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Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Jorvorskie Lane Lost for the Season

November 24th, 2014 at 10:20 PM
By Michael Compton

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Jorvorskie Lane was placed on injured reserved on Monday after suffering a season-ending injury to his right leg in Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears. Lane was injured on a carry in the second quarter and had to be carted off the field. Guard Logan Mankins summoned the trainers from the sideline to assist his fallen teammate moments after Lane went down after a gain of two yards.

"I was just cutting back and the defensive end and our tight end just fell on my leg," Lane indicated. "It's nothing you can control; it's just one of those things. My pain tolerance is [high]. I didn't even know it, really. I looked down at it and I just laid back down, and Logan told them, 'Come get him.' So I didn't really know."

Back at One Buc Place on Monday, Lane said he expects to have surgery on his leg.

"I'm just going to do my operation and come back healthy for next year," he said. "I'm ready to get it done so I can get in the healing process and look forward to next year. That's where I'm at with it."

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Turnovers Cost Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 21-13 Loss to the Chicago Bears

November 23rd, 2014 at 6:12 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, seeking a win in back-to-back games for the first time all season, let a 10-0 halftime lead slip away in the second half, losing 21-13 to the Chicago Bears on a rain-drenched turf at Soldier Field on Sunday. With the loss, the Buccaneers fall to 2-9 while the Bears improved to 5-6.

The Buccaneers dominated the first half, but they failed to show up for the final two quarters, spoiling head coach Lovie Smith’s return to Chicago. Josh McCown, who played for the Bears last season, committed two costly red-zone turnovers that resulted in scores. He lost a fumble that set up a 13-yard Bears touchdown and threw an interception that resulted in a 15-yard Chicago scoring drive.

“No question [the turnovers hurt]," said McCown in his post-game press conference. "And those can't happen. Those two were really down in our territory, and that hurt us and it was hard to bounce back from.”

The highlight of the day for the Buccaneers was a 19-yard touchdown pass from McCown to rookie Mike Evans in the corner of the end zone that put Tampa Bay up 7-0. It was the sixth touchdown in the last four games for Evans, who got behind fellow rookie Kyle Fuller for the score.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Lovie Smith and Josh McCown Set for Return to Soldier Field

November 20th, 2014 at 11:04 PM
By Michael Compton

The 2-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers will hit the road for a Week 12 clash with the 4-6 Chicago Bears on Sunday in a matchup that features a pair of familiar faces returning to Soldier Field. Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith and quarterback Josh McCown return to Chicago to take on their former team for the first time.

If the game has any extra meaning for Smith, the former head coach of the Bears, he didn’t let on in Thursday’s press conference.

“This is how I really feel about it: we’ve got an NFC opponent, a chance to get a win,” Smith said. “I used to coach there a while back, like I did at Big Sandy High School, Arizona State, Kentucky, Ohio State, Tennessee and St. Louis [Rams] and have a lot of friends there, but we need to get a win. What’s the rest of the story?”

Smith coached the Bears from 2004-2012. During his tenure, the Bears finished first in the NFC North three times (2005, 2006 and 2010) and made it to Super Bowl XLI in 2006, where they lost to the Indianapolis Colts. Smith was fired after the 2012 season when the Bears failed to reach the playoffs after going 7-1 to start the season.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Mike Evans Proving Best of Deep Rookie Class of Wide Receivers

November 18th, 2014 at 3:42 PM
By Michael Compton

Wide receiver Mike Evans vaulted to the head of this season’s rookie class of wide receivers with a career-best performance in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Since Tampa Bay’s bye week in Week 7, Evans has been more than simply a standout rookie; he has been one of the most productive pass catchers in the NFL.

In his first season out of Texas A&M, Evans has recorded new career highs in each of the past four games. His 536 receiving yards lead the league during that span, while his five receiving touchdowns are tied for the second-most during that time. Against the Redskins, Evans racked up 209 receiving yards and scored two touchdowns.

Armed with size and soft hands, Evans is also displaying dangerous speed. He often outran coverage on Sunday, catching passes of 34, 36, 51 and 56 yards against Washington.

“He’s not your typical wide receiver, he’s a big guy, a big target for the quarterback to see, and it’s hard to not see him,” said head coach Lovie Smith. “He has excellent hands. He’s a big physical guy too and for a rookie, he’s a smart player. He’s been playing wide receiver for a long time. He has some great body control.”

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Spring to Life with 27-7 Win Over Washington Redskins

November 16th, 2014 at 4:51 PM
By Michael Compton

Rookie wide receiver Mike Evans had a career day against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on Sunday, pacing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a lopsided 27-7 victory. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Bucs, who improve to 2-8 on the year.

Surprisingly, the Buccaneers are just two games out of first place in the NFC South and are back in the race for a potential playoff spot if they are able to win out. The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons, both 4-6, reside at the top of the division with six games remaining in the season.

For the first time this year, the Buccaneers pieced together a complete game on both sides of the ball. Head coach Lovie Smith preaches a defense-first approach, and that’s exactly what the veteran coach got on Sunday.

The Buccaneers’ defense generated pressure on Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III all day, sacking him six times. The constant pressure rattled Griffin, turning the dual-threat signal-caller into a frustrated, one-dimensional passer. The defense also forced three turnovers and even got in on the scoring when cornerback Johnthan Banks intercepted a pass from Griffin and returned it 19 yards to the end zone.

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