Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Dirk Koetter
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense5th135.1 (5th)240.8 (17th)
Defense10th100.4 (10th)240.0 (15th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
38Adjei-Barimah, Jude CB5-112007/21/19922Bowling Green State
 Aguayo, Roberto K6-02075/17/1994RFlorida State
58Alexander, Kwon MLB6-12278/3/19942Louisiana State
61Allen, Josh C6-331510/30/19911Louisiana-Monroe
19Anger, Bryan P6-320510/6/19885California
 Awe, Micah LB6-02091/4/1994RTexas Tech
91Ayers, Robert LB6-32759/6/19858Tennessee
27Banks, Johnthan CB6-218510/3/19894Mississippi State
 Barber, Peyton RB5-112256/27/1994RAuburn
80Bell, Kenny WR6-11972/25/19922Nebraska
 Benenoch, Caleb T6-53058/8/1994RUCLA
 Bond, Devante OLB6-12357/3/1993ROklahoma
84Brate, Cameron TE6-52357/3/19912Harvard
 Britz, Travis DT6-42931/26/1994RKansas State
59Brown, Kourtnei DE6-42534/17/19882Clemson
 Cartwright, Kivon TE6-32413/3/1992RColorado State
78Cherilus, Gosder T6-73166/28/19849Boston College
23Conte, Chris SS6-22032/23/19896California
 Cross, Alan TE6-12455/2/1993RMemphis
54David, Lavonte OLB6-12331/23/19905Nebraska
82Davis, Andre WR6-12119/1/19931South Florida
48DePaola, Andrew LS6-22307/28/19873Rutgers
69Dotson, Demar T6-931510/11/19858Southern Mississippi
17Dye, Donteea WR6-01958/20/19932Heidelberg
 Elliott, Javien DB5-11176//RFlorida State
13Evans, Mike WR6-52318/21/19933Texas A&M
 Fallin, Taylor T6-633911/2/1992RMemphis
99Francis, A.J. DT6-53305/7/19902Maryland
52George, Jeremiah LB5-112341/24/19923Iowa State
92Gholston, William DE6-62817/31/19914Michigan State
72Gilkey, Garrett C6-63157/9/19904Chadron State
53Glanton, Adarius OLB6-12309/21/19902Florida Atlantic
8Glennon, Mike QB6-622512/12/19894North Carolina State
62Gottschalk, Ben C6-52932/15/19921Southern Methodist
4Griffin, Ryan QB6-521011/17/19893Tulane
21Grimes, Brent DB5-101857/19/198310Shippensburg
 Hansbrough, Russell RB5-919011/19/1993RMissouri
 Hargreaves, Vernon CB5-102046/3/1995RFlorida
68Hawley, Joe C6-330210/22/19887Nevada-Las Vegas
11Humphries, Adam WR5-111956/24/19932Clemson
83Jackson, Vincent WR6-52301/14/198312Northern Colorado
25James, Mike RB5-102234/13/19913Miami (Fla.)
34Johnson, Storm RB6-02167/10/19922Central Florida
 Johnson, Isaiah DB6-0209//RSouth Carolina
 Johnson, Kelby T6-73013/14/1993RLouisville
94Johnson, George DE6-426512/11/19875Rutgers
95Jones, Howard DE6-22382/10/19902Shepherd
57Keyes, Josh LB6-22231/23/19932Boston College
 Krause, Jonathan WR5-111901/18/19922Vanderbilt
 Lambert, Davonte DT6-22826/23/1994RAuburn
13LeFevour, Dan QB6-32303/19/19872Central Michigan
74Marpet, Ali G6-43074/17/19932Hobart
22Martin, Doug RB5-92231/13/19895Boise State
80Martino, Freddie WR6-01959/7/19911North Greenville
98Matthews, Cliff DE6-42688/5/19894South Carolina
93McCoy, Gerald DT6-43002/25/19887Oklahoma
98McDonald, Clinton DT6-22971/6/19878Memphis
30McDougald, Bradley FS6-120911/15/19904Kansas
33McFadden, Kimario DB5-111974/13/19911South Carolina State
 McKinzy, Cassanova LB6-324911/17/1992RAuburn
18Murphy, Louis WR6-22005/11/19878Florida
82Myers, Brandon TE6-32569/4/19858Iowa
64Pamphile, Kevin G6-531011/27/19903Purdue
89Reedy, Bernard WR5-917512/31/19911Toledo
 Rhodes, Luke LB6-224212/2/1992RWilliam & Mary
21Robinson, Josh DB5-101991/8/19915Central Florida
29Ross, Joel CB5-101906/12/19921Appalachian State
5Schum, Jacob P5-112111/21/19892Buffalo
87Seferian-Jenkins, Austin TE6-52629/29/19923Washington
89Shepard, Russell WR6-11959/17/19904Louisiana State
 Shumate, Elijah DB6-02161/12/1994RNotre Dame
34Sims, Charles RB6-02119/19/19903West Virginia
76Smith, Donovan T6-63386/23/19932Penn State
56Smith, Jacquies DE6-22603/18/19903Missouri
62Smith, Evan G6-23087/19/19867Idaho State
51Smith, Daryl LB6-22503/14/198213Georgia Tech
 Smith, Ryan CB5-111899/7/1993RNorth Carolina Central
 Spence, Noah DE6-22541/8/1994REastern Kentucky
97Spence, Akeem DT6-130711/29/19914Illinois
85Spencer, Evan WR6-22085/26/19931Ohio State
88Stocker, Luke TE6-62537/17/19886Tennessee
64Sweezy, J.R. G6-52984/8/19895North Carolina State
37Tandy, Keith SS5-102052/12/19895West Virginia
21Verner, Alterraun CB5-1018712/13/19887UCLA
 Vitale, Dan FB6-124010/26/1994RNorthwestern
 Ward, Channing DE6-42799/17/1992RMississippi
81Westbrook, Tevin TE6-52572/17/19931Florida
 Wester, Leonard T6-63051/3/1993RMissouri Western State
3Winston, Jameis QB6-42311/6/19942Florida State
31Wright, Major SS5-112047/1/19887Florida
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Tampa Bay6-5313.16-3279.125.12134
 
