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WR Louis Murphy - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

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Week 8: vs Minnesota Vikings

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Mike Glennon has done his part to keep the Buccaneers' offense afloat, with 19/32 for 249 yards, two TDs and one interception at New Orleans back in Week 5, and then 24/44 for 314 yards passing, two TDs and one interception vs. Baltimore after Joe Flaccos' five TD blitz in the first 17 minutes of the game. Glennon isn't supposed to go play DB, so you can't blame the scoreboards on him, friends. Vincent Jackson (25 targets for 12/210/0 receiving) has been the lead receiver over the past two games, followed by Louis Murphy (16 for 10/107/2). Mike Evans has handled eight for 4/55/1 when healthy enough to play (as he was against the Ravens). Austin Sefarian-Jenkins (eight targets for 5/69/0 receiving) has also played an increasing role of late. The Vikings' pass D is ranked ninth in the NFL with an average of 219.7 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 passing scores given up vs. six interceptions (tied for 14th in the NFL) and 20 sacks (tied-sixth) generated so far. Kyle Orton was sacked six times for -28 yards last week but still posted 31/43 for 255 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown; Matthew Stafford was sacked four times for -30 yards while throwing 19/33 for 155 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions. Tampa is tied for 13th in the NFL with 14 sacks allowed to date. This looks like a tougher-than-usual matchup for Glennon and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at PIT 0 0 0 11 6 99 0 0
5 at NO 0 0 0 7 3 35 1 0
6 vs BAL 0 0 0 9 7 72 1 0
8 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 3 * * *
8 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 3 * * *
8 vs MIN PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs NO (7 / 3 / 35 / 1 rec)

Murphy didn't produce a ton of big plays on Sunday, but he did have a beautiful touchdown snag. The Bucs lined up in a single-back set under center. At the snap, Murphy fights inside, but eventually runs a corner route in the end zone, fighting with the defensive back the entire way. The ball is thrown very well by Glennon, just out of the reach of the defensive back. Louis Murphy leaps high makes the grab at the high point and falls backwards onto his back while dragging both feet as he crashed to the ground. Overall, Murphy was a decent portion of the Bucs' offense. With Mike Evans sidelined, Murphy got the start opposite Jackson. Despite only hauling in two receptions, Murphy made his presence felt with the big touchdown grab.

2014 Week 6 vs BAL (9 / 7 / 72 / 1 rec)

Murphy caught a touchdown for the second straight week during his most productive outing of the season. From the three yard line, Murphy ran an out route toward the boundary. He made a nice move, faking inside and darting hard to the outside. Vincent Jackson's route to the inside did just enough to slow Murphy's defender down. Glennon makes a nice lead throw and Murphy makes the catch at the sideline. Murphy ended the game with 9 targets, second on the team. Murphy acted as the Bucs' intermediate receiver for the most part on Sunday, catching balls near the first down marker in the second half. He did have a long 24-yard reception in the fourth quarter on a square-in route. At the snap he makes a nice move to get inside position. All the other receiver routes allow for the middle of the field to clear out and Murphy breaks hard to the opening in between the hashes for an easy catch and a 24-yard gain. Although Murphy remains at best option 2B in the Buccaneers offense, he is being targeted often and seeing a good portion of snaps. This may have been skewed due to the blowout and pass-heavy nature of the offense after going down big.


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