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2148263 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2013-10-21 01:29:49.0 UTC 2013-10-20T21:29:49.000-04:00 bucs-rb-martin-hopeful-on-injury published 2013-10-21 03:50:02.0 UTC 2013-10-20T23:50:02.000-04:00 sports/football/bucs DTI 113075228 One player the Bucs can ill afford to lose is Pro Bowl RB Doug Martin, which is why it put a scare on their sideline when he went down with a left shoulder injury early in the third quarter and did not return Sunday against the Falcons. But Martin, wearing a sling around his arm after the game, appeared optimistic about it, saying the shoulder's not separated and preliminary X-rays looked good. It's unclear whether he can play Thursday against the Panthers at Raymond James Stadium. "It feels all right right now," Martin said. "I'm pretty sure (today) it'll feel better. Maybe not. I hope for the best." Martin got hurt in an awkward landing after his attempt on a leaping catch during a wheel route near the goal line. "I landed on the elbow and all the pressure went to my shoulder," Martin said. "It's unfortunate. We'll do our best to get it evaluated and rehab it as quickly as we can." The Bucs also lost All-Pro S Dashon Goldson. He injured his left knee when he said he was cut by a Falcons receiver on the second play of the game. He was walking around gingerly in the locker room postgame with a big ice bag over his knee. "I've never had a knee (injury) before, but I know it didn't feel right," Goldson said. "I tried to play a couple more plays, but I just couldn't. It wasn't the same." Goldson went back into the locker room temporarily, saying trainers taped him up, and tried to return, but it didn't help much. He was still waiting for X-rays and was unsure of when he'll return. As for his availability Thursday? "We'll see," he said. "I'm hoping for a miracle." WR Vincent Jackson had a couple of drops, a fumble, and a 15-yard face mask penalty on a fourth-quarter drive. But the Pro Bowl player also had 10 catches for 138 yards, including the Bucs' biggest play, a 59-yard touchdown in the second quarter in which he made a spectacular, one-handed grab with his right hand while fighting off Pro Bowl CB Asante Samuel with his left. "Sometimes you've got to take those shots," Jackson said. "I just went up there and tried to compete." Rookie QB Mike Glennon hadn't been very accurate in previous deep shots down the field, admitting he missed Jackson a few times the last few weeks where he "didn't give him a chance." But this time, Glennon connected, the first of two Jackson touchdowns. "That touchdown catch by Vincent proves that I just need to really give these guys a chance at all times, and he made a big-time play on it," Glennon said. Jackson was targeted on 22 passes. No other Bucs receiver was targeted more than five times. Quick hits . LB Lavonte David (top right) had another (mostly) stellar day, recording 10 tackles, more than double any other Buccaneer, including three for losses. His most glaring miscue was getting beat on a 19-yard touchdown pass to RB Jacquizz Rodgers (below) down the left sideline in the second quarter. . Atlanta's third touchdown was aided by an uncharacteristic 20-yard punt from Michael Koenen, which went out of bounds at the Bucs 37. The Falcons scored on the next play to take a 24-7 lead. . As expected, the Bucs shuffled their offensive line, with Ted Larsen starting at center and Jeremy Zuttah moving to left guard, helping replace injured LG Carl Nicks. . S Kelcie McCray, claimed off waivers a few weeks ago, got extended playing time Sunday with S Dashon Goldson injuring his left knee. S Keith Tandy also got his share of action. . WR Mike Williams, who missed last week's game due to a hamstring injury, played Sunday, making four catches for 32 yards. . The Bucs had zero sacks. . With Pro Bowl RB Doug Martin going down with a left shoulder injury early in the third quarter, rookie RB Mike James stepped up with 14 carries for 45 yards. The Bucs gave the ball to James, the sixth-round pick from Miami, on fourth and 1 from the Falcons 3 during the third quarter. The 5-foot-10, 223-pounder gained 2 up the middle to get a first down and set up a 1-yard touchdown catch by WR Vincent Jackson. In his first four games James had just three carries for 7 yards, used mostly on special teams, but could carry a bigger load if Martin can't play Thursday night against the Panthers. "I did what I can to try to display to the coaching staff and my teammates that I'm able to do that if something ever