Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Skye Dawson

Looking at playing time: Offense

January, 17, 2014
Jan 17
TAMPA, Fla. -- It’s time to take a look back at playing time for the 2013 season.

We’ll start with the offense and will have a separate post on the defense at another time. Tampa Bay’s offense ran 1,036 plays. Here is the breakdown by position with my quick take below each one.

QUARTERBACKS: Mike Glennon 842, Dan Orlovsky 4.

Quick take: Josh Freeman started the first three games before Glennon took over. Glennon got plenty of experience and has been selected to most of the All-Rookie teams.

RUNNING BACKS: Erik Lorig 383, Bobby Rainey 327, Doug Martin 304, Brian Leonard 291, Mike James 155, Spencer Larsen 35, Michael Hill 18, Jeff Demps 10.

Quick take: The Bucs were forced to use a lot of players in the backfield due to injuries. Martin was the opening-day starter, but he went down early with a season-ending injury. James was his replacement, but he also suffered a season-ending injury. Rainey finished up the year as the feature back. The good news here is the Bucs now have several backs with experience.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Vincent Jackson 969, Tiquan Underwood 563, Mike Williams 363, Chris Owusu 263, Skye Dawson 99, Russell Shepard 32.

Quick take: Jackson was the iron man in this group. Williams suffered a season-ending injury and was replaced by Underwood in the starting lineup.

TIGHT ENDS : Timothy Wright 608, Tom Crabtree 214, Nate Byham 113, Luke Stocker 105, Kyle Adams 64.

Quick take: This is another position where the Bucs had to do some juggling due to injuries. Wright, an undrafted rookie, wound up getting most of the playing time as Crabtree, Byham and Stocker all landed on injured reserve.

OFFENSIVE LINE: Demar Dotson 1,035, Donald Penn 1,033, Jeremy Zuttah 1,015, Davin Joseph 1,010, Jamon Meredith 475, Ted Larsen 361, Gabe Carimi 210, Carl Nicks 145.

Quick take: Dotson, Penn, Zuttah and Joseph were at least durable. Nicks played in only two games due to injuries. Many of Carimi’s snaps came as an extra tight end.

Playing time for the Buccaneers

December, 17, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – It’s time for our weekly check on playing time for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In Sunday’s 33-14 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Bucs ran 51 offensive plays and were on the field for 74 defensive snaps.

Here’s a position-by-position look at how many snaps each player got:


Quarterback: Mike Glennon 51.

Running backs: Bobby Rainey 29, Brian Leonard 22, Erik Lorig 13, Spencer Larsen 3.

Wide receiver: Vincent Jackson 51, Tiquan Underwood 44, Chris Owusu 35, Eric Page 2, Skye Dawson 1.

Tight ends: Tim Wright 48, Kyle Adams 6.

Offensive line: Davin Joseph 51, Donald Penn 51, Jeremy Zuttah 51, Demar Dotson 51, Jamon Meredith 51, Gabe Carimi 1.


Defensive line: Gerald McCoy 72, Adrian Clayborn 68, Akeem Spence 60, William Gholston 38, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim 32, Da'Quan Bowers 9, Derek Landri 7, Steven Means 6.

Linebackers: Mason Foster 69, Lavonte David 66, Dekoda Watson 63, Adam Hayward 9

Defensive backs: Dashon Goldson 74, Johnthan Banks 74, Darrelle Revis 74, Mark Barron 49, Keith Tandy 32, Leonard Johnson 12.

Looking at Buccaneers' playing time

December, 10, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- It's time for our weekly look at how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers distributed playing time.

In a 27-6 victory against the Buffalo Bills, the Bucs ran 66 offensive plays and were on the field for 67 defensive snaps. Here's a look at the individual playing time from Sunday.


