Murphy-Bunting recorded six tackles (three solo) and was credited with a defended pass during the Buccaneers' 31-9 win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday.
The second-year cornerback finished second on the night in tackles for the Buccaneers, capping off a strong postseason run. Murphy-Bunting recorded an interception in each of Tampa Bay's first three playoff games, and he posted no fewer than five tackles in each of the last three contests of the title run. That strong stretch followed a regular season during which Murphy-Bunting registered 70 tackles (53 solo), an interception, two additional passes defended, one fumble and one fumble recovery. While those numbers made him a solid IDP option for a corner, he struggled at times in coverage while allowing an elevated 69.4 percent completion rate and five touchdowns in primary coverage. Murphy-Bunting was also charged with drops on two would-be INTs that would have allowed him to match his rookie tally of three picks. The Central Michigan product was extremely durable, logging 882 snaps on defense and another 108 on special teams while playing all 16 games for the second time in as many pro seasons.
Murphy-Bunting posted five tackles (all solo), including one for loss, recorded an interception and was credited with an additional defensed pass in the Buccaneers' 30-20 divisional-round win over the Saints on Sunday.
The second-year cornerback's standout IDP line underscores the impact he had on the contest, and his interception with 4:25 remaining on a pass intended for Jared Cook essentially sealed the win for the Buccaneers. Murphy-Bunting certainly experienced his share of adversity this past regular season while allowing a 69.4 percent completion rate and five touchdown passes in primary coverage, but he's now defensed at least one pass in three straight games dating back to Week 17 and has a pick in each of Tampa Bay's first two playoff contests. He'll look to turn the hat trick while dealing with the formidable challenge of trying to slow down Aaron Rodgers and his arsenal of weapons during Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
Murphy-Bunting recorded six tackles (five solo) including one for loss, defensed a pass and recovered a fumble in the Buccaneers' 44-27 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
The second-year defensive back atoned to a significant degree for a disastrous Week 15 matchup against the Falcons during which Calvin Ridley repeatedly victimized him coverage. Murphy-Bunting significantly boosted his rookie-season tackle total of 44 by compiling 70 stops across 16 games in 2020, but he continued to be picked on through the air with notable success for his opponents. After giving up a 64.8 percent completion rate and four touchdowns in primary coverage as a rookie, Murphy-Bunting saw the former figure climb to 69.4 percent in 2020 while also allowing five scoring tosses and a 105.3 QB rating. He'll look to tighten things up during the upcoming postseason.
Murphy-Bunting posted five tackles (four solo) in the Buccaneers' 31-27 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
The tackle total was serviceable from an IDP perspective, but Murphy-Bunting was often humbled while trying to keep up with Calvin Ridley, who recorded multiple catches against him. That included the fifth touchdown pass the 2019 second-round pick has given up this season, exceeding his rookie total in that category by one. That's not the only metric that's risen unfavorably for Murphy-Bunting in 2020, as he's also seen his completion percentage allowed in primary coverage bump up from 2019's 64.8 percent to 73.5 percent. The Central Michigan product does now have a solid 62 tackles (46 solo), although many are the result of the high catch rate he's facilitated.
Murphy-Bunting recorded 10 tackles (five solo) across 58 defensive snaps in Monday's loss to the Rams.
Murphy-Bunting was the leading tackler for the Buccaneers on Monday, bringing his season total to 47 (33 solo). It was the second-year corner's highest single-game tackle count of his career. He'll look to keep up the high level of play Sunday against the Chiefs.
Murphy-Bunting (groin) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game at Carolina, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
The 23-year-old was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, but he was able to progress to full participation Friday to avoid the questionable tag. Murphy-Bunting should continue to play a significant role in Tampa Bay's secondary.
Murphy-Bunting (groin) practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
Murphy-Bunting dealt with a groin injury through the first few weeks of the season, but he never missed a game and hasn't been on the injury report since Week 4. It's unclear how serious his current injury is, but the second-year cornerback played just 36 percent of the team's defensive snaps in this past Sunday's loss to the Saints. It's possible that he was hampered by this groin injury during the primetime matchup, although it's equally possible that he was held out because of the blowout nature of the game. Murphy-Bunting's status should become clearer over the next two days of practice.
Murphy-Bunting supplied six tackles (three solo) and recorded an interception in the Buccaneers' 25-23 win over the Giants on Monday night.
The second-year cornerback's early fourth-quarter interception was key, as it came at the Buccaneers' 34-yard line with New York trying to expand a 17-15 lead. However, Murphy-Bunting was briefly at the other end of the spectrum later in the period, as he allowed Golden Tate to get behind him with 28 seconds remaining and make a leaping 19-yard touchdown grab that brought the Giants within two. Although Tampa Bay would ultimately escape with the win, the momentary lapse threatened to make Murphy-Bunting's gaffe a critical one. The 23-year-old now has two picks on the campaign, while his six tackles served as his second-highest tally of the season.
Murphy-Bunting posted seven tackles (six solo) in the Buccaneers' 20-19 loss to the Bears on Thursday night.
The second-year cornerback tied Carlton Davis for the team lead in tackles on his way to a season-high figure in that category. Murphy-Bunting has yet to record an interception after notching three during his rookie 2019 campaign, as he's struggled early on in coverage by allowing an 80.0 percent completion rate and a pair of touchdowns on the 10 passes in which he's been the primary defender.
Murphy-Bunting (groin) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Chargers after practicing in full Friday.
