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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Dirk Koetter
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense9th86.0 (23rd)297.0 (6th)
Defense19th98.0 (15th)272.0 (19th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
38Adjei-Barimah, Jude CB5-112007/21/19922Bowling Green State
19Aguayo, Roberto K6-02075/17/1994RFlorida State
58Alexander, Kwon MLB6-12278/3/19942Louisiana State
9Anger, Bryan P6-320510/6/19885California
91Ayers, Robert DE6-32759/6/19858Tennessee
27Banks, Johnthan CB6-218510/3/19894Mississippi State
43Barber, Peyton RB5-112256/27/1994RAuburn
77Benenoch, Caleb T6-53058/2/1994RUCLA
59Bond, Devante OLB6-12367/3/1993ROklahoma
84Brate, Cameron TE6-52357/3/19912Harvard
78Cherilus, Gosder T6-73166/28/19849Boston College
23Conte, Chris SS6-22032/23/19896California
0Cross, Alan RB6-12357/2/1993RMemphis
54David, Lavonte OLB6-12331/23/19905Nebraska
48DePaola, Andrew LS6-22307/28/19873Rutgers
69Dotson, Demar T6-931510/11/19858Southern Mississippi
13Evans, Mike WR6-52318/21/19933Texas A&M
92Gholston, William DE6-62817/31/19914Michigan State
53Glanton, Adarius OLB6-12309/21/19903Florida Atlantic
8Glennon, Mike QB6-622512/12/19894North Carolina State
4Griffin, Ryan QB6-521011/17/19893Tulane
24Grimes, Brent CB5-101857/19/198310Shippensburg
28Hargreaves, 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
95Jones, Howard DE6-42382/10/19902Shepherd
75Lambert, Davonte DT6-22826/23/1994RAuburn
74Marpet, Ali G6-43074/17/19932Hobart
22Martin, Doug RB5-92231/13/19895Boise State
 Martino, Freddie WR6-01959/7/19911North Greenville
93McCoy, Gerald DT6-43002/25/19887Oklahoma
98McDonald, Clinton DT6-22971/6/19878Memphis
30McDougald, Bradley FS6-120911/15/19904Kansas
18Murphy, Louis WR6-22005/11/19878Florida
82Myers, Brandon TE6-32569/4/19858Iowa
64Pamphile, Kevin G6-531011/27/19903Purdue
26Robinson, Josh DB5-102001/8/19915Central Florida
35Rodgers, Jacquizz RB5-62052/6/19906Oregon State
87Seferian-Jenkins, Austin TE6-52629/29/19923Washington
89Shepard, Russell WR6-11959/17/19904Louisiana State
10Shorts, Cecil WR6-020212/22/19876Mount Union
34Sims, Charles RB6-02119/19/19903West Virginia
76Smith, Donovan T6-63386/23/19932Penn State
62Smith, Evan G6-23087/19/19867Idaho State
51Smith, Daryl LB6-22503/14/198213Georgia Tech
29Smith, Ryan CB5-111899/7/1993RNorth Carolina Central
57Spence, Noah DE6-22511/8/1994REastern Kentucky
97Spence, Akeem DT6-130711/29/19914Illinois
88Stocker, Luke TE6-52537/17/19886Tennessee
73Sweezy, J.R. G6-52984/8/19895North Carolina State
37Tandy, Keith SS5-102052/12/19895West Virginia
21Verner, Alterraun CB5-1018712/13/19887UCLA
71Ward, Channing DE6-42799/17/1992RMississippi
66Wester, Leonard T6-63051/3/1993RMissouri Western State
3Winston, Jameis QB6-42311/6/19942Florida State
Injured Players
80Bell, Kenny (IR) WR6-11972/25/19922Nebraska
94Johnson, George (IR) DE6-426512/11/19875Rutgers
15Reedy, Bernard (IR) WR5-917512/31/19911Toledo
56Smith, Jacquies (IR) DE6-22603/18/19903Missouri
Practice Squad
61Allen, Josh C6-331512/30/19911Louisiana-Monroe
 Butler, Jeremy WR6-22134/22/19913Tennessee-Martin
 Coe, Rodney DT6-33055/18/1993RAkron
35Elliott, Javien DB5-111767/18/1993RFlorida State
72Gottschalk, Ben C6-52932/15/19921Southern Methodist
39Johnson, Isaiah DB6-020910/14/1992RSouth Carolina
 Lynch, Cameron LB6-02298/4/19932Syracuse
 Russell, Ryan DE6-52751/17/19922Purdue
 Vitale, Dan RB6-223910/26/1993RNorthwestern
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Tampa Bay6-5313.06-3275.925.82134
 
 
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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.
Noah Spence
News
Spence tallied his first sack as a pro in Sunday's 40-7 loss to the Cardinals.

