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Buccaneers' Ryan Succop: Makes four of five kicks in win
Succop made field-goal attempts of 43 and 35 yards and converted two of three extra-point tries in the Buccaneers' 28-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday.
Succop's one miss came on a block after the second of Mike Evans' two second-quarter touchdown receptions. Otherwise, the veteran kicker enjoyed another fruitful fantasy day facilitated by an improving Buccaneers offense. Through three games, Succop is 4-for-4 on field-goal attempts of 49 yards or below, 0-for-1 on his only one from beyond 50 yards and 4-for-5 on extra-point tries.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' LeSean McCoy: Exclusively in pass-catching role
McCoy brought in two of four targets for 24 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday. He did not record a carry.
The veteran back wasn't used in the running game for the second time in the first three weeks, although he did manage to record multiple receptions for the second straight contest. McCoy seems to be entrenched in a low-volume pass-catching role that won't have much fantasy utility outside of the deepest of PPR formats, at least as long as Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette remain healthy.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Leonard Fournette: Underwhelms in Week 3 win
Fournette rushed seven times for 15 yards and brought in both his targets for seven yards in the Buccaneers' 28-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday.
A week after breaking out for a 103-yard rushing day punctuated by a 46-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against the Panthers, Fournette was a relatively distant second to Ronald Jones in backfield workload. The former Jaguar finished six carries behind Jones, underscoring that coach Bruce Arians will likely roll with the hot hand from week to week. Fournette and his fantasy managers will hope for a more robust workload for the running back in a Week 4 home matchup against the Chargers.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Makes three catches in win
Howard brought in three of four targets for 49 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday.
The highlight of the athletic tight end's day came on a 33-yard reception, but he was otherwise outshined by position-mate Rob Gronkowski, who doubled up Howard in catches on his way to a team-high figure. Through three games, Howard has put together an 8-96-1 line on 13 targets, which puts him on a pace for slightly better overall numbers than he's produced over his last pair of campaigns, when he's averaged 34.0 receptions, 511.5 yards and three touchdowns. He'll look to make bigger contributions in a Week 4 battle against the Chargers.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Scotty Miller: Leads team in receiving yardage
Miller secured three of five targets for 83 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday.
The speedy Miller notched a game-long 47-yard reception and ended up with a game-high receiving yardage total as well. The rapport that the second-year receiver and quarterback Tom Brady repeatedly demonstrated in training camp practices has translated to the regular season, with Miller now sporting a 10-167 line on 14 targets through three games. With Chris Godwin exiting Sunday's contest early with a hamstring injury, it's possible Miller enjoys an expanded role against the Chargers in a Week 4 home matchup.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Ronald Jones: Leads backfield in Week 3 win
Jones rushed 13 times for 53 yards and brought in two of four targets for 20 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-10 win over the Broncos.
A week after Leonard Fournette took center stage and went over the 100-yard mark on the ground, Jones served as the clear lead back, outpacing his teammate by six carries and six touches overall. There was nothing spectacular about Jones' day -- he had a long run of 13 yards on his way to 4.1 yards per rush -- but the USC product encouragingly enjoyed a solid presence in the passing game as well. Through three games, Jones is now averaging 12.1 carries and three targets per contest, numbers that his fantasy managers hope will be exceeded in a Week 4 home matchup against the Chargers.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Rob Gronkowski: Emerges in offense during win
Gronkowski secured six of seven targets for 48 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday.
After two forgettable weeks to start the campaign, Gronkowski finished with the team lead in receptions and targets for the contest. The perennial Pro Bowler appeared to be moving well on his routes, bearing resemblance to the early career version of himself that was utterly dominant at his position for multiple seasons. It's reasonable to expect that Gronkowski was going to have even more of an acclimation period than Tom Brady in their new Tampa Bay digs given that Gronk was also getting back into football shape after a season off in addition to adapting to a new offensive system. Therefore, Sunday's performance could be a sign that things are starting to click for Gronkowski, who'll look to carry over the momentum into a Week 4 home matchup against the Chargers.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Maximizes catches in Week 3 win
Evans secured both of his targets for a pair of one-yard touchdowns in the Buccaneers' 28-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday.
