OG Logan Mankins Not Sure About Coming Back to Play in 2016

Logan Mankins

Buccaneers offensive guard Logan Mankins has not yet decided if he wants to play in 2016 according to JoeBucsFan.com.

“I’m trying to just take my time and make the right decision,” Mankins said.

“Things like that, usually, you don’t want to rush into.” The eleven-year veteran and former All-Pro will turn 34 in March. He is owed $7 million in salary and bonuses next season. The Bucs likely want Mankins back, as he is still playing on a high level and is an excellent locker room presence for a very young but improving team.

Buccaneers Close to Naming Dirk Koetter As New Head Coach

Dirk Koetter

The Buccaneers are ready to hand their head coaching duties over to the director of the most the prolific offensive attack in franchise history, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Dirk Koetter, who orchestrated an offense that set a franchise record by gaining 6,014 yards during the 2015 season, was “close’’ to completing a deal that will make him the team’s 11th head coach, a source familiar with the process said.

The appointment of Koetter, a nine-year NFL coaching veteran who has engineered four top-10 offenses with three different teams, would not come as much of a surprise.

Labeled by general manager Jason Licht as a “strong candidate’’ for the job at the start of the team’s search, Koetter has long been considered the favorite to win the job.

“He’s got a strong resume,’’ Licht said during a news conference to address the search and the firing former coach Lovie Smith last week. “He’s a good communicator and he’s done good things with (rookie quarterback) Jameis (Winston).’’

With Koetter in charge of the Bucs offense for the first time this past season, Winston became only the third rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 4,000 yards.

Koetter’s offense also produced an All-Pro selection in running back Doug Martin, who ground out 1,402 rushing yards, the second most in the league in 2015.

Cowboys vs Buccaneers NFL Wednesday Injury Report

DALLAS COWBOYS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Dez Bryant (foot, knee), WR Brice Butler (hamstring), S Barry Church (ankle), DT Nick Hayden (ankle, ankle), LB Anthony Hitchens (ankle), LB Sean Lee (concussion), RB Christine Michael (illness), RB Rod Smith (illness)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Brandon Carr (shoulder), S Jeff Heath (shoulder), LB Rolando McClain (hand)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday QB Matt Cassel (knee), DE Jack Crawford (hand), TE James Hanna (ankle), DE Demarcus Lawrence (back)
 
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Vincent Jackson (knee), G Ali Marpet (ankle), DT Tony McDaniel (not injury related), DE Jacquies Smith (ankle), CB Alterraun Verner (foot)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Bradley McDougald (concussion), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder), S D.J. Swearinger (toe), S Major Wright (hamstring)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DT Gerald McCoy (shoulder)

Buccaneers vs Falcons NFL Week 8 Inactives

Buccaneers inactives: QB Ryan Griffin, WR Vincent Jackson, DT Tony McDaniel, DT Clinton McDonald, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, CB Tim Jennings, S Major Wright

Falcons inactives: C Gino Gradkowski, DE Malliciah Goodwin, WR Leonard Hankerson, T Bryce Harris, S William Moore, CB Dezmen Southward, WR Nick Williams

NFL Week Eight Preview – Tampa Bay at Atlanta

Atlanta Falcons v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Falcons will look to continue their success Sunday as they play host to first overall pick Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome.

Atlanta is coming off a game in which they clearly didn’t play their best, but were able to overcome a game Tennessee Titans team 10-7 in Nashville last Sunday.

The Falcons are 6-1, and would like to get back to the form of what they did to the Bucs last season when they beat the Buccaneers 56-14 last September 18th.

Atlanta hasn’t looked as dominant as they did in their first few games, as in their last three contents they have turned the ball over eight times, and are putting up 18.7 points per game.

By comparison in their first four games Atlanta put up 34.2 points and 403.2 yards of total offense with two total turnovers.

“We are just in a funk,” Falcons WR Julio Jones said. “We have to get out of it. We have to keep battling and keep going and keep trying to get better and fix these things.”

Devonta Freeman is still running the ball well, as he leads the league in rushing with 621 yards. He’s averaging 136.0 yards with 5.68 per carry in the last three and hasn’t turned the ball over all season.

The Bucs will focus in on him, which could open up for a big day for Matt Ryan, who will see a Tampa defense that is a lot better against the run than the pass.

Tampa Bay is coming off Sunday’s 31-30 loss in Washington after leading 24-0 late in the second quarter, and they’ve allowed 20.3 points per game in the second half over the last three.

“I’ve made the statement that we are getting better as a football team,” Bucs coach Lovie Smith said.

“I think first off you have to be a decent team to get up 24-0 on a team in the NFL. That’s telling you a little bit of what you can be. Hopefully, that’s going to tell us a lot about what we’ll be in the future.”

The Bucs may not have all their weapons on offense, as wide out Vincent Jackson (knee) and Louis Murphy (ACL) were both injured against the Redskins.

Murphy landed on injured reserve and Jackson is still being evaluated, which could mean Russell Shepard and rookie Donteea Dye are forced into significant roles.

That will put more pressure on the run game and Doug Martin, who has run for 541 yards this season and will do his best to keep the Falcons offense off the field.

The two teams know each other well, and while the Falcons need to be careful with the ball, they should be able to squeak out a home win against a Bucs team that should have won last week on the road.