 
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Position Listing
Andrew DePaola
News
The Buccaneers re-signed long-snapper Andrew DePaola and waived cornerback Anthony Gaitor, the team announced.
Andre Davis
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The Bucs have re-signed Davis following their weekend mini-camp, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The University of South Florida product had been released 10 days prior, but did enough to impress over the three days of practice over the weekend to warrant a return. His renewed opportunity stemmed from Kutztown receiver Anthony Kelly having to miss minicamp due to an injury. Davis had two separate stints on the Bucs practice squad in 2015, and faces a rather steep climb up the wide receiver depth chart if he's to stick on the 53-man roster come September.

Noah Spence
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Spence has turned heads during OTAs so far, often flashing the physical skills that once had him projected as a first-round pick, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

The 2016 second-round pick has drawn some rave reviews without the pads on so far, and has everyone at One Bucs Place excited about what he could potentially bring to the table in new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme. Spence has reportedly lined up with both his hand on the ground as a traditional defensive end, as well as in sub-packages where he's been positioned at various other spots along the line. The 22-year-old, who recently revealed that he draws both inspiration and tutelage from watching highlight clips of accomplished pass rushers such as the Chiefs' Justin Houston and the Dolphins' Cameron Wake, is making an impression no matter what he's been asked to do. He's already drawn some comparisons to both Houston and the Broncos' Von Miller from analysts, and has certainly caught the eye of his head coach. "He's looked really good," said Head Coach Dirk Koetter after Thursday's OTA practice, which tested the players with intense heat and humidity. "I love his attitude, definitely has pass rush ability, love how our defensive coaches are bringing him along, but especially I just like his attitude and the way he's approaching it every day."

Jude Adjei-Barimah
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Adjei-Barimah could face competition for the starting right cornerback job from free-agent signee Josh Robinson, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

The soon-to-be second-year pro was a surprise starter for the latter part of the season for the Bucs in 2015, finishing with 41 tackles (34 solo), two tackles for loss and a pass defensed. The Bowling Green product was inconsistent in coverage and finished the season as Pro Football Focus' 83rd-ranked corner. Robinson, who recorded five interceptions and 15 passes defensed over three seasons with the Vikings, presents a play-making threat to Adjei-Barimah's starting job, considering the Bucs secondary allowed the highest completion percentage (70 percent) to opposing quarterbacks last season and surrendered 31 touchdowns as a unit.

Lavonte David
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David managed 12 tackles (four solo), a forced fumble and a sack in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Panthers.

The fourth-year pro wrapped up another outstanding campaign with his seventh double-digit tackle afternoon of the season. David impressively contributed across virtually defensive category in 2015, collecting a career-high 147 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries three interceptions, 13 passes defensed and one defensive touchdown. He and rookie standout Kwon Alexander formed a formidable duo that should only get better next season, and David was an integral component of a Bucs defense that limited opposing running backs to 3.4 yards per carry, second-best in the NFL. Having just completed the first year of a five-year, $50.25 million contract extension, David is set to serve as a centerpiece of the Tampa defense for many seasons to come.

Ben Gottschalk
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Got Gottschalk? The 49ers no longer do. They have announched that they have waived/injured offensive lineman Ben Gottschalk.

He originally signed with San Francisco on June 6 after spending last offseason and early in the regular season with Kansas City. He was on the Tampa Bay roster this spring before his release and pick-up by the Niners.

Josh Keyes
No Updates
Johnthan Banks
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Banks worked with the starting defense at cornerback during Thursday's OTA session, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

The 26-year-old was back in his first-team spot from last season, due to Brent Grimes being held out of practice for what appeared to be precautionary reasons. Banks, who grabbed seven interceptions over his first two seasons, was shut out in that department in 2015 over 15 games. He also logged a career-low 25 tackles, and was one of the culprits of a secondary that facilitated a league-worst 70 percent completion rate to opposing quarterbacks. The Mississippi State product faces an uphill battle to reclaim a spot on the starting unit this season, considering the offseason additions of Brent Grimes and Josh Robinson, as well as the first-round investment made by the Bucs in Veron Hargreaves.

Dan LeFevour
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The Bucs have signed LeFevour to an undisclosed contract, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The 29-year-old veteran passer spent the last four seasons in the CFL, and played under the tutelage of Bucs quarterback coach Mike Bajakian when the latter served as his offensive coordinator and position coach in his last three seasons at Central Michigan. The 6'8 LeFevour accounted for 15,853 total yards and 150 total touchdowns from 2006-09 at the school, and has 16 touchdowns to his credit during part-time action with the Hamilton Tiger Cats and Montreal Alouettes north of the border over the last four seasons. Although he has never played an NFL snap, the versatile quarterback has professional ties to additional Bucs coaches past and present; he was drafted by the Bears and former Tampa head coach Lovie Smith in 2010, and worked with new head coach Dirk Koetter for the last six weeks of the 2011 NFL season when he was the No. 3 quarterback for the Jaguars and Koetter served as the team's offensive coordinator. LeFevour joins starter Jameis Winston and backups Mike Glennon and Ryan Griffin on the roster, and in addition to serving as training camp depth, could offer the Bucs the necessary flexibility to act on any trade offers for Glennon.

