Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Ko Kieft
Ko Kieft No targets over 10 snaps
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 8:44 PM
Kieft logged 10 snaps on offense but did not draw a target in the Buccaneers' 25-11 loss to the Eagles on Monday night.
Analysis: The blocking tight end saw Baker Mayfield throw in his direction on three occasions without success in Week 1 against the Vikings, and he's subsequently failed to draw a target over the next two games. Kieft didn't even officially run any routes Monday night, as his blocking presence was needed versus an aggressive Eagles defense. Kieft's fantasy value figures to remain non-existent as long as complementary pass-catching options at tight end like David Wells and Payne Durham are healthy behind Cade Otton.
Ke'Shawn Vaughn
Ke'Shawn Vaughn No action despite active status
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 6:05 PM
Vaughn was active but didn't log any snaps from scrimmage or on special teams during the Buccaneers' 25-11 loss to the Eagles on Monday night.
Analysis: Vaughn was essentially a healthy scratch for the third time in as many games to open the season, despite being in uniform for his first 2023 contest. Game script went firmly against the ground attack as the night progressed Monday night, however, with even No. 2 back Sean Tucker garnering just two carries and four snaps. Vaughn should have another opportunity to fill the No. 3 running back role in a Week 4 road matchup against the Saints, considering Chase Edmonds (knee) is on injured reserve for at least three more contests.
Deven Thompkins
Deven Thompkins Two catches in loss
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 6:01 PM
Thompkins brought in two of four targets for six yards in the Buccaneers' 25-11 loss to the Eagles on Monday night.
Analysis: Across 10 snaps, Thompkins notably garnered more of Baker Mayfield's attention than fellow complementary wideout Trey Palmer did in 34 plays from scrimmage. The second-year speedster's playing time was his lowest of the first three games, and his production and snaps are likely to both remain volatile unless multiple injuries strike in front of him on the receiving corps.
Trey Palmer
Trey Palmer Limited to one catch Monday
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 5:52 PM
Palmer recorded an eight-yard gain on his only reception in the Buccaneers' 25-11 loss to the Eagles on Monday night.
Analysis: The speedy rookie logged a solid 34 snaps, but Baker Mayfield was limited to a 34.5 quarterback rating and sent 22 of his 25 attempts the way of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Rachaad White and Deven Thompkins. Palmer's week-to-week production will remain difficult to trust as long as Evans and Godwin are healthy in front of him.
Sean Tucker
Sean Tucker Minimal action in loss
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 5:49 PM
Tucker rushed twice for one yard and wasn't targeted in the passing game during the Buccaneers' 25-11 loss to the Eagles on Monday night.
Analysis: Tucker saw only four snaps in a game where the script progressively turned away from the ground attack. The rookie running back is likely to continue in a minor role during any game where Rachaad White is available and Tampa Bay is trailing in the second half, although Chase Edmonds' (knee) absence for at least three more games could open up more snaps for Tucker in scenarios where the Buccaneers have a lead or are managing a modest deficit.
Cade Otton
Cade Otton Good gain on one reception
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 10:03 PM
Otton brought in one of two targets for 16 yards in the Buccaneers' 25-11 loss to the Eagles on Monday night.
Analysis: Otton was coming off a solid six-catch, 41-yard effort versus the vulnerable Bears defense, but he garnered much less of Baker Mayfield's attention in an appreciably tougher matchup. The second-year tight end does have at least one catch in each of the first three games, but he remains a clear complementary option in a passing attack that still figures to revolve around Mike Evans and Chris Godwin -- and feature plenty of short passes to running back Rachaad White -- on the overwhelming majority of weeks this season.
Rachaad White
Rachaad White Inefficient night in Week 3 loss
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 9:56 PM
White rushed 14 times for 38 yards and secured all three targets for 24 yards in the Buccaneers' 25-11 loss to the Eagles on Monday night. He also lost a fumble.
