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Free-agent dossier: Kurt Coleman

February, 27, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- We'll continue our look at the Eagles' soon-to-be free agents with safety Kurt Coleman for two reasons.

Coleman is an interesting case, a guy who both exceeded and then didn't meet expectations. Just as important, there's no sense in looking at Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin if the two never get to free agency. The Eagles could have both locked up with new deals well before March 8.

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Coleman, 25, was the 244th player selected in the 2010 NFL draft. Just for context, the Eagles took Coleman 158 spots after they took defensive lineman Daniel Te'o-Nesheim. So it is a credit to Coleman's tenacity that he started 29 games at safety in his first three seasons.

The Eagles kept bringing in veteran stopgaps, and Coleman was the guy who played when they proved less than adept. Of course, that also put Coleman in the position of being a guy the front office and coaches were perennially trying to replace.

The Eagles did that in 2013, signing Patrick Chung and drafting Earl Wolff in the fifth round. Chung was the starter opposite Nate Allen coming out of camp. Defensive coordinator Bill Davis eased Wolff into the lineup and he took over the starting job when Chung injured his shoulder.

After Wolff injured his knee -- an injury that turned out to be virtually season-ending -- Chung returned to the starting lineup. By the Dec. 15 game at Minnesota, though, Coleman had risen up the depth chart (or Chung had slipped down again). Davis replaced Chung with Coleman for 26 defensive snaps.

Coleman pulled a hamstring, however. He missed the next week's game and was back to full-time special-teams work for the season finale at Dallas and the playoff game against New Orleans. Overall, Coleman played just 73 defensive snaps, or 6 percent.

The Eagles' self-described frustration at the safety position suggests that Coleman will move on. If he hopes to be a starter, or even a regular contributor on defense, it seems as if he'll have to leave to do that.

But if Coleman doesn't find that kind of opportunity, and if the Eagles decide he has value as a special-teamer, solid locker room guy and capable depth player, there is a chance Coleman could return. Building continuity on special teams has some merit, as well.

Bucs need to bring rush on Drew Brees

September, 11, 2013
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It’s very difficult to rattle New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, but that’s what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to do if they’re going to have a chance against the Saints on Sunday.

One of the few encouraging things that came out of the season-opening loss to the Jets was that the Bucs recorded five sacks. Four of them came from linebackers, which shows that defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan isn’t afraid to blitz. He’ll need to do some of that against the Saints.

But the Bucs really need to bring a pass rush from their front four. New Orleans builds its lines from the inside out, so I wouldn’t count on defensive tackle Gerald McCoy having much success as a pass-rusher. But the Saints are a little shaky with Zach Strief starting at right tackle and Charles Brown at left tackle.

That means the door could be open for defensive ends Adrian Clayborn, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and Da'Quan Bowers. If those guys can get near Brees, the Bucs might be able to slow the New Orleans offense.

Upon Further Review: Buccaneers Week 1

September, 9, 2013
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A review of four hot issues from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 18-17 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday.

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Brad Penner/USA TODAY SportsThe Jets sacked Josh Freeman three times in the Bucs' loss on Sunday.
Freeman's future: We’re not yet to the point at which the Bucs have a full-fledged quarterback controversy, but let’s be totally honest: Josh Freeman did not look good Sunday. When he didn’t look good in the preseason, it was easy to shrug off, but this was the real deal, and it’s time to start getting concerned. Freeman completed 15 of 31 passes for 210 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a game in which the offense never got into anything close to a rhythm. Undoubtedly, some fans will already be calling for rookie Mike Glennon. I still think Freeman is Tampa Bay’s best option to win, but my opinion on that could change with a few more performances like this one.

Sophomore slump? After a stellar rookie season, running back Doug Martin had a dud of a game. Martin averaged only 2.7 yards per carry. He gained 65 yards on 24 carries. But don’t go cutting Martin from your fantasy team just yet. Keep in mind the Bucs were without guard Carl Nicks and fullback Erik Lorig, who are two of Martin’s most important blockers.

The overaggressive defense: Lavonte David's late hit on rookie quarterback Geno Smith set up the game-winning field goal for the Jets. Safeties Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson were also flagged for 15-yard penalties that turned out to be very costly. You want a defense to be aggressive, but you also want it to be smart. The Bucs have to be smarter on defense.

The bright spot: There was at least one for the Bucs. That was a pass rush that produced five sacks. Two came from linebacker Mason Foster, and David and linebacker Dekoda Watson each produced one sack. Daniel Te’o-Nesheim was the only defensive lineman to record a sack. The fact the Bucs came up with five sacks was encouraging, but they’ll need more pressure out of their front four if they’re going to have a chance against New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees next week.

Another carrot for Da'Quan Bowers?

September, 5, 2013
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano named Daniel Te'o-Nesheim a starting defensive end Thursday and sent another message in the direction of Da'Quan Bowers.

