Gerald McCoy expected to be game-time decision Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/16/14) Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said he will be a game-time decision for Week 3 against the Falcons. McCoy suffered a broken left hand Sunday against the Rams.
"Most of it is pain tolerance, whether I can tolerate it or not," McCoy said, per ESPN. "As much as you want to be out there, you also want to be smart because the risk of missing a game or a couple of games as opposed to the risk of the rest of the season, it's not worth it.''
Clinton McDonald, William Gholston each come away with a pick
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (9/14/14) Buccaneers defensive linemen Clinton McDonald and William Gholston each came away with a sack Week 2 against the Rams. McDonald sacked Austin Davis in the third quarter, while Gholston took down the quarterback in the fourth quarter. McDonald registered seven total tackles (six solo), with one sack and one tackle for loss. Gholston registered six total tackles (four solo), with one sack and one tackle for loss.
Dashon Goldson has a monster Week 2 performance
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (9/14/14) Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson had monster game at home against the Rams in Week 2. Goldson led the team with a game-high 11 tackles (nine solo) in a 19-17 victory. He has 20 tackles on the year.
Buccaneers unable to solve Rams in Week 2
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (9/14/14) The Buccaneers weren't able to get the job done defensively Sunday afternoon at home against the Rams in Week 2.
Tampa Bay kept Zac Stacy in check throughout the afternoon, but permitted a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Dashon Goldson recorded the team's only turnover, recovering a Stacy fumble in the third quarter. The team allowed 339 yards of total offense. 220 of which came from aerial attack in a 19-17.
Tampa Bay will travel to Atlanta for a Thursday night divisional showdown against the Falcons.
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A sleeper DST in Tampa Bay? After the spending the Bucs did this offseason it sure looks that way. An already talented defense added pass rushing end Michael Johnson and cornerback Alterraun Verner, among other lesser-notable players. The unit will be coached up by Lovie Smith, who ran a number of stellar Bears defenses for years. There are still some weak spots, especially in the secondary now that Darrelle Revis is gone, and the schedule is no cupcake, but this is going to be a defense that should improve at sacking the quarterback and continue slamming on the run. That should lead to a lot of good weeks. We'd gamble on the Bucs right out of the gate, especially since they host the Panthers' dressed-down offense in Week 1 and the Rams in Week 2.