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Week 5 Game Recap: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14, Philadelphia Eagles 33

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB Josh Johnson, Pass: 26 - 50 - 240 - 2 TD / 3 INT, Rush: 5 - 40 - 0

Johnson did very well in the face of a ton of blitzes from the Eagles in Week 5. Johnson was blitzed at least 20 times and possibly as much as 50% of his passing attempts (he threw 50 times) but used his agility, speed and quickness to elude the Eagles as much as possible to escape within and then quickly out of the pocket. Johnson did not do what most mobile young quarterbacks would do in those situations -- he chose to continue to look down field for possible receivers. He did run on occasion, tucking it under and rushing five times including a long 29 yard rush where he avoided several would-be tacklers. Johnson's numbers would have even been better if he had more reliable outlets as only TE Kellen Winslow Jr. did much with their chances. Drops continued to plague the Buccaneer receivers, costing Johnson a shot at a 300-yard performance. Look for Johnson to continue to make plays on offense next week against Carolina.

RB Cadillac Williams, Rush: 10 - 8 - 0, Rec: 3 - 8 - 0 (3 targets)

Cadillac Williams could not get rolling at all in Week 5 as the tough Philadelphia Eagles defense crowded the line and challenged Tampa Bay to push them out of the box. The Buccaneer offensive line could not create separation or space for Williams to do much of anything. The Eagles often made first contact with Williams behind the line of scrimmage, and he could not break that initial tackle to get any yards after the hit. He was even the unfortunate victim of a late tackle for loss for a safety. Williams actually was averaging under a yard per carry until he added an eight yard run, his longest of the day. Williams did add three catches but two were for losses and again a meaningless 12-yard catch afforded him some semblance of a positive stat line. Williams will need better blocking for any hope of putting up decent numbers against a weaker run defense at home against the Panthers next week.

RB Derrick Ward, Rush: 6 - 37 - 0

Derrick Ward played the role of second tailback behind Cadillac Williams in Week 5, getting just six carries on the day. The Philadelphia Eagles stacked the line well and afforded the Buccaneers little room to run, but Ward did manage to squeeze through the first line of defenders once to pick up 28 yards up the middle, breaking tackles and only getting stopped by a facemask penalty that was the only chance the Eagles had to keep Ward from scoring. Look for Ward to likely see more work and get more per touch next week at home against Carolina.

RB B.J. Askew, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0

Fullback BJ Askew had one carry late in the game to try and get the ball away from the goal line. The Eagles pushed him back and held him to just a one yard gain, but Philadelphia still recorded a safety on the next play. Askew has no fantasy value.

RB Clifton Smith

Smith had no offensive touches again in Week 5. Smith was given the role as primary kick and punt returner against Philadelphia.

RB Earnest Graham

Earnest Graham was inactive for the Week 5 contest against the Philadelphia Eagles.

WR Antonio Bryant, Rec: 5 - 62 - 0 (11 targets)

Antonio Bryant was healthy enough to start for Tampa Bay in Week 5, and he was certainly needed against a tough Philadelphia defense. Bryant started well with a solid slowly with a few catches that were under 10 yards each but in the second quarter he snared a nice 31-yard reception on a post corner route. Bryant went into halftime with 62 yards on nine targets but a few drops from QB Josh Johnson, and he barely showed up after intermission as he caught nothing on two tries. Bryant may need to work more with Johnson on timing after his recent health issues cost him practice time, but he still remains the top wide receiver for the Buccaneers.

WR Michael Clayton, Rec: 3 - 25 - 0 (12 targets)

Michael Clayton continues to disappoint as the second wideout for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Clayton had a dozen targets but several drops, including a deep target on the first offensive play for Tampa Bay and another key one early in the contest on a fourth down and two in borderline field goal range. Until he can get rid of the drop issue and start making more of his targets, Clayton has to be kept on fantasy benches and most likely even off of everyone's roster.

