|Offense||18th||101.0 (24th)||245.4 (16th)|
|Defense||23rd||117.2 (22nd)||250.8 (22nd)|
|Adjei-Barimah, Jude||DB||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|
|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|
|35||Elliott, Javien||DB||5-11||176||7/18/1993||R||Florida State|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|84||Brate, Cameron (IR)||TE||6-5||235||7/3/1991||2||Harvard|
|17||Dye, Donteea (IR)||WR||6-0||195||8/20/1993||2||Heidelberg|
|72||Gottschalk, Ben (IR)||G||6-5||293||2/15/1992||1||Southern Methodist|
|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|
|95||Jones, Howard (IR)||DE||6-4||238||2/10/1990||2||Shepherd|
|10||Shorts, Cecil (IR)||WR||6-0||202||12/22/1987||6||Mount Union|
|34||Sims, Charles (IR)||RB||6-0||211||9/19/1990||3||West Virginia|
|30||Smith, Antone (IR)||RB||5-9||192||9/17/1985||7||Florida State|
|56||Smith, Jacquies (IR)||DE||6-2||260||3/18/1990||3||Missouri|
|Ings, Kendrick||WR||5-10||180||6/17/1990||1||No College|
|39||Johnson, Isaiah||DB||6-0||209||10/14/1992||R||South Carolina|
|Liedtke, Michael||G||6-3||310||1/15/1992||1||Illinois State|
|Riggs, Cody||CB||5-9||187||12/28/1991||2||Notre Dame|
|White, Myles||WR||6-0||190||3/30/1990||3||Louisiana Tech|
|22||Martin, Doug||RB||5-9||223||1/13/1989||5||Boise State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
DePaola, the Bucs' long snapper, will likely miss summer OTAs and isn't certain to be ready in time for start of the 2017 season.
Spence suffered the shoulder injury during the Buccaneers' season finale against the Panthers, but not before recording three tackles. He'll have plenty of time to recover before training camp in July. Spence, a 2016 second-round pick, finished his rookie campaign with 22 tackles, 5.5 sacks, two passes defensed, and three forced fumbles in 16 games.
Adjei-Barimah recently returned from a four-game suspension but injuries prevented him from practicing regularly and playing in Week 16. The team should move on in his absence without issue.
The former Pro Bowler seemed to be stuck in neutral for most of the season in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's system before turning it on over the last month-plus. David tallied 37 stops (28 solo), four sacks (all within the last three games) and an interception in Weeks 12-17, salvaging his season to large extent from an IDP perspective. The fifth-year pro actually finished with the second-highest sack total of his career (5.0), equaled a career best in forced fumbles (four) and fumble recoveries (two) and also notched a pick-six, helping to offset what was by far the lowest tackle total of his career (87). If Smith, who is reportedly under consideration for head coaching opportunities, does return to Tampa for a second season, David may be primed for a much stronger start to 2017 given his season of acclimation in this past campaign.
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.
In light of the injury, the Buccaneers added guard Josh Allen from the practice squad to fill Gottschalk's spot on the active roster. Joe Hawley will continue to start at center after injuring his knee two weeks ago.
The revolving door at running back in Tampa Bay has been precipitated by a spate of injuries, forcing Charles Sims (knee) and now Smith to IR. As a corresponding move, the Bucs have promoted Russell Hansbrough to the 53-man roster, which boasts three healthy RBs at the moment (also Peyton Barber and Mike James). Elsewhere on the injury front, Jacquizz Rodgers (foot) remained in a walking boot Monday, according to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, while Doug Martin has yet to practice since suffering a hamstring injury in Week 2.
The second-year middle linebacker thus wraps up his sophomore pro campaign with consecutive 10-tackle efforts, and a whopping 41 stops overall in the last three games thanks to his 21-tackle explosion in Week 15 versus the Cowboys. After seeing a PED suspension wipe out the final four games of what was an otherwise stellar rookie season in 2015, Alexander bounced back to excel in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's attacking scheme, compiling 145 tackles, matching last season's three-sack total, and also notching a forced fumble, fumble recovery and interception apiece.
