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The Bucs are not expecting DT Gerald McCoy (hand) to play in Thursday night's game against the Falcons.

McCoy just broke his hand four days ago against the Rams. He'll be able to play through it with a club, but it's just too soon. Look for Da'Quan Bowers to start.
Sep 18 - 12:13 PM

According NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Doug Martin (knee) is unlikely to play in Thursday night's game against the Falcons.

Martin will test out his knee pregame before the Bucs make his status official. But it's now crystal clear that Bobby Rainey is a borderline RB1 play against a Falcons defense that has already given up 284 yards and five touchdowns to opponent tailbacks. Reports already had the hot Rainey, growing into a coaching staff favorite, in line to start the game. He also started against the Falcons in Week 11 of last year, going for 167 total yards on 32 touches and scoring three touchdowns.
Sep 18 - 12:11 PM

The Tampa Bay Times says Bobby Rainey will start Thursday's game against the Falcons.

"Not just because of Doug Martin's knee. Coaches really like [Rainey]," said beat writer Rick Stroud. To be clear, this looks like educated speculation, not sourced reporting. Coach Lovie Smith has declined to name a starter, only saying he wants to use a committee. But it's not that far-fetched to think that the Bucs want to ride Rainey's hot hand after he put up 174 total yards on 25 touches in Week 2. It's a messy situation, but at this point we'd give Rainey the edge as the better flex play in this cake matchup. Martin is averaging a pathetic 3.41 YPC over the last two seasons (seven games).
Sep 18 - 10:23 AM

Coach Lovie Smith said the Bucs are planning on using a committee at running back for Thursday night's game at Atlanta.

Doug Martin (knee) is expected to suit up, but Smith has declined to name a starter. Bobby Rainey piled up 174 total yards on 25 touches in the Week 2 loss to the Rams. "We want to play more than one running back, two, maybe three," Smith said. ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinkas says that isn't coachspeak, insisting that Smith really is serious about a committee. We'd lean toward starting Martin as he got the first-team reps in practice, but Rainey is going to have a real role as well.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 18 - 8:27 AM

Doug Martin (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Falcons.

Despite the questionable tag, Martin practiced all week and is expected to play. He ran with the first-team offense and appears on track to start. Martin will be an RB2/3 against the Falcons' bottom-ten run defense.
Sep 17 - 2:35 PM

Rookie TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) has been ruled out for Week 3.

Seferian-Jenkins will miss his second straight game due to his ankle injury. Brandon Myers will remain an every-down tight end in his absence.
Sep 17 - 2:12 PM

Gerald McCoy (broken hand) was held out of Bucs practice on Tuesday, and is uncertain for Thursday's game against the Falcons.

McCoy has been fitted with a cast. Speaking after practice Tuesday, McCoy hinted he won't suit up against the Falcons. "We're trying to figure out the best way to keep it protected," McCoy said. "There's always a risk you could make it worse. ... I don't think it's a secret that it's going to be hard to play with a broken hand after a couple days." It appears McCoy is planning to play through the injury, but is unlikely to do so before Week 4.
Sep 16 - 2:56 PM

Rookie TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) remained out of Bucs practice Tuesday.

Seferian-Jenkins isn't looking good for Thursday night's game against the Falcons. It will be his second-straight absence if he can't suit up. Brandon Myers had just two catches for 33 yards in Sunday's loss to the Rams.
Sep 16 - 2:11 PM

Doug Martin (knee) participated in Tuesday's practice, and was running with the first-team offense.

It's a sign the Bucs fully expect Martin to go for Thursday night's game against the Falcons. The question is what his role will be. Martin struggled mightily in Week 1, while backup Bobby Rainey went off against the Rams in his absence in Week 2. For now, owners should consider Martin a borderline RB2 against a Falcons run defense that's been gashed through the season's first two games.
Sep 16 - 2:00 PM

Bucs MLB Mason Foster dislocated his shoulder in the Week 2 loss to the Rams.

Foster exited early in the first half. Across 97 snaps, Foster has registered just six tackles and is struggling against both the run and pass. Former Patriots LB Dane Fletcher will man the middle for however long Foster is out.
Sep 15 - 6:22 PM

Coach Lovie Smith suggested Doug Martin (knee) would have participated Monday if the Bucs had held a practice.

As beat writer Rick Stroud notes, it means Martin is "in play" for Thursday night's game at Atlanta. The Falcons have been gashed by the run game through two weeks -- surrendering a league-high five rushing TDs -- but Martin's role isn't entirely clear. Bobby Rainey went off for 22-144 and 3-30 in the pass game during Sunday's loss to St. Louis. This may be an even RBBC with Martin back.
Sep 15 - 4:20 PM

Bucs promoted LB Brandon Magee from the practice squad.

Magee appeared in eight games for the Browns last season. He'll serve on special teams if he's active on Sundays.
Sep 15 - 3:00 PM

Brandon Myers caught two passes for 33 yards in the Bucs' Week 2 loss to the Rams.

Myers saw just the two targets after seeing eight passes come his way in the opener. Myers isn't a big-play threat and is merely a low-upside TE2/3.
Sep 14 - 9:16 PM

Mike Evans caught all four of his targets for 49 yards in the Bucs' Week 2 loss to the Rams.

Evans caught a 29-yard pass with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter to get the Bucs to the Rams' 32-yard line while down 19-17. At the end of the catch, Evans took a thundering hit and was hurt on the play. Since the Bucs were out of timeouts and Evans was injured on the field, the Bucs were forced to take a 10-second runoff. The game ended there. Evans will be a WR3/4 Thursday against Atlanta. He's going to need better play from Josh McCown.
Sep 14 - 9:02 PM

Vincent Jackson caught four passes for 51 yards in the Bucs' Week 2 loss to the Rams.

Jackson was targeted a team-high seven times. He did all of his damage on one drive, highlighting it with a leaping catch over the top of a Rams corner. Josh McCown needs to revert to his Chicago ways and simply throw it up to Jackson whenever there's nothing else. Jackson will need better play around him to post his regular WR2 numbers. The Bucs take on the Falcons on Thursday night.
Sep 14 - 8:49 PM


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