Analysis: White was stymied repeatedly on the ground by an Eagles defense that came in allowing the fewest rushing yards per game, and he was only able to partly make up for it with his work as a receiver. The second-year back has now averaged under 3.0 yards per carry in two of his first three games while running behind a makeshift offensive line, and White's outlook doesn't get much brighter Week 4 with the Saints defense on tap in what projects to be a difficult road matchup.
Chris Godwin
Chris Godwin Modest performance in loss
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 9:52 PM
Godwin brought in three of five targets for 32 yards and caught a two-point conversion pass in the Buccaneers' 25-11 loss to the Eagles on Monday night.
Analysis: Godwin finished tied for second in receptions and was the runner-up in receiving yards on the night for the Buccaneers. Baker Mayfield predictably endured a difficult night overall against a talented Eagles defense, so Godwin's modest numbers should mostly be viewed in that context. However, it's also important to note Godwin's three-game body of work with Mayfield has been underwhelming as a whole, as he has just 13 receptions for 141 yards and no touchdowns across 19 targets heading into a tough Week 4 road matchup against the Saints.
Mike Evans
Mike Evans Finds end zone in loss
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 9:44 PM
Evans secured five of 10 targets for 60 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 25-11 loss to the Eagles on Monday night.
Analysis: Evans was in the customary position of leading the Buccaneers in receptions, receiving yards and targets, and the talented wideout also was on the receiving end of Baker Mayfield's only touchdown toss of the night on a one-yard slant early in the fourth quarter. The multi-time Pro Bowler has clearly been Mayfield's favorite target through three games, even as Monday night's catch and receiving yardage totals were season lows. Evans next sets his sights on long-time archnemesis Marshon Lattimore and a tough Saints defense, which await in a Week 4 divisional matchup.
Baker Mayfield
Baker Mayfield Underwhelming effort in loss
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 9:39 PM
Mayfield completed 15 of 25 passes for 146 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Buccaneers' 25-11 loss to the Eagles on Monday night. He also rushed once for two yards and committed a fumble recovered by Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Mayfield found life much more difficult than during the first two games of his Buccaneers starting tenure, as he was sacked twice and also committed his first turnover of the campaign. The veteran signal-caller found favorite target Mike Evans for his one touchdown pass of the evening, but no other pass catcher surpassed three receptions or 32 yards. Mayfield averaged a meager 5.8 yards per attempt as well, and he'll likely have an uphill battle trying to bounce back in a Week 4 road matchup against the similarly tough Saints defense.
Ke'Shawn Vaughn
Ke'Shawn Vaughn Active for first time this season
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 4:56 PM
Vaughn is listed as active Monday versus the Eagles.
Analysis: The Buccaneers made Vaughn a healthy scratch for the first two games of the campaign, but with fellow running back Chase Edmonds landing on injured reserve last Wednesday due to an MCL injury, the former will have a chance to make his season debut Monday. Rachaad White is the clear No. 1 RB for Tampa Bay, and undrafted rookie Sean Tucker is the backup, so Vaughn may be contained to special teams work and the occasional snap on offense.
Ke'Shawn Vaughn
Ke'Shawn Vaughn Set to make 2023 debut
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 3:04 PM
Vaughn is expected to be active for Monday's contest against the Eagles, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Vaughn sat out of practice leading up to Week 1 after being unhappy with his spot on the depth chart. He was a healthy inactive for the first two games of the season, but with Chase Edmonds (knee) being placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Vaughn will get the chance to show what he can provide while operating behind Rachaad White and Sean Tucker.
Chase Edmonds
Chase Edmonds Going to injured reserve
Wed, Sep 20, 2023, 2:56 PM
The Buccaneers placed Edmonds (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Edmonds exited this past Sunday's win over the Bears due to a knee injury and was ruled out after halftime. On Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Edmonds was slated for an MRI, specifically referring to his MCL. While the extent of the injury isn't clear, Edmonds will miss at least the next four games. The Buccaneers will continue to lean on Rachaad White out of their backfield, with Sean Tucker operating as the clear top backup.
