|Offense||12th||115.3 (11th)||250.0 (16th)|
|Defense||13th||113.2 (20th)||237.5 (13th)|
|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|
|22||Martin, Doug||RB||5-9||223||1/13/1989||5||Boise State|
|16||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|
|32||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|
|30||Smith, Antone||RB||5-9||192||9/17/1985||7||Florida State|
|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||OLB||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|
|59||Bond, Devante (IR)||OLB||6-1||236||7/3/1993||R||Oklahoma|
|83||Jackson, Vincent (IR)||WR||6-5||230||1/14/1983||12||Northern Colorado|
|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|
|34||Sims, Charles (IR)||RB||6-0||211||9/19/1990||3||West Virginia|
|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|
Spence was labeled questionable for Monday's game after being limited at practice throughout the week. The injury was never believed to be too serious however, and was likely an example of the team exercising caution. He figures to see an increased role on the right side of the defensive line, as regular starter Robert Ayers has been ruled inactive.
Adjei-Barimah will rotate in behind Brent Grimes, Vernon Hargreaves and Alterraun Verner at cornerback.
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.
The veteran back turned in a solid performance considering his limited opportunities and the fact that he'd just joined the team last Monday. However, Smith's familiarity with head coach Dirk Koetter's offensive system stemming from their three seasons together (2012-14) in Atlanta certainly served to help the acclimation process, allowing the seventh-year pro to contribute in the passing game. Smith's chances for touches in the running game figure to be considerably capped given the performances of Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber, but he could garner some modest production as a passing-down back. The FSU product came in to Sunday's contest having secured 15 of 18 career targets for 232 yards and three touchdowns, with all of the scores having come in 2014 as a Falcon.
Although this was Alexander's second game with double-digit tackles on the year, he's recorded at least seven stops in all but one matchup on the year. Overall, he's averaging eight tackles per game while adding a pair of sacks, an interception and a touchdown, and his versatility makes him a weekly upside option in IDP leagues.
Murphy was placed on the PUP list to start this season while still recovering from last October's torn ACL. However, with Monday marking the first day he's eligible to return to practice, Murphy was able to do just that, which is an encouraging sign for his future availability. While it's still unclear when Murphy can be expected to return to game action, the Buccaneers' receiving corps will surely welcome having another option .
Winston was great statistically in the first half, completing 12 of 18 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns, although he also threw an ugly interception and committed a personal foul in the red zone. He played more efficiently in the second half, tossing a well-placed jump ball to Mike Evans for a five-yard touchdown. Despite flashes of brilliance, Winston has to do a better job protecting the ball, as he's committed 12 turnovers in six games. The second-year QB has a decent matchup next week against Oakland.
Both of Evans' touchdowns came from inside the 10-yard line, and his second score showed off why he's so highly regarded, as he pointed up in the air right before Jameis Winson tossed him a jump ball in the end zone. Evans got shaken up on a big hit during a first-quarter interception by Winston, but returned on Tampa Bay's next possession and clearly looked fine. With Vincent Jackson (knee) on injured reserve, Evans should dominate the targets in the Buccaneers' passing attack, although that was already the case, as the third-year wideout had seen double-digit looks in each of the last five games. He's got a favorable matchup next week against Oakland, although they held Jacksonville's big and talented wideout Allen Robinson to just two catches for nine yards Sunday.
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.
McDonald was able to return to practice after sitting out on Wednesday, but will be held out due to the lingering nature of hamstring injuries. However, he appears to have an optimistic chance of returning next week. Akeem Spence will get the start on Sunday as his replacement.
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.
As expected, Martin's absence will extend into Week 7 after he suffered a recent setback with his injured hamstring. Jacquizz Rodgers, Antone Smith and Peyton Barber are all available to handle carries out of the Bucs' backfield, with Rodgers the clear lead back.
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).