The 2015 first overall pick underwent a physical transformation last offseason and reportedly was very diligent in his preparation, which paid off in across-the-board improvement in 2016. Winston established new career highs in every major offensive category, but did also see an undesireable increase in the area of turnovers. Winston threw three more interceptions than he had in his rookie season, while also doubling the three fumbles he was guilty of in 2015. While he did have some notable single-game performances -- with respective tallies of 312, 331 and a career-high 405 yards passing -- the former Seminole did struggle at times during the Bucs' playoff push, completing less than 60 percent of his passes in two of the last four games. However, he was unquestionably compromised by a slew of injuries to the receiver position, and overall, he certainly provided plenty of reason for optimism heading into 2017. If the Bucs are able to upgrade their receiver depth through either free agency and/or the draft -- and Doug Martin is able to make a full recovery from the personal issues that are reportedly plaguing him -- Winston should be primed for another bump up in performance next season.
The stalwart tackle shook off a calf injury to effectively fulfill his rotational lineman role. Siliga's sack of Dak Prescott was his first of the season, and he continues to serve as a solid run-stopping presence during his typically modest allotment of playing time.
The third-year receiver had come in to the 2016 campaign determined to put what he felt was a disappointing 2015 season behind him, one in which he'd led the NFL in drops and hauled in just over 50 percent of his targets. Evans responded by establishing new career highs across the board, and essentially served as the last man standing in the Bucs receiving corps after injuries felled the likes of Vincent Jackson and Cecil Shorts over the course of the season. He was a highly viable red-zone threat once again as well, hauling in nine of 19 targets and seven touchdowns inside the 20. While his 55.5 percent catch rate still leaves plenty of room for improvement, Evans undeniably took yet another step forward in 2016, and his massive size will continue to render him a prototypical No. 1 receiver heading into 2017. An upgrade of the personnel behind him on the depth chart will likely go a long way into making the Texas A & M product an even more lethal threat next season.
The undrafted rookie from Memphis made the original version of the 53-man roster coming out of preseason but was waived the day before the season opener. Re-signed to the practice squad just four days later, Cross soon found himself on the active roster after Austin Seferian-Jenkins was released on Sept 23. Cross was often deployed in an H-back-type role, and saw at least one target in nine of his 14 contests. He notched a reception in five of the last seven games of the season, but his role was predominantly that of a blocker. A younger, cheaper version of teammate Brandon Myers, Cross figures to stick on the roster in 2017, given his reasonable $540,000 cap hit and Myers' unlikely return.
Jones injured his knee in Week 8's game agaisnt the Falcons. The 26-year-old had recorded three tackles on the season. Channing Ward, DaVonte Lambert, and Noah Spnce will be providing the Buccaneers with defensive line depth going forward.
The veteran tackle notched his first sack since back in Week 10 against the Bears. He also has 11 tackles over the last four games, despite getting shut out of the stat sheet versus the Cowboys in Week 15. McDonald remains a vital part of the Bucs' run defense, while also occasionally flashing the ability to collapse the pocket.
After injuring his ankle in practice, Dye was placed on injured reserve in mid-December. While his procedure Monday required screws to re-set a ligament in his ankle and will sideline the receiver for about six weeks, Dye should be ready in time for summer OTAs.
Sims joined the Buccaneers practice squad a week ago and will now have an opportunity to spend the offseason with the team. However, the former Alabama quarterback signed with the team as a running back so he'll compete for a spot in the team's backfield over the next several months.
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.
Just ten months ago, Martin was riding high after re-signing with the Bucs on a five-year, $35.75 million dollar deal mere hours before the start of free agency. Once the lights went on for the 2016 regular season, however, it appeared the fifth-year pro was on a constant downhill slide. A hamstring injury in Week 2 knocked him out for the ensuing six contests, and he struggled upon getting back on the field. The 27-year-old was notably under 3.0 YPC in five of the six games he did play upon returning, with a season-high 87-yard performance against the Seahawks serving as the only exception during that stretch. Although Martin appeared to run decisively for the most part in 2016, there were some rumblings about him exhibiting poor vision and not exploiting available running lanes at times. Backfield mate Jacquizz Rodgers' solid performances behind essentially the same offensive line likely lent further credence to that theory, and with Martin's season ending under the spectre of a PED suspension, his future in Tampa is in relative doubt until further notice, an inconceivable notion heading into this past season.
Pamphile is in line to return to game action in Week 12 after missing the Buccaneers' last two games. Expect the former fifth-rounder to be suited up Sunday, especially given the fact that he's already logged multiple full-participation practices this week.
