Phillip Buchanon

CB Phillip Buchanon has been a valuable midseason find, helping the Bucs weather the loss of starting CB Brian Kelly

At the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ expansive new facility, Mark Dominik and Doug Williams have second-floor offices that look out over the team’s three practice fields. That’s a pretty significant improvement over their digs at the team’s old headquarters; Williams’ office had one tiny view of a parking lot and Dominik’s had more co-tenants (one) than windows (none).

This moment-to-moment view of practice is a nice perk, but it can also be an unexpected source of angst. As key figures in the team’s pro scouting efforts, Dominik and Williams are charged with swinging into action any time a sudden need develops on the roster, and those big glass windows sometimes deliver unwanted information. Imagine staring stoically out your window as practice unfolds silently below, only to see a starting defensive tackle go down with a freak knee injury.

Yeah, that will throw a wrench into your day. Goodbye peace of mind, hello, free agent board. Someone print out the waiver wire, brew some coffee and clear off the conference room table.

Phillip Buchanon Update

CB Phillip Buchanon had his second INT of the season for the Bucs Sunday at Cleveland. Buchanon is now the starter at RCB.



Cornerback Phillip Buchanon, signed in October, made his first interception since 2004 while with the Raiders. Buchanon started at left cornerback, splitting reps with Bolden, who has a sore quadriceps.

"You can't make plays when you're on the sideline," said Buchanon, whose interception in the end zone came in the second quarter.

"I'm thankful for the chance."


Lehigh grad Buchanon gets pick


TAMPA — In a game that featured few highlights for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, cornerback Phillip Buchanon made one of them.

In the third quarter, with Tampa Bay leading 6-0, the Falcons were threatening to score.
Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick dropped back on third down with 4 yards to go for a touchdown.

Meanwhile, Buchanon, who played at Lehigh Senior High and the University of Miami, dropped back as well, covering Atlanta receiver Ashley Lelie one-on-one.

Phillip Buchanon Update

NICKEL SWAP: Phillip Buchanon supplanted Torrie Cox as the nickel back. No rationale was given to Buchanon for the decision: "The coaches just told me to be ready and go out there and play."


Ex-Raider never hit stride with Houston, coach says

The Raiders career of first-round draft pick Phillip Buchanon flamed out after three up-and-down seasons. He lasted less than half that long with the Houston Texans and now is trying to catch on with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former Raiders coach Jon Gruden.

The Texans released Buchanon after five games; he signed with the Bucs and hasn't done much of note.

Texans Coach Gary Kubiak said several things factored into his decision to release Buchanon after such a short time.

``It's just a matter of (his) not being able to stay on the field for us since I've been here,'' Kubiak said. ``We had some cornerback issues in training camp. He had an excellent opportunity to be our starter.''

Bucs' Buchanon ready to fill in at cornerback

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Juran Bolden did not practice Tuesday because of a deep bruise on his left shin suffered during the fourth quarter of Sunday's win against the Washington Redskins. His status for Thursday's game against the Dallas Cowboys will be a game time decision, Bucs coach Jon Gruden said Tuesday.

If the 6-foot-3 Bolden can't play, he will be replaced by the 5-11 Phillip Buchanon, who was signed by the Bucs Oct. 17, one day after being released by the Houston Texans.

The former first-round pick by the Oakland Raiders has seen limited action with the Bucs.

Backup CB May Get His Chance - Former Houston cornerback Phillip Buchanon could be defending Terrell Owens.

The last time Tampa Bay cornerback Phillip Buchanon played against the Cowboys in Dallas, he found himself out of work the next day. It was six weeks ago, and he was a backup cornerback for the Houston Texans. Dallas receiver Terrell Owens caught three TD passes, the Cowboys beat Houston, 34-6, and Buchanon was released the next day. It wasn't Buchanon who got beat for the touchdowns -- he played only a few plays at cornerback that day -- but it was the last time he wore a Texans uniform.

The Buccaneers signed him the next day. And now, because of a deep leg bruise to cornerback Juran Bolden, Buchanon could find himself back on the Texas Stadium turf defending Owens, Terry Glenn and the other Dallas receivers Thursday.

He's ready.

"Any time I can get a chance to get on the field, I look forward to it," Buchanon said. "I always look forward to a chance to make plays."

