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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 CB5-112007/21/1992RBowling Green State
27Banks, Johnthan CB6-218510/3/19893Mississippi State
10Barth, Connor K5-112004/11/19866North Carolina
91Bowers, Da'Quan DE6-42882/23/19905Clemson
84Brate, Cameron TE6-52357/3/19911Harvard
59Brown, Kourtnei DE6-42534/17/19881Clemson
50Carter, Bruce MLB6-22402/19/19885North Carolina
78Cherilus, Gosder T6-73166/28/19848Boston College
54David, Lavonte OLB6-12331/23/19904Nebraska
48DePaola, Andrew LS6-22307/28/19872Rutgers
69Dotson, Demar T6-931510/11/19857Southern Mississippi
17Dye, Donteea WR6-01958/20/1993RHeidelberg
49Eubanks, Darius DB6-22227/12/19913Georgia Southern
13Evans, Mike WR6-52318/21/19932Texas A&M
52George, Jeremiah LB5-112341/24/19922Iowa State
92Gholston, William DE6-62817/31/19913Michigan State
53Glanton, Adarius OLB6-12309/21/19902Florida Atlantic
8Glennon, Mike QB6-622512/12/19893North Carolina State
4Griffin, Ryan QB6-521011/17/19892Tulane
68Hawley, Joe C6-330210/22/19886Nevada-Las Vegas
11Humphries, Adam WR5-111956/24/1993RClemson
25James, Mike RB5-102234/13/19913Miami (Fla.)
24Jenkins, Mike CB5-101973/22/19858South Florida
94Johnson, George DE6-426512/11/19874Rutgers
95Jones, Howard DE6-22382/10/19901Shepherd
57Keyes, Josh LB6-22231/23/1993RBoston College
46Lane, Jorvorskie FB5-112582/4/19873Texas A&M
51Lansanah, Danny OLB6-12358/28/19854Connecticut
70Mankins, Logan G6-43083/10/198211Fresno State
74Marpet, Ali G6-43074/17/1993RHobart
22Martin, Doug RB5-92231/13/19894Boise State
93McCoy, Gerald DT6-43002/25/19886Oklahoma
77McDaniel, Tony DT6-73051/20/198510Tennessee
30McDougald, Bradley FS6-120911/15/19903Kansas
33McFadden, Kimario DB5-111974/13/19911South Carolina State
90Melton, Henry DT6-329010/11/19867Texas
26Moore, Sterling CB5-102022/3/19905Southern Methodist
82Myers, Brandon TE6-32569/4/19857Iowa
64Pamphile, Kevin G6-531011/27/19902Purdue
43Rainey, Bobby RB5-821210/16/19874Western Kentucky
5Schum, Jacob P5-112111/21/19891Buffalo
87Seferian-Jenkins, Austin TE6-52629/29/19922Washington
89Shepard, Russell WR6-11959/17/19903Louisiana State
34Sims, Charles RB6-02119/19/19902West Virginia
76Smith, Donovan T6-63386/23/1993RPenn State
56Smith, Jacquies DE6-22603/18/19902Missouri
62Smith, Evan G6-23087/19/19866Idaho State
85Spencer, Evan WR6-22085/26/1993ROhio State
88Stocker, Luke TE6-62537/17/19885Tennessee
37Tandy, Keith SS5-102052/12/19894West Virginia
21Verner, Alterraun CB5-1018712/13/19886UCLA
81Westbrook, Tevin TE6-52572/17/1993RFlorida
3Winston, Jameis QB6-42311/6/1994RFlorida State
Injured Players
80Bell, Kenny (IR) WR6-11972/25/1992RNebraska
23Conte, Chris (IR) SS6-22032/23/19895California
57English, Larry (IR) DE6-22551/22/19867Northern Illinois
96Fatinikun, T.J. (IR) DE6-22507/28/19912Toledo
72Gilkey, Garrett (IR) C6-63157/9/19903Chadron State
83Jackson, Vincent (IR) WR6-52301/14/198311Northern Colorado
98McDonald, Clinton (IR) DT6-22971/6/19877Memphis
18Murphy, Louis (IR) WR6-22005/11/19877Florida
7Murray, Patrick (IR) K5-71826/22/19912Fordham
97Spence, Akeem (IR) DT6-130711/29/19913Illinois
31Wright, Major (IR) SS5-112047/1/19886Florida
Practice Squad
 Allen, Josh C6-331510/30/19911Louisiana-Monroe
 Davis, Andre WR6-12119/1/1993RSouth Florida
 Everett, Antoine G6-332511/16/1991RMcNeese State
 Gottschalk, Ben C6-52932/15/19921Southern Methodist
 Holliman, Gerod FS5-102185/6/1994RLouisville
 Ifedi, Martin DE6-32759/4/1991RMemphis
 Lott, Derrick DT6-43146/18/1990RTennessee-Chattanooga
 Roberts, C.J. DB6-01809/8/1991RColorado State-Pueblo
 Ross, Joel CB5-101906/12/1992RAppalachian State
Suspended Players
58Alexander, Kwon MLB6-12278/3/1994RLouisiana State
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Tampa Bay6-5314.66-3276.126.12233
 
