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Buccaneers' Kevin Minter: Placed on IR
Minter (calf) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Minter suffered a calf injury during Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Saints. With the depth linebacker now sidelined, Cameron Lynch and Riley Bullough could be in line for increased offensive snaps. Tight end Tanner Hudson takes Minter's spot on the 53-an roster.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Tanner Hudson: Promoted from practice squad
The Buccaneers signed Hudson from their practice squad on Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Hudson has impressed on Tampa Bay's practice squad all season, and will now have a shot to make his NFL debut. The undrafted rookie has some opportunity for targets with O.J. Howard (ankle) on injured reserve, but is unlikely to see a significant offensive workload behind Cameron Brate, Alan Cross and Antony Auclair.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Brent Grimes: Solid in return to action
Grimes totaled four tackles (three solo) in the Buccaneers' 28-14 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Grimes made his return from a one-game absence due to a knee injury and turned in a solid performance, although he was part of a secondary that allowed 11 receptions to Michael Thomas. The veteran corner has no fewer than three and as many as six stops in every game he's played this season, but he's uncharacteristically yet to record an interception and has been credited with just three defensed passes despite seeing plenty of action his way. He'll look to get his hands on a ball from the still developing Lamar Jackson in a Week 15 tilt against the Ravens.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Jason Pierre-Paul: Another full line despite loss
Pierre-Paul tallied eight tackles (seven solo), including one for loss, a pass defensed and a fumble recovery in the Buccaneers' 28-14 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Pierre-Paul came into the contest sporting a questionable tag due to a knee injury, but he was able to turn in another one of his trademark efforts. The veteran defensive end was second only to Lavonte David in tackles on the afternoon for the Bucs, and about the only blemish on his performance was that he saw a three-game sack streak snapped. Otherwise, Pierre-Paul's tackle total served as a season high, and he'll look to notch the two he needs to eclipse 50 stops for the third straight campaign against the Ravens in Week 15.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Ronald Jones II: No touches in Week 14 loss
Jones saw only four snaps on offense in Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Saints but didn't log any touches.
The rookie's complete lack of involvement on offense speaks to his spot in the current pecking order. He does continue to put in time on return units, as he logged a total of 14 plays in that capacity Sunday. Given that veteran Jacquizz Rodgers has been a much more productive complementary option to starter Peyton Barber, Jones' fantasy outlook remains bleak.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Bobo Wilson: Sees action from scrimmage
Wilson brought in his only target for eight yards and returned two kickoffs for 44 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-14 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Wilson logged his first offensive touch of the season and was also solid on his pair of kickoff runbacks. The FSU product already equaled his reception total from last season with Sunday's modest tally, but he may not achieve active status once DeSean Jackson (thumb) is able to return to action.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Cairo Santos: First stumbles in new uniform
Santos missed field-goal attempts of 46 and 40 yards while hitting both of his extra-point tries in the Buccaneers' 28-14 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Santos had enjoyed a perfect first two games in a Buccaneers uniform heading into Sunday, but his unblemished record was sullied fairly early on against the Saints. Santos' early-second-quarter 46-yard attempt hit the right upright, while his 40-yard try to end Tampa's first drive of the second half went wide right altogether. The veteran kicker at least did maintain his perfect tally on extra points, but given the team's struggles to find consistency at the kicker position in recent seasons, his two misses are likely more cause for concern than they would be on other clubs. Santos could find opportunities for redemption at a premium Week 15, as the Bucs draw an unenviable road matchup versus the stingy Ravens defense.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Jacquizz Rodgers: Eight touches in Week 14 loss
Rodgers rushed four times for 16 yards and brought in four of five targets for 38 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-14 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Despite fellow back Ronald Jones II also being active, Rodgers outpaced his rookie teammate by 27 snaps from scrimmage and saw eight touches to Jones' none. The versatile veteran continues to offer solid production when called upon, especially in the passing game. Rodgers now has equaled his highest reception total since the 2013 season and appears set to remain in his current complementary role for the remainder of the campaign, especially given the gulf between his production and that of Jones.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Chris Godwin: Atrocious catch rate in defeat
Godwin brought in just one of 10 targets for 13 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-14 loss to the Saints on Sunday. He also fumbled once, but it was recovered by the offense.
