Top Buccaneers News

  • Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Recovery progressing well

    Vea (knee) remains on track in his recovery from a sprained LCL and could suit up as soon as Week 1, Roy Cummings of PewterPirates.com reports.

    Tampa Bay would love to have Vea's services from the get-go this season. The defensive tackle delivered 28 tackles and three sacks as a rookie after being selected 12th overall in the 2018 draft.

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  • Buccaneers' Kahzin Daniels: Injury clarified

    Daniels is dealing with a left knee injury and was unable to participate in Sunday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

    Daniels left Friday's preseason game with an undisclosed injury, and that injury came to light. The Charleston product is still battling for a depth role in the defense, and it's unknown how long he'll be sidelined.

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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Sits out Sunday's practice

    Brate (undisclosed) is not practicing Sunday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

    It remains to be seen if Brate is dealing with an injury, or if the team is simply managing his practice reps after Friday's preseason win over the Dolphins, in which the tight end logged four snaps and caught his only target for eight yards.

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  • Buccaneers' Zack Bailey: Gets lots of preseason action

    Bailey played 61 snaps in Friday's preseason game with the Dolphins.

    Bailey seems fully healthy. He should provide depth on the Bucs' offensive line in the upcoming season.

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  • Buccaneers' Ryan Jensen: Makes preseason start

    Jensen started and played 10 snaps in Friday's preseason game against the Dolphins.

    Jensen missed minicamp in June with a back issue but seems to be recovered now. He'll look to play all 16 games again as he did last season.

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  • Buccaneers' Demar Dotson: Draws preseason start

    Dotson started and played 10 snaps in Friday's preseason game against the Dolphins.

    All indications are Dotson is over the undisclosed injury that caused him to miss practice at the start of camp. The 33-year-old heads into the regular season as the Bucs' starting right tackle.

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  • Buccaneers' Corey Nelson: Forces fumble in preseason

    Nelson logged a tackle and forced a fumble in Friday's preseason game against the Buccaneers.

    Nelson forced the fumble on a punt return, but Miami recovered and managed to return 26 yards. In all, he saw 24 defensive snaps and five on special teams. The 27-year-old seems over the knee issue that kept him out of practice earlier in the week.

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  • Buccaneers' Kahzin Daniels: Departs with injury

    Daniels left Friday's preseason game against the Dolphins with an undisclosed injury, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

    Daniels managed just three snaps before exiting. He is competing for a depth role at linebacker. More information should be made known in the coming days.

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  • Buccaneers' Shane Bowman: Sidelined with ankle injury

    Bowman injured his ankle in Friday's preseason win and is expected to miss a week or two, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

    Bowman signed with the Buccaneers earlier in the week and saw just 15 snaps prior to his injury. The undrafted defensive end was already facing steep odds of earning a roster spot, and his injury only makes things more difficult for him. Patrick O'Connor will likely see an uptick in snaps while Bowman is out.

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  • Buccaneers' Carl Nassib: Starter in preseason win

    Nassib (shoulder) drew the start at outside linebacker in Friday's preseason win over the Dolphins.

    Nassib notched one tackle in 13 defensive snaps in preseason action Friday after ending the 2018 campaign with a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined in Week 17. Nassib will likely continue to start at outside linebacker with Jason Pierre-Paul (neck) facing a lengthy absence.

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  • Buccaneers' DaMarkus Lodge: Logs six snaps Friday

    Lodge (undisclosed) suited up for Friday's preseason contest against the Dolphins and logged six offensive snaps.

    Lodge, who missed a majority of training camp with a hamstring injury, did not participate in practice Wednesday, as his status for Friday's tilt was originally in question. He'll look to now log a full week of practice before being available for the Buccaneers' upcoming exhibition against the Browns.

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  • Buccaneers' Earl Watford: Misses preseason tilt

    Watford did not play in Friday's preseason win over the Dolphins due to back spasms, Greg Auman of the Athletic reports.

    Watford had missed practice earlier in the week due to the same issue, so it made sense for the Buccaneers to keep him sidelined Friday. The backup right guard will look to return ahead of the team's third preseason contest against the Browns on Aug. 23.

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  • Buccaneers' Scott Miller: Hopefully back for third exhibition

    Coach Bruce Arians said he hopes to have Miller (hamstring) back for next week's preseason game against the Browns and said that the rookie has been running well in recent days, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

    Miller had gotten training camp off to an impressive start before the dreaded soft-tissue injury popped up. The hamstring strain has subsequently cost the sixth-round pick valuable opportunities to showcase his wares over the first pair of preseason games, contests in which both Justin Watson and Bobo Wilson have made a mark. Given that he's missed out on plenty of reps, Miller could see extensive action in next week's exhibition against the Browns if he's able to suit up.

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  • Buccaneers' Jameis Winston: Minimal action in win

    Winston completed two of four passes for 24 yards and added five yards on his sole rush in the Buccaneers' 16-14 preseason win over the Dolphins on Friday.