Buchanon likes change of scenery

Much was expected out of CB Phillip Buchanon coming out of the University of Miami.

The Oakland Raiders liked him so much, they chose him in the first round of the 2002 draft. The Houston Texans liked him so much, they traded second- and third-round draft picks to acquire him in 2005.

So why was Buchanon standing in the Tampa Bay locker room Wednesday two days after being cut by the Texans and one after signing a pro-rated, minimum-salary, one-year contract with the Buccaneers?

"I don't want to comment on that. That's for some other time,'' Buchanon said. "Right now, I want to focus on Tampa and helping my team win. What happened in Houston and Oakland, that's some other stuff.''

'Flashy' Buchanon Set to Play

Phillip Buchanon, Tampa Bay's newly signed cornerback, did not want to talk about what has or hasn't happened at his two other stops in the NFL. He wants to look ahead, hoping he's found a place where he can get a fresh start. The Buccaneers signed Buchanon, a first-round draft pick by Oakland in 2002, Tuesday, a day after Houston released him. "Right now, I'm in Tampa, and I don't want to comment on other places," Buchanon said Wednesday, his first day with his new team.. Buchanon, who played three seasons at the University of Miami, was the 17th overall pick by Oakland in the 2002 draft. Bucs general manager Bruce Allen held the same position with the Raiders at the time.

Allen, however, said the Bucs signed Buchanon because injuries have left the team thin at that position. Brian Kelly has missed three games with turf toe, and Juran Bolden has a hip injury. Both are questionable for Sunday's game.

Bucs sign CB Buchanon

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 17, 2006) -- A disappointment in Houston, cornerback Phillip Buchanon will get an opportunity to jump-start his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Seeking help for an injury-depleted secondary, the Bucs signed the former first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders with hopes of getting more out of him than the Texans did after paying a hefty price in 2005.

The Bucs are thin at cornerback because starter
Brian Kelly is injured and backups Juran Bolden and Torrie Cox are banged up, too. Buchanon has 34 starts in 50 career games since entering the league in 2002, although most of his contribution with the Texans came on special teams as a punt returner.

Texans release cornerback Phillip Buchanon - Former Raider never emerged as a quality starter

The Texans released cornerback Phillip Buchanon on Monday, ending what was a disappointing tenure with the team.

Buchanon arrived in Houston in April 2005 when former general manager Charley Casserly traded a second- and third-round draft pick to the Oakland Raiders. The Texans hoped Buchanon, who was the 17th overall pick in the 2002 draft, would shed his troubles from Oakland and emerge as a quality starter and strong punt returner.

That never happened. Buchanon struggled on the field and was demoted by former coach Dom Capers after only two starts in 2005. This season, the coaches gave him an opportunity to earn the starting job, but Buchanon fell to fourth on the depth chart before the regular season even started.

Buchanon to return

Cornerback Phillip Buchanon, who missed the Indianapolis game because of an ankle injury, is healthy and will play against Washington. "He's fine this week, and he's going to play," coach Gary Kubiak said of Buchanon, who also is one of the league's better punt returners. "We need as many corners as we can get, and we need them to play well against Washington, just as we do all of our players."


Former 'Cane faces Bucs (Phillip Buchanon)

Phillip Buchanon admitted to having perhaps his worst of four NFL seasons last year, his first with the Houston Texans.

Now the former University of Miami cornerback has set a goal to be even better than in 2003, when he averaged 13.6 yards per punt return, had six interceptions, 40 tackles and four touchdowns for the Oakland Raiders.

At 8 tonight, Buchanon and Houston will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the final preseason game for both teams.

"Last season was one of the worst seasons for me playing in the situation that I was in," Buchanon said during training camp. "Unfortunately it happened, but it's part of life.

Phillip Buchanon Update

Cornerback Phillip Buchanon is no longer the starting cornerback for the Texans, but coach Gary Kubiak still has high hopes for Buchanon as far as special teams is concerned. Buchanon returns as the Texans' top punt returner this season. "Phillip's very explosive," Kubiak said. "There's no reason he shouldn't be one of the top guys in this league.

Texans Beat Rams, Buchanon has big day

Phillip Buchanon also had a big game for the Texans (2-0), with punt returns of 32 and 33 yards and a fumble recovery on the first play of the second half that gave Houston the ball at the St. Louis 17, leading to Kris Brown field goal for a 13-3 lead.