DID YOU KNOW?
In third-down situations, the Buccaneers often turn toward veteran WR Vincent Jackson, who is among the NFL leaders in receptions on the money down:
Player Team Third-down catches Yards
Anquan Boldin 49ers 30 454
Pierre Garcon Redskins 30 378
Andre Johnson Texans 30 357
Kendall Wright Titans 29 333
Antonio Brown Steelers 28 390
Vincent Jackson Bucs 27 441
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“They need it bad ... and we need it bad, too.’’ – LB Lavonte David on Sunday’s matchup against the Saints in the Superdome.
Coach Greg Schiano said LB Dekoda Watson (groin) did not participate in Tuesday’s practice and G Davin Joseph was limited, as usual, early in the week. LB Lavonte David said his sore elbow has improved. S Mark Barron, sidelined at St. Louis by a hamstring injury, practiced sparingly before the Bucs take Christmas Day off and report back to the team facility Thursday.
BY THE NUMBERS
107: Consecutive games started by Bucs LT Donald Penn, 10th-best among active NFL players.
15: TDs scored by Saints TE Jimmy Graham, second in the league to Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (19).
1: Number of missed FG attempts by Buc opponents in 32 tries.