Pewter Report Articles Archive
Mahan Likely To Start In Place Of Faine
With Jeff Faine sidelined due to a triceps injury, Bucs offensive lineman Sean Mahan, who re-signed with the team Monday, likely will start vs. the Buffalo Bills Sunday, although rookie C Jonathan Compas is also in the mix. Mahan has started 52 career games since entering the league with Tampa Bay in 2003.
Nugent Confident Mistakes Will Be Corrected
Despite struggling vs. Dallas in Week 1, Tampa Bay kicker Mike Nugent still is confident in his ability to make field goals for the Buccaneers. Nugent discussed his performance from One Buc Place Wednesday.
Defense Seeks Redemption
The Bucs defense believes the mistakes they had vs. the Cowboys in Week 1 are correctable, but the players know they have to go out and prove that vs. the Bills on Sunday. The Bucs defense, which ranks 29th in the league, views Sunday's game as an opportunity for redemption.
Offense Thinks It Can Improve
The Buccaneers believe that the offense can improve on their output from last Sunday. Bucs QB Byron Leftwich said the team is improving daily, and the players praised the job done by offensive coordinator Greg Olson as they prepare for the Bills. Plus, RB Earnest Graham discussed giving his carries to RB Cadillac Williams.
Bryant Held Out Of Practice
Tampa Bay WR Antonio Bryant was held out of Thursday's practice one day after being limited as the Bucs prepare for the Bills. Bucs head coach Raheem Morris doesn't know if Bryant will play Sunday. Plus, other injury news from One Buc Place.
Bryant Doubtful For Sunday's Game
Bucs WR Antonio Bryant was held out of practice for the second straight day Friday with pain in his surgically repaired knee. Bryant is listed as doubtful on Tampa Bay's injury report. If he can't play, Bryant will be replaced by Sammie Stroughter, Brian Clark and Maurice Stovall in a committee approach.
Tampa Bay Stampeded By Buffalo, Lose 33-20
UPDATED: The Bucs fell behind the Bills 17-0 in the first quarter and went on to lose to Buffalo on Sunday, 33-20. The Bucs defense, which has given up 900 yards of offense over the past two weeks, allowed the Bills to rush for 218 yards. The Bills defense picked off Byron Leftwich twice and shut down the Bucs' running game.
Pewter Report Roundtable
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost on the road to the Buffalo Bills Sunday, 33-20. What did the Pewter Report editorial staff think of the Bucs' second loss of the season, which came in Tampa Bay's first-ever trip to Buffalo? Which Bucs players stood out? The Pewter Reporters sound off in this article.
Game Grades: Offense
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Buffalo Bills 33-20 on Sunday. How did the Bucs offense grade out against the Bills? Find out in this Insider article.
Game Grades: Defense
The Bucs lost to the Bills on the road Sunday, 33-20. Which defensive players stood out in the Bucs' second loss of the season? Which ones didn't? PewterReport.com dishes out grades to the Bucs defense, special teams and coaching staff in this article.
Bucs-Bills Post-Game Quotes
What did the Bucs have to say after their 33-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday? Read head coach Raheem Morris' and his players' post-game comments in this article.
PI Quick Hits
How are the Buccaneers going to attack the Bills' offensive line? What new Bucs player is going to get playing time this Sunday? Plus, notes on center Sean Mahan, tight end Kellen Winslow, and quarterback Josh Freeman in this PI Quick Hits.
Bryant Out Against Buffalo
Buccaneers WR Antonio Bryant (knee) will not play against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Bryant did not travel with the team to Buffalo. The Bucs also put rookie CB E.J. Biggers on injured reserve, and signed S Steve Cargile. Taking Bryant's snaps will be Sammie Stroughter, Maurice Stovall, and Brian Clark.
Pewter Report Staff Picks: Week 3
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the New York Giants in Week 3 of the 2009 regular season. Which Pewter Reporters picked the Bucs to upset the Giants at Raymond James Stadium? Get their picks for each of this week's games in this article.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will clash with the New York Giants in Week 3 of the 2009 regular season. What happened the last time these two teams met? How did the Giants fare last week? Pewter Report has a preview of Sunday's Bucs-Giants game.
Enemy Profile: Giants
Pewter Report has scouted Tampa Bay's third opponent of the 2009 regular season - the New York Giants. How do the Bucs match up against the Giants at each position? Get answers to this question, a prediction and much more info regarding the Bucs-Giants matchup in this Pewter Insider article.
Bucs Concerned About Phillips' Thumb Injury
Bucs starting S Jermaine Phillips suffered a broken thumb during Tampa Bay's 33-20 loss to Buffalo on Sunday. Bucs head coach Raheem Morris said the team was "concerned" about Phillips' injury. Also, Bucs C Jeff Faine has been ruled out of the Giants game, and WR Antonio Bryant is listed as day-to-day.
Morris Calls Out Adams, Hints He May Be Replaced
Bucs head coach Raheem Morris called out DE Gaines Adams, Tampa Bay's first-round pick in 2007, on Monday for his failure to get to the quarterback during Tampa Bay's 0-2 start. Morris said that Adams has lacked fire and not played as fast and as hard as he did a year ago, and may be replaced in the starting lineup.
Bucs Have 31st-Ranked Defense Due To Sloppy Play
Tampa Bay's defense struggled mightily in its first two games of the 2009 regular season, and it's no coincidence both contests resulted in losses. Tampa Bay's defense, which finished 11 of 13 seasons ranked in the top 10 under Monte Kiffin, currently ranks 31st in the NFL.