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Schiano said Te’o-Nesheim earned the starting role on merit. The Bucs had come to training camp expecting Bowers to emerge as a full-time starter. But that hasn’t happened.

“Daniel is steady as she blows," Schiano said. “He goes in and does his job and plays really well against the run, and then the thing that people kind of miss out is he had five sacks last year, just playing hard, tough, relentless football. We’re very pleased with the way Daniel’s performing.’’

But Schiano didn’t stop there, and he certainly didn’t shut the door on Bowers getting significant playing time or eventually becoming a starter.

“I’m also pleased with the way Da’Quan is getting better," Schiano said. “He just hasn’t gotten to where we think he needs to get to yet, but he’s getting there. He’s improved substantially."

It’s pretty obvious what Schiano is doing with Bowers. The coach sees a young player with a bunch of potential. Bowers hasn’t hit that potential yet, but Schiano’s trying to get him to that point by dangling the starting job as a carrot.

Projecting the Buccaneers roster

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Roster cuts don’t have to be made until 6 p.m. Saturday. But let’s have a little fun in the meantime.

Let’s take a look at my best guess as to how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 53-man roster will shape up:

Quarterbacks (3): Josh Freeman, Mike Glennon and Dan Orlovsky

Analysis: A rough outing by Glennon in the preseason finale might have convinced the Bucs it’s best to keep Orlovsky around.

Running backs and fullbacks (5): Doug Martin, Brian Leonard, Mike James, Peyton Hillis and Erik Lorig

Analysis: Hillis is very much on the bubble. The fact he doesn't play special teams could hurt him. But he also could stick around because he has the size to be a backup for Lorig at fullback and could be a valuable short-yardage rusher.

Tight ends (3): Luke Stocker, Tom Crabtree and Nate Byham

Analysis: The Bucs may have to keep Danny Noble if Crabtree’s ankle injury is going to keep him out for an extended period.

Wide receivers (5): Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, Kevin Ogletree, Tiquan Underwood and Eric Page

Analysis: Page has emerged as the return man and that should earn him the final roster spot.

Offensive line (9): Davin Joseph, Carl Nicks, Donald Penn, Demar Dotson, Jeremy Zuttah, Gabe Carimi, Ted Larsen, Jamon Meredith and Cody Wallace

Analysis: The Bucs could carry an extra lineman if it looks like Nicks will be out for an extended period.

Defensive line (10): Gerald McCoy, Akeem Spence, Adrian Clayborn, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Da’Quan Bowers, Gary Gibson, Trevor Scott, William Gholston, Steven Means and Derek Landri

Analysis: The last few spots are very competitive and the Bucs could look to bring in a defensive tackle from the waiver wire.

Linebackers (6): Lavonte David, Mason Foster, Dekoda Watson, Jonathan Casillas, Adam Hayward and Najee Goode

This position is pretty clear-cut unless the Bucs bring in someone off waivers.

Defensive backs (9): Darrelle Revis, Johnthan Banks, Dashon Goldson, Mark Barron, Leonard Johnson, Danny Gorrer, Michael Adams, Rashaan Melvin and Cody Grimm.

Analysis: Melvin and Grimm are very much on the bubble.

Specialists (3): Michael Koenen, Andrew Economos and Rian Lindell.

Analysis: Kicker Lawrence Tynes still is recovering from a staph infection and could end up on injured reserve.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed the lowest restricted free-agent tender on defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, according to a league source.

The Bucs placed the $1.323 million tender on a player who wound up starting 14 games and producing four sacks last season. But that’s the smart approach from a financial standpoint for a player who figures to be a backup with Adrian Clayborn expected to return from an injury next season.

There’s no need for the Bucs to place a higher tender on Te’o-Nesheim because he originally was a third-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles. If another team signed Te’o-Nesheim away, it would have to give the Bucs a third-round draft pick, and that’s not likely to happen.

Reviewing NFC South free agents

March, 7, 2013
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We’ve shown you the lists of potential NFC South free agents before. But let’s do it again because there have been some minor moves and the free-agency period is getting ready to start Tuesday.

Here’s the list of potential free agents for all four NFC South teams:

Atlanta Falcons. Tony Gonzalez, Brent Grimes, Sam Baker, William Moore, Will Svitek, Mike Cox, Todd McClure, Luke McCown, Christopher Owens, Mike Peterson, Garrett Reynolds, Lawrence Sidbury and Vance Walker all can become unrestricted free agents. Michael Palmer can become a restricted free agent.

Carolina Panthers. The potential unrestricted free agents are Derek Anderson, Antwan Applewhite, Gary Barnidge, Dwan Edwards, Ben Hartsock, Sherrod Martin, Captain Munnerlyn, Louis Murphy and Mike Pollak. Richie Brockel can become an exclusive-rights free agent. Andre Neblett, Nate Ness and Jason Phillips are scheduled to become restricted free agents.

