Mike Evans - WRPosted 8/28/15 4:16pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) said he thinks it's smart not to play the last two preseason games with a hampered hamstring. 'There's no reason to risk it,' Evans said. 'I've already proven myself. And this way I can just try to get back for Week 1 of the regular season.' Evans added that if he had to play, he could.
Huddle Up: If most teams weren't adverse to risking or pushing their star players in the preseason, they likely are now after last week's season-ending injury suffered by the Packers' Jordy Nelson. Evans is a low-end WR1 in all scoring formats.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 8/25/15 12:10am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston completed eight of his 13 pass attempts for 90 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in the preseason game Monday, Aug. 24, against the Cincinnati Bengals. He also ran once for a touchdown.
Huddle Up: Two games and two rushing scores for the No. 1 overall pick, but his aerial numbers were a marked improvement over his Week 1 preseason figures (9-of-19, 131 yards, interception) vs. the Vikings. If he stays the course, he could challenge for mid-level QB2 status.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 8/25/15 12:10am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin rushed six times for 59 yards in the preseason game Monday, Aug. 24, against the Cincinnati Bengals. He also caught a 9-yard pass.
Huddle Up: The Muscle Hamster -- coming off back-to-back years of deep fantasy disappointment -- ran well, breaking tackles and showing some wiggle, and looked worthy of the raves he's been drawing in Bucs' camp this summer. There are still strong concerns about the Tampa offensive line, but Martin is worthy of a flyer at his current ADP of 83 -- 32nd among RBs.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 8/25/15 10:13am ET
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) isn't believed to have a serious hamstring injury. 'I talked to him and he didn't feel like it was that serious,' head coach Lovie Smith said. 'We wanted to get our (starters) into the second quarter and then get them out.'
Huddle Up: Evans' injury tossed a scare into fantasy drafters, but if he's back on the field--even briefly--for this weekend's third preseason game he should remain ensconced in the top 10 fantasy wideouts.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 8/25/15 3:15pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is fine after falling on his ankle in the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, Aug. 24.
Huddle Up: With the injury not believed to be serious, it was good news all-around for the top overall pick who finished 8-of-13 for 90 yards and scrambled for a 1-yard score in the 25-11 thrashing of the Bengals. It was a marked improvement over his erratic 9-of-19, 131-yard debut with a an interception against the Vikings.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 8/25/15 7:57pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) is not expected to play the rest of the preseason with the hamstring injury he suffered Monday, Aug. 24, according to head coach Lovie Smith.
Huddle Up: With a short turnaround (Monday to Saturday) leading into their next preseason game and the fourth game usually reserved for backups and bubble players, it's hardly a shock that the Bucs don't want to take any unnecessary risks with the talented second-year wideout.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 8/24/15 10:54pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans left the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, Aug. 24, due to a strained hamstring.
Huddle Up: These hammy issues need to be taken a little more seriously now that we're halfway through the preseason, so we'll keep a close eye on the Bucs' No. 1 wideout.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 8/11/15 4:45pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has looked fantastic this offseason and the Buccaneers are looking forward to him approaching the success he had in 2012, according to the NFL Network's Mike Mayock.
Huddle Up: While approaching his 2012 numbers (1,926 total yards, 12 TDs) seems a little far-fetched following two back-to-back disappointing duds of seasons, Martin certainly does appear to have the opportunity and upside to return a good deal of value as the 33rd RB currently being drafted with an ADP of 104.
Lavonte David - LBPosted 8/9/15 11:44pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Lavonte David agreed to a five-year contract extension, the team confirmed Sunday, Aug. 9. The extension is worth $50.25 million with $25.56 million guaranteed, according to David's agent Ron Butler.
Huddle Up: The deal makes David the highest-paid 4-3 outside linebacker in the league, and as many IDP league owners can attest, he may be worth it after averaging 140 total tackles and recording 10 sacks, six interceptions and six forced fumbles over his first three seasons in Tampa.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 8/3/15 8:57pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston struggled against the blitz in practice Monday, Aug. 3. Winston threw three interceptions in his first five pass attempts.
Huddle Up: Hey, all part of a rookie's job description -- and the more he sees now, the (hopefully) better prepared he'll be for the Week 1 matchup with DC Ray Horton, special assistant Dick LeBeau and the Titans' D.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 8/3/15 11:42pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin was confirmed as the team's lead back Monday, Aug. 3, by head coach Lovie Smith. 'We talked about being able to establish the run. Doug will be the lead guy doing that, so it's very important that we open up some holes and let him do his thing,' Smith said via the Tampa Bay Times.
