|Offense||18th||101.0 (24th)||245.4 (16th)|
|Defense||23rd||117.2 (22nd)||250.8 (22nd)|
|38||Adjei-Barimah, Jude||CB||5-11||200||7/21/1992||3||Bowling Green State|
|19||Aguayo, Roberto||K||6-0||207||5/17/1994||2||Florida State|
|58||Alexander, Kwon||MLB||6-1||227||8/3/1994||3||Louisiana State|
|Auclair, Antony||TE||6-6||254||//||R||Laval University|
|Barnett, Deondre||DE||6-3||239||//||R||Southern Illinois|
|Beckwith, Kendell||ILB||6-3||247||12/2/1994||R||Louisiana State|
|Brown, Richie||LB||6-2||236||4/15/1994||R||Mississippi State|
|Bullough, Riley||LB||6-2||226||11/23/1993||R||Michigan State|
|Cherilus, Gosder (FA)||T||6-7||316||6/28/1984||10||Boston College|
|69||Dotson, Demar||T||6-9||315||10/11/1985||9||Southern Mississippi|
|35||Elliott, Javien||DB||5-11||176||7/18/1993||2||Florida State|
|Evans, Justin||SAF||6-0||193||8/26/1995||R||Texas A&M|
|13||Evans, Mike||WR||6-5||231||8/21/1993||4||Texas A&M|
|Fleming, Maurice||DB||5-11||203||12/6/1993||R||West Virginia|
|Gardner, Cole||T||6-5||249||11/11/1993||R||Eastern Michigan|
|92||Gholston, William||DE||6-6||281||7/31/1991||5||Michigan State|
|53||Glanton, Adarius||OLB||6-1||230||9/21/1990||4||Florida Atlantic|
|Godwin, Chris||WR||6-1||205||2/27/1996||R||Penn State|
|Gray, Alex||DB||6-3||225||9/15/1993||R||Appalachian State|
|Harrison, Jarvis||G||6-4||330||12/25/1991||2||Texas A&M|
|68||Hawley, Joe||C||6-3||302||10/22/1988||8||Nevada-Las Vegas|
|67||Hughes, John (FA)||DE||6-2||320||4/27/1988||6||Cincinnati|
|83||Jackson, Vincent (FA)||WR||6-5||230||1/14/1983||13||Northern Colorado|
|39||Johnson, Isaiah||DB||6-0||209||10/14/1992||1||South Carolina|
|Knox, Jeff||LB||6-2||225||//||R||California (PA)|
|Liedtke, Michael||G||6-3||310||1/15/1992||1||Illinois State|
|22||Martin, Doug||RB||5-9||223||1/13/1989||6||Boise State|
|Martino, Freddie||WR||6-0||195||9/7/1991||2||North Greenville|
|McNichols, Jeremy||RB||5-9||212||12/26/1995||R||Boise State|
|Moxey, Jonathan||CB||5-9||174||//||R||Boise State|
|82||Myers, Brandon (FA)||TE||6-3||256||9/4/1985||9||Iowa|
|Riggs, Cody||CB||5-9||187||12/28/1991||3||Notre Dame|
|26||Robinson, Josh||DB||5-10||200||1/8/1991||6||Central Florida|
|32||Rodgers, Jacquizz||RB||5-6||205||2/6/1990||7||Oregon State|
|Sanborn, Garrison||C||6-1||240||7/31/1985||9||Florida State|
|10||Shorts, Cecil (FA)||WR||6-0||202||12/22/1987||7||Mount Union|
|34||Sims, Charles||RB||6-0||211||9/19/1990||4||West Virginia|
|30||Smith, Antone (FA)||RB||5-9||192||9/17/1985||8||Florida State|
|76||Smith, Donovan||T||6-6||338||6/23/1993||3||Penn State|
|62||Smith, Evan||G||6-2||308||7/19/1986||8||Idaho State|
|51||Smith, Daryl (FA)||OLB||6-2||250||3/14/1982||14||Georgia Tech|
|29||Smith, Ryan||CB||5-11||189||9/7/1993||2||North Carolina Central|
|57||Spence, Noah||DE||6-2||251||1/8/1994||2||Eastern Kentucky|
|Sperbeck, Thomas||WR||6-0||180||10/21/1994||R||Boise State|
|73||Sweezy, J.R.||G||6-5||298||4/8/1989||6||North Carolina State|
|37||Tandy, Keith||SS||5-10||205||2/12/1989||6||West Virginia|
|21||Verner, Alterraun (FA)||CB||5-10||187||12/13/1988||8||UCLA|
|Walker, Derel||WR||6-1||188||6/29/1991||R||Texas A&M|
|66||Wester, Leonard||T||6-6||305||1/3/1993||2||Missouri Western State|
|Wilcox, J.J.||DB||6-0||212||2/14/1991||5||Georgia Southern|
|Wilson, Bobo||WR||5-9||189||1/25/1995||R||Florida State|
