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    2014-11-09 Oniel Cousins got beat like a mule by the guy with one sack on the season. - None twitter
    2014-11-09 RT @ScottSBucs: Jacquies Smith starts for Michael Johnson at RE. Crezdon Butler will take over for Alterraun Verner. Oniel Cousins will sta… - None twitter
    2014-11-09 RT @ScottSBucs: Jacquies Smith starts for Michael Johnson at RE. Crezdon Butler will take over for Alterraun Verner. Oniel Cousins will sta… - None twitter
    2014-11-09 RT @ScottSBucs: Jacquies Smith starts for Michael Johnson at RE. Crezdon Butler will take over for Alterraun Verner. Oniel Cousins will sta… - None twitter
    2014-11-05 RT @ScottSBucs: Arroyo says Oniel Cousins did a very nice job filling in at left tackle in Cleveland, graded out well. - None twitter
    2014-11-03 Dashon Goldson is losing his starting job, and more from the snap counts - Looking at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' snap counts against the Cleveland Browns, the Bucs are starting to move on from their under-performing players. Dashon Goldson is losing his starting job. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave backup safety Bradley McDougald nearly 50% of the defensive snaps, while Goldson played just 70% -- the difference being the packages where the Bucs had three safeties on the field. And McDougald held up reasonably well -- I certainly didn't see him repeatedly exploited in coverage the way Mason Foster was. Similarly, Michael Johnson continues to lose ground to the likes of Jacquies Smith, Larry English and T.J. Fatinikun. The Bucs are basically punishing under-performers by giving their backups more playing time. For the first time since week four, Garrett Gilkey didn't get any snaps. Perhaps the Bucs finally came to the obvious conclusions that rotating your right guard is not a good way to build an offensive line that can actually function and communicate comfortably. Of course, the Bucs now switched to rotating Kevin Pamphile and Oniel Cousins at left tackle. At least that should disappear once Anthony Collins returns from his injury, although it should be said that Cousins and Pamphile seemed to handle themselves reasonably well. Player Position Offense % Defense % Special Teams % 64 67 27 D Dotson T 64 100% 9 33% L Mankins G 64 100% 5 19% P Omameh G 64 100% 5 19% E Dietrich-Smith C 64 100% M Glennon QB 64 100% V Jackson WR 63 98% A Seferian-Jenkins TE 62 97% O Cousins T 57 89% 5 19% B Rainey RB 56 88% M Evans WR 51 80% L Murphy WR 37 58% B Myers TE 29 45% 11 41% M James RB 9 14% 7 26% L Stocker TE 7 11% 6 22% K Pamphile T 7 11% 5 19% R Shepard WR 4 6% 17 63% R Herron WR 2 3% M Foster LB 67 100% 1 4% L David LB 66 99% 4 15% M Wright SS 64 96% 1 4% A Verner CB 61 91% 5 19% G McCoy DT 61 91% 5 19% J Banks CB 57 85% 1 4% W Gholston DE 51 76% 3 11% D Goldson FS 47 70% 4 15% M Johnson DE 46 69% 5 19% D Lansanah LB 45 67% 11 41% C McDonald DT 44 66% 5 19% B McDougald SS 31 46% 18 67% J Smith DE 22 33% 5 19% A Spence DT 20 30% 2 7% L English DE 18 27% 5 19% I Frey CB 14 21% 8 30% L Johnson CB 8 12% 17 63% T Fatinikun DE 7 10% 13 48% C Butler CB 7 10% 12 44% O Lemon LB 1 1% 17 63% D Fletcher LB 21 78% K Tandy FS 17 63% M Koenen P 13 48% M Thigpen WR 10 37% A DePaola LS 9 33% G Gilkey C 5 19% P Murray K 5 19% M Masifilo DT 4 15% Bucs Nation
    2014-11-03 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cleveland Browns: Full Report Card Grades for Tampa Bay - Many fans and analysts were already planning Mike Glennon's funeral for this afternoon, considering this struggling unit would have guard Oniel Cousins starting at left tackle for the injured Anthony Collins. But Tampa Bay overachieved all afternoon, paving the way for more than 100 yards on the ground and allowing just two sacks, picking up blitzes and controlling the pocket for Glennon to give him plenty of time to work with. Despite being down a starter, this one of the best outings of the season for this group. Grade: B+ B/R - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    2014-11-02 Buccaneers vs. Browns Final Score: 17-22 - With a failed late push, Cleveland walks away with the victory. In a day where the offense showed up for a while, Bobby Rainey had a great game while Mike Glenon was hit and miss. Oniel Cousins let his presence be known on the first play by allowing the defensive end to blow past him.  He did not play terribly in the run, fortunately, yet if Anthony Collins doesn't return soon then Mike Glennon is going to be roughed up more than he has been. Gerald McCoy looked fantastic.  He had his hand in three sacks, and the first of the game came after exploding over Cleveland's center, knocking him down, while laying the wood on Hoyer. Mike Glennon's turnovers were awful.  On the first, Mike Evans beat Joe Haden on a deep post.  