Godwin's performance was a major letdown to those who'd counted on him as the fantasy playoffs kicked off, as the normally efficient receiver couldn't get on the same page with Jameis Winston throughout the day. Godwin's 10 percent catch rate was the poorest of his career in any game in which he's logged at least once reception, squandering what was a team-high target total in the continued absence of DeSean Jackson (thumb). Given that the second-year wideout has been a much more reliable asset than what he showed Sunday, he's likely to bounce back to some extent versus the Ravens in Week 15.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Pair of scores in loss
Brate brought in two of four targets for 12 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers' 28-14 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Brate maximized his only two grabs on the day, finding the end zone from 11 and one yard out in the first and second quarter, respectively. The veteran tight end hasn't seen much of an uptick in production since the placement of O.J. Howard (ankle/foot) on injured reserve, with one notable exception -- he's notched half of his six touchdowns on the season over the last three games. He'll look to keep it going Week 15 against a Ravens defense that's tied with multiple teams for fourth-most receptions (73) allowed to tight ends,... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Adarius Taylor: Decent in loss
Taylor recorded six tackles (four solo) and one pass defended in Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Saints.
The Florida Atlantic product was able to record at least six tackles for the second time in the last five games Sunday. The interim linebacker will likely continue to have opportunities to make tackles from his middle linebacker position in coordinator Mark Duffner's scheme. Taylor and the Buccaneers will be tasked with trying to slow down the Ravens in Week 15.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Carl Nassib: Records sack in loss
Nassib had three tackles (three solo) and one sack in Sunday's loss to the Saints.
Nassib was unable to record a fantasy relevant stat last week but bounced back with a sack Sunday. The Penn State product now has 6.5 sacks on the season, and will face the Ravens in Week 15.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Adam Humphries: Modest stat line in division loss
Humphries brought in four of eight targets for 42 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-14 loss to the Saints on Sunday. He also returned one punt for 10 yards.
Humphries co-led the team in receptions on the afternoon, but he was unable to replicate some of the downfield success he'd enjoyed in recent games. The fourth-year receiver continues to enjoy a steady role in the passing game, however, as he now has six or more targets in six of his last eight games. Humphries will look to boost his numbers back up against the Ravens in Week 15.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Peyton Barber: Struggles for running room in loss
Barber rushed 14 times for 42 yards and brought in one of his two targets for two yards in the Buccaneers' 28-14 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
It was yet another frustrating afternoon on the ground for Barber, who found running room at a premium against one of the NFL's stingiest run defenses. The second-year back now has been under 50 rushing yards in three straight games, and he's managed no better than Sunday's 3.0 yards per carry in any of those contests. Barber has a firm grasp on the lead-back role, but there may be no other team in the league at the moment in which that job has less value. He'll have an uphill battle to improve on his numbers against the dominant Ravens defense Week 15.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Lavonte David: Leads team in tackles
David recorded 10 tackles (nine solo) in Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Saints.
David was able to lead his team in tackles for the game and record his second consecutive game with double digit tackles. The Nebraska product continues to be a strong IDP option, accumulating 93 tackles (74 solo) in just 11 games. David will look to keep it going against the Ravens in Week 15.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Leads pass catchers in loss
Evans brought in four of his six targets for 86 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-14 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Evans hauled in his game-long 36-yard reception early in the first quarter, and he was quiet for a good portion of the game thereafter. However, he still finished tops on the team in receiving yards and drew even with Adam Humphries and Jacquizz Rodgers for most receptions. Evans has been productive on the latter front in particular of late, as he's amassed between Sunday's 86 yards and 120 yards in three of his past four contests. Now just 115 yards away from eclipsing his career high of 1,321, Evans will look to continue building towards that total against the Ravens in Week 15.... See More ... See Less
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