|3||Winston, Jameis||QB||6-4||231||1/6/1994||3||Florida State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Spence had a serviceable rookie season, notching 22 tackles (16 solo), 5.5 sacks, two passes defensed and three forced fumbles. However, he also separated his shoulder and suffered a full labrum tear in Week 4, which required him to wear a harness the rest of the season. Spence then reseparated the shoulder in the season finale against the Panthers, ultimately leading to offseason surgery. Spence is expected to be completely healthy for his second campaign and has already shed eight-to-10 pounds off his playing weight of 251 last season. That's been accompanied by an approximate five-percent reduction in body fat, which should render Spence an even more effective pass-rushing threat in the coming season.
Adjei-Barimah was originally tendered on Feb. 28 but didn't officially sign until Monday. The third-year corner logged 22 tackles, two sacks, two passes defensed, and a forced fumble in 10 games in 2016 over 290 defensive snaps, while adding 95 additional plays on special teams. The 24-year-old is currently slotted as Brent Grimes' primary backup at right cornerback.
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 2017 second-round pick arrives in Tampa with a playmaking reputation, having picked off five passes and defending another 11 over two college seasons at Texas A&M. Evans will compete with veterans Chris Conte, Keith Tandy and J.J. Wilcox for playing time and could also carve out a role as a kick or punt returner.
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.
Smith had some success as an occasional big-play threat for the Falcons in 2013 and 2014, but a combination of injuries and age have sapped his explosiveness. Even if he returns to full health at some point this offseason, the 31-year-old may find it tough to catch on with a team that gives him a real shot to earn a roster spot. He had 10 carries for 47 yards and six catches for 77 yards in three games with Tampa Bay last season.
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 third-year quarterback wasn't really lauded for his mobility coming into the NFL, but he's been serviceable when scrambling and throwing on the move over his first two campaigns. Winston scored six rushing touchdowns in his rookie 2015 season, and, after focusing last offseason on improving his accuracy when throwing on the run, was one of the better outside-the-pocket passers in the league in 2016. The Bucs certainly took note as the season went on, increasing their use of a "small movement package" that they'd installed early in the season as Winston found more and more success when firing while on the move. With a receiving corps already significantly boosted by the acquisition of speedster DeSean Jackson in free agency -- and with some additional talent expected to be added in the upcoming draft -- Winston should be more dangerous than ever when he takes off and looks downfield in 2017.
A November pickup by the Bucs last season, Siliga brought some additional size to the team's defensive line last season. However, he saw limited action over six games with the club, notching just five tackles (three solo) and one sack. He will likely return to a similar role with Tampa Bay in 2017.
McNichols slipped to the fifth round in April's draft after having surgery on his labrum following the Combine, but was initially rated as worthy of a first- or second-day pick. The Boise State alum boasts a well-rounded skill set and reminds many observers of new teammate Doug Martin, who he'll compete for playing time with this season. In addition to compiling 3,205 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns in three college seasons, McNichols also hauled in 103 catches and another 11 touchdowns through the air> He also graded out as an above-average pass protector.