Kwon Alexander
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Alexander grabbed an interception during Tuesday's opening OTA session, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

The second-year linebacker has been looking forward to getting to work in new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, and celebrated the start of on-field work with a pick. Alexander turned in an outstanding 12-game rookie resume in 2015 before a four-game PED suspension curtailed his campaign, totaling 93 tackles (59 solo), including seven for loss, along with three sacks, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and nine passes defensed.

Louis Murphy
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Murphy's experience and size could be key in his battle for the slot receiver role in training camp, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

The veteran receiver is expected to be ready to practice at the onset of training camp following his October 2015 ACL tear, and will jump into the midst of what should be the most hotly-contested position on the Bucs offense this summer. Murphy has played in the slot at various points in his career, with his most extensive tenure at that spot coming in 2012 with the Panthers. However, his 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame, normally a plus for receivers, may not be ideal for playing inside, and the Bucs could instead opt for the shiftiness that an Adam Humprhies or Donteea Dye would bring. The 29-year-old Murphy will need to hit the ground running come camp, considering the cast of thousands vying for the third receiver job.

Jameis Winston
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Winston is being put through increased no-huddle and scramble drills during mini-camp as a means of improving his decision-making, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

The second-year quarterback heads into his sophomore campaign with considerable expectations due to his stellar rookie season, as well as his notable physical improvement this offseason. The benefit of working in head coach Dirk Koetter's offensive system for a second consecutive year is also reason for optimism, and the experience Winston gained while starting all 16 games in 2015 have coaches confident he's ready to take on a lot more this season. "Jameis can handle a lot and does handle a lot every day," said Koetter. "He can handle more than we're giving him. Compared to last year at this time, he knows way, way more than he did a year ago at this time. Also if you remember a year ago at this time, he was probably throwing three or four interceptions every single day and you saw even when things broke down today, Jameis pulled the ball down and ran. That's one thing we've been working hard on is our scramble drill." A new-look defense courtesy of coordinator Mike Smith is also helping the effectiveness of the drills, as the unfamiliarity of the scheme has helped test Winston's decision-making with respect to when to take off on the ground as opposed to forcing a throw. Winston is also enjoying the pace of the no-huddle drills, as he feels it accentuates his natural abilities, as well as those of his offensive teammates. "I think me playing fast-paced, the more you can cut out thinking, the better you are," said Winston. "Especially for the young guys that we have, we just get up there, you call a play and you go with it. Any time you can create rhythm and repetition of the same stuff it's good and it works, so I like no-huddle. Everyone likes no huddle."

Akeem Spence
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The Buccaneers cut five players Tuesday to get down to the NFL-mandated 75-man limit, with the biggest name being punter Michael Koenen

Tampa Bay decided to go with first-year punter Jacob Schum over the veteran Koenen. The rest of the Bucs' cuts include guard Josh Allen, WR Robert Herron and corner Leonard Johnson. Defensive tackle Akeem Spence was placed on the PUP list. 

Micah Awe
No Updates
Mike Evans
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Evans continued his success hauling in the deep ball during Thursday's OTAs, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

The third-year receiver continued his productive start to on-field work in 2016, as Kania reports he caught "a handful of deep balls" Thursday. That included a long-range missle from Jameis Winston down the right sideline on the first play of seven-on-seven drills. Evans' first week of OTAs has progressed much better than his injury-shortened voluntary mini-camp stint late last month.

Alan Cross
No Updates
Cassanova McKinzy
No Updates
Donovan Smith
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The Buccaneers held out wide receiver Mike Evans and left tackle Donovan Smith of practice on Monday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Evans is dealing with a lingering hamstring injury, while Donovan Smith has ailments to his foot and ankle.

Mike James
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James had two separate stints on the Bucs roster in 2015, but didn't take a snap from scrimmage.

The third-year pro made the final roster out of training camp, but was inactive for the season's first three contests before being released on Sept. 29. He was re-signed to the practice squad and subsequently promoted to the 53-man roster on Dec. 26, but nevertheless failed to get on the field over the final two games of the season. A sixth-round pick in the final draft of the Greg Schiano regime in 2013, James showed flashes as a rookie after an injury to Doug Martin provided him with some playing time, collecting 295 yards on 60 carries and notching 10 receptions for 43 yards over eight games. However, James played sparingly in 2014 behind Martin, Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey, and may find himself on the outside looking in once again heading into the 2016 offseason.

Taylor Fallin
No Updates
Kivon Cartwright
No Updates
Storm Johnson
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Johnson was signed by the Bucs on Monday to compete for a backup job, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The 23-year-old tailback returns to the NFL after sitting out the 2015 season. Johnson was among the Jaguars' final cuts at the end of training camp last summer, after tallying 86 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his rookie campaign in 2014. The 5-foot-10, 216-pound back, who rushed for 1,139 yards and 14 touchdowns in his senior season at UCF, worked out for the Bucs last week. He'll likely wage a training camp battle with encumbent Mike James for the third running back spot behind Doug Martin and Charles Sims.

Howard Jones
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Jones totaled three tackles (two solo) and returned a Kirk Cousins fumble for a touchdown in Sunday's 31-30 loss to the Redskins.

