Peyton Barber - RBPosted 6/23/19 2:21pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber is still held in high regard by the team, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic. Auman adds the 25-year-old was the first rusher in the last five years to rack up 250-plus touches but fail to compile 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 2018.
Huddle Up: Barber scored six total touchdowns last year on 963 yards from scrimmage. An undrafted free-agent signing in 2016, he outperformed rookie second-rounder Ronald Jones II in 2018, but Jones' draft pedigree is likely to ensure he gets another look at a full workload as a sophomore. Barber has a decent floor as a mid-round selection, but he doesn't have a very high ceiling.
Ronald Jones - RBPosted 6/23/19 8:31pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones said he is focused on putting last year behind him and earning his opportunities going forward. Jones also said that he has spent more time watching the veteran backs to learn how to be a pro and has simplified how he catches passes.
Huddle Up: Jones has received positive marks from the coaching staff this offseason, and it sounds like he is trying to put his disastrous rookie season behind him. Of course, it remains to be seen if he will ever produce on the field, but if he puts it all together, he could take over the Tampa Bay backfield and emerge as a RB2. He's a great lottery ticket to grab later in drafts.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 6/20/19 9:14am ET
Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson, according to Pro Football Focus, had at least one step of separation on 67.6 percent of his targets in 2018, which ranked fifth among the 72 wideouts with at least 50 targets.
Huddle Up: Jackson is going from one crowded pass-catching corps (Buccaneers) to another, and he remains a boom-or-bust WR4/5 pick.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 6/16/19 12:22pm ET
Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson has been embracing his role as a veteran and leader this offseason, according to Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com. The 32-year-old was present for all but one session of voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) practices. 'He's done everything we've asked him to do,' receivers coach Carson Walch said. 'He's been great in the meeting room. Some of our young guys sometimes are in awe seeing DeSean Jackson in our building.'
Huddle Up: Jackson's expected to start on the right side for the Eagles, opposite Alshon Jeffery with Nelson Agholor in the slot. He led the league with 18.9 yards per reception with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season and finished with 774 yards and four touchdowns in just 12 games. His best games have been difficult to predict in the past, but he has a lot of upside as a WR3.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 6/10/19 4:14pm ET
Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson is a top candidate for the punt returner job this season, according to special teams coordinator Dave Fipp.
Huddle Up: Jackson should have a role in the passing game, so it is not known if he will be the full-time returner. He is still a deep threat because of his speed and could be a late-round option in fantasy leagues.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 6/8/19 7:31pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard has been targeted by QB Jameis Winston 'on seemingly every possession' during spring practices, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: Howard possesses big-play athleticism, and he had become on a weekly TE1 option before an injury cut his 2018 season short. Look for him to pick up where left off and become a top-five fantasy option at his position this year.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 6/6/19 8:34am ET
Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) missed the three-day minicamp with a tweaked hamstring. He was jogging off to the side with trainers Thursday, June 6.
Huddle Up: Evans can be among the best receivers in fantasy, but he has questions in the offense surrounding him and some durability concerns. He's still a solid WR1.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 5/29/19 10:16am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (undisclosed) hasn't taken part in organized team activities due to an undisclosed injury. He could be sidelined for minicamp.
Huddle Up: Evans is a surefire WR1, but injuries have been an issue in the past. Keep an eye on the situation.
Peyton Barber - RBPosted 5/26/19 5:31pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber has received a lot of work catching passes out of the backfield during OTAs, and head coach Bruce Arians said Barber has the potential to be a three-down back.
Huddle Up: Barber was a volume-based flex option last year, and while he isn't going to suddenly become an explosive runner, his value would receive a huge boost if he is used routinely on third downs. He's a RB3 with upside for now.
Chris Godwin - WRPosted 5/26/19 5:38pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin is going to be 'a very big part' of the offense in 2019, according to Carmen Vitali of Buccaneers.com.
Huddle Up: The Godwin hype has been building since the end of last season, but he's positioned to be the No. 2 option in the passing attack behind Mike Evans. If you can grab him as a WR3 in drafts, don't hesitate to do so.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 5/21/19 9:47am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip) said Tuesday, May 21, he's rehabbing on schedule as he recovers from hip surgery earlier this offseason and is on course to be ready for training camp in late July.
Huddle Up: Brate is coming off three-year lows in targets (49), receptions (30) and yards (289) but did have six scoring receptions last season. It's a new offense, though, and fellow TE O.J. Howard is expected back after an ankle injury, so don't value Brate as anything more than a low-end TE2 in fantasy drafts.
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QBPosted 5/15/19 6:59pm ET
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick took reps with the first-team offense during OTAs Tuesday, May 14.
