Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said Murphy (knee) won't be on the field until training camp, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Murphy tore his ACL in late October, finishing the 2015 season with a 10-198-0 receiving line (18 targets) in six games. Though he mostly served as Tampa Bay's No. 3 wide receiver prior to the injury, Murphy may have to compete for a roster spot in training camp, if he's even healthy enough to suit up. With 33-year-old Vincent Jackson entering the final year of his contract, the Bucs could target a wide receiver in the early rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft.
Murphy secured 10 of 18 targets for 198 yards over six games in 2015 before tearing his ACL and being place on injured reserve. The veteran receiver's two seasons in Tampa have been cut short by injury, with an ankle ailment curtailing Murphy's 2014 campaign after 11 games. The 28-year-old was a reasonably effective third receiver early this past season, and was just beginning to develop a rapport with rookie quarterback Jameis Winston when he suffered his season-ending ACL tear in Week 6 against the Redskins. Six of his 10 catches went for first downs, and he also tallied receptions 33 and 54 yards, which helped Murphy post a career-high 19.8 yards per catch in 2015. Under Tampa's control through the 2016 season, the eight-year pro could potentially begin training camp on the sidelines while he completes his recovery. In the event that teammate Vincent Jackson is jettisoned in the offseason by the Bucs' new coaching staff, Murphy could find himself with added opportunity next season in a new offensive system.
A knee injury could sideline Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson multiple weeks, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Jackson hasn't been ruled out for Week 8 yet, but this report certainly doesn't seem promising. The 32-year-old caught just one pass in 36 snaps Sunday against the Redskins - a surprising total considering Tampa Bay was without Russell Shepard (hamstring) and lost Louis Murphy (knee) in the middle of the game.
Murphy suffered a torn right ACL in Sunday's loss to Washington, ESPN.com reports/ With Murphy -- who had been slotted behind Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans in the Bucs' WR pecking order -- now out for the season, Donteea Dye figures to move into the team's No. 3 wideout role for now.
Buccaneers wide receiver Louis Murphy (knee) is feared to have suffered a torn ACL and could miss the remainder of this season, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Murphy was injured while making a catch during the Sunday loss to the Redskins, which could potentially be his final appearance of this season. While its severity will have to be confirmed first, his absence would leave Tampa Bay without its third wideout.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||Los Angeles Rams||5||18.50|
|7||10/23||@San Francisco 49ers||17||22.38|
|11||11/20||@Kansas City Chiefs||20||23.44|
|13||12/04||@San Diego Chargers||4||18.38|
|14||12/11||New Orleans Saints||27||25.13|
|16||12/24||@New Orleans Saints||27||25.13|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||29||16||205||1||7||12.81||26|