The veteran receiver's complete absence from the box score was the biggest surprise to come out of Sunday's victory, given Shorts' experience and solid resume as both an inside and outside receiver. It was surprisingly special teams captain Russell Shepard, he of the three career receptions heading into the Week 7 contest, that filled the void created by Vincent Jackson's (knee) absence, converting six targets into five catches for 77 yards and his first career touchdown. However, considering Shorts' previous body of work, it's safe to consider Sunday's result an outlier, one that the veteran wideout is likely to start putting behind him in a Week 8 matchup against a beatable Raiders secondary.
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.
Ayers didn't practice in any capacity this week. Noah Spence will start in his place.
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.
Smith tallied a season high in tackles while also getting into the sack and interception columns for the first time in 2016 as well. The 14-year veteran has not quite been able to post the type of prolific tackle numbers that he's become known for throughout his career and is currently on pace for a low-water mark in stops for a full season.
Gholston spearheaded a depleted defensive line that was missing starters Gerald McCoy (calf) and Clinton McDonald (hamstring), as well as emerging rotation end Noah Spence (shoulder). The four-year veteran also alertly jumped on a Derek Anderson fumble early in the fourth quarter with the score tied at 14, his first recovery of the season. Gholston has been solid to date in 2016 with 17 tackles (12 solo), a half-sack and Monday's fumble recovery, but could see the return of all three of his injured teammates after Tampa's Week 6 bye.
Jackson's ailment was first termed an ACL tear by Adam Caplan of ESPN, and Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times was able to whittle it down to the wideout's left knee. If the injury is in fact to Jackson's MCL rather than the ACL, as Werder discovered, he may be able to return at some point this season. The Buccaneers would then have a quandary on its hands with regard to which player between Jackson and Charles Sims (knee) to activate from IR later this season, as each team can bring back just one such player to the 53-man roster. On the other hand, confirmation of an ACL diagnosis would result in back-to-back abbreviated campaigns for Jackson.
Humphries' role in the offense was unchanged despite Vincent Jackson's (knee) absence, as expected. He also remains in a time share with rookie Ryan Smith on kickoff returns, but continues to hold the primary punt returner role. Of particular concern from a fantasy perspective is the dwindling target share that Humphries has endured over the last three games, during which he's only received a combined nine looks from Jameis Winston, after topping out at 12 in Week 3 versus the Rams. Given the recent pattern of reduced involvement, Humphries remains a low-end option in both season-long and DFS formats.
The blocking tight end practiced all week, so his active status comes as no surprise. Even with the Bucs down one pass-catcher in Vincent Jackson (knee), Stocker is still expected to primarily be deployed in the blocking role he's proven highly proficient in.
Before you get excited, keep in mind that most of his production came on a 44-yard touchdown late in the game, and Jacquizz Rodgers finished with 26 carries for 154 yards. With that said, Barber seems to be second in line behind Rodgers, as Antone Smith had just one carry for six yards. As long as Doug Martin (hamstring) is out of the lineup, expect Barber to be involved as a change of pace runner. Next up for Barber will be the Raiders.
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.
Sims' knee injury suffered last Sunday prevented him from practicing throughout the past week, thus making his expected absence Monday rather unsurprising. Nonetheless, with teammate Doug Martin (hamstring) still sidelined, Sims will be missing out on a chance to start at running back for another week. With him out, Jacquizz Rodgers figures to get that opportunity, with Peyton Barber serving as his backup versus a Panthers defense that has been far better against the run than the pass this season.
The veteran tight end shrugged off his hip injury to log 48 snaps. Myers' 12-yard reception was his longest of the season and only his third grab of the campaign overall. With only five total targets through the first five contests, Myers is not a viable fantasy option.
Aided by a nifty 45-yard run, Rodgers had 100 rushing yards by halftime. Unfortunately, he did not score a touchdown, although he was getting lots of goal line work. The diminutive runner has been a revelation for Tampa Bay since Charles Sims hurt his knee against Denver, racking up 292 yards from scrimmage over the last two games. Considering how well Rodgers has played, expect him to continue to shoulder the load in the Buccaneers' backfield, at least until Doug Martin (hamstring) returns. He's got a strong matchup next week against Oakland.
