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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Lovie Smith
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense23rd107.2 (16th)226.5 (24th)
Defense9th136.8 (30th)185.5 (2nd)
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38Adjei-Barimah, Jude DB5-112007/21/1992RBowling Green State
58Alexander, Kwon MLB6-12278/3/1994RLouisiana State
27Banks, Johnthan CB6-218510/3/19893Mississippi State
84Brate, Cameron TE6-52357/3/19911Harvard
50Carter, Bruce LB6-22402/19/19885North Carolina
78Cherilus, Gosder T6-73166/28/19848Boston College
23Conte, Chris SS6-22032/23/19895California
54David, Lavonte OLB6-12331/23/19904Nebraska
48DePaola, Andrew LS6-22307/28/19872Rutgers
69Dotson, Demar T6-931510/11/19857Southern Mississippi
13Evans, Mike WR6-52318/21/19932Texas A&M
96Fatinikun, T.J. DE6-22507/28/19912Toledo
52George, Jeremiah LB5-112341/24/19922Iowa State
92Gholston, William DE6-62817/31/19913Michigan State
8Glennon, Mike QB6-622512/12/19893North Carolina State
4Griffin, Ryan QB6-521011/17/19892Tulane
61Hawley, Joe C6-330210/22/19886Nevada-Las Vegas
83Jackson, Vincent WR6-52301/14/198311Northern Colorado
24Jenkins, Mike CB5-101973/22/19858South Florida
28Jennings, Tim CB5-818512/24/198310Georgia
94Johnson, George DE6-426512/11/19874Rutgers
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
95Martin, Josh LB6-324511/7/19913Columbia
65Masifilo, Matthew DE6-328010/1/19894Stanford
93McCoy, Gerald DT6-43002/25/19886Oklahoma
77McDaniel, Tony DT6-73051/20/198510Tennessee
98McDonald, Clinton DT6-22971/6/19877Memphis
30McDougald, Bradley FS6-120911/15/19903Kansas
90Melton, Henry DT6-329010/11/19867Texas
26Moore, Sterling DB5-102022/3/19905Southern Methodist
18Murphy, Louis WR6-22005/11/19877Florida
82Myers, Brandon TE6-32569/4/19857Iowa
64Pamphile, Kevin T6-531011/27/19902Purdue
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 C6-23087/19/19866Idaho State
97Spence, Akeem DT6-130711/29/19913Illinois
88Stocker, Luke TE6-62537/17/19885Tennessee
36Swearinger, D.J. DB5-102089/1/19913South Carolina
37Tandy, Keith FS5-102052/12/19894West Virginia
21Verner, Alterraun CB5-1018712/13/19886UCLA
60Warren, Jeremiah C6-33259/20/19871South Florida
3Winston, Jameis QB6-42311/6/1994RFlorida State
31Wright, Major SS5-112047/1/19886Florida
Injured Players
80Bell, Kenny (IR) WR6-11972/25/1992RNebraska
57English, Larry (IR) DE6-22551/22/19867Northern Illinois
72Gilkey, Garrett (IR) C6-63157/9/19903Chadron State
29Johnson, Leonard (IR) CB5-102023/30/19904Iowa State
7Murray, Patrick (IR) K5-71826/22/19912Fordham
Practice Squad
17Dye, Donteea WR6-01958/20/1993RHeidelberg
 Everett, Antoine G6-332511/16/1991RMcNeese State
 Frey, Isaiah DB6-01904/6/19903Nevada
25James, Mike RB5-102234/13/19913Miami (Fla.)
 Jones, Howard LB6-42382/10/19901Shepherd
 Lott, Derrick DT6-43146/18/1990RTennessee-Chattanooga
 Spencer, Evan WR6-22085/26/1993ROhio State
 Wallace, Martin T6-63304/22/19902Temple
 Westbrook, Tevin TE6-52572/17/1993RFlorida
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Tampa Bay6-5315.86-3278.326.12133
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Position Listing
Andrew DePaola
The Buccaneers re-signed long-snapper Andrew DePaola and waived cornerback Anthony Gaitor, the team announced.
Jude Adjei-Barimah
No Updates
Lavonte David
Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David was credited with 14 tackles (three solo) and one tackle for loss in Sunday's 19-9 loss to the Texans.

David had his first day with double-digit stops and his most prolific game on the stat sheet overall on the young season. The fourth-year pro's 11 assisted tackles were by far a career high, and his tackle for loss was the first one he has tallied behind the line of scrimmage in the 2015 campaign.

David and his defensive teammates figure to be in for another active afternoon in Week 4 when they face off against a Panthers offense that is centered around the run game.