Evans was uncharacteristically quiet from a cumulative statistical standpoint, but the fact both his receptions went for touchdowns rewarded fantasy managers nevertheless. Evans' receiving yardage tally was naturally an outlier that is unlikely to come close to repeating itself this season. Additionally, the 27-year-old already has four touchdowns on the campaign, and the level of trust that clearly already exists between him and Brady should continue to pay handsome fantasy dividends throughout the remainder of the campaign. Evans will look to continue finding the end zone while offering more production in receptions and receiving yardage against the Chargers in a Week 4 battle, a game that Chris Godwin (hamstring) notably could miss after he exited Sunday's game early.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Tom Brady: Best game yet as Buc
Brady completed 25 of 38 passes for 297 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 28-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday. He also netted zero yards on five rushes and had one fumble, but it was recovered by the offense.
Brady unsurprisingly appears to be getting more comfortable in coach Bruce Arians' offense with each passing week, with Sunday's performance his most efficient yet in his three-game Buccaneers tenure. The future Hall of Famer continued to display excellent chemistry with MIke Evans near the goal line, hitting the Pro Bowl receiver for a pair of one-yard touchdown tosses. He also found Chris Godwin (hamstring), who'd missed Week 2 with a concussion, for another score, and he connected most often with Rob Gronkowski, hitting his long-time tight end on six occasions. All told, it was a comfortable win for the now 2-1 Bucs, who will look to stay hot in a Week 4 home battle against the Chargers.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Sean Murphy-Bunting: Downgraded to out
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.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Chris Godwin: Won't return Sunday
Godwin is ruled out to return to Sunday's game against the Broncos due to a hamstring injury, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. He finished the game with five receptions (on six targets) for 64 yards and a touchdown.
Godwin managed to clear the concussion protocol in time to suit up versus Denver, but he's now been ruled out in the fourth quarter due to what appears to be a right hamstring strain. It's somewhat worrying that Godwin was ruled out mere minutes after leaving the field, but it's worth noting that the Buccaneers are also nursing an 18-point lead with less than 14 minutes of play remaining. In the meantime, Scotty Miller stands to see increased looks as the No. 2 receiver across from Mike Evans.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Sean Murphy-Bunting: Unlikely to return Sunday
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.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Tyler Johnson: Active in Week 3
Johnson is active for the first time in his NFL career for Sunday's Week 3 tilt against the Broncos, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
The rookie still is buried down the depth chart, but he'll get his first chance to don a uniform on game day with Justin Watson (shoulder) out of action Sunday. Johnson will have an uphill battle for targets with Chris Godwin back on the field after missing Week 2 with a concussion, and the likes of Mike Evans, Scotty Miller and potentially Jaydon Mickens also ahead of him in the pecking order at receiver.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Kenjon Barner: Active in Week 3
Barner is active for Sunday's Week 3 tilt against the Broncos after being promoted from the practice squad Saturday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
How much action that actually translates to is still very much in the air, however, considering the top running back trio of Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy all are healthy. Instead, it's possible Barner is utilized in either or both returner roles, considering his extensive experience in that area over his previous seven NFL seasons.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Remains out Sunday
Griffin (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Broncos, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Griffin remains the No. 3 QB behind Tom Brady and Blaine Gabbert, so he'll likely remain inactive unless one of the aforementioned two get hurt.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Ke'Shawn Vaughn: Healthy scratch Week 3
Vaughn (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 3 tilt against the Broncos, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official website reports.
Vaughn had been in uniform but idle over the first two games, and with Kenjon Barner getting promoted from the practice squad Saturday, the rookie will now don street clothes for the first time in his short career. Vaughn's chances of seeing his first NFL action seem remote for the time being with Buccaneers' robust running back group at full health.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Kenjon Barner: Promoted to active roster
Barner was elevated from the practice squad to the active roster Saturday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
The veteran's elevation is somewhat curious, considering the Buccaneers' robust running back depth chart is at full health. However, while 2020 rules allow for each team to promote up to two practice squad players each week, there is no requirement for said players to be active on gameday. If Barner were to be in uniform against the Broncos on Sunday, it would likely be for his work on special teams, where he's garnered extensive experience in both returner roles over his seven seasons.... See More ... See Less
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