New Orleans Saints. Jermon Bushrod, Jonathan Casillas, Chase Daniel, Sedrick Ellis, Devery Henderson, Ramon Humber, Elbert Mack, Turk McBride, Will Robinson, Courtney Roby and Scott Shanle can become unrestricted free agents. Brian De La Puente, Justin Drescher, Junior Galette and Chris Ivory are scheduled to become restricted free agents. Eric Olsen and Michael Higgins can become exclusive-rights free agents.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ronde Barber, Dallas Clark, Michael Bennett, E.J. Biggers, Andrew Economos, Geno Hayes, Roy Miller, Roscoe Parrish, Sammie Stroughter and Jeremy Trueblood can become unrestricted free agents. LeGarrette Blount, Jacob Cutrera, Corvey Irvin and Daniel Te’o-Nesheim are scheduled to become restricted free agents.

Looking at Tampa Bay's free agents

February, 11, 2013
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Let’s finish our look at the potential NFC South free agents with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Safety Ronde Barber, tight end Dallas Clark, defensive end Michael Bennett, cornerback E.J. Biggers, long-snapper Andrew Economos, linebacker Geno Hayes, defensive tackle Roy Miller, receiver/return man Roscoe Parrish, receiver Sammie Stroughter and tackle Jeremy Trueblood can become unrestricted free agents. Running back LeGarrette Blount, linebacker Jacob Cutrera, defensive tackle Corvey Irvin and defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim can become restricted free agents.

The good news is the Bucs have enough salary-cap room to bring back any of their own free agents that they want and there likely are several they want to keep.

Let’s start with Barber. He switched from cornerback to safety last season and continued to play at a relatively high level. The common assumption is that the Bucs want Barber back for another season. But it’s unknown at this point if Barber wants to continue playing. If he decides to retire, he needs to let the Bucs know in the next few weeks so they can begin moving in a different direction.

Bennett might be the key player on Tampa Bay’s list of free agents. In his fourth season, Bennett emerged as a decent pass-rusher (nine sacks), despite not having the injured Adrian Clayborn opposite him for most of the season. Tampa Bay has the nucleus for what could become a very good defensive line and that means it is important to re-sign Bennett and Miller.

Clark came in as a free agent last season and gave the team some help at tight end. But he wasn’t the player he was in his prime in Indianapolis and I could see the Bucs looking to bring in another tight end.

Although the Bucs are expected to overhaul the cornerback position, Biggers is one guy they may keep. In an ideal world, Biggers isn’t a guy the Bucs want in a starting role. But he can be decent as a third or fourth cornerback.

Stroughter and Trueblood are underachievers who are likely to walk as free agents.

Superlatives on the Buccaneers

October, 26, 2012
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With some help from ESPN Stats & Information and Tampa Bay’s media relations department, let’s take a look at some of the many statistical highlights from the Buccaneers’ 36-17 victory against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night.
  • Rookie running back Doug Martin had the game of his life, rushing for a career-high 135 yards. Martin was at his best running between the tackles, with 121 of his yards coming in that area. It was the first 100-yard rushing game of Martin’s career.
  • Martin also had 79 receiving yards on three catches, giving him 214 yards of total offense. That marked just the eighth time in franchise history that a running back generated 200 yards of total offense, and the first time since Warrick Dunn had 221 yards on Dec. 3, 2000. Martin’s total was the fifth-highest in franchise history. James Wilder set the record (229 yards) in 1983.
  • Josh Freeman became the first quarterback in franchise history to throw for three or more touchdown passes in three consecutive games. Freeman completed 19 of 36 passes for 262 yards and also ran his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 10.
  • The Bucs finished with 416 yards of total offense. They had 513 yards against New Orleans on Sunday and 463 yards against Kansas City the previous week. That marks the first time in franchise history that the Bucs have had three straight games with at least 400 yards of total offense.
  • Defensive end Michael Bennett quietly continues to put together a nice season. Bennett recorded his third forced fumble and fifth sack of the season. Defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, who took over the starting job after Adrian Clayborn suffered a season-ending injury, recorded his first sack of the season and only the second of his career.
  • Rookie cornerback Leonard Johnson made his first career start and also produced his first interception.
  • Tampa Bay’s defense had its best outing against the deep passing game against Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder. He completed only three throws of more than 10 yards downfield. In the first six games, the Bucs ranked No. 26 by allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete 56.1 percent of such throws.

Bucs activate Da'Quan Bowers

October, 25, 2012
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just pulled a bit of a surprise.

Only hours before the Thursday night game with the Minnesota Vikings, the Bucs announced they have activated defensive end Da’Quan Bowers from the physically unable to perform list. They waived cornerback LeQuan Lewis to create the roster spot for Bowers.

