METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have placed veteran linebacker Will Compton on injured reserve, possibly ending his season.
New Orleans also has removed 16 other players from the...
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-11)
NEW FACES: Coach Bruce Arians, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, LB Devin White, DL Ndamukong Suh, LB/S Deone Bucannon, LB Shaquil Barrett, P Bradley Pinion, WR...
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are giving veteran running back Jacquizz Rodgers a chance to make his third different team in the NFC South Division.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-11)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CB Brent Grimes, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, LB Kwon Alexander, WR Adam Humphries, S Chris Conte, RB Jacquizz Rodgers, LB Adarius Taylor, QB...
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (3-6) at NEW YORK GIANTS (2-7)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE - Giants by 1
RECORD VS. SPREAD -Tampa Bay 3-6, New York 4-5
SERIES RECORD - Giants lead 14-7
LAST MEETING - Buccaneers beat Giants 25-23, Oct. 1, 2017
LAST WEEK - Buccaneers lost to Redskins 16-3; Giants beat 49ers 27-23
AP PRO32 RANKING - Buccaneers No. 26, Giants No. 28
BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (29), PASS (1).
BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (15), PASS (29).
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made good on a promise to put more playmakers around young quarterback Jameis Winston, who's eager to use them to help an improved team fulfill its potential this season.
Free agent acquisition DeSean Jackson and draft picks O.J. Howard and Chris Godwin are among the newcomers the Bucs are counting on to give Winston a chance to end the franchise's long hiatus from the playoffs.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was healthy enough to play but could only watch from the sideline as Tampa Bay's playoff hopes took a big hit.
Now the second guessing can start. Would the Bucs have been better off with Martin in the lineup on Saturday, when they fell to New Orleans, 31-24?
Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 63 yards and a score, while Charles Sims III had only 12 yards rushing.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are down to their fourth starting running back, with rookie Peyton Barber filling in for the injured Doug Martin on Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons.
Martin has been sidelined with hamstring injury since Week 2. Backup Charles Sims made two starts before hurting his knee and being placed on injured reserves. Jacquizz Rodgers started the past three games, but was inactive Thursday night with a left foot injury.
The NFC is so wide open that a Thursday night meeting between Atlanta and Tampa Bay could wind up having some significance when the playoff races conclude.
Neither team has been particularly consistent. Had the Falcons not held off Green Bay on Sunday, they would have been in a freefall similar to last season, when they went from 6-1 to 8-8.
"When you come through in those, for sure it gives you something," coach Dan Quinn says. "To get the job done (Sunday) was significant."
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jacquizz Rodgers never doubted he was capable of playing a lead role in an NFL offense.
Even when the diminutive running back found himself out of work and wondering if he'd get another opportunity to prove himself seven weeks ago.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers called on Sept. 13, two days after their season opener, and the sixth-year pro is making the most of a reunion with coach Dirk Koetter.
Jacquizz Rodgers continued to dominate in Doug Martin's absence, Matt Forte proved his doubters wrong, and Jay Ajayi ran his way into the NFL record books. Fantasy owners have some new names (Russell Shepard) to learn, as well as some old names (Cordarrelle Patterson) to ponder.
And, naturally, some poor performances (DeVante Parker, Blake Bortles) that may have droppable consequences.
But three injuries to running backs may have the biggest impact going forward.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Missing their top two running backs and trailing by 14 points, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' decision to stick with the running game paid big dividends. Facing a San Francisco defense that can't stop anyone on the ground sure helped the cause.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — For a guy who started the season sitting on the couch, Jacquizz Rodgers sure has made the most of his long-awaited opportunity to be a featured running back in the NFL.
Rodgers followed his first career 100-yard game by rushing for a career-high 154 yards and Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 34-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
TAMPA BAY (2-3) at SAN FRANCISCO (1-5)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. EDT, Fox
OPENING LINE - Buccaneers by 1
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Tampa Bay 2-3, San Francisco 1-5
SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 17-5
LAST MEETING - 49ers beat Bucs 33-14, Dec. 15, 2013
LAST WEEK - Bucs had bye, beat Panthers 17-14 on Oct. 10; 49ers lost to Bills 45-16
AP PRO32 RANKING - Bucs No. 24, 49ers No. 31
BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (27), PASS (17).
BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (16), PASS (19).
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Even with a strong-armed quarterback in Jameis Winston and impressive young receiver in Mike Evans, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers know they need a consistent running attack.
With two-time Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin sidelined with a hamstring injury the past month, the Bucs were unable to establish much of one until Monday night, when Jacquizz Rodgers made his first start of the season in a 17-14 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have found a complementary running back for Doug Martin once their No. 1 back returns from a hamstring injury.
Jacquizz Rodgers finished with a career-best 101 rushing yards on 30 carries — 32 yards and 17 carries more than he had in the Buccaneers' previous three games combined — as Tampa Bay defeated the Carolina Panthers 17-14 on Monday night.