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2-3, 4th in NFC South

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

A 3-4 defensive alignment would allow the Bucs to utilize Kendell Beckwith more. He's done a terrific job stepping in for Kwon Alexander at middle linebacker, which was his position at LSU. The Atlanta Falcons did a lot of hybrid stuff when Mike Smith brought in Mike Nolan in Atlanta. Something to keep an eye on.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

On his radio show on 620 WDAE, Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said Friday that there has been some consideration for more 3-4 defensive alignments once all linebackers are fully healthy. We've only seen little sprinklings of it here and there. Linebacker is a strength for the Bucs, they've had some injuries up front and they're looking for ways to generate more pressure.

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Week 7 NFL score predictions: Buccaneers at Bills

Guessing a score would be much easier if it was known which of Mike Smith's defenses will take the field in Orchard Park. We'll guess it will be a semblance of the unit that frustrated Tom Brady and the Patriots two weeks ago.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs and Bills final injury reports. Jameis Winston's status officially questionable but Dirk Koetter said he'll start.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

We watched Jameis Winston throw for about 10 minutes of the 30 minutes of practice that were open to the media. No team periods but he did throw to his receivers for the first time in four days. He still has some arm strength, that's for sure. At one point, he jokingly chucked the ball towards the corner of the end zone, very much overthrowing it, nearly hitting a group of reporters. All week long, there were questions about his velocity. That was his way of answering them. Head coach Dirk Koetter got a real chuckle out of it too.

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Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander on watching games from the sideline: "It was hard because I couldn't do nothing about it."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills were planning on Jameis Winston starting Sunday in Buffalo, which Bucs coach Dirk Koetter made official Friday. Linebacker Preston Brown told 1270 The Fan this week that his team devoted 90 percent of its preparation efforts to Winston.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

"Jameis will be our starter Sunday," said head coach Dirk Koetter. "He threw the ball well today."

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Winston has throwing session at Friday's practice (0:22)

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston has always loved motivational quotes, but he's not using any to help him deal with his shoulder injury. He said, "No quote can fix anything right now. Treatment can."

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Ranking NFL playoff chances of struggling contenders

The Tampa Bay postseason bandwagon was getting crowded around Labor Day. Now, the Bucs are staring up at the rest of the division in great measure because of a porous pass defense.

ESPN Stats & Info

FPI: Bills hold edge over Bucs

Tampa Bay has yet to win on the road this season and Buffalo has yet to lose at home. ESPN's FPI likes the chances of those trends continuing, giving the Bills about a 3-2 advantage at New Era Field.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs DB Josh Robinson is still in the concussion protocol. Robert Ayers was also limited today by a knee injury. Kwon Alexander was full-go again today.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said that they decided to hold Jameis Winston out for one more day. The plan is for him to get all the reps Friday to see where that shoulder is.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick hooks up with DeSean Jackson on a curl route during practice. I told Jameis Winston what Fitzpatrick said after the game, how he was disappointed because he couldn't get the win for him. Winston's response? "I'm surprised to hear him say that he felt like he disappointed me. He didn't. He played his balls off."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

A huge indicator that the Bucs struggled with gap discipline last week, aside from the eye test? They surrendered 121 of their 160 rushing yards BEFORE contact. That breaks down to 3.46 yards per carry before contact every time the Cardinals ran the ball. With directional running outside the left tackle, 9.25 yards per rush before contact. That speaks to Vernon Hargreaves' struggles since his job is to contain on the outside.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

No throwing in drills today for Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston. Here he is simulating throws with his lower body but not executing the throwing motion with his right arm. He was, however, tossing the ball short distances back and forth at the beginning of practice. The Bucs will make a decision collectively this week to determine if he can play against the Bills.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills linebacker Preston Brown said Wednesday on 1270 The Fan in Buffalo that the team believes QB Jameis Winston will start Sunday and the Bills are putting "90 percent" of their preparation efforts into Winston and not Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Team Stats

Passing Yards299.22nd
Rushing Yards82.830th
Points For23.613th
Points Against24.222nd

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