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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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38Adjei-Barimah, Jude CB5-112007/21/19922Bowling Green State
19Aguayo, Roberto K6-02075/17/1994RFlorida State
58Alexander, Kwon MLB6-12278/3/19942Louisiana State
61Allen, Josh C6-331512/30/19911Louisiana-Monroe
9Anger, Bryan P6-320510/6/19885California
44Awe, Micah LB6-02211/4/1994RTexas Tech
91Ayers, Robert LB6-32759/6/19858Tennessee
27Banks, Johnthan CB6-218510/3/19894Mississippi State
43Barber, Peyton RB5-112256/27/1994RAuburn
80Bell, Kenny WR6-11972/25/19922Nebraska
77Benenoch, Caleb T6-53058/2/1994RUCLA
59Bond, Devante OLB6-12367/3/1993ROklahoma
84Brate, Cameron TE6-52357/3/19912Harvard
79Britz, Travis DT6-42931/26/1994RKansas State
90Brown, Kourtnei DE6-42534/17/19892Clemson
46Cartwright, Kivon TE6-42453/3/1992RColorado State
78Cherilus, Gosder T6-73166/28/19849Boston College
23Conte, Chris SS6-22032/23/19896California
45Cross, Alan TE6-12357/2/1993RMemphis
54David, Lavonte OLB6-12331/23/19905Nebraska
32Davie, Daniel DB6-11858/4/1993RNebraska
14Davis, Andre WR6-12119/1/19931South Florida
48DePaola, Andrew LS6-22307/28/19873Rutgers
69Dotson, Demar T6-931510/11/19858Southern Mississippi
17Dye, Donteea WR6-01958/20/19932Heidelberg
35Elliott, Javien DB5-111767/18/1993RFlorida State
13Evans, Mike WR6-52318/21/19933Texas A&M
65Fallin, Taylor T6-633011/2/1992RMemphis
70Francis, A.J. DT6-53305/7/19903Maryland
52George, Jeremiah LB5-112341/24/19923Iowa State
92Gholston, William DE6-62817/31/19914Michigan State
72Gilkey, Garrett T6-63157/9/19904Chadron State
53Glanton, Adarius OLB6-12309/21/19902Florida Atlantic
8Glennon, Mike QB6-622512/12/19894North Carolina State
72Gottschalk, Ben C6-52932/15/19921Southern Methodist
4Griffin, Ryan QB6-521011/17/19893Tulane
24Grimes, Brent DB5-101857/19/198310Shippensburg
60Hale, Joel G6-43116/8/1992ROhio State
44Hansbrough, Russell RB5-919511/19/1993RMissouri
28Hargreaves, Vernon CB5-102046/3/1995RFlorida
68Hawley, Joe C6-330210/22/19887Nevada-Las Vegas
11Humphries, Adam WR5-111956/24/19932Clemson
96Ifedi, Martin DE6-32759/4/19911Memphis
83Jackson, Vincent WR6-52301/14/198312Northern Colorado
25James, Mike RB5-102234/13/19914Miami (Fla.)
36Johnson, Storm RB6-02167/10/19922Central Florida
39Johnson, Isaiah DB6-020910/14/1992RSouth Carolina
95Jones, Howard DE6-42382/10/19902Shepherd
67Kerbyson, Kyler T6-43067/7/1993RTennessee
50Keyes, Josh LB6-22231/23/19932Boston College
66Kitchen, Ishmaa'ily NT6-13308/24/19884Kent State
10Krause, Jonathan WR5-111901/18/19922Vanderbilt
75Lambert, Davonte DT6-22826/23/1994RAuburn
74Marpet, Ali G6-43074/17/19932Hobart
22Martin, Doug RB5-92231/13/19895Boise State
16Martino, Freddie WR6-01959/7/19911North Greenville
96Matthews, Cliff DE6-42688/5/19895South Carolina
93McCoy, Gerald DT6-43002/25/19887Oklahoma
98McDonald, Clinton DT6-22971/6/19878Memphis
30McDougald, Bradley FS6-120911/15/19904Kansas
33McFadden, Kimario DB5-112104/13/19911South Carolina State
18Murphy, Louis WR6-22005/11/19878Florida
82Myers, Brandon TE6-32569/4/19858Iowa
69Palmer, Kelvin T6-429010/23/19902Baylor
64Pamphile, Kevin T6-531011/27/19903Purdue
15Reedy, Bernard WR5-917512/31/19911Toledo
46Rhodes, Luke LB6-224212/2/1992RWilliam & Mary
26Robinson, Josh DB5-102001/8/19915Central Florida
5Schum, Jacob P5-112111/21/19892Buffalo
87Seferian-Jenkins, Austin TE6-52629/29/19923Washington
89Shepard, Russell WR6-11959/17/19904Louisiana State
34Sims, Charles RB6-02119/19/19903West Virginia
76Smith, Donovan T6-63386/23/19932Penn State
56Smith, Jacquies DE6-22603/18/19903Missouri
62Smith, Evan G6-23087/19/19867Idaho State
51Smith, Daryl LB6-22503/14/198213Georgia Tech
29Smith, Ryan CB5-111899/7/1993RNorth Carolina Central
57Spence, Noah DE6-22511/8/1994REastern Kentucky
97Spence, Akeem DT6-130711/29/19914Illinois
85Spencer, Evan WR6-22085/26/19931Ohio State
88Stocker, Luke TE6-62537/17/19886Tennessee
73Sweezy, J.R. G6-52984/8/19895North Carolina State
37Tandy, Keith SS5-102052/12/19895West Virginia
21Verner, Alterraun CB5-1018712/13/19887UCLA
86Vitale, Dan TE6-223910/26/1993RNorthwestern
71Ward, Channing DE6-42799/17/1992RMississippi
81Westbrook, Tevin TE6-52371/17/19931Florida
66Wester, Leonard T6-63051/3/1993RMissouri Western State
3Winston, Jameis QB6-42311/6/19942Florida State
31Wright, Major SS5-112047/1/19887Florida
Injured Players
67Johnson, Kelby (IR) T6-73013/14/1993RLouisville
94Johnson, George (IR) DE6-426512/11/19875Rutgers
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Tampa Bay6-5310.76-3281.825.12134
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Position Listing
Andrew DePaola
The Buccaneers re-signed long-snapper Andrew DePaola and waived cornerback Anthony Gaitor, the team announced.
Andre Davis
Davis was released by the Bucs on Sunday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Davis was the first of what will be several wideouts to be let go off the Bucs roster, given that it has been one of the more crowded positions on the team's depth chart this summer. The USF product saw only one target in Friday's preseason tilt versus the Browns and had played sparingly overall in preseason. He'd signed with Tampa following their post-draft minicamp after spending his rookie season on the Bills' practice squad.

