Louis Murphy - WRPosted 12/26/14 11:22am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Louis Murphy signed a three-year extension Friday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: Murphy is a solid third wheel behind Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, with the ability to step up a level should the Bucs opt to part ways with VJax. And if they settle on a quarterback, Murphy could move from fringe fantasy option to a consistent WR3/flex producer with upside.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 12/24/14 1:25am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans has had less than 50 receiving yards in each of his last five games, but he has been targeted 46 times over the same stretch.
Huddle Up: As chronicled in this week's Targets, Touches and TDs column, Evans has fallen off his torrid mid-season pace rather drastically, catching only 17 passes for 203 yards and 4 TDs over the past five games. Opposing defenses seem to have caught up with the rookie, and now he'll have to make the necessary adjustments to up his game heading into Year No. 2. Of course, a dependable QB in Tampa wouldn't hurt, either.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 11/27/14 7:41pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 27.
Huddle Up: Sims has been a partial participant in both practices this week after getting only eight touches for 33 yards last week in Chicago. Steer clear of the T.B. RBs if at all possible.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 11/26/14 12:34am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin says he's the same running back he was as a rookie in 2012 when he took the league by storm. However, he's averaging just 2.8 yards per carry and has only 193 rushing yards and one score this season, but he's missed two games with a knee injury and three with an ankle ailment. He's healthy now, but he only mustered 27 yards on 11 carries in Week 12 while sharing time with RBs Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey.
Huddle Up: Martin had more rushes than Rainey and Sims combined (7) in Week 11, but continues to do little with them. None of the backs, though, are getting much help, and coach Lovie Smith has called out the team's offensive line. See if that makes any difference, but don't have any of three RBs in your lineup while waiting to find out.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 11/23/14 11:29pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) returned to the lineup in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears. He carried 11 times for 27 yards. He was sidelined for the past three games due to an ankle injury.
Huddle Up: The Buccaneers simply can't run the football this season. Martin has struggled all year and isn't worth starting right now.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 11/22/14 9:33pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) took most of the first-team repetitions in practice Friday, Nov. 21.
Huddle Up: The Bucs running game is a mess right now. Martin has a good matchup against the Bears this week but even if he does get a majority of the touches, he's a dicey flex play at best.
Lavonte David - LBPosted 11/20/14 6:36pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Lavonte David (hamstring) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 20. CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring) was limited.
Huddle Up: Definite IDP league alert here as David, the Bucs' leading tackler, sat out entirely Thursday after getting in limited work Wednesday. Friday will be an important day.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 11/16/14 8:03pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans finished with 209 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns in Week 11 against the Washington Redskins. He is the first rookie since Randy Moss in 1998 to post three straight 100-yard receiving games. He is also the first rookie with 200 yards receiving and two touchdowns in a game since Anquan Boldin in 2003. Evans finished seven yards shy of Vincent Jackson's franchise record of 216 yards.
Huddle Up: Evans has emerged as a weekly WR1. He has caught at least for passes in every game he's played this season.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 11/14/14 2:37pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 11 against the Washington Redskins, according to head coach Lovie Smith.
Huddle Up: Same old story for the Bucs' RBs this Sunday in D.C.: It'll be the Bobby Rainey/Charles Sims combo as Martin will miss a third straight game.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 11/13/14 4:30pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 13.
Huddle Up: An actual sign of life for those fantasy owners who haven't given up hope as Martin practiced for the first time in weeks, but don't expect much of anything even if he somehow does play Sunday in D.C.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 11/12/14 11:04am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims' role is expected to gradually increase as long as fumbles don't be come an issue. RB Bobby Rainey was better at catching passes in Week 10.
Huddle Up: A bigger workload is most certainly expected as Sims was drafted in May by Tampa's current regime, and with the team going nowhere this season, they're going to want to see what they have in the rookie who made his NFL debut just last week.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 11/12/14 4:03pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Huddle Up: Martin's dud of a season continues as he's on the verge of missing a third straight game. Hopefully you wised up and moved on to other options some time ago.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 11/7/14 6:32pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 7, and is doubtful for the team's Week 10 game.
Huddle Up: The deeply disappointing season for Martin continues as he's likely headed toward a second straight missed game. Bobby Rainey and (likely) rookie Charles Sims are expected to shoulder the RB load.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 11/6/14 7:04pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 6.
Huddle Up: The ankle issue has cost the third-round pick half of his rookie season, but he's still on pace to make his debut Sunday against the Falcons. Definitely expect a somewhat-limited role at first complementing Bobby Rainey as Doug Martin is looking like he'll miss another game with his own ankle injury.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 11/5/14 6:39pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Nov. 5.
Huddle Up: It's not looking good health- or depth chart-wise for Martin with recently activated rookie Charles Sims expected to make his NFL debut this week.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 11/4/14 4:22pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin could be relegated to a backup role behind a two-man committee in RBs Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims.
Huddle Up: With only 220 total yards and one TD on 67 touches so far, 2014 just doesn't seem to be working out for Martin, and expect the Bucs' new regime to take a good, long look at what they have in the RB (Sims) they spent a third-round pick on in May.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 11/4/14 7:20pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown will start Week 10, according to QB Mike Glennon.
