Doug Martin - RBPosted 8/22/14 9:21am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaners RB Doug Martin was called the team's 'bell cow' running back by head coach Lovie Smith.
Huddle Up: This is what fantasy owners want to hear, even though it likely took a three-month absence due to injury to Charles Sims for the Bucs to fully commit to Martin. Hey, it's an opportunity and one that fantasy owners are hoping Martin can capitalize on.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 8/22/14 5:42pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans was allegedly involved in a fight outside a nightclub In March. The alleged incident was caught on video, but no arrests were made.
Huddle Up: Doesn't really sound like much of anything to be concerned about on the surface, but further details may come out that warrant NFL discipline.
Mike James - RBPosted 8/17/14 7:59pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Mike James (shoulder) is unlikely to play in the team's next preseason game against the Buffalo Bills Saturday, Aug. 23, according to head coach Lovie Smith.
Huddle Up: With the injury to rookie Charles Sims and now James' shoulder issues, Bobby Rainey is looking like the clear No. 2 RB behind Doug Martin.
Timothy Wright - TEPosted 8/17/14 11:35pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Timothy Wright has been struggling with his catching and blocking during practice, according to head coach Lovie Smith. 'He's dropped some balls. If you watched practice, he's dropped balls. But he's a big part of what we want to do with the two-receiver, two-tight-end set. Tim hasn't blocked as well inside. Once you're that H-back and you don't block, now they say you're just another receiver and teams start going nickel. If they do that at least you have to be a good pass catcher. Tim's a good player. He just hasn't played as well as he needs to lately,' Smith said. Wright may have to compete with TE Luke Stocker for a roster spot if he does not improve his play.
Huddle Up: As a whole, the Bucs' TE position is a fantasy quagmire with Brandon Myers, Wright, second-round pick Austin Safarian-Jenkins and Stocker all vying for PT, targets and even roster spots. Steer clear for now.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 8/16/14 1:34pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (ankle) is a candidate for the Active/Reserve/Injured list, which would keep him out until the middle of the season. The team hopes Sims will be about to play in their ninth game of the regular season.
Huddle Up: Sims is expected to return in Week 10 or later, so he has no value in re-draft leagues. Doug Martin gets a bump with Sims out. Martin currently has an ADP of Round 3.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 8/15/14 3:54pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (ankle) will undergo ankle surgery and is expected to miss 12-to-14 weeks.
Huddle Up: Tough news for the third-round pick, but, in the meantime, is solidifies Bobby Rainey as the handcuff to starter Doug Martin.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 8/12/14 10:22pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (undisclosed) was seen limping after a passing route Tuesday, Aug. 12, and was helped off the field.
Huddle Up: Monitor the rookie's health as the third-round pick is in line to get his share of touches -- possibly as the third-down back -- in the Bucs' backfield.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 8/7/14 10:50am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown and many other starters are likely to be in baseball caps by the end of the first quarter in the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 8, against the Jacksonville Jaguars. 'As a general rule, if you're one of the starters, (you'll play) about a quarter or so, somewhere around there,' head coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday, Aug. 6. 'The third preseason game, we'll play out guys into the third quarter - I'm talking about our starters. The rest of the time, we'll look at the reps, see how the game is going.'
Huddle Up: This is as good an indication as any that McCown will open the season as Tampa Bay's starter while Mike Glennon remains the quarterback of the future. And given his array of targets, McCown is a sneaky late-round QB fantasy value play as well.
Tommy Streeter - WRPosted 8/5/14 6:46pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Tommy Streeter (undisclosed) did not practice in pads Tuesday, Aug. 5.
Huddle Up: Apart from projected starters Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, the Bucs' WR depth chart isn't exactly brimming with big names or experienced wideouts, but Streeter, a 2012 6th-round pick of the Ravens, still finds himself buried deep as a fourth stringer. Look elsewhere for a super-deep sleeper.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TEPosted 7/31/14 10:30am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has picked up things quickly and made plays in camp. The team is excited about him.
Huddle Up: Seferian-Jenkins teams with Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans to give Josh McCown an even taller trio of targets than he had last season in Chicago. And if he's assimilating quickly, his fantasy impact will come earlier as well--good news in redraft leagues.