Daniel Davie
No Updates
Noah Spence
Spence totaled five tackles (four solo), two tackles for loss and a sack in Friday's 30-13 preseason victory over the Browns.

The dynamic rookie gave the home crowd a taste of the tantalizing talent that had him sporting a first-round grade heading into the year's draft. Spence was highly active throughout his time on the field, often flashing the lightning quickness that is a trademark of his game. The second-round pick figures to have ample opportunity to showcase those skills in the coming season, likely as a part of substitution and third-down packages at the onset.

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

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

Lavonte David
David was a thorn in the side of Jags QB Blake Bortles during Thursday's joint practice session, of the team's official site reports.

David wasn't able to flash his trademark proficiency in defending the run due to the session not being a full-pads affair, but made up for it by shining in pass coverage. The Pro Bowl linebacker jumped an out route in one instance to make a diving interception of a Bortles throw, while also recording a pass defensed during seven-on-seven drills later in the session. David has put in solid work throughout training camp to date and was second on the team with four tackles (three solo), including one for loss, during last Thursday's preseason opener versus the Eagles.

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

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

Kwon Alexander
Alexander totaled seven tackles (five solo), including one for loss, along with a sack and two quarterback hits overall in Friday's 30-13 preseason victory over the Browns.

Last year's standout rookie has enjoyed a strong a camp and preseason and appears well-rested and adapted to new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's attacking scheme. Alexander paced the Bucs in tackles Friday and was part of an effort that yielded eight sacks on the night overall. With his spot in the heart of what should be one of the more aggressive defenses in the league, Alexander figures to once again be an IDP monster in the areas of tackles, sacks and turnovers.