Ko Kieft
Ko Kieft Goes without target
Wed, Sep 20, 2023, 10:54 AM
Kieft went without a target over his 17 snaps on offense in Sunday's 27-17 win over the Bears.
Analysis: After Kieft failed to reel in any of his three targets in the Week 1 win over the Vikings, quarterback Baker Mayfield didn't end up looking the tight end's way in the Week 2 win. Kieft has run routes (26.5 percent) more frequently than he's blocked (18.4 percent) when he's taken the field for passing plays, but he's unlikely to rank as anything more than a tertiary option in the aerial attack at any point this season.
Rakim Jarrett
Rakim Jarrett Nabs first NFL reception
Wed, Sep 20, 2023, 10:50 AM
Jarrett hauled in his lone target for a seven-yard reception in Sunday's 27-17 win over the Bears.
Analysis: The undrafted rookie out of Maryland remains buried on the Buccaneers' depth chart at receiver, but he at least saw a slight uptick in playing time from Week 1 to Week 2. After logging six snaps on offense in the season-opening win over the Vikings, Jarrett bumped up to 16 snaps Sunday.
Deven Thompkins
Deven Thompkins No targets despite solid snap count
Mon, Sep 18, 2023, 10:48 PM
Thompkins rushed once for 11 yards and didn't log any targets in the Buccaneers' 27-17 win over the Bears on Sunday. He also committed a fumble recovered by the Buccaneers and returned two punts for seven yards.
Analysis: Thompkins' lack of targets was disappointing considering he logged 32 snaps from scrimmage, but that level of involvement is encouraging in its own right. The second-year speedster has been within a handful of snaps of No. 3 receiver Trey Palmer in each of the first two games, but his game-to-game production will naturally be difficult to trust unless injuries strike Mike Evans or Chris Godwin.
Sean Tucker
Sean Tucker Logs eight carries in win
Mon, Sep 18, 2023, 10:40 PM
Tucker carried eight times for seven yards in the Buccaneers' 27-17 win over the Bears on Sunday.
Analysis: Tucker's inefficiency was naturally an unwelcome sight, but the fact he saw eight touches over 17 snaps was encouraging. The undrafted rookie has logged 13 carries through two games as the clear early-down backup to Rachaad White, but he's still essentially a fantasy non-factor for the time being, especially with White, who logged 51 snaps Sunday, capable of shouldering a heavy workload.
Trey Palmer
Trey Palmer Chunk gain on one catch
Mon, Sep 18, 2023, 10:26 PM
Palmer brought in one of two targets for 20 yards in the Buccaneers' 27-17 win over the Bears on Sunday.
Analysis: Palmer managed to make an impact with his one touch, which came during an allotment of 35 snaps from scrimmage. Palmer notably logged only three more plays on offense than presumptive No. 4 wideout Deven Thompkins, however, an even smaller gap than in Week 1 when Palmer edged Thompkins by a 23-18 margin. The two speedsters will likely continue sharing complementary wideout snaps pretty closely for the foreseeable future, although the majority of Baker Mayfield's attention figures to continue centered on Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Rachaad White and Cade Otton.
Chase Edmonds
Chase Edmonds Needs MRI
Mon, Sep 18, 2023, 10:20 AM
Edmonds will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of his MCL injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Edmonds was forced out of Sunday's win over the Bears, and it appears that the Buccaneers are concerned about him potentially having suffered a long-term injury. If Edmonds ends up having to miss time, it could pave the way for Ke'Shawn Vaughn to be active on game days behind Rachaad White and Sean Tucker.
Cade Otton
Cade Otton Big boost in targets Sunday
Sun, Sep 17, 2023, 5:59 PM
Otton secured all six targets for 41 yards in the Buccaneers' 27-17 win over the Bears on Sunday.
Analysis: After a quiet two-catch opener, Otton bounced back to co-lead the team in catches while checking in second in targets. The second-year tight end worked mostly near the line of scrimmage as his final line implies, but the type of volume he saw Sunday is one that fantasy managers can likely count on in most games this season as the sure-handed Otton develops into a trusted underneath option for Baker Mayfield.


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