The Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker corps was targeted by the New York Giants’ ground game in Sunday’s 38-35 loss, which was the team’s fourth in a row. Led by rookie Saquon Barkley’s 142-yard day, in which he also scored three touchdowns, the Giants rushed for 163 yards, taking advantage of the fact that the Bucs were without starting linebackers Lavonte David, who was sidelined with a sprained MCL, and Kwon Alexander, who has was placed on injured reserve after tearing his ACL against Cleveland last month.

Instead, the Bucs were forced to rely on backups Adarius Taylor, Riley Bullough and Devante Bond, who combined for 10 tackles on Sunday.

Tampa Bay was hoping to have Kendell Beckwith return to action from a broken ankle as a result of a car wreck that has sidelined him the entire offseason and in training camp, but Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said that Beckwith won’t be able to be activated to the active roster this year as he has not progressed enough in practice over the last two weeks during the team’s observation window while he is on the NFL’s Reserve/Non-Football Injury list. Instead, he’s going on injured reserve.

Bucs LB Kendell Beckwith - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs LB Kendell Beckwith – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“We’re not going to be able to activate Kendell,” Koetter said. “Kendell’s not going to be ready. He’s going to [remain on Reserve/NFI]. I think the deadline is Wednesday at four o’clock – I believe is what they told me. Kendell made progress and he worked his tail off to get back. I don’t think people can appreciate how serious of a surgery he had. It was an uphill battle.

“He worked hard to get back, but he’s just not going to get back to a point where he feels comfortable playing at the level that he knows he can play at. [He’s] going to [remain on Reserve/NFI]. Bad break for Kendell with this whole car accident thing. Just wish him the best for continued improvement.”

When asked if Beckwith’s ankle injury could impact his career and possibly end it, Koetter was non-committal.

“I don’t know the answer to that,” Koetter said. “I don’t know. I just know that he’s not going to be 100 percent to go right now.”

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  1. As much as this sucks, I’m actually ok with him sitting out for the season to get healthy..at this point, we are really playing for nothing but the draft and I would rather see Beckwith (if he is able to) come back at 100% next season. Best of luck to Beckwith in his recovery.

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    • Yup – save him for next season, when it will matter a lot more than this season.

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  2. It’s a shame because he came back really well from the torn ACL. Best of luck to him.

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  3. Since it was a Reserve/Non-Football Injury, does he lose a year of service towards accrual for Free Agency and his pension?

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    • I hope so Buc-Up since he is the one that doesn’t want to play this season. Koetter is covering for Beckwith. That injury should have been recovered from by September. He just wanted to take the season off.

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  4. Our entire LBer corp is down. This is depressing. The sad part is, will the new regime just throw all this talent out when they step in? Kinda that ‘what have you done for me lately’ thing?

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  5. Well the reason why no one could appreciate the kind of surgery Beckwith had is because no one has explained what kind of surgery it was; obviously now it was extensive and the ankle joint/bone/tendon/etc hasn’t healed enough yet.
    This also could be a liability issue as to the accident liability insurance claim, and also liability for the Buccaneers if he was to get injured and ended his career.
    Macabee or other attorneys got any thoughts here?

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  6. Who knows what the new regime is or will do? I just hope the personnel side is better. Yes Licht made some scores, but he made some duds. He did not listen to his coaching staff in regards to Winston. They wanted Mariota. Mariota is not God’s gift to this earth, but he does not bring all the off field baggage. They thought that stuff was just going to be left behind at Florida State. They were wrong. Well, Jason Licht was wrong. Three games lost because of Uber groping. Then there is the endless turnovers. You add that with the trade up kicker situation. Then the O line and D line never coming together. Then this last draft being a 100% moving car wreck (at this time). I hope who ever comes in can be a little bit more solid on the draft and most importantly know who to keep and who to let go. Some of Licht’s free agency moves reek of desperation; of over paying some not so proven talent.

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    • You know it was Lovie who wanted Jameis right? He was the head coach at the time of the decision. On top of that Mariota who hasn’t played a full season yet, behind of the best offensive line, would have been on IR half way through each season in Tampa. The rest was all on Licht. He over thinks things and go with his gut which is hit or miss.

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      • “Tampa Bay’s new quarterback, Jameis Winston, who was the first overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, started off as a Jason Licht pick. ” This nugget was under Scott’s Fab 5 which was coincidentally titled “Licht’s Bold Plan to Draft Winston.” Peter King also reported this and it was tagged by PR. Yet here we are who want to #blameLovie for Licht’s decisions. Hilarious.

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        • Well Devasher there was also an article about Licht and Lovie on the same boat about drafting Jameis, so your ridiculous remark wasn’t needed. Koetter wanted Mariota and was convinced into Jameis pick so yeah buddy get your facts together.

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        • Lovie Smith had to approve the Jameis Winston selection in the 2015 draft as he had final say on the 53 roster. It was written into his contract. Lovie interviewed Licht and recommended his hiring to the Glazers. Hilarious!

          http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/10246329/lovie-smith-final-say-tampa-bay-buccaneers-roster?ex_cid=espnapi_public

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      • It was Licht who talked Lovie Smith into wanting Winston … not the other way around. Both guys stated that in media interviews during and after the 2015 draft.