Johnthan Banks
Buccaneers cornerback Johnthan Banks (knee) is listed as doubtful for the Sunday game against Carolina.

Luckily for Tampa Bay, the Panthers don't have much talent at wide receiver.

Knee - Missed Week 4 vs. Carolina
Bruce Carter
Buccaneers linebacker Bruce Carter (ribs) was a full participant in practice for a second consecutive day on Friday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Carter appears ready to step in at strong-side linebacker in Week 2 against the Saints should Danny Lansanah, who also practiced fully on Friday, experience any setbacks before the opening kickoff. Although he disappointed in his off-season audition at the middle linebacker spot he was originally signed to occupy, Carter is still expected to provide valuable experience and depth for the Bucs linebacker corps in 2015.

Kwon Alexander
Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander had a busy afternoon in the Week 3 loss to the Texans, totaling 10 tackles (five solo), an interception, a tackle for loss and two passes defensed.

The fourth-round rookie has taken ownership of the middle linebacker role in Lovie Smith's defense, and has improved his tackle numbers in each of the first three weeks of the season. He also nabbed his first career interception in Week 3 on a play where he showed great athleticism and awareness, making a leaping grab of a Ryan Mallett pass that was deflected by a blitzing Danny Lansanah at the line of scrimmage.

Despite the standout individual day, Alexander did head up a unit that surrendered 186 yards rushing to a Texans team playing without Arian Foster, suggesting that there is plenty of work to be done ahead of a Week 4 matchup against a rushing-centric Panthers offense.

Louis Murphy
Buccaneers wide receiver Louis Murphy secured three of his four targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Panthers.

Murphy did not have a particularly long reception for the first time since Week 1, but did receive his usual range of targets as the third receiver. Murphy has played a nice complementary role in the last two weeks while starters Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson have each seen double-digit looks, and figures to continue as a reliable secondary target for Jameis Winston in most games.

Leonard Johnson
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. 

Jameis Winston
Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston completed 26 of 43 passes for 287 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Panthers. He also gained 12 yards on four rushes.

Winston wasted no time putting himself and the Bucs in a hole, throwing a Pick-Six on his first pass of the game for the second time in four weeks. It would mark the first of two occasions Sunday in which the rookie quarterback was victimized by standout corner Josh Norman, whose 34-yard return of the second interception helped set up a Carolina touchdown.

Winston admittedly dealt with some extenuating circumstances in the form of on-again, off-again torrential rainstorms throughout the game, but still displayed some faulty decision making that was independent of the weather conditions. He did round out his stat line in the latter stages of the game, honing in on Vincent Jackson almost as often as he did on Mike Evans in Week 3. Winston will try to generate a much less turnover-laden performance in a favorable matchup at home in Week 5 against the Jaguars.

Martin Wallace
The Browns claimed two more players off waivers, wideout LaRon Byrd from the Cowboys and offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann from the Seahawks. In addition, Cleveland waived offensive linemen Karim Barton and Martin Wallace and wideout Charles Johnson.
Mike Jenkins
Buccaneers cornerback Mike Jenkins (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Jenkins missed the Bucs' ugly Week 1 loss to the Titans, but his presence likely wouldn't have made any difference, as he only appears to be the fourth or fifth cornerback.

Akeem Spence
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. 

Back - PUP. Out until at least early November
Henry Melton
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
Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans secured three of his eight targets for 32 yards in the Week 4 loss to Carolina.

Evans had his second quiet day in the three weeks he's been active this season. In the case of Week 4, standout Panthers corner Josh Norman played a large role in the muted performance, providing suffocating coverage.

The second-year wideout clearly has too much talent to be shut down consistently, and will look to rebound against a questionable Jacksonville secondary in Week 5.

Donovan Smith
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.

Isaiah Frey
Several injured Buccaneers have been placed on the inactive list for the Sunday game against New Orleans, including linebacker Mason Foster (Achilles). Also hurt and out are running back Robert Herron (hip), wide receiver Solomon Patton (foot) and cornerback Isaiah Frey (ankle).

Their healthy scratches are tackle Anthony Collins, running back Mike James and defensive end George Uko.

Mike James
Several injured Buccaneers have been placed on the inactive list for the Sunday game against New Orleans, including linebacker Mason Foster (Achilles). Also hurt and out are running back Robert Herron (hip), wide receiver Solomon Patton (foot) and cornerback Isaiah Frey (ankle).

Their healthy scratches are tackle Anthony Collins, running back Mike James and defensive end George Uko.

D.J. Swearinger
The Buccaneers have claimed safety D.J. Swearinger off waivers, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Swearinger was released by the Texans on Monday after some confusion on whether he was stilll on the team or not. Swearinger totaled 74 tackles with two interceptions in 2014 for Houston.