The 25-year-old seems to have a knack for making his presence felt in limited playing time. After notching two sacks in his first career game Oct. 11 against the Jaguars, Jones took it up a notch in Week 7, picking up a second-quarter Kirk Cousins fumble caused by teammate Jacquies Smith and rumbling 43 yards to the end zone. If he can continue making impact plays, Jones figures to receive an increasing amount of playing time in the Bucs' defensive line rotation over the coming weeks.

Caleb Benenoch
No Updates
Austin Seferian-Jenkins
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Seferian-Jenkins took full responsibility Tuesday for both being asked to leave last Thursday's OTA session, and for his social media communications with fans following the incident, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

It was a tumultuous conclusion to OTAs last week for the third-year tight end to say the least, as he was banished to the locker room by head coach Dirk Koetter for a lack of preparation. Seferian-Jenkins' social media-based reactions to the ouster only served to exacerbate the situation, as he became belligerent in his digital exchanges with a number of fans who took the opportunity to levy criticism at him for his play over his first two seasons. The towering tight end was a full participant in the opening mini-camp practice Tuesday, and expressed regret-- as well as support for his head coach's decision to remove him from practice-- in meeting with reporters after the conclusion of the session. Seferian-Jenkins is once again set to be a focal point of the Bucs' offensive attack going in to 2016, but his ability to deliver on his massive potential will naturally hinge on whether he's able to remain healthy throughout the campaign.

Clinton McDonald
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McDonald managed 31 tackles (21 solo) over six games in the 2015 season.

The 29-year-old tackle was on pace for one of the best season of his career before a torn pectoral muscle ended his season in early November. McDonald was on track to finish with a career-high 80 stops had he managed to play all 16 games, which would have obliterated his current high-water mark of 46 that he established during the 2014 season. An outstanding run stopper with above-average ability to rush the passer from the tackle position, McDonald has amassed 10.5 sacks over his career, althoug he notably failed to get to the quarterback during his time on the field in 2015. With the firing of head coach Lovie Smith and the majority of his defensive staff, McDonald and the rest of his defensive teammates remain up in the air regarding the scheme they'll operate under in 2016.

Cliff Matthews
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The Falcons re-signed fullback Patrick DiMarco and defensive end Cliff Matthews, the team announced on Tuesday. 

DiMarco was an exclusive-rights free agent, and Matthews was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March. 

DiMarco had 17 catches for 111 yards and a touchdown in two seasons with the Falcons. Matthews has appeared in 32 games, mainly on special teams, in four years with the team. 

The Falcons also brought in WR Nick Williams, a former Redskin. 

Donteea Dye
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Dye is one of several receivers auditioning for the Bucs' open kick returner role in OTAs, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

The second-year receiver dipped his toe in the water on returns last season, bringing back two kicks for 37 yards. The Division III Heidelberg product also hauled in 11 catches on 30 targets from scrimmage in 2015, along with a touchdown. He had no return experience in college, but versatility may be the key to securing a roster spot, given the Bucs crowded receiver depth chart.

Elijah Shumate
No Updates
Garrett Gilkey
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Buccaneers center Evan Dietrich-Smith, who missed the Week 13 loss to the Bengals with flu-like symptoms, is healthy again after being sick for a full week, reports ESPN.com. His replacement, Garrett Gilkey, was called for four penalties and made two bad shotgun snaps against Cincy.

Dietrich-Smith will start Sunday at Detroit.

Jacquies Smith
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Smith moves down a notch on the left defensive end depth chart with the signing of Robert Ayers to a three-year deal, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Ayers immediately steps in as the starting left defensive end as a bookend with returning starter William Gholston on the opposite side, knocking Smith down to the second unit. Having just been tendered as an exclusive rights free agent, Smith still figures to receive a healthy amount of snaps as part of an increasingly deep and improving defensive line rotation. However, a notable drop from the 546 plays on defense (49.6 percent of all defensive snaps) he tallied in 2015 appears inevitable.

Leonard Wester
No Updates
Doug Martin
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Martin was active in the passing game during Thursday's OTA session, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

The 27-year-old, who's recorded a combined 82 receptions over the two seasons in his career where he's played all 16 games, was targeted often in the passing game during Thursday's open session. The development was notable considering that Martin played a distant second receiving option last season out of the backfield to teammate Charles Sims, who hauled in 70 receptions for 561 yards and four touchdowns. Despite the increased usage through the air, Martin's primary usage in the coming season will once again be on the ground, where he amassed 1,402 yards last season. Still, the added dimension of an increased passing game role for Martin would certainly give second-year quarterback Jameis Winston another valuable weapon to work with in 2016.

Kevin Pamphile
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The Buccaneers ruled running back Bobby Rainey (wrist) as probable for Sunday's game against the Packers. He was the only player on Tampa Bay's final injury report for Week 16 deemed probable.

Safety Major Wright (ribs) was ruled out. Meanwhile, the following players were deemed questionable: Cornerback Isaiah Frey (ankle), linebacker Mason Foster (Achilles), safety Dashon Goldson (shin), defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (hamstring), tackle Kevin Pamphile (ankle) and wide receiver Solomon Patton (foot).

Kimario McFadden
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The Panthers signed Saints free agent safety Marcus Ball , the team announced on Thursday. Ball made 16 tackles in 12 games last year, after signing with the Saints out of the CFL. 

The Panthers also released safety Kimario McFadden

Vernon Hargreaves
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Hargreaves will play a pivotal role in the defense during his rookie season, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "He's going to play,'' coach Dirk Koetter said Thursday as the team wrapped up its three-day mandatory minicamp. "The guy has made plays every single day. Vernon is the football player we thought when we drafted him. He's goig to play. It will all fall in place. We're very confident Vernon can either play inside in the nickel or outside.''

