Friday is the big day. It’s the day where the team releases their final injury report, and we get to see if any players are ruled out already, despite practicing during the week.

Now we know that answer.

Safety Josh Robinson and defensive end, Ryan Russell have also been ruled out, and Ali Marpet as well as Robert Ayers are questionable with David and Ward.

Here’s what coach Dirk Koetter had to say earlier about having to rule guys out who practiced during the week.

“Limited is a relative word. Again, these guys are professional football players. Nobody’s going to get medically cleared if they’re not ready to play in the game. That’s a medical decision and if guys are cleared, if they’re cleared to play then they are cleared to play. If they’re on the 46, they have to be ready to play the whole game.”

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  1. We need Ward to be ready. Conte, Evans, and VH3 are all liabilities at this point.

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    • Did you not see Evans play in the Patriots game? Looked pretty good from where I was sitting. Conte gets a bad rap……..perception vs reality. The group held the Flying Elvises to a mere 19 points. Did something right.

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      • LOL … good one, Scu ..

        Apparently any player who intercepts the greatest of all time quarterback on his fifth play in the league, and is second on the team in tackles that game, must really be a liability to his defense!

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      • And Scu .. I forgot to mention, Justin’s pick of Brady was his first all season.

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  2. I would not call it a liability.

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  3. I would say VH3 is a definite liability at this point. He is in his second year and not playing like the top 11 player selected in the draft. We weren’t sure whether it was the scheme or his lack of ability and confidence but Mike Smith pretty much confirmed it for me. Smith said even though the scheme calls for “off-coverage”, the CB has the freedom on how far back they want to play. It is obvious that VH3 has no confidence to play up. He is one of the main culprit for the other teams 3rd and long conversions. I don’t understand why when it is 3rd and 10, he plays 12 yards back and let the opposing QB play pitch and catch. I can’t even imagine if Grimes retires next year what will happen. We saw a glimpse of it in the Vikings game when a career backup QB carved us up. They better draft 3 CBs and 3 DLs in next year’s draft.

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    • Players gotta make plays, but coaches have to coach. If Coach Smith says his coverage is designed to be off – and it is – and one of his two starting corners is playing too far off, then the coach can’t just lay it off on the player. He’s gotta coach him up, just as Coack Koetter has got to coach up his quarterback because he is the offensive coordinator. I don’t know if Coach Smith meant to come off as throwing VHIII under the bus … I’m guessing “no” .. or not. If he coaches VHIII to play tighter coverage, and he simply can’t or won’t do it, then it’s all on the player.

      Trevor analyzed for us how the safety play is quite likely affecting the way VHIII plays off. Grimes also plays off, but he doesn’t get targeted as often for the natural reason that he led the entire league in passes defensed last season, by a large margin. Only an idiot OC and quarterback would pick on that guy, when he has a second year player who is not as good, at least not yet, in defending passes. Though he is a terrific tackler after the catch. Just as wel should all accord Jameis Winston the benefit of recognizing he’s only a third year player in a league where QBS usuayly require 5 or 6 seasons to near peak performance, we need to accord the same deference to a second year cornerback.

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      • Have I convinced everyone about VH3 now?

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  4. We can RANT about the Defense all we want but this team has supplied J Winston with a lot of talent and at some point he needs to be on target from start to finish.
    Now I am not bashing him because I was and still am a big fan of his but we need to score 24 pt. a game min. To win against the teams we have coming up.GO BUCS!

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    • I have to agree. The Buccaneers have got to get this offense going. It’s almost as if there are too many options and it’s causing confusion or hesitation on Winston’s part. I do think if Doug Martin can run the ball like he has in the past it will play into winston’s strength, throwing using play action. Once this offense gets going I believe a winning streak is likely. The Buccaneers should win in Arizona and frankly had better. If they do I believe they’ll be right in the thick of it for the NFC South games and the stretch run in late November/December.

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      • Garv I agree! I looks to me as if Winston is trying to hard to get the ball to D Jax. Instead of taking what he has with M Evans,Cam B. and Hump.
        D Jax is stretching the field and his time will come just stop trying low per. passes early in the game. This could be the play calling? The Bucs should IMO have 10 to 12 play drives and wear down the other teams DEF.

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