The sixth-year pro arrived in Tampa five days prior to the season opener after a surprise release by the Texans, and it could well prove to be the final stop of his career. Shorts suffered a catastrophic knee injury in Week 13 versus the Chargers, one that saw him tear the ACL, MCL and PCL in his right knee. Going on 30 years of age, the Mt. Union product is thus likely to encounter significant difficulty in regaining both the necessary explosion and requisite interest from teams that would enable him to once again acquire gainful employment in the league. Shorts also had trouble achieving separation on a consistent basis when he was healthy in 2016, as he notably went without a reception in three of the nine contests he was active for, and tallied just one catch in four others. A veteran with a solid track record, Shorts was thought to have a realistic chance of vaulting Adam Humphries for the slot receiver role when he was first signed, but then actually was handed the reins of the No. 2 job once Vincent Jackson (knee) was lost to injury. Having failed to make a significant impact in that role and now also facing an extensive rehabilitation, he doesn't figure to be on the NFL radar in 2017 at a minimum.
Hargreaves figures to draw the start at cornerback for Tampa Bay with playoff implications on the line, while Alterraun Verner may see additional snaps as well.
Ayers was under the weather Wednesday and didn't practice. His complete availability Thursday implies he's past whatever bug he'd been dealing with, though, meaning Ayers isn't in danger of missing Saturday's showdown against the Saints.
Since being limited in Wednesday's practice, Glanton has practiced in full since. He appears on track to suit up come game time.
This marks Smith's first game back since going down in Week 10 with an injured knee.
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 fourth-year veteran held a clipboard for the entirety of the 2015 campaign as Jameis Winston played every snap of his rookie season, but Glennon performed admirably when called upon Thursday after the latter hurt his knee midway through the fourth quarter. He was near perfect against a Falcons defense that was naturally in prevent mode given their sizable lead, even finding Cameron Brate for a two-yard scoring throw that came just a day over two years from the date of his last regular-season touchdown pass, Nov. 2, 2014. Glennon has 19 starts on his NFL resume, which means he'll be ready to roll should the Winston not be able to suit up for a Week 10 tilt against the Bears.
White has bounced around the league the past three years, including stints with the Packers, Giants, and Jets. He heads back to the Jets with some baseline knowledge of the offense after spending six weeks of the season on the team's practice squad.
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.
Huff's 2016 season wasn't dull by any stretch, with the third-year receiver opening the season as a starter in Philadelphia, picking up DUI, drug possession and weapons charges, getting subsequently released by the Eagles, and then latching on with the Bucs and eventually making his way onto the active roster. The University of Oregon product had shown more than enough play-making ability in his two-plus seasons with the Eagles, during which he'd notched 48 receptions on 75 targets for 482 yards and four touchdowns in 34 games, while also compiling 1,165 yards and touchdowns of 107 and 98 yards on 42 punt returns. Huff was promoted to the Bucs' active roster on Dec. 6 after a near month-long stay on the practice squad and was also signed to a two-year contract extension on the same day, insuring that he'll have a chance to continue developing his skills in Tampa for the foreseeable future. Blessed with excellent speed and a diverse skill set, Huff is a fantasy prospect with some upside heading into the offseason, given the team's need to find multiple viable options in the passing game alongside Mike Evans. His play-making ability on special teams gives an additional boost to his potential value in formats that take return yards and touchdowns into account.
Johnson's spot on the active roster was made possible the placement of Charles Sims (pectoral) on IR. Johnson figures to serve as a blocker out of the backfield during Sunday's regular season finale against the Panthers.
Gholston missed Tampa Bay's final two games due to his elbow injury but he's expected to recover in time for the team's offseason program.
The veteran tackle appears to be on the right track for active status in the Week 17 finale against the Panthers. Dotson's presence has been missed during the last two games that he's been sidelined, as Jameis Winston has taken six sacks over that stretch.
The 33-year-old's season was cut short in mid-October with a knee injury originally feared to be a torn ACL. While that worst-case scenario was later confirmed to be unfounded, Jackson was ruled out for the season in mid-November, potentially the final transaction involving the Bucs and the veteran receiver. Jackson is now an unrestricted free agent, and after topping out at four receptions and 44 yards in any the five games he was active for during the 2016 campaign, he appears to be a long shot to return. Jackson remains in superb physical condition, but didn't seem capable of getting downfield with the same level of success as in years past, with an 18-yard reception in Week 4 representing his longest of the season. If 2016 was indeed Jackson's swang song in Tampa, he wraps up his five-season Bucs career with 268 receptions for 4,326 yards and 20 touchdowns. His tenure included three 1,000-yard seasons, but his yardage totals did drop in each campaign. However, presuming his knee is back at full strength heading into the summer, Jackson could well latch on with a team looking for veteran receiver help.
