Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

Schedule

1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 10
at MIA
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 17
CHI
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 24
at MIN
4:05 pm EDT
Sun Oct 1
NYG
8:25 pm EDT
Thu Oct 5
NE
4:05 pm EDT
Sun Oct 15
at ARI
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 22
at BUF
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 29
CAR
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 5
at NO
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 12
NYJ
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 26
at ATL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 3
at GB
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 10
DET
8:30 pm EST
Mon Dec 18
ATL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 24
at CAR
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 31
NO

Standings

NFC
South
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Atlanta11-5-05-1-0
Tampa Bay9-7-04-2-0
New Orleans7-9-02-4-0
Carolina6-10-01-5-0
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Buccaneers' Kendell Beckwith: Headed to Tampa
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Buccaneers selected Beckwith in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 107th overall.

Beckwith (6-foot-2, 243 pounds) is a three-year starter who was unable to work out before the draft due to a torn ACL suffered in November. He'll be hard-pressed for defensive snaps with Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander locked in as Tampa's top two linebackers.

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Buccaneers' Chris Godwin: Picked by Tampa
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Buccaneers selected Godwin in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 84th overall.

This is a steal for an offense that already was plenty intimidating. After adding DeSean Jackson in free agency and O.J. Howard in the first round, the Buccaneers get another dangerous pass catcher here in Godwin, whose prospect profile strongly indicates future success as a starter. At 6-foot-1, 209 pounds, Godwin was one of the best Combine performers at wideout, running a 4.42-second 40 while adding a 36-inch vertical and 126-inch broad jump. Godwin has excellent ball skills and wins fights in traffic, so he's not dependent on separation. It's unlikely that Godwin will reach his full form as long as Jackson is in Tampa Bay, but he should eventually emerge as a feared second punch behind lead wideout Evans.

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Buccaneers' Justin Evans: Second-round pick for Tampa
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Buccaneers selected Evans in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 50th overall.

Evans (6-feet, 199 pounds) emerged as a playmaker for Texas A&M in 2016, finishing with 87 tackles and four interceptions in 13 games. That kind of tackle and turnover production bodes well for his IDP projection, as do his 41.5-inch vertical and 129-inch broad jump from his pro day workout. If the snaps are here, so should the IDP viability, but Evans will need to beat Chris Conte for snaps.

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Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Will share TE targets with first-rounder
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brate, who saw a career-high 81 targets in 2016 as the unquestioned No. 1 tight end for the majority of the season, projects to be involved in plenty of two-tight end sets with heralded No. 1 pick O.J. Howard in the coming season, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. "We were fortunate enough to add speed on the outside with DeSean Jackson to pair up with Mike [Evans] and and now we've got two tight ends to pair side by side in [Cameron Brate] and O.J.," said head coach Dirk Koetter.

While the Harvard product exceeded everyone's expectations with a 57-catch, eight-touchdown season, blocking wasn't exactly his strong suit, which played a part in the Bucs running game being ranked near the bottom of the league in most major categories in 2016. Howard brings a more complete skill set that includes freakish downfield speed for a player of his size, along with the pedigree of a No. 1 pick. However, it's notable that Brate already has experience carving out a niche alongside an athletic tight end with superior measurables in the form of the mercurial and since-departed Austin Seferian-Jenkins. In fact, the defensive attention that Howard is likely to command in the middle of the field could make life much easier for Brate by affording him plenty of one-on-one matchups. The sure hands, dependable route running and overall toughness that Brate displayed last season are not likely to be forsaken by Koetter regardless of Howard's presence, and as per Scott Smith of the team's official site, the Bucs head coach went out of his way to reassure his incumbent tight end of that personally following Tampa's first-round selection Thursday.

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Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Falls to Tampa Bay
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Buccaneers selected Howard in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 19th overall.

This is a big, big help to an offense that almost certainly didn't need it. Spending the 19th pick on a tight end might not seem like a great value when you already have a competent starter like Cameron Brate, but Howard is the kind of prospect who ranks among the best at his position in any decade. At 6-foot-6, 251 pounds, Howard has 4.51 speed and elite quickness for his size. The Buccaneers should move forward with a two-TE offense to take advantage of the considerable talent posed by both Howard and Brate, and it shouldn't be a difficult accommodation. As far as 2017 goes, however, it will probably be difficult for Howard to make a big fantasy impact in an offense already crowded by Brate, Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. The future is very bright, at the least.

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