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Bucs Hot Reads: Many happy returns for PR Page

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Happy returns

Punt returners often go unnoticed. But Eric Page is quietly putting together one of the better seasons by a Bucs return man. Page ranks ninth in the league in punt return average (11.2 yards), and with two returns of 40 yards or more needs just one more to tie Jacquez Green for most in season by a Bucs return man.

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By the numbers

It should come as no surprise that the Bucs beat the Dolphins on Monday night. After all, Bucs CB Darrelle Revis had an interception in the game, his second of the season. Revis has 21 career interceptions and his teams are 17-3 when he has a pick.

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Did you know?

Bucs QBs have completed only 46 of 100 passes throw to WR Vincent Jackson this year. According to ProFootballFocus, the Bucs’ collective passer rating when throwing to Jackson is 56.3. That ranks 82nd out of 86 qualifying receivers, according to PFFs figures.

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Quote of the day

“We know we can do it now, so we just have to keep on doing it, because if we can do that, we have at least a 90-percent chance to win the game.’’

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy, on allowing no runs of more than 10 yards or passes of more than 19 yards in Monday’s win against the Dolphins

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Injury report

For the Bucs, LG Carl Nicks (foot) is out; DE Da’Quan Bowers (concussion) and WR Chris Owusu (foot) are questionable; CB Mike Adams (knee), S Mark Barron (knee), CB Danny Gorrer (groin), WR Vincent Jackson (knee), RG Davin Joseph (knee), LT Donald Penn (calf) and DT Akeem Spence (wrist) are probable.

For the Falcons, DE Malliciah Goodman (calf) is out; WR Harry Douglas (knee), TE Tony Gonzalez (toe), DT Peria Jerry (toe), DT Corey Peters (knee) and RB Jason Snelling (knee) are questionable; RB Steven Jackson (toe), LB Sean Weatherspoon (foot) and WR Roddy White (shoulder) are probable.

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Upcoming schedule

Sunday: Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Nov. 24: at Detroit, 1 p.m.

Dec. 1: at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Dec. 8: Buffalo, 1 p.m.

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