Glennon under threw the ball, and Haden tipped it to Donte Whitner who returned it half of the field.  Evans was behind the defense and could have gone for six, which made the pick even more upsetting.  The worst was yet to come, though, as Glennon threw a pass about six feet over Evan's head into Tashaun Gibson's hands.  Vincent Jackson took him down at about the ten with a diving swat at his legs, saving what could have been a big return. Glennon had a few nice sideline throws to Evans.   I thought Vincent Jackson was conspicuously absent for the most part and was struck with disbelief as he had almost ninety yards toward the end of the contest.  Evans jumped out of the screen by playing extremely well with two touchdown grabs and over a hundred yards. The special teams was miserable in several ways as it has been the entirety of the season.  Tampa's first kick was blocked, and their second fell heartbreakingly short at 55 yards.  When it was Cleveland's turn to kick from about the 8 yardline they used a hard count to get Tampa offsides for an easily converted 4th and short.  This led to a Terrance West touchdown on a swing pass.  On top of it all the Browns blocked a punt after a Tampa interception midway through the fourth, which led to another touchdown for Cleveland. Alterraun Verner disappointed this afternoon.  After driving on a route and dropping an interception in the first quarter, he got burned a few times.  On a 3rd and 16 in the fourth quarter even the announcers were discussing the advantages of a slant when you're backed up to your own endzone.  Immediately, Miles Austin gets inside of Verner on a slant and runs about twenty yards for the first.  Verner swiped for the ball instead of going for the tackle, which would have set up a fourth down.  Finally, he gave up the go ahead score by chasing Taylor Gabriel upfield, just to let Gabriel get by him downfied for a touchdown. It might be unfair to pick on Verner, because Tampa's passing defense as a whole has played poorly all season.  When the pass rush doesn't move the quarterback it seems like first down is frequently the result.  The draft come May should involve a safety and pass rusher. On the bright side, Bobby Rainey payed very well.  While unable to get into the endzone he eclipsed the century mark and caught a few passes for additional yardage.  He also had an outstanding pickup in pass protection early on.  Charles Sims is going to have to outplay Rainey to get a large portion of the carries. Next week the Falcons come to Tampa in what we can only hope is a better showing than their last meeting.  We might get our first look at Charles Sims, and maybe even a division win. Bucs Nation
    2014-11-02 Desmond Bryant's illegal use of hands to the face on Oniel Cousins negated turnover. Donte Whitner had strip-sack & #Browns recovered. - None twitter
    2014-11-02 Live blog: Bucs trail Browns 3-0 early ... - Greetings from FirstEnergy Field -- where better for the Bucs to get out of their first-half scoring funk? -- where Tampa Bay goes for that elusive second win against the Browns. No Anthony Collins, Doug Martin or Charles Sims, so they'll go with Oniel Cousins at left tackle and Bobby Rainey at running back. Stay tuned for updates throughout … Tampa Bay Times
    2014-11-02 Former #Browns RB Bobby Rainey starts at RB & OL Oniel Cousins at LT - None twitter
    2014-11-02 Oniel Cousins starts for Tampa, plus Browns inactives - It’s that time of week where we talk about all the Browns players who aren’t playing, but first, let’s talk about a former Browns player that is playing. You have to think it’s good news for the Browns’ defensive front that Oniel Cousins is starting today for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cousins is the man who was often compared to a turnstile. Although, frankly, I don’t think he was the only one to get that moniker over the years here in Cleveland. He was one of a few linemen to be confused for an inanimate object most notably referenced for letting people in. (*barks & pumps fist enthusiastically*) RT @NateUlrichABJ: #Bucs' lineup change: Former #Browns O-lineman Oniel Cousins starts at LT. — Ryan Burns (@FtblSickness) November 2, 2014 And the Browns inactives aren’t much of a surprise. We expected Jordan Cameron to be out and he is. We expected Phil Taylor to be out and he is. As for the rest, it is Pierre Desir and a bunch of guys Browns fans barely know anyway. #Browns inactives: Ro YardBarker
