Louis Murphy Fantasy News

Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:45pm

Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (knee, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 8. With Jackson very likely out, Mike Evans is going to see heavier usage. Rookie Donteea Dye caught one pass, a seven-yard TD, filling in for Jackson (and Louis Murphy, who is done for the season).

Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:45pm

Buccaneers WR Russell Shepard (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 8. Shepard should see some snaps as the Bucs’ WR3 with both Vincent Jackson and Louis Murphy out for Week 8.

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:14pm

Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (knee) missed practice again Thursday. With Jackson out, Mike Evans is going to see heavier usage. Rookie Donteea Dye caught one pass, a seven-yard TD, filling in for Jackson (and Louis Murphy, who is done for the season). The Buccaneers are going to have to make a couple of moves at the position. They have three rookie receivers on the practice squad: Adam Humphries, Rannell Hall and Evan Spencer. They also reportedly signed Andre Davis, though he's not listed on the team's official website. Jackson's absence creates a great opportunity for TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins if he can get healthy enough to play.

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:14pm

Buccaneers WR Russell Shepard (hamstring) took full practice reps again Thursday. Shepard should see some snaps as the Bucs’ WR3 with both Vincent Jackson and Louis Murphy out for Week 8.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 6:45pm

Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Jackson is expected to miss Week 8, so Mike Evans is going to see heavier usage. Rookie Donteea Dye caught one pass, a seven-yard TD, filling in for Jackson (and Louis Murphy, who is done for the season). The Buccaneers are going to have to make a couple of moves at the position. They have three rookie receivers on the practice squad: Adam Humphries, Rannell Hall and Evan Spencer. They also reportedly signed Andre Davis, though he's not listed on the team's official website. Jackson's absence creates a great opportunity for TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins if he can get healthy enough to play.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 6:45pm

Buccaneers WR Russell Shepard (hamstring) practiced fully Wednesday. Shepard should see some snaps as the Bucs’ WR3 with both Vincent Jackson and Louis Murphy out for Week 8.

Louis Murphy placed on IR

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 8:51pm

Buccaneers.com - [Full Article]

Louis Murphy will finish the season on injured reserve for the second straight year, but this time around it's a more disappointing ending to his campaign.

Last year, Murphy missed only the last two games, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers out of playoff contention, and was quickly re-signed to a new contract in the subsequent offseason. This time, Murphy will miss 10 games and an opportunity to help the 2-4 Buccaneers get back into the postseason hunt. The team officially placed Murphy on injured reserve on Tuesday after he suffered a significant knee injury in Sunday's game at Washington.

Fantasy Impact:

Donteea Dye and Russell Shepard are next up on the depth chart for the Bucs.

Louis Murphy, Vincent Jackson injured for Bucs

Sunday, October 25, 2015, 8:09pm

Tampa Bay Times - [Full Article]

The Bucs dressed only four receivers and finished the game with two, with Louis Murphy and Vincent Jackson leaving the game with knee injuries.

Murphy was on crutches after the game and could be facing an extended absence, while Jackson said he would be okay after the game.

Fantasy Impact:

Russell Shepard is next up on the depth chart. If Murphy does in fact need to miss time, the team will have to make a move to add receiver depth.

Friday, September 11, 2015, 6:21pm

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 1. Evans participated in the team’s walkthrough on Friday, and the team is leaving the door open for him to play. Complicating matters, the Bucs kickoff in the late round of games on Sunday. If Evans is out, Vincent Jackson gets a bump and Louis Murphy likely steps into starter’s snaps. Austin Seferian-Jenkins may see a few extra targets as well. At this point it looks like he’ll play, but it’s a tough situation to call, and the risk of re-injury is real. Hopefully we’ll find out more over the weekend.

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:19pm

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. Lovie Smith said that Evans feels a “whole lot better,” and added that he could play on Sunday without practicing. If he can’t return to practice on Friday, we’d be hesitant about starting him in a game-time decision situation, but owners may not have much of a choice. Complicating matters, the Bucs play in the late round of games on Sunday. If Evans is out, Vincent Jackson gets a bump and Louis Murphy likely steps into starter’s snaps. Austin Seferian-Jenkins may see a few extra targets as well.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 12:27pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Buccaneers activated wide receiver Louis Murphy on Tuesday after he passed a physical.

Murphy had been sidelined with an ankle injury since the start of camp.

Fantasy Impact:

Murphy was the team’s third receiver last year. But rookie Kenny Bell and second-year pro Robert Herron have looked good in camp and could challenge Murphy for that role, the story said.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 8:35am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Tampa Bay has one of the league's best tandems of starting receivers with Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans. Each of them had over 1,000 receiving yards last season, which came despite some shaky quarterback play.

With the arrival of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, Evans and Jackson could put up better numbers than last season. They developed good chemistry with Winston during offseason workouts and they should make life easy for the rookie.

Camp figures to be a wide-open competition for the other roster spots. Veteran Louis Murphy enters with a slight edge over rookies Kenny Bell and Kaelin Clay and second-year pro Robert Herron. But all three of the young receivers will have a chance to compete with Murphy for the third receiver spot. Clay has added value because he is expected to be the primary kickoff and punt returner.

Fantasy Impact:

Our bet is on Murphy at this point, but he only comes in 84th on our WR list. He got some attention in Weeks 4 and 5 last season when he had back-to-back TDs, but the rest of the way had just one game over 18 yards receiving.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 3:11pm

Buccaneers.com - [Full Article]

Louis Murphy, who served as the Buccaneers’ No. 3 receiver a year ago, should be the leading candidate heading into training camp, but fifth-round draft pick Kenny Bell, among others, will compete for the spot.

Bears' secondary banged-up heading into date with Lions

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 11:37am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Bears beat writer Michael C. Wright was asked how the team intends to cover the Lions' receivers:

For so long, the Bears have used Peanut Tillman on Calvin Johnson. Tillman's out. How do the Bears deal with Johnson and Golden Tate now?

Wright: To me, that's one of the most significant concerns for the Bears entering this game. As you already know, rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller's availability for this game is uncertain with him suffering a knee injury in the win over Tampa Bay. Fuller had been playing with a broken hand and a hip pointer prior to his latest setback. Fuller's injury didn't appear to be significant initially. But if Fuller can't go, the Bears would likely go with undrafted rookie Al Louis-Jean, who possesses similar size to Tillman (6-foot-1, 187 pounds). But would you want to put an undrafted rookie on Johnson? Tim Jennings (5-foot-8) would likely struggle matching up with Johnson. So Chicago would be in a tough spot if Fuller isn't able to play. If the Bears are forced to go with Louis-Jean, more than likely, the corners would probably stay on their respective sides with the defense giving the corner to Johnson's side safety help over the top, along with extra help underneath whether that's from a linebacker or the nickel.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson hasn't been his usual self in the last two weeks but that should change against the Bears, who gave up 14 catches for 277 yards and a touchdown to Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson and Louis Murphy in Week 12.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (rib, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 8. Jackson is still dealing with a rib injury, though he should be able to play through it against the Vikings. Tampa plays early on Sunday. If V-Jax happens to sit, Mike Evans and Louis Murphy would both get a bump against a so-so Minnesota pass defense.

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