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Buccaneers' Josh Shaw: Joins Tampa Bay
Shaw signed with the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Shaw was waived by the Chiefs on Nov. 17 after recording four tackles in six games. The 26-year-old will provide Tampa Bay with much-needed secondary depth.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Not expected to require surgery
Howard (ankle) will not require surgery for his ankle and foot injuries that will force him to injured reserve, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Howard's 2018 season is over regardless of whether Howard needs surgery, but this at least bodes well in terms of the extent of rehab required to return to form. The second-year tight end had come into his own this season prior to the injury, racking up 34 catches for 565 yards and five touchdowns over 10 games. Without him available moving forward, Cameron Brate figures to slot in as the team's primary tight end.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Poised for bigger role sans Howard
Brate is expected to step in as the Buccaneers' No. 1 tight end in Sunday's game against the 49ers after O.J. Howard (ankle/foot) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
After combining for 1,251 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns the previous two seasons, Brate took on a more muted role in the Tampa Bay passing game through the first 10 games of 2018 in the midst of Howard's breakout campaign. With Howard now finishing the season on IR for the second time in as many years, the door has reopened for Brate to serve as a safety valve for Jameis Winston, who is set to replace Ryan Fitzpatrick as the Bucs' Week 12 starting quarterback. With Tampa Bay still boasting a deep wideout corps, Brate likely won't rank as a primary target in any given week but should still see enough volume in a potent passing attack to make for a decent fantasy tight end.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Bound for IR
The Buccaneers will place Howard on injured reserve Tuesday with ankle and foot injuries, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Howard sustained the two injuries on the same play during Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Giants. The 24-year-old will finish the campaign on IR for the second time in as many years, providing a disappointing conclusion to what was shaping up to be a breakout season. The Buccaneers will look to Cameron Brate to serve as the primary replacement at tight end for Howard, who had recorded 34 receptions for 565 yards and five scores in 10 games.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Ryan Fitzpatrick: Loses starting job again
Jameis Winston will replace Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback for Week 12 against the 49ers, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Fitzpatrick was intercepted seven times the past three weeks, eventually getting benched in the second half of Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Giants. It won't come as any surprise if we see him again before the end of the season, as Winston has proven equally susceptible to turnovers.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Seeking second opinion on ankle
Howard (ankle) received good news Monday and is now getting a second opinion, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
The decision to get another medical opinion usually hints at a significant injury, but Howard may just be exercising caution to confirm the initial optimistic diagnosis. He was removed in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Giants, finishing with five catches for 78 yards on six targets. An absence for Week 12 against the 49ers would leave Cameron Brate with a prominent role catching passes from reappointed starter Jameis Winston.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Still wearing boot
Evans (toe) still has a boot on his right foot Monday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Evans continues to nurse a toe injury sustained during a Week 10 loss to the Redskins. The second-year pro's availability for the Week 12 tilt against the 49ers is currently uncertain, but his participation in practice this week should help clarify the situation. If Evans is unable to suit up, Isaiah Johnson will once again slot into the starting lineup.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Jameis Winston: Named as Week 12 starter
Winston will get the start Week 12 against the 49ers, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The announcement comes as no surprise after Ryan Fitzpatrick threw seven interceptions the past three weeks, including a trio in Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Giants before he was replaced by Winston. The 24-year-old led three consecutive touchdown drives to bring the Bucs back into the contest, but he didn't have much time on the final series and was picked off on a desperation heave. Winston will now face a San Francisco defense that's given up 21 touchdown passes while notching just two interceptions, despite limiting opponents to a 60.4 completion percentage and 7.2 yards per attempt.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Ryan Fitzpatrick: Waiting for news on starting job
Coach Dirk Koetter has made a decision on his starter for Week 12 against the 49ers, but he won't reveal it to the media until he talks with Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Winston replaced Fitzpatrick during Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Giants, leading three consecutive touchdown drives to cut the deficit to three points. Koetter has gone back-and-forth throughout the season, as both quarterbacks have been prone to turnovers while also piling up yards with ease. It won't come as any surprise if Koetter turns back to the 24-year-old Winston after watching Fitzpatrick toss seven interceptions the past three weeks.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Kendell Beckwith: Will not play in 2018
Coach Dirk Koetter said Monday that Beckwith (ankle) won't play during the 2018 season, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
The Buccaneers have been stashing Beckwith on the Non-Football Injury list all season after he fractured his ankle during a car accident in the spring. Koetter's announcement means that the linebacker will now revert to injured reserve and turn his focus towars recovering in time to participate in OTAs.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Set for evaluation
Howard (ankle) will be evaluated Monday after exiting Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Giants in the fourth quarter, Eduardo Encina of The Tampa Bay Times reports.