    2014-11-02 Oniel Cousins starts for Tampa, plus Browns inactives - It’s that time of week where we talk about all the Browns players who aren’t playing, but first, let’s talk about a former Browns player that is playing. You have to think it’s good news for the Browns’ defensive front that Oniel Cousins is starting today for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cousins is the man who was often compared to a turnstile. Although, frankly, I don’t think he was the only one to get that moniker over the years here in Cleveland. He was one of a few linemen to be confused for an inanimate object most notably referenced for letting people in. (*barks & pumps fist enthusiastically*) RT @NateUlrichABJ: #Bucs' lineup change: Former #Browns O-lineman Oniel Cousins starts at LT. — Ryan Burns (@FtblSickness) November 2, 2014 And the Browns inactives aren’t much of a surprise. We expected Jordan Cameron to be out and he is. We expected Phil Taylor to be out and he is. As for the rest, it is Pierre Desir and a bunch of guys Browns fans barely know anyway. #Browns inactives: Ro YardBarker
    2014-11-02 #Bucs' lineup change: Former #Browns O-lineman Oniel Cousins starts at LT for Anthony Collins (foot). - None twitter
    2014-11-02 /cries RT @LeoHowell8 Oniel Cousins is the Bucs starting left tackle. - None twitter
    2014-11-02 Buccaneers vs. Browns Inactives: No Charles Sims, Jordan Cameron - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won't have Doug Martin, nor Charles Sims today, while the Browns are without Jordan Cameron. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers don't have a lot of injuries today, but those they do have are fairly disastrous. Left tackle Anthony Collins and running back Doug Martin won't suit up, while the Bucs have also delayed running back Charles Sims' debut by another week. With Collins out, Oniel Cousins is going to start at left tackle, which will not be pretty. Bobby Rainey should take over for Martin, as he's done earlier this season, with Mike James and Marcus Thigpen as the backups. The Bucs only have six inactives rather than the usual seven, because they only have 52 players on the roster right now. On the bright side, rookie tackle Kevin Pamphile is active for the first time this season and could possibly take over for Cousins, if the latter can't hold up. I'm not sure that'll be an improvement, though. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns will be without tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion). Jim Dray will start for him. Buccaneers inactives: RB Doug Martin, RB Charles Sims, CB Brandon Dixon, LB Brandon Magee, G Kadeem Edwards, T Anthony Collins. Browns inactives (via Kevin Jones): TE Jordan Cameron, DT Phil Taylor, CB Pierre Desir, OL Vinston Painter, DB Robert Nelson, RB Glenn Winston, WR Rodney Smith. Bucs Nation
    2014-11-02 RT @ScottSBucs: Oniel Cousins will start at LT against his former team. Bobby Rainey will start at RB, backed up by Mike James. - None twitter
    2014-11-02 RT @BuccaneersPR: Buccaneers Lineup Changes: At RB, #43 B. Rainey will start for #22 D. Martin At LT, #75 O. Cousins will start for #73 A. … - None twitter
    2014-11-02 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cleveland Browns: Live Score and Analysis for Tampa Bay - Thought to be a potential wild-card contender this offseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers limp into Week 9 looking for just their second win of the season, and they'll have to endure chilly conditions as they head out on the road to face the Cleveland Browns. Today's game is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. and will be aired on Fox. The Bucs are sitting at 1-6 behind a struggling offense and the league's worst defense, but a weak division has them still technically alive in the NFC South race.  The Browns find themselves in a similar spot—though at a surprising 4-3—in last place in the AFC North, but well within striking distance of the division lead. The Bucs will likely be without their starting running back and left tackle, as both Doug Martin and Anthony Collins were unable to practice all week, per the club's Scott Smith.  Oniel Cousins—who struggled in the preseason as the starter at left guard—worked with the first team at left tackle during practice this week, and will likely get the start for Collins.  Bobby Rainey should start in Martin's place, but despite being activated this week from the Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list the franchise confirmed, rookie third-rounder Charles Sims will not play today, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Stay tuned for live updates and analysis throughout Sunday's game. Bleacher Report
