who had a touchdown catch last week, might be a more sound fantasy option.

Bucs rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins hasn’t practiced all week due to a sprained ankle and likely won’t play. Tight end Brandon Myers was the Bucs’ leading receiver last week with six catches for 41 yards and might be a better fantasy pick up, especially if Tampa Bay’s offensive line has a hard time handling St. Louis’ front four. Quarterback Josh McCown might be forced to get rid of the ball quickly.

McCown, who threw two touchdowns and two interceptions last week, and wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who had four receptions for 36 yards against the Panthers. Need to step up this week and have better performances. Both are worth starting, in addition to rookie wide receiver Mike Evans.

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Gholston, Bowers Practice; Johnson, Mankins, Martin, Seferian-Jenkins Are Out

0 comments 📅September 10, 2014 2:10 pm

The Buccaneers defensive line got a needed boost on Wednesday as reserve defensive end William Gholston (shoulder) and backup three-technique tackle Da’Quan Bowers (groin) returned to practice, but left guard Logan Mankins and running back Doug Martin sat out with leg injuries, and rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and defensive end Michael Johnson were out with an ankle injury. Mankins, Martin, Seferian-Jenkins and Johnson all suffered their injuries in Tampa Bay’s 20-14 season opening loss to Carolina.

Seferian-Jenkins and running back Charles Sims were seen wearing walking boots today in the Bucs locker room. Sims had ankle surgery during the preseason and is on injured reserve with a designation to return.

Also returning to practice was reserve safety Bradley McDougald, who was injured in the preseason, while reserve cornerback Rashaan Melvin is still out with an ankle injury.

The Bucs and Rams will release injury reports later today. Stay tuned to PewterReport.com for details.

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McCoy Pleads With Bucs Fans To Hang In There After Week 1 Loss

8 comments 📅September 10, 2014 1:46 pm

Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy addressed the fans’ disappointment of Tampa Bay losing its 2014 season opener at home to Carolina, 20-14, on Sunday. McCoy had eight solo tackles, two tackles for loss and a fourth quarter sack in his 2014 debut.

“Nobody is sitting here crying about the Patriots,” McCoy said. “They lost, too. And so did the Green Bay Packers. And so did the New Orleans Saints. Teams have to lose on Week 1. You can’t have two winners in every game. We lost Week 1. We apologize and we’ll fix it.

“You always want to go undefeated at home. Much credit goes to our fans. They didn’t give up on us and stayed loud throughout the whole game. One thing I will ask of our fans – and fans don’t crucify me for this – just hang in there. I know our fans have been patient. They just want to see a winner. We understand that. Just hang in there. We can’t do it without them. We need our fans to keep showing up and keep supporting us. It’s okay to be upset when we lose because we were upset, too. We’re not faulting them. But keep hanging in there with us.”

McCoy said he appreciated the help that the team’s 53,000 fans in attendance provided on Sunday, especially in the fourth quarter as Tampa Bay rallied back with two touchdowns to pull within three points at 17-14.

“I give our fans all the credit,” McCoy said. “They stayed with us and rooted us on all the way through. I just ask that they keep sticking with us. We’re not going to stop fighting, so we don’t need them to stop fighting. They need our fans.”

The Buccaneers get a chance to make amends for last week’s loss with another home game, this time against St. Louis, which lost at home to Minnesota, 34-6, on Sunday. When asked if the Rams game was a must-win in Week 2, McCoy scoffed at the notion.

“Every week is a must-win,” McCoy said. “We’re trying to get into the playoffs. You have to win to get in the playoffs. We get paid to win games. Every game is a must-win for us. It’s a crazy big game because it’s the next one. It’s Week 1 people. I understand we only won four games last year. I understand that our fans are tired of us losing. But if the fans are tired of us losing, think about how we feel.

“We’re the ones out their grinding in the offseason and training camp and then to come out in Week 1 and not win? It sucks. I guarantee you that the fans don’t feel as bad as we do. We ask that our fans stick in there with us and I guarantee you that we’re going to keep fighting. It’s Week 1. I guarantee you we’ll have 15 more [games]. The team we just lost to started off terrible last year and then won 10 straight. It happens. It’s a long season.”

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Bucs Place CB Jenkins On IR, Sign CB Butler

6 comments 📅September 10, 2014 12:07 pm

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered a major injury in Sunday’s 20-14 season-opening loss to Carolina at home, and it wasn’t necessarily left guard Logan Mankins’ leg injury. On Wednesday, the Bucs placed veteran cornerback Mike Jenkins on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle. The injury occurred in the second half of the Panthers game and forced Johnthan Banks, who suffered a head injury in the third quarter, back into the game.

Jenkins, who played collegiately at nearby University of South Florida, was competing for the starting cornerback job with Banks but missed significant time during training camp with a hamstring injury. Jenkins was just cleared to return to action last week after missing the preseason with his leg injury.

The 6-foot-1, 191-pound Butler spent the 2013 season with San Diego after playing in a career-high 12 games. Butler has played in 26 games in his four-year NFL career, recording four tackles, a forced fumble and six special teams tackles. He entered the league as a fifth-round pick in 2010 with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Butler played at Clemson, and has been on five times in the NFL – Pittsburgh, Arizona, Washington, Buffalo and San Diego.

The Bucs also signed defensive end Adrian Robinson (6-1, 250) to their practice squad. Robinson was signed by Pittsburgh as an undrafted free agent from Temple. He played in 12 games for the Steelers as a rookie and was then traded to Philadelphia in 2013.

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Welcome To The New PewterReport.com Bucs Blog!

4 comments 📅September 9, 2014 4:00 pm

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We’re very excited about the new Bucs Blog section on the redesigned PewterReport.com because it will enable our staff to deliver quick-hitting news in a very timely fashion to Bucs fans like you.

