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Weekly Coverage Recap: Falcons vs. Buccaneers

Posted Oct 19, 2013

The 1-4 Falcons and the 0-5 Buccaneers are set to face off on Sunday, and you can take a look at all of Atlanta's preparations for the game this week with our coverage recap.

Monday

After resting up physically and mentally during their bye week, head coach Mike Smith said during Monday's press conference that the team was more than ready to get back to working hard this week.

Although Smith didn't have an update on running back Steven Jackson, he did say for certain that Jason Snelling was set to get back to work in the upcoming days after suffering a concussion in the Monday night game against the Jets.

The Falcons' digital media staff meets every Monday morning to discuss possible storylines for the upcoming game, and these are the 14 items the staff looked to cover this week.

Tuesday

Although you never want to see a player go down with an injury, CB Robert McClain said that it gives younger players an opportunity to define their roles by stepping up for injured veterans.

Like Smith had said, Snelling was back to practice on Tuesday and said he hoped to lead by example by stepping up in whatever role the team may need him in.

WR Kevin Cone also said he's ready to do everything he can to help the team, adding that everyone is "sticking together and holding strong."

After watching Harry Douglas, Julio Jones and Roddy White, WR Drew Davis said he feels more than capable of being ready to step up and succeed.

The team was back to work with their practice on Tuesday, one that Smith said was 'energetic and spirited' where they accomplished everything that they needed to.

With Julio Jones' season-ending injury and Roddy White's continuing injuries, the other wide receivers on the team will have to step up, so they're making sure to take advantage of extra practice reps. From other observations from Tuesday's practice, click here.

Falcons vice president of football communications Reggie Roberts spoke to NFL Writer ira Kaufman about the upcoming game between Atlanta and Tampa Bay, and you can read that here.

Wednesday

Despite the changes to the roster due to injuries, QB Matt Ryan said the Falcons are striving to be more consistent by being efficient at every practice and taking things one day at a time.

Despite the Buccaneers' 0-5 record, S William Moore isn't counting them out and said that the Falcons' defense has to be able to step up to be able to post a win on Sunday.

CB Robert Alford said he's excited to have to the opportunity to be able to take over as punt returner at Sunday's game, as it's something he's been preparing all season to do.

Newly acquired WR Brian Robiskie said Matt Ryan has been helping him to get up to speed to make sure he's ready to go, adding that he's up to any challenge the team asks of him.

Given the Bucs' 0-5 record and the Falcons' 1-4 record, S Thomas DeCoud knows that Sunday's matchup will be a high intensity game as both teams are hungry for a win and will give it their all.

Although Steven Jackson and Roddy White were among the five players who didn't pariticipate, Smith said Wednesday' practice showed how anxious and excited the Falcons are to get back on the field Sunday to face what he called a challenging Bucs' defense.

For Five Things We Learned on Wednesday, click here. You can also ready some key facts about the upcoming division matchup on Sunday with this week's Wing Tips.

Thursday

Rookie TE Levine Toilolo said he's been learning from how veteran Tony Gonzalez approaches practices and games, as it helps him grow as a player, a progression that Gonzalez has been impressed with.

CB Asante Samuel said he's focused on the game plan for this week and is ready to take on the Bucs' 'physical and explosive' receiver in Vincent Jackson.

LB Stephen Nicholas said that after a bye week where every player was allowed to unplug and evaluate, the Falcons are now stronger both physically and mentally.

Tony Gonzalez also saw a change in the team after the bye week, as the tight end said the team returned with a changed attitiude, something he's noticed in their high-energy practices. He also shot down trade rumors in the locker room interview by saying that he loves Atlanta and has no plans to jump ship.

Smith gave updates on injured players after Thursday's practice, saying that Steven Jackson did not partiicpate while LB Akeem Dent had limited participation.

We decided to go way back for Throwback Thursday this week, as our gallery features photos we pulled from the Falcons team vault. For even more history, you can also revisit the 1991 matchup between Atlanta and Tampa Bay where the Falcons set the franchise record for most points scored in a quarter - something that still stands today.

Friday

D-Block presented another musical showcase this week, as several players put on a freestyle rap show for their Week 7 episode.

This week's FalconCast Podcast had AtlantaFalcons.com's Jay Adams and Daniel Cox talking about how the Falcons can make up for the loss of Julio Jones along with how Bucs QB Mike Glennon could be dangerous to face. To see what Glennon had to say about facing the Falcons, you can read this week's Behind Enemy Lines.

Given that the Falcons will celebrate Alumni Day at Sunday's game, Ring of Honor LB Jessie Tuggle was the focus of this week's McDonald's What's Brewin'.

Take a look back at some of our favorite plays from previous battles between the Falcons and Buccaneers.

This Sunday's game between the winless Buccaneers and the 1-4 Falcons is sure to be a heated battle, and although Steven Jackson and Roddy White have both been ruled out from playing, Altanta's mission is simply to win.

If you're headed to the game on Sunday, make sure you're advised of several lane closures that could impact your commute. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at the Georgia Dome.