The Bucs' No. 1 wideout will be joined in the starting lineup by veteran DeSean Jackson this season, but entering his fourth season in Tampa, it's Evans who feels the duty of assuming a more overt leadership role in the receiving corps. In addition to Vincent Jackson (knee), valued locker room figures Louis Murphy (knee), Cecil Shorts (knee), and Russell Shepard have also departed since midseason last year, making Evans one of the elder statesmen of the incumbent group. The towering pass catcher sees himself in a similar position to Jameis Winston, who was much more of an assertive presence within the offense in just his second season last year. One of the most definitive paths to being perceived as a true leader is to continue churning out Pro Bowl-caliber seasons the likes of 2016, when Evans tallied a career-best 96 catches for 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns.
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.
The veteran tackle was able to play double the amount of games he had in 2015, when a pectoral injury cut short what was on pace to be a career season. He didn't exactly escape 2016 injury-free, as a hamstring injury cost him four games midway through the campaign. However, McDonald was once again productive when healthy, albeit not to the same extent as he'd been a year earlier. He posted six-and-eight-tackle efforts in Weeks 3 and 4, and was once again solid in the run game overall, posting the second-best tackle total of his seven-season career. He seemed to adapt well to the nuances of new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, which called for him to be a part of a wider variety of personnel groupings than in former head coach Lovie Smith's system. On the books for a modest $2 million cap hit in 2017, McDonald figures to once serve as a dependable presence in the middle of the Bucs' defensive line.
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 Buccaneers hope that Smith can return to his usual form after missing nearly of 2016 with a knee injury. Tampa Bay will likely ease the 27-year-old back onto the field, but don't be surprised if Smith tacks on a bigger workload as the season progresses. Assuming he avoids any setbacks, the four-year vet could be ready for another productive year.
Oft-mentioned as a potential cap casualty just one season after signing a five-year, $35.75 million contract, Martin is doing his best to earn another shot in Tampa. He completed a treatment program at the beginning of the offseason, and general manager Jason Licht recently said the 28-year-old is back to top physical condition. While suspended for the first three games of the season, Martin has put himself on track to regain lead status in Tampa Bay's backfield beginning in Week 4. It's still possible Martin could be released if there are any setbacks between OTAs and the start of the season, as the Bucs have insurance in the form of Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims and rookie fifth-rounder Jeremy McNichols (shoulder). Rodgers is getting most of the second-team reps at OTAs, with Sims handling the third-team looks.
Shorts suffered a devastating right knee injury in early December that included a torn ACL, MCL, and PCL, not to mention a dislocated kneecap. The short end of his recovery timeline would put him on schedule to be ready for training camp ahead of the 2018 campaign while the latter end would rule him out for that season entirely. Either way, in order to play again, the diminutive receiver will not only have to recover in full but also regain the necessary burst to separate from opposing defenders. A return from a catastrophe like this would be a gruesome task for any player, but for a 29-year-old veteran whose already shown signs of decline, it seems nearly impossible.
Although Hargreaves held his own Tuesday, the Bucs' prize free-agent acquisition beat the second-year corner badly Wednesday , scooting past him on the left sideline to haul in a perfectly thrown ball. Jackson and quarterback Jameis Winston feel as if they're already developing a strong chemistry, and the former has expressed admiration for the way the young quarterback has been carrying himself around his teammates over the first two days of OTAs. "He's one of the first out there. He's going to be running around from drill to drill. His excitement, his camaraderie with the team, it's what you need in a quarterback. I think he has that and that's why this franchise has him as their starting quarterback."
The veteran pass rusher, inked to a three-year, $19.5 million free-agent contract last offseason, had a rather uneven start to his Bucs tenure, suffering an ankle injury in Week 2 against the Cardinals and missing the subsequent four games. However, Ayers came on strong over the last month-plus of the campaign, recording sacks in four of the last six contests. He also notched a season-high six tackles against the Bears in Week 10, but didn't record more than three stops in any of the other 11 games he participated in. Ayers couldn't quite duplicate the career 2015 season he enjoyed with the Giants in which he set personal bests in tackles (41) and sacks (9.5), but his 6.5 quarterback takedowns in 2016 did represent the second-best total of his career. With the possibility of a full 16 games and a second season in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme on tap in 2017, Ayers could certainly be poised to build on this past season's production.
