Sunday, November 19, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs remain a bit banged up on offense

RECOMMENDED READING


TAMPA — Two days before the Bucs' preseason opener at Philadelphia, two key offensive players were held out with injuries, with RB Charles Sims nursing an ankle injury from Monday's practice at Tropicana Field and WR Vincent Jackson (undisclosed) also sidelined Tuesday.

"We'll have to see," coach Dirk Koetter said of Sims' readiness for Thursday's game. "We'll have to see about Charles, we'll have to see about Vincent, but anybody who's healthy will play. If it's close, on a proven guy, we'll hold them out."

G J.R. Sweezy, who hasn't practiced since signing with Tampa Bay in March, hasn't been at the last two practices — even as a spectator — and Koetter said he is in California seeing a doctor, presumably about back problems. He's also had calf issues.

"I'm not the doctor and I haven't talked to the doctor, but we'll let you know as soon we know something we can tell you," Koetter said.

With Sims sidelined, fourth-year pro Mike James got more reps at running back, though Koetter said he'll be challenged by Storm Johnson and rookie Peyton Barber, who have shown promise as well.

"I've always liked Mike James," Koetter said. "Mike James is a solid player, but he's in a battle right now with Storm Johnson and Peyton Barber. Your 3-4-5-6 running backs will get some good looks in the preseason."

BLESSING IN DISGUISE: Austin Seferian-Jenkins still is battling for a starting job, but the oft-injured tight end has a healthy attitude.

Seferian-Jenkins, who is running with the second-team offense behind starter Cameron Brate, said he benefited from the "wake-up call" he received in June when Koetter tossed him out of a practice during an organized team activity.

"He's a detail-oriented guy," Seferian-Jenkins said of Koetter. "If I want to be a great player that I'm capable of being, and I think I can be a really special player, I've got to be detail oriented. And Coach Koetter is not going to let me be below that. He wants me to be a great player and he won't settle for me being average, he won't settle for me being good, and he won't settle for me being great. I want to be special. He wants me to be special and I'm working towards that and I respect him to the fullest. I thank God every single day he kicked me out of practice. …

"Since then, I've been enjoying every single moment I've had. I've loved it. I love Coach Koetter. … I'm really seizing opportunities and I'm loving just being out here playing football."

DEFENSE DOMINATES: The Bucs defense dominated during the short red-zone team period Tuesday, holding the offense out of the end zone on nine straight plays.

"Our defense did a great job," T Demar Dotson said. "We went 0-for-9 and they just had the better day. We have to come out here and the next time we get the opportunity, we've got to do better. We're not going to harp on it, we are just going to watch the film and get better at it."

Koetter was more direct.

"My impression was the defense kicked butt," Koetter said. "The offense was 0-for-9 inside the 10; that's a great job by our defense."

Comments
Former Winston teammate: I was in car, nothing inappropriate happened

Former Winston teammate: I was in car, nothing inappropriate happened

Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby has released a statement in defense of Jameis Winston, saying he was in the back seat with the Bucs quarterback  during the Uber ride in 2016 and "nothing inappropriate" happened.The NFL is investigating an allegat...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Gerald McCoy to Ndamukong Suh: ‘Let them remember us’

Gerald McCoy to Ndamukong Suh: ‘Let them remember us’

TAMPA — In the spring of 2010, one of the biggest debates during the week leading up to the NFL draft was which defensive tackle would be selected first: Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh or Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy.Both figured to be highly productive NFL pla...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Bucs’ belief in Jameis Winston has been shaken

Bucs’ belief in Jameis Winston has been shaken

TAMPA — Belief is the biggest attribute a quarterback can bring to his team. Belief in his talent. Belief in his commitment to winning. Belief in his ability to bring everyone together and have his voice lead the path forward.But the belief the Bucs ...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Bucs-Dolphins: Things to watch in Sunday’s 1 p.m. game

Bucs-Dolphins: Things to watch in Sunday’s 1 p.m. game

TAMPA — Can the Bucs pull off back-to-back wins with a backup quarterback? Win a game on the road for the first time this season? Politely hand the unnamed trophy for the state’s worst football team back to the Dolphins?With WR Mike Evans back from h...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Longtime Bucs, USF statistician Ray Mull dies

Longtime Bucs, USF statistician Ray Mull dies

The consummate sports junkie, Ray Mull couldn't subsist on the mere ebb and flow and skill of the action.He needed the ancillary elements: the photos, the memorabilia, the math. Especially the math.While rummaging through his things earlier this week...
Published: 11/18/17
Gerald McCoy or Ndamukong Suh: Who would you rather have?

Gerald McCoy or Ndamukong Suh: Who would you rather have?

In the crowd-pleasing sports-talk of game of "Who Would You Rather Have?’’ there might not be a more perfect match-up than this.Gerald McCoy vs. Ndamukong Suh.Both are defensive tackles. Both went to, what were at the time, Big 12 schools. Both were ...
Published: 11/18/17
Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs-Dolphins preview

Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs-Dolphins preview

Greg Auman has a final preview of Sunday’s Bucs-Dolphins game in Miami in his latest Cannon Fodder podcast.He talks about key matchups to watch for, from perhaps the NFL’s best slot receiver in Jarvis Landry, to Miami’s vulnerabilities at right tackl...
Published: 11/18/17
Fennelly: If this is true, Jameis Winston is done in this town

Fennelly: If this is true, Jameis Winston is done in this town

TAMPA — Why should we believe this man?Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston is being investigated by the NFL concerning an allegation of him groping a female Uber driver in Scottsdale, Ariz., in March 2016.Winston denied the allegations Friday in a statem...
Published: 11/17/17
Updated: 11/18/17
Bucs journal: DB Vernon Hargreaves will miss Sunday’s game with hamstring injury

Bucs journal: DB Vernon Hargreaves will miss Sunday’s game with hamstring injury

TAMPA — The Bucs will play Sunday against the Dolphins without Vernon Hargreaves, who has been their nickel defensive back the past two games.Hargreaves, the 2016 first-round pick out of Florida and a former Wharton High standout, has been ruled out ...
Published: 11/17/17
Jameis Winston accused of groping Uber driver

Jameis Winston accused of groping Uber driver

TAMPA — The NFL is investigating an allegation that Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston groped a female Uber driver in Arizona in March 2016.Winston called the allegations "false" and contested the unnamed female driver’s assertion that he was her only p...
Published: 11/17/17