The highly-regarded rookie recorded his takedown of Carson Palmer early in the third quarter when the Bucs were already down by 20 points, but it was nevertheless a bright spot on a largely dismal afternoon. Spence's sack was notably the only one on the afternoon for a defense that allowed 319 yards passing. Spence could see some extended opportunity in Week 3 versus the Rams if Robert Ayers (ankle) is forced to miss the Bucs' home opener.

Jude Adjei-Barimah
News
Adjei-Barimah is running ahead of former second-round pick Johnthan Banks for the fourth corner spot, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Head coach Dirk Koetter mentioned his second-year defensive back as one of his top four corners after practice Friday, along with starters Brent Grimes and Alterraun Verner and slot corner and 2016 first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves. Adjei-Barimah was serviceable last season after latching on to a roster spot an undrafted rookie, totaling 41 tackles (34 solo), including two for loss, and a pass defensed over 13 games. He also started the majority of the second half of last season as the Bucs experimented with different starting lineups in what was a beleaguered secondary.

Lavonte David
News
David racked up eight tackles (seven solo), including two for loss, and a sack in Sunday's 37-32 loss to the Rams.

One week after being shut out of the stat sheet completely, David bounced back with a performance much more representative of his vast talent. The Pro Bowler tallied eight stops in Week 1 as well, while the sack he recorded Sunday was his first of the season. David should have plenty of opportunities to rack up more stops when the Bucs face the run-heavy Broncos in Week 4.

Cameron Lynch
News
Lynch was signed to the Bucs practice squad Tuesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The 23-year-old played in all 16 games for the Rams last season, tallying four special-teams tackles. Lynch totaled 243 tackles (173 solo), including 31.5 for loss, 17 sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries over 37 career games at Syracuse from 2011-2014.

Ben Gottschalk
News
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.

Johnthan Banks
News
Banks logged one solo tackle and an interception in Saturday's 27-21 preseason victory over the Eagles.

With the blitzing Adarius Glanton bearing down on him, Jaguars backup QB Brandon Allen threw off his back foot into the middle of the field early in the fourth quarter and right into the hands of Banks , who made a nice 19-yard return to the Jaguars' 29-yard line. Banks is firmly behind Brent Grimes, Alterraun Verner and rookie Vernon Hargreaves on the cornerback depth chart, but his previous starting experience and occasional ball-hawking ability figure to make him a valuable reserve in the secondary during the coming season.

Kwon Alexander
News
Alexander totaled seven tackles (six solo), including one for loss, in Sunday's 40-7 loss to the Cardinals.

What would qualify as a solid game for most is merely average for the dynamic second-year tackling machine, who tied for the team lead in stops with Brent Grimes and Chris Conte. It was a far cry from Alexander's 17-tackle outburst in Week 1 and likely a byproduct of the overall malaise the Bucs found themselves in all afternoon long. Alexander figures to have plenty of opportunities to redeem himself and stuff the stat sheet against the Rams' ground-heavy attack in Week 3.

Louis Murphy
News
Murphy (knee) was placed on the Reserve/PUP list Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Tampa Bay Times reports.

This was a rather obvious move for the Buccaneers. The team is relatively deep at the receiver position and realized that Murphy was not going to be ready for the start of the season. By shutting him down for the first six games of the season, Tampa Bay effectively adds flexibility to its roster moves from here on out. Murphy should be available for Week 7, but there's no guarantee the Bucs will even need the proven wideout given the team's stockpile of receivers.