 
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Position Listing
Da'Quan Bowers
News
Bowers re-signed with the Buccaneers on Tuesday,Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The 2011 second-round pick will be on his third tour of duty with the team that originally drafted him. Bowers' latest signing was prompted by the ankle injury suffered by defensive tackle Akeem Spence in Week 14. Bowers generally underwhelmed during four seasons, accumulating 66 tackles, including 13 for loss, seven sacks, two fumble recoveries and six passes defensed over 50 games. Still only 25 years old, Bowers figures to receive modest playing time in Thursday night's road tilt versus the Rams, and has offered only marginal IDP value over his career.

Andrew DePaola
News
The Buccaneers re-signed long-snapper Andrew DePaola and waived cornerback Anthony Gaitor, the team announced.
Andre Davis
No Updates
Jude Adjei-Barimah
No Updates
Lavonte David
News
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
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.

Josh Keyes
No Updates
Johnthan Banks
News
Banks (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Redskins.

The knee injury had left Banks unavailable for the Bucs' previous two games, but after practicing fully this week, he'll likely slot back into a starting role. In his lone three contests this season, Banks hasn't created much hope of emerging as an IDP-entity, contributing just eight total tackles and no turnovers.

Bruce Carter
News
Carter tallied 12 tackles (five solo) and a sack in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Panthers.

The 27-year-old was outstanding in leading the Bucs defense in stops on the afternoon, and he amassed 28 tackles over the last three weeks while filling in for the suspended Kwon Alexander. He also impressively brought down the quarterback twice over the final three games, coming just one short of the total he amassed in his four-year Cowboys career. Carter was also second amongst the linebackers in sacks despite only starting the last three games of the season. Although he was signed as a free agent with the intention of having him man the Mike linebacker position in Lovie Smith's defense, Carter managed to keep a positive attitude after getting beat out by Alexander in preseason, and proved his worth in the latter's stead the last three weeks. A good tackler with sideline-to-sideline speed, Carter will provide outstanding depth in the middle in 2016, and could very well compete for one of the outside linebacker spots.

Kwon Alexander
News
Alexander tallied 93 tackles (59 solo), three sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, two interceptions and nine passes defensed over 12 games in a suspension-shortened 2015 rookie season.

The fourth-round pick was outstanding in manning the middle in former coach Lovie Smith's defense, winning the starting job from free-agent acquisition Bruce Carter in the preseason and never looking back. Alexander impressively managed double-digit tackles in six of his 12 games, including his last three. A four-game suspension for PED use that allegedly was prompted by an energy drink Alexander consumed curtailed his rookie campaign, but the 21-year-old demonstrated vast potential over his time on the field. Alexander and teammates Lavonte David and Gerald McCoy will serve as a trio of stellar centerpieces for whatever new head coach is brought in to head up the Bucs in 2016.

Louis Murphy
News
Murphy secured 10 of 18 targets for 198 yards over six games in 2015 before tearing his ACL and being place on injured reserve.

The veteran receiver's two seasons in Tampa have been cut short by injury, with an ankle ailment curtailing Murphy's 2014 campaign after 11 games. The 28-year-old was a reasonably effective third receiver early this past season, and was just beginning to develop a rapport with rookie quarterback Jameis Winston when he suffered his season-ending ACL tear in Week 6 against the Redskins. Six of his 10 catches went for first downs, and he also tallied receptions 33 and 54 yards, which helped Murphy post a career-high 19.8 yards per catch in 2015. Under Tampa's control through the 2016 season, the eight-year pro could potentially begin training camp on the sidelines while he completes his recovery. In the event that teammate Vincent Jackson is jettisoned in the offseason by the Bucs' new coaching staff, Murphy could find himself with added opportunity next season in a new offensive system.

Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
Jameis Winston
News
Winston completed six of 12 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns during Team Irvin's 49-27 defeat of Team Rice in Sunday's Pro Bowl.

The 2015 first overall pick capped off a memorable rookie campaign with a strong showing as a replacement for Tom Brady. Winston hit a streaking Delanie Walker down the middle for a 53-yard touchdown in the third quarter, and then found DeAndre Hopkins for a seven-yard strike in the fourth. The 22-year-old will now head into offseason under a new head coach in former Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, but with the benefit of playing in Koetter's offensive system for the second consecutive season. If Tampa is able to re-up free agent Doug Martin, Winston will be armed with arguably his three top offensive weapons from 2015 in Martin, Charles Sims and Mike Evans going into the 2016 campaign.

Mike Jenkins
News
Buccaneers cornerback Mike Jenkins logged 51 snaps in place of the injured Johnthan Banks in Week 5, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Jenkins only produced a tackle and pass defensed over those 51 plays, but figures to continue to start after the bye week if Banks is not ready for a return. The veteran corner is receiving his first meaningful playing time since his stint with the Raiders in 2013.

Connor Barth
News
Barth converted his sole field-goal attempt from a distance of 39 yards and was also successful on his sole extra-point attempt in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Panthers.

The veteran kicker had a quiet conclusion to the season, and turned in a very solid campaign overall after being brought in before Week 5 to replace rookie Kyle Brindza. Barth converted 23-of-28 field goal attempts, and was 3-for-5 from 50 yards and beyond. He also handled the new extra-point distance well, missing only one point-after try in 26 attempts. While his 82.1 percent accuracy equaled the second-lowest he'd posted in his career, Barth was often a valuable source of points for a rookie quarterback-led offense that sometimes struggled to finish drives in the end zone. Although presently a free agent, Barth figures to be brought back as the incumbent starter for training camp in 2016.

Akeem Spence
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. 

Injury
Ankle - IR. Out for season
Henry Melton
News
The Buccaneers "should be able to announce" Thursday that they've signed free agent defensive tackle Henry Melton, reports the Tampa Bay Times. The Cowboys declined the three-year option on Melton, making him a free agent.

Melton, 28, played in every game last season, recording five sacks and 15 tackles.

Mike Evans
News
Evans secured four of his nine targets for 99 yards in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Panthers.

The second-year wideout fell just short of his sixth 100-yard performance of the season (and second in the last three weeks), but did manage a season-high 24.8 yards per reception. In a sophomore campaign where he was at times plagued by drops, Evans managed to secure a mediocre 50.3 percent of his targets (74 of 147), while only hauling in only three touchdowns, a surprise given his outstanding size. He did eclipse the 1,000 yard mark for the second time in his two seasons, and improved in every major receiving category except for receiving touchdowns. With a full offseason to work on his chemistry with Jameis Winston, and Winston's expected leap in development heading into his second season, Evans should be primed for a monumental 2016 campaign.

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.

C.J. Roberts
No Updates
Mike James
News
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.

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.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins
News
Seferian-Jenkins secured three of seven targets for 48 yards in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Panthers.

The sophomore tight end wrapped up the season with 14 catches over his final five games, after missing nine contests with a shoulder injury. He was unable to top three catches in any game except for an opener where he delivered on his tremendous promise by hauling in five receptions for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He did visit the end zone twice more over the final three weeks, and will look to put a largely forgettable second-year campaign behind him with a strong offseason working on his chemistry with Jameis Winston. With his outstanding size/speed combination, Seferian-Jenkins should easily eclipse the pair of 21-catch seasons he's started his career with if he can remain healthy for all 16 games.

Clinton McDonald
News
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.

Injury
Pectoral - IR. Out for season
Logan Mankins
News
The Buccaneers should have a number of players available Week 3 against Tampa.

Da'Quan Bowers, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Demar Dotson, William Gholston, Logan Mankins and Bradley McDougald were all active for Thursday's game. All six players were probable coming into the game.

Michael Johnson was listed as questionable, but should also be able to play. 

Donteea Dye
News
Dye secured four of seven targets for 31 yards in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Panthers.