happens," James said. "Hopefully I gave them the confidence." . RB Brian Leonard takes pride in his special teams play, believing that versatility can extend his career. And Leonard made a big play early in the third quarter, forcing a fumble by punt returner Robert Alford. LB Dekoda Watson recovered on the Falcons 23-yard line and the Bucs drove for a touchdown, pulling within 24-17. "I was just doing my job, I'm the wing … and (Alford) came my way," Leonard said. "Somebody had him wrapped up, and I went in for the strip tackle. Any turnover is a big momentum shift, especially that close to the goal line. We got seven points on that drive. It doesn't matter though, we still lost." . The Falcons were playing without two of their top weapons — injured WRs Julio Jones and Roddy White — along with RB Steven Jackson. But backup WR Harry Douglas had a career-high 149 yards on seven catches. In his first five games Douglas, a fifth-year pro out of Louisville, had 16 receptions and one 100-yard game. "Harry had a career day," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "Everybody's role changes in the NFL. Harry is a very good receiver, he just hasn't had the opportunity to be the No. 1 receiver. He was the No. 1 receiver (Sunday)." Six of Douglas' catches came in the first half. Douglas got behind CB Leonard Johnson for a 54-yard grab, setting up a field goal midway through the second quarter. Johnson, called for pass interference on the play, said he spun, leaping for the ball, but QB Matt Ryan threw to Douglas' back shoulder. "He just stepped up and filled the role," Johnson said of Douglas. "He made plays." A couple of minutes later, Douglas beat Bucs rookie CB Johnthan Banks, who had another tough day, on a double move for a 37-yard touchdown pass. CB Darrelle Revis said the Falcons were moving Douglas around a lot, and there wasn't a discussion about him focusing solely on Douglas. Said Revis: "He had a great game." Rookie QB Mike Glennon's day couldn't have started off much worse Sunday, his fumble on a sack on the Bucs' first possession returned 30 yards for a touchdown by Falcons S Thomas DeCoud. But the Bucs were encouraged by how Glennon performed in his first career road start, showing poise and twice bringing them back within a touchdown. "Glennon showed what he's been showing all year," WR Mike Williams said. "He went on the road and showed he can handle the pressure." Glennon's mobility continues to be an issue, his 13-yard scramble aside, as he couldn't escape the rush on the early third and 10, leading to S William Moore's sack/fumble and a 7-0 deficit 3:06 into the game. "They blitzed me and I was looking for my hot guy and wasn't able to get to him," Glennon said. "That's on me. I've got to hold onto the ball." Glennon finished 26-for-44 for 256 yards and two touchdowns, and he did a better job on throwing deep balls, including a 59-yard strike to WR Vincent Jackson in the second quarter. "We consciously wanted to throw the ball down the field. And he did that, and we got (a pass interference) and completions," coach Greg Schiano said. Glennon averaged just 5.8 yards per attempt but made some clutch throws on third and fourth downs during the fourth-quarter comeback. "The thing you're encouraged by is we've got a group of men in that locker room that will fight their guts out and stick together," Schiano said. "And we've got a young quarterback who continues to progress." WR Vincent Jackson had a couple of drops, a fumble, and a 15-yard facemask penalty on a fourth-quarter drive. But the Pro Bowl player also had 10 catches for 138 yards, including the Bucs' biggest play, a 59-yard touchdown in the second quarter in which he made a spectacular, one-handed grab with his right hand while fighting off Pro Bowl CB Asante Samuel with his left. "Sometimes you've got to take those shots," Jackson said. "I just went up there and tried to compete." Rookie QB Mike Glennon hadn't been very accurate in previous deep shots down the field, admitting he missed Jackson a few times the last few weeks where he "didn't give him a chance." But this time, Glennon connected, the first of two Jackson touchdowns. "That touchdown catch by Vincent proves that I just need to really give these guys a chance at all times and he made a big-time play on it," Glennon said. Jackson was targeted on 22 passes (catching 10). No other receiver was targeted more than five times. . The Falcons were playing without two of their top offensive weapons — injured WRs Julio Jones and Roddy White — along with RB Steven Jackson. But backup