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.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 5/4/15 12:44pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin will be an unrestricted free-agent in 2016 after the team decided not to exercise his fifth-year player option Monday, May 4.
Huddle Up: Martin's stock has plummeted steadily since a standout rookie season, to the point that the Bucs don't even want him around next year and appear poised to give feature-back touches to Charles Sims. All Martin can do is stay healthy, perform if and when given the opportunity, and look for a new team next season.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 4/30/15 8:53pm ET
lorida State QB Jameis Winston was selected first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 30.
Huddle Up: With 12 different QBs making starts over the 12 seasons since they won the Super Bowl in the 2002 season, the Bucs are in desperate need of a franchise QB, and if Winston has put his troubles behind him, he has the skills to fill the bill in Tampa. He also comes into a situation with a pair of strong WR targets in Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans.
Bobby Rainey - RBPosted 4/24/15 8:04pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free-agent RB Bobby Rainey signed his one-year tender offer Friday, April 24. Rainey will make $1.542 million in 2015.
Huddle Up: Rainey finished second on the team with 406 rushing yards and paced all T.B. backs with 721 yards from scrimmage. He also contributed as a kickoff and punt returner so he can do a little bit of everything, but with Doug Martin and Charles Sims also in the backfield picture, you just can't count on Rainey for any type of of consistent fantasy production.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 4/9/15 11:10pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has a supporter in head coach Lovie Smith. Smith said the team hasn't 'seen the true Doug Martin yet.' Smith also said RB Bobby Rainey is the current starting punt returner.
Huddle Up: In the two seasons since his standout rookie debut (1,926 yards from scrimmage, 12 TDs in 2012), Martin has had 1,080 total yards and three scores. And while he's still listed atop the RB depth chart and is receiving public praise from the head coach, don't be surprised if the Bucs add another back before training camp.
Mike Glennon - QBPosted 3/25/15 4:26pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon has been a topic of conversation from other teams checking on his availability this offseason, according to head coach Lovie Smith.
Huddle Up: The Bucs have their choice of quarterback with the first overall selection, so it would make sense to move Glennon. With the 2015 QB class not particularly deep, there will be teams in need of an upgrade at the position and for the price of a mid-round pick Glennon at least represents the possibility of an upgrade.
Luke Stocker - TEPosted 3/7/15 11:51pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent TE Luke Stocker has agreed to a new contract with the Buccaneers. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Stocker's signing gets the award for least fantasy-relevant signing of an offensive player, at least for today.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 2/28/15 9:41pm ET
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown has $6.25 million in guarantees in his three-year deal, and he'll make $5.25 million in 2015. The value of his deal is $14 million with the chance to make $20 million, according to a source that has seen the contract.
Huddle Up: The Browns didn't break the bank for McCown, but that's enough to suggest the team won't be pursuing Brian Hoyer in free agency. That leaves McCown to battle Johnny Manziel and Connor Shaw for the starting gig.
Vincent Jackson - WRPosted 2/28/15 9:41pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson was not asked to take a pay cut this season, despite a previous report that he had been asked to do so. Jackson is still expected to return this season.
Huddle Up: Seems silly for the Bucs to jettison a veteran receiver when they're likely adding a rookie quarterback with the first overall pick. There appear to be no cap hurdles to keeping V-Jax, so unless the Bucs start spending in free agency and need to create more room expect Jackson to play under his existing deal.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 2/27/15 8:05pm ET
Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) signed a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns on Friday, Feb. 27, according to his agent. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: McCown -- who had also visited with the Bills, Jets and Bears -- will join his seventh NFL team in 13 seasons and gives the franchise a veteran option with 2014 first-round pick Johnny Manziel trying to straighten up his on- and off-field lives and Brian Hoyer headed to free agency. McCown stood out with the Bears in 2013 but was 1-10 as a starter with 11 TD passes, 14 interceptions and a 70.5 rating last year in Tampa.
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