As a result, Tampa Bay cut defensive back M.D. Jennings. He recorded 74 tackles with one sack in 16 games for Tampa Bay in 2014.

Howard Jones
The Steelers signed receivers C.J. Goodwin and Derek Moye, offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva, defensive backs Shaquille Richardson and Ross Ventrone, defensive linemen Josh Mauro and Nick Williams, running back Josh Harris, tight end Rob Blanchflower and linebacker Howard Jones to their practice squad.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) is listed as doubtful for the Week 4 game against Carolina.

Seferian-Jenkins is expected to miss at least two more games, and there's no indication he's close to returning to practice. It's not clear why the Buccaneers even bothered listing him as doubtful, as opposed to just ruling him out.

Shoulder - Missed Week 4 vs. Carolina
Clinton McDonald
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).

Logan Mankins
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
When the Buccaneers drafted Utah wide receiver Kaelin Clay in the sixth round, general manager Jason Licht indicated the team's kick returner job would be Clay's to lose.

However, special teams coordinator Kevin O'Dea isn't as eager to just hand the job over to the rookie, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

"First of all, we're not going to hand it to Clay," O'Dea said. "We've got other guys that are undrafted that look pretty special to me, as well."

O'Dea said fifth-round pick Kenny Bell and undrafted receivers Donteea Dye, Adam Humphries and Rannell Hall could all battle for the position.

The Bucs were eighth in the league in 2014 in punt returns (10.8 yards per return). O'Dea said the only things missing were longer blocks and a dynamic returner.

"If you stay on your guy, he'll get to the house," O'Dea said. "That's the bottom line." 

Garrett Gilkey
Buccaneers center Evan Dietrich-Smith, who missed the Week 13 loss to the Bengals with flu-like symptoms, is healthy again after being sick for a full week, reports ESPN.com. His replacement, Garrett Gilkey, was called for four penalties and made two bad shotgun snaps against Cincy.

Dietrich-Smith will start Sunday at Detroit.

Jacquies Smith
Buccaneers defensive end Jacquies Smith was part of the first-team defense in Thursday's open OTA practice, the first of the offseason, per the team's website.

Smith and George Johnson were the bookends on the defensive line, surrounding Gerald McCoy and Clinton McDonald. Lavonte David and Danny Lansanah were the two linebackers in the nickel set, with Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks at corner and Chris Conte and Major Wright at safety. Sterling Moore and Isaiah Frey each played nickel.

Smith was a castoff by Buffalo early last season but developed into a rotational end with the Buccaneers, racking up 6 1/2 sacks.

Larry English
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.

Knee - IR. Out for season
Doug Martin
Buccaneers running back Doug Martin gained 106 yards on 20 rushes and caught all five of his targets for 37 yards in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Panthers.

Martin recorded his eighth career 100-yard performance, and only his second in the last two seasons. The fourth-year pro ripped off a season-high gain of 26 yards, and his five receptions were the most he'd secured in a game since Week 16 of his rookie campaign in 2012.

Martin's touchdown, a hard-hitting five-yard scamper up the middle in the second quarter, was his first visit to the end zone this season. Despite the unfavorable end result Sunday, Martin's performance was certainly a bright spot, particularly against a Panthers defense that had come into Week 4 allowing only 3.3 yards per attempt in 2015.

Kevin Pamphile
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).

Jeremiah Warren
The Buccaneers made a slew of moves Saturday to pare their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.

Tampa Bay cut the following players: DB Marc Anthony, LB Nate Askew, OL Edawn Coughman, CB Kip Edwards, DE T.J. Fatinikun, CB Anthony Gaitor, LB Ka'Lial Glaud, CB Keith Lewis, OL Jamon Meredith, OL Andrew Miller, FB Lonnie Pryor, OL Jeremiah Warren, K Connor Barth, DE Larry English, RB Jeff Demps, QB Mike Kafka and SS Major Wright.
Derrick Lott
No Updates
Antoine Everett
No Updates
Evan Smith
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.

Tim Jennings
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.
Mike Glennon
Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith says the team has been receiving trade inquiries regarding quarterback Mike Glennon, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

"We've been like that for a while where we've had the first pick and we've been taking calls for a long period of time and I assume that would go right up until the draft," Smith said. "Yes, specifically on Glennon."

Glennon, 5-13 as a starter, has thrown for 4,025 yards with 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in two seasons.

Sterling Moore
Free agent cornerback Sterling Moore agreed to terms with the Buccaneers, reports NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Moore, 25, spent the past two seasons with Dallas.

