Top Buccaneers News

  • Buccaneers' Antoine Winfield: Racks up tackles Week 1

    Winfield totaled eight tackles (five solo) in the Buccaneers' 31-29 victory over the Cowboys in Week 1.

    The second-year safety was fourth on the team in tackles for the night, starting what is expected to be a big second season after a remarkable rookie campaign. Winfield totaled 94 stops, three sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery across 16 games in 2020 and should be even more of an IDP asset now that he has some valuable experience in Todd Bowles' aggressive scheme under his belt.

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  • Buccaneers' Shaquil Barrett: Starts season strong

    Barrett recorded four tackles (three solo), including one sack, and was credited with two quarterback hits overall in the Buccaneers' 31-29 win over the Cowboys in Week 1.

    Barrett began paying immediate dividends on the four-year, $72 million contract he signed in the offseason, getting to Dak Prescott for the Buccaneers' only sack on the night. While the 19.5-sack tally he compiled in 2019 is unlikely to ever be within his reach again, another solid campaign akin to his 57-tackle, eight-sack effort in 2020 would be considered a strong contribution on a defense that already has a multitude of players capable of tormenting quarterbacks.

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  • Buccaneers' Jordan Whitehead: Will be available Week 2

    Whitehead (hamstring) practiced in full Wednesday.

    Whitehead didn't practice at all before he was ruled out for last Thursday's season opener against the Cowboys. Head coach Bruce Arians told Greg Auman of The Athletic earlier Wednesday that Whitehead "went full speed" at practice, and indeed that has come to pass. The Buccaneers thus will have their starting safety tandem of Whitehead and Antoine Winfield available Sunday versus the Falcons.

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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: No targets over 18 snaps

    Brate logged 18 snaps from scrimmage but did not see a target in the Buccaneers' 31-29 win over the Cowboys on Thursday night.

    The veteran tight end was a source of some sneaky fantasy value at times in 2020 after O.J. Howard went down with a torn Achilles in Week 4, but with the latter now healthy and Rob Gronkowski seemingly back to prior form, there may be sparse opportunity for Brate to make an impact as a receiver in 2021. One confounding stat from Week 1 is that Howard actually logged 12 fewer offensive snaps from Brate, but it's a virtual certainty the former will eventually have a more consistent role in the air attack as the season unfolds.

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  • Buccaneers' Scotty Miller: No stats in opener

    Miller played just eight snaps on offense and did not see a target during the Buccaneers' 31-29 win over the Cowboys on Thursday night.

    Targets were expected to be scarce for any receivers not named Mike Evans, Chris Godwin or Antonio Brown, and that proved true in Week 1. The speedy Miller will almost assuredly be looked for on some deep routes as the season unfolds, but as long as the top trio is healthy, the Bowling Green product's week-to-week production will be inconsistent at best.

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  • Buccaneers' Tyler Johnson: No catches in opener

    Johnson failed to come up with his only target during the Buccaneers' 31-29 win over the Cowboys on Thursday.

    The second-year wideout logged just three snaps from scrimmage, so the lack of action on offense was unsurprising. Johnson's empty stat line could unfortunately be par from the course for him on many weeks while the top wideout trio of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown is healthy.

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  • Buccaneers' Carson Tinker: Signs with Tampa Bay

    The Buccaneers signed Tinker on Tuesday, Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Tinker will serve as the Bucs' long snapper after Zach Triner (finger) was placed on injured reserve.

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  • Buccaneers' Zach Triner: Lands on IR

    The Bucs placed Triner (finger) on injured reserve Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

    The Buccaneers signed Carson Tinker to the 53-man roster after placing Triner on IR. The severity of Triner's injury is unknown, but he will be forced to miss at least three weeks after moving to IR.

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  • Buccaneers' Sean Murphy-Bunting: May be done for the season

    Coach Bruce Arians said that Murphy-Bunting's (shoulder) timetable to return is "anywhere from four weeks until the end of the season," Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

    The Buccaneers will seek a second opinion before jumping to conclusions with Murphy-Bunting's injury. The 24-year-old played a critical role for Tampa Bay during their Super Bowl run last year, and his absence will leave a huge hole in the secondary. Ross Cockrell stepped up in Week 1 when Murphy-Bunting went down, and he will likely retain that role moving forward.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 52.0
(30th)
379.0
(3rd)
431.0
(7th)
Def. 60.0
(4th)
403.0
(31st)
451.0
(30th)

Injuries

Player Injury
J. Pierre-Paul LB Jason Pierre-Paul LB Hand
S. Murphy-Bunting CB Sean Murphy-Bunting CB Elbow
Z. Triner LS Zach Triner LS Finger
J. Franklin WR John Franklin WR Knee - ACL
S. Renner DT Sam Renner DT Undisclosed

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