The second-year Clemson product, already a surprise contributor during his 2015 rookie campaign, took another major step forward this past season. Humphries once again displayed the sure hands and savvy route running that made him a valuable security blanket in his first season, but also boasted an ability to get downfield, tallying seven receptions of 20-plus yards, including two over the 40-yard mark. Humphries had come up empty in both categories during his rookie season, yet expanded opportunity due to a slew of injuries at the receiver position throughout the campaign enabled him to set personal bests across all major categories in 2016. As had been the case in his first year, the 23-year-old also displayed a knack for moving the chains, with 27 of his 55 receptions going for first downs. Despite his slight frame, he also saw 11 red-zone targets from QB Jameis Winston -- good for third on the Bucs -- hauling in six of them, with one going for a touchdown. Humphries also added return duties to his job description in 2016, with his 237 yards on punt runbacks placing him just outside the top 10 in the NFL. Heading into the offseason, Humphries figures to have first crack at the slot receiver role he's proven highly adept at, with the Bucs likely looking to upgrade the overall depth at the outside positions behind Mike Evans.
The fifth-year pro once again dutifully served as one of the better blockers at his position in the NFL, battling a troublesome ankle injury that ultimately cost him four games along the way. Stocker's reception, target and yardage totals were the lowest of his career, as his job helping to clear lanes in the running game clearly takes precedence in the Bucs' offensive system. While Tampa didn't exactly enjoy prolific success on the ground this past season -- checking in as the 24th-ranked unit with 1,616 rushing yards and an average of 101.0 per game -- Stocker's veteran presence, familiarity with the offense and modest $1.7 million cap hit in 2017 seem to assure him of another season on the roster.
The undrafted rookie from Auburn bucked the odds in 2016, heading to the practice squad after a solid preseason and then receiving a promotion to the active roster in advance of the regular-season opener. Barber logged 45 special teams snaps in Weeks 1, 3 and 4 before seeing his first work from scrimmage in Week 5 against the Panthers, after hamstring and knee injuries had felled Doug Martin and Charles Sims, respectively. The 22-year-old went on to see double-digit totes in three contests overall, with a 12-carry, 84-yard, one-touchdown effort in Week 7 against the Niners serving as the high point of his season. Barber saw a good deal of short-yardage and red-zone work, with his eight carries inside the opponents' 20-yard line ranking him third on the team behind Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers. A 1,000-yard rusher in his second and final season for the Tigers, Barber offers some potential despite a lack of seasoning after only 248 carries at the collegiate level. With the Bucs' backfield enveloped in uncertainty as the offseason begins due to Doug Martin's PED suspension, Barber figures to be given every opportunity to retain a roster spot in 2017.
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.
The third-year back couldn't come close to duplicating his solid sophomore campaign, as injuries limited him to less than half a season's worth of games. Sims finished the 2016 season on injured reserve due to a pectoral injury suffered in the Week 16 contest versus the Saints after missing eight games earlier in the campaign with a knee injury sustained in Week 4 against the Broncos. Had he not gone down with the latter injury, the West Virginia product was in line for what would have turned out to be an extended run as the starter, as Doug Martin would ultimately miss six games due to his hamstring ailment. Instead, Sims would go on to miss the following eight contests himself, which ended up opening the door for journeyman Jacquizz Rodgers to put together a potentially career-saving stint as the top backfield option. For the seven games in which he was active, Sims had trouble finding consistent running room behind an inconsistent Bucs offensive line, but did display his usual proficiency in the passing game when given the opportunity. Heading into the final year of his original four-year deal in 2017, Sims' outlook is somewhat muddled, as the Bucs' backfield is currently in a state of unexpected flux; Doug Martin, assuming he is retained by the Bucs, will open next season serving a PED suspension, while Rodgers' status with the team is still uncertain , given that he is now a free agent. Given his past body of work and skill set, Sims still profiles most in the change-of-pace, pass-catching back role that he's been deployed in over his first trio of pro seasons, but circumstances could potentially dictate an expanded role.
Ward was promoted from the practice squad Thursday, but he'll ultimately stay on the sidelines Sunday. His last action came in Week 9 against Atlanta, although he saw just four total snaps.
