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After testing his injured thumb on Monday, Josh McCown plans to avoid surgery.

McCown says he's feeling better, but it may not really matter at this point. Mike Glennon led the Bucs to a comeback win over the Steelers last Sunday and may remain the team's starter, even though coach Lovie Smith is refusing to commit to him past Week 5. McCown remains week-to-week.
Oct 1 - 8:56 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter mentioned on NFL Insiders Monday that Josh McCown has a torn ligament in his right (throwing) thumb.

Coach Lovie Smith is refusing to commit to Mike Glennon as the Bucs' starter in Week 5 against the Saints, but all signs point in that direction. McCown may not even be healthy enough for backup duties. The Bucs signed Mike Kafka off their practice squad last week. He could remain the backup at New Orleans.
Sep 29 - 4:04 PM

Speaking Monday, Bucs coach Lovie Smith wouldn't commit to Josh McCown (thumb) as his starter when healthy.

It's a change of course from Week 3, where Smith insisted McCown would keep his starting job when healthy. Smith, however, must have seen what everyone else saw in Sunday's win over the Steelers, and that is Mike Glennon gives the Bucs their best chance to win. McCown can be safely dropped in all two-quarterback leagues.
Sep 29 - 3:13 PM

Louis Murphy projects for a increased role with Mike Evans (groin) out 2-3 weeks.

Murphy was with the Bucs in the preseason, catching eight passes for 99 yards on 97 snaps. He briefly lost his roster spot due to a back injury, but was re-signed ahead of Week 4 and came on for a 6-99-0 line on a team-high 11 targets. Now he projects as the No. 2 wideout opposite Vincent Jackson, ahead of special teamer Russell Shepard and rookie slot man Robert Herron. Murphy will be a desperation WR4/5 against the Saints in Week 5.
Sep 29 - 12:09 PM

A source tells FOX Sports that Mike Evans (groin) is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

The Bucs' bye looms in Week 7, so it's possible we won't see Evans again until Week 8. It's a shame as he was coming off a breakout 4-65-1 game in Mike Glennon's first start of the season. Look for the Bucs to fill the No. 2 target job by committee, with Louis Murphy, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Russell Shepard all getting increased opportunities.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins played on 71-of-71 snaps in Sunday's Week 4 win at Pittsburgh.

"ASJ" came right off the shelf back to the top of the depth chart, leaving Brandon Myers to play just 29 snaps. ASJ finished with just three catches for 44 yards, but saw seven targets and we know he has unique athletic ability at 6'5/262. The No. 38 overall pick is now firmly on the upside TE2 map heading into a Week 5 game against the Saints.
Sep 29 - 8:58 AM

Following Sunday's win at Pittsburgh, Mike Evans said he didn't know the severity of his groin injury.

Evans pulled up lame in the middle of a route, leading to an interception. "Just a little tweak -- it hurt, and I couldn't run," he said. These kinds of soft-tissue injuries can take a while to heal, especially for wideouts. We're considering Evans week to week.
Sep 28 - 7:33 PM

Louis Murphy caught 6-of-11 targets for 99 yards in Tampa Bay's Week 4 win over the Steelers.

Re-signed off the street five days ago, Murphy inexplicably led the Bucs in receiving. It's not a fluke he should repeat going forward, but Murphy could start opposite Vincent Jackson in Week 5 if Mike Evans (groin) isn't ready to go. Murphy is off the radar in 12-14 team leagues.
Sep 28 - 7:02 PM

Returning from a two-game absence, Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) caught 3-of-7 targets for 44 yards in Tampa's Week 4 win over the Steelers.

ASJ returned to the top of the depth chart, out-targeting Brandon Myers 7-1. Mike Glennon was willing and able to pepper his 6-foot-5, 262-pound tight end with looks, putting ASJ back on the TE2 radar going forward.
Sep 28 - 7:00 PM

Brandon Myers was held without a catch on just one target in Tampa's Week 4 win over the Steelers.

Myers played second fiddle to rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who was returning from a foot injury. Now looking like a clear No. 2 on the depth chart, Myers is off the TE2 radar.
Sep 28 - 6:58 PM

Bobby Rainey rushed four times for two yards in Tampa Bay's Week 4 win over the Steelers, adding a 16-yard reception.

There was no committee with Doug Martin, who out-touched Rainey 16-5. Martin managed just 56 total yards against one of the league's softest defenses, however, and didn't put a whole lot of space between himself and Rainey. Despite highly inconsistent usage, Rainey is still on pace for 1,268 yards from scrimmage. He remains worth a hold in 12-14 team leagues as the Bucs' backfield sorts itself out.
Sep 28 - 5:48 PM

Doug Martin rushed 14 times for 40 yards and a touchdown in Tampa's Week 4 win over the Steelers, adding two catches for 16 yards.

There was no committee with Bobby Rainey, whom Martin out-touched 16-5, but it was a disappointing day against one of the league's softest run defenses. Martin had no memorable runs, and seems bereft of big-play ability this season. His grip on the clear No. 1 job remains tenuous. Martin will be a middling RB2 in Week 5 against the Saints.
Sep 28 - 5:45 PM

Vincent Jackson caught 3-of-10 targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in Tampa Bay's Week 4 win over the Steelers.

V-Jax's final grab was his most important, as he whipped CB William Gay for what would prove to be the game-winning score with 0:07 remaining. It was a journey to get to that point, however, as Jackson muffed an easy catch and was the victim of overthrows from Mike Glennon. The good news was that Glennon never stopped looking his No. 1 receiver's way, while Jackson's wrist wasn't an issue. Off to a slow start, Jackson is on pace for just 52/536/8, but all three of those numbers should pick up going forward. Glennon is a big upgrade over Josh McCown under center.
Sep 28 - 4:57 PM

Mike Glennon completed 21-of-42 passes for 302 yards, two touchdowns and an interception as the Bucs stunned the Steelers 27-24 in Week 4.

Glennon's big day came even though he was largely ineffective before the break, and lost No. 2 receiver Mike Evans to a hamstring injury in the third quarter. Glennon missed a ton of throws, but was hurt by drops. His biggest asset was standing tall in the pocket, delivering big, late passes in the face of pressure. He wisely targeted Vincent Jackson 10 times, including each of his final two throws, with the latter going for the game-winning touchdown. Glennon isn't about to be a star, but is pretty clearly the Bucs' best option under center. He'll be a low-end streaming option against the Saints in Week 5.
Sep 28 - 4:36 PM

Mike Evans was forced from Tampa Bay's Week 4 game against the Steelers with a left groin injury, and will not return.

Evans pulled up lame sprinting down the right sideline late in the third quarter, leading to a Mike Glennon pick. He was in a ton of pain, and immediately ruled out for the game. Evans was having the best afternoon of his young NFL career before going down, catching 4-of-6 targets for 65 yards and a touchdown. Evans whipped Cortez Allen in the end zone on his score, and nearly had a 32-yard touchdown on Tampa's second drive, but couldn't get both feet in bounds. Evans should be considered week to week for the time being.
Sep 28 - 3:32 PM


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