Donald Penn 66
Jamon Meredith 66
Demar Dotson 66
Mike Glennon 66
Tim Wright 59
Vincent Jackson 57
Jeremy Zuttah 51
Tiquan Underwood 45
Davin Joseph 43
Erik Lorig 42
Bobby Rainey 37
Ted Larsen 36
Brian Leonard 25
Chris Owusu 21
Gabe Carimi 16
Russell Shepard 14
Kyle Adams 11
Skye Dawson 7
Mike Hill 5
Spencer Larsen 2
Eric Page 1


Dashon Goldson 66
Johnthan Banks 66
Mark Barron 66
Gerald McCoy 66
Darrelle Revis 66
Lavonte David 59
Leonard Johnson 58
Adrian Clayborn 56
Mason Foster 53
Akeem Spence 43
Daniel Te'o-Nesheim 39
William Gholston 23
Keith Tandy 15
Da'Quan Bowers 14
Adam Hayward 12
Steven Means 11
Derek Landri 11
Dekoda Watson 10
Danny Gorrer 1
Ka'Lial Glaud 1
Kelcie McCray 1

Where do Buccaneers turn at WR?

October, 28, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- Monday’s news that Mike Williams has been placed on injured reserve leaves the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Vincent Jackson and a bunch of unknowns at wide receiver.

It sounds as if Tiquan Underwood, who previously has played for Jacksonville and New England, could take over Williams’ starting job.

“I think Ti’s played in games at a higher level,’’ coach Greg Schiano said. “Has he been perfect? No. If he was, he would have been starting. I think he’s the next guy up as far as experience.’’

Underwood, who has been in the league since 2009, has 43 career catches for 619 yards and 646 yards on kickoff returns. The other four receivers on the roster have combined for 12 NFL catches. Those receivers are Eric Page, Skye Dawson, Chris Owusu and Russell Shepard.

Owusu, who has six catches this season, would appear to be next in line to be the third receiver. But Owusu has been bothered by a nagging foot injury, which kept him out of the last game.

“How well will he be by Wednesday?’’ Schiano said. “How well will he be by Sunday?’’

Page has been used as a return man, but has had little action at wide receiver. Shepard does not have an NFL catch.

Schiano implied that Dawson, who was signed last week, has the speed needed to play the slot receiver spot. But Dawson still is learning the offense.

“The quickest way to take a fast guy and make him slow is overload him,’’ Schiano said. “He’s a fast guy. We’ve got to keep him fast.’’

Buccaneers add RB Bobby Rainey

October, 21, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- With Doug Martin out for at least the short term, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added some depth at running back.

The Bucs announced Monday afternoon that they claimed Bobby Rainey off waivers from Cleveland.

Rookie Mike James is likely to start in Martin’s place and Brian Leonard probably will be used as a third-round back. Running back return man Jeff Demps has been sidelined with a groin injury. Rainey could fill Demps’ role as a change-of-pace back and also could be a factor in the return game.

To make room for Rainey, the Bucs waived wide receiver Skye Dawson.

Practice report: O-line shakeup

October, 16, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practiced Wednesday, the interior of the offensive line had a completely different look.

You already know that guard Carl Nicks is sidelined for the foreseeable future after having surgery to remove an MRSA infection from his foot. But Nicks wasn’t the only starter missing.

Guard Davin Joseph also sat out practice. Coach Greg Schiano said Joseph was dealing with a knee injury, which is not on the same knee that forced Joseph to miss last season. Schiano said he’s hopeful Joseph can return to practice Thursday and play Sunday.

But the Bucs have to be ready for any situation. In Wednesday’s practice, starting center Jeremy Zuttah moved to left guard. Ted Larsen took over at center and Gabe Carimi worked at right guard.

In other injury news, wide receiver Mike Williams (hamstring) took part in practice. Schiano said defensive end Da'Quan Bowers is day to day with a toe injury.

Meantime, the Bucs made some minor roster moves Wednesday. They promoted wide receiver Skye Dawson from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. The Bucs also added offensive lineman Emmett Cleary and defensive back Nick Saenz to the practice squad. Offensive tackle Randy Richards was released from the practice squad.

Cornerback Danny Gorrer, who is on injured reserve with a designation to return, began practicing Wednesday.