    2014-11-02 Browns vs. Buccaneers (Week 9): Jim Dray will start in place of Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron - The Browns (4-3) will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-6) at 1 p.m. Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. Inactives, lineup changes Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion), starting defensive lineman Phil Taylor (arthroscopic knee surgery Oct. 8), backup wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring), backup cornerbacks Pierre Desir and Robert Nelson, backup running back Glenn Winston and backup offensive lineman Vinston Painter will be inactive for the Browns. Jim Dray will start in place of Cameron, who took a shot to the head last week against the Oakland Raiders and could also miss Thursday night's game at Cincinnati. Fellow tight end Gary Barnidge's role will be expanded, too. Starting offensive left tackle Anthony Collins (foot), starting running back Doug Martin (ankle), backup running back Charles Sims, cornerback Brandon Dixon, linebacker Brandon Magee (knee) and guard Kadeem Edwards will be inactive for the Buccaneers. Former Browns offensive lineman Oniel Cousins will start in place of Collins at left tackle. Former Browns running back Bobby Rainey will start in place of Martin.   Links to preview stories 1. Browns confident they can regain their identity by resurrecting running game against Buccaneers 2. Buccaneers’ towering receivers pose giant challenge for Browns defensive backs 3. Johnny Manziel says he’s not frustrated despite what coach Mike Pettine thinks 4. Browns rookie Justin Gilbert says lack of effort led to struggles, but he has turned corner 5. Isaiah Crowell hopes to get more carries against 6. Browns coach Mike Pettine says Johnny Manziel frustrated about sitting, organization needs to know how he’d perform but won’t force issue 7. Tight ends Gary Barnidge, Jim Dray counted on to produce as Jordan Cameron deals with concussion 8. Keys to the game for Browns vs. Buccaneers 9. With Browns struggling to run, coach Mike Pettine is counting on Brian Hoyer to keep offense afloat 10. Paul Kruger surpasses last year’s sack total seven games into this season 11. Storylines 12. Quote of the Week 13. By The Numbers 14. How They Match Up 15. Predictions Akron Beacon Journal
    2014-11-02 Browns vs. Buccaneers (Week 9): Cleveland trails 10-9 at halftime - The Browns (4-3) are facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-6) at Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. Halftime summary   The Bucs benefited from a crucial penalty committed in the second quarter and led 10-9 at halftime. On first-and-10 at the Bucs' 47, Browns strong safety Donte Whitner strip-sacked quarterback Mike Glennon and recovered the fumble at Tampa Bay's 34 with 11:39 left in the first half. However, the turnover didn't count because defensive end Desmond Bryant was penalized for illegal use of hands during the play. Bryant placed his hands on left tackle Oniel Cousins' face mask as he attempted to pass rush.  Five plays later on third-and-11, Glennon connected with wide receiver Mike Evans for a 24-yard touchdown, allowing the Bucs to take a 7-6 lead with 8:44 left in the second quarter. Rookie nickel cornerback K'Waun Williams covered Evans during the play, but he couldn't break up Glennon's scoring strike in the middle of the end zone. The two teams then traded interceptions. Two plays after quarterback Brian Hoyer was intercepted by Bucs cornerback Johnathan Banks, Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson picked off a pass from Glennon in the end zone. The offense didn't capitalize on the turnover, though, and the Browns punted. Then the Bucs went ahead 10-6 when Patrick Murray capped a seven-play, 42-yard drive via a 40-yard field goal with 2:25 left in the second quarter. The Browns began their final possession of the first half at their 21 with 2:20 left. They marched 54 yards and trimmed the Bucs' halftime lead to a point with Billy Cundiff's 43-yard field goal as time expired. Browns coach Mike Pettine's clock management at the end of the half will leave him open to criticism. After a sack, the Browns let at least 30 seconds run off the clock before calling their second timeout with 15 seconds left. They kicked a field goal on first-and-10 on the Bucs' 25 and could've taken a shot at least one shot at the end zone if they had more time. The Bucs marched to the Browns' 13 during the game's opening possession, but they settled for a 31-yard field goal attempt after the drive fizzled. But Browns defensive end Billy Winn placed one hand on long snapper Andrew DePaola and the other on guard Logan Mankins, pushed off each lineman, leaped over DePaola and blocked the kick with 9:43 left in the first quarter. The Browns took over on their 22 and marched 46 yards before their drive stalled. Cundiff made a 49-yard field goal with 5:59 left in the first quarter to give the Browns a 3-0 advantage. During the next series, the Bucs attempted a 55-yard field goal, but Murray's attempt fell short with 4:06 left in the first quarter. Former Browns kicker Phil Dawson holds the record for the longest successful field goal in the stadium with a 54-yard make in 2008. The Browns gained possession at their 45 after