Buccaneers continue to shuffle roster

The Buccaneers lead the league in one thing: we have most transactions in the league with 223 as of September 23. Five transactions were made yesterday, including the waiving of WR Chris Owusu (#80) and the re-signing of WR Louis Murphy in his place. Murphy played with the team behind WR Vincent Jackson (#83) all preseason only to be released the day before the team’s first regular season game.

Additionally, the Buccaneers released three from the practice squad: LB Ka’lil Glaud, DE Adrian Robinson and S Kimario McFadden. All had been on the practice squad for less than a month. The move leaves three vacancies on the practice squad. What the front office plans to do with the void is unclear. With our current number of roster moves, it is probably safe to assume it will not take Lovie & Co. long to fill those spots.

Updated: September 25, 2014 at 10:18 a.m. EST

And it didn’t take long. The three practice squad spots have been filled. DE T.J. Fatinikin, LB Shane Skov and TE/FB Ian Thompson. Both Fatinikin and Thompson played with the Bucs during preseason but were released before the start of the regular season. Skov was an undrafted rookie but signed with the 49ers in May. He was signed to the 49ers practice squad August 31, 2014 and subsequently released September 15, 2014.

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OC Jeff Tedford takes leave of absence from the Bucs

We may finally have an answer as to when Offensive Coordinator Jeff Tedford is expected to return: not any time soon. Tedford has taken a medical leave of absence from the Buccaneers following an medical procedure he underwent at the end of August. The medical procedure was later reported to have been to place two stents in an artery near his heart, per Ian Rapoport.

Tedford has been an inconsistent presence at One Buc Place since his surgery, and the timeline for his return has been ambiguous from the get-go. QB Coach Marcus Arroyo has been calling plays in Tedford’s stead. Tedford assisted the team from the box in both home games this season, but stayed home when the team traveled to Atlanta last week. He was not at practice on Monday, where Head Coach Lovie Smith reported Tedford’s “still got an extra day.”

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[Preview] Week 3 Bucs @ Falcons

After the abyssmal performance by the Buccaneers last week, the fanbase has been dreading this very public matchup against division rivals the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football. The good news is we always play Atlanta hard and the games are usually close. The bad news is after watching and analyzing all of our division rivals’ 2013 seasons (keep an eye out for our Know Your Enemy series), we believe the Atlanta Falcons are the best team in the division. Continue reading

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[2014][week2] Rams @ Bucs post game analysis

With a loss to the Rams the Buccaneers fall to 0-2 on the season with both games having been played at home. Things are not looking good for the Bucs. This game, while close, was not pretty for the Buccaneers. Going up against a 3rd string QB who has never played in the NFL, Austin Davis (#9), the Buccaneers made him look like Payton Manning. Continue reading

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Injury Report Week 3

The Buccaneers injury report grew after last week’s game, with a total of 11 players recovering from various injuries this week. Two players, LB Mason Foster (#59) and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (#87) have been definitively ruled out for tonight’s game. There are still question marks surrounding the following:

DE Michael Johnson (#90) – Ankle injury – questionable
RB Doug Martin (#22) – Knee injury – questionable
DT Gerald McCoy (#93) – Hand injury – questionable

Ian Rapoport reports Martin and McCoy are not looking good to play this evening. Martin will test out his knee in pre-game warmups, but is unlikely to participate. McCoy is almost certainly not playing, according to Rapoport. Things are looking hopeful for Johnson and he may play.

The good news is a majority of the players on the injury report are listed as probable.

DE Da’Quan Bowers (#91) – Abdominal injury – probable
C Evan Dietrich-Smith (#62) – Back injury – probable
T Demar Dotson (#69) – Hamstring injury – probable
DE William Gholston (#92) – Shoulder injury – probable
G Logan Mankins (#70) – Knee injury – probable
S Bradley McDougald (#49) – Knee injury – probable

We can only hope the injury bug is making its way out of Tampa.

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Week 2 loss to Rams defined by injuries

Going into this week’s matchup, the team was battered. The defensive line lost two of its starters. Players were shuffled around. No-names were signed to compensate for the dwindling depth at the position. Two down. We were down a starting running back. Three down. We had just lost our $9 million cornerback for the season. Four down. It seemed our players were dropping like flies the week leading up to the meeting with our long-time foes.

Come game day we crossed our fingers and prayed to whatever gods we believed in that the injuries would stop and we wouldn’t lose anyone else crucial come game time. Losing RB Doug Martin (#22) came as a surprise to many. As late as Friday, reports indicated he would be healthy enough to play. He had practiced that week. Then Sunday the news broke: Martin was inactive for the game and RB Bobby Rainey (#43) would start.