Howard was deemed doubtful to return and never reentered the game, finishing with five catches for 78 yards on six targets. He suffered an MCL sprain back in Week 4 against the Bears, but a conveniently timed bye in Week 5 allowed him to avoid any absences from games. Howard won't have the extra rest this time around, as the Buccaneers host the 49ers on Sunday in Week 12. Cameron Brate could be looking at a three-down role if Howard doesn't play.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Dare Ogunbowale: Plenty of work as kick returner
Ogunbowale returned seven kickoffs for 137 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-35 loss to the Giants on Sunday.
The 24-year-old rookie was promoted earlier in the week from the practice squad in the wake of Shaun Wilson's placement on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, and he did a solid job filling the latter's role on kickoff returns. Ogunbowale could potentially continue serving in the same capacity for what remains of the season, although he could also find himself inactive if Jacquizz Rodgers is tabbed to fill the role once Ronald Jones II (hamstring) returns to action.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Jacquizz Rodgers: Trio of carries in loss
Rodgers rushed three times for 15 yards and failed to come up with any of his three targets in the Buccaneers' 38-35 loss to the Giants on Sunday.
Rodgers once again played a complementary role behind lead back Peyton Barber in the continued absence of Ronald Jones II (hamstring). One week after a career-high eight receptions, Rodgers failed to come up with any of his targets, lessening his already modest fantasy impact. Outside of his Week 10 outlier performance, Rodgers remains a middling fantasy option in all formats and could potentially revert to inactive status upon Jones' return to health.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Cairo Santos: Perfect in team debut
Santos did not attempt any field goals and was perfect on all five extra-point attempts in the Buccaneers' 38-35 loss to the Giants on Sunday.
Santos maximized his opportunities, drilling every extra-point try he was afforded. The veteran kicker has the talent to stabilize the team's placekicking position, considering he brought a respectable 84.1 percent career success rate into Tampa. He'll look to log his first field-goal opportunities in a Week 12 matchup versus the 49ers.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Pair of grabs in defeat
Brate brought in two of three targets for 16 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-35 loss to the Giants on Sunday.
Brate saw a trio of targets for the third consecutive game, and although his yardage totals haven't topped Sunday's 16 since Week 7, there may be reason to suspect Brate might be needed more often on offense soon. Fellow tight end O.J. Howard, who's clearly usurped Brate as the team's primary pass-catching option at the position, suffered an ankle injury during the second half of Sunday's loss. If Howard were to miss any time moving forward, Brate could certainly be in position for a corresponding spike in production.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' DeSean Jackson: Shakes off in-game injury in loss
Jackson, who exited Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Giants briefly in the third quarter due to a thumb injury, eventually returned and finished with four receptions (on seven targets) for 38 yards.
Jackson was actually the intended receiver on the final offensive play of the day for the Buccaneers, a Jameis Winston pass that was intercepted by the Giants' B.W. Webb at New York's 25-yard line with 23 seconds remaining. The veteran speedster continues to endure a mostly frustrating latter portion of the campaign, one that's seen him log less than 40 receiving yards in three of his last five games. There seems to be a firm cap on Jackson's upside in this offense at the moment irrespective of who's under center, making him a questionable fantasy prospect again in Week 12 against the 49ers.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Chris Godwin: Three grabs in Week 11 loss
Godwin brought in all three of his targets for 50 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-35 loss to the Giants on Sunday.
Godwin didn't seem hampered by the ankle injury he'd nursed during the practice week, although he fell more than halfway short of the season-best 103 yards he'd logged against the Redskins in Week 10. The second-year pro has been serviceable as a secondary option with at least 50 receiving yards in four of the last six contests, but he's now failed to reach the end zone in five straight games. He'll look to up his numbers in a favorable Week 12 matchup against the 49ers.... See More ... See Less
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