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Buccaneers' Robert Ayers: Contributes 6.5 sacks in first Bucs season
by RotoWire Staff | Special to

Ayers finished the 2016 season with 29 tackles (21 solo), including two for loss, 6.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and a pass defensed over 12 games.

The veteran pass rusher, inked to a three-year, $19.5 million free-agent contract last offseason, had a rather uneven start to his Bucs tenure, suffering an ankle injury in Week 2 against the Cardinals and missing four subsequent games. However, Ayers came on strong over the last month-plus of the campaign, recording sacks in four of the last six contests. He also notched a season-high six tackles against the Bears in Week 10 but didn't record more than three stops in any of the other 11 games in which he participated. Ayers couldn't quite duplicate his career season from 2015 with the Giants, when he set personal bests in tackles (41) and sacks (9.5), but his 6.5 quarterback takedowns in 2016 did represent the second-best total of his career. With the possibility of a full 16 games and a second campaign in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme on tap in 2017, Ayers could certainly be poised to build on this past season's production.

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Buccaneers' Robert Ayers: Full participant Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ayers (illness) was listed as a full participant in Thursday's practice, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports.

Ayers was under the weather Wednesday and didn't practice. His complete availability Thursday implies he's past whatever bug he'd been dealing with, though, meaning Ayers isn't in danger of missing Saturday's showdown against the Saints.

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Buccaneers' Robert Ayers: Misses practice Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ayers (illness) did not participate in Wednesday's practice, Jenna Laine of reports.

The veteran defensive end has been a solid presence over the last four games in particular, posting 11 tackles (eight solo) over that span, along with three sacks. With the illness that sidelined him coming on Wednesday, we'd expect that Ayers will be ready to suit up by Saturday against the Saints. Another update on his status should come after Thursday's practice.

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Buccaneers' Robert Ayers: Racks up sack for third straight game in Week 14 win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ayers tallied three tackles (all solo) and a sack in Sunday's 16-11 win over the Saints.

The veteran pass rusher has been excelling at tormenting opposing quarterbacks over the last three games, posting a sack in each contest. Factoring in his 1.5-sack effort in Week 10 versus the Bears, Ayers now has 4.5 takedowns over the last five contests. After an ankle injury that prompted a five-game absence earlier in the season, Ayers has hit his stride in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, and has been a vital cog in what has been a vastly improved defensive unit over the last month.

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Buccaneers' Robert Ayers: Posts dominant performance in Week 10 win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ayers totaled six tackles (five solo), including 2.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks in Sunday's 36-10 win over the Bears.

The offseason acquisition posted what was easily his best effort since joining the Bucs. Ayers was a disruptive force throughout the afternoon and a key part of a defensive effort that totaled four takedowns overall of Bears QB Jay Cutler. His prior ankle injury apparently behind him, Ayers is primed to potentially put together a strong second half to his first season in Tampa.

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Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2009Denver Broncos151914.050000.0002
2010Denver Broncos113932.071.5000.0001
2011Denver Broncos163925.0143000.0003
2012Denver Broncos15168.082000.0000
2013Denver Broncos152923.065.5000.0000
2014New York Giants122218.045000.0001
2015New York Giants124131.0109.5000.0004
2016Tampa Bay Buccaneers122921.086.5000.0001
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2009Denver Broncos15000025421
2010Denver Broncos1100100000
2011Denver Broncos1600101010
2012Denver Broncos1500000000
2013Denver Broncos1500100000
2014New York Giants1200100000
2015New York Giants1200200000
2016Tampa Bay Buccaneers1200100000

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