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Buccaneers place backup QB Gabbert on IR

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The Buccaneers had held out hope it better backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert would be available to them at some point soon if they needed him. However, on Tuesday they’ve decided that Gabbert broken collarbone will require him to go on injured reserve.

Tampa Bay Times Bucs beat writer, Rick Stroud, had the info first:

 

The Bucs have been utilizing six year veteran Ryan Griffin who’s been on their roster for the last three previous seasons and has been Jameis Winston’s backup in the first three games this year. Griffin had performed well in the preseason each of the last two years and has been a good insurance to this point.

The nine-year veteran Gabbert was injured in the third preseason game scrambling for a first down, as he put his left arm out to brace his fall (photo above) and jammed his shoulder.

Gabbert immediately signaled for trainers to come out and tend to him on the field and they helped him off shortly after. He was seen later in the game on the sideline with his left arm in a sling.

Gabbert was the 10th overall selection of the Jags in 2011 out of Missouri and flopped miserably in his three seasons in North Florida with a 5-22 record before being released. Gabbert then hooked on in San Francisco as backup and part time starter for 13 games between 2014 – 16 with a 4-9 record for the 49ers.

Gabbert then signed with the Cardinals for the 2017 season, which was new Bucs coach Bruce Arians’ last as head coach in the “Valley of the Sun.” He was 2-3, as a late season starter that year.

The well-traveled 29 year old then landed, as a backup for Marcus Mariota in Tennessee last season, and took over as a starter, again late in the year, when Mariota was injured. He won two games for Tennessee as they tried to make the playoffs as a wild-card team. However, Mariota returned for their finale’ with Indianapolis who beat them for that final playoff spot.

The Buccaneers worked out several QBs on Tuesday and are expected to sign a third one, as further insurance.

Gabbert is eligible to come off IR in week 11.

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Fantasy Football “Start/Sit” for Florida players Week 14

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Everyone’s favorite time of year has arrived, that is if you had a good season. The fantasy playoffs are here, and if you made it, chances are some Florida players helped get there.

This week the Buccaneers will host the reeling Colts. The Jaguars will host the under-performing Chargers, and the Dolphins travel to play the ever-disappointing Jets.

The Buccaneers will entertain the Colts, who have the 13th overall defense. The Colts are 1-4 in their last five games and desperately need a win. Last week, they were torched on the ground by Titans RB Derick Henry. However, this was the first 100-yard rusher against the Colts this season.

The Bucs again surprised fantasy players last week, when Ronald Jones was benched in the first half for not picking up a blitz. This led to Peyton Barber scoring two touchdowns, while Jones had zero points. The Colts have surrendered two passing touchdowns in each of their last three games. Last week the Tampa Bay offense didn’t have to do nearly as much as usual.

This week, expect the Bucs vertical passing to be back throwing the ball at least 35 times. With a stout run defense, Jameis Winston will need to be at the top of his game in a big test for this Bucs team.

The Jaguars offense has been rough through the air with Nick Foles back. Now, Foles is back on the bench in favor of rookie, Gardner Minshew. The Chargers come into town with the 4th ranked pass defense, but let Drew Lock and Cortland Sutton connect for 74 yards and two touchdowns. The Chargers own the 18th ranked rush defense, and that is music to the ears of Leonard Fournette.

It has been a rough couple of weeks for the running back facing some stout run defenses. This weekend look for Fournette to get back on track. With the return of Minshew means the D.J. Chark becomes even more attractive. Chark was still the top guy with Foles in, but he and Minshew have a good connection.

The Dolphins are coming off one of the stunners of the year beating the Eagles in a 37-31 shootout. This week they set their sights on the Jets, who just gave the Bengals their first win. The Jets have the leagues’ best-run defense, which is usually significant. However, the Dolphins can’t run the ball effectively at all.

That means Ryan Fitzpatrick will be throwing a lot against the 19th ranked pass defense.

Last week Fitzpatrick and Devante Parker destroyed the Eagles secondary. This week they will have all the opportunities to do the same thing to the Jets. With the tight end position a mess, Mike Gesicki is an option again, who has scored in two straight games.

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Colts Kicker Adam Vinateri out for Bucs game

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The Colts are traveling to Tampa Bay but will likely take on the Bucs without their future Hall of Fame Kicker, Adam Vinatieri.

Before the matchup last week against the Titans, Vinatieri had began to experience a bit of pain in his left knee, the leg he plants to kick with his right leg. He told reporters that the pain began to increase through the week which led him to be placed on the Colt’s injury report for the first time this season.

Later Friday afternoon, Indy made Vinatieri’s “out” status official:

Vinatieri who is currently the NFL’s all-time leading scorer, has struggled to be consistent this season and has made a career-low 68% of his field goal attempts. He’s cost the Colt’s a couple of games in his missed eight field goals and six extra points.

Colts head coach Frank Reich said Wednesday that Vinatieri saw some doctors and got scans to figure out the severity of the problem. From there, they’ll consult with doctors and make a decision, which could potentially end his career. He’s currently sitting at 599 made FGs in his 24 seasons, just one shy of the 600 mark.

Earlier this week, Indianapolis secured rookie kicker Chase McLaughlin off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers and the 45 year old Pro Bowler had said on Thursday that if he got the go ahead from everyone, he’d take the field on Sunday.

“Docs and trainers and everybody will put their two cents in and we’ll see if we can go,” Vinatieri said. “If I can go, I’ll go.”

Obviously, he did not get good news, and that means the rookie McLaughlin is in to kick at Raymond James Stadium.

The Colts are looking to stay in the race for the AFC wild card spot, in a similar situation as the Bucs, so this Sunday (and really every Sunday from here on out) is a do or die for both teams.

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