WR Harry Douglas had a career-high 149 yards on seven catches. In his first five games Douglas, a fifth-year pro out of Louisville, had 16 receptions and one 100-yard game. "Harry had a career day," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "Everybody's role changes in the NFL. Harry is a very good receiver, he just hasn't had the opportunity to be the No. 1 receiver. He was the No. 1 receiver (Sunday)." Six of Douglas' catches came in the first half. Douglas got behind CB Leonard Johnson for a 54-yard grab, setting up a field goal midway through the second quarter. Johnson, called for pass interference on the play, said he spun, leaping for the ball, but QB Matt Ryan threw to Douglas' back shoulder. "He just stepped up and filled the role," Johnson said of Douglas. "He made plays." A couple minutes later, Douglas beat Bucs rookie CB Johnthan Banks, who had another tough day, on a double-move for a 37-yard touchdown pass. CB Darrelle Revis said the Falcons were moving Douglas around a lot, and there wasn't a discussion about him focusing solely on Douglas. Said Revis: "He had a great game." . RB Brian Leonard takes pride in his special teams play, believing that versatility can extend his career. And Leonard made a big play early in the third quarter, forcing a fumble by punt returner Robert Alford. LB Dekoda Watson recovered on the Falcons 23-yard line and Bucs drove for a touchdown, pulling within 24-17. "I was just doing my job, I'm the wing … and (Alford) came my way," Leonard said. "Somebody had him wrapped up and I went in for the strip tackle. Any turnover is a big momentum shift, especially that close to the goal line. We got seven points on that drive. It doesn't matter though, we still lost." Rookie QB Mike Glennon's day couldn't have started off much worse Sunday, his fumble on a sack on the Bucs first possession returned 30 yards for a touchdown by Falcons S Thomas DeCoud. But the Bucs were encouraged with how Glennon performed in his first career road start, showing poise and twice bringing them back within a touchdown. "Glennon showed what he's been showing all year," WR Mike Williams said. "He went on the road and showed he can handle the pressure." Glennon's mobility continues to be an issue, his 13-yard scramble aside, as he couldn't escape the rush on the early third and 10, leading to S William Moore's sack/fumble and a 7-0 deficit three minutes into the game. "They blitzed me and I was looking for my hot guy and wasn't able to get to him," Glennon said. "That's on me. I've got to hold onto the ball." Glennon finished 26-for-44 for 256 yards and two touchdowns, and did a better job on throwing deep balls, including a 59-yard strike to WR Vincent Jackson in the second quarter. "We consciously wanted to throw the ball down the field and he did that and we got a DPI and completions," coach Greg Schiano said. Glennon averaged just 5.8 yards per attempt, but made some clutch throws on third and fourth downs during the fourth-quarter comeback. "The thing you're encouraged by is we've got a group of men in that locker room that will fight their guts out and stick together," Schiano said. "And we've got a young quarterback who continues to progress." Quick hits . LB Lavonte David had another (mostly) stellar day, recording 10 tackles (more than double any other Buccaneer) including three for losses. His most glaring miscue was getting beat on a 19-yard touchdown pass to RB Jacquizz Rodgers down the left sideline in the second quarter. . Atlanta's third touchdown was aided by an uncharacteristic 20-yard punt from Michael Koenen, which went out of bounds at the Bucs 37. The Falcons scored on the next play to take a 24-7 lead. . As expected, the Bucs shuffled their offensive line, with Ted Larsen starting at center and Jeremy Zuttah moving to left guard, helping replace injured LG Carl Nicks. . S Kelcie McCray, claimed off waivers a few weeks ago, got extended playing time Sunday with S Dashon Goldson suffering a left knee injury. S Keith Tandy also got his share of action. . WR Mike Williams, who missed last week's game due to a hamstring injury, played Sunday, but had just four catches for 32 yards. . The Bucs had zero sacks. . With Pro Bowl RB Doug Martin going down with a left shoulder injury early in the third quarter, rookie RB Mike James stepped up with 14 carries for 45 yards. The Bucs gave the ball to James, the sixth-round pick from Miami, on fourth and 1 from the Falcons 3 during the third quarter. The 5-foot-10, 223-pounder gained 2 up the middle to get a first down and set