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TE Brandon Myers - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-4, 250Born: 9-4-1985College: IowaDrafted: Round 6

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Week 3: at Atlanta Falcons

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Josh McCown has moved the ball well enough to set up the Buccaneers to score - in fact, last week he handled the scoring himself with 16/21 for 179 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown (one sack taken for -4 yards), while rushing for 2/6/2. Vincent Jackson (seven targets for 4/51/0 receiving last week) and Mike Evans (four for 4/49/0) are the main cogs in this receiving corps, though Brandon Myers (two for 2/33/0) showed off some skills in Week 2, while Austin Seferian-Jenkins was idled due to a foot/ankle injury. The Falcons allowed three rushing TDs to the Saints during Week 1 (28/139/3 rushing allowed), so Drew Brees didn't have to win the game with his arm. Nevertheless, the Falcons still coughed up 29/42 for 333 yards passing, one TD and one interception generated, with zero sacks of Brees. Last season, the Falcons ranked 20th in the NFL averaging 244 net passing yards allowed per game, with a mere 10 interceptions (tied for 29th) and only 32 sacks generated (also 29th in the NFL). So far this year, the Falcons average 317.5 net yards passing allowed per game (31st in the NFL) - this defense is pretty soft in both phases of the game, friends, as the Bengals illustrated with 16/24 for 302 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with zero sacks taken last Sunday. This is a great matchup for the Buccaneers - Atlanta's defense is one of the worst in the league again this year.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
1 vs CAR 6 41 0 0
2 vs STL 2 33 0 0
3 at ATL PROJ-Dodds 4 * * *
3 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * *
3 at ATL PROJ-Bloom 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs CAR (8 / 6 / 41 / 0 rec)

Myers had a large role in the Buccaneers offense in the week one tilt against the Panthers. Myers acted mainly as a safety valve. He was rarely the first read in Josh McCown's progression, however the Panthers' defender did an excellent job of locking down Jackson and Evans on many plays. Myers most run route looked to be an option route. He lined up in-line on the line of scrimmage. At the snap he would fight his way into his route and read the defender assigned to him. He often recognized zone and found a window to sit. This resulted in a few hitch-type routes for average gains. He did run outs and corner routes if he recognized man and needed to shake a defender. Overall, Myers provided a trustworthy safety net for McCown if his initial reads did not come open. Myers played 45 snaps, 25 more than Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who left the game due to injury.

2014 Week 2 vs STL (2 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)

Myers played mostly in-line tight end, but only saw two targets the entire game. Myers gained 24 yards on a play out of a single back set featuring two stacked tight ends. Myers played the inside tight end spot and ran an angle route toward the sideline then shot toward the middle of the field where McCown slightly underthrew him. Myers adjusted, made the catch, then rumbled for a 24 yard gain. Myers also added a 9 yard gain. Myers fell victim to gameplan as did the entire Buccaneers passing game. Lovie and Tedford decided to pound the ball, rushing 30 times compared to just 21 pass attempts.

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Schedule

3@ Atlanta Falcons
4@ Pittsburgh Steelers
5@ New Orleans Saints
6vs Baltimore Ravens
7--- BYE WEEK ---
8vs Minnesota Vikings
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