The veteran tight end, once thought to be an emerging pass-catching threat after totaling 126 receptions for 1,328 yards and eight touchdowns over the 2012-2013 seasons, has primarily been deployed as a blocker in his three Bucs campaigns. Myers' reception and yardage totals this past season were his lowest outside of his 2009 rookie year in Oakland, although he did record his first touchdown in a Tampa uniform in the opener against the Falcons. Now an unrestricted free agent and 31 years of age, Myers could well have played his last snap with the Bucs, as Cameron Brate is the clear-cut offensive weapon at the position, Luke Stocker is younger and a better overall blocker, and promising prospect Tevin Westbrook, who's spent the last two years on the practice squad, has been signed to a futures contract and is expected to compete for a roster spot next summer. Myers could potentially latch on a roster in need of some veteran tight end help, or in a less likely scenario, return to the Bucs on a veteran minimum-type deal.
The sixth-year pro was the surprise of the Bucs near-playoff season in 2016, especially considering he didn't seem to be on the team's radar heading into the season. After opening his career with four years in Atlanta as a change-of-pace option, Rodgers spent an uneventful 2015 campaign in Chicago, playing in only five games and seeing only 15 total touches from scrimmage. However, his past Falcons tenure with Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter and others on the team's staff bore fruit once both Doug Martin (hamstring) and Charles Sims (knee) were sidelined during the first four weeks of the 2016 season, as Rodgers was thrust into a starter's role that he ended up thriving in. The Oregon State product opened his stint as the top runner with back-to-back 100-yard outings against the Panthers and 49ers, respectively, and was in the midst of another productive afternoon against the Raiders in Week 8 before succumbing to a foot injury that would sideline him for the following four games. Rodgers eventually returned to a starting role for the final two games of the season after Doug Martin departed the team due to a pending PED suspension, totaling 138 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries and three receptions for 19 yards over that span. The expanded opportunity he saw in 2016 helped Rodgers shatter the third-down back label he'd previously been saddled with, as he carried the ball a combined 56 times over Weeks 5 and 7, and saw double-digit totes in three other contests as well. He thus heads into the offseason as a potential full-time tailback for the first time in his career, and given his favorable track record with the team's coaching staff, diverse skill set and Martin's uncertain future, he figures to have a strong chance of returning to Tampa on a potential multi-year deal.
Hughes had previously been demoted from the Bucs' active roster on Saturday in order for Donteea Dye to fill in at wide receiver, but he returns to provide depth on the defensive line after the release of safety Major Wright.
Cherilus was able to practice in full on Friday and his active status was expected. He'll be a depth option along the offensive line now that starting tackle Demar Dotson (concussion) has returned.
He'll add depth at running back with Doug Martin set to be inactive again as a healthy scratch. With Martin's surprising benching, it's not clear how carries will be divided among Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims or Peyton Barber.
The severity of Hawley's injury wasn't specified. However, the fact he wasn't immediately ruled out upon initial examination suggests the ailment isn't serious. Thus, the UNLV product should be good to go for the start of offseason activities.
The tight end has spent the last two seasons on the Buccaneers' practice squad and will now spend the offseason with the team in the hopes of making the 53-man roster next season.
The rookie will take the roster spot of the suspended Jude Adjei-Barimah and provide some depth at corner for the depleted Bucs, who also saw Brent Grimes suffer a quad injury in Sunday's game against the Chiefs. If Grimes is unable to suit up for the Week 12 tilt against the Seahawks, Elliott and Josh Robinson figure in as the top backups behind presumed starters Alterraun Verner and Vernon Hargreaves.
Allen was claimed off waivers from the Bucs last week, but was inactive for his only game as a member of the 49ers last Sunday against the Falcons. His release clears room for the addition of Andrew Gardner.
Aguayo was one of the more talked-about rookie kickers in recent memory, given his surprise second-round selection last spring. The FSU product endured the requisite ups and downs that seem to affect the majority of first-year players, except that the spotlight shone particularly bright on his mistakes given the individualistic nature of his position. There were definitely times when it looked like Aguayo had this NFL thing figured out -- such as a pair of separate three-game stretches when he was perfect on all his kicks -- but they would inevitably be followed by games with some confounding misses from fairly manageable distances. The 40-to-49-yard range seemed to particularly bedevil Aguayo, as he was only able to connect on four of 10 attempts from that area of the field. That particular statistical nugget might best crystallize what has to be the biggest concern for the soon-to-be second-year player and the Bucs alike; NFL teams eventually have no use for a kicker, regardless of draft position, that can't consistently convert from what is usually the most common range for field-goal attempts throughout the course of a season. A diligent worker by all accounts, Aguayo will undoubtedly focus on honing his accuracy throughout the offseason. However, the Bucs aren't going to let him cruise into the 2017 campaign without competition, already having inked former Liberty University kicker John Lunsford, who booted an NCAA-record 12 field goals of over 50 yards, to a futures contract on Jan. 4.
