| Bucs welcome pair of RBs back to practice -- Wed Nov 23 7:23 pm --|
Bucs must decide on Charles Sims within next 21 days
|TAMPA, Fla. -- Buccaneers running backs Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers returned to practice Wednesday.
Sims has been on injured reserve since suffering a knee injury in Week 4, but he has been designated as the team's player to return from IR. The Buccaneers have 21 days to decide whether to activate Sims and add him to the 53-man roster.
FF Today's Take: Doug Martin has 40 carries in the two games he has played since returning from his own injury and is locked in at the top of the depth chart. He should continue to be a RB2 even after reinforcements arrive but fantasy owners should be weary of the potential for a RBBC to develop in the coming weeks. Jacquizz Rodgers is nearing a return and could step into a complementary role similar to Sims' earlier this season but his status for Week 12 remains up in the air. A return by Charles Sims in the next three weeks would only add another useful option for Tampa to mix into the offense so stay tuned as this situation evolves.
| Jacquizz Rodgers still in walking boot -- Mon Nov 7 11:45 am --|
|No word on Bucs RB Jacquizz Rodgers' foot injury, but he's still wearing a walking boot in locker room today, eight days after his injury. (Greg Auman on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Bucs have cycled through a number of running backs this season with Doug Martinm, Charles Sims and Rodgers all suffering significant injuries. It could be the Peyton Barber show in Week 10 against the Bears. If so, he'll be on the RB2 radar.
| Jacquizz Rodgers ruled out by Bucs -- Wed Nov 2 2:49 pm --|
Foot injury leaves Bucs with RBBC
|The Buccaneers wonít have Jacquizz Rodgers in the lineup against the Falcons on Thursday night.
Rodgers injured his foot in last Sundayís loss to the Raiders and there was enough concern about his condition that the Bucs moved quickly to bring Mike James back into the organization. Rodgers was ruled out with the release of the Buccaneersí official injury report for the NFC South matchup.
(Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: After losing their top three running backs, Tampa Bay heads into Thursday night hoping that Peyton Barber, Antone Smith and Mike James can form a productive RBBC. Both Barber and Smith received touches last week and would likely split the bulk of the workload Week 9.
| Ankle injury may cost Jacquizz some time -- Mon Oct 31 11:00 am --|
Antone Smith waiver wire priority
|The Bucs, already with their top two running backs sidelined, might have lost starter Jacquizz Rodgers to a foot injury late in Sunday's 30-24 overtime loss to the Raiders.
"I don't think it's probably good," coach Dirk Koetter said after the game. "But I don't know for sure. It's something to do with his ankle." (Tampa Bay Times)|
FF Today's Take: Peyton Barber and veteran Antone Smith are next up on the roster, with Smith handling most of work when Rodgers went down yesterday. Smith should be the favored waiver wire priority until we get a better handle on the Bucs RB rotation.
| Doug Martin suffers setback -- Wed Oct 19 4:00 pm --|
|Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter: "Doug Martin did unfortunately suffer a little setback a week ago Sunday and we'll just have to see when he can make it back. There's no timetable on that right now." Koetter emphasized that these injuries are no one's fault and that no one feels worse about it than the player. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Time to fire up Jacquizz Rodgers in Week 7. He's likely to see the bulk of backfield duties after receiving 35 touches in Week 5 against the Panthers. Rodgers has a decent matchup on the road against the 49ers making him a solid RB2.
| Charles Sims placed on IR -- Mon Oct 10 5:20 pm --|
|The Bucs announced they have placed RB Charles Sims on injured reserve with a knee injury. The team promoted rookie tailback Russell Hansbrough from the practice squad. Doug Martin has missed the last two weeks with a hamstring injury and was listed as doubtful to return this week. Sims suffered a knee injury in last week's loss to the Denver Broncos. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: This one is a bit of a shocker, as there was absolutely no panic that Sims could be facing a serious enough injury to miss at least the next eight weeks. Jacquizz Rodgers, who will draw the start in Martin and Sims' stead tonight against the Panthers, should immediately slide into Sims' role as a complementary back when Martin returns. Rodgers is a steep downgrade from Sims, but at least he should be utilized in a "space role" that suits his game.
| Charles Sims misses practice Friday -- Fri Oct 7 5:00 pm --|
|At running back, the situation is no better, with starter Doug Martin expected to miss a third straight game with a hamstring injury, and his replacement, Charles Sims, held out of practice again Friday with a knee injury. That leaves Jacquizz Rodgers -- signed off the street in Week 2 as a free agent -- and rookie Peyton Barber, who hasn't taken an offensive snap in the first four games. (Tampa Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: It's looking more and more like Rodgers will get the start Monday night against the Panthers although Sims has yet be ruled out. Rodgers would have a RB2 ceiling as the Bucs project to be playing from behind.
| Bucs hint at reduced workload for Charles Sims -- Tue Oct 4 11:03 am --|
More touches for Jacquizz Rodgers not really an inspiring theme
|After Charles Sims gained just 28 yards on 15 carries in the Bucs loss to Denver Sunday, coach Dirk Koetter said all options remain on the table going forward in regards to the running back position. (Pewter Report)|
FF Today's Take: Yuck. Simsís issues hitting the hole has made the Bucs offense one-dimensional, and Koetter will look to adjust some things - including personnel - while waiting for Doug Martin to get back on the field. In the meantime, the Bucs could look to former Falcon Jacquizz Rodgers, signed after Week 1, to handle more of the inside-running work. Rodgers rushed for 20 yards on five carries in the first half Sunday, but was curiously shutdown by the Bucs in the second half. Rodgers isn't a special player and there's just not a ton of value in Tampa's struggling offense right now.
| Doug Martin out three weeks -- Wed Sep 21 8:00 am --|
|The Bucs will be without Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin for about three weeks as he recovers from his hamstring injury, the NFL Network reported Wednesday. (Tampa Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Martin was injured early in the second quarter last Sunday. Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers will handle the rushing duties while Martin recovers with Sims being the lead back. Expect Martin to return in Week 7 after the Bucs bye in Week 6.
|Bucs waive RB Mike James, sign WR Cecil Shorts -- Wed Sep 7 12:30 pm --|
Backend depth chart moves
|Agent for Jacquizz Rodgers says no news yet on a signing from Bucs, who worked him out Tuesday and waived Mike James with an injury today. (Greg Auman on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Back-end of the depth chart moves here. James was the third tailback behind Doug Martin and Charles Sims. Expect the Bucs to add a running back in the next few days, perhaps Rodgers or someone from the practice squad. Shorts signed a one-year deal and could compete with Adam Humphries for the No. 3 receiver job.