WR Sammie Stroughter, Rec: 3 - 18 - 0 (7 targets)

Rookie wideout Sammie Stroughter was far from perfect, but he at least was getting a good number of targets including one in the Red Zone later in the game but that scoring chance sailed out of bounds. His numbers were nothing to write home about but if Tampa Bay wants to start to evaluate Stroughter as a possible WR2 opposite of Antonio Bryant the time may come sooner rather than later as Michael Clayton is not impressive at all and making very little of his large number of targets.

TE Kellen Winslow, Rec: 9 - 102 - 2 (12 targets)

Kellen Winslow really stepped up to the call to action in Week 5, catching nearly everything thrown in his direction against the Eagles. Young quarterback Josh Johnson needed a go to receiver to assert himself and be a consistent target, and Winslow afforded him a big target down the middle of the field and especially in the Red Zone. Winslow made two strong catches in tight man to man coverage for his two scoring catches, the first at the back of the end zone in tight coverage where he just kept his feet in bounds, while the other was a high pass late in the game he reeled in on fourth down. Johnson to Winslow looks to be the top tandem to produce right now for the Buccaneers.

TE John Gilmore, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (2 targets)

Third string tight end John Gilmore had two targets in Week 5 against the Eagles, grabbing the first for nine yards early in the second quarter. He is way too far down the depth chart to provide any fantasy value.

TE Jerramy Stevens, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (2 targets)

Stevens had just two chances in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles, snagging only one of them for a single yard in the second quarter.. With Kellen Winslow excelling and on the same page as Josh Johnson, Stevens has next to no fantasy value.

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Donovan McNabb, Pass: 16 - 21 - 264 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 30 - 0

Donovan McNabb returned to action after both the Philadelphia bye week and also from his Week 1 rib injury, and he showed no signs of rust or pain against Tampa Bay. Getting what many consider a weak opponent certainly helps, and McNabb took full advantage of the Buccaneer secondary from the onset. His first throw was a deep strike to rookie WR Jeremy Maclin, whom McNabb later hit again for another score. McNabb also showed good mobility within and out of the pocket, scrambling twice away from pressure and smartly getting out of bounds for about 15 yards on each play and a first down. McNabb was nearly perfect (157.2 QB rating) on the day, averaging a gaudy 12.5 yards per attempt, evidenced by his strong fantasy numbers on just 21 attempts.

QB Michael Vick, Pass: 1 - 3 - 1 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 10 - 0

Michael Vick was active again in Week 5 as the Eagles had all three quarterbacks active against Tampa Bay. Vick came in and ran the Eagles' version of the Wildcat offense, but his effectiveness was minimal at best. Vick had just four carries and three pass attempts, with all three throws coming late in the contest after the game was long since decided and McNabb was able to take a well-deserved breather. McNabb and Vick are coexisting fine so far, but against a tougher opponent the disruption of bringing in Vick and removing McNabb from the game may cause some problems. For now, Vick's contributions are barely worth a mention.

QB Kevin Kolb

Kevin Kolb returned to the bench in Week 5 after Donovan McNabb returned to health after the bye week. Still a capable starter and with a nice upside for the future, Kolb is a valuable QB but only as a handcuff to McNabb in very deep QB leagues.

RB LeSean McCoy, Rush: 6 - 14 - 0, Rec: 2 - 15 - 0 (3 targets)

LeSean McCoy was expected to see both split time with Brian Westbrook and extra touches with the Philadelphia Eagles heavily favored against Tampa Bay and most of that came to be in Week 5. McCoy had the same number of touches (eight) as Westbrook but neither back was really needed to produce against the Buccaneers as the Eagles rode the back of their defense and the passing offense. McCoy had one modest run of nine yards and a good catch and run of 10 more as his best two plays of Week 5. Both he and Brian Westbrook will see more work next week against the Raiders who have a weak run defense.

RB Brian Westbrook, Rush: 6 - 18 - 1, Rec: 2 - 17 - 0 (2 targets)

Brian Westbrook returned to the lineup for the Eagles in Week 5, and he looked to be back to his normal self -- although against Tampa Bay the Eagles did not really need much from their running backs. Westbrook had only six carries on the afternoon but with all the production on offense coming from the passing attack. Westbrook did add a nice 20-yard catch with an over the shoulder catch inside the Red Zone on single coverage against LB Barrett Ruud. Westbrook will likely see more touches next week against the Raiders who have a weak run defense.

