News: Martin had 10 carries for 17 rushing yards and failed to catch the only ball thrown his way during Sunday's loss to the Packers.
Impact: Martin finished with six more carries than backup Charles Sims (four carries for minus-1 yard), though the rookie was able to rack up 30 receiving yards on three catches. It was an ugly performance overall, and Martin could cede more touches to Sims in Week 17 against the Saints, who are allowing the fourth-most rushing yards per game this season, as the Bucs could try to see what they have with the rookie out of West Virginia in the season-finale.
News: Sims had four carries for minus-one rushing yard and three catches on six targets for 30 receiving yards Sunday against the Packers.
Impact: Sims continues to play mostly on passing downs, as Doug Martin once again led the backfield, though it was only to the tune of 10 carries for 17 yards, as the Bucs' offense was all but shut down Sunday. Sims has failed to reach 10 rushing yards in three of the last four games, and he's got very little upside in Week 17 against the Saints, a team allowing the fourth-most rushing yards per game this season, unless the Bucs decide to play him ahead of Martin, with the playoffs long gone from consideration.
News: Jackson had three catches on six targets for a team-high 60 yards Sunday against the Packers.
Impact: The Bucs' offense struggled in its entirety Sunday, as evidenced by Jackson leading the team with only 60 yards, and they failed to score a touchdown. Jackson is a very boom-or-bust type player, though it's mostly just for yardage, as he has only two touchdowns this season, with the last one coming all the way back in Week 4. He'll look to break through one final time in Week 17 against the Saints, who are allowing the fifth-most passing yards per game this season.
News: Evans had four catches on seven targets for 49 yards during Sunday's loss to the Packers.
Impact: After recording 458 yards between Weeks 9 and 11, Evans has failed to reach the 50-yard mark for five consecutive games. He had four touchdowns in his last four games heading into Sunday, which has helped mask his reduced production, but it came crashing down Sunday, when he was unable to get in the end zone. He'll look to bounce back in Week 17, against a Saints defense allowing the fifth-most passing yards per game this season.
News: McCown completed 12-of-26 passes for 147 yards and an interception during Sunday's loss to the Packers.
Impact: McCown connected with only four receivers, with Vincent Jackson the only one to finish with more than 50 yards. It was yet another dreadful day for the Bucs' QB, who has failed to throw for 200 yards in three of the last four games. Up next is a Week 17 matchup against the Saints, who are allowing the fifth-most passing yards per game this season.
News: Foster is questionable to return to Sunday's matchup against the Packers due to an Achilles injury.
Impact: Foster made his return to the lineup, after missing back-to-back games, but that return may prove to be short-lived, as he exited before the end of the first quarter. Danny Lansanah will move over to inside linebacker in the base defense, until further notice.
News: James is inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Packers.
Impact: James had managed to avoid the inactive list for three straight games, but will take a seat in this one with Doug Martin, Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey all ready to roll. He wouldn't have seen much work anyway, as Rainey seems to have overtaken his role in the return game, while Martin and Sims will see the majority of offensive snaps.
News: Goldson (lower leg) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Packers.
Impact: Goldson returned to practice on a limited basis late this week and apparently feels well enough to give it a go Sunday afternoon. The 30-year-old safety has 72 combined tackles on the season, but has yet to record an interception.
News: McDonald (hamstring) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Packers.
Impact: McDonald hasn't suited up since Week 12, but had recorded sacks in three straight games, prior to going down with the injury. He's been able to log decent tackle numbers when healthy, but it's unclear what his role will be Sunday, following a three-game absence.
News: Foster (Achilles) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Packers.
Impact: Foster will return to the Tampa Bay interior defense for the first time since Week 13, with his eyes set on containing Eddie Lacy and the Green Bay rushing attack. He'll be on the field alongside Lavonte David for the first time since Week 11, representing a formidable addition in the Buccaneers' defensive unit.
News: Rainey (wrist) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Buccaneers.
Impact: Rainey made his return to the field in Week 15 against the Panthers, after a one-game absence, but failed to see a single offensive snap in the contest. Doug Martin led the charge in that game, followed by rookie Charles Sims, and a similar distribution will likely occur Sunday. Rainey should resume his regular role in the return game, however.