Huddle Up: Martin has only totaled 1,080 total yards and three TDs in 17 games since rolling up 1,926 yards and 12 TDs in 16 contests as a rookie in 2012, and Smith and the Bucs are banking on a rebound season with some help from a (hopefully) improved offensive line. If you're a believer, Martin can be had at a bargain price as he's currently going 34th among RBs with an ADP of 109.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 7/31/15 2:40pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was officially named the starting quarterback Friday, July 31, by Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith.
Huddle Up: Like Thursday's Mariota announcement in Tennessee, certainly no stunner here with the No. 1 overall pick, and we can now all start officially looking forward to the Week 1 clash in Tampa between the draft's top two selections. Both currently are going in the QB2 range, with Winston currently owning a 118 re-draft ADP (14th among QBs) while Mariota's is at 130 (17th).
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 7/28/15 9:47pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston will receive more repetitions than usual for a rookie quarterback in preseason, according to general manager Jason Licht.
Huddle Up: Hey, he's the No. 1 overall pick and he's going to be the man in Tampa -- basically ready or not -- so expect to see plenty of Winston this preseason. At the same time, of course, his will also give fantasy GMs a good chance to gauge his pro readiness and how well he's meshing with his talented group of targets.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 7/27/15 8:50pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin could be in line for a big, bounce-back year, in the opinion of beat writer Roy Cummings.
Huddle Up: Martin only has 286 touches for 1,080 yards and three total TDs in 17 games during the two seasons since his breakout rookie year of 2012, in which he totaled 368 touches for 1,926 yards and 12 TDs. In short, he's a player who bears watching as he'll first have to hold off second-year back Charles Sims to hold on to the starting gig, and then he'll have to show he can stay healthy. Follow along as we keep tabs on his progress in training camp.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 7/13/15 12:06am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston understanding of the offense already stands out, according to TE Luke Stocker. 'What is impressive is the speed that Jameis has picked everything up -- from the huddle to the cadence to the checks to the audibles,' Stocker said. 'He's picked everything up so fast.'
Huddle Up: Even the first overall pick will have the requisite rookie growing pains but even with those, he still should eclipse the 226.4 yards per game and better the 21/20 TD-to-interception ratio put up last season by the combo of Josh McCown and Mike Glennon.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TEPosted 7/13/15 12:06am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins could benefit from offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, who has a solid history with tight ends. In 2010, Koetter coached Jacksonville Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis in a career-best season with 700 yards and 10 touchdowns. Koetter also coached former TE Tony Gonzalez's 2012 and 2013 campaigns with the Atlanta Falcons during which he piled up over 1,700 yards and 16 touchdowns over the two seasons.
Huddle Up: The second-round pick suffered through the typical rookie TE struggles, catching only 21 passes for 221 yards and two TDs in nine games, but with opposing defenses having to concern themselves with wideouts Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans and rookie Kenny Bell, Seferian-Jenkins appears poised to make a big leap in his sophomore season.
Kenny Bell - WRPosted 7/12/15 10:40am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie WR Kenny Bell is expected to eventually win the starting slot receiver job. Bell will primarily be competing with Louis Murphy for playing time in the slot.
Huddle Up: Murphy was solid last season, so "eventually" doesn't necessarily mean "this year". Plus, with Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson outside, Austin Seferian-Jenkins at tight end and a rookie quarterback pulling it all together the WR3 role in Tampa isn't the most lucrative fantasy opportunity this season.
Mike Glennon - QBPosted 6/29/15 11:06pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans is expected to play more on an island in 2015 as the 'X' receiver in Tampa Bay's new offense, which is the same role offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter created for Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones during Koetter's time with that organization. He said Monday, June 29, that the QB carousell of Josh McCown and Mike Glennon last year held him back, too, so he is excited about a potential breakout with QB Jameis Winston.
Huddle Up: An upgrade at quarterback, a new and potentially lucrative role... on the heels of a dynamic rookie season Evans could actually wind up being the best sophomore pass-catcher this season.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TEPosted 6/23/15 3:31pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be used more this year in new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter's system. ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas believes Seferian-Jenkins will be a big part of the offense in 2015.
Huddle Up: Jenkins averaged 4.2 targets per outing over nine games as a rookie last season -- a figure which would've put his full-season total at 68 and ranked him 20th at the position. Any increase -- and a full season of health -- could make the 6-6 TE a bona fide sleeper.
Vincent Jackson - WRPosted 6/21/15 4:32pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson could line up in the slot at times this season.
Huddle Up: With a bevy of big receivers, the Bucs can move their pieces around and create a variety of mismatches for opposing defenses. Jackson, though, is coming off four-year lows in receiving yards (1,002) and TD catches (2) and could be in line for a slight bump -- especially in the scoring department -- with teams now having to pay more attention to second-year wideout Mike Evans.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 6/17/15 2:11pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans said he's being used exclusively as an 'X' wide receiver. Evans was used as the 'Z' receiver as a rookie, but he said he likes the move and 'being on an island.'