Injury
Knee - Physically Unable to Perform
Jameis Winston
News
Winston is putting up the ball at an inordinately high rate to date in 2016, something the Bucs are looking to rectify, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

The second-year signal-caller has already tallied two games with 50-plus pass attempts in 2016, a mark he only reached once all of his rookie campaign. The extra drop-backs have unsurprisingly resulted in more turnovers, as Winston has six interceptions and two lost fumbles through the first three weeks. He's also been much less efficient in the two games, both losses, that have featured the elevated number of throws, as he's seen a 14-point drop in completion percentage (down to 57.3 from 71.9) and almost three yards less per attempt (down to 5.89 from 8.78) when compared to his numbers in those respective categories in the season-opening victory over the Falcons. Head coach Dirk Koetter has expressed a desire for a much more balanced attack leading up to the Week 4 tilt against the Broncos, but achieving that will be challenging without the steady chain-moving presence of Doug Martin (hamstring) in the backfield for what figures to be at least another two games. Although Charles Sims did provide some reason for optimism by averaging a solid 4.2 YPC in Week 3 versus the Rams, the going on the ground figures to be a lot tougher against a stalwart Denver front seven come Sunday, which could lead to another heavy workload for Winston's arm.

Akeem Spence
News
Spence played a total of 17 snaps during the Buccaneers' Week 1 win over the Falcons.

Spence's back issue that kept him sidelined for part of the 2015 season appears to be a thing of the past. In all likelihood, Spence will continue to function as a depth interior lineman.

Mike Evans
News
Evans has tallied 17 first downs over the season's first three weeks, more than any other player in the league, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

The third-year receiver is off to a good start with respect to putting his drop-laden 2015 behind him, as he's looked like a much more consistent receiver throughout the first three weeks of the new campaign. Evans also has posted a 75 percent (3-for-4) success rate in the red zone, after hauling in only two of 13 targets (15.4 percent) inside the 20 last season. With a whopping 39 targets, touchdowns in each contest, and a solid 14.3 YPC to date, the 23-year-old seems primed for a standout campaign.

Alan Cross
No Updates
Donovan Smith
News
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.

Howard Jones
News
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
News
Seferian-Jenkins has been claimed off waivers by the Jets, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Seferian-Jenkins was released by the Buccaneers last week after being arrested and charged with DUI, which followed previous questions regarding his mentality in Tampa Bay. However, with the Jets clearly lacking a tight end, picking up the 2014 second-rounder seemingly helps New York address a position of need. Of course, that's only if the 23-year-old can remain available, as he's played just 18 games since entering the league. In those appearances, Seferian-Jenkins totaled just 45 catches (on 81 targets) for 603 yards, but his seven career touchdowns could give quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick a big-bodied target to help him in the red zone.

Clinton McDonald
News
McDonald turned heads in one-on-one pass rush drills in Monday's practice, the team's official site reports.

The veteran tackle had no trouble getting penetration on several of his reps, including one play when he got five yards into the backfield against Joe Hawley. McDonald was also credited with a pass rush in team drills later in practice, flashing some of the pocket-collapsing push that he demonstrated in 2013-14 when he totaled 10.5 sacks over his final Seahawks season and first Bucs campaign.

Jacquies Smith
News
Smith totaled four tackles (all solo), two tackles for loss and two sacks in Friday's 30-13 preseason victory over the Browns.

The third-year pro put together a standout performance, often hounding the Browns' Robert Griffin III and even drawing a holding penalty on his first of two quarterback takedowns. Even if incumbent starter William Gholston retains the top left defensive end job, Smith figures to receive a heavy dose of playing time throughout the season in a variety of personnel packages. Smith has proven highly capable of making the most of his opportunities over this first pair of Bucs seasons, garnering 13.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and three passes defensed in 27 games. Given the aggressive nature of new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, the Missouri product could be in line for his best numbers yet in 2016.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Leonard Wester
No Updates
Doug Martin
News
Martin (hamstring) is expected to be out about three weeks, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Martin had a MRI on Tuesday and the results must not have been great. Charles Sims figures to become the Buccaneers' lead tailback as a result, with recent signing Jacquizz Rodgers in line for snaps behind him.

Injury
Hamstring - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out for Week 4 vs. Denver
Kevin Pamphile
News
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).

Cecil Shorts
News
Shorts (hamstring) will not play Sunday against Denver, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports.