Louis Murphy
Murphy (torn ACL) will start training camp on the Active/PUP list, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Bouncing back from an ACL tear suffered in October, Murphy was previously expected to be ready for the start of training camp. He served as the team's No. 3 wideout prior to last year's injury, but even if he gets healthy soon, there's no shortage of competition for the job.

Knee - PUP. Questionable for start of season
Jameis Winston
Winston completed 16 of 25 passes for 259 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Friday's 30-13 victory over the Browns. He also gained nine yards on two carries and fumbled twice, recovering one.

The sophomore quarterback put together as impressive a performance as could have been hoped for, leading the Bucs to scores on their first four offensive possesions and connecting with No. 1 receiver Mike Evans on several occasions. Those plays included a second quarter drive where he hit the towering wideout for 47 yards down the right sideline, as well as a 34-yard hookup for a touchdown just two plays later. Winston was clearly in command of the offense throughout his time on the field, which encompassed the entirety of the first half. He did have some trouble holding on to the ball with two fumbles, but encouragingly stayed away from any interceptions. The 2015 No. 1 overall pick appears primed for a fast start in 2016 given his overall body of work in training camp and preseason to date, and his rapport with Evans also seems to be at an all-time high. Winston may not see any time in next week's finale in an attempt to keep him 100 percent for the regular season opener against the Falcons on Sept. 11.

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. 

Micah Awe
No Updates
Mike Evans
Evans caught five passes for 115 yards and a touchdown (five targets) in Friday's preseason game against the Browns.

Evans did all of his damage in the first half, helping Jameis Winston put up 259 yards and a pair of touchdowns before halftime. Winston did a better job of getting his secondary options involved this week, but it was still Evans who came up with the big plays to lead Tampa's attack. Vincent Jackson caught four passes for 78 yards on nine targets, with Charles Sims contributing three receptions for 16 yards and a touchdown, and Adam Humphries adding two catches for 39. Conspicuously absent was TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who caught his only target for a five-yard gain. In any case, Evans figures to lead the Bucs by a wide margin in targets per game, with plenty of his work coming in the end zone.

Alan Cross
No Updates
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.

Mike James
James gained 17 yards on six carries and secured both of his targets for 11 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 27-21 preseason victory over the Jaguars.

The four-year pro is locked in a tight battle with both Peyton Barber and Storm Johnson for a backup running back job, and was able to find an end zone on a night when both of those players also made positive impressions. James secured a five-yard flip from Mike Glennon in the second quarter for a score, but found tough sledding on the ground for the second straight week. The former Hurricane has only 20 yards on 13 carries over the first pair of preseason contests, but has managed three receptions for 37 yards and Saturday's touchdown. The competition for a spot behind Doug Martin and Charles Sims figures to continue straight through the fourth and final preseason contest.

Taylor Fallin
No Updates
Kyler Kerbyson
No Updates
Kivon Cartwright
No Updates
Storm Johnson
Johnson was waived by the Buccaneers on Sunday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Johnson was competing for a spot as the final backup in Tampa Bay, and it appears he lost out to fellow backs Mike James and Peyton Barber, who'll be competing for the No. 3 role.

Howard Jones
Jones totaled three tackles (two solo) and returned a Kirk Cousins fumble for a touchdown in Sunday's 31-30 loss to the Redskins.

The 25-year-old seems to have a knack for making his presence felt in limited playing time. After notching two sacks in his first career game Oct. 11 against the Jaguars, Jones took it up a notch in Week 7, picking up a second-quarter Kirk Cousins fumble caused by teammate Jacquies Smith and rumbling 43 yards to the end zone. If he can continue making impact plays, Jones figures to receive an increasing amount of playing time in the Bucs' defensive line rotation over the coming weeks.

Caleb Benenoch
No Updates
Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Seferian-Jenkins caught his lone target for a five-yard gain in Friday's preseason game against Cleveland.

