Player News - Buccaneers

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Bucs WR Cecil Shorts tore his right ACL, MCL and PCL, and dislocated his knee.

It's a career-threatening injury. Going on 29 with a long and winding injury history, the odds are against Shorts ever playing another NFL snap. It's a shame for a player who had a useful peak, one that could have been much better without all the injuries.
Dec 5 - 1:40 PM

Doug Martin (back?) said he was "doing fine" after sitting out the final three drives Week 13 against the Chargers.

Martin said he was "bent back" late in the game, and that is why he sat out. Coach Dirk Koetter also said the running back was fine after the game. It looks like Martin will be healthy enough to play this week against the Saints, but his workload is suddenly in question, especially with Charles Sims (knee, injured reserve) potentially returning.
Dec 5 - 9:34 AM

Doug Martin said after Sunday's win over the Chargers that he missed the Bucs' final three drives because he got "bent back" late in the game.

This is the extent of the information available on why Martin didn't play on the Bucs' final three drives. The Bucs turned to Jacquizz Rodgers, who finished with nine touches and handled all of Tampa Bay's clock-killing carries in Sunday's 28-21 road-game win. We suspect Martin will be fine for Week 14.
Dec 4 - 8:44 PM

The Bucs fear WR Cecil Shorts tore "all" the ligaments in his right knee and dislocated it on Sunday's Week 13 injury.

The injury occurred on a monster hit by head-hunting Chargers S Jahleel Addae in the first half of Sunday's game. Shorts is certainly done for the season. The question now becomes whether he'll ever play in the NFL again.
Dec 4 - 8:37 PM

Jameis Winston completed 20-of-30 passes for 280 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Bucs' Week 13 win over San Diego.

His lone mistake was a forced pass to Mike Evans in the first quarter that was picked off by Casey Hayward. It wasn't a big fantasy day for Winston, but he played controlled football, absorbing just one sack and otherwise avoiding turnovers in Tampa Bay's impressive cross-country upset win. In Week 14, Winston will go back home to take on a Saints defense that just got shredded by Matthew Stafford. Winston to Evans figures to be a popular DFS stack.
Dec 4 - 8:23 PM

Bucs WR Russell Shepard caught 1-of-2 targets for 15 yards in Tampa Bay's Week 13 win over San Diego.

A gadget guy in Tampa's offense, Shepard doubles as a special teamer. He failed to step up in the Sunday absence of Cecil Shorts (knee) and Adam Humphries (concussion), with Freddie Martino (4-56) making more of an impact.
Dec 4 - 8:20 PM

Bucs WR Freddie Martino caught 4-of-4 targets for 56 yards in Sunday's Week 13 win over the Chargers.

They lost Cecil Shorts (knee) and Adam Humphries (concussion) in this one, so Martino stepped up to finish second on the Bucs in receiving behind Cameron Brate on a day where Mike Evans (3-38-0) got shut down by Casey Hayward. A third-year UDFA out of "North Greenville," Martino stands 6-foot-0, 198 with 4.49 wheels. We never would anticipate Martino becoming a legitimate fantasy factor, but he suddenly has some opportunity on his side.
Dec 4 - 8:16 PM

Jacquizz Rodgers rushed seven times for 29 yards and caught his lone target for a gain of 21 in the Bucs' Week 13 win over the Chargers.

Rodgers finished with only the eight touches, but we saw him playing over Martin in some scoring situations and he also closed out the game as the Bucs' primary back on their final three drives. It's unclear why Martin wasn't in during that time period. It's extremely unlikely Martin was outright benched. Either way, Rodgers will be worth stashing on fantasy benches going forward, and especially if it's revealed Martin has some sort of injury.
Dec 4 - 7:52 PM

Doug Martin rushed 17 times for 45 yards and a touchdown and caught his lone target for a gain of 23 in the Bucs' Week 13 upset of San Diego.

Martin turned in a useful fantasy line thanks to a two-yard touchdown plunge, but he lost a ton of late-game playing time to Jacquizz Rodgers, who returned from a foot injury on Sunday. Martin did not play on the Bucs' final three drives. It's possible the Bucs were just managing Martin's reps following his return from a severe hamstring injury. It's also possible Martin suffered an injury of some sort. One beat writer suggested the Bucs simply prefer Rodgers as a late-game clock killer. Either way, it's a situation to monitor ahead of a Week 14 date with the visiting Saints.
Dec 4 - 7:47 PM

Cameron Brate caught 6-of-9 targets for 86 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs' Week 13 win over the Chargers.

As Chargers top CB Casey Hayward put clamps on Mike Evans (3-38-0), Brate stepped up as Jameis Winston's go-to receiver. Brate isn't a great athlete and doesn't do anything flashy, and has struggled to maintain a full-time role due to blocking deficiencies. But he is an adept possession target and one of Winston's favorite options in the red zone. Brate will be a low-end TE1 when the Bucs host the Saints in Week 14.
Dec 4 - 7:44 PM

Mike Evans caught 3-of-6 targets for 38 yards in the Bucs' Week 13 win over the Chargers.

He did tack on a two-point conversion catch after a Cameron Brate touchdown, but Evans was shut down by Chargers CB Casey Hayward in this game. Hayward added an interception and drew an offensive pass interference flag on Evans on an end-zone target. Evans is headed for a likely bounce back in Week 14 against the Saints, but Hayward got the individual matchup win and the Bucs got the real-life victory in Sunday's 28-21 upset.
Dec 4 - 7:31 PM

Bucs WR Adam Humphries left Sunday's Week 13 game with a concussion.

He exited late in the second quarter. Humphries had two catches for 19 yards before departing. The Bucs also lost Cecil Shorts (knee) in this game.
Dec 4 - 5:44 PM

Bucs WR Cecil Shorts suffered what appeared to be a severe knee injury in Sunday's Week 13 game against the Chargers.

He was carted off and is likely done for the season. Expect Russell Shepard and Adam Humphries to see upticks in playing time the rest of the way.
Dec 4 - 4:48 PM

Bucs RB Jacquizz Rodgers is active for Week 13 against the Chargers.

He should resume backup duties behind workhorse Doug Martin. The Bucs' Week 13 inactives are QB Ryan Griffin, S Chris Conte, OL Josh Allen, C Evan Smith, OL Leonard Wester, DT John Hughes, and DL Davonte Lambert.
Dec 4 - 3:02 PM

Jacquizz Rodgers (foot) is practicing in full for Week 13.

Rodgers actually returned to a full practice on Friday but was still inactive for Sunday's game against Seattle. He should get the green light this week. Upon his return, Rodgers should occupy a change-of-pace role behind workhorse Doug Martin. For fantasy purposes, he's just a handcuff.
Nov 30 - 6:02 PM


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