The rookie set a career high in receptions, after only being able to tally a single catch in the seven other games this season that he showed up on the stat sheet. With Vincent Jackson (knee) on injured reserve for the finale, Dye also received a season/career high in targets from Jameis Winston. A Division III product that also ran indoor track and field in college and posted a blistering 4.39 40-yard dash at the 2015 Combine, Dye nevertheless went undrafted and struggled to hold on to the football in the limited looks he received in 2015. A full offseason of work with Jameis Winston should certainly help Dye improve on the 36.6 percent (11-for-30) catch rate he garnered in his rookie season. With his outstanding speed, Dye should have ample opportunity to carve out a niche in a Tampa receiving corps that lacks any other appreciable deep threat heading into the offseason.

Garrett Gilkey
News
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.

Injury
Jacquies Smith
News
Smith collected three tackles (two solo) and a sack in Thursday's 31-23 loss to the Rams.

The second-year pro made a successful return after a two-game absence due to a hamstring injury. Smith added his seventh quarterback takedown of 2015, with the sack placing him just below Gerald McCoy's team-leading-7.5 figure. Smith has provided solid pressure all season long, and is a young player to keep on eye on over Tampa's final two contests.

Larry English
News
As part of their final roster moves, the Buccaneers placed defensive end Larry English on the injured reserve list with a knee injury that he suffered during the team's final preseason game, per a team release. 

English played in 12 games last season for Tampa Bay, registering 12 tackles and one sack.

Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
Doug Martin
News
Martin was named to the Associated Press All-Pro team, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The fourth-year pro capped off an outstanding 1,402-yard campaign by joining James Wilder as the only Bucs running backs to ever receive All-Pro honors. Following a remarkable 1,454-yard rookie season, Martin suffered through two lackluster and injury-plagued campaigns before enjoying a resurgent 2015. The soon-to-be 27-year-old will enter offseason contract negotiations with the Bucs sporting a considerable degree of leverage.

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).

Derrick Lott
No Updates
Antoine Everett
No Updates
Kimario McFadden
News
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

Adarius Glanton
News
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
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.

Mike Glennon
News
Glennon failed to take a single snap in the 2015 season.

2015 first overall pick Jameis Winston played on every single offensive play of his rookie year, leaving Glennon as a season-long clipboard holder. As was the case at the beginning of the 2014 season when he was usurped by free-agent signee Josh McCown, the third-year pro was predictably a model teammate in handling the situation. Still under Tampa's control for one more season, Glennon will reprise his role in 2016 under what could be the fourth offensive system he's played under in his NFL career. The NC State product has thrown for 4,025 yards, 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions over 19 career games.

Sterling Moore
News
Moore (ankle) is active Sunday against the Panthers.

After putting in a limited practice on Thursday, Moore was upgraded to a full session on Friday and will be in the lineup at left cornerback. On the season, he's recorded 44 tackles along with an interception.

William Gholston
News
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.

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 was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

With the move, Jackson will turn in a pair of three-game absences as a result of knee injuries, which will end his streak of 1,000-yards seasons at four. Despite appearing in 10 contests, he amassed 33 catches (on 63 targets) for 543 yards and three touchdowns. The soon-to-be 33-year-old has one year remaining on his current contract, but after posting 16.5 YPC and achieving first downs on nearly 85 percent of his receptions, he has yet to show his age.

Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
Adam Humphries
News
Humphries finished his rookie season with 27 receptions for 260 yards and a touchdown.

The undrafted Clemson product had a solid season, considering the odds he overcame to make the final roster. After tallying 127 catches for 1,097 yards and three touchdowns while playing behind the likes of DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant over his college career, Humphries first caught the Bucs' eye during a mini-camp tryout. Initially a candidate to open the season at both returner spots, the 22-year-old lost out on those roles to veteran Bobby Rainey, and then was eventually released in early October and subsequently re-signed to the practice squad. Humphries stuck on the roster for good after a late October call-up prompted by multiple injuries at the receiver position, and proved to be a reliable short-to-intermediate receiving option for fellow rookie Jameis Winston. Even though he only tallied season-highs of six catches and 60 yards in a game, along with a season-long reception of 27 yards, Humphries displayed solid hands and a knack for helping move the chains. He figures to enter next season competing with Donteea Dye and possibly Russell Shepard for the fourth receiver position at a minimum, and could potentially vie for a higher spot if either veterans Louis Murphy or Vincent Jackson are released in the offseason.

Evan Spencer
News
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
News
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 - IR. Out for season
Luke Stocker
News
Brate secured his sole target for three yards in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Panthers.

