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WR Louis Murphy - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

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Week 9: at Cleveland Browns

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. The good news for Mike Glennon is that the Buccaneers didn't trade away Vincent Jackson on Tuesday. The bad news for Glennon is that the Buccaneers shipped away S Mark Barron and LB Jonathan Casillas to St. Louis and New England, respectively, signalling that the 1-6 Buccaneers are now in full-rebuilding-mode. The coaching staff will be evaluating personnel with an eye towards next year's free agency and the upcoming draft, which may mean some exotic combinations of personnel at various positions going forwards. However, a change at QB isn't being contemplated, according to head coach Lovie Smith: 'You'll always like to have a couple plays back, but the first thing I thought about as far as improving our ball club wasn't, 'God, we have to make a change at the quarterback position.'' he stated on Monday. The moves before the trading deadline involved defensive players, not members of the offense. However, Glennon needs to turn up the volume for the Buccaneers - 19/28 for 171 yards passing, one TD and with one interception thrown vs. Minnesota (with five sacks taken for -12 yards) isn't going to get the job done. Neither is Vincent Jackson's five targets for 1/13/0 receiving last week. Mike Evans (seven for 4/78/0), Bobby Rainey (six for 6/41/0) and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (four for 3/26/1) do represent a young core of players that can be built on, but Glennon has to do more with the tools at hand. Fortunately for Glennon, this week he faces the Browns, a team that coughed up 34/54 for 316 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions to rookie Derek Carr and company last week (three sacks for -12 yards generated by the Browns) - Matt Schaub added an interception thrown on his only attempt of the day (which is an example of why Carr is starting for the Raiders). The Browns did intercept Blake Bortles three times two weeks ago, but they also lost that game 6-24 despite the plus in turnovers (and intercepting Bortles is not particularly difficult this year, he's thrown 12 vs. just six TD passes). Currently the Browns are a mediocre 20th in the NFL averaging 252.1 net passing yards allowed per game, with 10 passing scores handed over vs. eight interceptions (tied-seventh in the NFL) and 15 sacks (tied-18th) generated to date. Tampa Bay is tied for 21st in the NFL with 19 sacks allowed this season. Advantage, Tampa Bay.

Recent Stats and Projections

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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 0 0 0 2 2 11 0 0
9 at CLE PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 2 * * *
9 at CLE PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 3 * * *
9 at CLE PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 8 vs MIN (2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Murphy hauled in two receptions, but much like the rest of his teammates didn't rack up receptions due to the slow, ball control nature of the game. He caught a 7-yard hitch out of the slot that took a ton of concentration as he was mugged by two defenders on the reception. He held on as the defenders continually ripped at the ball. Overall, Murphy wasn't a huge factor or a big part of the gameplan as he was in previous weeks. He only saw two targets for the entire day. It didn't appear as though it was any fault of Murphy's as he was getting off the line fine and running routes with his usual effort.

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Schedule

9@ Cleveland Browns
10vs Atlanta Falcons
11@ Washington Redskins
12@ Chicago Bears
13vs Cincinnati Bengals
14@ Detroit Lions
15@ Carolina Panthers
16vs Green Bay Packers
17vs New Orleans Saints