the miss, but they failed to capitalize and punted. Four plays later on first-and-10 at the Bucs' 31, Evans broke free deep, but cornerback Joe Haden made up ground and batted a pass from Glennon away with his right hand. Strong safety Donte Whitner intercepted the pass off Haden's deflection and returned 54 yards to the Bucs' 21 with 21 seconds left in the first quarter. The Browns faced second-and-goal from the 1 after a 16-yard pass from Hoyer to Tate and a 5-yard run by Tate, though they squandered a golden opportunity to reach the end zone. On second down, Tate ran into the guard John Greco and lost 3 yards. On third-and-goal from the 4, Bucs defensive end Jacquies Smith sacked Hoyer for a loss of 7. The Browns settled for Cundiff's 29-yard field goal and a 6-0 lead with 13:34 left in the second quarter. Inactives, lineup changes Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion), starting defensive lineman Phil Taylor (arthroscopic knee surgery Oct. 8), backup wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring), backup cornerbacks Pierre Desir and Robert Nelson, backup running back Glenn Winston and backup offensive lineman Vinston Painter will be inactive for the Browns. Jim Dray will start in place of Cameron, who took a shot to the head last week against the Oakland Raiders and could also miss Thursday night's game at Cincinnati. Fellow tight end Gary Barnidge's role will be expanded, too. Starting offensive left tackle Anthony Collins (foot), starting running back Doug Martin (ankle), backup running back Charles Sims, cornerback Brandon Dixon, linebacker Brandon Magee (knee) and guard Kadeem Edwards will be inactive for the Buccaneers. Former Browns offensive lineman Oniel Cousins will start in place of Collins at left tackle. Former Browns running back Bobby Rainey will start in place of Martin.   Links to preview stories 1. Browns confident they can regain their identity by resurrecting running game against Buccaneers 2. Buccaneers’ towering receivers pose giant challenge for Browns defensive backs 3. Johnny Manziel says he’s not frustrated despite what coach Mike Pettine thinks 4. Browns rookie Justin Gilbert says lack of effort led to struggles, but he has turned corner 5. Isaiah Crowell hopes to get more carries against 6. Browns coach Mike Pettine says Johnny Manziel frustrated about sitting, organization needs to know how he’d perform but won’t force issue 7. Tight ends Gary Barnidge, Jim Dray counted on to produce as Jordan Cameron deals with concussion 8. Keys to the game for Browns vs. Buccaneers 9. With Browns struggling to run, coach Mike Pettine is counting on Brian Hoyer to keep offense afloat 10. Paul Kruger surpasses last year’s sack total seven games into this season 11. Storylines 12. Quote of the Week 13. By The Numbers 14. How They Match Up 15. Predictions Akron Beacon Journal
    2014-11-02 Browns vs. Buccaneers (Week 9): Cleveland prevails 22-17 - The Browns improved to 5-3 for the first time since 2007 with a 22-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. Click the link for our game story: Browns 22, Buccaneers 17: Brian Hoyer’s fourth-quarter touchdown pass lifts Browns over Bucs Halftime summary The Bucs benefited from a crucial penalty committed in the second quarter and led 10-9 at halftime. On first-and-10 at the Bucs' 47, Browns strong safety Donte Whitner strip-sacked quarterback Mike Glennon and recovered the fumble at Tampa Bay's 34 with 11:39 left in the first half. However, the turnover didn't count because defensive end Desmond Bryant was penalized for illegal use of hands during the play. Bryant placed his hands on left tackle Oniel Cousins' face mask as he attempted to pass rush.  Five plays later on third-and-11, Glennon connected with wide receiver Mike Evans for a 24-yard touchdown, allowing the Bucs to take a 7-6 lead with 8:44 left in the second quarter. Rookie nickel cornerback K'Waun Williams covered Evans during the play, but he couldn't break up Glennon's scoring strike in the middle of the end zone. The two teams then traded interceptions. Two plays after quarterback Brian Hoyer was intercepted by Bucs cornerback Johnathan Banks, Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson picked off a pass from Glennon in the end zone. The offense didn't capitalize on the turnover, though, and the Browns punted. Then the Bucs went ahead 10-6 when Patrick Murray capped a seven-play, 42-yard drive via a 40-yard field goal with 2:25 left in the second quarter. The Browns began their final possession of the first half at their 21 with 2:20 left. They marched 54 yards and trimmed the Bucs' halftime lead to a point with Billy Cundiff's 43-yard field goal as time expired. Browns coach Mike Pettine's clock management at the end of the half will leave him open to criticism. After a sack, the Browns let