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WR Louis Murphy - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-3, 203Born: 5-11-1987College: FloridaDrafted: Round 4

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General News (Tue Dec 16): will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

Week 16: vs Green Bay Packers

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Josh McCown threw 13/28 for 154 yards passing, one TD and one interception at Carolina last week, after tossing 20/39 for 250 yards, two TDs and two interceptions at Detroit two weeks ago. He's been sacked nine times for -61 yards over the past two weeks, a rate that is heavier than usual for Tampa this year (Tampa has allowed 42 sacks over 14 games played so far). All three of his passing scores have landed in Mike Evans' arms (19 targets for 6/58/3 receiving during the last two weeks), while Vincent Jackson (27 targets for 16/229/0 receiving) has been much more efficient in his chances, but is failing to score TDs much this year (only two TDs this year, and none since Week 4). The Packers' pass D is ranked 15th in the NFL averaging 237.7 net passing yards allowed per game, with 23 passing scores given out vs. 17 interceptions (tied for fifth in the NFL) and 32 sacks (tied for 19th) generated. Kyle Orton could only manage 14/27 for 140 net yards, zero TDs and one interception thrown last week, though (three sacks taken for -18 yards), while Matt Ryan and Julio Jones went off on this secondary two games ago (24/39 for 374 net yards passing, four TDs and one interception thrown, with one sack taken for -1 yards). Tampa's passing attack is consistently mediocre, while the Packers bounce from sub-par to solid - on balance, this looks like a neutral matchup to us.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 at CHI 0 0 0 8 6 113 0 0
13 vs CIN 0 0 0 5 1 7 0 0
14 at DET 0 0 0 4 3 18 0 0
15 at CAR 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
16 vs GB PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs CIN (5 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Murphy received the second most targets on Sunday against the Bengals with five, however he only pulled in one of those catches for seven yards. Murphy did make a very important catch that put the Bucs in position to win the game with a long catch into Bengals territory, but the Bucs had too many men on the field, which ultimately sealed their loss. Game flow and game plan restricted all Bucs' receivers from having a big statistical day. They ran the ball a ton with Doug Martin and passed the ball safely on short routes to the backs on half their completions. Murphy was targeted more often than Vincent Jackson, however.

2014 Week 14 vs DET (4 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)

Louis Murphy received about 10% of the target share for the Buccaneers on Sunday against the Lions, but failed to do much with it. Murphy was targeted four times in a game that was very pass dominant. Unfortunately for Murphy, Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans dominated the targets, receiving a combined 28 out of 39 total targets. Murphy played the WR3, but was never McCown's initial read. The fact that Evans and Jackson continually beat their man or found holes in the zone to get open resulted in McCown never getting to Murphy in the progression. In fact, on tape it's evident that McCown often throws to his initial read. Murphy looked decent coming in and out of breaks and getting off the line, but Jackson and Evans were like twin towers pulling in all the passes thrown their way. It was simply a matter of McCown being in rhythm with his top two receivers who were getting open all day. Murphy was third in line, but there weren't enough looks to go around against the Lions on Sunday.

2014 Week 15 vs CAR (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Murphy only saw one target on the day as the Bucs ran a lot of two-WR sets with a full back or extra tight end. With the Bucs emphasizing the run more so than in past games, they went heavier in terms of packages which cost Murphy some playing time and production.


Latest News

Buccaneers | Three to be placed on IR (Mon Dec 15, 03:11 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy (knee), WR Louis Murphy (ankle) and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back) will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

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