The 2016 first-round pick has been highly impressive throughout the offseason, even adapting seamlessly to playing inside at slot corner. Hargreaves snagged an inteception late in Wednesday's mini-camp session, and came back Thursday to knock down multiple passes in a red-zone drill. To date, incumbent Alterraun Verner and offseason acquisition Brent Grimes have run with the first-team defense, but Hargreaves increasingly strong play could certainly enable him to force the issue with respect to a starting role before the start of the regular season. Regardless of where he lines up, the University of Florida product is savoring every aspect of his pro experience so far, and embracing the move inside for now. "I'm fairly comfortable. Not all the way comfortable because I'm used to playing outside. It's a new position. There's new techniques and things I need to learn. It's a learning process, but I'm enjoying it. The closer you are to the ball, the more times you can touch the ball. So I'm happy about moving inside, of course.''

Bryan Anger
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The Jaguars have listed punter Bryan Anger (groin), guard Zane Beadles (calf), center Luke Bowanko (quad), defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks (shoulder) and kicker Josh Scobee (quad) as probable for Week 1 against the Eagles, the team announced.
Robert Ayers
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Ayers, who described the state of the defensive line unit as "terrible" eary in the offseason, sees improvement as the offseason progresses, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "We're a little less terrible," Ayers said. "We're getting better and that's all we can ask for. We're trying to get to the end of the tunnel, so each day is a day to get better, a day to prepare, a day for me and my guys to get to know each other better and grow as a unit and build a chemistry."

The offseason acquistion had made his initial assessment in the very early stages of his unit being introduced to new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, but continued reps have served to kick-start the gelling process. Ayers had been highly complimentary of the talent he already saw on the line before he came on board, and his every-day exposure to those players has only boosted his opinion of them. "I feel like we can compete," Ayers said Wednesday. "I'm not just saying that because I'm here now, but from the outside looking in, I always thought Tampa (Bay) man, they're right there. We've got some guys. The big three on offense, one of the best defensive tackles in the game with Gerald, Clinton (McDonald) who's been and underrated dog, Jacquies (Smith), who got hurt last year, but talking about pass rush, that guy was beasting until he got hurt. Noah (Spence) can play. Howard (Jones) is super-fast out there. Kourtnei Brown. Akeem (Spence). There's some talent, man." The 30-year-old pass rusher notched a career-high nine sacks in 2015 while with the Giants, and has seen time at both end spots and inside at tackle during the offseason.

Adarius Glanton
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The Panthers waived safety Robert Lester and signed linebacker Adarius Glanton off the practice squad Saturday. Lester was just promoted from the practice squad earlier in the week but the team has decided instead to carry an extra linebacker.
Evan Smith
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The Buccaneers released their final Week 14 injury report and the following players are listed as questionable: Anthony Collins, Clinton McDonald, Brandon Myers, Bobby Rainey, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Lavonte David and Mason Foster.

Major Wright, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Luke Stocker and Crezdon Butler are listed as probable. The Bucaneers take on the Lions Week 14.

Josh Robinson
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Robinson, an offseason acquistion most recently with the Vikings, practiced on both the second-team defense and special teams in Tuesday's mini-camp session, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

The 25-year-old corner, a rather unheralded but potentially key component of the Bucs' offseason effort to revamp their beleaguered secondary, was seen working with the second-team defense Tuesday. Robinson also took reps as a gunner on the punt team, an area in which he has plenty of experience. The UCF product notably was in on 538 special-teams snaps over the first four years of his career with the Vikings, and the versatility will only serve to enhance his chances of sticking on the final roster come September.

Mike Glennon
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Glennon stands "a good chance" of being traded at some point during the 2016 NFL Draft, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Auman framed the nugget strictly as his perspective on the matter-- without citing any inside knowledge-- but it's hardly the first time that the rumors of Glennon's impending departure have been floated this offseason. The speculation was only upped by the Bucs' signing of CFL journeyman Dan LeFevour on April 19, which left them with four quarterbacks on the roster. With current third-stringer Ryan Griffin having had a year of experience working with head coach Dirk Koetter's system in 2015-- and Glennon's appeal as a young but underused veteran with starting experience-- the conditions could certainly be in place for a trade to a quarterback-needy club. Glennon failed to take a snap as Jameis Winston's immediate backup in 2015, but threw for 4,025 yards and 29 touchdowns over 19 games during the 2013-14 seasons.

Travis Britz
No Updates
Daryl Smith
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Smith is excited about his new defensive teammates and once again playing in coach Mike Smith's scheme in 2016, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The 13-year veteran, who topped 120 tackles in each of his last three seasons with the Ravens, is reunited with coach Mike Smith in Tampa after having played under his tutelage for four seasons during the latter's defensive coordinator tenure in Jacksonville in the mid-to-late 2000s. Smith's familiarity and past success in the scheme provides considerable reason for optimism, but his new teammates have him excited for the coming season as well. ""We've got a young roster that can play," he said. "We've got talent that nobody really might not know it just yet, but hopefully we'll prove that." The 34-year-old is particularly looking forward to playing alongside Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander in the linebacker corps in a defensive scheme he feels will be an ideal fit for their respectives skill sets. "They're both young," he said. "Lavonte's been around a few years, All-Pro, knows what he's doing. Kwon is young, but knowledgeable about the game and so eager to learn. Already they're asking so many questions. It's a defense they'll thrive in."

William Gholston
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Gholston (hip) is active Sunday against the Panthers.