up a 1-yard touchdown catch by WR Vincent Jackson. In his first four games James had just three carries for 7 yards, used mostly on special teams, but could carry a bigger load if Martin can't play Thursday night against the Panthers. "I did what I can to try to display to the coaching staff and my teammates that I'm able to do that if something ever happens," James said. "Hopefully I gave them the confidence." By Joe Smith, Times Staff Writer Sports, Football, Bucs, latest sports Bucs RB Martin hopeful on injury AROSENTHALN 4STC Sports 2 Star Turnover sets up Bucs touchdown 6 sp_bucschunks102113-2STC Turnover sets up Bucs touchdown 2013-10-21 04:00:00.0 UTC 2013-10-21T00:00:00.000-04:00 1 Brian Leonard (30) jars the ball loose from Robert Alford during a punt return. /resources/images/dti/2013/10/c4s_leonard102113_11767875.jpg DANIEL WALLACE | Times /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/10/c4s_leonard102113_11767875_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/10/c4s_leonard102113_11767875_8col.jpg 2 Mike James, playing more because of Doug Martin&#8217;s injury, rushes for 4 yards as Falcons corner Robert Alford closes in. He finishes with 45 yards on 14 carries. /resources/images/dti/2013/10/c4s_james102113_11767874.jpg DANIEL WALLACE | Times /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/10/c4s_james102113_11767874_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/10/c4s_james102113_11767874_8col.jpg 3 Vincent Jackson fends off Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel with his left hand and makes the catch with his right for a 59-yard touchdown. /resources/images/dti/2013/10/c4s_vjax102113_11767870.jpg DANIEL WALLACE | Times /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/10/c4s_vjax102113_11767870_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/10/c4s_vjax102113_11767870_8col.jpg 4 Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon fumbles during the first quarter but draws praise for his overall play in his road debut. /resources/images/dti/2013/10/c4s_glennon102113_11767873.jpg DANIEL WALLACE | Times /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/10/c4s_glennon102113_11767873_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/10/c4s_glennon102113_11767873_8col.jpg 5 Falcons receiver Harry Douglas pulls in one of his seven catches for 149 yards. /resources/images/dti/2013/10/c4s_douglas102113_11767869.jpg DANIEL WALLACE | Times /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/10/c4s_douglas102113_11767869_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/10/c4s_douglas102113_11767869_8col.jpg 6 /resources/images/dti/2013/10/c4s_david102113_11768032.jpg /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/10/c4s_david102113_11768032_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/10/c4s_david102113_11768032_8col.jpg 7 /resources/images/dti/2013/10/c4s_rodgers102113_11768033.jpg /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/10/c4s_rodgers102113_11768033_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/10/c4s_rodgers102113_11768033_8col.jpg 8 Taking no MRSA chances A cleaning crew wearing hazardous materials safety suits enters the Georgia Dome&#8217;s visiting locker room soon after the Bucs&#8217; departure Sunday. Georgia Dome officials reportedly met last week to discuss what precautionary measures to take given the Bucs&#8217; three confirmed cases &#8212; Carl Nicks, Lawrence Tynes and Johnthan Banks &#8212; of the MRSA staph infection. It was decided that a crew would do a deep and thorough cleaning of the locker room after the game. Atlanta is the headquarters for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. /resources/images/dti/2013/10/c4s_hazmat102113_11768646.jpg WTVT-Fox 13 /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/10/c4s_hazmat102113_11768646_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/10/c4s_hazmat102113_11768646_8col.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2013/10/20/113075228-bucs-rb-martin-hopeful-on-injury StaffArticle 2013-10-21 01:29:49.0 UTC 2013-10-20T21:29:49.000-04:00 sports,footballFootballsports,football,bucsTampa Bay BuccaneersOne player the Bucs can ill afford to lose is Pro Bowl RB Doug Martin, which is why it put a scare on their sideline when he went down with a left shoulder injury early in the third quarter and did not return Sunday against the Falcons.Sports, Football, Bucs, latest sportsSports, Football, Bucs, latest sportsJoe Smith 380299 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:35:33.