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.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 2/11/15 8:13pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown was released Wednesday, Feb. 11.
Huddle Up: The release of McCown means the starting job belongs to Mike Glennon... unless, of course, the Bucs are thinking quarterback with that first overall draft pick. There's been talk of a Glennon trade, and most mocks have the Bucs taking Jameis Winston, so maybe McCown's departure just clears the path for Winston to start from Day One.
Louis Murphy - WRPosted 12/26/14 11:22am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Louis Murphy signed a three-year extension Friday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: Murphy is a solid third wheel behind Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, with the ability to step up a level should the Bucs opt to part ways with VJax. And if they settle on a quarterback, Murphy could move from fringe fantasy option to a consistent WR3/flex producer with upside.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 12/24/14 1:25am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans has had less than 50 receiving yards in each of his last five games, but he has been targeted 46 times over the same stretch.
Huddle Up: As chronicled in this week's Targets, Touches and TDs column, Evans has fallen off his torrid mid-season pace rather drastically, catching only 17 passes for 203 yards and 4 TDs over the past five games. Opposing defenses seem to have caught up with the rookie, and now he'll have to make the necessary adjustments to up his game heading into Year No. 2. Of course, a dependable QB in Tampa wouldn't hurt, either.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 11/27/14 7:41pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 27.
Huddle Up: Sims has been a partial participant in both practices this week after getting only eight touches for 33 yards last week in Chicago. Steer clear of the T.B. RBs if at all possible.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 11/26/14 12:34am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin says he's the same running back he was as a rookie in 2012 when he took the league by storm. However, he's averaging just 2.8 yards per carry and has only 193 rushing yards and one score this season, but he's missed two games with a knee injury and three with an ankle ailment. He's healthy now, but he only mustered 27 yards on 11 carries in Week 12 while sharing time with RBs Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey.
Huddle Up: Martin had more rushes than Rainey and Sims combined (7) in Week 11, but continues to do little with them. None of the backs, though, are getting much help, and coach Lovie Smith has called out the team's offensive line. See if that makes any difference, but don't have any of three RBs in your lineup while waiting to find out.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 11/23/14 11:29pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) returned to the lineup in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears. He carried 11 times for 27 yards. He was sidelined for the past three games due to an ankle injury.
Huddle Up: The Buccaneers simply can't run the football this season. Martin has struggled all year and isn't worth starting right now.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 11/22/14 9:33pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) took most of the first-team repetitions in practice Friday, Nov. 21.
Huddle Up: The Bucs running game is a mess right now. Martin has a good matchup against the Bears this week but even if he does get a majority of the touches, he's a dicey flex play at best.
Lavonte David - LBPosted 11/20/14 6:36pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Lavonte David (hamstring) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 20. CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring) was limited.
Huddle Up: Definite IDP league alert here as David, the Bucs' leading tackler, sat out entirely Thursday after getting in limited work Wednesday. Friday will be an important day.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 11/16/14 8:03pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans finished with 209 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns in Week 11 against the Washington Redskins. He is the first rookie since Randy Moss in 1998 to post three straight 100-yard receiving games. He is also the first rookie with 200 yards receiving and two touchdowns in a game since Anquan Boldin in 2003. Evans finished seven yards shy of Vincent Jackson's franchise record of 216 yards.
Huddle Up: Evans has emerged as a weekly WR1. He has caught at least for passes in every game he's played this season.
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