Player News - Buccaneers

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Bucs placed SS Chris Conte on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Conte first picked up the injury in Week 2. He apparently aggravated it in Monday night's loss to the Steelers. Conte got his soul owned by a Vance McDonald stiff arm on a long touchdown. It's rather remarkable Lovie Smith's favorite player was still holding down a starting job. The Bucs have close to zero depth in the secondary. Fourth-rounder Jordan Whitehead is the next man up.
Sep 25 - 4:56 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud wrote it "seems unlikely" Jameis Winston starts this week against the Bears.

Winston is eligible to return from his three-game suspension, but it does not appear as if a starting job is waiting for him following Ryan Fitzpatrick's hot start. "Jameis is a member of our team and anxious to get him back," coach Dirk Koetter said after the game on Monday night. "And I know Jameis, whatever role he ends up in, I know Jameis will embrace that role and give it everything he's got." The last line tells the story, and that tale is one in which Fitzpatrick remains the starter for at least another week. It would be a surprise if that is not confirmed on Tuesday.
Sep 25 - 9:35 AM

Cameron Brate caught 3-of-4 targets for 34 yards and one touchdown in the Bucs' Week 3 loss to the Steelers.

O.J. Howard saw eight targets and surpassed 50-yards receiving for the third consecutive game, but it was inevitably Brate who was utilized in the red zone and found pay dirt. Brate was still held catchless in the Bucs' first two games and can't be trusted over Howard (or another streamer) unless an injury to his aforementioned teammate occurs.
Sep 25 - 1:38 AM

DeSean Jackson caught 3-of-5 targets for 37 yards in the Bucs' Week 3 loss to the Steelers.

Jackson's boom-bust style of play finally came crashing back to Earth as he failed to eclipse 100 yards or score for the first time all season. He nearly salvaged his day with a vintage punt return for a score, but the highlight-reel run was inevitably called back due to holding. Chris Godwin (5-74-1) recorded 10 targets on the day and still has the higher floor moving forward.
Sep 25 - 1:35 AM

O.J. Howard caught 6-of-8 targets for 72 yards in the Bucs' Week 3 loss to the Steelers.

Howard out-targeted fellow TE Cameron Brate 8-4 on the night, but it was the latter who was used (and scored) in the red zone. Howard has still recorded at least 50 yards receiving in all three games so far this year and continues to progressively see more usage with every passing week. He's the tight end to own in Tampa Bay.
Sep 25 - 1:22 AM

Chris Godwin caught 5-of-10 targets for 74 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs' Week 3 loss to the Steelers.

Godwin came out rusty, dropping two passes and fumbling all in the first half. He eventually shook it off and dominated downfield with Mike Evans (6-137-1), overpowering his defender inside the five-yard line for his only score of the night. Although Godwin benefitted from the Bucs trailing 30-10 in the second half, the second-year pro has now scored in every game this season. Godwin's proved he can flourish catching passes from Jameis Winston, but it would certainly help him if it's Ryan Fitzpatrick's gun-slinger style of play that remains under center.
Sep 25 - 1:17 AM

Mike Evans hauled in 6-of-11 targets for 137 yards and one touchdown in the Bucs' Week 3 loss to the Steelers.

Evans was given chance after chance downfield and delivered, fighting through double-coverage multiple times to eventually finish with 137 yards. Normally DeSean Jackson would join him in the mix downfield, but it was primarily Evans and Chris Godwin (5-74-1) who were trusted with jump-balls throughout the evening. Now at 23-367-3 on the year, Evans remains a strong WR1 whether it's Ryan Fitzpatrick or Jameis Winston under center in Week 4.
Sep 25 - 1:09 AM

Peyton Barber rushed eight times for 33 yards in the Bucs' Week 3 loss to the Steelers.

With Tampa Bay having no initial answer to the Steelers' 30-point first half, Barber was essentially game-scripted out of this one as soon as it began. Barber won't accrue check-down targets at the line of scrimmage given OC Todd Monken's exhilarating play-calling and, at the time, he's mustered only 124 yards on 43 carries (2.8 YPC) this season. The days until second-round rookie Ronald Jones, who may struggle in his own right, is active are dwindling.
Sep 25 - 1:03 AM

Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 30-of-50 passes for 411 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions in the Bucs' Week 3 loss to the Steelers.

Fitzpatrick became the first quarterback in league history to pass for 400 yards in three consecutive games. The night started slow for Fitzmagic and the Bucs' offense, who went into the half trailing 30-10. Tampa Bay rallied and scored the final 17 points of the evening, though, falling just one Ben Roethlisberger scramble-and-heave to JuJu Smith-Schuster away from getting the ball back and potentially pulling off the comeback win. Fitzpatrick has been absurd through three games, totaling 1,230 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, and four picks. With Jameis Winston set to return, only time will tell whether the record book's newest member will have a starting gig in Week 4.
Sep 24 - 11:38 PM

Bucs declared rookie RB Ronald Jones, DT Vita Vea, DT Beau Allen, CB Marcus Williams, OL Alex Cappa, OL Mike Liedtke, and WR Justin Watson inactive for Week 3 against the Steelers.

Although Peyton Barber has struggled in efficiency, second-round RB Jones failed to crack the Bucs' active list for the third consecutive game. Tampa Bay will roll with Jacquizz Rodgers and Shaun Wilson behind Barber. First-round DT Vea was limited in practice throughout the week and out Monday but is reportedly close to returning to help shore up the Bucs' trenches. Starting CB Brent Grimes (groin) is active for Monday night.
Sep 24 - 6:49 PM

Bucs C Ryan Jensen was added to the injury report Monday with an illness.

Players usually play through illnesses, but it is concerning he was added to the report the morning off Tampa's game. Evan Smith would likely get the nod at center if Jensen is not able to play.
Sep 24 - 12:15 PM

Ryan Fitzpatrick was removed from the Week 3 injury report.

The Bucs listed Fitzpatrick with a knee injury earlier in the week, but he practiced fully. Fitzpatrick is our No. 9-ranked quarterback for Monday night's matchup with the Steelers.
Sep 22 - 4:11 PM

Buccaneers DT Vita Vea (calf) has been ruled out for Week 3.

Vea returned to practice this week but was never going to play. Barring setbacks, he'll have a chance to make his debut in Week 4.
Sep 22 - 3:24 PM

Chris Godwin (toe) is expected to play in Week 3 against the Steelers.

Godwin's toe injury was never considered to be anything serious, and Auman noted the second-year pro "looked fine" when media watched him in practice. Godwin will still likely get slapped with the 'questionable' tag when the Bucs release their injury report. Consider him probable for Monday night against the Steelers.
Sep 22 - 11:46 AM

Buccaneers first-round DT Vita Vea (calf) practiced Saturday.

Vea resumed practicing for the first time in over a month on Thursday, and took to the field again Saturday during the 30-minute portion that was open to the media. He's still considered doubtful for Monday night against the Steelers, but doesn't appear too far off.
Sep 22 - 11:29 AM


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