at least 30 seconds run off the clock before calling their second timeout with 15 seconds left. They kicked a field goal on first-and-10 on the Bucs' 25 and could've taken at least one shot at the end zone if they had more time. The Bucs marched to the Browns' 13 during the game's opening possession, but they settled for a 31-yard field goal attempt after the drive fizzled. But Browns defensive end Billy Winn placed one hand on long snapper Andrew DePaola and the other on guard Logan Mankins, pushed off each lineman, leaped over DePaola and blocked the kick with 9:43 left in the first quarter. The Browns took over on their 22 and marched 46 yards before their drive stalled. Cundiff made a 49-yard field goal with 5:59 left in the first quarter to give the Browns a 3-0 advantage. During the next series, the Bucs attempted a 55-yard field goal, but Murray's attempt fell short with 4:06 left in the first quarter. Former Browns kicker Phil Dawson holds the record for the longest successful field goal in the stadium with a 54-yard make in 2008. The Browns gained possession at their 45 after the miss, but they failed to capitalize and punted. Four plays later on first-and-10 at the Bucs' 31, Evans broke free deep, but cornerback Joe Haden made up ground and batted a pass from Glennon away with his right hand. Strong safety Donte Whitner intercepted the pass off Haden's deflection and returned 54 yards to the Bucs' 21 with 21 seconds left in the first quarter. The Browns faced second-and-goal from the 1 after a 16-yard pass from Hoyer to Tate and a 5-yard run by Tate, though they squandered a golden opportunity to reach the end zone. On second down, Tate ran into the guard John Greco and lost 3 yards. On third-and-goal from the 4, Bucs defensive end Jacquies Smith sacked Hoyer for a loss of 7. The Browns settled for Cundiff's 29-yard field goal and a 6-0 lead with 13:34 left in the second quarter. Inactives, lineup changes Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion), starting defensive lineman Phil Taylor (arthroscopic knee surgery Oct. 8), backup wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring), backup cornerbacks Pierre Desir and Robert Nelson, backup running back Glenn Winston and backup offensive lineman Vinston Painter will be inactive for the Browns. Jim Dray will start in place of Cameron, who took a shot to the head last week against the Oakland Raiders and could also miss Thursday night's game at Cincinnati. Fellow tight end Gary Barnidge's role will be expanded, too. Starting offensive left tackle Anthony Collins (foot), starting running back Doug Martin (ankle), backup running back Charles Sims, cornerback Brandon Dixon, linebacker Brandon Magee (knee) and guard Kadeem Edwards will be inactive for the Buccaneers. Former Browns offensive lineman Oniel Cousins will start in place of Collins at left tackle. Former Browns running back Bobby Rainey will start in place of Martin.   Links to preview stories 1. Browns confident they can regain their identity by resurrecting running game against Buccaneers 2. Buccaneers’ towering receivers pose giant challenge for Browns defensive backs 3. Johnny Manziel says he’s not frustrated despite what coach Mike Pettine thinks 4. Browns rookie Justin Gilbert says lack of effort led to struggles, but he has turned corner 5. Isaiah Crowell hopes to get more carries against 6. Browns coach Mike Pettine says Johnny Manziel frustrated about sitting, organization needs to know how he’d perform but won’t force issue 7. Tight ends Gary Barnidge, Jim Dray counted on to produce as Jordan Cameron deals with concussion 8. Keys to the game for Browns vs. Buccaneers 9. With Browns struggling to run, coach Mike Pettine is counting on Brian Hoyer to keep offense afloat 10. Paul Kruger surpasses last year’s sack total seven games into this season 11. Storylines 12. Quote of the Week 13. By The Numbers 14. How They Match Up 15. Predictions Akron Beacon Journal
    2014-11-02 Fantasy football advice: Sit Charles Sims - Charles Sims is going to be a productive player. Just not today. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have finally activated running back Charles Sims, which means we'll get a glimpse at the likely future starting running back in Tampa. Doug Martin is out today, and it seems likely that he'll eventually lose his starting job, given his struggles this and last year. Bobby Rainey is an okay player, but he's not the kind of back you can hang your hat on. But that Charles Sims is going to be the eventual starter doesn't mean he'll see a large workload today, or be overly productive. They've only seen him play in one preseason game, with no real concept of how he'll do in pass protection. And that one game saw him get six carries for just 13 yards -- hardly the convincing performance they were looking for. To