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.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 2/26/15 4:45pm ET
Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) is expected to decide on a new team by early next week. The Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns are considered strong suitors.
Huddle Up: The Bills seemingly are the favorites to land the soon-to-be 36-year-old QB, who would figure to have a decent chance of winning the starting gig in either locale.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 2/25/15 12:41am ET
Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) is visiting the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday, Feb. 24, and Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Huddle Up: The Browns are most definitely seem to be in the market for a veteran QB -- signifying that Brian Hoyer's days in Cleveland are most certainly done -- as they're now kicking the tires on the 35-year-old McCown, who threw for 11 TDs and a career season-high 14 interceptions last season with the Bucs.
Mike Glennon - QBPosted 2/25/15 12:49am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon is a player the Cleveland Browns are believed to be interested in, according to two league sources. There haven't been any formal offers, but if the Buccaneers are willing to deal Glennon he is a name worth watching.
Huddle Up: Glennon had thrown for 29 TD and 15 interceptions in 19 games over the last two seasons in Tampa, and figures to be expendable with the franchise set to select either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota with the No. 1 overall pick.
Vincent Jackson - WRPosted 2/19/15 9:18am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson will return in 2016, according to general manager Jason Licht. Licht said he will meet with Jackson's agent during the NFL Combine this week, probably to request to restructure Jackson's $9.77 million salary.
Huddle Up: Jackson may not want to restructure his deal, so it's not a done deal he returns to Tampa Bay. But with the Bucs likely drafting a rookie quarterback it would make sense to give him as many weapons to work with as possible, as opposed to nickel and diming V-Jax out of town.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 2/16/15 2:42pm ET
Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) is set to visit with 'a few others teams.' McCown is gathering as much information as he can before deciding on where to sign.
Huddle Up: The logical landing spot for McCown would be to reunite with Marc Trestman in Baltimore, where he would back up Joe Flacco. But he may still be looking for an opportunity to start, and there may actually be such opportunities out there.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 2/16/15 2:42pm ET
Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) is working on a deal with the Buffalo Bills Monday, Feb. 16.
Huddle Up: E.J. Manuel is the only quarterback on Buffalo's roster at the moment, so adding a veteran like McCown makes sense. However, McCown's best move may be to reunite with Marc Trestman in Baltimore, given his success under Trestman and his lack thereof pretty much everywhere else.
Mike Glennon - QBPosted 2/14/15 12:03pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon will likely open the 2015 season as the starter until whichever quarterback the team drafts with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft is ready to take over, according to former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian.
Huddle Up: So Glennon is the veteran placeholder until Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota is ready. Curious. And if Glennon could, as rumored, return a fourth-round pick in a trade don't be surprised if the Bucs find another guy to keep the big chair warm while their top overall pick acclimates to the NFL.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 2/12/15 1:34pm ET
Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) is attracting interest from six teams after getting cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, Feb. 11.
Huddle Up: Even though the QB will turn 36 this summer, McCown's strong play in relief of the injured Jay Cutler in 2013 is still fresh in league minds, and he'll have a job sooner rather than later. The destination, though, will depend if McCown is set on being a starter or is willing to return to a No. 2 role -- a fit that could be made in Baltimore under former coach Marc Trestman who is now the Ravens' offensive coordinator.
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