Even when healthy, Shorts is no higher than fourth or fifth on the depth chart. Adam Humphries has emerged as an effective No. 3 wide receiver.

Injury
Hamstring - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out for Week 4 vs. Denver
Vernon Hargreaves
News
Hargreaves played on every defensive snap in the Week 1 victory over the Falcons and received praise for his performance from head coach Dirk Koetter, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "Vernon, for his first game in the NFL, going against a guy like Julio Jones, Vernon did a nice job," coach Dirk Koetter said. "First game in the NFL, road game, loud crowd, Julio Jones, Matt Ryan, playing nickel and playing outside, he had a lot on his plate yesterday

The heralded 2016 first-round pick was thrown into the fire to start off his NFL career and acquitted himself reasonably well by all accounts. The Bucs did give up a total of 334 passing yards to Matt Ryan, but that was at least partially influenced by the Falcons trying to overcome a deficit throughout the second half. Hargreaves was joined by fellow starting corner Brent Grimes in participating on every play, with Alterraun Verner and Jude Adjei-Barimah rotating in on the nickel. The former Gator finished Sunday's game with two tackles (one solo) to his credit.

Bryan Anger
News
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
News
Ayers (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 4, ESPN reports.

Although Ayers is no longer donning a cast on his ankle, he did not return to practice this week. It's unclear if he'll be ready for Week 5.

Injury
Ankle - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out for Week 4 vs. Denver
Adarius Glanton
News
Glanton (knee) is questionable for Sunday's matchup with Arizona.

Since being limited in Wednesday's practice, Glanton has practiced in full since. He appears on track to suit up come game time.

Evan Smith
News
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
News
Robinson saw time at safety in Monday's practice, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

The veteran corner helped to even the numbers at defensive back between corners and safeties during Monday's session, given that the Bucs only kept four true safeties overall. Head coach Dirk Koetter explained the move by emphasizing the need for the team to exercise the maximum amount of roster flexibility. "We have to cross-train guys," said the coach. "Those D-linemen have to play multiple spots, offensive linemen [do as well]. When you just do the math, we kept six corners and four safeties, so usually you're only going to have three safeties up on game day, so traditionally you do train your fifth or sixth corner to play some safety and Josh is one of those guys."

Mike Glennon
News
Glennon completed one of five passes for minus-one yard with no touchdowns or interceptions in Wednesday's 20-13 preseason loss to the Redskins.

The Bucs' presumed No. 2 quarterback didn't see much time in before giving way to Ryan Griffin, playing early into the second quarter before departing. Glennon struggled with the soggy conditions the game was played under, completing his only pass to Brandon Myers for a loss of one yard and also losing the handle as he went to throw on another of his five attempts before falling on the ball and recovering. The performance was clearly an outlier the likes of what a preseason finale in bad weather can easily elicit, and absent an unforseen trade, Glennon is fully expected to resume his backup role behind Jameis Winston come Week 1.

Daryl Smith
News
Smith (undisclosed) will not play Friday against the Browns.

The veteran linebacker will miss his second consecutive preseason game Friday as he recovers from an undisclosed ailment. Both Smith and Devante Bond (hamstring) are sitting out Friday, so Josh Keyes figures to see plenty of snaps at strongside backer against Cleveland.

William Gholston
News
Gholston tallied six tackles (all solo) in Sunday's 37-32 loss to the Rams.

The 25-year-old turned in his best outing over the first three weeks, doubling his Week 2 rackle totals in the process. Gholston did not show up on the stat sheet at all in the opener against the Falcons, so he's significantly picked up the pace over the following two weeks. The boost in Gholston's numbers versus the Rams may have at least partly been due to Robert Ayers (ankle) missing the contest, a situation that could repeat itself in Week 4.

Demar Dotson
News
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
News
Jackson secured three of six targets for 37 yards in Sunday's 37-32 loss to the Rams.

The veteran receiver has struggled to make an impact throughout the first three weeks of the season and was notably behind four other players in targets Sunday. Mike Evans, Adam Humphries, Charles Sims and Cameron Brate all received more looks than Jackson, who nevertheless does have 21 targets in 2016. He did see four passes thrown his way on the Bucs' final drive, but was only able to secure one for 15 yards. Jackson doesn't appear to be in any danger of sliding down the depth chart at this time despite the modest production, however, as third wideout Adam Humphries is much more suited as a slot receiver.