With the Bucs only practicing once in a short week and the game being played on artificial turf, I didn’t think we’d see Bowers until next week. But the Bucs obviously are up to speed on the progress of his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon and whether or not he’s in football shape.

Still, I’d look for them to bring Bowers along slowly. I’d expect them to use Bowers along with George Johnson as part of the defensive end rotation behind starters Michael Bennett and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could soon have defensive end Da'Quan Bowers back on the field.

After tearing an Achilles tendon in May, Bowers has been on the physically unable to perform list. But he’s eligible to begin practicing this week, and coach Greg Schiano made it sound like Bowers will start getting a look Wednesday.

“We need to see how he responds to doing that and then we will act accordingly,’’ Schiano told the media Monday. “As I said, if there is any question, we are going to wait. We are not going to put him in harm’s way. He is excited to play. He is chomping at the bits. We got to hold him back until we know it is all good.”

It would be wise to be cautious, because Bowers is coming back fast after a serious injury. Once he begins practicing, the Bucs have a three-week window in which to decide if they want to activate him or shut him down for the season.

If Bowers is healthy enough to return, it could be a huge boost for the defensive line. Bowers was expected to start at defensive end along with fellow second-year player Adrian Clayborn. But, after Bowers' injury, Michael Bennett took over the starting job.

Bennett has played well, but the Bucs lost Clayborn to a season-ending injury.

The Bucs have been using Daniel Te'o-Nesheim in Clayborn’s place, with George Johnson as the third defensive end. Even if Bowers comes back as only a part-time player this season, he could make a big impact as a situational pass-rusher.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive front, one of the biggest bright spots this season, has suffered a major blow.

Second-year defensive end Adrian Clayborn will miss the rest of the season after suffering a right knee injury in Sunday’s loss to Dallas, coach Greg Schiano said Monday afternoon.

Clayborn led the Bucs with 7.5 sacks last season and had been joining with end Michael Bennett and tackles Roy Miller and Gerald McCoy to give the Bucs a productive front four this season.

Without Clayborn, the Bucs likely will turn to either George Johnson or Daniel Te’o-Nesheim as the starter opposite Bennett. They also may have to add another defensive end for depth.

"We have some internal alternatives,'' Schiano said. "We just have to work our way through it.''

But there could be a wild-card in all this in a few weeks. Da’Quan Bowers is eligible to begin practicing after the sixth week of the season. Bowers is on the physically unable to perform list after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in the offseason.

The Bucs have said Bowers’ rehabilitation is ahead of schedule. General manager Mark Dominik previously expressed optimism that Bowers, who showed some promise as a rookie, would be able to return later this season.

Benn, Trueblood out for Bucs

January, 1, 2012
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ATLANTA -- As expected, the Buccaneers will be without injured receiver Arrelious Benn and right tackle Jeremy Trueblood in Sunday’s game with the Falcons.

Both players have been declared inactive. Preston Parker and Dezmon Briscoe will get more playing time with Benn out. James Lee is expected to start in Trueblood’s place.

Also inactive for the Bucs are quarterback Rudy Carpenter, receiver Sammie Stroughter, cornerback Anthony Gaitor, defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and offensive tackle Derek Hardman.

Eagles-Redskins inactives

November, 15, 2010
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LANDOVER, Md. -- Obviously, everyone in the press box has been consumed with the news of Donovan McNabb's five-year, $78 million contract extension. But I'm told there's still a game to play.

As we already knew, Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis (groin) will sit out tonight's game. Here are the rest of the Skins' inactives: John Beck, Kevin Barnes, Portis, Chad Simpson, Perry Riley, Derrick Dockery, Anthony Bryant and Jeremy Jarmon

No surprises for the Philadelphia Eagles: Mike Kafka, Chad Hall, Nate Allen, Ellis Hobbs, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, King Dunlap, Reggie Wells, Garrett Mills.

OK, it looks like McNabb's agent Fletcher Smith is about to address reporters, so I'm off to visit with him.

Eagles go heavy on offensive line

September, 19, 2010
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With the loss of center Jamaal Jackson for the season, the Philadelphia Eagles will be forced to take more offensive linemen to the game. As the Inquirer points out. Guards Reggie Wells and Max Jean-Gilles, both inactive last Sunday, will dress against the Lions.

If Mike McGlynn runs into trouble at center, Nick Cole will move from his right guard spot and likely be replaced by Jean-Gilles. Because of the offensive line situation, veteran defensive end Darryl Tapp is having trouble finding a uniform on Sundays. And we're still waiting to see third-round pick Daniel Te'o Nesheim take the field in the regular season.

The Eagles and Cowboys are both one loss away from full-out panic mode. I'm in Arlington, Texas, for Bears-Cowboys, but I'll have one eye on Eagles-Lions.

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