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First Half Failures Do in Bucs Again in 42-28 Setback to the Panthers

For the third time in 2018, the Buccaneers gave up at least 30 points in the first half of games, and once again Sunday it lead to a downfall, this time in a 42-28 setback to the NFC South rival Carolina Panthers.

The Bucs with the setback fall to 3-5, 1-4 away from home.

The game was not a total loss, as QB Ryan Fitzpatrick once again played the role of a superhero who just didn’t have enough, as he led the Bucs back to within a touchdown with still an entire quarter to play, but a late pick did him and the team in in the 14-point loss.

Fitzpatrick finished with 243 yards passing and four touchdowns — two each to Adam Humphries and O.J. Howard — and led the Bucs back to within 35-28 before it was all said and done.

“We know we have the talent, it’s just we can’t keep digging ourselves in these holes, especially on the road,” Fitzpatrick said.

The Bucs defense is doing the team any favors, as Cam Newton and the Panthers offense ran all over them in the first half, scoring on five straight possessions after a first possession punt.

Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey had a big day for the Cats, as he put up 157 total yards and scored twice.

Second-year wide receiver Curtis Samuel scored on a 33-yard double reverse and hauled in a 19-yard TD catch midway through the fourth quarter to seal the two touchdown win.

Panthers QB Cam Newton completed 19 of 25 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

“We go out, we get behind, we get killed in the second quarter, then rally like (heck) in the third quarter and then everybody thinks we’re back in it and then we fade off at the end,” Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said.

“That’s definitely the pattern that we’re in. If I knew one thing to fix it I’d do it right now, but I don’t know what that is.”

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Buccaneers at Falcons NFL Week Six Inactives

Here’s the inactives for today’s Bucs and Falcons Week 6 matchups

Buccaneers

OG Alex Cappa
CB Carlton Davis
QB Ryan Griffin
OG Michael Liedtke
DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches
DE Noah Spence
RB Shaun Wilson


Atlanta

RB Devonta Freeman
OT Matt Gono
RB Brian Hill
DT Grady Jarrett
OG Zac Kerin
DE Derrick Shelby
CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson

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Buccaneers Claim Former Browns DL Carl Nassib

The Buccaneers added to their defensive line today, as they have claimed former Cleveland Browns DL Carl Nassib.

Nassib was a final cut on the Browns after their waiver pickups over the weekend.

A 2016 third-round pick, Nassib had a memorable appearance on HBO’s “Hard Knock” this summer when he offered financial advice to teammates with some colorful language. He started 12 games and recorded three sacks for Cleveland last season.

Buccaneers Extend the Contract of GM Jason Licht Through 2019

The overseeer of five drafts as general manager of the Buccaneers, Jason Licht has been rewarded by ownership with a contract for a sixth season, Ira Kaufman of JoeBucsfan reports.

Multiple sources confirm that Licht now has a deal in place to remain with Tampa Bay at least through 2019.

At the NFL owners meetings in March, Bucs co-owner Joel Glazer lauded the infusion of young talent Licht has stockpiled.

“I think one of the positive signs in any situation is re-signing your own players,” Glazer said. “And when you start getting on a trend that you’re re-signing your own players, that means you are drafting well. If you’re drafting well, generally that means you’re going to start having success.

“So you saw Cameron Brate and Mike Evans [re-signed]. We got a couple of young guys with contracts that are coming up that we know we’re going to want to keep. So that to me is the most positive sign of, you know, what’s happening with the general manager.”

Licht, 47, replaced Mark Dominik as GM in 2014, a few weeks after Lovie Smith was named head coach. In his first draft as head of football operations, Licht selected Evans, who has posted at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of his four pro seasons.

Injury to Bucs First-Round Pick Vita Vea Not as Bad as First Feared

Bucs first-round pick Vita Vea watched practice Tuesday with a boot on his left foot, pushing himself around on a scooter, but coach Dirk Koetter said the prognosis on his calf injury is better than was once feared, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

“Vita, it was better than we thought,” Koetter said. “What Vita described when it happened was what you would think if a guy tore his Achilles, which would be a year-long injury. Thankfully, it was not that. It’s a calf injury and he’s going to be out for right now but it’s not what it could have been. So, in that respect, we’re better off than we thought we were.”

Asked for a timetable for Vea, still nearly six weeks before the regular-season opener, Koetter would only say he’s out “for a little bit,” promising to give an update “in a little bit.”