|Offense||9th||86.0 (23rd)||297.0 (6th)|
|Defense||19th||98.0 (15th)||272.0 (19th)|
|38||Adjei-Barimah, Jude||CB||5-11||200||7/21/1992||2||Bowling Green State|
|19||Aguayo, Roberto||K||6-0||207||5/17/1994||R||Florida State|
|58||Alexander, Kwon||MLB||6-1||227||8/3/1994||2||Louisiana State|
|27||Banks, Johnthan||CB||6-2||185||10/3/1989||4||Mississippi State|
|78||Cherilus, Gosder||T||6-7||316||6/28/1984||9||Boston College|
|69||Dotson, Demar||T||6-9||315||10/11/1985||8||Southern Mississippi|
|13||Evans, Mike||WR||6-5||231||8/21/1993||3||Texas A&M|
|92||Gholston, William||DE||6-6||281||7/31/1991||4||Michigan State|
|53||Glanton, Adarius||OLB||6-1||230||9/21/1990||3||Florida Atlantic|
|8||Glennon, Mike||QB||6-6||225||12/12/1989||4||North Carolina State|
|68||Hawley, Joe||C||6-3||302||10/22/1988||7||Nevada-Las Vegas|
|83||Jackson, Vincent||WR||6-5||230||1/14/1983||12||Northern Colorado|
|22||Martin, Doug||RB||5-9||223||1/13/1989||5||Boise State|
|Martino, Freddie||WR||6-0||195||9/7/1991||1||North Greenville|
|26||Robinson, Josh||DB||5-10||200||1/8/1991||5||Central Florida|
|35||Rodgers, Jacquizz||RB||5-6||205||2/6/1990||6||Oregon State|
|89||Shepard, Russell||WR||6-1||195||9/17/1990||4||Louisiana State|
|10||Shorts, Cecil||WR||6-0||202||12/22/1987||6||Mount Union|
|34||Sims, Charles||RB||6-0||211||9/19/1990||3||West Virginia|
|76||Smith, Donovan||T||6-6||338||6/23/1993||2||Penn State|
|62||Smith, Evan||G||6-2||308||7/19/1986||7||Idaho State|
|51||Smith, Daryl||LB||6-2||250||3/14/1982||13||Georgia Tech|
|29||Smith, Ryan||CB||5-11||189||9/7/1993||R||North Carolina Central|
|57||Spence, Noah||DE||6-2||251||1/8/1994||R||Eastern Kentucky|
|73||Sweezy, J.R.||G||6-5||298||4/8/1989||5||North Carolina State|
|37||Tandy, Keith||SS||5-10||205||2/12/1989||5||West Virginia|
|66||Wester, Leonard||T||6-6||305||1/3/1993||R||Missouri Western State|
|3||Winston, Jameis||QB||6-4||231||1/6/1994||2||Florida State|
|80||Bell, Kenny (IR)||WR||6-1||197||2/25/1992||2||Nebraska|
|94||Johnson, George (IR)||DE||6-4||265||12/11/1987||5||Rutgers|
|15||Reedy, Bernard (IR)||WR||5-9||175||12/31/1991||1||Toledo|
|56||Smith, Jacquies (IR)||DE||6-2||260||3/18/1990||3||Missouri|
|35||Elliott, Javien||DB||5-11||176||7/18/1993||R||Florida State|
|72||Gottschalk, Ben||C||6-5||293||2/15/1992||1||Southern Methodist|
|39||Johnson, Isaiah||DB||6-0||209||10/14/1992||R||South Carolina|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Since being limited in Wednesday's practice, Glanton has practiced in full since. He appears on track to suit up come game time.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Griffin's inactive status is expected to endure throughout the season as long as Jameis Winston and Mike Glennon remain healthy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."