After putting in a pair of limited practices, Gholston was upgraded to a full session on Friday and will be in the lineup at left defensive end. On the season, he's recorded 64 tackles to go with three sacks.

Jonathan Krause
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Krause has been claimed by the Buccaneers off waivers, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.

Krause played in just two games during the 2015 season. He grabbed two balls on four targets totaling 11 yards. He will try to earn a spot on the Eagles' roster during the preseason.

Demar Dotson
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The Buccaneers announced Monday they signed cornerback Tim Jennings. To clear a roster spot, tackle Demar Dotson (knee) was placed on short-term injured reserve, which means he will miss at least the first eight weeks of the season.
Vincent Jackson
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Jackson (undisclosed) is yet to participate in Tampa Bay's minicamp thus far, Joe Kania of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Though undisclosed, Jackson's injury is said to be minor. Supporting this notion is head coach Dirk Koetter's declaration that the veteran wideout would have practiced were the team amid training camp. In Jackson's absence, Russell Shepard, Kenny Bell and Adam Humphries were all afforded extended looks.

Adam Humphries
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Humphries, one of several players vying for the third-receiver role this summer, was impressive in Day 1 of Bucs mini-camp, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

The second-year pro turned in what was labeled as the likely play of the day, using only one hand to snag a pass during individual drills. Humphries displayed similarly impressive pass-catching chops during his rookie campaign, and the invaluable experience he gained in 2015 in the wake of injuries to fellow wideouts Louis Murphy and Vincent Jackson figures to serve him well in this summer's competition for a roster spot.

Evan Spencer
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The Buccaneers promoted Spencer from their practice squad to the active roster Tuesday.

Spencer had been on the practice squad since Week 3, so the Buccaneers decided to fill the open spot on their roster with a familiar face. His role over the season's final two weeks is not defined, but the Buccaneers may give him a few snaps to let him show what he can do.

Major Wright
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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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Probable for start of season
Luke Stocker
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Stocker lined up as the starting fullback during seven-on-sevens in last Thursday's open OTA practice, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

With last season's starting fullback Jorvorskie Lane departed, the Bucs have a job opening, and Stocker appears to be getting first crack at filling it. Verastile rookie Dan Vitale, who Tampa tabbed with the 197th pick in the 2016 draft after a successful career at Northwestern, would certainly appear to bring a much greater degree of offensive potential to the position, considering his 49 games as a "superback" for the Wildcats during his college career. However, Stocker's established track record as an above-average blocker-- a key to him retaining a roster spot over the first four years of his career-- appears to have afforded him the first opportunity at helping clear the way for tailbacks Doug Martin and Charles Sims. The 27-year-old brings some limited pass-catching ability as well, having secured 44 of 68 targets to date in his career.

Peyton Barber
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Ryan Griffin
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Head coach Dirk Koetter is prepared to move forward with Griffin as the primary backup to Jameis Winston if Mike Glennon is traded this offseason, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

In the same breath, Koetter admits the prospect of losing Glennon as his immediate contingency plan at quarterback "scares him", but that he would be ready to move forward with Griffin if necessary."Because I'm on record as saying I think Mike is a starter in the NFL," Koetter said. "I'm a huge Mike Glennon fan. I'd love to have Mike Glennon on our football team, but it's a business and if something happens that he's not with us, that's why we acquired Ryan Griffin last year to hopefully ascend into that spot at some point. We're in good position at that spot, we're definitely in the top few teams in the league with our depth at quarterback. But we're just going to have to see how it plays out." The 26-year-old was claimed off waivers from the Saints at the start of the 2015 season, and thus has a year of experience in Koetter's system and working with quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian. If Winston can demonstrate the same durability he exhibited in his rookie season, when he took every snap, Koetter's apprehension might be a moot point.

Ryan Smith
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Devante Bond
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Charles Sims
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Sims gained 15 yards on four carries and secured nine of his 11 targets for 74 yards in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Panthers.

The second-year pro put a stamp on his reputation as one of the premiere pass-catching backs in the NFL by hauling in a career-high nine receptions, giving him 51 for the season. With Tampa trailing throughout the second half, Sims received extra opportunity in his role as a passing-down back, a scenario that repeated itself on a few occasions this season when Lovie Smith's defense put the Bucs into the trail position in the latter stages of games. Sims was notably no slouch on the ground despite limited chances, collecting 529 yards on 4.9 yards per tote over 107 carries. He also gained over 40 yards in four of the season's final seven games despite receiving double-digit carries only once in those contests, and could conceivably take over lead back duties should the Bucs and Doug Martin be unable to come to an agreement for 2016. Regardless of his exact role in the backfield pecking order in 2016, Sims should once again be in a prime position to produce, particularly through the air. With measurables and a skill set similar to Matt Forte, Sims could possibly provide comparable all-around production to the Bears' Pro-Bowl back if he ever receives sufficient playing time.

Dan Vitale
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Channing Ward
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Brandon Myers
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Myers finished the 2015 season with 12 receptions for 127 yards and no touchdowns over 11 games.

The 12 catches equaled Myers' second-lowest total of his career, a figure he initially reached in a Raider uniform back in 2010. The 30-year-old briefly took on a more expanded role than originally planned in the season's early going after a shoulder injury to starter Austin Seferian-Jenkins. However, the emergence of second-year pro Cameron Brate gradually seemed to render Myers irrelevant in the passing game, essentially negating his sole value to the Bucs. The veteran was absent from the stat sheet in Weeks 13 and 14, the last two games he was active for. Myers was then was a healthy inactive over the last four contests once the tight end position was back at full strength. Despite the fact that he's under contract for next season, Myers appears to be strong candidate for release this offseason, particularly with a cheaper and younger alternative in Brate available.