RB Leonard Weaver, Rush: 2 - 4 - 0, Rec: 1 - 20 - 1 (1 targets)

Fullback Leonard Weaver saw more action than usual against Tampa Bay, getting two carries and a catch -- but it was the reception that made the highlight reel for the Week 5 victory. Weaver caught a short Red Zone pass to the right and Weaver turned it upfield along the sideline, barely making it to the pylon before getting yanked out of bounds. Weaver doesn't have much fantasy value with both Westbrook and McCoy healthy and ahead of him on the depth chart so he only warrants handcuff consideration in exceptionally deep fantasy leagues.

WR Jeremy Maclin, Rec: 6 - 142 - 2 (8 targets)

Maclin started his second game in a row thanks in part to Kevin Curtis' injury woes. Maclin started in place of Curtis in Week 5 against Tampa Bay and he exploded on the first offensive play of the game for the Eagles, catching a strong 51-yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb that found him beating single coverage at the goal line. Maclin continued his huge performance with another deep score off of a "bunch" formation (two receivers tight to the offensive line on either side of the tackles) where Maclin went another 40 yards down the middle of the field. Maclin still is not running polished routes, grabbing most of yards on deep "go" patterns or simple curl plays, but as long as the rookie continues to work well with McNabb to get open when he gets his chances, he will see plenty of action. Maclin demonstrated his upside potential against the Bucs and he will be working hard the rest of the way to keep up both his playing time and his production.

WR DeSean Jackson, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (3 targets)

DeSean Jackson was expected to have a big game against Tampa Bay in Week 5, but the Buccaneer defense decided to cover him well and force Donovan McNabb to look elsewhere and try and beat them -- which he did. Jackson's coverage only afforded him three official targets on the day, with one of them connecting for a one-yard catch late in the fourth quarter. He also lost a 16-yard catch on a ticky-tack offensive pass interference call in the first quarter (his unofficial target). Jackson was minimized by Tampa Bay because they viewed him as the key playmaker in the passing game, but now with Jeremy Maclin stepping up and also Brent Celek showing he can produce on a weekly basis defenses cannot game plan to focus too much on Jackson. Next week is a tough matchup against Oakland, but Jackson should be able to get his fair share going forward.

WR Jason Avant, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (2 targets)

Jason Avant was the third wide receiver option for the Eagles against Tampa bay, lining up in the slot and running shorter and intermediate routes over the middle for Philadelphia. Avant was the unlucky target of a rare off-target McNabb throw, missing a 20-yard reception chance in the first quarter but later added his lone 12-yard grab in the same period on his final target of the day. Avant is a solid possession receiver but given how much the Eagles spread the ball he will be a very inconsistent contributor and difficult to rely upon as a fantasy option.

WR Reggie Brown

Reggie Brown was active in Week 5, but he was the fourth wide receiver behind DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant. He likely would not have been active if Kevin Curtis was able to go.

WR Kevin Curtis

Kevin Curtis was listed as questionable with a knee injury coming into Week 5, and he could not give it a go against Tampa Bay. His inactive status allowed rookie Jeremy Maclin to get his second start and afforded him the chance to have his breakout day, so this injury may cost Curtis his starting role.

TE Brent Celek, Rec: 4 - 58 - 0 (5 targets)

Celek continued his breakout season in Week 5, racking up another batch of catches and big plays against Tampa Bay in Week 5. Celek's highlight of the day was a 38-yard catch over the middle that he took up the left sideline and leapfrogged over Ronde Barber to avoid his would-be tackle. Celek added three more catches for a combined 20 extra yards to up his total to 26 on the season to lead all Eagles this season. Celek's value was questioned by some who thought that Celek would not see as much of a workload without his friend Kevin Kolb at quarterback but his Week 5 performance should stifle those concerns.