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Buccaneers Veteran CB Brent Grimes One of Four Players Questionable for Sunday’s Game

Buccaneers No.1 cornerback Brent Grimes is officially listed as questionable for the Week 13 matchup against the Carolina Panthers according to Greg Auman of The Athletic.

Grimes is dealing with a knee injury and his status was downgraded after he was unable to practice on Friday.

There is still a decent chance that the 12-year veteran will suit up against their NFC South divisional foes. If that weren’t enough, both Carlton Davis (knee) and M.J. Stewart (foot) have already been ruled out in Tampa Bay’s secondary.

If Grimes can’t go, the Bucs would have no choice to start Ryan Smith, De’Vante Harris, and Javien Elliott. It could be a long afternoon for the Bucs defense against Cam Newton. The 35-year-old Grimes signed a one-year deal to stay in Tampa in March.

Big Day for QB James Winston as Tampa Bay Beats San Francisco 27-9

The Buccaneers were impressive on Sunday, snapping their four-game losing streak by topping the San Francisco 49ers at home 27-9.

Quarterback James Winston made the most of his opportunity, as he threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers big win.

“Jameis played quarterback the way you need to play it in the NFL until you get into desperation time, which we never did today,” coach Dirk Koetter said after the game.

“Jameis wasn’t perfect, but he played a good game. I’m proud of him. It’s been a difficult road,” Koetter added. “He sees what that looks like. He needs to consistently play like that and he can be one of the best.”

The Bucs move to 4-7 on the season with the win.

Buccaneers Place Tight End O.J. Howard on Injured Reserve

The Buccaneers have another injury to their offense, as today the team placed tght end O.J. Howard on IR,

The tight end went down Sunday against the New York Giants, as he suffered foot and ankle injuries.

With that, Howard’s second season as a pro will end with 34 catches for 565 yards and five 5 touchdowns. On the plus side, the injury is not expected to hurt him in the long run, so he should be ready to participate in practices next summer.

The Howard injury should mean an uptick in targets for fellow tight end Cameron Brate. Brate has shined in the past, but he has recorded just six grabs for 45 yards and no touchdowns in the past three games.

Head coach Dirk Koetter badly needs Brate to step up in Howard’s absence. The team’s 3-7 record has Koetter on the hot seat and he’ll need a strong finish in order to save his job.

Video: Buccaneers Hang Tough, Can’t Close as They Fall to the Giants 38-35


The Bucs fought on Sunday in New Jersey against the Giants, but came up three points short in their latest setback.

Todd Monken Back to Calling Plays This Week for the Buccaneers

In a rather interesting move by the Buccaneers, the team will go back to Offensive coordinator Todd Monken this week to call the plays in their matchup against the Giants.

Here’s the info on the move by the team:

Offensive coordinator Todd Monken will return to his play-calling post against the Giants, Koetter said Friday (via Greg Auman of The Athletic, on Twitter). Tampa Bay’s OC had called the shots prior to Koetter taking over against Washington. Koetter debated this decision throughout the week.

Both coaches are surely on the hot seat for the 3-6 Bucs, who have lost five of their past six games. Koetter was viewed as a hot-seat occupant last season until he was surprisingly given a third season to right this ship. With that having not occurred to this point, Koetter and his staff may be on the verge of offseason relocations.

Despite Jameis Winston failing to deliver this season, Monken’s offense still ranks first in total yardage and 12th in points. Those marks are well north of the Koetter-led 2017 Bucs’ placements (ninth and 18th, respectively). Ryan Fitzpatrick is completing 67 percent of his passes and is still averaging nearly 10 yards per attempt. Against Washington, though, the Bucs set a record by becoming the only team to surpass 450 yards and produce three or fewer points.

Tampa Bay has never led the league in total offense, coming closest during Koetter’s final season as OC (fifth in 2015). Although doing so for a team that’s careening out of the playoff race would be a somewhat hollow accomplishment, it would certainly look good for Monken this offseason, when he may have to look for another job.

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.”

Video: NFL Analyst Brian Baldinger Previews the Buccaneers Battle with the Browns

NFL Analyst Brian Baldinger previews the Week 7 game between the Cleveland Browns and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Buccaneers at Falcons NFL Week Six Inactives

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


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


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