Murphy-Bunting went for an MRI after picking up the injury in last week's win over the Broncos, but the results were encouraging, so he's set to suit up against Los Angeles come Sunday.
Murphy-Bunting (groin/hamstring) will undergo an MRI after leaving early in Sunday's win over the Broncos, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Murphy-Bunting may have a serious soft-tissue injury that would force him to miss time, but head coach Bruce Arians is confident that Antoine Winfield can cover the slot in his stead, per Smith. The results of the MRI should be available at some point this week. It's worth keeping an eye on, considering the Buccaneers defense has been one of the top units in the league thus far.
Murphy-Bunting (groin/hamstring) won't return to Sunday's game against the Broncos.
Murphy-Bunting was initially listed as doubtful due to groin and hamstring injuries, and he'll now officially have to wait until Week 4 to make a potential return. In the event that Murphy-Bunting is forced to miss more time, Antoine Winfield will lock down the slot while Mike Edwards takes over at strong safety.
Murphy-Bunting was forced out of Sunday's game versus the Broncos with a hamstring injury, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Murphy-Bunting isn't expected to return Sunday. Antoine Winfield is slated to cover the slot for the time being, which will open the door for Mike Edwards to operate at strong safety. Expect an update on Murphy-Bunting when the Buccaneers release an injury report Wednesday.
Murphy-Bunting (ankle) enters his second year in the league locked in as one of Tampa Bay's starting cornerbacks, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Murphy-Bunting appeared in all 16 regular-season games as a rookie, compiling 44 tackles (37 solo) and three interceptions, though he left the season finale against Atlanta prematurely with an ankle injury. The Buccaneers will now rely on a healthy Murphy-Bunting to serve as a leader in the secondary heading into Year 2. The 23-year-old will look to take a step forward in his development while competing in a division that contains the likes of Julio Jones, Michael Thomas and D.J. Moore.
Murphy-Bunting (ankle) won't return to Sunday's game against the Falcons, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
It's unclear how the 22-year-old suffered the injury, but the fact that he was immediately downgraded to out is a negative sign. Murphy-Bunting's first NFL season will end with 44 tackles (37 solo) and three interceptions while he played in all 16 games. For the remainder of Week 17, however, look for Jamel Dean and M.J. Stewart to see an uptick in snaps.
Murphy-Bunting totaled four solo tackles, including a sack, and was also credited with a pass break-up in the Buccaneers' 23-20 loss to the Texans on Saturday.
Six days after recording the first pick-six of his career, Murphy-Bunting followed it up by getting to the quarterback for the first time as a pro. The rookie has allowed an elevated 64.2 percent completion rate and four touchdowns on the 53 attempts he's faced as a primary defender this season, but his 42 tackles, trio of interceptions, one sack and one forced fumble give him some IDP relevancy as he wraps up 2019 in a starting cornerback role against the Falcons in Week 17.
Murphy-Bunting recorded eight solo tackles, one defended pass and one interception which he returned for a 70-yard touchdown during Sunday's 38-17 win over the Lions.
Murphy-Bunting's first career pick-six came with just over five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, as he made an athletic move to cut under the route of Danny Amendola and intercept Lions signal-caller David Blough. The rookie second-round pick's highlight-reel play essentially secured the win for Tampa Bay, and he piled up an impressive eight solo tackles on top of that. He'll look to keep up the momentum against Houston in Week 16.
Murphy-Bunting (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Murphy-Bunting was limited in Wednesday's practice, but he now appears to have fully shed his knee injury. Barring any setbacks, the rookie second-round pick will play a key role in Tampa Bay's secondary during Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
Murphy-Bunting (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Murphy-Bunting was forced out of Sunday's win over the Falcons due to a knee injury. Before exiting the contest, he racked up a season-high nine tackles. With backup cornerbacks Jamel Dean (shoulder) and M.J. Stewart (knee) both nursing injuries, it would be a particularly notable blow to Tampa Bay's secondary if Murphy-Bunting were forced to miss any time.
Murphy-Bunting recorded nine tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's 35-22 win over the Falcons before exiting the contest with a knee injury.
Murphy-Bunting posted a season high in tackles in Week 12, but a knee injury sustained during the latter portion of the game brings his Week 13 status into question.
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|Sun 09/20||vs CAR||W 31-17||3||1||4||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 09/27||@ DEN||W 28-10||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 10/04||vs LAC||W 38-31||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Thu 10/08||@ CHI||L 19-20||5||1||6||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/18||vs GB||W 38-10||3||1||4||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/25||@ LV||W 45-20||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Mon 11/02||@ NYG||W 25-23||3||1||4||0||1||1||0||0|
|Sun 11/08||vs NO||L 3-38||2||2||4||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/15||@ CAR||W 46-23||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Mon 11/23||vs LAR||L 24-27||5||5||10||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/29||vs KC||L 24-27||5||0||5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/13||vs MIN||W 26-14||4||1||5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/20||@ ATL||W 31-27||4||1||5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sat 12/26||@ DET||W 47-7||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 01/03||vs ATL||W 44-27||5||1||6||0||0||1||1||0|
|Sat 01/09||@ WAS||W 31-23||1||1||2||0||1||1||0||0|
|Sun 01/17||@ NO||W 30-20||5||0||5||0||1||2||0||0|
|Sun 01/24||@ GB||W 31-26||6||0||6||0||1||1||0||0|
|Sun 02/07||vs KC||W 31-9||3||3||6||0||0||1||0||0|
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