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:35:33.000-04:00 joe-smith published Joe Smith <p>Joe Smith became the Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer for the <i>Tampa Bay</i> <i>Times</i><i> </i>in 2014. He spent the previous six years splitting time covering the Rays, Bucs and Lightning He joined the <i>Times</i> in 2006 after spending two years with the<i> Modesto Bee</i> in California, where he did everything from covering the Single-A Modesto Nuts minor league baseball team and high school football to tackling first-person stories on whitewater rafting and adventure racing. Smith grew up in the Detroit suburbs and attended the University of Michigan, where he covered the football, basketball and hockey teams for the<i> Michigan Daily</i>. He freelanced for the Associated Press and <i>Detroit Free Press</i> before securing internships at <i>Crain's Detroit Business</i> and the <i>Raleigh News </i><i>& Observer</i>. An avid runner, Smith loves traveling, bowling and singing karaoke.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33745475 Joe Smith became the Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer for the Tampa Bay Times in 2014. He spent the previous six years splitting time covering the Rays, Bucs and Lightning He joined the Times in 2006 after spending two years with the Modesto Bee in California, where he did everything from covering the Single-A Modesto Nuts minor league baseball team and high school football to tackling first-person stories on whitewater rafting and adventure racing. Smith grew up in the Detroit suburbs and attended the University of Michigan, where he covered the football, basketball and hockey teams for the Michigan Daily. He freelanced for the Associated Press and Detroit Free Press before securing internships at Crain's Detroit Business and the Raleigh News & Observer. An avid runner, Smith loves traveling, bowling and singing karaoke. <p>Phone: (813) 310 9024</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:joesmith@tampabay.com ">joesmith@tampabay.com</a> </p><p>Blogs: </p><p><a href="http://tampabay.com/blogs/lightning/">Lightning Strikes</a></p> 1 (St. Petersburg 4/4/2007)&#10;Facebook picture of Joe Smith.&#10;(John Pendygraft | TIMES) /resources/images/dti/2012/10/Smith_Joe_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745475-joe-smith AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:35:33.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:35:33.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">JOE SMITH</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2290856 2016-08-25 00:47:10.0 UTC 5 Days Ago injuries-test-depth-of-bucs-offensive-line sports/football/bucs Injuries test depth of Bucs offensive line StaffArticle 2287126 2016-07-28 00:01:32.0 UTC 1 Month Ago doug-martin-reports-for-bucs-camp-excited-about-building-on-last-season sports/football/bucs Doug Martin reports for Bucs camp, excited about building on last season StaffArticle 2290127 2016-08-18 23:42:48.0 UTC 1 Week Ago back-from-injury-fowler-praised-by-jags-ahead-of-bucs-game sports/football/bucs Back from injury, Fowler praised by Jags ahead of Bucs game StaffArticle <p>One player the Bucs can ill afford to lose is Pro Bowl RB <b>Doug Martin</b>, which is why it put a scare on their sideline when he went down with a left shoulder injury early in the third quarter and did not return Sunday against the Falcons. </p> <p>But Martin, wearing a sling around his arm after the game, appeared optimistic about it, saying the shoulder's not separated and preliminary X-rays looked good. It's unclear whether he can play Thursday against the Panthers at Raymond James Stadium. </p> <p>&quot;It feels all right right now,&quot; Martin said. &quot;I'm pretty sure (today) it'll feel better. Maybe not. I hope for the best.&quot;</p> <p>Martin got hurt in an awkward landing after his attempt on a leaping catch during a wheel route near the goal line. &quot;I landed on the elbow and all the pressure went to my shoulder,&quot; Martin said. &quot;It's unfortunate. We'll do our best to get it evaluated and rehab it as quickly as we can.&quot;</p> <p>The Bucs also lost All-Pro S <b>Dashon Goldson</b>. He injured his left knee when he said he was cut by a Falcons receiver on the second play of the game. He was walking around gingerly in the locker room postgame with a big ice bag over his knee. </p> <p>&quot;I've never had a knee (injury) before, but I know it didn't feel right,&quot; Goldson said. &quot;I tried to play a couple more plays, but I just couldn't. It wasn't the same.