Ali Marpet
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The Buccaneers agreed to a contract with rookie offensive guard Ali Marpet on Thursday, the team announced.

Marpet was a second-round pick in the 2015 draft. With the signing, the Buccaneers have signed all seven of their 2015 draft picks.

Gosder Cherilus
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Offensive lineman Gosder Cherilus agreed to a two-year contract with the Buccaneers on Monday, a source told NFL Network National Insider Ian Rapoport. Cherilus, who previously played for the Lions and Colts, was released by Indianapolis in late July.
Isaiah Johnson
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Russell Hansbrough
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Joe Hawley
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The Buccaneers announced the signing of former Falcons offensive lineman Joe Hawley . Hawley played in 57 games (23 starts) in five seasons with Atlanta. 

To make room for him on the 53-man roster, the Bucs released center Eric Kush. Kush was a gameday inactive for the team's Week 1 loss against the Titans on Sunday.

Kourtnei Brown
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Linebacker Kourtnei Brown was waived by the Bucs on Tuesday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers official website reports.

After being listed inactive Week 1, Brown got on the field for nine defensive snaps and 10 additional plays on special teams this past Sunday against the Saints. The 27-year-old linebacker/defensive end was claimed off waivers by Tampa after being a part of the Texans' final cuts, despite an impressive preseason in which he posted three sacks, an interception returned for a touchdown and a fumble recovery. Brown's roster spot was filled by the signing of former Chief Josh Martin.

Tevin Westbrook
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Javien Elliott
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Josh Allen
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The Buccaneers cut five players Tuesday to get down to the NFL-mandated 75-man limit, with the biggest name being punter Michael Koenen

Tampa Bay decided to go with first-year punter Jacob Schum over the veteran Koenen. The rest of the Bucs' cuts include guard Josh Allen, WR Robert Herron and corner Leonard Johnson. Defensive tackle Akeem Spence was placed on the PUP list. 

A.J. Francis
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The Dolphins re-signed defensive tackle A.J. Francis on Saturday, according to the Palm Beach Post. Francis spent the 2014 season on injured reserve after having his left knee scoped following a preseason game against the Falcons.
Jacob Schum
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The Buccaneers cut five players Tuesday to get down to the NFL-mandated 75-man limit, with the biggest name being punter Michael Koenen

Tampa Bay decided to go with first-year punter Jacob Schum over the veteran Koenen. The rest of the Bucs' cuts include guard Josh Allen, WR Robert Herron and corner Leonard Johnson. Defensive tackle Akeem Spence was placed on the PUP list. 

Roberto Aguayo
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Aguayo signed a four-year contract with the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Aguayo, the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, inked his rookie deal on Tuesday as he enters the 2016 season atop kicking depth chart in Tampa Bay. The team had enough faith in his ability to spend a second-round pick on the former Florida State standout, so he should make an immediate impact on the Bucs' special teams unit.

Davonte Lambert
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Jeremiah George
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The Jaguars have ruled out defensive end Andre Branch (groin) and linebacker Khairi Fortt (hamstring) for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Linebacker LaRoy Reynolds (neck) and wide receiver Tommy Streeter (abdominal strain) were both deemed as questionable, despite practicing Friday.

Meanwhile, quarterback Blake Bortles (right shoulder, left ankle), defensive end Chris Clemons (knee), safety Josh Evans (foot), linebacker Jeremiah George (ankle), running back Toby Gerhart (shoulder) and defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks (foot) were ruled out Week 14.

Freddie Martino
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Martino, who joined the team less than a month ago, turned in another impressive OTA session Thursday, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

The 24-year-old is part of a proverbial cast of thousands trying to carve out a spot on the Bucs' crowded wide receiver depth chart. Martino, who has yet to record his first career reception, hauled in a touchdown at the start of Thursday's session in the left corner of the end zone. He notched another impressive catch near the end of practice, adding to his growing highlight reel of the last few weeks. The North Greenville product is expected to battle the likes of Andre Davis, Bernard Reedy and Evan Spencer this summer for one of the final wide receiver spots on the roster.

Kenny Bell
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Bell was impressive once again in Wednesday's mini-camp session, notching several touchdown grabs, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The former Cornhusker continues to make up for lost time after having sat all of his rookie campaign in 2015 with a hamstring injury. Bell has been impressive throughout the offseason, and turned heads again Wednesday with several touchdown grabs from backup quarterback Ryan Griffin. The 23-year-old has received extra reps this week due to veteran Vincent Jackson sitting for precautionary reasons, and he's used the opportunity to catch the eye of his head coach. "Kenny definitely had a good day today and a couple really nice throws there in the red zone from Griff (Griffin)," coach Dirk Koetter said. "If you were out here enough, every guy has his ups and downs, has his good days and bad days and Kenny certainly made a couple plays."

Injury
Hamstring - Probable for start of season
Bernard Reedy
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Reedy made a strong impression throughout OTAs and mini-camps, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

The 24-year-old speedster, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Falcons in 2014, turned heads throughout on-the-field work in the offseason. Reedy often appeared to be one of the fastest players on the field during OTAs and mini-camps, and made an array of impressive catches, many of them downfield. Although the Bucs' receiver depth chart is one of the most crowded on the team, the stellar play certainly caught the eye of the coaching staff, some of who Reedy has a history with from his Atlanta stint. "Well Bernard is a guy that we had in Atlanta for a while," said Koetter, who was Reedy's offensive coordinator in Atlanta in 2014. "His quickness number one - he's one of the quickest guys on the field. We call him 'Speedy Reedy' for short - somebody besides me thought of that - and he's just a quick little guy in the slot on those little crossing routes and stuff like that. He has a knack for getting himself open." The Toledo product is expected to compete with the likes of second-year wideouts Adam Humphries and Donteaa Dye-- as well as veteran Louis Murphy-- for the slot receiver role this summer.