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.
The 25-year-old speedster finally saw some meaningful regular-season game action in 2016, after having logged only one previous appearance back in 2014 with the Falcons. Martino's history with Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter facilitated his opportunity in Tampa, which began during last offseason's OTAs. The North Greenville product proceeded to have an uneven training camp, but did finish the preseason with eight receptions on 14 targets for 95 yards, with the bulk of that production coming in the final exhibition tilt. He then sandwiched a pair of practice squad stints around a brief stay on the active roster before being promoted for good on Oct. 22. Martino logged at least one reception in six of the remaining nine games of the season, with his best outing a four-catch, 56-yard effort against the Chargers in Week 13. After playing 2016 on a prorated one-year deal, Martino is an exclusive rights free agent that should have a solid opportunity to compete for a depth receiver spot in 2017, considering the Bucs' need for downfield speed at the position behind Mike Evans.
Reedy will thus be out of uniform for the second straight week following a call-up from the practice squad.
The veteran ballhawk closed out his first Bucs season in spectacular fashion, jumping an early second-quarter Cam Newton pass and returning it 31 yards to the house to give Tampa a 10-7 lead at the time. Grimes picked off two passes over the last four games, and has now notched at least four interceptions in each of the last four seasons.
The LSU product had primarily cut his NFL teeth on special teams over his first two seasons, but a plethora of injuries at the receiver position in 2016 provided him with his most extensive opportunity from scrimmage yet. Shepard displayed a knack for getting downfield, notching at least one reception for double-digit yardage in each of the last nine games of the season, even as his wideout reps were capped due to his importance on the special teams units. After playing under a one-year, $1.6 million contract this past season, Shepard is now an unrestricted free agent. However, his relative emergence as a receiver, diverse skill set and the likely modest cost to retain him render him a likely candidate for a return to Tampa in 2017.
McCoy was at his most active in the season finale, with his tackle total representing a season-high figure. The seventh-year pro was a seamless fit into defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, posting a solid seven sacks while also equaling a career high in forced fumbles (two) and establishing a new personal best in fumble recoveries (two) and passes defensed (five). McCoy was once again besieged by nagging injuries but still played 15 games, and has demonstrated the capacity to consistently overcome those ailments and deliver positive results. The 28-year-old now has 33.5 sacks over the last four seasons, and could be even more effective in 2017 playing in Smith's system for a second season.
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 strong safety secured the game-sealing pick of Russell Wilson on a pass intended for Tyler Lockett, snaring the throw at the Bucs' two-yard line with 1:36 remaining in the contest. It was McDougald's second interception of the season, equaling his career-high total from 2015. With 62 tackles on the campaign, the fourth-year pro is on pace to surpass the 87 stops he compiled last season.
Conte was listed as questionable but was likely to play. He'll start alongside Bradley McDougald at safety.
The third-year tight end was thrust into the starter's role after the release of the mercurial Austin Seferian-Jenkins on Sept. 23, and excelled in that capacity before going down with a season-ending back injury on Christmas Eve versus the Saints. Brate had already displayed the beginnings of a solid rapport with QB Jameis Winston during the latter's rookie campaign in 2015, and the pair picked up where they'd left off once Brate ascended to the top of the depth chart. The sure-handed Harvard product became an especially valuable commodity as the Bucs increasingly got thinner at the receiver position due to injury and was particularly effective as a red-zone option, tying Mike Evans for targets in that area of the field (19). He hauled in 12 of those looks for a team-best 63.2 percent red-zone catch rate, 10 of which went for touchdowns. With nearly a full season of starting experience now under his belt and only 25 years of age, the 6'5 Brate looks primed to serve as a highly viable commodity all over the field for seasons to come.
The veteran corner returned to the team after missing the first two practices of the week due to his father's funeral services in California. While he should be able to suit up against the high-octane Saints passing attack Sunday, rookie Javien Elliott would be available to step in for him if necessary.
The veteran safety finished off the season in fine fashion, racking up 40 tackles (30 solo) over the final four games. Tandy also racked up four picks over the last five contests of the season, victimizing Cam Newton twice on Sunday and posting a career-best figure in that category overall in 2016. Despite having set a then-career high in tackles in 2015, Tandy's re-signing in March 2016 was primarily for depth purposes, as well as his solid special teams work. However, given his play in the latter stages of the campaign, the fifth-year pro figures to be heavily in the mix for a potential starting safety spot in 2017, the second year of his two-year, $1.85 million contract.
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