After playing behind Cameron Brate the previous two weeks, Seferian-Jenkins started Friday's game and appeared to get the vast majority of snaps early on. Even with Brate failing to draw a target, it wasn't an encouraging night for Seferian-Jenkins, whose lack of involvement stood in stark contrast to the efforts provided by wideouts Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. With no clear winner emerging from Friday's game, the battle between Seferian-Jenkins and Brate may require clarification from Tampa Bay's coaching staff.

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

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

Cliff Matthews
The Falcons re-signed fullback Patrick DiMarco and defensive end Cliff Matthews, the team announced on Tuesday. 

DiMarco was an exclusive-rights free agent, and Matthews was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March. 

DiMarco had 17 catches for 111 yards and a touchdown in two seasons with the Falcons. Matthews has appeared in 32 games, mainly on special teams, in four years with the team. 

The Falcons also brought in WR Nick Williams, a former Redskin. 

Donteea Dye
Dye (hamstring) avoided a major injury and could be ready for Week 1, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Dye is vying for one of the final two spots at wide receiver, but this injury won't necessarily end his bid, as his ability to returns kicks could still prove vital. Dye took the opening kickoff for 21 yards in Saturday's preseason game, and he was the only Buc to return a kickoff during the previous exhibition.

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

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

Leonard Wester
No Updates
Doug Martin
Martin (hamstring) gained 18 yards on four carries in Friday's preseason game against the Browns.

Martin proved his health by making a brief appearance, and then took a backseat to the Jameis Winston-led passing game. The roles haven't changed since last season, with Martin dominating the rushing workload while Charles Sims handles passing downs.

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).

Kimario McFadden
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

Vernon Hargreaves
Hargreaves, receiving substantial reps with the first-team defense in Tuesday's joint practice against the Browns, responded with multiple interceptions during the session, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The talented corner continued what has been a highly impressive summer by shining in some extended opportunity with the first-team defense. Hargreaves recorded a pick while working opposite Brent Grimes and then added another pair of interceptions against Robert Griffin III in seven-on-seven drills. The former Gator notably received time at both his customary nickel spot in the first-team defense and at outside corner in place of Alterraun Verner, with the latter quite possibly serving as a foreshadowing of what the Week 1 starting lineup could look like if Hargreaves' play continues trending upward.

Bryan Anger
The Jaguars have listed punter Bryan Anger (groin), guard Zane Beadles (calf), center Luke Bowanko (quad), defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks (shoulder) and kicker Josh Scobee (quad) as probable for Week 1 against the Eagles, the team announced.
Robert Ayers
Ayers was lined up next Clinton McDonald as a defensive tackle with the first-string defense in Sunday's practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Bucs appear intent on finding ways to get as much of their burgeoning pass-rushing talent on the field at the same time, as Ayers has already been featured in various packages at both end and tackle. A move inside for the offseason acquisition offers the potential for some inside push and collapsing of the pocket while also providing dynamic second-round pick Noah Spence and productive end Jacquies Smith the opportunity to rotate in with Ayers in the game.

Ishmaa'ily Kitchen
Kitchen signed with the Bucs on Monday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The former Brown immediately practiced with the Bucs following the signing and stood out on the field at 330 pounds. Kitchen totaled 78 tackles with the Browns from 2012-14, but failed to log any statistics last season while with the Lions and Patriots. He's expected to provide some depth behind the Bucs' top triumverate of Gerald McCoy, Clinton McDonald and Akeem Spence.

Adarius Glanton
Glanton led the Bucs with four tackles (all solo) in Saturday's 27-21 preseason victory over the Eagles, the team's official site reports.

The active linebacker now has six tackles over his first pair of preseason games, which he's complemented with some impressive practice performances. Glanton last logged a regular-season tackle for the Panthers in 2014, when he totaled 12 stops (eight solo) and forced fumble in 10 games. The third-year pro looks increasingly likely to secure a Will linebacker backup role behind Lavonte David, but will need to maintain the momentum he's built to date.

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.

Josh Robinson
Robinson (undisclosed) was held out of part of practice Saturday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The veteran corner took a seat Saturday with an undisclosed injury, giving rookie Javien Elliott a chance to take second-team reps. Robinson, an offseason acquisition last with the Vikings, is currently behind starter Alterraun Verner and slot corner Vernon Hargeaves on the right cornerback depth chart.