Huddle Up: Not surprising given the Bucs' 4-game skid. McCown, meanwhile, hasn't played since Week 3 and failed to throw for more than 183 yards in the two full games he's played, but the bottom line very well could be that the issues on the Tampa offense appear to run deeper than the QB.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 11/3/14 10:26am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims is likely to play in Week 10, according to general manager Jason Licht.
Huddle Up: Bobby Rainey wasn't bad in Week 9, but the team spent a third-round pick on Sims and it's time to figure out what he can bring to the party.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 11/3/14 11:11pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QBs Mike Glennon and Josh McCown are options to start in Week 10, but head coach Lovie Smith said he will not decide on the starter until later it the week. Smith said there are a lot of factors he needs to consider before naming the starter.
Huddle Up: Glennon threw for 302 yards and two scores in guiding the Bucs to an upset win in Pittsburgh in his first start of the season in Week 4, but he's had only one 300-yard game in the team's 0-4 run since, cracking the door for a McCown return.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 11/1/14 2:26pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (ankle) will be activated from the Active/Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Nov. 1, and will play in Week 9.
Huddle Up: Sims will be a big part of Tampa Bay's offense going forward but he'll likely be on a snap count Sunday. Owners should wait a week before inserting him into their lineup.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 11/1/14 7:26pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (ankle) was activated from the Active/Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Nov. 1.
Huddle Up: Sims will be used with Bobby Rainey on Sunday but will likely see his snaps monitored in his first game back. Sims is a desperation flex play this week but will be a viable fantasy option going forward.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 10/31/14 3:39pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 31, and is doubtful for the team's Week 9 game.
Huddle Up: Martin has been out all week, and it looks like it'll be the Bobby Rainey show Sunday in Cleveland. Rookie Charles Sims could also see some time, but he's still dealing with his preseason ankle issue and it's still very much uncertain if he'll be ready to make his NFL debut this week.
Vincent Jackson - WRPosted 10/31/14 8:23pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (rib) fully practiced Friday, Oct. 31, and is probable for Week 9.
Huddle Up: Jackson has been inconsistent this year playing in the Bucs up-and-down passing game but he has a good matchup this week against a shaky Cleveland secondary. Jackson could be in line for a strong performance.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 10/30/14 4:36pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (ankle) is making progress, but it is not known if he will play in Week 9, according to head coach Lovie Smith. If he plays, Sims could have 10 or more touches in the opinion of beat writer Greg Auman.
Huddle Up: The possible debut of the third-round pick has generated some definite fantasy buzz this week -- especially with starter Doug Martin expected to miss Sunday's favorable fantasy matchup against the Browns -- but his fantasy owners are going to have to wait until Friday (and likely Sunday morning) before they'll know if they can take the wraps off the rookie this week.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 10/30/14 4:48pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 30.
Huddle Up: On the positive side, Martin reportedly shed his walking boot Thursday, but his status for Sunday's game in Cleveland remains very much in doubt.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 10/29/14 4:21pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) was in a walking boot and is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Huddle Up: It's early, but it very well could be Bobby Rainey and rookie Charles Sims handling the Bucs' RB chores Sunday in Cleveland. See, though, if Martin is able to get on the practice field over the next 2 days.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 10/28/14 5:03pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin and WR Vincent Jackson were not traded as the NFL trade deadline passed Tuesday, Oct. 28, despite several rumors leading up to the deadline.
Huddle Up: Martin and Jackson failed to land in more favorable fantasy destinations, and expect the struggles to continue, especially for Martin, who has gained all of 210 total yards and has scored one TD on 67 touches in 5 games this season. Also don't be surprised if Bobby Rainey and/or soon-to-be returning Charles Sims start assuming more of the team's RB workload.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 10/28/14 5:12pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans could receive more targets moving forward, because head coach Lovie Smith said the team wants Evans to be more involved.
Huddle Up: If anything, Evans has been consistent, finishing with exactly 4 receptions in each of his last 5 games and drawing between 7 and 9 targets in 5 of his 6 contests. Vincent Jackson wasn't traded Tuesday and remains very much in the mix, but Evans was the first draft pick of the new Tampa regime and expect to see his workload bumped up during the second half of the season.
Mike Glennon - QBPosted 10/27/14 4:48pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon will remain the starting job even though head coach Lovie Smith said the team has two quarterbacks capable for starting.
Huddle Up: Glennon has played decent, even though the Bucs aren't winning. However, there's a chance we see Josh McCown again at some point this season. Either way, Glennon is nothing more than a middling QB2.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 10/26/14 11:59pm ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are fielding offers for RB Doug Martin, and are more likely to deal him than WR Vincent Jackson, according to sources. Teams have approached the team about Martin, who could be had at the right price. He is believed to be expendable with RB Charles Sims eligible to come off the injured-reserve designated-to-return list.
Huddle Up: The Bucs are high on Sims and regardless of what happens with Martin, Sims is expected to have a big role once he's healthy. Sims is a player to target on the waiver wire this week.
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