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2-0, 1st in NFC South

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Checked with Elias -- the NFC South's 223 combined points through the first three intradivisional games is the highest combined point total for ANY division's first three intradivisional games since the 1970 merger. The previous record was 213 by the NFC South in 2016.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Vita Vea is officially OUT versus the Steelers. Beau Allen is out too. The Bucs are very thin at defensive tackle with Gerald McCoy and Jerel Worthy there. Will Gholston's gonna have to play a lot of snaps inside too.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs' Dirk Koetter on Vita Vea: "When you've been out for seven weeks -- conditioning indoors is different than playing football outdoors, when you've got bodies around your legs and everything. There's no lack of 'want to' or anything like that -- we've gotta be reasonable with how much time we give him...we'll see." Vea lost 15 pounds during his recovery and that's a weight they feel good about.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive tackle Vita Vea was participating during the 30-min portion of practice that was open to the media Saturday morning. He's been limited the last two days in his first week back.

How long will Fitzmagic remain the starter? (0:42)

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

He was way, way in the back of the practice field but Vita Vea was back for the second consecutive day of practice on Friday. He's been out seven weeks. Still no Beau Allen. The fact that the Bucs haven't added any other defensive tackles to the roster (Gerald McCoy and Jerel Worthy are it; Will Gholston can play there too) is a good sign. He's dropped about 15 pounds. How many snaps can he realistically play though?

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

DeSean Jackson and Michael Thomas entered Week 3 as the league's receiving leaders, but got there via very different paths, as you can see in their target plots. Defenses gave Jackson an average of 8.0 yards of cushion, the fourth-most in the league entering the week, per NFL Next Gen Stats. Thomas received 4.9 yards of cushion (83rd-most) and has caught 11 passes on plays in which he received press coverage (3 yards of cushion or less), five more than Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins, who rank second in the category with six such receptions each. In other words, teams are defending Jackson and Thomas differently to try and take away their respective strengths, and yet both are succeeding anyway.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

DeSean Jackson on starting the season 2-0: "It's been a dope ride so far. We just want to continue to keep it going. I feel like the odds have been against us. Nobody really counted on us or picked us to win...[we've had] a 'backs against the wall' mentality."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken was asked how they will deal with teams when they suddenly say, "You're not gonna throw it over our heads anymore." He said, "Then that'll help our run game."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Ryan Fitzpatrick said he's been so focused on getting this Bucs team to 3-0 that he hasn't allowed himself to think about what's next when Jameis Winston comes back into the building next week.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Thursday's Bucs injury report...Ryan Fitzpatrick is dealing with a knee injury but still practiced in full. Jason Pierre-Paul missed practice with a knee injury but he wasn't too concerned about it when I chatted with him earlier.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs cornerback Brent Grimes returned to practice Thursday for the first time since suffering a groin strain on Sept. 7. If all goes according to plan, he expects to play Monday night.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive tackle Vita Vea returned to practice Thursday for the first time since suffering a strained calf July 29. Weight loss has been a big part of his recovery. Dirk Koetter said he lost 15 pounds "working out like a maniac."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Check out the "Fitz-Torious" shirts that were sent to the Bucs this week from the NFLPA.

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Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Now that Jameis Winston's Uber driver has filed a lawsuit, how does this impact his standing within the organization? A number of people have also asked about the timing: why now? Some answers here.

Cameron Wolfe ESPN Staff Writer 

Minkah Fitzpatrick discusses some of the social media backlash he and his mom got over his "FitzMagic" trademark: "I kind of laugh at it and use it as fuel. They want me to earn my nickname? That's what I'm going to do. I've been playing pretty well for a rookie my first two games."

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5dCameron Wolfe

Minkah: Bucs QB can have 'FitzMagic' if wanted

Minkah Fitzpatrick expressed anger with social media users who attacked him and his family over his "FitzMagic" trademark application, and offered the nickname to Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick if it came to that.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Uber driver accusing Jameis Winston of assaulting her was initially not planning to file a lawsuit. I'm told that things changed based off what she felt was a lack of contrition on his part and his denials of wrongdoing (he also said she was "mistaken" about his position in the vehicle and the number of passengers). Winston's representatives told me that they anticipated the lawsuit. It did not come as a surprise.

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5dJenna Laine

Bucs' Winston sued over alleged Uber incident

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, who is serving a three-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, is being sued by the female Uber driver who accused him of groping her during a ride in her vehicle in March 2016.

Team Stats

Passing Yards405.01st
Rushing Yards77.530th
Points For37.52nd
Points Against30.528th

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