McDougald was credited with five tackles (all solo), including one for loss, and an interception in Sunday's 14-5 win over the Seahawks. The strong safety secured the game-sealing pick of Russell Wilson on a pass intended for Tyler Lockett, snaring the throw at the Bucs' two-yard line with 1:36 remaining in the contest. It was McDougald's second interception of the season, equaling his career-high total from 2015. With 62 tackles on the campaign, the fourth-year pro is on pace to surpass the 87 stops he compiled last season.
McDougald was credited with seven tackles (five solo) and two passes defensed in Thursday's 43-28 loss to the Falcons. McDougald continues to rack up tackles, but the Bucs' secondary also continues to bleed yards to opposing air attacks, so the luster of those numbers is somewhat dulled. The fourth-year safety's 48 stops put him on pace for a career-high 96 by season's end.
McDougald totaled eight tackles (six solo) and a pass defensed in Monday night's 17-14 win over the Panthers. The starting strong safety has racked up the stops the last two weeks, logging eight tackles apiece against the Broncos and Panthers. McDougald has taken to run-stopping responsibilities well in new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, as his 26 overall stops on the season through five weeks essentially have him on pace to match or potentially exceed the career-high 87 he was credited with last season. While he's yet to grab an interception and can be up-and-down in pass coverage, the 25-year-old has certainly raised his profile as an IDP option the last two games in particular.
McDougald has received the second round tender from the Buccaneers, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. McDougald will receive at least $2.5 million in 2016 as a result. Any team that extends an offer sheet to McDougald will have to fork over a second round pick if the Buccaneers decline to match, so McDougald will likely remain in Tampa Bay in 2016.
McDougald played on 53 snaps in Tampa's Week 14 loss to the Saints, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Bucs' starting strong safety just barely outpaced his backup in playing time, tallying only one additional snap than second-stringer Major Wright. McDougald appeared to be partially responsible for Drew Brees' game-long 41-yard completion to Willie Snead, and was part of a generally mediocre effort by the Bucs secondary. It remains to be seen if McDougald's playing time will be further compromised over Tampa's remaining three contests.