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Nobody in the Buccaneer locker room was more demoralized than Bobby Rainey after last week's season-opening loss to Carolina. On Sunday, the third-year running back did something about it.
Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin is sitting out Sunday's game against St. Louis because of a knee injury. Buccaneers defensive end Michael Johnson also is inactive for the Bucs with an ankle injury.
As expected, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin will sit out Sunday's game with St. Louis due to a knee injury. Martin had practiced on a limited basis Thursday and Friday and was listed as questionable.
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It's very hard to overcome a completely ineffective interior offensive line, and when newly acquired Logan Mankins went down early with an injury, the Buccaneers offense collapsed. Lovie Smith's defense looked very similar to what we saw when he was with the Bears, and the Panthers schemed to easily exploit the Cover 2 down the seams.
After remaking almost the entire offensive line to fit the switch to a zone-blocking run game, and despite what many consider to be one of the deeper running back groups in the league, the Buccaneer run game failed to do much of anything against the Panthers - and the offensive line's play should be a serious cause of concern. The Bucs' highly-anticipated running game - featuring an almost entirely new offensive line hand-picked for the team's new zone scheme, and built to show off the 'speed in space' of the Buccaneers deep running back unit - was finally unveiled to the world last Sunday... and, boy, what a dud that turned out to be.
The Bucs are looking to put last week's loss against the Panthers behind them, but a lingering question still is prevalent around the team. What is the status of Offensive Coordinator Jeff Tedford? Last week, QB coach Marcus Arroyo called the plays on the field while Tedford sat up in the press box and advised from above.
They say Rome wasn't built in a day. But after a week of having that cliche jammed in their ears, fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers probably wish it had.
One week down in the 2014 NFL season, 16 more to go. Now comes the toughest part of the September slate: judging every team based on tiny tidbits of data.
Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Baylor Bears running back Lache Seastrunk runs the ball in the second quarter against the Central Florida Knights during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost Doug Martin to an injury last week but it thankfully wasn't as serious as the last injury he suffered, which was a torn labrum that ended his 2013 campaign.
Doug Martin may be in danger of losing his job as an every-down back after looking horrible in pass protection against the Carolina Panthers. Update: Lovie Smith denied the report that Doug Martin was benched because of pass protection issues in today's press conference.
Aug 28, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin stands on the sidelines as the Washington Redskins beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-10 at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports Earlier this week, head coach Lovie Smith put the minds of Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans and fantasy owners at ease when he described the knee injury Doug Martin suffered in the team's season opener against the Carolina Panthers as minor.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a pretty easy matchup in the St. Louis Rams defense this week. So who should you start, and who should you avoid? This week's fantasy football advice column is interesting.
The Panthers game is a distant memory to most players and coaches at One Buc as Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams approaches. While there are things on both sides of the ball being worked on and improved on before Sunday's 4:05 kickoff, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made some roster moves this week to beef up a quickly depleted depth chart.
Updated: Mon Sep 15, 2014 01:52 am
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