Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Dirk Koetter
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense18th101.0 (24th)245.4 (16th)
Defense23rd117.2 (22nd)250.8 (22nd)
DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
05/08/17LBKendell BeckwithKnee - ACLQUESTIONABLEBeckwith (knee) signed his rookie contract on Tuesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

The last player selected in the third round, Beckwith brings the skill level of a higher-ranked player but fell in the draft due to a November 2016 ACL tear suffered while playing for LSU. He brings an impressive college resume (263 tackles, including 24.5 for loss, 7.5 sacks, one interception, eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries) and is expected to eventually compete with Devante Bond for starting strongside linebacker duties.

(Updated 05/24/2017)
05/05/17RBDoug MartinSuspensionSUSPENDMartin (suspension) is taking the majority of first-team reps at the beginning of OTAs, WFLA's Roy Cummings reports.

Oft-mentioned as a potential cap casualty just one season after signing a five-year, $35.75 million contract, Martin is doing his best to earn another shot in Tampa. He completed a treatment program at the beginning of the offseason, and general manager Jason Licht recently said the 28-year-old is back to top physical condition. While suspended for the first three games of the season, Martin has put himself on track to regain lead status in Tampa Bay's backfield beginning in Week 4. It is still possible he could be released if there are any setbacks between OTAs and the start of the season, as the Bucs have insurance in the form of Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims and rookie fifth-rounder Jeremy McNichols (shoulder). Rodgers is getting most of the second-team reps at OTAs, with Sims handling the third-team looks.

(Updated 05/24/2017)
04/30/17RBJeremy McNicholsShoulder - LabrumQUESTIONABLEMcNichols (shoulder) signed his rookie contract on Tuesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

McNichols unexpectedly slipped to the fifth round after having surgery on his labrum following the Combine, but he was initially rated as worthy of a first-or-second-day pick. The prolific Boise State alum boasts a well-rounded skill set and reminds many observers of new teammate Doug Martin, who he'll compete for playing time with this season. In addition to compiling 3,205 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns in three college seasons, McNichols also hauled in 103 catches and another 11 touchdowns through the air while serving as an above-average blocker.

(Updated 05/24/2017)
01/26/17WRDonteea DyeAnkleQUESTIONABLEDye (ankle) underwent surgery on his injured ankle Monday, ESPN reports.

After injuring his ankle in practice, Dye was placed on injured reserve in mid-December. While his procedure Monday required screws to re-set a ligament in his ankle and will sideline the receiver for about six weeks, Dye should be ready in time for summer OTAs.

(Updated 01/02/2017)
01/26/17WRVincent JacksonKneeQUESTIONABLEJackson (knee) does not plan on retiring, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

Jackson is slated to hit free agency after ending both of the last two seasons on injured reserve due to knee issues. Despite being 34 years old, Jackson still feels there's room left in the tank to continue his career. Just how much interest he receives in free agency remains to be seen, leaving his diminished fantasy stock in limbo, but the veteran isn't calling it quits yet.

(Updated 03/03/2017)
01/26/17DLGeorge JohnsonHipQUESTIONABLEJohnson has been placed on IR after injuring his hip in Thursday's practice.

Johnson played in 11 games for Tampa Bay last year, recording 23 tackles in two forced fumbles while seeing the field for 39.4 percent of the teams defensive snaps. It's unclear what exactly his hip injury is at this point, but it was enough for the team to officially end his season just a day after the injury. With him out, look for Cliff Matthews and Jacquies Smith to see some extra reps with the second unit.

(Updated 08/05/2016)
01/26/17WRCecil ShortsKneeDOUBTFULShorts (knee) faces an 18-to-24 month recovery and might not return to the NFL, Joe Scalzo of the Columbus Monthly reports.

Shorts suffered a devastating right knee injury in early December that included a torn ACL, MCL, and PCL, not to mention a dislocated kneecap. The short end of his recovery timeline would put him on schedule to be ready for training camp ahead of the 2018 campaign while the latter end would rule him out for that season entirely. Either way, in order to play again, the diminutive receiver will not only have to recover in full but also regain the necessary burst to separate from opposing defenders. A return from a catastrophe like this would be a gruesome task for any player, but for a 29-year-old veteran whose already shown signs of decline, it seems nearly impossible.

(Updated 03/13/2017)
01/26/17RBAntone SmithKneeQUESTIONABLESmith (knee) remains unsigned while rehabbing from a season-ending injury, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Smith had some success as an occasional big-play threat for the Falcons in 2013 and 2014, but a combination of injuries and age have sapped his explosiveness. Even if he returns to full health at some point this offseason, the 31-year-old may find it tough to catch on with a team that gives him a real shot to earn a roster spot. He had 10 carries for 47 yards and six catches for 77 yards in three games with Tampa Bay last season.

(Updated 03/19/2017)
01/26/17DLJacquies SmithKneeQUESTIONABLESmith (knee) signed his tender with the Buccaneers on Wednesday, Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com reports.

The Buccaneers hope that Smith can return to form after he missed nearly all of 2016 with a knee injury. Tampa Bay will likely ease the 27-year-old back onto the field, but don't be surprised if Smith sees more involvement in team activities as training camp approaches. Smith recorded 13.5 sacks over his first two years in the league before suiting up for just one contest last season.

(Updated 05/17/2017)
01/02/17DLNoah SpenceShoulderQUESTIONABLESpence (shoulder) has high expectations for himself heading into 2017, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Spence had a serviceable rookie season, notching 22 tackles (16 solo), 5.5 sacks, two passes defensed and three forced fumbles. However, he also separated his shoulder and suffered a full labrum tear in Week 4, which required him to wear a harness the rest of the season. Spence then reseparated the shoulder in the season finale against the Panthers, ultimately leading to offseason surgery. Spence is expected to be completely healthy for his second campaign and has already shed eight-to-10 pounds off his playing weight of 251 last season. That's been accompanied by an approximate five-percent reduction in body fat, which should render Spence an even more effective pass-rushing threat in the coming season.

(Updated 05/17/2017)

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