Playing every game last season, Moore had 46 tackles, 12 passes defensed and a forced fumble.

William Gholston
Buccaneers defensive end William Gholston is sick of listening to folks talk about what he can be as an NFL player. He wants this year to motivate them to praise him for what he's proving.

The fourth-round pick in 2013 has 72 tackles and four sacks over his first two seasons. And that's not good enough in his mind.

"I'm tired of hearing 'potential' - I want to live up to that potential and establish myself," he told MLive.com. "I'm trying to explode on the scene and show my ability. ... I don't want to be the guy who made it to the NFL on potential. I want to be the guy who is in the NFL playing and doing the things people expect me to do and and things I expect me to do. I think I can do that this year."

What will help is a familiarity with the defense, which is the same this season after changes the last two years.

"The mentality is to trample the run on the way to the quarterback," he explained. "The physical transition to the NFL wasn't as hard for me, coming from Michigan State, but there's a mental aspect for every rookie, a few days where you have to get an understanding with how fast it goes with the adjustments, knowing what the snap counts will be like."

Demar Dotson
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
Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson secured 10 of his 15 targets for 147 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Panthers.

The talk at Bucs headquarters after Week 3 was that the offense needed a greater balance in target distribution, and Jackson appeared to be the immediate beneficiary in Week 4. The veteran received double-digit targets for the first time since Week 1, when Mike Evans was inactive. Although game flow certainly played a role in the Bucs going pass-heavy in the fourth quarter, Jameis Winston appeared to look for Jackson early and often Sunday.

The Bucs' pass distribution will likely experience week-to-week fluctuations, particulary considering Winston's on-the-job training, but Jackson will undoubtedly be one of the rookie quarterback's primary targets more often than not.

Evan Spencer
Redskins sixth-round draft pick, wide receiver Evan Spencer, is slowed by a hamstring injury during this weekend's minicamp.

Coach Jay Gruden confirmed that Spencer has a hamstring pull and missed practice on Saturday, per ESPN

Major Wright
Buccaneers safety Major Wright (abdomen) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Wright returned to a full practice Friday, after logging limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday. The increased activity level would typically point strongly to active status come Sunday, but the Bucs have been rather unconventional/difficult with their approach to the injury reports this season. Chris Conte has done a nice job filling in, but Wright is tentatively expected to regain his starting job upon returning.

Abdomen - Missed Week 4 vs. Carolina
Luke Stocker
The Buccaneers have re-signed defensive ends Larry English and Lawrence Sidbury in addition to tight end Luke Stocker and linebacker Jason Williams, the team has announced.

All four were set to become free agents Tuesday. Stocker was the only player of the four to not sign a one-year deal, getting a three-year extension with the team.

Stocker played 13 games in 2014, totaling seven catches for 41 yards.

Hip - Missed Week 4 vs. Carolina
Ryan Griffin
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.

Patrick Murray
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. 

Charles Sims
Buccaneers running back Charles Sims gained 23 yards on six carries and secured three of five targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Panthers.

The versatile second-year back continues to be a difference maker through the air for the Bucs. It was Sims' second touchdown reception in as many weeks, and came on a play where he was split out wide as a receiver. Sims did a good job working his way free in the end zone on the play, and an under-duress Jameis Winston was able to find him after narrowly avoiding a sack. Sims will continue to work in tandem with backfield mate Doug Martin in a Bucs offense that is long on talent but still short on consistency in the early going of the 2015 campaign.

Brandon Myers
Buccaneers tight end Brandon Myers, starting in place of the injured Austin Seferian-Jenkins, played 41 snaps in Week 3 against the Texans, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Myers easily paced all Bucs' tight ends in targets, serving as the clear replacement for the sidelined Seferian-Jenkins. Third-string tight end Luke Stocker received only 25 snaps Sunday, and this division of labor will likely be the norm until Seferian-Jenkin's return. Myers secured three of the four targets that went his way against Houston, and figures to serve as a valuable check-down option for rookie quarterback Jameis Winston.

Ali Marpet
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
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.
Josh Martin
Linebacker Josh Martin was signed by the Bucs on Tuesday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers official website reports.

The third-year pro spent the last two seasons with Kansas City, and is currently listed as Lavonte David's primary backup at weakside linebacker on the Bucs depth chart. However, Martin figures to see the bulk of his playing time on special teams, where he excelled in 2014 over 321 snaps while with the Chiefs.

Joe Hawley
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.

Tevin Westbrook
No Updates
Danny Lansanah
Buccaneers linebacker Danny Lansanah (ankle) was a full participant in Friday's practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

It was an upgrade from yesterday's limited status and further opens the door for Lansanah to be on the field against the Saints on Sunday.