Huddle Up: Fitzpatrick had some big games for the Buccaneers last year, but he also delivered his share of duds. Even if he does beat out Josh Rosen for the starting gig, he doesn't have the weapons in Miami to be more than a low-end QB2.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 5/5/19 9:51am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) has a big fan in new offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. 'Man, I've never seen guys like that,' Leftwich said Thursday, May 2, at one of the team's offseason workouts. 'It's hard to be around guys that can do what O.J. can do. He's very - there's not a lot of those human beings walking around on earth. Trust me, because everybody is looking for him. Everybody is looking for the next O.J. Howard. He's a young guy in this process, but what he can do being that big, being able to run it's a matchup nightmare for defenses.'
Huddle Up: Howard posted some impressive numbers (34 receptions-565 yards-five TDs) in 2018 before an ankle injury cut short his sophomore season after 10 games. As long as there are no lingering health issues -- and there haven't been any reported this offseason -- Howard should be drafted as a high-end TE1.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 5/2/19 5:46pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has thrown 58 career interceptions, and 41 of them (70.7 percent) have come while Tampa Bay has been trailing in a contest. Factoring in every NFL quarterback in 2018, the league's percentage of trailing interceptions was 59.5 percent.
Huddle Up: While stats of this nature are fun to examine, it doesn't too much for fantasy purposes. Tightening up the defense under coordinator Todd Bowles could mean fewer mistakes for Winston, which, in theory, translates to more opportunities for racking up fantasy points via sustained drives. In theory, anyway. Winston has the tools to threaten the low-end tier of QB1s, and gamers won't have to spend up for him. He makes for a fine gamble, if you're into pairing risky quarterbacks later in the draft, or Winston is a reasonable No. 2 behind a proven star to protect against injury.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 4/19/19 10:45am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip) says he is back running and catching passes without pain after undergoing surgery to repair a torn hip labrum earlier this offseason. Brate said the injury originally occurred in 2017, but he decided to play though the pain in the 2018 season instead of cutting his campaign short to have surgery.
Huddle Up: Even though he played in all 16 games, Brate finished with three-year lows in targets (49), receptions (30) and yards (289). Brate did haul in six TD passes, and his 20 scoring receptions over the last three seasons trails only Travis Kelce (22) among tight ends. Fellow T.B. TE O.J. Howard, though, is back after an ankle injury cut short his breakout 2018 season, and that relegates Brate to low-end TE2 status entering fantasy drafts this summer.
Ronald Jones - RBPosted 4/16/19 10:48am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones has impressed the team this offseason, general manager Jason Licht said Tuesday, April 16.
Huddle Up: Jones, a second-round selection last season out of USC, was a rookie bust last season, rushing for all of 44 yards and a TD on 23 carries. Jones can hardly go anywhere but up, but don't be surprised if the Bucs draft another running back next week.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 4/12/19 12:34pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard is primed to make the Pro Bowl this season, based on recent comments made by teammate Jameis Winston and Chris Godwin. 'The sky's the limit really, not even the sky - probably the moon, Why limit him there? This guy, he's incredible. ... I know he's going to have a great season and Lord willing, he's going to stay healthy and make it to the Pro Bowl like he was before he got injured,' Winston said. 'O.J., he's a freak, man, he's a freak athlete ... He's massive, he's 6-foot-5, 6-foot-6 and 250 and I think he was running a 4.5. A lot of times he was running faster than some of the receivers. ... He's such an explosive guy and a talented dude that he's going to keep growing. ... I can see him being one of the best in the league,' Godwin said.
Huddle Up: Howard is already entering his third season as a pro, but he hasn't come close to maximizing his potential for any number of reasons, including the high ankle sprain that cost him the final six games of last season and questionable usage as a rookie. Head coach Bruce Arians has echoed similar thoughts about Howard, so it wouldn't be terribly surprising if he becomes an elite fantasy option in 2019 if he can stay healthy.
Adam Humphries - WRPosted 4/12/19 6:25pm ET
Tennessee Titans WR Adam Humphries participated in throwing sessions with QB Marcus Mariota ahead of the team's offseason training program.
Huddle Up: After signing with Tennessee earlier this offseason, it is no surprise to see Humphries trying to develop some chemistry with his new quarterback. He should provide Mariota with a reliable option out of the slot, but he could struggle to be more than a WR4 in Tennessee's passing attack.
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QBPosted 3/31/19 9:07am ET
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has a big believer in head coach Brian Flores. 'He brings leadership, he brings intelligence, he brings toughness,' Flores recently told SiriusXM NFL Radio. 'We've had a couple really good talks. Obviously, I coached against him (when Flores was a defensive assistant with the New England Patriots) and I just think he's a really good player. I'm looking forward to watching him play. I think his best days are ahead.'
Huddle Up: The 36-year-old Fitzpatrick did average an impressive 26.7 fantasy points per game in eight appearances last season with the Bucs, but now he moves on a new and unknown offense and a downgraded set a weapons in Miami. And even if he winds up starting the majority of Miami's games this coming season, expect a top-end QB2 season from Fitzpatrick at the very best.
Chris Godwin - WRPosted 3/26/19 4:35pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin will see plenty of time in the slot this year and head coach Bruce Arians believes the third-year wide receiver can catch 100 passes.