Adam Humphries
News
Humphries secured nine of 12 targets for 100 yards in Sunday's 37-32 loss to the Rams.

The second-year receiver came in to Sunday's contest with nine catches for 101 yards over the first two games, meaning Humphries came within a yard of matching his season numbers in Week 3. He notched career highs in catches, yards and targets in the back-and-forth affair while acting as Jameis Winston's second favorite target on a day when he put up a whopping 58 pass attempts. Humphries has now seen his targets rise in each of the last two weeks and is clearly one of Winston's most trusted options in the intermediate passing game and on third downs. With his increasingly expanding role in the Bucs' offense, he makes for a particularly appealing option in PPR formats.

Luke Stocker
News
Stocker (ankle) will not play Sunday against Denver, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports.

Stocker's absence will leave a few more snaps for Brandon Myers, who caught one pass for seven yards on three targets in Week 3 against the Rams. Cameron Brate is the team's clear-cut top option at tight end.

Injury
Ankle - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out for Week 4 vs. Denver
Peyton Barber
News
Barber's role in the running game isn't expected to increase much while former starter Doug Martin (hamstring) remains sidelined for an expected three weeks, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

At this point in time, running backs Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers are expected to split most of the work in the Buccaneers' backfield until Martin returns, with Barber providing depth. The undrafted free agent could earn a couple snaps on passing downs, but his value remains limited.

Rodney Coe
No Updates
Ryan Griffin
News
Griffin (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 3 tilt versus the Rams, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Griffin's inactive status is expected to endure throughout the season as long as Jameis Winston and Mike Glennon remain healthy.

Ryan Smith
News
Smith is active for Sunday's matchup with the Rams.

Smith will make his regular-season debut after nursing a hand injury the first two weeks of the season. While he is active, look for his snaps to be closely monitored as the Buccaneers would hate to have the safety aggravate the injury.

Devante Bond
News
Bond (hamstring) has been placed on IR, Buccaneers' writer Scott Smith reports.

Bond had practiced fully for the past two weeks but was ultimately ruled out of the team's first two games. It's unclear what the specifics of his injury are but it's unlikely he plays at all this season. Josh Keyes was resigned to fill Bond's spot.

Injury
Hamstring - Injured Reserve
Jeremy Butler
News
Butler signed with the Tampa Bay practice squad Sunday, after being released by the Ravens at final cuts Saturday, The Tampa Bay Times reports.

Butler actually served as Baltimore's No. 2 wide receiver for much of last year, but the team added Mike Wallace and fourth-round rookie Chris Moore in the offseason. With Breshad Perriman (knee) and Steve Smith (Achilles) back at practice and return specialist Devin Hester occupying a roster spot, there wasn't any room for the Ravens to keep Butler. The 2014 UDFA could quickly push for a spot on Tampa's active roster, as the Bucs don't have much proven talent at wideout behind the starting duo of Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson.

Charles Sims
News
Sims gained 55 yards on 13 carries and secured six of eight targets for 69 yards in Sunday's 37-32 loss to the Rams.

The third-year back put together a solid performance in Doug Martin's (hamstring) stead, but didn't get a full allotment of carries with the Bucs leaning heavily on the passing game in the second half. Due to his pass-catching proficiency, however, Sims was significantly involved in that aspect of the offense as well, securing a season high in receptions. The West Virginia product also notched only the second rushing touchdown of his career on a one-yard run in the second quarter, with his only other score on the ground having come back on Dec. 28, 2014 versus the Saints. Sims displayed a willingness to run between the tackles in addition to showing his trademark bounce to the outside, lending credence to the theory that he should be able to keep the Tampa running game afloat during Martin's absence. He draws a tough assignment for his second 2016 start, however, as the Bucs do battle with the Broncos in Week 4.