Although he secured at least one reception in each of the season's final three games, Stocker was once again an afterthought in the passing game. He totaled nine receptions on the season, although he did manage his second career touchdown. The 27-year-old was once again primarly deployed as a blocker and pass protector, two tasks which he once again carried out well in 2015. Signed through the end of the 2017 campaign, Stocker figures to open 2016 offseason workouts behind the emerging Cameron Brate and starter Austin Seferian-Jenkins on the depth chart, but with a clearly defined role as the team's blocking tight end.

Ryan Griffin
News
The Texans placed tight end Ryan Griffin (knee) on the injured reserve-designated to return list Tuesday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Griffin was injured during the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. He will not be allowed to appear in a game for eight weeks, so he will be sidelined at least through the Texans' Week 9 bye. Griffin started at tight end Sunday, and the Texans have yet to announce whether C.J. Fiedorowicz or Garrett Graham will replace him in the lineup in Week 2.

Martin Ifedi
No Updates
Patrick Murray
News
Buccaneers kicker Patrick Murray made his only field goal attempt in Tampa Bay's 20-3 loss to the Packers Sunday.

Murray hit a 43 yarder as time expired in the first half. He is now 18 for 22 on the year, with a long of 55 yards. It was his first game of the season without an extra point attempt, where he is 29 for 29. 

The Bucs finish their season in Week 17 against the Saints. 

Injury
Charles Sims
News
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.

Brandon Myers
News
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
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.
Joe Hawley
News
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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Danny Lansanah
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Lansanah totaled eight tackles (three solo), including one for loss, and a pass defensed in Thursday's 31-23 loss to the Rams.

Lansanah drew the start in the middle in place of Bruce Carter (foot/ankle) and acquitted himself well in the run game. Tampa managed to limit Todd Gurley to 48 yards on 21 carries, and the Rams' ground game to 3.0 yards per carry overall. The 30-year-old has prior experience at the Mike spot, having started three games there in 2014 and tallying a pair of pick-sixes among his three interceptions at the position. If Carter is healthy enough to return to the field against the Bears in Week 16, Lansanah would likely return to his customary strongside linebacker role.

Bobby Rainey
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Rainey did not net any yards on his sole punt return and also lost a fumble in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Panthers.

The fourth-year pro had a rough afternoon by fumbling on his only punt return, a mistake the Panthers would eventually convert into an early second-half touchown. Rainey lost the ball at the Buccaneer's 22-yard line after having gained five yards, leading to a recovery and three-yard return by the Panthers' Joe Webb. Although he ranked ninth in the NFL with 9.9 yards per punt return and averaged a solid 24.7 yards on 19 kickoff runbacks, Rainey did cough up the ball a total of seven times (recovering six) in 2015. He also was used sparingly from scrimmage after having totaled 938 yards rushing and 342 through the air over his first two seasons in Tampa. The 26-year-old only received eight total touches in 2015, largely as a result of Doug Martin's participation in all 16 games and Charles Sims' impressive emergence as the pass-catching back. Having only having signed a one-year restricted free agent tender with the Bucs prior to the 2015 season, Rainey heads into the offseason with uncertain prospects for the 2016 campaign.

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. 

Jorvorskie Lane
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The Buccaneers announced on Friday that they have signed fullback Jorvorskie Lane and tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi

Lane, an exclusive-rights free agent, spent the 2014 season with the Buccaneers and appeared in nine games. He had three carries for 58 yards, with one of those going for a 54-yard gain. Lane was a standout power runner at Texas A&M in college. 

Ogbuehi spent time on the Ravens practice squad in 2014. He's also had stints with the Redskins, Dolphins and Browns. He played college football at Georgia State, where he totaled 47 catches for 581 yards in 28 games. 

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. 

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.

Tony McDaniel
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McDaniel collected four tackles (one solo) and a sack in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Panthers.

The veteran tackle came on strong over the final four weeks, collecting 17 stops (nine solo) and a sack. He acquitted himself well in Akeem Spence's stead over the last three games in particular, and displayed the veteran leadership and savvy that prompted the Bucs to sign him to a one-year free agent deal this past summer after he was a salary cap casualty in Seattle. Now 30 years old, McDaniel is still a solid run stopper with some pass rushing ability from the tackle position, and should certainly be a part of a team's defensive line rotation in 2016.