Atlanta 24 Tampa Bay 20

Tampa Bay – Jameis Winston 212 yards 1 TDs, Doug Martin 114 yards 1 TD, Donteea Dye 78 yards receiving 1 TD
Atlanta – Matt Ryan 241 yards 2 TD’s, Devonta Freeman 94 yards rushing 2 TD’s, Julio Jones 118 yards receiving 1 TD

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Buccaneers vs Falcons Wednesday Injury Report

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday T Reid Fragel (concussion), WR Vincent Jackson (knee), DT Tony McDaniel (groin), DT Clinton McDonald (pectoral)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DT Gerald McCoy (shoulder), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder), C Evan Smith (ankle), S Major Wright (hamstring)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Russell Shepard (hamstring)
 
ATLANTA FALCONS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Leonard Hankerson (hamstring), S William Moore (groin)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DT Jonathan Babineaux (back), LB O’Brien Schofield (knee), WR Nick Williams (hamstring)

Buccaneers vs Falcons NFL Week Eight Capsule

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-4) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (6-1)

SERIES

  BUCCANEERS FALCONS
SERIES LEADER   22-21
STREAKS   5 of past 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 2-4 Quinn: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 31-30 at Redskins W 10-7 at Titans
LAST GAME 11/9/14: Falcons 27 at Buccaneers 17. Atlanta RB Steven Jackson rushes for 81 yards & TD. Falcons WR Julio Jones has 8 catches for 119 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/18/14: Falcons 56, Buccaneers 14. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan throws for 286 yards & 3 TDs. Falcons WR Jones has nine receptions for 161 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE Ronald Torbert
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Justin Kutcher, Charles Davis, Tony Siragusa (field reporter). SIRIUS: 134 (TB), 121 (Atl.). XM: 231 (Atl.).

STATS

PASSING Winston (R): 107-181-1471-9-7-85.7 Ryan: 172-267-2002 (2C)-9-6-88.9
RUSHING Martin: 109-541 (3L)-5.0-3 Freeman: 131-621 (1L)-4.7-9 (1L)
RECEIVING Evans: 21-338-16.1-1 Jones: 58 (1C)-730 (1C)-12.6-5 (3C)
OFFENSE 363.8 403.1 (2C)
TAKE/GIVE -2 +2
DEFENSE 328.2 (3C) 353.3
SACKS J. Smith: 5 Beasley (R), Clayborn: 2
INTs 3 tied: 1 Alford, Moore: 2
PUNTING Schum: 42.3 Bosher: 49.8 (1L)
KICKING Barth: 24 (6/6 PAT; 6/6 FG) Bryant: 47 (20/20 PAT; 9/12 FG)

NOTES

BUCCANEERS: Rookie QB JAMEIS WINSTON had career-high 72.4 comp. pct., 297 yards & 128.1 rating last week. In past 2, has 125.9 rating & aims for 3rd in row with 120+ rating…RB DOUG MARTIN has 472 scrimmage yards (157.3 per game), 365 rush yards (121.7 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in past 3. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ rush yards. RB-PR BOBBY RAINEY had career-high 163 rush yards & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) vs. Atl. on 11/17/13…WR MIKE EVANS had 8 catches for 164 yards & TD last week. Had 7 catches for 125 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 13 TDs in his past 17. In past 4 meetings, WR VINCENT JACKSON has 30 catches for 393 yards (98.3 per game) & 4 TDs…Since 2013, LB LAVONTE DAVID is only NFL player with 300+ tackles (343), 8+ sacks (9) & 5+ INTs (5). Leads team with 53 tackles. DE HOWARD JONES had 43-yard FR-TD last week. DT GERALD MC COY has 11 sacks in past 14. DE JACQUIES SMITH ties for 5th in NFC with 5 sacks…FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN has won 6 of 7 homes starts vs. TB with 10 TDs, 2 INTs & 110.1 rating. In past 2 at home vs. TB, has 6 TDs, 0 INTs & 152.8 rating. Has 145+ rating in 3 of past 4 home games (incl. 2 in row) vs. Bucs…RB DEVONTA FREEMAN leads NFL with 931 scrimmage yards, 621 rush yards & 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.). In past 5 (1st 5 career starts), has 825 scrimmage yards (165 per game), 578 rush yards (115.6 per game) & 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.)…WR JULIO JONES has 36 catches for 674 yards (112.3 per game) & 5 TDs in 6 meetings. Had 9 catches for 161 yards & 2 TDs in last home meeting. Leads NFC with 58 catches. Has 90 catches for 1,343 yards (122.1 per game) & 7 TDs in past 11. WR RODDY WHITE aims for 3rd in row vs. TB with TD…CB DESMOND TRUFANT has 39 PD since entering NFL in 2013, most on club. LB PAUL WORRILOW leads team with 46 tackles. Had INT last week. DT JONATHAN BABINEAUX had sack in last meeting. LB VIC BEASLEY ties for 3rd among NFC rookies with 2 sacks.

WR Louis Murphy to Miss Rest of 2015 with ACL Injury

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Houston Texans

The Buccaneers will miss wide out Louis Murphy for the rest of the season, as today coach Lovie Smith stated the WR is headed to injured reserve with a “significant” ACL injury.

The injury took place in the 31-30 loss to the Redskins in the first quarter after he caught a 29-yard pass and was tripped up and immediately seen grabbing his right knee before needing assistance from the trainers.

“It’s about the next guy up,” Smith said. “Donteea Dye has stepped up and given us some good reps. With Louis down of course, I would say we’re going to move another guy up. Adam Humphries has been in that role before. But we’ll just look at our options and go from there.”

On the season Murphy had hauled in 10 passes for 198 yards and no touchdowns. He had a long of 54 yards. Last season he caught 31 passes for 380 yards and two scores.