Mike Glennon
Glennon completed 11 of 20 passes for 120 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in Saturday's 27-21 preseason victory over the Jaguars.

Glennon entered the game midway through the second quarter and played until the end of the third period, leading one scoring drive in the process. The fourth-year pro capped off the seven-play, 59-yard possession with a five-yard scoring toss over the middle to Mike James. Glennon's extensive amount of work was at least partly designed to give him some valuable reps in live action, but could have also been an opportunity to continue to showcase his talents around the league to potential trade partners.

Travis Britz
No Updates
Daryl Smith
Smith (undisclosed) will not play Friday against the Browns.

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

William Gholston
Gholston returned to practice Monday after missing time due to a family illness, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Gholston absence for Thursday's preseason opener and Saturday's practice due to the illness in his family illness was excused by the team, and now that he's back he should resume working with the first team defense. Entering his fourth season, the defensive end will look to improve on his 67 tackles and three sacks from 2015, both career highs.

Kelvin Palmer
The Cardinals have reportedly signed running back Michael Bush on Tuesday, according to ESPN.

Bush has not played in 2014 and averaged 3.1 yards per carry in 2013. His best season occurred in 2011 when he rushed for 977 yards and scored seven touchdowns for the Raiders.

To make room for Bush, the Cardinals released running back Kerwynn Williams  from the 53-man roster and Kelvin Palmer from the practice squad. The Cardinals play at Atlanta Week 13.

Jonathan Krause
Krause secured two of his three receptions for 50 yards in Saturday's 27-21 preseason victory over the Jaguars. He also gained 18 yards on his sole punt return.

The third-year receiver followed up a string of impressive training camp practices with an impressive showing, including a 41-yard catch from the arm of Ryan Griffin late in the fourth quarter. Krause has opened some eyes in the battle for a backup receiver spot over the first three weeks of camp, while also making a strong case for the open punt return job.

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
Jackson secured four of nine targets for 78 yards in Friday's 30-13 preseason victory over the Browns.

The veteran wideout was actually the most heavily targeted receiver on the night, with his nine looks easily pacing the Bucs. Although he hauled in less than half of them, Jackson encouragingly made catches on a number of different routes, including a wide receiver screen, post and a fly pattern down the left sideline that went for 31 yards. He averaged a solid 19.5 yards a catch in the process and appeared fully healthy from the assortment of knee ailments that nagged him last season. Jackson is slated to see plenty of work in what has the potential to be an explosive passing game in 2016.

Adam Humphries
Humphries returned a punt for a 73-yard touchdown in Friday's preseason win over the Browns, also catching two passes for 39 yards on five targets.

Humphries worked as the No. 3 wide receiver, with both of his catches coming on Tampa's second offensive drive and all five of his targets occurring while Jameis Winston was under center. Seemingly a lock for the final roster, Humphries has positioned himself to open the season as the No. 3 wideout and top punt returner.

Evan Spencer
Spencer (knee) was held out of Wednesday's joint practice with the Browns, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The second-year receiver remained a spectator for the third consecutive practice and is losing valuable opportunities to make his case for a spot on the latter half of the Bucs' wide receiver depth chart. Spencer has two receptions for 27 yards over the first two weeks of preseason, with his injury having been sustained in last Saturday's tilt against the Jaguars. His status for Friday's matchup versus the Browns looks to be highly in question at this point in time.

Major Wright
Wright was released by the Bucs on Sunday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The veteran safety lost out on a roster spot to rookie Ryan Smith after having totaled 76 tackles over two seasons in Tampa. Wright was overpaid relative to where he figured in on the roster, with a $1.75 million salary on the books for 2016 before his release. A Lovie Smith import from the former Bucs' head coach's days in Chicago, Wright is likely to find interest from the slew of teams looking for some veteran safety help.