And the injuries didn’t stop after the first snap. The first casualty come game time was DT Gerald McCoy (#93) on the first drive of the game. Five down. McCoy left the game with a hand injury, returning briefly in the second quarter and sitting out for the remainder of the game. A shame too, as this organization was highly anticipating the matchup between him and former Buccaneer G Davin Joseph. It could not have come at a worse time, as the line was already depleted due to DE Adrian Clayborn (#94) being put on Injured Reserve earlier that week and DE Michael Johnson (#90) nursing an ankle injury from the bench. DE Da’Quan Bowers‘ (#91) return that week could not have come at a better time given the depth issues and his flexibility with playing anywhere on the line.

It seemed after McCoy left the defensive line found its spark. The team’s only sacks came in the second half, when the team played with more oomph than we’ve seen in a long time. DT Clinton McDonald (#98) earned his first sack of the season on Rams QB Austin Davis (#9), the second backup-that-didn’t-play-like-a-backup the Buccaneers have faced thus far in the season. Sunday’s game was DE William Gholston‘s (#92) first after returning from injury.  He certainly made it memorable by getting the second sack against Davis.

The Bucs also lost LB and play caller Mason Foster (#59) to the first half. Six down. He was replaced by capable backup LB Dane Fletcher (#50) who helped ignite the team with a forced fumble on Rams RB Zac Stacy (#30).

And yet the injury that finished the game was probably the one that hurt the most. The Buccaneers were only trailing by 2 points. WR Mike Evans (#13) made a beautiful catch on a jump ball at the 33-yard line with 16 seconds left. On the way down he was clobbered in the back by Rams S T.J. McDonald (#25). As the rest of the offense scrambled to line up so QB Josh McCown (#12) could spike the ball, Evans struggled to get up. Seven down. As Evans struggled to get up, the clock ticked down. 11… 10… 9…. The officials blew the whistle with 8 seconds left. By rule when an injury causes stoppage in the last two minutes of a half, 10 seconds are to be run off the clock.

Bucs players and fans alike watched dejectedly as our chance at victory drained down along with those 8 seconds. Reporters noted the locker room after the game was one of the most somber they had ever encountered.

Fitting, really, that we lose that way. A week plagued by injury ends with one.

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Rams @ Buccaneers preview (AKA McCoy vs. Joseph)

Gerald McCoy vs. Davin Joseph

Davin Joseph (#69) played for the Buccaneers at right guard as a starter for 8 years. He is now starting at right guard for the Rams. He was drafted in the first round by the Buccaneers in 2006 with the 23rd pick. During his tenure with the Buccaneers he was selected to the Pro Bowl twice. He missed the 2012 season with a knee injury after signing a 7-year $52.5 million contract in 2011. He was a stalwart of our offensive line for many years until Lovie Smith was hired this year and decided to release him along with the rest of our offensive line. Many claim that Joseph’s play has declined and his salary was too high. He was slated to earn $6 million this year.

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[2014][week 1]Panthers @ Buccaneers review

LG Logan Mankins (#70) is good. That is my summation after him only playing 9 snaps before he was injured with 7:59 left in the 2nd quarter. His aggressiveness is very apparent and can be seen in only his 8th play of the game when he literally throws Panthers CB Bene Benwikere (#25) to the ground like a sack of potatoes for the crime of having the audacity of getting in Mankins’ way. Then, on the very next play, he is chasing DE Greg Hardy (#76) down the field, just to whoop his ass it appears, when the ball is intercepted and he makes the tackle. 10 yards down field. Very impressive. Getting him from the Patriots is the best transaction, of the 216 done by Lovie so far, that the Buccaneers have conducted this year. Logan Mankins is good but there is a problem: has never been on a team this bad.

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Injury Report: Week 2

The Buccaneers have released the injury report for Week 2, when the team with face the Rams. The following players were listed on the injury report:

DE Da’Quan Bowers (#91) – Abdominal injury – Questionable
T Demar Dotson (#69) – Hamstring injury – Probable
DE William Gholston (#92) – Shoulder injury – Questionable
DE Michael Johnson (#90) – Ankle injury – Out
G Logan Mankins (#70) – Knee injury – Questionable
RB Doug Martin (#22) – Knee injury – Questionable
S Bradley McDougald (#30) – Knee injury – Questionable
CB Rashaan Melvin (#28) – Ankle injury – Out
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (#87) – Ankle injury – Out

While most of the players are still listed as questionable, several have been full participants in practice at least part of the week and seem promising to return to the team Sunday. This injury report does not reflect injuries to DE Adrian Clayborn (#94) and CB Mike Jenkins (#24) who both went to Injured Reserve this week due to injuries sustained last week against the Panthers.

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OC Jeff Tedford on track to return Sunday

OC Jeff Tedford returned to One Buc Place intermittently this week and is expected to return to play calling duties this Sunday against the Rams.

“He is still on schedule,” Head Coach Lovie Smith told reporters Friday. “Nothing has changed from that.”

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