Ayers (rest) did not participate in Friday's training camp practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Head coach Dirk Koetter has noted that he will give some of his veterans the occasional day off during camp so as to preserve them for the regular season. Ayers was one such case Friday, with the defensive end taking a breather after having been a disruptive force in the first few practices.
Ayers was disruptive throughout the team's first full-pads practice Monday, Joe Kania of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
One of the Bucs' notable free-agent acquisitions a year ago, Ayers finished up the 2016 campaign strong, notching four sacks over the final six contests. He carried over that success to Monday's session, recording a tackle for loss early on in team drills and winning his share of one-one-battles against tackle Donovan Smith.
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 four subsequent 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 in which he participated. Ayers couldn't quite duplicate his career season from 2015 with the Giants, when 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 campaign in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme on tap in 2017, Ayers could certainly be poised to build on this past season's production.
Ayers (illness) was listed as a full participant in Thursday's practice, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports.
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.
Ayers (illness) did not participate in Wednesday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
The veteran defensive end has been a solid presence over the last four games in particular, posting 11 tackles (eight solo) over that span, along with three sacks. With the illness that sidelined him coming on Wednesday, we'd expect that Ayers will be ready to suit up by Saturday against the Saints. Another update on his status should come after Thursday's practice.
|6||10/15/17||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|2014||New York Giants||12||22||18.0||4||5||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2015||New York Giants||12||41||31.0||10||9.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||29||21.0||8||6.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||4||1.0||3||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2014||New York Giants||12||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Giants||12||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|