Luke Stocker
Stocker lined up as the starting fullback during seven-on-sevens in last Thursday's open OTA practice, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

With last season's starting fullback Jorvorskie Lane departed, the Bucs have a job opening, and Stocker appears to be getting first crack at filling it. Verastile rookie Dan Vitale, who Tampa tabbed with the 197th pick in the 2016 draft after a successful career at Northwestern, would certainly appear to bring a much greater degree of offensive potential to the position, considering his 49 games as a "superback" for the Wildcats during his college career. However, Stocker's established track record as an above-average blocker-- a key to him retaining a roster spot over the first four years of his career-- appears to have afforded him the first opportunity at helping clear the way for tailbacks Doug Martin and Charles Sims. The 27-year-old brings some limited pass-catching ability as well, having secured 44 of 68 targets to date in his career.

Peyton Barber
Barber gained 16 yards on nine rushes and secured his sole target for six yards in Friday's 30-13 preseason victory over the Browns.

The undrafted rookie essentially faced off with fellow first-year back Russell Hansbrough on the night in the ongoing battle for a backup running back spot, with neither player really standing out. Both were up against tough odds with respect to finding running room, considering the Bucs came into the contest with a depleted offensive line. Barber did continue flashing his trademark tough running style and figures to get a very long look in the preseason finale against the Redskins, a contest that is likely to decide the winner of the third tailback competition. With the release of fellow ballcarrier Storm Johnson in Sunday's cut to 75 players, Barber has one less player to be concerned with in his quest for a roster spot.

Ryan Griffin
Griffin, currently slotted as the third-string quarterback, completed 13 of 23 passes for 148 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in Thursday's 17-9 preseason loss to the Eagles.

The 26-year-old received extended action in the second half and mostly looked sharp, but did see two of his passes find their way into the hands of the opposition. Griffin was also taken down once on the night and emerged from the contest with a forgettable 39.8 passing rating. The former Saint does have the confidence of head coach Dirk Koetter, however, and would vault into the No. 2 job were the on-again, off-again trade rumors surrounding Mike Glennon ever to come to fruition.

Martin Ifedi
No Updates
Ryan Smith
No Updates
Devante Bond
Bond (hamstring) will not play Friday against the Browns.

The Buccaneers will be down a pair of strongside linebackers for their preseason clash with the Browns on Friday as Bond joins veteran Darryl Smith (undisclosed) on the inactive list. Second-year man Josh Keyes figures to see plenty of action in place of those two injured linebackers.

Charles Sims
Sims totaled 13 yards on four carries and secured all three of his targets for 16 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 30-13 preseason victory over the Browns.

The versatile tailback capped off a 12-play, 82-yard drive in the first quarter with a nifty three-yard touchdown reception where he worked his way free in the front of the end zone after Jameis Winston scrambled around and bought time on the play. Sims didn't get many touches otherwise, but figures to be a pivotal part of head coach Dirk Koetter's offense in his third pro season, particularly as a viable threat in the passing game in various formations and all over the field.

Dan Vitale
Vitale, who saw time as a traditional fullback and at tight end in Sunday's practice, believes that he can create frequent mismatches for defenses this season, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The news of the rookie's deployment at both positions isn't too surprising, considering his extensive college track record as a "superback" with Northwestern. Sunday, the multi-talented Vitale made a nice catch and run on a screen and threw a block that helped spring Martin on a running play in addition to this time in the tight end rotation. Given his speed and solid 240-pound frame, Vitale believes he can create problems for opposing defenses through whichever role he fills in the coming season.

Channing Ward
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Brandon Myers
Myers (knee) returned to practice Wednesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The veteran tight end is back on the field for the start of Wednesday's joint practice session versus the Jaguars in Jacksonville. Myers made an early exit from Thursday's preseason opener against the Eagles with the injury and had yet to return to practice. His status for Saturday's game against the Jaguars will likely be determined by how he progresses over the next two days of practice.

Joel Hale
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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.
Isaiah Johnson
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Russell Hansbrough
Hansbrough gained 27 yards on nine carries and secured his only target for four yards in Friday's 30-13 preseason victory over the Browns.

The undrafted rookie acquitted himself reasonably well in the ongoing battle for the backup running back spot, equaling fellow first-year player and candidate Peyton Barber with nine carries on the night. Hansbrough also survived the Bucs' first wave of cuts Sunday and now has one less competitor to concern himself with due to the release of Storm Johnson. Both he and Barber figure to get extensive playing time in the preseason finale, a game that is likely to determine the fate of both players.

