Gerald McCoy is back at practice -- and that's where the good news ends.
So, good news: Gerald McCoy was back at practice. Bad news: defensive ends William Gholston and Michael Johnson were out, as was Mason Foster. All of that per Roy Cummings. Johnson was technically active against the Falcons, but only played six snaps. Gholston may have suffered a setback as he did play a decent amount on Thursday, while Foster is still dealing with a shoulder injury that kept him out of the last game. Lovie Smith wouldn't give us any details on those injuries, for now.
Having McCoy back would be crucial in producing any kind of pressure on the quarterback, while getting Michael Johnson healthy would certainly help, too. Mason Foster may be able to help fix some of the basic lineup issues the Bucs had against the Falcons, but it doesn't look like he'll play.
One thing Lovie Smith would said was that Jeff Tedford wasn't with the team today, but he's getting better. Tedford was reportedly targeting a week four return to playcalling duties, which would be right about now.
Meanwhile, the Bucs worked out quarterback Terrelle Pryor and receivers Juron Kriner and Louis Murphy, Jr., per Rick Stroud. The Bucs also released Rashaan Melvin with an injury settlement, and released cornerback Kimario McFadden from the practice squad.
Vincent Jackson isn't healthy, but should still play.
According to Fox Sports' Ross Jones, wide receiver Vincent Jackson sustained a wrist fracture against the Atlanta Falcons, but will not miss any time. Minor injuries like that can certainly reduce player's effectiveness, however, which is not something the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can use with their struggling offense.
After posting two seasons with over 1,200 receiving yards since joining the Bucs in 2012, Jackson has been awfully quiet this season, posting just 10 catches for 102 yards on 25 targets. That is in part due to Josh McCown and the offensive line, who have struggled to protect on longer plays while McCown has not seemed comfortable throwing the ball up for grabs to the big receiver.
The Bucs' passing game has been horrendous so far this year, and the likely return of Mike Glennon to the starting lineup may help Jackson a little. Glennon will be filling in for the injured McCown on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, unless McCown makes a miraculously quick recovery from a thumb sprain.
Reading NFL coverage over the past few days, you'd think the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had been completely hopeless through three games. But that's not really true.
In the NFL, you have to figure the first three quarters of every game, and most often more than that, are going to be wholly competitive. So the biggest indictment of the Tampa Bay season through the first three games would be the composite score of the Bucs’ games through three quarters: Foes 79, Tampa Bay 14.
Reading that, you'd think the Bucs had blown out in three games with nary a shot at victory. Odd, then, that in both games they had a shot to win on a final drive -- which they dutifully blew, both times.
The Bucs were down 56-0 at the end of the third quarter against the Falcons, so of course the total through three quarters is going to look bad then, regardless of how well they did in the first two games. And the first two games were both close, winnable affair: the score after three quarters in those games was a combined 22-14.
Sure, those were backup quarterbacks they were facing -- backup quarterbacks who have played well before, in Anderson's case, and well since then, in Austin Davis' case. But still, backups. But the fundamental breakdowns we saw against the Falcons, the complete mess without any clue as to how to even line up: that wasn't nearly as big of an issue in those two games.
That's important to keep in mind: the Bucs may have been horrible against the Atlanta Falcons, but they came very close to winning both of those other games. They weren't blown out. They didn't look disastrously bad (which is not to say that they were good, exactly). And last game is not reflective of how the Bucs played or are likely to play this season.
Josh McCown might be back this week, but is more likely to sit out one week.
While a report by Alex Marvez suggested on Friday that Josh McCown would miss "several weeks", local beat writers are not so sure. Specifically, Rick Stroud has repeatedly noted this past weekend and most recently on 620 WDAE that McCown could be back against the Steelers, although he's likely to miss that game.Which implies that he'll likely be back in two weeks, when the Bucs travel to New Orleans.
McCown injured his throwing hand against the Atlanta Falcons after hitting it on a face mask, per ESPN. The veteran wasn't exactly having a good game, what with a pick six and all of five completions on 12 attempts and no first downs. Mike Glennon fared slightly better during the remainder of the game, but was far from perfect as well.
Given Lovie Smith's history of not moving on from quarterbacks, this probably means we'll see Josh McCown back as the team's starter within a few weeks, if not this week. Unless Mike Glennon really blows away the team on Sunday, that is.
Here's your open thread for today.
What we learned Sunday in the NFL, Week 3: The wide open AFC - SBNation.com
Sunday's NFL action left us wondering which teams are the AFC's best. In the NFC, the 3-0 Cardinals and Eagles are getting hard to overlook. The SB Nation NFL team tackles those questions and a pair of rookie quarterback debuts.
