Brandon Myers TE TB 4 Hrs
Myers had five receptions for 33 yards on five targets in Thursday's 56-14 loss to the Falcons.
Myers hasn't taken advantage of Austin Seferian-Jenkins' (ankle) absence, though he hasn't had much chance in a flailing offense. Myers had just one catch for five yards in the first half, and then added a few more short grabs once the outcome was decided. His long gain went for nine yards.
Mike James RB TB 4 Hrs
James had four carries for four yards and lost five yards on his only reception in Thursday's 56-14 loss to the Falcons.
With Doug Martin (knee) sidelined, Bobby Rainey got the start and was mostly allowed to work through a pair of lost fumbles. James struggled to get anything going during Rainey's brief benching, and Martin could make his return in Week 4.
Josh McCown QB TB 4 Hrs
McCown will have X-rays on his injured thumb after exiting Thursday's 56-14 loss in the second quarter, Greg Auman of The Tampa Bay Times reports.
McCown's health isn't the only issue, as his poor play has already led to speculation about a quarterback switch, though head coach Lovie Smith didn't address the issue after Thursday's game, according to Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times. McCown initially stayed in the game after hitting his thumb on another player's helmet, but he then went back to the locker room before the end of the first half, allowing Mike Glennon to take over. McCown completed 5-of-12 passes for 54 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception. Glennon fared better in garbage time, completing 17-of-24 passes for 121 yards, with one touchdown and no turnovers. Of course, Glennon mostly just threw short passes against a defense that could afford to give up modest gains.
Roddy White WR ATL 4 Hrs
Speaking after Thursday's game, Falcons coach Mike Smith implied that White (hamstring) would have been able to play in Week 3 if the Falcons had a Sunday game, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports.
Smith said that White was close to playing, which was already thought to be the case, given that the wideout seemingly came down to a game-time decision. Fantasy owners will still want to monitor the injury, but White looks like better than a 50-50 proposition for Week 4 against the Vikings. He'll have 10 days to get ready.
Mike Evans WR TB 4 Hrs
Evans had four receptions for 52 yards in Thursday's 56-14 loss to the Falcons.
Evans was the only Buc having a decent night before the game was entirely out of hand. He made one nice catch for 36 yards down the sideline, but also lost some yardage while trying to make things happen on a pair of short receptions. It's a bit worrisome that he didn't appear to play in the fourth quarter, as the rest of the Tampa Bay starters stayed in. Fantasy owners may want to circle back Friday or Saturday to see if there's any news regarding a potential injury. Also, with Josh McCown (thumb) struggling and then suffering an injury Thursday, the Bucs could perhaps turn back to Mike Glennon, who played a bit better in relief of the veteran.
Vincent Jackson WR TB 5 Hrs
Jackson caught two passes for 15 yards and a touchdown on nine targets in Thursday's 56-14 loss to the Falcons.
Jackson struggled along with the rest of his teammates, and got no help whatsoever from his quarterbacks. He got away with a clear offensive pass interference on his touchdown, which cut a 56-0 lead to 56-7 in the fourth quarter. Whether it's Josh McCown (thumb) or Mike Glennon under center in Pittsburgh next week, Jackson will likely have to overcome shaky quarterback play. At this point, fantasy owners may want to root for Glennon, as Jackson at least had a decent year while playing with the young signal-caller last season.
Bobby Rainey RB TB 5 Hrs
Rainey had 11 carries for 41 yards and seven receptions for 64 yards, but he also lost a pair of fumbles in Thursday's 56-14 loss to the Falcons.
Rainey was briefly benched following a first-quarter fumble, and he then lost another at the beginning of the second half. Most of his fantasy production came on short passes in garbage-time, but he did run hard, if not smart, throughout the game. Mike James also struggled, logging just four yards on four carries and minus-five yards on one reception. With 10 days before the Bucs' next contest, Doug Martin (knee) has a pretty good chance to return. While Rainey still figures to have a role -- possibly even a sizable one -- in the Tampa Bay offense, he didn't help his own cause with the fumbles.
Mike Glennon QB TB 5 Hrs
Filling in for an injured Josh McCown (thumb), Glennon completed 17-of-24 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 56-14 loss to the Falcons.
Between McCown's injury and awful performance, Glennon may stand a chance to start in Week 4 against the Steelers. While the second-year signal-caller looked better than McCown, it doesn't take much to throw a bunch of dump-off passes in garbage time. Glennon was still immobile and shaky under pressure, so any decision to switch quarterbacks would be more about McCown's weaknesses than Glennon's strengths, even if the Bucs would never say so.
Matt Ryan QB ATL 5 Hrs
Ryan completed 21-of-24 passes for 286 yards, with three touchdowns and no turnovers in Thursday's 56-0 win over Tampa Bay.
Ryan turned in a near-perfect performance for the second time in three weeks, after throwing a trio of interceptions in Sunday's 24-10 road loss to the Bengals. He was pulled from Thursday's game in the third quarter, as the Falcons were sitting pretty on a 49-0 lead, thanks in large part to the Ryan-Julio Jones connection. Even with the one stinker in Cincinnati mixed in, Ryan and the Atlanta offense are off to an encouraging start. The team didn't miss a beat without Roddy White (hamstring), who will now have 10 days to get ready for a Week 4 contest at the Vikings.
Julio Jones WR ATL 5 Hrs2 Comments
Jones torched the Tampa Bay defense to the tune of nine receptions for 161 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 56-14 victory.
Jones was targeted on 11 of Matt Ryan's 24 pass attempts as the Falcons looked just fine without Roddy White (hamstring). Jones' second touchdown was a beauty, with the superstar wide receiver making an incredibly difficult over-the-shoulder catch near the front right corner of the end zone for a 40-yard gain. He looks all but unstoppable this season, having piled up 23 receptions for 365 yards and three touchdowns through three games. Next up is a seemingly decent Week 4 matchup in Minnesota.