Joe Hawley
Hawley returned to Friday's matchup with the Browns after being knocked out briefly, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Hawley appeared to get injured blocking for Doug Martin on a run play. However, he only missed one snap before returning to action.

Kourtnei Brown
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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Javien Elliott
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Josh Allen
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. 

A.J. Francis
The Dolphins re-signed defensive tackle A.J. Francis on Saturday, according to the Palm Beach Post. Francis spent the 2014 season on injured reserve after having his left knee scoped following a preseason game against the Falcons.
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. 

Roberto Aguayo
Aguayo nailed field goals of 48, 21 and 27 yards in his three attempts during Friday's 30-13 preseason victory over the Browns. He also was successful on all three extra-point attempts.

The performance had to prompt a collective sigh of relief from Bucs brass, fans and Aguayo himself, who had endured a tough week beginning with the prior Saturday's tilt against the Jaguars. The surprise 2016 second-round pick experienced the downside of the spotlight his draft position brings for the first time over the prior few days, particularly after he had a forgettable first day of joint practices against the Browns last Tuesday. Aguayo's first kick Friday was particuarly a confidence-builder, considering it came from a significant distance and capped off a successful seven-play, 47-yard opening drive for Tampa. The FSU product will get another opportunity to continue building momentum in the preseason finale before the lights come on Sept. 11 against the Falcons.

Davonte Lambert
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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.

Freddie Martino
Martino, who joined the team less than a month ago, turned in another impressive OTA session Thursday, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

The 24-year-old is part of a proverbial cast of thousands trying to carve out a spot on the Bucs' crowded wide receiver depth chart. Martino, who has yet to record his first career reception, hauled in a touchdown at the start of Thursday's session in the left corner of the end zone. He notched another impressive catch near the end of practice, adding to his growing highlight reel of the last few weeks. The North Greenville product is expected to battle the likes of Andre Davis, Bernard Reedy and Evan Spencer this summer for one of the final wide receiver spots on the roster.

Kenny Bell
Bell secured one of two targets for nine yards in Friday's 30-13 preseason victory over the Browns. He notably did not receive any opportunities on kickoff returns.

The second-year receiver, who'd been of the more talked-about players of the offseason given his potential and superior speed, has largely gone into a shell since the onset of preseason. Bell got things started on the wrong foot by fumbling away the opening kickoff of the exhibition slate, and has not received additional opportunities in that capacity since then. He also failed to catch either of his two targets against the Jaguars in Week 2 of the preseason, giving him just one reception on four looks over the last two weeks. With fellow wideouts Donteaa Dye and Bernard Reedy both making cases for themselves on special teams, Bell's opportunity for a roster spot likely comes down to the preseason finale against the Redskins.

Bernard Reedy
Reedy did not see any targets in the passing game in Friday's 30-13 preseason victory over the Browns, but totaled 21 yards on his one kickoff return and also tallied 59 yards on three punt returns, including a long of 43 yards.

The speedy wideout received extra opportunity on kickoff returns when Donteea Dye exited early with a hamstring injury, but particularly made his mark running back punts. Reedy ripped off a 43-yard return late in the third quarter, a play overshadowed only by Adam Humphries' 73-yard punt-return touchdown in the first period. With heavy competition for spots on the bottom half of the Bucs' receiver depth chart, the special-teams acumen that Reedy is demonstrating is helping him make a strong case for one of the available jobs.

Brent Grimes
Grimes stood out during the first day of joint practices with the Jags on Wednesday, the team's official site reports.

The veteran offseason acquisition has seemingly been making at least one impressive play every day during practices at One Buc Place, and the change of scenery to Jaguars camp didn't make him skip a beat. Grimes provided tight coverage against Jacksonville's talented receiver corps and was involved in the play of the day when he made a leaping one-handed interception of a Blake Bortles pass. Grimes is expected to be integral to the shoring up of a secondary that allowed the highest completion percentage in the league to opposing quarterbacks in 2015.

Russell Shepard
Shepard continued his solid work as a receiver in Monday's practice, hauling in a deep ball from Mike Glennon.