Baker had 47 tackles and 3.5 sacks with the Redskins last season. The 29-year old defensive end will fit in alongside William Gholston, Robert Ayers, and Gerald McCoy on the Buccaneers defensive line in 2017.
The last player selected in the third round, Beckwith brings the skill level of a higher-ranked player but fell in the draft due to a November 2016 ACL tear while playing for LSU. He brings an impressive college resume (263 tackles, including 24.5 for loss, 7.5 sacks, one interception, eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries) and is expected to eventually compete with Devante Bond for the starting strongside linebacker duties.
The standout tight end thus becomes the first of Tampa's six draft picks to ink a contract, and given his talent and draft slot, he's expected to make immediate contributions. Howard is notably the only tight end drafted in the first round by the Bucs in the franchise's 42-year history, and his 6-foot-6 frame and 4.5 speed are expected draw attention towards the middle of the field and away from the dynamic receiver duo of Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson in the coming season.
The 26-year-old has tallied 25 tackles (19 solo) over 26 NFL games, with 16 of those contests coming with the Bucs in 2016. Glanton's primary value came on special teams last season, when he logged 308 of the 332 total snaps he played last season.
Robinson served as a key member of Tampa Bay's special teams corps last season after spending the first four seasons of his pro career in Minnesota. He'll likely reprise that role in 2017 and will add depth at safety for the Buccaneers.
The veteran tackling machine posted what was easily his lowest total of stops of any season in which he'd played at least 14 games. Smith held down the starting strongside linebacker job throughout the duration of the campaign, but the drop in his production was especially notable considering he was coming off the three most prolific seasons of his career from a tackles perspective. New defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, which Smith had played in for four seasons (2004-07) in Jacksonville, seemed to funnel a great deal of the action to MLB Kwon Alexander, who posted 145 tackles. The 13-year pro notably wasn't the only established linebacker on the Bucs to see a precipitous drop in his numbers -- Lavonte David's 87 tackles also represented a low-water mark for him -- so the downturn likely wasn't exclusively age-related. However, Smith is now an unrestricted free agent, and given his largely disappointing season, the Bucs would currently appear unlikely to bring him back into the fold for 2017.
As per his attorney Andrew Smith, the 25-year-old will be subject to six months' probation and will have the charges expunged from his record as long as he successfully complies. The Nov. 1, 2016 incident, which also involved DUI and marijuana possession charges, unfolded during a traffic stop in New Jersey while Huff was still with the Eagles. It led to his release just two days later, which paved the way for his signing by the Bucs on Nov. 7. Huff saw action in three games in Tampa, totaling three receptions for 41 yards and adding 72 yards on six kickoff returns. The Oregon product does have 48 receptions for 482 yards and four touchdowns on his resume from his time in Philadelphia, so the Bucs are looking forward to seeing what he can do with a full offseason, training camp and preseason under coach Dirk Koetter's offensive system. Huff has recently worked out with Jameis Winston and several other teammates in Houston and was present for the start of the team's OTAs on Monday, but it remains to be seen how the NFL may weigh in with respect to disciplinary action for the incident.
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's deal is reportedly worth a maximum of $37 million and includes $13.7 million in guarantees. The 25-year-old missed two games due to a dislocated elbow this past season, but he still finished with 49 tackles, including nine for loss and three sacks, from his run-stuffing end role. Considering only Gerald McCoy played more snaps than Gholston among Tampa Bay's defensive linemen, retaining the two-year starter ensures stability is kept going into next season, which Gholston has already been medically cleared for, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports.
Wilcox should join the starting strong safety mix with the Buccaneers in 2017 after racking up 49 tackles (37 solo) and one interception with the Cowboys last season. His competition at the spot comes in the form of Chris Conte and Keith Tandy.
Jackson is slated to hit free agency after ending both of the last two seasons on injured reserve due to knee issues. Despite being 34 years old, Jackson still feels there's room left in the tank to continue his career. Just how much interest he receives in free agency remains to be seen, leaving his diminished fantasy stock in limbo, but the veteran isn't calling it quits yet.
