Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Lovie Smith
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense30th85.9 (29th)206.1 (25th)
Defense25th113.7 (19th)255.2 (28th)
2015 Draft
11Jameis WinstonQBFSU
234Donovan SmithOTPSU
261Ali MarpetOGHOB
4124Kwon AlexanderOLBLSU
5162Kenny BellWRNEB
6184Kaelin ClayWRUTAH
7231Joey IosefaFBHAWAII


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George Johnson will remain in rotational role with Bucs
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Buccaneers defensive end George Johnson appeared in a career-high 16 games in 2014 for the Lions, but he made no starts. He mostly was a rotational pass rusher last year, but the job seemed to suit him well, as he totaled a career-best six sacks.

Bucs defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier likes how the Lions used the four-year NFL veteran and it appears likely his role won't change heading into 2015.

"No question we would like to have a good rotation across the line, so when we get to the fourth quarter our best guys are on the field in those key situations," Frazier said, per the team's official website. "We don’t want to put George in a situation where he has to play 80 percent of the downs nor do we want even Gerald [McCoy] to play 80-90 percent of the downs. We would like to have enough depth where when we do take guys off the field to get a blow, we don’t have a big drop off.

"Hopefully this year we will have the depth to do that. That includes George. I think he had [about] 600 snaps a season ago, so he may end up right around that range, again, a little bit more. That will probably depend on how well the other guys are playing around him as well."

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Bucs ST coach will make rookie Clay earn role as kick returner
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

When the Buccaneers drafted Utah wide receiver Kaelin Clay in the sixth round, general manager Jason Licht indicated the team's kick returner job would be Clay's to lose.

However, special teams coordinator Kevin O'Dea isn't as eager to just hand the job over to the rookie, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

"First of all, we're not going to hand it to Clay," O'Dea said. "We've got other guys that are undrafted that look pretty special to me, as well."

O'Dea said fifth-round pick Kenny Bell and undrafted receivers Donteea Dye, Adam Humphries and Rannell Hall could all battle for the position.

The Bucs were eighth in the league in 2014 in punt returns (10.8 yards per return). O'Dea said the only things missing were longer blocks and a dynamic returner.

"If you stay on your guy, he'll get to the house," O'Dea said. "That's the bottom line." 

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Bucs sign late-round draft picks; Claim Khaseem Greene off waivers
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

The Buccaneers announced the signing of sixth-round pick Kaelin Clay, fourth-round linebacker Kwon Alexander, fifth-round wide receiver Kenny Bell and seventh-round fullback Joey Iosefa, according to the team's official website. The draft picks were all signed to four-year deals.

The team also announced they claimed linebacker Khaseem Greene off waivers. Greene totaled 17 tackles in 10 games for the Bears last season.

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Buccaneers claim safety D.J. Swearinger
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

The Buccaneers have claimed safety D.J. Swearinger off waivers, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Swearinger was released by the Texans on Monday after some confusion on whether he was stilll on the team or not. Swearinger totaled 74 tackles with two interceptions in 2014 for Houston.

As a result, Tampa Bay cut defensive back M.D. Jennings. He recorded 74 tackles with one sack in 16 games for Tampa Bay in 2014.

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Bucs QB Jameis Winston impressing new OC early in camp
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is already turning heads in rookie minicamp, specifically offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, according to The Tampa Tribune.

"Without any pictures (to go by) or anything, Mike asked him, 'What's this? What's this? And what's this?' and he — he did very well," Koetter said. "We were really impressed with him.

"That was pretty high for me, that point right there, because both (he and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota) are good football players and I've been around some good ones, but his recall there was impressive."

Koetter likes how well Winston is processing information as it's being thrown at him.

"Arm strength and all of that stuff, you can see that on tape," Koetter said. "You can't always see how a guy (processes information). But Jameis can process, and that's reassuring, because that’s an important thing."

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