Jan 2, 2022; Landover, Maryland, USA; Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Genard Avery (58) celebrates with Eagles middle linebacker T.J. Edwards (57) after a sack against the Washington Football Team during the third quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs place LB Genard Avery on IR, promote WR Deven Thompkins

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have promoted wide receiver Deven Thompkins to the active roster from the practice squad and placed Genard Avery, a linebacker, on injured reserve.

The team announced the moves on Friday. The Buccaneers (6-8) are scheduled to play the Arizona Cardinals (4-10) on Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.

Avery, 27, did not practice this week due to an abdomen/oblique injury.

He was a fifth-round draft pick in 2018 by the Cleveland Browns, who traded him to the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2019 season. He just finished a four-year rookie deal worth $2.7 million.

Avery was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in March. After being released in August, he signed with Tampa Bay.

He has appeared in nine games this season for the Bucs, recording five tackles and a sack.

Thompkins, 23, an undrafted wide receiver out of Utah State, is primarily a punt and kick returner for Tampa Bay. He has appeared in two games this season.

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs with the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs hold off Falcons late rally to snap losing streak

Leonard Fournette reeled in a touchdown pass from Tom Brady and rushed for another 1-yard score to fuel the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 21-15 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Fournette had 10 catches for 83 yards for the Buccaneers (3-2), who held a decisive 421-261 edge in total yards en route to snapping their two-game losing skid.

Brady completed 35 of 52 passes for 351 to improve to 10-0 all-time in the regular season against Atlanta. He also famously rallied the New England Patriots from 25 points down to a 34-28 overtime victory over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

Atlanta’s Marcus Mariota completed 14 of 25 passes for 147 yards. He connected with Olamide Zaccheaus over the middle for a 19-yard touchdown pass and found KhaDarel Hodge for the subsequent two-point conversion, trimming the Buccaneers’ lead to 21-15 with 4:38 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Falcons committed penalties on successive third-down plays to extend Tampa Bay’s ensuing drive. A.J. Terrell was whistled for holding while Grady Jarrett was flagged for roughing the passer while completing a sack on Brady.

Avery Williams rushed for an 8-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter for the Falcons (2-3), who saw their two-game winning streak come to a halt.

Fournette opened the scoring early in the second quarter after rushing in for a 1-yard touchdown. The surge capped a 13-play, 88-yard drive.

Ryan Succop drilled a 21-yard field goal to increase Tampa Bay’s lead to 10-0 with 1:18 left.

Atlanta’s attempt to answer was unsuccessful after Younghoe Koo’s bid for a 52-yard field goal sailed wide right.

Brady connected with Fournette on a pair of passes to set up Succop, who made a 44-yard field goal as time expired.

Fournette reeled in a 1-yard touchdown pass from Brady to cap an 11-play, 74-yard drive midway into the third quarter. Brady then found former Falcons wideout Russell Gage over the middle for the two-point conversion, increasing Tampa Bay’s lead to 21-0.

–Field Level Media