Humphries was tendered back on Feb. 28 but officially inked his one-year deal Monday. The third-year receiver proved particularly valuable last season in the wake of multiple injuries to Bucs wideouts, setting career highs in receptions (55), yards (622), and targets (83). The team has already let it be known it would be interested in preventing the Clemson product from entering restricted free agency next offseason by reaching a multi-year agreement with him before that point. With DeSean Jackson now in the fold, Humphries should return to the slot receiver role he's ideally suited for on a full-time basis.
There is already significant buzz around Godwin after his stellar college career, and the endorsement of a likely future Hall of Famer in Johnson only adds to the anticipation of what he could bring to the Bucs. In a February 10 Instagram post, Johnson captioned a photo of he and the former Nittany Lion by praising Godwin as a "coach's dream" for his work ethic and drive. As per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the former Lions All-Pro worked with Godwin for several hours on route running and film study over a two-day period at the EXOS training facility in Gulf Breeze, Fla. in February, an experience that the newest Bucs wideout derived a great deal from. "One of the things he said he liked about my game was just my ability to kind of attack the ball, and he said he liked how fluid I looked when I was running my routes," Godwin said. "And there's like little things he told me that I can improve on. He was telling me how to run different routes better, how to set up defensive backs better."
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 has never seen the field in his four seasons as a backup quarterback, but the Buccaneers appear comfortable with him as their replacement option for Jameis Winston following Mike Glennon's departure for Chicago in the offseason. Barring an injury to Winston, Griffin will likely be held off the field for the majority of 2017 as well.
The 2016 sixth-round pick missed all of last season with a hamstring injury that he's long recovered from, and he'll apparently get the first opportunity to win the starting strong-side linebacker job that the since-departed Daryl Smith held last season. Bond is expected to eventually face stiff competition for that role from 2017 third-round pick Kendell Beckwith, who is still recovering from a ACL tear he suffered last November while playing with LSU.
Sims, whose 2016 campaign was shortened to just seven games due to an assortment of injuries, will face competition from multiple weapons out of the backfield in Tampa Bay. Doug Martin could once again be the first-team back when he returns from his suspension after the first three weeks of the season, while rookie Jeremy McNichols (shoulder) may cut into Sims' role as a pass catcher. The extremely crowded backfield also includes Jacquizz Rodgers, who lost weight throughout the offseason and added quickness as a result.
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.
Rodgers has been praised by running backs coach Tim Spencer heading into the Buccaneers' OTAs for his work ethic during the offseason. An increased level of athleticism and confidence bodes well for Rodgers' chances at seeing additional touches early in the season while Doug Martin serves his three-game suspension, with Charles Sims (pectoral) and rookie Jeremy McNichols (shoulder) also factoring into the mix. Rodgers is already a versatile weapon out of the backfield, while a slight reduction in weight figures to boost his agility.
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.
Fitzpatrick's deal is for one year and worth $3 million, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. His signing comes after Mike Glennon joined the Bears earlier this offseason, leaving a vacancy behind Jameis Winston in the Bucs' quarterback ranks. Entering his 13th season, Fitzpatrick boasts plenty of starting experience, but after a disastrous 2016 campaign that included 12 touchdowns against 17 interceptions for the Jets, the 34-year-old seems likely to be a backup for the remainder of his career.
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 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.
Walker and Evans were college teammates at Texas A&M, with the former going undrafted in 2014 and failing to stick with the Titans after spending training camp and the preseason with the club as an undrafted free agent. The 25-year-old eventually headed north of the border, where he proceeded to rack up 198 receptions for 2,699 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Edmonton Eskimos over 30 games across the 2015-16 seasons. Walker certainly has a chance to stick on a Bucs receiving corps that badly needs an infusion of speed, and the early endorsement from the team's No. 1 wideout, as well as his impressive work in OTAs thus far, both help his cause.
