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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Lovie Smith
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense32nd86.4 (29th)208.7 (27th)
Defense32nd123.9 (23rd)286.0 (30th)

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Mark Barron 'didn't like' Bucs' defensive scheme was 'passive'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Safety Mark Barron said he "was definitely in shock" when he learned the news he was being traded from the Buccaneers to the Rams Tuesday.

However, now that the shock has worn off, Barron is excited for a new start with the Rams, particularly because he feels he is better suited for St. Louis' defensive scheme, per ESPN.

"Did I think we could have been doing more, using me more? Yeah, I do," Barron said of his defensive role with the Bucs. "But I wouldn’t say it played against my strengths. It was just the way the system was ran. 

"[Tampa's system] is passive. That’s kind of the only thing I didn’t like about it. A lot of times I had to sit back and I couldn’t really be as aggressive as I wanted to in that system."

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Vincent Jackson not such a great play
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

On a day when the Buccaneers couldn't get anything going offensively Week 8 against Minnesota, wide receiver Vincent Jackson was barely involved, catching one pass for 13 yards. He was targeted five times, but for a player who misses a lot of the balls thrown his way, both because of his role in the passing game and his issues with drops, that's a pretty low number. He averaged 10.0 targets in his first six games.

Even worse for Jackson, quarterback Mike Glennon has developed a nice rapport with both Mike Evans and Louis Murphy, and the Buccaneers passing attack isn't prolific enough to sustain three wide receivers. Is it more likely to sustain him than those other two? Yeah, probably. But it'll likely cut into his production regardless.

And it could cut into his production in a big way Week 9 at Cleveland. The Browns don't rank especially high against the pass, but they don't give up many touchdowns through the air, allowing the fourth-lowest quarterback rating of any team this season. Cornerback Joe Haden, who has played better in recent weeks after a slow start, is a big reason for that, and he'll likely go up against Jackson on Sunday.

Neither Jamey Eisenberg nor Dave Richard rank Jackson among their top 30 wide receivers -- and that's in a week with six teams on bye.

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Vincent Jackson limited in practice Wednesday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Buccaneers wideout Vincent Jackson was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a rib injury, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Jackson has not missed a game due to the injury, but he was held to one reception Week 8 against Minnesota.

The Bucs visit the Browns on Sunday.

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Bucs rookie RB Charles Sims could make debut Week 9
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday there is a chance rookie running back Charles Sims will make his debut Sunday against the Browns. Sims has been on short-term injured reserve all season recovering from an ankle injury.

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Bucs LT Anthony Collins nursing foot injury
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Buccaneers starting left tackle Anthony Collins did not practice Wednesday due to a foot injury, but the team hopes he'll practice Thursday, according to the team's website. Tampa Bay visits Cleveland on Sunday.

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