Verner could shift to the second unit or be primarily utilized as a nickel corner with the signing Brent Grimes, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Verner appears destined to play a reduced role, considering Grimes' Pro Bowl pedigree, familiarity with defensive coordinator Mike Smith's system, and two-year, $13.5 million dollar contract. Verner had already been demoted for a stretch in 2015, losing his starting left cornerback job before regaining it in November. After grabbing 11 interceptions over the first four years of his career in Tennessee, Verner has only managed three picks over his first pair of campaigns in Tampa. He finished the 2015 season with 56 tackles (45 solo), an interception, 0.5 sacks, four passes defensed and a forced fumble.
Verner (foot) is listed as active Sunday versus the Cowboys, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Verner is coming off his most productive contest of the season, which included eight solo tackles and one interception of Eli Manning last Sunday. In Week 10, Verner will seek to replicate that line against Matt Cassel.
Verner is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys. Despite his sizable contract and league-wide reputation, Verner is merely working as the nickelback in one of the NFL's worst secondaries. He'll presumably be released at the end of the season.
Verner (foot) was able to practice on a limited basis Thursday, Joe Kania of the Buccaneers' official site reports. It was an upgrade in activity level and a positive sign overall for the veteran corner, who had missed Wednesday's session entirely. Verner's play over the last several weeks has certainly been an improvement over his early-season performances, and his veteran savvy would come in particularly handy in a Week 10 matchup versus a very salty Dez Bryant. Friday's practice report should provide an even clearer indication of Verner's status for Sunday.
Verner (foot) missed practice Wednesday, Joe Kania of the Buccaneers official site reports. Verner has considerably picked up his play in recent weeks, but may be in danger of missing Tampa's Week 10 tilt against the Cowboys. The sixth-year pro's injury stems from the Bucs' Week 9 loss to the Giants, and could provide Sterling Moore with an opportunity to start in Week 10. Verner's status will be updated after Thursday's practice session.
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