McDougald totaled 12 tackles (10 solo) in Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Bears. The Bucs' starting free safety managed a season-high total in tackles while turning in his best performance of the season. With backup (and former starter) Major Wright playing reasonably well as of late, McDougald's starting job may have been under evaluation, but Sunday's performance would certainly appear to help preserve the status quo at the position for the season finale versus the Panthers. The third-year pro has set career highs in every major defensive category this season, and will hit the 90-tackle milestone with eight stops against the Panthers in Week 17.
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.
McDougald managed five tackles (all solo) in the Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Saints. The starting strong safety failed to make any impact plays, and was late coming over to help on a game-long 41-yard hook-up between Drew Brees and Willie Snead. McDougald was outperformed by backup Major Wright--who managed eight stops and a pair of passes defensed--and tallied only one more snap than Wright's 52 on the afternoon. The ongoing division of labor in the Bucs secondary will continue to be a development to monitor over the season's final three contests.
McDougald totaled three tackles (all solo) in Sunday's 23-19 victory over the Falcons. McDougald posted his lowest amount of tackles since Week 9 versus the Giants, although he did boost his career-best total of stops to 64 on the season. The third-year safety was also outplayed by backup and former starter Major Wright, but there has been no immediate indication that McDougald's spot on the depth chart would be in jeopardy. McDougald and the rest of the Bucs secondary face a stiff challenge in Drew Brees and the Saints in Week 14.
McDougald was on the field for 71 snaps in Tampa's Week 12 loss to the Colts, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Bucs' starting strong safety appeared to have been a tad late coming over to help on T.Y. Hilton's first touchdown, but otherwise seemed to have to played a generally solid game. McDougald has been logging heavy playing time recently, and the extra reps appear to be helping his development. The third-year pro has now tallied career-highs in virtually every defensive category, and could approach 100 tackles by season's end.