It was a nice bounce-back for the beleaguered second-year kicker, who had gone just 1-for-4 while attempting to kick through 8.5-foot wide uprights on Tuesday. The Bucs were back to regulation goal posts Thursday, which clearly seemed to help Aguayo's cause. The former FSU kicker will attempt to hold off the challenge of veteran Nick Folk this summer, and the latter has notably gotten off to a strong start over the first few sessions.
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.
McClain spent time with the Panthers and Chargers last season, playing in 14 games and recording 21 total tackles. It is unlikely that McClain will be able to return to his 2012-2014 form, during which he was a key part of the Falcons' defensive scheme, but he still should be able to provide Tampa Bay with, at the very least, depth at defensive back.
Martino was tendered back on Feb. 28 but officially signed his deal Monday. The 25-year-old speedster notched the first eight receptions of his career in 2016 and averaged an impressive 17.8 yards per grab in the process. With Russell Shepard now in Carolina, Martino could potentially carve out a role as a downfield threat, although there should be plenty of competition for the last 2-to-3 receiver spots in training camp and the preseason.
Reedy will thus be out of uniform for the second straight week following a call-up from the practice squad.
The 33-year-old corner turned in an above-average campaign overall, snagging four interceptions and notching 24 passes defensed overall. His durability -- which was evidenced by the fact he only missed 64 snaps all season -- allowed him to supplement his base salary in relatively robust fashion. He'll have an even better opportunity to earn bonuses in 2017, as the second year of his contract calls for the veteran ballhawk to earn a total of $1.5 million if he can log at least 80 percent of the snaps. Grimes is a near lock to reprise his starting cornerback job next season opposite promising second-year player Vernon Hargreaves, given both his solid play and the lack of experienced depth at the position.
McCoy described his conversations with the unnamed players as a "reality check" as to what his impact, or lack thereof, had been in crunch time over the last few seasons. The multi-time Pro Bowler came to the conclusion that despite the well-deserved accolades he's received throughout his first eight campaigns, not enough of his sacks have come at pivotal moments. A majority of McCoy's fourth-quarter sacks have occurred with the outcome of the game already decided, and last season, McCoy managed just two sacks in the final quarter of games overall. He also failed to notch any QB traps in the last four games altogether, a key stretch when the Bucs were in the midst of a playoff push that ultimately fell short. Motivated by the realization that he has plenty of room for improvement in key moments, the 29-year-old has already vowed to make the 2017 campaign a turning point in that regard.
The veteran kicker has been lights out over this week's OTAs, as he'd also been perfect on four attempts through the much narrower 8.5-foot wide uprights that the Bucs utilized in Tuesday's session. NFL regulation goalposts were utilized Thursday, which seemed to help fellow kicker Roberto Aguayo as well.
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 veteran lineman worked at right guard with the first-team offensive line alongside Donovan Smith, Demar Dotson, Ali Marpet and Kevin Pamphile. Sweezy started 49 of 59 games with the Seahawks over the first four seasons of his career and played in two Super Bowls, winning one.
Conte has been the Buccaneers' starting safety for the past two seasons, and he likely will be once again in 2017. He had 69 tackles and five passes defensed, including two interceptions and one touchdown while playing in 14 games in 2016.
Brate met his new position mate on Friday morning before the opening of rookie minicamp and came away impressed with Howard's humble demeanor. He's even more taken with the upside that the first-round pick offers on the field, and he also believes that the addition of the speedy DeSean Jackson will open up the middle of the field for both Howard and himself by removing a safety from the equation. Brate also worked on becoming a more physical tight end this offseason, integrating some MMA into his workouts with a trainer in California. He's been completely recovered from the fractured transverse process in his lower back that cost him the last game of the 2016 season, meaning he'll be able to participate without restrictions in OTAs when they kick off in two weeks.
Verner would have been owed $6.5 million in 2017. He saw a reduced workload in 2016 compared to his first two seasons in Tampa Bay, recording only 16 tackles compared to 76 and 56 in 2014 and 2015, respectively. A big reason for this regression was the emergence of rookie Vernon Hargreaves, who took over as the starting corner opposite Brent Grimes last season and racked up 76 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble. Verner still has value as a defender, and should find himself on an NFL roster come September.
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.