Bell is eager to to prove himself in 2016 after spending his rookie season on injured reserve, Scott Smith of the Bucs' official site reports.
A mid-August 2015 hamstring injury completely derailed the Nebraska product's rookie campaign, but he refused to remain out of the loop. Bell continued attending meetings and was involved in as many day-to-day activities as possible. The sophomore wideout was even allowed to travel with the team for road games, allowing him to immerse himself as much as possible into then-offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter's system. That experience could pay off for the 24-year-old in the coming months, as he battles for a spot on the roster. "Going through camp and going through everything I was pretty familiar with the offense," said Bell. "So the playbook has never been too big of an issue. What I'm more focused on is the reps. That's where you garner respect in this game. The guys I'm sure enjoy having me around, I like to think I'm a good guy and I like to have fun, but the way you really garner respect from the team, from coaches, from guys that play this game, is playing on Sundays." With veteran receiver Louis Murphy likely out until training camp while he recovers from last year's ACL surgery, Bell will have an opportunity for additional reps at a minimum for the remainder of OTAs and the Bucs' mini-camps. Koetter has also mentioned Bell as a candidate for the Bucs' open kick-returner job, and the former Cornhusker also has gunner experience on punt returns over his four college seasons.
Jackson is excited about the physical and mental progress that Jameis Winston has made this offseason, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports.
The 33-year-old receiver, entering the final year of his contract, expressed considerable optimism about the progress he sees his sophomore quarterback having made over the last few months. That improvement has been holistic in the eyes of Jackson, who hopes that Winston's expected development helps lead to a resurgent season for himself. "You can tell he actually put in some work, and not just physically but mentally, as well,'' Jackson said Wednesday, the second day of Tampa Bay's voluntary minicamp. "I think he put in a lot of time in the classroom and continued to just clean up his quarterback skills.'' The veteran wideout's streak of four consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns came to a halt last season due to Jackson missing a total of six games due to injury, but he is fully recovered and practicing without restriction at Bucs mini-camp this week. Having scored just five touchdowns over 26 games during the 2014-15 seasons, the 12-year pro will look to join fellow starter Mike Evans in boosting his trips into the end zone in 2016.
Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said Murphy (knee) won't be on the field until training camp, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Murphy tore his ACL in late October, finishing the 2015 season with a 10-198-0 receiving line (18 targets) in six games. Though he mostly served as Tampa Bay's No. 3 wide receiver prior to the injury, Murphy may have to compete for a roster spot in training camp, if he's even healthy enough to suit up. With 33-year-old Vincent Jackson entering the final year of his contract, the Bucs could target a wide receiver in the early rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft.
Wright (undisclosed) will be placed on injured reserve this week, NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports.
Wright opened the season as a starter, but his Week 1 injury gave Chris Conte a chance to shine. Hobbled by injuries for much of the year, Wright finished with just 25 tackles and three passes defensed in nine appearances. He is under contract for 2016, whereas Conte's deal expires at the end of the season. The Bucs might also opt to look outside of the organization for a starting safety to pair with Bradley McDougald.
Benjamin (knee) expects to be a full participant in training camp this season, The Associated Press reports.
Benjamin is still working his way back from the torn ACL he suffered in training camp last year, but seems poised to be 100 percent by the time camp rolls around this year. Although he's still limited in some of his offseason workouts, Benjamin expects to be a full participant this summer, which would enable the Panthers to fully incorporate their No. 1 wideout back into their offense.
Benwikere suffered a lower leg fracture during Sunday's game against the Falcons, ruling him out for the remainder of this season.
Benwikere's injury raises a significant concern for the Panthers' secondary, as he not only started Carolina's past four games at outside cornerback, but he's also proven to be an excellent nickelback. With such versatility, the second-year Benwikere registered 59 tackles, nine passes defended and one sack this season. With veteran Charles Tillman (knee) sidelined recently, the Panthers may be in the market for further help to their secondary this week.
Brown left the Super Bowl with a concussion and will not return, according to CBS' broadcast of the game.
Brown suffered his injury in the third quarter and was ruled out for good early in the fourth. He finished with four catches for 80 yards on seven targets, highlighted by an impressive 42-yard reception over two defenders. Brown's absence leaves the team with just three wide receivers -- Ted Ginn, Devin Funchess and Jerricho Cotchery.
Davis' broken arm is healing well, ESPN.com reports.
Davis broke his right forearm during the Panthers' NFC Championship victory, but had surgery the next day and played through the subsequent pain just two weeks later in the Super Bowl. While Davis still has a metal plate in his arm and is unable to lift weights at the moment, he's been progressing well in his recovery, which has seen the pain in his arm subside. Although Davis still has to temper his offseason preparations, it appears he's on track to make a full recovery ahead of training camp.
Hill, who would have become a restricted free agent otherwise, will now look to make his mark in the Carolina passing offense in 2016, but first he'll need to re-prove his health after missing last season after having suffered a torn ACL in training camp.
Kuechly is on pace for a return after getting rid of the sling that aided in the immediate recovery from surgery on the partially torn labrum in his left shoulder, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. "It's going to be a gradual process," Kuechly said. "Once everybody gets back I'll be able to do some stuff, but they are going to alter and modify what I can do. We have time so we might as well use the time."
Kuechly suffered the ailment in the regular season finale but missed no time thereafter, whether it was practice or in game, and he proceeded to make history, returning an interception for a touchdown in back-to-back playoff games. In addition to the game-breaking plays against the Seahawks and Cardinals, he totaled 29 tackles, one sack, and one fumble recovery during the Panthers' three-game postseason run. As he proceeds through rehabilitation, Kuechly noted that he's avoiding weight-bearing exercises in favor of more cardio, namely "bike stuff and lower body stuff."