make matters worse, the Bucs are starting the abysmal Oniel Cousins at left tackle, and that's not about to help their running game. Sims also isn't the dominant player he's sometimes being made out to be: he was a third-round pick who played five years of college football, but never had a 1,000-yard season. Stylistically he resembles Matt Forte, but he doesn't appear to have Forte's inside toughness and tries to bounce too many runs outside. If you haven't yet picked up Charles Sims in your fantasy football league and he's somehow still up for grabs, go add him to your roster now. He'll probably be the starter before the end of the season, and he's talented enough to be a productive player. But now just isn't the week to start him. Bucs Nation
    2014-11-02 First-half bad for Bucs offense - The first half of Tampa Bay games has been futile, as evidence by two players on one team each having more points than three prominent Bucs. Tampa Bay Times
    2014-11-01 Buccaneers-#Browns Injury Report: Oniel Cousins to start at LT for the Bucs. YES! YES! YES! http://t.co/SyFoVtpffP - None twitter
    2014-11-01 Blind Side Switch: Collins Doubtful to Play - The Buccaneers are likely to have their first injury fill-in at the critical left tackle spot in more than seven years Sunday, as starter Anthony Collins is doubtful on the injury report...And other lineup updates Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    2014-11-01 Buccaneers versus Browns: Key matchups to watch when Tampa Bay is on offense - The Buccaneers face the surprising 4-3 Browns this weekend, and will have to win these key matchups on offense if they want to score enough to win this contest. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are running out of winnable games this season, if their play through the first two months of the season has been any indication of their potential for beating an NFL team with any sort of regularity. Sunday's game against the 4-3 Cleveland Browns represents one of the best chances the Bucs have of putting another win in the books this year, and they'll need to get things going on offense to outscore the Browns, who will likely find ways to get into the end zone against the Bucs leaky defense. Here are three matchups that will be key for the Bucs when they have the ball. Oniel Cousins versus Jabaal Sheard and Paul Kruger Prediction: This one doesn't end well for the Buccaneers. Anthony Collins has struggled this year, but his definition of "struggled" doesn't match up to the poor level of play we saw from Oniel Cousins in the preseason. And that was at guard, facing interior pass rushers. This weekend, Cousins will likely draw the start at left tackle, and will face Cleveland's pass rushing outside linebackers Sheard and Kruger. Mike Glennon struggles under pressure, and will need Cousins to play better than we're all expecting to give the second-year signal caller any time to throw. Mike Glennon versus Tashaun Gipson When Glennon does have time to throw, he has to be careful not to put the ball up for grabs for Cleveland's ball-hawking safety Tashaun Gipson. The former Wyoming Cowboy already has five interceptions this season, including picks off of Joe Flacco and Drew Brees. Glennon will likely face pressure on Sunday, and he must deal with it safely by getting rid of the ball to areas where a defender isn't around. A late, back-footed throw over the middle will result in an interception from Gipson, and once he gets the ball, he averages a decent return going the other way. The Bucs cannot afford turnovers with the way they're playing on offense and defense. Glennon must keep the ball away from Cleveland defenders this weekend, and Gipson is the most likely to pick off the Bucs' signal caller. Mike Evans versus Joe Haden and Buster Skrine So how does Glennon take care of the ball best? By getting rid of it quickly to his playmakers. Mike Evans has been getting more and more involved in the passing game as the season has gone on, and this weekend he'll face the Browns' struggling cornerbacks with a chance to have a breakout game. Joe Haden isn't playing up to his standards this season, but that doesn't mean he's going to let Evans run all over him. When the two are matched up, Evans will have to work hard to get open and secure a catch against one of the league's best defenders. Skrine, on the other hand, isn't all that great, and Evans should take advantage of that matchup when given the chance. Evans is the future of the receiving corps for the Bucs, and games like Sunday's against Cleveland are ones he'll be called upon to dominate once he's settled into the NFL. A big game in his rookie season would be a nice way to announce his arrival to the league, and give Bucs fans some hope moving forward. Bucs Nation

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