Brent Grimes
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Grimes grabbed an interception in the Bucs' opening day of OTAs on Tuesday, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

The veteran free-agent signee got things off on the right foot during the opening OTA session, snatching an interception and also getting his hands on the ball on several other occasions. Grimes has extensive experience in new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, having played under the latter in Atlanta from 2008-2012. The 32-year-old will try to regain the form that allowed him to grab 13 picks over the last three seasons with the Dolphins.

Russell Shepard
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Shepard took advantage of increased reps during Tuesday's opening mini-camp practice, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

The 25-year-old special teams maven saw increased opportunity due to the Bucs being a bit short-handed at receiver, and maximized the extra reps. Shepard had three impressive receptions in traffic during the session, an encouraging sign considering he's only hauled in seven catches over his first two years in the league. The LSU product is one of several candidates vying for positions in the latter portion of the wide receiver depth chart, although his special-teams proficiency would figure to give him an added edge going in to the summer.

Gerald McCoy
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McCoy managed 34 tackles (26 solo), 8.5 sacks and one pass defensed in the 2015 season.

The 27-year-old showed considerable grit in toughing out a troublesome shoulder for the majority of the season, and only missing one game after an early December hand surgery, to notch his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl nomination. McCoy impressively started the season with 4.5 sacks over the season's first five games, before enduring a rare mid-season four-game stretch in which he failed to tally a quarterback takedown. The sixth-year pro had a resurgent finish however, tallying his final four sacks over the last six contests. Despite the injury concerns, McCoy amassed the third-highest tackle total and equaled the second-highest sack total of his career.

Kelby Johnson
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Joel Ross
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George Johnson
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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."

J.R. Sweezy
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The Seahawks have listed the following players as probable for the Super Bowl on Sunday: J.R. Sweezy (ankle), Justin Britt (knee), Marshawn Lynch (back), Earl Thomas (shoulder), Richard Sherman (elbow) and Kam Chancellor (knee).

Chancellor was a late addition to the injury report, when he fell on the next-to-last play of practice and missed the last play. He was not limping on his way off. All other players were full participants in practice Friday.

The Seahawks are currently 1-point underdogs against New England.

Bradley McDougald
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McDougald has received the second round tender from the Buccaneers, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

McDougald will receive at least $2.5 million in 2016 as a result. Any team that extends an offer sheet to McDougald will have to fork over a second round pick if the Buccaneers decline to match, so McDougald will likely remain in Tampa Bay in 2016.

Chris Conte
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Conte has re-signed with the Bucs on a one-year deal, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The 27-year-old returns to Tampa despite the departure of head coach Lovie Smith, who was instrumental in bringing his former Bears protege to the Bucs in 2015. Conte totaled 79 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles last season, while playing 66.5 percent of the defensive snaps (731). A knee injury originally suffered in Week 15 versus the Rams led to Conte being placed on injured reserve prior to the season finale. The six-year veteran does have history with one of the coaches on new Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith's staff, having worked with new secondary coach Jon Hoke while both were with the Bears.

Cameron Brate
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Brate is expected to be a valuable red-zone weapon this coming season, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Harvard product was one of last season's pleasant surprises, hauling in 23 of 30 targets for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Brate was a primary beneficiary of starter Austin Seferian-Jenkins' shoulder injury, as the latter's ailment prompted the Bucs to re-sign Brate from the Saints practice squad, where he'd landed after being released by Tampa shortly before the start of the regular season. His sure hands and routes rendered him an effective safety valve for Jameis Winston during the quarterback's rookie campaign. Brate even displayed some proficiency down the field, notching four receptions of over 20 yards, including a career-high 46-yard grab. His work in close quarters near the goal line is what has his head coach particularly excited, however, and Brate gave more reason for optimism with a sliding, one-handed catch in the corner of the end zone during Thursday's final mini-camp session. "Cam has got an uncanny ability to show up in the red zone and we saw that again today,'' coach Dirk Koetter said.

Alterraun Verner
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Verner could shift to the second unit or be primarily utilized as a nickel corner with the signing Brent Grimes, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Verner appears destined to play a reduced role, considering Grimes' Pro Bowl pedigree, familiarity with defensive coordinator Mike Smith's system, and two-year, $13.5 million dollar contract. Verner had already been demoted for a stretch in 2015, losing his starting left cornerback job before regaining it in November. After grabbing 11 interceptions over the first four years of his career in Tennessee, Verner has only managed three picks over his first pair of campaigns in Tampa. He finished the 2015 season with 56 tackles (45 solo), an interception, 0.5 sacks, four passes defensed and a forced fumble.

Luke Rhodes
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Keith Tandy
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The Bucs re-signed Tandy on Tuesday, Scott Smith of the Buccanneers official site reports.

The fifth-year West Virginia product tallied a career-high 42 tackles (28 solo) in 2015, along with a sack, a pass defensed and two tackles for loss. Tandy's positional versatility allowed him to make two starts at safety last season, and also saw time as a nickel back. The 27-year-old has also been highly valuable on special teams, having recorded 14 special teams tackles over his first four seasons.

 
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