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        • Lovie was all a go for Winston before he was drafted. He didn’t need convincing.

          http://baylyblog.com/blog/2015/04/jameis-winston-and-lovie-smith

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      • I was commenting on the current coach and the offensive coordinator named Dirk Koetter who did not want him and was ignored by Jason Licht. Further, Koetter got his head coaching position for continuity purposes in regards to developing Winston. How did that work out? Still the off field issues are there. And the on field issues of turn overs and not being the most precise and accurate (can not drop it in the bucket see: D. Jackson) are still there. They will continue to be there. If you keep Winston you have to have a 50/50 run/pass playbook to have a chance. No coach is going to coach out of Winston is on field or off field issues. You get what you get.

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  7. This is what the fanbase is forgetting when complaining about our QB “issues.” OUR HEALTH LUCK ON DEFENSE WAS VERY BAD AGAIN this year in addition to our defensive coaching being bad and our draft pick of MJ Stewart being bad! Too many problems on the defense for our offense to overcome. Let’s not forget that future HOFer Drew Brees couldn’t do diddly squat on those Saints teams that had bad defenses and our defense this year is worse than theirs ever was! The expectations on the offense this year have been unreal!

    Kwon, LVD and now Beckwith have all been out for significant time due to injury. Manning was 17/18, Barkley was wide open in the end zone and Engram made a big play because our backup LBs didn’t stand a chance. Not only do I think we’re back to the draft and free agency for defensive players this offseason but I would not be surprised if our #1 pick was a LB next year.

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  8. The curse continues.

    Ron I’ve been saying all along complaining about the QB is stupid this year. This defense couldn’t win games before all 3 starting LB’s were out. The secondary is a total joke. I’m not even sure the D line is average with all the upgrades made to it.

    What team besides Patriots or Packers ever have luck throwing it 60 times a game and winning. We don’t have Brady or Rodgers so we actually need a defense and run game and better pass protection.

    What a depressing team this has become. Every year get our hopes up then disaster. I don’t think The draft and free agency can fix this mess in one year again. So many holes on defense. Maybe if the kicker works out they only will need to solidify O line for offense. Used to be able to say at least we are pretty deep at LB. they need CB,safety,LB,DE,help. Not much lol….if some fans get their wish maybe they dump Winston too and you can add a starting QB to the list of needs. That sounds easy enough right? Lol.

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    • Right about the Patriots and Packers. Both those teams have at least average defenses.

      The problem with our defense is they are not only last in the NFL, but they are breaking NFL records in different ways too: Red zone defense, takeaways, passes defensed… those three categories off the top of my head are historically bad! And those three categories would make BIG differences in the game!

      Red zone defense for example? Shaving 4 points off an opponents attempts to score inside the 20 would help our offense tremendously! Giants were 4/4 last Sunday scoring TDs in our red zone! They were perfect! If we had forced them to kick ONE FG in that game we would’ve won by one point.

      It’s not the first time this year an opponent has been perfect in the red zone against us! Look at our red zone stats! Saints 4/5, Eagles 3/3, Steelers 1/1, Bears 4/4, Falcons 3/3, Bengals 4/4, Panthers 5/5, Redskins 1/2 and Giants 4/4… whatever happened to “bend but don’t break” at One Buc Place! Forcing a team to kick a FG is a difference of FOUR POINTS every time and our defense is historically bad at it this year!

      There’s just no way an NFL offense can make up for this terrible defense. I doubt even Tom Brady could.

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    • The Bucs are well on their way to setting the all time NFL record for negative turnover margin (the record is minus 30, and as of the end of Sunday’s game, the Bucs were at minus 27 net turnovers for the season, with six games left to play).

      You can’t set that kind of record unless the quarterbacks are working just as diligently to set the awful new record as are the defensive backs.

      It’s both the quarterbacks and the defense to blame.

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  9. So true Fredster. We could score 100 points and the other team is going to score 103 points.
    I doubt we ever see Beckwith suit up for the Bucs again. If you cant get over a broken ankle in six months it must have been a pretty serious broken ankle. I hope he does return but it looks doubtful.
    seat26, what talent are you talking about. I haven’t seen any of our 3 LB’s make a splash play in over a year.
    Quit listening to the local media spread their propaganda about how great Alexander and David are.
    GIjoewasthere, what an incredibly stupid thing to say.
    SelmonRules1000, why are you obsessing about Winston when this story is about Beckwtih. Give it a rest. Mariotte looked like junk against Indy and then he got hurt….again.
    Moron.
    The reason the Bucs can’t talk about Beckwith’s injurty is because of HIPPA laws. Pure and simple.

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  10. The most experienced LB they have not hurt is Minter. They need to put him in the middle for now. After watching Joe Dirt play the middle. I get why he was cut. He is Terrible. He has no clue out there. Start Minter, hope LVD gets back sooner and that would be a big improvement.

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  11. Impossible to play NFL defense with college-level linebackers.

    How badly was Beckwith’s ankle broken?

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