Is the future now for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? - ESPN
TAMPA, Fla. -- Nothing had been going right for Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith -- until now.
McCoy Reflects On Bucs Poor Start, Looks Ahead To Rest Of Season | Pewter Report
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy was just as surprised to see how poorly Tampa Bay played on Thursday, and talked about the loss to Atlanta. McCoy talked about the future
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The adrenaline was still flowing for Russell Wilson an hour after a game that was supposed to be high drama, and actually was. â€œThe NFL needed this game," Wilson said.
Another season, another draft order -- and nothing changes. A bit early, and much will change before the end of the season, but it's still interesting to take into account.
The Jacksonville Jaguars once again are on schedule to get the top pick in the draft. This time, the 2015 NFL draft. Competing for that honor, for now: the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Seems like not much has changed from last year, really. And here we thought at least two of those teams would be significantly improved this year.
The most interesting is not necessarily the record this early in the season, but the strength of the schedule, based on each team's season-long schedule. Specifically, note how the Bucs once again have the toughest schedules in the NFL. Oh joy of joys.
In part that's just a consequence of the illusions of an early season, but they still have a tougher schedule than the just-as-0-3 Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders. The Kansas City Chiefs can join that group a little later today.
We'll update the draft order below as results roll in tonight. The early games have all been incorporated. Late games are in too, as is Sunday Night Football.
|Pick||Team||Record||Strength of Schedule|
|1||JAX||0 - 3||23 - 19|
|2||OAK||0 - 3||21 - 17|
|3||TB||0 - 3||23 - 18|
|4||MIA||1 - 2||20 - 22|
|5||WSH||1 - 2||21 - 21|
|6||KC||1 - 2||21 - 20|
|7||TEN||1 - 2||21 - 20|
|8||CLE||1 - 2||25 - 23|
|9||IND||1 - 2||24 - 21|
|10||MIN||1 - 2||18 - 15|
|11||NO||1 - 2||24 - 20|
|12||SF||1 - 2||20 - 16|
|13||GB||1 - 2||23 - 16|
|14||NYG||1 - 2||25 - 17|
|15||STL||1 - 2||20 - 13|
|16||CHI||1 - 1||18 - 20|
|17||NYJ||1 - 1||17 - 18|
|18||HOU||2 - 1||20 - 25|
|19||CLE via BUF||2 - 1||19 - 23|
|20||DET||2 - 1||18 - 21|
|21||SD||2 - 1||19 - 22|
|22||DEN||2 - 1||18 - 20|
|23||PIT||2 - 1||23 - 24|
|24||NE||2 - 1||18 - 18|
|25||DAL||2 - 1||21 - 20|
|26||BAL||2 - 1||23 - 19|
|27||ATL||2 - 1||21 - 17|
|28||CAR||2 - 1||22 - 16|
|29||SEA||2 - 1||24 - 17|
|30||PHI||3 - 0||18 - 18|
|31||CIN||3 - 0||20 - 19|
|32||ARI||3 - 0||22 - 20|
Here's your open thread for the Sunday games. Lots of goodness on tap, but for Bucs fans, the game between the Vikings and Saints at 1:00 p.m. is probably the most significant one. The Steelers and Panthers play on Sunday Night, which is also pretty important for the Bucs -- and they also face the Steelers next.
You can find the full schedule here. Which games will you be watching?
We picked every week 3 NFL game against the spread. Because we can.
Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints (-10.5): The Saints are pretty good on offense, but their defense has been largely useless so far. A 10.5 point spread is quite a lot, though they are at home. I'm going with the Vikings even without Adrian Peterson.
Washington at Philadelphia Eagles (-6.5): Washington was surprisingly good last week, while the Eagles have struggled on offense. 6.5 points is quite a lot in a divisional game, so I'm going with Washington.
Oakland Raiders at New England Patriots (-14.5): 14.5 points is obscene, no matter how bad Oakland is. And they're bad. But still, gotta pick them with this spread. Raiders.
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions (-2.5): Boy that Packers defense is....something. At leas the Lions don't run read-option, so that helps them. Divisional game, in Detroit -- but Aaron Rodgers always seems to do well in divisional games. Packers.
Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks (-5.5): You won't see a repeat of the Super Bowl, but the Seahawks are still the better team by quite some distance. Seahawks.
Kansas City Chiefs at Miami Dolphins (-4.5): Not a very inspiring matchup. I really like the Dolphins offense this year, though, and the Chiefs haven't been great. 4.5 points at home shouldn't be too much for Miami. Dolphins.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers (-3.5): The Steelers are a sneaky good team this year, even with an aged defense. Their offense is explosive. The Panthers have looked good, but their offense has struggled a little, as expected. I think the Steelers make this a close one, or even win it. Steelers.