Hughes signed with New England on Monday, but was released before what would've been his first game with the team in order to make room on the active roster for the addition of TE Ben Scruggs.
Hansbrough was waived in order to make room for veteran running back Antone Smith. The undrafted rookie will now pass through waivers and will likely become a free agent.
Hawley was expected to play after ending the week with a pair of uninhibited practice sessions.
The former Florida Gator and reserve tight end spent time on the Bucs practice squad last season and was elevated to the active roster in Week 17. With four tight ends currently on the active roster and the fact that he's a converted defensive lineman, Westbrook shapes up as an ongoing developmental project.
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.
Aguayo continues to falter from time to time, going 5-for-8 on field goals over his last two games. He's also yet to hit from 50 yards or greater, and all but one of his six successful attempts have come from 30-39 yards away. That distance represents the minimum expectation for an NFL-caliber kicker, so although the success from that range is certainly a positive, it's also a level of production that many free agents would also likely achieve. The Bucs will eventually need their second-round pick to start paying dividends from distances of 40 yards and greater, an area of the field from which Aguayo is just 1-for-5 to date. He'll get his next opportunity to continue refining his game when the Bucs take on the Raiders in a Week 8 home tilt.
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 will become the Buccaneers' No. 5 wide receiver once Louis Murphy is able to return from the PUP list, but does not stand in line to see a lot of looks for the remainder of the season barring injuries to pass-catchers in front of him.
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.
Like many of his defensive teammates, Grimes was hurting coming into the contest, but was able to tough it out and haul in his first INT of the season in the process. His leaping fourth-quarter pick was key, as it came in the end zone on a pass intended for Greg Olsen with the score knotted at 14-14. Although the Bucs have undoubtedly sprung some leaks in the secondary to date this season, Grimes is at least providing solid tackle numbers (17), and if prior history is any indication, stands to snare a few more wayward passes before the season is through.
Shepard made several tough grabs on Tampa Bay's penultimate possession of the first half, which culminated in his own 19-yard touchdown catch. With Vincent Jackson (knee) on injured reserve, Shepard has an opportunity to become fantasy relevant, although teammate Mike Evans dominates a lot of the action in the Buccaneers' passing game. In fact, Evans had eight catches on 13 targets for 96 yards and two touchdowns Sunday. In any event, Shepard could find success next week against the Raiders.
The run-stuffing tackle thus will be available to combat a makeshift Niners running attack that will feature Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn as its lead backs Sunday. McCoy's return is pivotal for a Bucs' defensive line that will be without fellow tackle Clinton McDonald (hamstring) and Robert Ayers (ankle).
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.
The offseason acquisition was inked to a deal that includes $14.5 million guaranteed to man the left guard spot, but he's yet to even take part in a practice with his new team. Sweezy's next opportunity to take the field will come Wednesday, but given the delicate nature of the herniated disk surgery that he underwent this summer, the Bucs could well err on the side of caution and delay his debut further. As per NFL rules, the team has a three-week period to decide whether or not to officially activate Sweezy or place him on season-ending injured reserve.
The starting strong safety has racked up the stops the last two weeks, logging eight tackles apiece against the Broncos and Panthers. McDougald has taken to run-stopping responsibilities well in new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, as his 26 overall stops on the season through five weeks essentially have him on pace to match or potentially exceed the career-high 87 he was credited with last season. While he's yet to grab an interception and can be up-and-down in pass coverage, the 25-year-old has certainly raised his profile as an IDP option the last two games in particular.
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.
Brate was modestly involved despite the Bucs playing without Vincent Jackson (knee), as Russell Shepard stepped up to deliver five receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown as the No. 2 receiver. The third-year pro's production is likely to continue fluctuating throughout the season and has been affected the last two games due to the Bucs finding considerable success on the ground with Jacquizz Rodgers. As such, he remains a somewhat risky proposition for fantasy purposes in any format for the time being.
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.
Tandy missed some practice time throughout the week due to a calf injury before being officially ruled questionable for Monday's game. He figures to take on his usual role providing depth in the team's secondary.