&quot;</p> <p>Goldson went back into the locker room temporarily, saying trainers taped him up, and tried to return, but it didn't help much. He was still waiting for X-rays and was unsure of when he'll return. As for his availability Thursday?</p> <p>&quot;We'll see,&quot; he said. &quot;I'm hoping for a miracle.&quot;</p> <p>WR <b>Vincent Jackson</b> had a couple of drops, a fumble, and a 15-yard face mask penalty on a fourth-quarter drive. But the Pro Bowl player also had 10 catches for 138 yards, including the Bucs' biggest play, a 59-yard touchdown in the second quarter in which he made a spectacular, one-handed grab with his right hand while fighting off Pro Bowl CB <b>Asante Samuel</b> with his left. &quot;Sometimes you've got to take those shots,&quot; Jackson said. &quot;I just went up there and tried to compete.&quot; Rookie QB <b>Mike Glennon</b> hadn't been very accurate in previous deep shots down the field, admitting he missed Jackson a few times the last few weeks where he &quot;didn't give him a chance.&quot; But this time, Glennon connected, the first of two Jackson touchdowns. &quot;That touchdown catch by Vincent proves that I just need to really give these guys a chance at all times, and he made a big-time play on it,&quot; Glennon said. Jackson was targeted on 22 passes. No other Bucs receiver was targeted more than five times.</p> <p>Quick hits</p> <p>. LB <b>Lavonte David</b> (top right) had another (mostly) stellar day, recording 10 tackles, more than double any other Buccaneer, including three for losses. His most glaring miscue was getting beat on a 19-yard touchdown pass to RB <b>Jacquizz Rodgers</b> (below) down the left sideline in the second quarter.</p> <p>. Atlanta's third touchdown was aided by an uncharacteristic 20-yard punt from <b>Michael Koenen</b>, which went out of bounds at the Bucs 37. The Falcons scored on the next play to take a 24-7 lead.</p> <p>. As expected, the Bucs shuffled their offensive line, with <b>Ted Larsen</b> starting at center and <b>Jeremy Zuttah</b> moving to left guard, helping replace injured LG <b>Carl Nicks</b>. </p> <p>. S <b>Kelcie McCray</b>, claimed off waivers a few weeks ago, got extended playing time Sunday with S <b>Dashon Goldson</b> injuring his left knee. S <b>Ke</b><b>ith Tandy</b> also got his share of action. </p> <p>. WR <b>Mike Williams</b>, who missed last week's game due to a hamstring injury, played Sunday, making four catches for 32 yards. </p> <p>. The Bucs had zero sacks.</p> <p>. With Pro Bowl RB <b>Doug Martin</b> going down with a left shoulder injury early in the third quarter, rookie RB <b>Mike James</b> stepped up with 14 carries for 45 yards. The Bucs gave the ball to James, the sixth-round pick from Miami, on fourth and 1 from the Falcons 3 during the third quarter. The 5-foot-10, 223-pounder gained 2 up the middle to get a first down and set up a 1-yard touchdown catch by WR <b>Vincent Jackson</b>. In his first four games James had just three carries for 7 yards, used mostly on special teams, but could carry a bigger load if Martin can't play Thursday night against the Panthers. &quot;I did what I can to try to display to the coaching staff and my teammates that I'm able to do that if something ever happens,&quot; James said. &quot;Hopefully I gave them the confidence.&quot;</p> <p>. RB <b>Brian Leonard</b> takes pride in his special teams play, believing that versatility can extend his career. And Leonard made a big play early in the third quarter, forcing a fumble by punt returner <b>Robert Alford</b>. LB <b>Dekoda Watson</b> recovered on the Falcons 23-yard line and the Bucs drove for a touchdown, pulling within 24-17. &quot;I was just doing my job, I'm the wing … and (Alford) came my way,&quot; Leonard said. &quot;Somebody had him wrapped up, and I went in for the strip tackle. Any turnover is a big momentum shift, especially that close to the goal line. We got seven points on that drive. It doesn't matter though, we still lost.&quot;</p> <p>. The Falcons were playing without two of their top weapons — injured WRs <b>Julio Jones</b> and <b>Roddy White</b> — along with RB <b>Stev</b><b>en Jackson</b>. But backup WR <b>Harry Douglas</b> had a career-high 149 yards on seven catches. In his first five games Douglas, a fifth-year pro out of Louisville, had 16 receptions and one 100-yard game. &quot;Harry had a career day,&quot; Falcons coach <b>Mike Smith</b> said. &quot;Everybody's role changes in the NFL. Harry is a very good receiver, he just hasn't had the opportunity to be the No. 1 receiver. He was the No. 1 receiver (Sunday).