Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Dirk Koetter
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense18th101.0 (24th)245.4 (16th)
Defense23rd117.2 (22nd)250.8 (22nd)


Sun Sep 11
W 31 - 24at ATL
Sun Sep 18
L 40 - 7at ARI
Sun Sep 25
L 37 - 32LAR
Sun Oct 2
L 27 - 7DEN
Mon Oct 10
W 17 - 14at CAR
Sun Oct 23
W 34 - 17at SF
Sun Oct 30
L 30 - 24OAK
Thu Nov 3
L 43 - 28ATL
Sun Nov 13
W 36 - 10CHI
Sun Nov 20
W 19 - 17at KC
Sun Nov 27
W 14 - 5SEA
Sun Dec 4
W 28 - 21at SD
Sun Dec 11
W 16 - 11NO
Sun Dec 18
L 26 - 20at DAL
Sat Dec 24
L 31 - 24at NO
Sun Jan 1
W 17 - 16CAR


Tampa Bay9-7-04-2-0
New Orleans7-9-02-4-0
Buccaneers' Roberto Aguayo: Has renewed pressure with Folk signing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Aguayo is facing a make-or-break training camp and preseason with the recent signing of Nick Folk, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

The much-heralded 2016 second-round pick from FSU had a rocky start to his NFL career, making just 71 percent of his 31 field-goal attempts, worst in the league in 2016. Aguayo's problems were largely centered on kicks of 40-plus yards, a distance from which he was only 4-for-10 despite his longest attempt on the season coming from just 43 yards away. It was a stark contrast to his storied college career, one that saw him win the Groza Award and leave the Seminoles as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history. Aguayo certainly has the pedigree to right the ship, however, and also can look to two of the league's longest-tenured and most successful kickers, fellow FSU alumnus Sebastian Janikowski and Stephen Gostowski, for inspiration. The former went 22-for-32 in his rookie season in 2000 after enduring even more pressure as a first-round pick, while the latter was successful on just 70 percent of his attempts in his first season as well. Folk certainly serves as formidable competition for Aguayo, though, considering his proven track record and the fact that he boasts success rates of between 81.3 and 91.7 percent on his attempts over the last four seasons.

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Buccaneers' Doug Martin: Status remains unclear
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

It is still unclear where Martin (suspension) fits into the Buccaneers' plans for 2017, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Martin played just eight games in the first season of his five-year, $35.75 contract, first missing an extended stretch with a hamstring injury, and then sitting out Week 17 due to a four-game suspension stemming from a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. The suspension voids more than $7 million in guarantees from his contract, allowing the Bucs to easily move on from a deal that already looks like a mistake. Martin has a pair of 1,400-yard rushing seasons (2012, 2015) to his name, but he's only played 57 of a possible 80 games through five years, and he managed just 144 carries for 421 yards (2.9 YPC) in 2016. Although he is said to be doing well after completing a stay at a rehab center in February, the 28-year-old running back will still be unavailable for Week 1-3. Given his injury history, salary and inconsistent track record, Martin is in serious danger of being released before the season. His fate might be sealed in late April if the Bucs use a high draft pick on a running back. The team re-signed Jacquizz Rodgers and will also return both Charles Sims and Peyton Barber.

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Buccaneers' Nick Folk: Signs with Bucs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Folk will sign with the Buccaneers, Peter Schrager of FOX Sports reports.

Folk converted 27 of 31 field goals in 2016, which is a solid campaign in its own right but especially impressive when considering three of his four missed attempts were blocked by the opposition. Meanwhile, Roberto Aguayo, who the Bucs traded up for in the second round of last year's draft, was true on just 22 of 31 attempts in what was ultimately a disappointing campaign for the highly touted kicking prospect. While it's fair to wonder whether Folk's signing was simply a motivational tactic to get the underperforming youngster going, this could turn into an outright competition for the starting job if Aguayo continues to fall under expectations.

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Buccaneers' Joe Hawley: Re-signs with Buccaneers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hawley re-signed with the Buccaneers on a two-year contract, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Hawley has played in 30 of 32 games for the Buccaneers over the last two seasons, including 29 starts, so he's been a dependable guy who's avoided the injury bug. He should tentatively slot back in as the team's starting center, although he'll still have to solidify that first-string role during training camp.

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Buccaneers' Charles Sims: Locked in as key piece in Tampa
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sims (pectoral) will return as a key component of the Tampa Bay backfield, while teammate Doug Martin (suspension) faces a more uncertain future, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Martin's suspension cost him $7 million in guarantees, making it more palatable for the Buccaneers to simply release him in the wake of an ineffective season that was plagued by both injuries and the suspension. Even if he sticks around, Martin will miss the first three games, and then may have to re-prove himself to the team. Sims also saw his 2016 campaign marred by injuries, limiting him to 75 touches (24 catches) in only seven games. He landed on injured reserve with a pectoral injury prior to Week 17, but there's been nothing to suggest the ailment will be a factor for the upcoming season, which means Sims should be locked into his usual role as the passing-down back. He'll have the potential for a bit more than that -- especially if Martin is released or ineffective -- but the Bucs also have Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber in the mix for carries. Given Sims' injury history, Rodgers' middling track record and Barber's inexperience, the Bucs may also look to upgrade via the draft.

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