Dan Vitale
News
Vitale was signed to the Bucs practice squad Friday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The rookie sixth-round pick has found his way back to Tampa after a rollercoaster week that saw him get waived by the Bucs, picked up by the Bills, and then waived with a failed physical due to what Buffalo labeled as a torn labrum. The Bucs had previously diagnosed the injury as an AC joint sprain, so the team was open to his return following Vitale clearing waivers earlier in the day. The versatile fullback/tight end hybrid will have a chance to develop as the season unfolds, but could find a promotion to the active roster hard to come by with the Bucs already carrying five tight ends.

Channing Ward
No Updates
Brandon Myers
News
Myers is starting in Sunday's Week 3 tilt versus the Rams following the official deactivation of Luke Stocker (ankle).

The veteran tight end has earned his NFL chops primarily as a pass-catcher, but gets officially gets the starting nod against the Rams. Myers could see some modest attention from Jameis Winston when he's not engaged in blocking duties, but Cameron Brate may still see the majority of the tight end targets.

Jacquizz Rodgers
News
Rodgers' workload should see a significant bump in light of Ian Rapoport of NFL Network's report that Doug Martin will miss approximately three weeks with a hamstring injury.

The veteran back will thus be thrown right into the fire with the Bucs after just having signed on Sep. 13, two days following the opener. Rodgers received two carries after Martin exited Sunday's game with his injury and is now expected to serve as a change-of-pace option to Charles Sims in the coming weeks, essentially filling Sims' role when Martin is active. Rodgers served as a primary back for the Falcons over five games back in 2013, rushing for 194 yards on an average of 3.3 yards per carry, while also adding 152 yards on 24 receptions and scoring four total touchdowns. The initial expectation is that Sims will receive the majority of carries, but a much closer timeshare is not out of the question depending on how matters unfold.

Ali Marpet
News
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
News
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
No Updates
Joe Hawley
News
Hawley (ankle) is questionable for the Buccaneers' Week 4 game against the Broncos, ESPN reports.

After missing practice on Wednesday, Hawley returned in a limited capacity on Thursday before practicing in full on Friday. He's expected to be ready by Sunday.

Injury
Ankle - Full Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 4 vs. Denver
Javien Elliott
No Updates
Josh Allen
News
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. 

Ryan Russell
News
Russell has been released by the Cowboys, The Dallas Morning News reports.

After getting some chances with the first team defense during OTAs, Russell failed to take advantage and finds himself on the outside of the Cowboys' 53-man roster. As a second-year player he could make his way to the practice squad if no other team picks him up, however.

Roberto Aguayo
News
Aguayo missed his only field goal attempt in Sunday's 37-32 loss to the Rams, a 41-yard try in the third quarter. He also went 2-for-3 on extra point attempts.

Some of the rookie kicker's summer problems have crept into the regular season, as Aguayo has now missed a pair of field goals over the last two weeks, along with Sunday's extra-point try. Partly as a result of the missed point-after attempt, the Bucs had to go for a two-point conversion after their two second-half touchdowns, failing to convert either. After an outstanding opener in which he nailed all five of his kicks, some doubt may be starting to creep back in regarding the 2016 second-round pick.

Davonte Lambert
News
David (shoulder) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, the team's official site reports.

The Pro Bowl linebacker apparently sustained a minor shoulder ailment at some point during Week 1, but he was still on the field for all 65 defensive snaps against the Falcons. Given his full particpation Wednesday, David doesn't appear to be in any danger of missing the Week 2 tilt against the Cardinals.

Freddie Martino
News
Martino was promoted to the Buccaneers' 53-man roster Wednesday.

Martino is slated to fill in as the No. 5 option at receiver at this point after Cecil Shorts went down with a hamstring injury Week 2, resulting in Martino's promotion. Fellow receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson have a firm grasp on the two spots in the pecking order, so Martino's snap count and targets figure to be limited for the time being.

Kenny Bell
News
Bell (concussion) reached an injury settlement with the Buccaneers on Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Bell suffered a concussion in Week 4's preseason finale against the Redskins, leaving him on the sidelines for an extended amount of time. The team decided to part ways with wideout instead of holding him on IR for the year.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for Week 4 vs. Denver
Bernard Reedy
News
Reedy was cut by the Buccaneers on Friday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Despite an impressive preseason finale, Reedy just wasn't impressive enough to warrant a roster spot in Tampa Bay. Reedy will likely get looks from other NFL teams given his strong performances this preseason on top of his ability to contribute on special teams.