&quot; Six of Douglas' catches came in the first half. Douglas got behind CB <b>Leona</b><b>rd Johnson</b> for a 54-yard grab, setting up a field goal midway through the second quarter. Johnson, called for pass interference on the play, said he spun, leaping for the ball, but QB <b>M</b><b>att Ryan</b> threw to Douglas' back shoulder. &quot;He just stepped up and filled the role,&quot; Johnson said of Douglas. &quot;He made plays.&quot; A couple of minutes later, Douglas beat Bucs rookie CB <b>Johnthan Banks</b>, who had another tough day, on a double move for a 37-yard touchdown pass. CB <b>Darr</b><b>elle Revis</b> said the Falcons were moving Douglas around a lot, and there wasn't a discussion about him focusing solely on Douglas. Said Revis: &quot;He had a great game.&quot;</p> <p>Rookie QB <b>Mike Glennon</b>'s day couldn't have started off much worse Sunday, his fumble on a sack on the Bucs' first possession returned 30 yards for a touchdown by Falcons S <b>Thomas DeCoud</b>. But the Bucs were encouraged by how Glennon performed in his first career road start, showing poise and twice bringing them back within a touchdown. &quot;Glennon showed what he's been showing all year,&quot; WR <b>Mike Williams</b> said. &quot;He went on the road and showed he can handle the pressure.&quot; Glennon's mobility continues to be an issue, his 13-yard scramble aside, as he couldn't escape the rush on the early third and 10, leading to S <b>William Moore</b>'s sack/fumble and a 7-0 deficit 3:06 into the game. &quot;They blitzed me and I was looking for my hot guy and wasn't able to get to him,&quot; Glennon said. &quot;That's on me. I've got to hold onto the ball.&quot; Glennon finished 26-for-44 for 256 yards and two touchdowns, and he did a better job on throwing deep balls, including a 59-yard strike to WR <b>Vincent Jackson</b> in the second quarter. &quot;We consciously wanted to throw the ball down the field. And he did that, and we got (a pass interference) and completions,&quot; coach <b>Greg Schiano</b> said. Glennon averaged just 5.8 yards per attempt but made some clutch throws on third and fourth downs during the fourth-quarter comeback. &quot;The thing you're encouraged by is we've got a group of men in that locker room that will fight their guts out and stick together,&quot; Schiano said. &quot;And we've got a young quarterback who continues to progress.&quot;</p> <p><br /><br />WR <b>Vincent Jackson</b> had a couple of drops, a fumble, and a 15-yard facemask penalty on a fourth-quarter drive. But the Pro Bowl player also had 10 catches for 138 yards, including the Bucs' biggest play, a 59-yard touchdown in the second quarter in which he made a spectacular, one-handed grab with his right hand while fighting off Pro Bowl CB <b>Asante Samuel</b> with his left. &quot;Sometimes you've got to take those shots,&quot; Jackson said. &quot;I just went up there and tried to compete.&quot; Rookie QB <b>Mike Glennon</b> hadn't been very accurate in previous deep shots down the field, admitting he missed Jackson a few times the last few weeks where he &quot;didn't give him a chance.&quot; But this time, Glennon connected, the first of two Jackson touchdowns. &quot;That touchdown catch by Vincent proves that I just need to really give these guys a chance at all times and he made a big-time play on it,&quot; Glennon said. Jackson was targeted on 22 passes (catching 10). No other receiver was targeted more than five times.<br /><br />. The Falcons were playing without two of their top offensive weapons — injured WRs <b>Julio Jones</b> and <b>Roddy White</b> — along with RB <b>Steven Jackson</b>. But backup WR <b>Harry Douglas</b> had a career-high 149 yards on seven catches. In his first five games Douglas, a fifth-year pro out of Louisville, had 16 receptions and one 100-yard game. &quot;Harry had a career day,&quot; Falcons coach <b>Mike Smith</b> said. &quot;Everybody's role changes in the NFL. Harry is a very good receiver, he just hasn't had the opportunity to be the No. 1 receiver. He was the No. 1 receiver (Sunday).&quot; Six of Douglas' catches came in the first half. Douglas got behind CB <b>Leonard Johnson</b> for a 54-yard grab, setting up a field goal midway through the second quarter. Johnson, called for pass interference on the play, said he spun, leaping for the ball, but QB <b>Matt Ryan</b> threw to Douglas' back shoulder. &quot;He just stepped up and filled the role,&quot; Johnson said of Douglas. &quot;He made plays.