The suspension stems from a physical altercation Evans had with Saints rookie defensive back Marshon Lattimore in the third quarter of Sunday's game.
Lattimore got into a verbal confrontation with Buccaneers players on the sideline, including an injured Jameis Winston, who touched Lattimore. Lattimore turned around and shoved Winston before Evans ran in quickly from the field and shoved Lattimore down before falling on top of him as he threw punches. With Evans out, Jackson would take over as the WR1 with Humphries and Godwin pickings up the slack after that. Keep in mind QB Jameis Winston has been shut down, so Fitzpatrick will see his options limited without Evans on the field.
Koetter mentioned Winston, who bruised the AC joint in his throwing shoulder against Arizona two weeks ago and had to leave the game, re-injured the same shoulder in the first half at Buffalo last Sunday.
“He played very well, especially in the second half against Buffalo,” Koetter said. “We did have that one sack-fumble in the first half and he kind of re-injured it.”
Koetter added Jameis also has a bruised deltoid muscle in his throwing shoulder. Koetter said this is why Jameis only threw in Friday’s practice this week.
Tampa Bay will try to manage Winston's injury, but if it already knocked him out of one game this season, there is always a risk he could get hit and knocked out of another game. Injuries are part of the game though, and Winston has four straight 300-yard performances in games he's finished. He's a QB1 option again in Week 8.
Equally puzzling was Jay Gruden’s limited use of Josh Doctson, the Redskins’ first-round draft pick in 2016 who was projected to be such a difference-maker that the front office let two of Cousins’s more reliable targets, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, depart in free agency.
Doctson was on the field for just 20 of the team’s 63 offensive snaps Sunday and was never targeted on a throw. Pressed Monday about Doctson’s limited workload, Gruden indicated that he felt the former No. 1 pick still needed to “earn” the right to get game-day opportunities.
Gruden added he thinks Doctson is ready to go, but said he has to play well to earn more time. Doctson hasn't practiced a whole lot between this season and last season, Gruden also pointed out. Gruden did add Doctson will get more work this week.
The NFL officially postponed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Miami Dolphins tilt until Week 11.
With Hurricane Irma gaining steam as it moves toward South Florida, the league announced the matchup will be moved from Sunday to Sunday, Nov. 19. Both the Bucs and Dolphins had a bye in Week 11.
The news means that Miami and Tampa will play 16 straight games to close out the season.
Setting aside the danger of a Category 5 hurricane barreling down on Florida, the fantasy ramifications of the move to Week 11 are significant. Owners counting on any of the Bucs or Dolphins to play in Week 1 are going to have to look elsewhere. These issues show up most often in "onesie" positions like quarterback, tight end, kicker or defense, where owners oftentimes don't have other options available on the bench. Jameis Winston owners could pick up Carson Palmer, Sam Bradford, Carson Wentz or another quarterback with a good matchup to start Week 1. In addition, Doug Martin won't start his suspension until Week 2 and is therefore not eligible to return until Week 5. It's our opinion that owners with these types of issues who play in leagues without waivers/free agency prior to Week 1 should be allowed to make one waiver move per issue to pick up a replacement quarterback, tight end, defense or kicker. This should not be used as a way to pick up a hot running back or receiver prospect, but instead to ensure fairness in what is a very out-of-the-blue situation.
Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter believes his quarterback Jameis Winston is poised to make big strides in 2017.
"You can't argue with how Jameis has done," Koetter said. "He threw a beautiful deep one to Mike Evans in the game the other night, so I think Jameis improved across the board."
Related players: DeSean Jackson
The numbers suggest it. His completion percentage compared to last preseason has shot up from 59 percent to over 71 percent in 2017. The story added there are two areas where Winston wants to improve: execution on the deep ball and the red zone.
The Redskins will expect more out of WR Josh Doctson this season, especially with the departures of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon to other NFC teams in free agency while Terrelle Pryor Sr. and Brian Quick need time to acclimate to a new offense.
“I’m happy,” Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said last week at the NFL’s annual League Meetings in Phoenix when asked about the tweet. “That’s a big thing with him. We took it really slow. I think Larry Hess and the training room did a great job with him. We sent him to a lot of doctors to try and figure out what was wrong with him. We took it slow and I think he’s in a good place mentally and that’s half the battle. We’ll continue to gradually build him through OTAs and the mandatory camp so hopefully we’ll get him to full speed in training camp and go from there. I’m excited as heck to watch him play.”
Related players: Jamison Crowder
Former Washington WR DeSean Jackson expects to sign with Tampa assuming no breakdown in final negotiations, sources tell ESPN.
If Jackson has lost a step, it’s hard to tell. He averaged 17.9 yards per catch last year, which was his second highest average of his last six seasons. In 24 games over the last two seasons, he has averaged 3.6 catches for 64 yards and 0.33 TD, or 12.0 PPG in PPR formats. He’s been a little hit or miss fantasy-wise, but should see consistent targets as the complement to Mike Evans in Tampa. This is an upgrade for Jameis Winston, Evans (who won't see quite as much defensive attention) and Cameron Brate. In Washington, Kirk Cousins has lost his top two receivers.
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Speaking on Comcast SportsNet, Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham talked about the potential return of Jackson this offseason when he becomes a free agent as if it was a done deal.
"I'm just happy because I kinda knew already. I've talked to him. I talked to him when Doug (Pederson) got hired. We have fun during the season. He's like, 'B.G. you know I'll be back, man,'" Graham said. "But now that it's official, as far as the season about to be over, I think you'll be hearing a lot of noise about DeSean. ... I'm saying official as far as the end of season, now we're gonna really see."
Jackson did not return to the field after being listed as questionable. He was playing well coming into the game and was again emerging as a deep threat for QB Kirk Cousins. For now he's a question mark for Week 17.
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