T.J. Fatinikun
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The Buccaneers added fullback Ian Thompson and defensive end T.J. Fatinikun to their practice squad.
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Kenny Bell
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Buccaneers wide receiver Kenny Bell will not play in the 2015 season after being placed on injured reserve, BleacherReport.com. Bell was a fifth-round pick in 2015 and has been dealing with a hamstring injury since before training camp.
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Hamstring - IR. Out for season
Russell Shepard
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Shepard managed three catches (on 10 targets) for 28 yards and a touchdown in the 2015 season.

The third-year pro was hardly a blip on the offensive radar in 2015, despite playing a total of 209 snaps from scrimmage. Shepard was unable to capitalize on the opportunities that came about as a result of knee injuries to fellow wideouts Louis Murphy and Vincent Jackson, with undrafted rookies Donteea Dye and Adam Humphries making a bigger impact. As was the case in 2014, Shepard's biggest contributions once again came on special teams, where he tallied 223 snaps. Absent a shuffling of the receiver depth chart prompted by unforseen personnel moves, the 25-year-old appears destined to battle with Dye and Humphries for a spot in the lower rungs of the wideout totem pole in 2016.

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.

Joel Ross
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Darius Eubanks
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The Browns placed linebacker Darius Eubanks and offensive lineman Michael Bowie on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Both players had shoulder surgery this month.
Gerod Holliman
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Holliman was signed by the Bucs for the final game of the season, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Last season's Jim Thorpe Award winner for the nation's best defensive back had been looking for work since being cut by the Steelers in the preseason. Holliman picked off an impressive and NCAA record-tying 14 passes as a redshirt sophomore at Louisville in 2014, before leaving school early for the NFL. He somewhat unexpectedly went undrafted until the seventh round by Pittsburgh, and figures to get an extended look by the secondary-needy Bucs throughout the offseason if he can show enough this week to be signed to a futures contract.

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."

Bradley McDougald
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McDougald totaled 12 tackles (10 solo) in Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Bears.

The Bucs' starting free safety managed a season-high total in tackles while turning in his best performance of the season. With backup (and former starter) Major Wright playing reasonably well as of late, McDougald's starting job may have been under evaluation, but Sunday's performance would certainly appear to help preserve the status quo at the position for the season finale versus the Panthers. The third-year pro has set career highs in every major defensive category this season, and will hit the 90-tackle milestone with eight stops against the Panthers in Week 17.

Chris Conte
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Conte has expressed a desire to return to the Bucs next season, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The five-year veteran had a solid first season in Tampa, tallying 79 tackles, two forced fumbles and two interceptions over 14 games. Conte had the benefit of having played in Lovie Smith's defensive system in Chicago, and the experience seemed to help him get his feet under him quickly with the Bucs. "These are the coaches I've always wanted to play for, and hopefully they still believe in me and want me to be back, Conte remarked. "Definitely, this is the place I want to be and start something here." The 26-year-old may figures to receive some interest from secondary-needy teams, given his age and experience playing both safety positions.

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Cameron Brate
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Brate secured one of two targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Panthers.

The second-year tight end finished the season with at least one catch in 11 consecutive games, although he only received three looks over the final two weeks. Brate was a pleasant surprise in the wake of Austin Seferian-Jenkins' multi-game absence due to a shoulder injury, and snuck behind opposing front sevens on multiple occasions to post four receptions of over 20 yards on the season. He also was highly efficient with his 30 targets, securing 76.6 percent of the balls thrown his way. Although the expectation upon his Sept. 22 off the practice squad was that the Harvard product would simply provide some depth at the position, the second-year tight end proved to be a viable downfield weapon and short-to-intermediate security blanket for Jameis Winston, finishing the season with 30 catches and a solid 12.5 yards per reception. Brate's play essentially rendered veteran Brandon Myers obsolete over the final month of the season, and he likely did enough to open the offseason workouts as Austin Seferian-Jenkins' backup if he's retained by the Bucs for 2016.

Alterraun Verner
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Verner (foot) is listed as active Sunday versus the Cowboys, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Verner is coming off his most productive contest of the season, which included eight solo tackles and one interception of Eli Manning last Sunday. In Week 10, Verner will seek to replicate that line against Matt Cassel.

Keith Tandy
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Tandy posted 11 tackles (three solo) and a sack in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Panthers.

The 26-year-old posted a second consecutive double-digit tackle game, once again maximizing the opportunity afforded him by Chris Conte's season-ending knee injury. The four-year pro's solid play over the final two weeks may have served as either incentive for Tampa to consider resigning the unrestricted free agent, or as an audition for a possible starting job elsewhere in the league in 2016.

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