The reserve receiver, much more accomplished on special teams over his first two seasons, followed up his strong performance in the preseason opener with an impressive catch down the left sideline with Josh Robinson trailing in coverage. Shepard's impressive work to date this summer has helped him stand out from the proverbial cast of thousands vying for spots in the bottom half of the Bucs' receiver depth chart.

Gerald McCoy
McCoy logged two tackles (one solo) and a half-sack in Friday's 30-13 preseason victory over the Browns.

The Pro Bowl tackle got in on the fun on a night when the Bucs defense tallied a whopping eight sacks overall. McCoy dealt with an ankle injury several days ago but appeared unencumbered Friday, serving as an active presence and drawing plenty of attention in the middle. He also combined with offseason acquistion Robert Ayers for a half-sack of Robert Griffin III, a hit which caused a fumble that the Bucs argued they'd recovered but that insatant replay apparently couldn't confirm. McCoy looks primed for another strong season anchoring Tampa's defensive line and figures to benefit from playing alongside the likes of Ayers and dynamic Noah Spence in certain personnel packages.

Kelby Johnson
George Johnson
Johnson has been placed on IR after injuring his hip in Thursday's practice.

Johnson played in 11 games for Tampa Bay last year, recording 23 tackles in two forced fumbles while seeing the field for 39.4 percent of the teams defensive snaps. It's unclear what exactly his hip injury is at this point, but it was enough for the team to officially end his season just a day after the injury. With him out, look for Cliff Matthews and Jacquies Smith to see some extra reps with the second unit.

Hip - IR. Out for season
J.R. Sweezy
Sweezy (back), one of the Bucs' top offseason acquisitions, appears headed to the reserve PUP list to open the 2016 season, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The former Seahawk had a herniated disk in his back operated on this spring and has been unable to suit up to date as a result. Sweezy recenty received a second opinion from a doctor in California that provided him with encouraging news, but the injury is still expected to keep him out the first five games of the season. "Just went and got it checked out. Everything is good. I'm on track,'' Sweezy said Saturday. "I'm taking it day by day and trying to get back to where I need to be to play at the level I need to play at.'' The Bucs are exercising considerable caution with Sweezy given the $14.5 million he's guaranteed, and his left guard spot is expected to be manned by Kevin Pamphile until he returns. The team has three more weeks before they have to make final decision on Sweezy's status, but given the nature of his injury, the move to the reserve PUP list appears highly likely.

Bradley McDougald
McDougald has received the second round tender from the Buccaneers, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

McDougald will receive at least $2.5 million in 2016 as a result. Any team that extends an offer sheet to McDougald will have to fork over a second round pick if the Buccaneers decline to match, so McDougald will likely remain in Tampa Bay in 2016.

Chris Conte
Conte has re-signed with the Bucs on a one-year deal, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The 27-year-old returns to Tampa despite the departure of head coach Lovie Smith, who was instrumental in bringing his former Bears protege to the Bucs in 2015. Conte totaled 79 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles last season, while playing 66.5 percent of the defensive snaps (731). A knee injury originally suffered in Week 15 versus the Rams led to Conte being placed on injured reserve prior to the season finale. The six-year veteran does have history with one of the coaches on new Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith's staff, having worked with new secondary coach Jon Hoke while both were with the Bears.

Cameron Brate
Brate and fellow tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins figure to see plenty of playing time together in two-tight end sets this coming season, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Brate already exceeded expectations last season during Seferian-Jenkins' extended absence due to a shoulder injury, helping to set him up for success in this year's training camp. He's made good on that opportunity this summer, wresting the top tight end role from Seferian-Jenkins earlier in camp, and partially retaining that spot heading into the third preseason game. However, the first-team reps have been split up much more equitably over the last week-plus by head coach Dirk Koetter, a sign of both Seferian-Jenkins' improving play and what the offense is likely to resemble once the regular season kicks off. For their part, both players appear to be embracing the idea of essentially sharing the top job, given the varying skill sets they respectively bring to the field. "Austin's a really good player, too," said Brate. "I think with both of us on the field definitely it will be good for us. I think we're both going to play a lot for us this year. I've been getting a lot of those reps early in training camp and it's good to even it out, both get some work. He looked really good on Saturday, had a good week of practice last week. It's going to be fun working with him."

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

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

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

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

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