Some blog entries may be a few paragraphs or just a few sentences. We’ll leave the longer stories on the front page of PewterReport.com in the articles section, and we’ll have at least one new story per day.

However, the Bucs Blog section is the area of PewterReport.com that will be updated constantly throughout the day and night with tidbits from the locker room, injury updates, depth chart changes, interesting Twitter posts by Bucs and NFL players and other musings from the PewterReport.com staff. We will also have recorded podcasts of our weekly Pewter Report radio appearances on 98.7 The Fan in case you miss the live shows, in addition to the monthly, hour-long Pewter Report-What The Buc? podcasts.

In other words, you will want to visit this section of PewterReport.com multiple times every day to get even more information on the Bucs than ever before from our new and improved website.

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Rams, Bucs At Opposite Ends Of Penalty Spectrum

0 comments 📅September 9, 2014 2:18 pm

It will be the tale of two distinctly different teams when it comes to penalties this Sunday at Raymond James Stadium as the Buccaneers host the St. Louis Rams. The Minnesota Vikings beat the Rams on Sunday, 34-6, but St. Louis did a pretty good job of beating itself, too.

The Rams enter Sunday’s game against the Bucs as the league leader in penalties with 13 for 121 yards. St. Louis was actually flagged two more times for defensive holding, but those penalties were declined. Despite playing at home, the Rams had three false starts, and were also flagged twice for holding and for offensive pass interference. St. Louis also had three personal fouls – taunting, roughing the passer and roughing the kicker.

Meanwhile, the Bucs were more composed and penalized just three times for 15 yards in their 20-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 1 at Raymond James Stadium. A fourth penalty for pass interference against cornerback Mike Jenkins was declined by Carolina.

Two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was Tampa Bay’s leader in terms of infractions with two encroachment penalties. McCoy was the most penalized Buccaneer last year with 11 flags thrown against him, as Tampa Bay was the NFL’s third-most penalized team, drawing 121 flags for 1,136 yards.

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Week 1: Bucs Fantasy Football Recap – Sponsored by FanDuel

0 comments 📅September 9, 2014 12:34 pm

Not only did the Buccaneers falter against the visiting Carolina Panthers on Sunday, losing the 2014 season opener 20-14, Tampa Bay players didn’t produce much of anything in fantasy football.

Starting running back Doug Martin and wide receiver Vincent Jackson, two of the team’s best fantasy football options, were stymied by a stout Carolina defense. Martin was ineffective as a rusher, carrying the ball nine times for nine yards (1.0 avg.), and only had one catch for seven yards. Sixteen yards of total production was not what Bucs fantasy football players had in mind.

Jackson was barely any better, catching four passes for 36 yards and no touchdowns.

Quarterback Josh McCown had a rocky start to his Bucs career, but was likely Tampa Bay’s best fantasy option, completing 22-of-35 passes for 183 yards with two fourth quarter touchdowns after two previous interceptions. He also rushed for 27 yards on three carries (9.0 avg.).

Backup receiver Chris Owusu caught a touchdown pass, as did reserve running back Bobby Rainey. It’s highly unlikely that either Owusu or Rainey got the start from many fantasy football players.

Tampa Bay’s defense didn’t record a score or a takeaway, and only notched one sack while surrendering 20 points and 334 yards of total offense. Kicker Patrick Murray only added two extra points and didn’t kick any field goals for the Buccaneers.

Not only did the Buccaneers falter against the visiting Carolina Panthers on Sunday, losing the 2014 season opener 20-14, Tampa Bay players didn’t produce much of anything in fantasy football.

Starting running back Doug Martin and wide receiver Vincent Jackson, two of the team’s best fantasy football options, were stymied by a stout Carolina defense. Martin was ineffective as a rusher, carrying the ball nine times for nine yards (1.0 avg.), and only had one catch for seven yards. Sixteen yards of total production was not what Bucs fantasy football players had in mind.

Jackson was barely any better, catching four passes for 36 yards and no touchdowns.

Quarterback Josh McCown had a rocky start to his Bucs career, but was likely Tampa Bay’s best fantasy option, completing 22-of-35 passes for 183 yards with two fourth quarter touchdowns after two previous interceptions. He also rushed for 27 yards on three carries (9.0 avg.).

Backup receiver Chris Owusu caught a touchdown pass, as did reserve running back Bobby Rainey. It’s highly unlikely that either Owusu or Rainey got the start from many fantasy football players.

Tampa Bay’s defense didn’t record a score or a takeaway, and only notched one sack while surrendering 20 points and 334 yards of total offense. Kicker Patrick Murray only added two extra points and didn’t kick any field goals for the Buccaneers.

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Pewter Report Weekly Radio Schedule On 98.7 The Fan

0 comments 📅September 8, 2014 6:06 am

For the second year in a row, 98.7 The Fan has partnered with PewterReport.com for daily Bucs content on Tampa Bay’s first FM sports radio station. Pewter Reporters Scott Reynolds and Mark Cook are featured throughout the week on several shows on 98.7 The Fan.

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Here’s a complete listing of the days and times throughout the 2014 Buccaneers season:

Mondays – Scott Reynolds joins Booger and Marc Ryan at 4:20 p.m. ET

Tuesdays –
Mark Cook alternates with Scott Reynolds to join Rich Herrera at 8:00 p.m. ET

Wednesdays –
Mark Cook joins Justin Palowski and Jim Lighthall at 10:00 a.m. ET

Thursdays –
Scott Reynolds joins Kirk McEwen at 8:20 a.m. ET

Fridays – Mark Cook joins Booger and Marc Ryan at 4:20 p.m. ET

In case you miss one of these shows, visit PewterReport.com for the recording in podcast form.

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