The 30-year-old will be replaced by Bruce Carter at his strong-side spot if he experiences any regression with his ankle between now and game time in Week 2.

Bobby Rainey
Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey returned one kickoff for 27 yards and totaled 48 yards on five punt returns in Sunday's 19-9 loss to the Texans. He also fumbled twice but was able to recover both. 

Rainey made his mark exclusively on special teams this week, including punt returns of 23 and 13 yards. On the former, Rainey made a questionable decision to field the ball on the Bucs three-yard line, but redeemed himself by finding enough of an opening to set Jameis Winston and company up with some breathing room.

His two fumbles are concerning, but Rainey avoided disaster on both occasions by recovering. As customary, Rainey's running back duties will be determined on a week-to-week basis, but he retains a hold on both returner spots at present.

Jorvorskie Lane
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
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
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
Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel has signed a one-year contract with the Buccaneers worth up to $2.5 million, a league source has told Pro Football Talk.

McDaniel started all but two games with Seattle a year ago. The Buccaneers will be the fourth team he has played for during his 10-year career.

T.J. Fatinikun
The Buccaneers added fullback Ian Thompson and defensive end T.J. Fatinikun to their practice squad.
Kenny Bell
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.
Hamstring - IR. Out for season
Russell Shepard
Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Shepard logged considerable playing time in Sunday's 42-14 loss to the Titans, seeing the field for 40 of the Bucs' 74 offensive plays, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The extended action did not reflect on the stat sheet however, with Shepard securing his lone target for six yards. The third-year pro's Week 1 snap count total was equivalent to almost 27 percent of the 154 offensive plays he logged in all of 2014, an anomaly largely dictated by Mike Evans' inactive status for the opener.

Shepard's place in the game participation pecking order in the opener was otherwise reflective of his fourth receiver slot behind veteran Louis Murphy, who outpaced him by 20 plays. Shepard could potentially see his snap count cut by as much as half when Evans returns to the field.

Gerald McCoy
Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy totaled four tackles (all solo), two tackles for loss and a sack in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Panthers.

McCoy now has taken down the quarterback in three out of the Bucs' four games, and amassed his best tackle total in a contest in 2015. The All-Pro defensive tackle continues to play through a lingering shoulder injury that may not fully heal until the offseason, but remains a force to be accounted for by opposing teams. McCoy will look to add to his numbers when he faces the often-sacked Blake Bortles in the Bucs' Week 5 matchup against the Jaguars.

Matthew Masifilo
The Buccaneers waived defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo, who made his NFL debut Sunday at Cleveland, reports the Tampa Bay Times.
George Johnson
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
Buccaneers safety Bradley McDougald totaled five tackles (all solo) and a pass defensed in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Panthers.

McDougald had another active day, but could not produce any difference-making plays from his center field position in the secondary. The Bucs did not surrender any big plays over the top to the Panthers, yielding on 5.6 yards per completion to Cam Newton. However, with mounting losses comes increased scrutiny, and McDougald will likely have to distinguish himself at some point with some game-turning plays to keep his starting role over the long term.

Chris Conte
Buccaneers safety Chris Conte tallied eight tackles (seven solo), a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a pass defended in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Panthers.

Conte made a third consecutive start in place of Major Wright (abdomen), and amassed his highest tackle total to date in 2015. The fifth-year veteran was also involved in the game's most improbable play, jarring the ball loose from Jonathan Stewart and directly into the hands of Ed Dickson, who in turn ran 57 yards untouched into the end zone.

Despite the disappointing first quarter of 2015 that the Bucs have endured, Conte has proven to be a pleasant surprise in the defensive backfield. Conte's playing time in Week 5 figures to once again be heavily dependent on Wright's status.

Cameron Brate
Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate secured his lone target for seven yards in Sunday's 37-23 loss to the Panthers.

Brate notched his first reception of the season, helping veteran Brandon Myers man the tight end position in the absence of Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder). The second-year pro is expected to receive even less playing time upon Seferian Jenkins' return, which could possibly occur in Week 5.

Alterraun Verner
Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is active Week 12 against the Bears.

Martin has been dealing with an ankle injury. He's missed the past three games due to the issue. 

The team will also have Charles Sims and Alterraun Verner. Both players came into the contest listed as questionable. Sims has an ankle injury. Verner is dealing with a hamstring issue. 

Keith Tandy
The following players were ruled inactive for the Buccaneers Sunday afternoon against the Vikings in Week 8: Jonathan Casillas, Brandon Dixon, Kadeem Edwards, Mike Kafka, Brandon Magee, Kevin Pamphile and Keith Tandy.
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