&quot; A couple minutes later, Douglas beat Bucs rookie CB <b>Johnthan Banks</b>, who had another tough day, on a double-move for a 37-yard touchdown pass. CB <b>Darrelle Revis</b> said the Falcons were moving Douglas around a lot, and there wasn't a discussion about him focusing solely on Douglas. Said Revis: &quot;He had a great game.&quot;<br /><br />. RB <b>Brian Leonard</b> takes pride in his special teams play, believing that versatility can extend his career. And Leonard made a big play early in the third quarter, forcing a fumble by punt returner <b>Robert Alford</b>. LB <b>Dekoda Watson</b> recovered on the Falcons 23-yard line and Bucs drove for a touchdown, pulling within 24-17. &quot;I was just doing my job, I'm the wing … and (Alford) came my way,&quot; Leonard said. &quot;Somebody had him wrapped up and I went in for the strip tackle. Any turnover is a big momentum shift, especially that close to the goal line. We got seven points on that drive. It doesn't matter though, we still lost.&quot;<br /><br />Rookie QB <b>Mike Glennon</b>'s day couldn't have started off much worse Sunday, his fumble on a sack on the Bucs first possession returned 30 yards for a touchdown by Falcons S <b>Thomas DeCoud</b>. But the Bucs were encouraged with how Glennon performed in his first career road start, showing poise and twice bringing them back within a touchdown. &quot;Glennon showed what he's been showing all year,&quot; WR <b>Mike Williams</b> said. &quot;He went on the road and showed he can handle the pressure.&quot; Glennon's mobility continues to be an issue, his 13-yard scramble aside, as he couldn't escape the rush on the early third and 10, leading to S <b>William Moore</b>'s sack/fumble and a 7-0 deficit three minutes into the game. &quot;They blitzed me and I was looking for my hot guy and wasn't able to get to him,&quot; Glennon said. &quot;That's on me. I've got to hold onto the ball.&quot; Glennon finished 26-for-44 for 256 yards and two touchdowns, and did a better job on throwing deep balls, including a 59-yard strike to WR <b>Vincent Jackson</b> in the second quarter. &quot;We consciously wanted to throw the ball down the field and he did that and we got a DPI and completions,&quot; coach <b>Greg Schiano</b> said. Glennon averaged just 5.8 yards per attempt, but made some clutch throws on third and fourth downs during the fourth-quarter comeback. &quot;The thing you're encouraged by is we've got a group of men in that locker room that will fight their guts out and stick together,&quot; Schiano said. &quot;And we've got a young quarterback who continues to progress.&quot;</p> <p><br /><br /><b>Quick hits</b></p> <p>. LB <b>Lavonte David</b> had another (mostly) stellar day, recording 10 tackles (more than double any other Buccaneer) including three for losses. His most glaring miscue was getting beat on a 19-yard touchdown pass to RB <b>Jacquizz Rodgers</b> down the left sideline in the second quarter.</p> <p>. Atlanta's third touchdown was aided by an uncharacteristic 20-yard punt from Michael Koenen, which went out of bounds at the Bucs 37. The Falcons scored on the next play to take a 24-7 lead.</p> <p>. As expected, the Bucs shuffled their offensive line, with <b>Ted Larsen</b> starting at center and <b>Jeremy Zuttah</b> moving to left guard, helping replace injured LG <b>Carl Nicks</b>. </p> <p>. S <b>Kelcie McCray</b>, claimed off waivers a few weeks ago, got extended playing time Sunday with S <b>Dashon Goldson</b> suffering a left knee injury. S <b>Keith Tandy</b> also got his share of action. </p> <p>. WR <b>Mike Williams</b>, who missed last week's game due to a hamstring injury, played Sunday, but had just four catches for 32 yards. </p> <p>. The Bucs had zero sacks.</p> <p><br /><br />. With Pro Bowl RB <b>Doug Martin</b> going down with a left shoulder injury early in the third quarter, rookie RB <b>Mike James</b> stepped up with 14 carries for 45 yards. The Bucs gave the ball to James, the sixth-round pick from Miami, on fourth and 1 from the Falcons 3 during the third quarter. The 5-foot-10, 223-pounder gained 2 up the middle to get a first down and set up a 1-yard touchdown catch by WR <b>Vincent Jackson</b>. In his first four games James had just three carries for 7 yards, used mostly on special teams, but could carry a bigger load if Martin can't play Thursday night against the Panthers. &quot;I did what I can to try to display to the coaching staff and my teammates that I'm able to do that if something ever happens,&quot; James said. &quot;Hopefully I gave them the confidence.&quot;</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:47:32