Player News - Buccaneers

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Bucs promoted LBs coach Mark Duffner to defensive coordinator.

A 65-year-old journeyman, Duffner has been coaching NFL linebackers in some capacity since 1997. He was the Bengals' defensive coordinator in 2001-02. Those teams were historically bad. Anyone should be an improvement on Mike Smith, but it's hard to see how Duffner is going to alter the fate of the Bucs' wow-bad defense.
Oct 15 - 2:09 PM

Cameron Brate hauled in his only target for a 15-yard touchdown in the Bucs' Week 6 loss to the Falcons.

Even with Howard back, Brate did his fantasy backers proud by catching a touchdown on the opening drive. Jameis Winston showed a lot of trust in his tight end on the throw, and Brate made it count by going up over De’Vondre Campbell for the score. Brate now has a touchdown in three straight games. Unfortunately for his value moving forward, that was his only target as O.J. Howard went for 62 yards. He will be just a TE2 next week against the Browns.
Oct 14 - 6:18 PM

O.J. Howard hauled in all four of his targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs' Week 6 loss to the Falcons.

Howard was not limited at all despite coming back quickly from his sprained MCL. HIs first catch of the game was a 10-yard touchdown in which he out-muscled a linebacker, and but he really took over in the second half, catching three passes for 52 yards. Apparently fully healthy, Howard will be a TE1 next week against the Browns.
Oct 14 - 6:13 PM

Adam Humphries hauled in 3-of-4 targets for 82 yards in the Bucs' Week 6 loss to the Falcons.

Humphries only ended up with four targets, but he made the most of them. His biggest play came on a 51-yard catch-and-run early in the third quarter. Despite that big play, Humphries is not a viable fantasy option outside of deep leagues.
Oct 14 - 6:12 PM

DeSean Jackson hauled in 4-of-9 targets for 77 yards in the Bucs' Week 6 loss to the Falcons.

He did not manage to top 100 yards, but Jackson kept his good run going in this one despite a less than efficient outing. It could have been an even bigger game, but Jackson was not able to catch up to a deep target in the second half, and Jameis Winston was picked off on another deep attempt to his speedy receiver. Getting consistent opportunities, Jackson will be an upside WR3 next week against the Browns.
Oct 14 - 6:11 PM

Chris Godwin caught 6-of-9 targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs' Week 6 loss to the Falcons.

Godwin was shockingly uninvolved in the blowout loss before the bye, but he bounced back in this one. He had two catches on Tampa's opening touchdown drive, and he finished tied for the team lead with nine targets. His touchdown came from nine yards out on a play he was left open just short of the goal line. With four touchdowns in five games this season, Godwin will be a FLEX option next week against the Browns.
Oct 14 - 6:11 PM

Mike Evans hauled in 4-of-5 targets for 58 yards in the Bucs' Week 6 loss to the Falcons.

It is an extremely disappointing result considering Jameis Winston threw for 395 yards and four touchdowns. That said, Evans did not make any glaring mistakes or play poorly. He just did not really get the opportunities. That should change next week against the Browns.
Oct 14 - 6:10 PM

Ronald Jones rushed once for three yards and hauled in all three of his targets for 16 yards in the Bucs' Week 6 loss to the Falcons.

There was some hope Jones would emerge from the bye with a bigger role, but that did not happen. Peyton Barber both started and worked as the clear lead back. Jones appeared to be the back of choice in passing situations throughout the game, but Barber was in late and ended up with a receiving score. Jones is just a bench stash at this point.
Oct 14 - 6:09 PM

Peyton Barber rushed 13 times for 82 yards and hauled in all four of his targets for 24 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs' Week 6 loss to the Falcons.

There was some thought (hope) Ronald Jones would take on a bigger role coming out of the bye, but that did not materialize. Barber started and worked as the clear lead back. Jones seemed to be getting snaps in passing situations, but Barber was on the field late in the game and came down with a five-yard touchdown. Barber will face a tougher test next week against the Browns, but he will be a FLEX option.
Oct 14 - 6:09 PM

Jameis Winston completed 30-of-41 passes for 395 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Bucs' Week 6 loss to the Falcons.

Winston made a couple mistakes in this game, but he delivered the big fantasy performance everyone was expecting. He was sharp early, completing four of his five passes on the opening drive including a good throw to Cameron Brate for a 15-yard touchdown, but the offense fell into a lull after that. Following an interception in the second quarter, Winston bounced back to lead a big touchdown drive he capped with a 10-yard throw to O.J. Howard, and the offense was in sync from that point on. Winston did throw an end-zone interception on the first drive of the second half -- a forced pass was tipped into the air -- but he led three straight scoring drives after that to make it a game. He got Tampa in position for a potential game-winner, but a wild final play in which he took a draw up the middle before attempting a lateral fell short. Winston faces a tougher matchup next week against the Browns, but he should be in the QB1 conversation the rest of the season.
Oct 14 - 4:19 PM

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy exited Week 6 against the Falcons with a calf injury.

McCoy went down at the end of a player in the fourth quarter. He was able to slowly walk off the field on his own, but he was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. The struggling Tampa defense cannot afford to be without one of their best players for any amount of time.
Oct 14 - 3:36 PM

O.J. Howard (knee) is active Week 6 against the Falcons.

This was the expectation after he got in a full practice Friday. It is possible Howard is limited coming off a sprained MCL, but he is a back-end starter at a weak position. Bucs declared OG Alex Cappa, CB Carlton Davis (groin), QB Ryan Griffin, OL Michael Liedtke, DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DE Noah Spence, and RB Shaun Wilson inactive for Week 6.
Oct 14 - 11:32 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports O.J. Howard (knee) is expected to play Week 6 against the Falcons.

Howard was initially expected to miss a couple of games after suffering a sprained MCL in Week 4, but he is ready to go coming out of the bye week. He might be limited, but Howard will be tough to sit considering the landscape at tight end. With Howard back, Cameron Brate is more of a desperation option.
Oct 13 - 11:55 PM

O.J. Howard (knee) is questionable for Week 6 against the Falcons.

Much to the dismay of Cameron Brate owners, O.J. Howard was surprisingly a full participant in practice Friday. If ruled active, expect Howard to play outside the 20-yard line with Brate continuing to soak up a majority of red zone looks. It's a terrific opportunity for both against a Falcons defense missing five key defenders Sunday.
Oct 12 - 2:47 PM

O.J. Howard (knee) remained limited at Thursday's practice.

Howard is less than two weeks removed from a sprained MCL but is trending toward playing Sunday against the Falcons. He'll be in an excellent spot against Atlanta's beat-up secondary.
Oct 11 - 4:44 PM


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