Huddle Up: Curious that the Bucs are moving Evans from the role in which he had so much success, but he's still young and can grow in his role as Jameis Winston's go-to receiver.
Tim Wright - TEPosted 6/12/15 5:01pm ET
New England Patriots TE Tim Wright was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday, June 12.
Huddle Up: Wright only adds to the Tampa TE logjam, which also includes 2014 second-round pick Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and vets Brandon Myers and Luke Stocker. ASJ should be the top -- and only Bucs' TE drafted -- but he's only a low-end TE2 with upside at best.
Vincent Jackson - WRPosted 6/8/15 1:07pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson is lining up in multiple spots in offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter's offense. 'Dirk is having some fun moving me around and playing me in multiple places, and it's been fun for me, too,'' Jackson said. 'It's fun to play inside (in the slot) and outside, to be able stretch the field and cross the field. 'That's what's good about this system. We're going to put the ball all over the place. The (running) backs, the tight ends, everybody's going to be involved and that should make it fun for all of us.'
Huddle Up: It's easy to get excited about Mike Evans, and the Bucs have theoretically upgraded at quarterback with Jameis Winston. But lost in the shuffle is what Jackson can bring to the table in this offense--especially if he's being developed as Koetter's multi-purpose tool in the improved Tampa Bay offense.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TEPosted 5/29/15 1:19pm ET
Tampa Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins appears poised for a breakout season in 2015 if he can stay healthy. new Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter appears willing to utilize his tight ends this season.
Huddle Up: The 6-6, 260-pound Jenkins had only 22 receptions for 221 yards and two TDs as he was limited to nine games as a rookie, but Koetter has had success utilizing Tony Gonzalez in Atlanta and Marcedes Lewis in Jacksonville and he could help the talented TE take a big leap forward in his second season. Definitely a sleeper to keep an eye on.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 5/28/15 9:40pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans tweaked his hamstring during organized team activities Thursday, May 28. Head coach Lovie Smith said Evans' injury isn't major.
Huddle Up: A common occurrence with players getting back up to practice speed. It doesn't sound like any thing to worry about but something to file away as hammy issues can sometimes linger.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 5/24/15 1:04pm ET
Tampa Buccaneers RB Charles Sims is viewed very highly by coaches, according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: Sims didn't make a start last season as a rookie but finished with 66-185-1 rushing and 19-190 receiving over the final eight games. He's mainly been viewed as a third-down, change-of-pace option, but that might not be the thinking of the Bucs' second-year coaching staff which drafted Sims and not former first-round pick Doug Martin.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 5/11/15 11:12am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was praised by head coach Lovie smith for his ability to learn the playbook. 'He's been cramming like it's a final exam, and he's doing a good job of it,' Smith said. 'We've seen marked improvement from the moment we gave him his playbook. Jameis is a bright guy. He'll be able to get it all.'
Huddle Up: Winston's football IQ was never in question during the draft process, so it should come as no surprise he's grasping the playbook quickly. The key to his success will be turning that knowledge into production as opposed to the interceptions that plagued him during his collegiate career.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 5/7/15 1:43pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans wants to improve his route running and his understanding of coverages for the 2015 season. Evans added that he has two other goals of making the playoffs and making the Pro Bowl. Evans also is excited about working with No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston. 'He can sit in the pocket, deliver the ball and that's more opportunities for the receivers,' Winston said, emphasizing his desire for a pocket passer.
Huddle Up: Evans had as many TD catches (12) as fellow rookie Odell Beckham Jr. as he finished as a low-end WR1 last season with 177 fantasy points, so any improvement will be icing on the cake. Evans also accomplished all this with a struggling Josh McCown and Mike Glennon at QB, so he should be just fine even if Winston takes awhile to catch on the NFL game.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 5/5/15 4:34pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston will be given every chance to start in 2015. 'It's pretty difficult to say with a straight face that we're not going to give Jameis that opportunity to win it right away,' general manager Jason Licht told PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio. 'He's the first overall pick. We think he's very advanced in terms of his ability to play and pick up schemes and concepts and learn the playbook relative to most rookies, or any rookie we've scouted in recent history. So he's gonna have every opportunity.'
Huddle Up: With Mike Glennon and second-year undrafted free-agent Seth Lobato the only other QBs listed on the Bucs' depth chart at the moment, definitely expect Winston to be the starter when the Bucs open the season Sept. 13 against the Titans.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 5/4/15 12:44pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims is likely to be featured in the offense this season.
Huddle Up: With Doug Martin a short-timer after the Bucs declined to pick up his option for 2015, Sims looks to be the go-to option in Jameis Winston's backfield. Would be nice if fantasy owners had any sort of track record for him to work off of.
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