Injury
Brent Grimes
News
Grimes was credited with seven tackles (all solo) in Sunday's 40-7 loss to the Cardinals.

The veteran corner was tied with Chris Conte and Kwon Alexander for the team lead in tackles, one of several statistical anomalies on a difficult afternoon for the Bucs. Grimes was part of a secondary that gave up 308 yards passing and three touchdowns to Carson Palmer en route to a 40-7 blowout loss, so the numbers rang rather hollow given the end result. Grimes and the secondary have a chance for redemption in Week 3 against a Rams offense that is decidedly less potent than the Cardinals.

Russell Shepard
News
Shepard secured both of his targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 40-7 loss to the Cardinals.

The special teams ace made one of his rare appearances on offense in the blowout and converted both of his targets into catches. Shepard received a bump in the pecking order with Cecil Shorts exiting the contest early with a hamstring injury, an ailment that could afford the former similar opportunity next week if it prevents Shorts from taking the field against the Rams.

Gerald McCoy
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McCoy tallied three tackles (all solo), including two for loss, a sack and two passes defensed in Sunday's 31-24 victory over the Falcons.

The All-Pro tackle came up big when it counted most, notching the second of his two deflections on the day on Matt Ryan's last-gasp, fourth-down pass attempt with 1:18 remaining in the game. McCoy was effective throughout the game as well, dropping the Falcons signal-caller for a six-yard loss on Atlanta's first possession of the second half. While his tackle numbers will always be somewhat capped by his interior line spot, McCoy looks poised to be as disruptive as ever in new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's aggressive scheme.

George Johnson
News
Johnson 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.

Injury
Hip - Injured Reserve
J.R. Sweezy
News
Sweezy (back) was officially placed on the Reserve/PUP list Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Tampa Bay Times reports.

It was initially reported a few weeks back that Sweezy was headed to the reserve/PUP list, but it wasn't made official until late Tuesday. Sweezy will be able to return to an active status after Week 6 of the regular season.

Injury
Back - Physically Unable to Perform
Bradley McDougald
News
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
News
Conte totaled eight tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 37-32 loss to the Rams. He also recorded a fumble.

The veteran safety tied Lavonte David for the team lead in stops and has already racked up 26 tackles through three games. He also alertly picked up a fumble by the Rams' Kenny Britt early in the second quarter and provided a nifty 10-yard return. Conte is providing above-average tackle numbers out of the free safey so far this season, a trend he'll look to continue in the Week 4 matchup versus the Broncos.

Cameron Brate
News
Brate secured five of 10 targets for 46 yards and a pair of scores in Sunday's 37-32 loss to the Rams.

Playing in his first game as the unquestioned top pass-catching tight end, Brate came through with a pair of short touchdown receptions in the high-scoring affair. The third year pro's 10 targets were a career high, while his touchdowns represented his first scores since Week 12 against the Colts last season. Brate developed solid rapport with Jameis Winston last season in the departed Austin Seferian-Jenkins' extended absence with a shoulder injury, and that experience looks to already be paying off, particularly now that the 25-year-old is set to man the position for the balance of the campaign.

Alterraun Verner
News
Verner, who has enjoyed a strong camp to date, made a number of impressive plays in Monday's session, the team's official site reports.

The veteran corner continues to enjoy a resurgent start to camp, making his presence felt on multiple occasions Monday. Verner separated running back Charles Sims from the ball on one play, and followed up by recovering the loose ball and returning it. He also broke up numerous passes in seven-and-seven and team drills, and looks to be a different player from the one that lost his starting position at one point in 2015.

Keith Tandy
News
Tandy turned in what head coach Dirk Koetter called the "play of the day" with a spectacular pass deflection Friday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The fifth-year defensive back, currently slotted behind Bradley McDougald on the strong safety depth chart, knocked down a Mike Glennon deep pass intended for Adam Humphries. The latter had gotten wide open on a double move on cornerback Johnthan Banks, but Tandy was able to get on his horse and hustle over from the middle of the field to deflect the ball. "That was a great play by Tandy," Koetter said. "That ball was about 50 yards down the field. For Tandy to show that range, that's unusual for an NFL safety to overlap and make that play so that was a really nice play."

 

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