Huddle Up: As is standard, we need to take coach speak and player hype with a grain of salt. Godwin is in a prime opportunity to post a career year, though, with DeSean Jackson out of town and a new coaching staff ready to breathe new life into the club. It's safer to draft Godwin as a WR3 but he carries WR2 potential.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 3/23/19 10:47pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston, who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 231 pounds, intends to add muscle during the offseason and wants to play at 250 pounds in 2019. 'I'm getting it. I'm going to play bigger this year. I'm about 250. Yeah. A solid 250. It's just about hydration and being at the peak body, too,'' Winston said.
Huddle Up: It's unclear why Winston feels the need to put on weight, although fantasy owners will probably take it if it allows him to stay on the field and improve on his deep passing. The arrival of head coach Bruce Arians figures to be a boon to his career, and there is little question he has a capable supporting cast with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard as his primary targets. If he doesn't thrive this season, he'll likely have no one but himself to blame.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 3/21/19 6:57pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) spent time running routes and catching passes from Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes Thursday, March 21.
Huddle Up: Howard was having a TE1 campaign in 2018 before an injury ended his season early, but he should be back at full strength well before the start of next season. He is a big-play weapon from the tight end spot and could finish as a top-five fantasy option at his position.
Peyton Barber - RBPosted 3/20/19 10:38pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber said in a radio interview Wednesday, March 20 that he has a lot to prove. 'I want to break 1,000 yards and prove I'm an every down running back,' Barber said.
Huddle Up: Barber re-signed for one year and head coach Bruce Arians has spoken glowingly of the back since taking over the head coaching job. If he is used as the bellcow back in 2019, he could be a solid RB3 or flex fantasy option in most leagues.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 3/17/19 11:30am ET
Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson said Thursday, March 14, is 'excited' about re-signing with the team and blamed his 2014 offseason release on former Eagles coach Chip Kelly, not general manager Howie Roseman. 'One thing I can say about Howie Roseman, we always had a great relationship,' Jackson said. 'Even when I went on and played in Washington and played in Tampa Bay, anytime I was able to see him on the field pregame, he always came up and just gave me a hug. Once again, it was a bittersweet situation. We all know how I was released.'
Huddle Up: Jackson, now 32, was limited to 12 games and caught only 41 passes -- the second-lowest mark of his 11-year career -- but did average a league-best 18.9 yards per reception. There is ample competition in Philly, though, for targets so don't count on Jackson being much than a big-play dependent WR4 once again.
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QBPosted 3/17/19 11:55am ET
Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Buccaneers) on Sunday, March 17, signed with the Miami Dolphins. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Huddle Up: Fitzpatrick has landed with his eighth team in 15 years, and becomes the immediate favorite to open the 2019 season as the starter for the Dolphins, who likely also will draft a quarterback next month. Despite the gaudy stats he posted during several games in his FitzMagic run with the Bucs last season, he's nothing more than a QB2 at the very best.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 3/13/19 3:40pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson was officially acquired by the Philadelphia Eagles Wednesday, March 13, in exchange for a 2019 sixth-round draft choice. The Eagles also received 2020 seventh-round draft choice in the trade.
Huddle Up: Jackson returns to the Eagles and should be a deep threat on the outside for Philly in 2019. He should be considered a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Peyton Barber - RBPosted 3/13/19 10:00pm ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed RB Peyton Barber to a one-year contract worth $2.125 million on Wednesday, March 13. The deal involves $1 million in guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: The Bucs didn't have to invest a lot of bread in Barber, who head coach Bruce Arians said he likes. Barber had a career-low 3.7 yards per carry, but his usage was way up. He had career highs with 234 carries, 871 rushing yards, five rushing scores, 20 receptions, 29 targets and his first-career receiving touchdown. He has also missed just one game over his three-year NFL career. Barber will lead the way in front of Jacquizz Rodgers and Ronald Jones.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 3/11/19 2:11pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson will be traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, according to sources. It is not known what the Buccaneers will receive in the trade.
Huddle Up: Chris Godwin will receive a bigger role in the passing game with Jackson leaving. He was targeted 95 times this past season and finished with 842 yards and seven touchdowns. Godwin has a chance to be at least a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues and could become a weekly starting option.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 3/11/19 2:06pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson will be acquired by the Philadelphia Eagles, according to sources. It is not known what the Buccaneers will receive in the trade.
Huddle Up: Jackson has posted less than 800 yards in each of the last two seasons but should still be a deep threat for the Eagles next season. He likely will see a solid amount of targets and can be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in most fantasy leagues.
Adam Humphries - WRPosted 3/11/19 2:52pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent WR Adam Humphries plans to sign a four-year contract with the Tennessee Titans worth $36 million, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Humphries is coming off the best season of his career with 816 yards and seven touchdowns. He should continue to be used in the slot but could be second in targets behind Corey Davis in 2019. He can be considered a No. 3 fantasy receiver in fantasy leagues.
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