Mike James - RBPosted 7/27/14 2:13pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Mike James has been working with the second- team offense. Bobby Rainey and rookie Charles Sims should still figure into the mix as well.
Huddle Up: It's a bit surprising given that Rainey emerged as the main man last season after starter Doug Martin went down and Sims is the squad's third-round draft pick, but there's still 6 weeks and 4 preseason tilts until we get to the games that count -- giving the new coaching regime plenty of time to make depth-chart tweaks.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TEPosted 7/10/14 6:50pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) said he expects to be ready for training camp. 'I feel really good. My foot feels really good,' Seferian-Jenkins said from Arizona, where he's been training. 'I've been running route, doing all the exercise and workout drills that they've asked me to do. I feel very comfortable and confident that I'll be ready to go when it comes to training camp.'
Huddle Up: Timothy Wright had a surprisingly solid 2013 season, hauling in 54 passes for 571 yards and 5 TDs to finish 13th among all fantasy TEs, but there's a new regime in town -- one that spent a second-round pick on the 6-foot-6 Seferian-Jenkins -- and the rookie only needs to get healthy and avoid the off-field issues of his college days to effectively claim the starting gig.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 7/1/14 8:28pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Jonathan Casillas said QB Josh McCown reminds him of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, who Casillas played with when he was with the Saints from 2009 to 2012. 'It's a strong comparison, but he reminds me of Drew (Brees), not just the way he throws the ball, but his approach to the game. The first one in, the last one out, he's always around. He's very communicable, very personable. And you can tell he's a born leader,' Casillas said.
Huddle Up: McCown certainly put up Brees-like numbers (1,829 yards, 13 TDs, 1 INT) while starting 5 games and playing in parts of 3 others last season in Chicago, but it remains to be seen if McCown will be given the same sort of free rein if he wins the Bucs' starting job under defensive-minded coach Lovie Smith.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 6/26/14 8:12pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown has been praised for his leadership skills by Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald and McCown were teammates in 2003-04.
Huddle Up: Fitz's word carries a lot of weight around the league, but the only opinion that matters right now is that of new Bucs' head coach Lovie Smith, who will choose from the veteran McCown or second-year Mike Glennon as the team's starter.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 6/21/14 12:51am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RBs Bobby Rainey, Mike James, Charles Sims and Jeff Demps will be vying for carries behind RB Doug Martin in training camp. Martin is the team's starting running back, but the team wants to use a rotation in the backfield.
Huddle Up: Martin won't be handling 80 percent of the workload, but he'll still be the lead dog with the remainder of the backs fighting for table scraps. The biggest threat to Martin's touches might be Sims, considered the top pass-catching back in this draft class; he could take Martin off the field in third downs, which would take a bite out of Martin's fantasy potential.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TEPosted 6/16/14 10:39pm ET
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers second-round selection TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins' four-year contract is worth $5.254 million, including $3.22 million guaranteed, with a $2.141 million signing bonus, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Seferian-Jenkins will battle Timothy Wright for the starting gig in Tampa Bay during training camp, and there's plenty of fantasy upside to the rookie.
Vincent Jackson - WRPosted 5/20/14 6:59pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson did not participate in practice Tuesday, May 20, due to a hamstring issue.
Huddle Up: Now this certainly isn't the first hamstring issue V-Jax has dealt with, but the good news is that he has roughly 3.5 months to get healed up.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TEPosted 5/17/14 12:47pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) was limited during practice Friday, May 16, because he is still recovering from foot surgery.
Huddle Up: Good that ASJ is at least getting some reps in during the Bucs' OTAs. There's no indication his foot surgery will prevent him from pushing for a starting spot once training camp opens.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 5/13/14 11:54pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown likes the selection of WR Mike Evans in the 2014 draft. McCown said the similarities between Evans and WR Vincent Jackson and Chicago Bears WRs Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery is good.
Huddle Up: McCown, who will turn 35 on the Fourth of July, certainly is living right late in his NFL career, going from Marshall & Jeffery in Chicago to projected starter in Tampa with the Jackson-Evans duo to throw to. Make sure your fantasy draft board reflects McCown's good fortune.