    Winston's time on the field was limited to the opening series for the second straight game, and he helped the Buccaneers reach the Dolphins' 30-yard line until suffering an 11-yard sack on his last play. Winston is likely to see much more extensive action in next week's third preseason tilt against the Browns, and he seems to have a sound grasp of coach Bruce Arians' offense thus far.

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  • Buccaneers' Bobo Wilson: Continues building case

    Wilson secured two of seven targets for 48 yards and returned one kickoff for 18 yards in the Buccaneers' 16-14 preseason win over the Dolphins on Friday.

    The poor catch rate aside, Wilson still found a way to make an impact, primarily through a 30-yard grab. The FSU product has been able to successfully carry his push for a roster spot from the practice field to the first two exhibitions, and he'll look to further make his case against the Browns in next Friday's third preseason tilt.

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  • Buccaneers' Dare Ogunbowale: Makes mark as pass catcher

    Ogunbowale rushed 13 times for 34 yards and brought in all three of his targets for 54 yards in the Buccaneers' 16-14 preseason win over the Dolphins on Friday.

    A couple of developments in Ogunbowale's favor unfolded Friday. One was that one of his primary competitors for the third running back spot, Andre Ellington, struggled with just 15 rushing yards on six carries and also lost a fumble. Ogunbowale's 2.6 yards per tote was just marginally better, but he held onto the ball and also ripped off a game-long 41-yard gain on one of his three catches. Furthermore, Ogunbowale had an even bigger gain wiped out by penalty, as he'd rumbled 45 yards on a Ryan Griffin screen pass on the first drive of the second half on a play in which rookie guard Zack Bailey was flagged for holding. The second-year back also had two touchdowns in last week's exhibition opener, and Greg Auman of The Athletic reports that following Friday's game, Arians also labeled Ogunbowale the "second-best pass protector" among the running backs.

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  • Buccaneers' Tanner Hudson: Excels again in preseason win

    Hudson brought in six of seven targets for 93 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 16-14 preseason win over the Dolphins on Friday.

    For the second time in as many exhibitions, Hudson rose to the forefront in the second half. The athletic tight end is making a significant push to potentially secure the third slot on the depth chart behind O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, although he'll have to presumably prove he can provide comparable blocking to Anthony Auclair, who's served as the in-line option at the position over much of the last two seasons. Hudson had the good fortune of making two of his biggest catches with the game on the line, as he notched 18- and 27-yard grabs to solely move the Buccaneers into position for what would turn out to be a game-winning field goal by Matt Gay.

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  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: First catch of preseason

    Brate secured his only target for eight yards in the Buccaneers' 16-14 preseason win over the Dolphins on Friday.

    As expected, Brate has been practicing without restrictions during training camp after offseason surgery on both hips. The Harvard product is expected to play an important complementary role alongside O.J. Howard this coming season, with coach Bruce Arians previously having talked up the value of having two starting-quality tight ends at his disposal.

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  • Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Another impressive performance

    Griffin completed 14 of 21 passes for 201 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 16-14 preseason win over the Dolphins on Friday.

    Griffin capped off a second straight strong preseason effort by helping set up Matt Gay's game-winning 48-yard field goal, notching a pair of completions to tight end Tanner Hudson to get the ball down to the Dolphins' 27-yard line. The veteran could hardly have made a better case for himself over the first two exhibitions, quickly demonstrating his grasp of coach Bruce Arians' offense. That's a particularly important development in Griffin's competition with Blaine Gabbert, considering the latter's one primary advantage coming into the offseason was prior experience in Arians' system. Griffin could potentially seal the backup job with a third straight productive effort when the Buccaneers face off with the Browns next Friday.

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  • Buccaneers' Blaine Gabbert: Outplayed by Griffin in win

    Gabbert completed five of 12 passes for 42 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and rushed once for six yards in the Buccaneers' 16-14 preseason win over the Dolphins on Friday.

    Gabbert checked in on the second series of the game and quickly saw the possession short-circuited by an Andre Ellington fumble. However, the veteran couldn't help the Buccaneers get anything going over the next two drives either before finally managing a choppy 11-play, 36-yard march later in the second quarter that culminated in a field goal. Of additional concern for Gabbert's job prospects is the fact fellow backup Ryan Griffin put together an appreciably better stat line for the second time in as many preseason games. With only two exhibitions remaining, the veteran is fighting for his roster spot despite his prior experience in coach Bruce Arians' offense.

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2018 Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 95.2
(29th)
334.9
(1st)
415.5
(3rd)
Def. 123.9
(24th)
273.9
(26th)
383.4
(27th)

Injuries

Player Injury
L. David OLB Lavonte David OLB Knee - Meniscus
J. Pierre-Paul DE Jason Pierre-Paul DE Neck
J. Evans SS Justin Evans SS Heel
R. Smith CB Ryan Smith CB Suspension
S. Miller WR Scott Miller WR Hamstring

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