The Red Barron
Statistically speaking, second-year S Mark Barron is having one of the best years of any Buccaneers defender. His two interceptions lead the team and his 55 tackles rank second.
Those numbers have also put Barron among the most effective defenders in the league. Barron is one of only six players in the NFL to have at least 50 tackles, four pass breakups, two interceptions and a sack this year.
Did you know
Rookie QB Mike Glennon has thrown two touchdown passes in three of the five games he's started this year. That's the second-most two-TD games by a rookie QB in Bucs history. Only Bruce Gradkowski, who threw two touchdown passes in four games during his 2006 rookie season, had more.
By the numbers
The Bucs had three takeaways (two interceptions and a fumble recovery) against Seattle last Sunday. That gives them a plus-two turnover ratio for the year. That is the 11th best turnover ratio in the league, but at 0-8 the Bucs are the only team in the top 11 that has a losing record.
Quote of the day
“It's only Thursday, so hold your breath. I think that's just the way it is these days. That's part of the landscape, so get used to it. But it has been nice to have a few days without any major issues.” Bucs coach Greg Schiano when asked if it was nice to finally not be the team under the media microscope.
RG Davin Joseph (knee) and S Dashon Goldson (knee) were both back at practice for the Bucs on Thursday. RB Doug Martin still has not returned to work and WR Chris Owusu sat out Thursday with a foot injury. CB Danny Gorrer (groin) and FB Erik Lorig (toe) were limited while LB Mason Foster (elbow), NT Akeem Spence (wrist), S Keith Tandy (ankle) and LB Dekoda Watson (shoulder) were full go.