Mike Glennon - QBPosted 5/9/14 12:22pm ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers value QB Mike Glennon and have no plans to trade him, according to a team source.
Huddle Up: Glennon is a holdover from the former Bucs regime, and he'll likely find himself behind Josh McCown this season in Tampa Bay. But he flashed enough last year to indicate he has a future in the league, so at minimum he's a low-cost insurance police for the Bucs.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TEPosted 5/9/14 8:08pm ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins with the 38th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: The Bucs are giving Josh McCown a very similar set of targets to that with which he enjoyed success in Chicago, with Seferian-Jenkins likely torpedoing whatever fantasy value Timothy Wright might be clinging to.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 5/8/14 10:42pm ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Texas A&M WR Mike Evans with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: NFC South DBs had best buckle up as the Bucs have paired the 6-5, 230-pound Evans with 6-5, 240-pound incumbent Vincent Jackson. That translates into an immediate fantasy boost for whomever the Bucs' starting QB turns out to be, newcomer Josh McCown or holdover Mike Glennon.
Mike Glennon - QBPosted 5/6/14 7:34pm ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could trade QB Mike Glennon if they draft a QB early in the week at the NFL Draft and find a team willing to exchange a second-round pick.
Huddle Up: A high 2nd-round pick could be pushing it, but the Bucs might not struggle to find a trade partner for the 2nd-year QB who strangely seems to have turned off new Tampa coach Lovie Smith despite an impressive 19-9 TD-to-interception ratio as a rookie.
Chris Owusu - WRPosted 4/28/14 10:02pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Owusu caught head coach Lovie Smith's eye with his size, speed, hands and route running.
Huddle Up: At the moment the Bucs are searching for receivers opposite Vincent Jackson, but that could change early in the upcoming draft so Owusu may be angling for a third or fourth receiver gig in Tampa.
Mike James - RBPosted 4/16/14 6:53pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Mike James (ankle) said he is happy with the progress he has made in his recovery from an ankle injury and that he has been able to run and cut. James would not say if he will participate in the team's upcoming minicamp.
Huddle Up: Once he's fully healthy, James will be battling Bobby Rainey for the right to back up Doug Martin in Tampa Bay's new offense.
Mike Glennon - QBPosted 4/8/14 2:24pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon is confident he has a shot at winning the starting job in 2014.
Huddle Up: Newly signed veteran Josh McCown is the favorite to start under new coach Lovie Smith, but don't write off Glennon, who threw for 2,608 yards and had an impressive 19-9 TD/interception ratio in 13 starts as a rookie this past season.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 4/3/14 3:54pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Williams is being sued by United Property & Casualty Insurance Co. for $54,453 in damages in relation to a kitchen fire at Williams' house last year.
Huddle Up: Ho hum: Another week, another off-field issue for Williams.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 3/31/14 3:51pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith expects RB Doug Martin to be the team's leading rusher again this season. 'I think you have to have a bell cow,' Smith said. '(Martin) is ours. At the running back position, there's enough reps to go around. We want three guys we feel comfortable with. Two will play, but it's not a rotation that where every series we're going to have a different guy in there. We'll have a starter, then we'll have a backup that will give him quality backup minutes.' Martin (shoulder) said he has been medically cleared to participate in football activities.
Huddle Up: It's kind of Lovie to anoint Martin the lead dog, but Jeff Tedford's track record--not to mention the success both Mike James and Bobby Rainey had last season--suggest that Martin's workload will be at least somewhat reduced.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 3/29/14 3:28pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (shoulder) said he expects to receive medical clearance in the near future. He said he expects to be ready for the start of offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Martin needs to get back on the field to work with the new offensive coordinator, as well as to secure his spot in what will likely be a backfield rotation--especially after both Mike James and Bobby Rainey had productive showings while Martin was sidelined last season.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 3/23/14 9:33pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Williams has been hospitalized Sunday, March 23, after he was stabbed in the thigh at his home, according to a spokesperson from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office. Williams' brother was the one who allegedly stabbed Williams. The team said they are aware of the situation and is gathering more information.
Huddle Up: First things first: Let's hope Williams will be OK. The wideout missed all but 6 games this past season with a torn hamstring, and this isn't exactly the best course for his rehab.
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