Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Dirk Koetter
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense8th90.6 (26th)272.9 (4th)
Defense31st117.5 (23rd)260.6 (32nd)

Schedule

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Thu Aug 9
7:00 pm ET
@MIA
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Sat Aug 18
7:00 pm ET
@TEN
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Fri Aug 24
8:00 pm ET
CBSDET
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Thu Aug 30
7:30 pm ET
JAC
Sun Sep 9
1:00 pm ET
FOX@NO
Sun Sep 16
1:00 pm ET
FOXPHI
Mon Sep 24
8:15 pm ET
ESPNPIT
Sun Sep 30
1:00 pm ET
FOX@CHI
Sun Oct 14
1:00 pm ET
FOX@ATL
Sun Oct 21
1:00 pm ET
FOXCLE
Sun Oct 28
1:00 pm ET
FOX@CIN
Sun Nov 4
1:00 pm ET
FOX@CAR
Sun Nov 11
1:00 pm ET
FOXWAS
Sun Nov 18
1:00 pm ET
FOX@NYG
Sun Nov 25
1:00 pm ET
FOXSF
Sun Dec 2
1:00 pm ET
FOXCAR
Sun Dec 9
1:00 pm ET
FOXNO
Sun Dec 16
1:00 pm ET
FOX@BAL
Sun Dec 23
1:00 pm ET
FOX@DAL
Sun Dec 30
1:00 pm ET
FOXATL

Standings

NFC
South
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
New Orleans11-5-04-2-0
Carolina11-5-03-3-0
Atlanta10-6-04-2-0
Tampa Bay5-11-01-5-0
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Buccaneers' William Gholston: Drops 15 pounds
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gholston recently told new defensive line coach Brentson Buckner that he is down 15 pounds this offseason, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

The veteran defensive end reported that he felt like he got "too big" last season, limiting his overall effectiveness. Gholston's numbers may bear that out, as he generated his fewest tackles (36) since his rookie 2013 campaign and failed to record a sack for the first time in his five-year career. The 26-year-old is slated to play more of a rotational defensive end role this season -- as opposed to serving as a clear-cut starter -- in the wake of the offseason signing of Vinny Curry.

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Buccaneers' Chris Godwin: Earns right to start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken said Godwin has earned the right to be a starter, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The report notes that Monken likely is referring to three-wide formations, but it still would be a significant development given that Adam Humphries caught 116 of 165 passes for 1,253 yards -- 7.6 YPT, 70.3 percent catch rate -- while serving as the Bucs' primary slot receiver the past two years. With Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson returning as starters on the outside, Tampa Bay likely will want Evans and/or Godwin to become comfortable playing the slot in three-wide sets. It will be tough to find regular targets for everyone even if Humphries is pushed back to No. 4 on the depth chart, as the Bucs also want to feed tight ends Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard. A third-round pick last year, Godwin finished his rookie season with 525 yards at a clip of 9.5 per target, buoyed by 10 catches for 209 yards and a touchdown over the final two weeks (when Jackson was injured). Bucs general manager Jason Licht made comments similar to Monken's back in March, saying that Godwin has earned a bigger role for 2018.

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Buccaneers' Thomas Sperbeck: Signs with Tampa Bay
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thomas signed a contract with the Buccaneers on Thursday.

Sperbeck was with the Buccaneers last offseason as well, but ultimately reached an injury settlement with the team after being placed on injured reserve. This signing provides the wideout with another opportunity at making the final roster, but he should be considered a long shot to do so.

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Buccaneers' Carlton Davis: Turning heads in rookie camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davis, a 2018 second-round pick, has impressed head coach Dirk Koetter during the first two days of rookie minicamp, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. "After looking at the tape last night, Carlton probably had one of the best days on defense of anybody out there yesterday," said Koetter. "He did a good job. We already knew he was a good player in press coverage, but we wanted to see him play some off coverage as well. He did a really good job. His form tackling - for football on air - was good."

Koetter's words are particularly noteworthy considering that due to the camp's no-contact rule, Davis is unable to play the trademark press coverage that he excelled in during his last two college seasons at Auburn. The fact he had a foundation in playing off coverage from his first year with the Tigers in 2015 has helped him acclimate to the conditions quickly, Davis acknowledges. He'll look to carve out immediate playing time in nickel and dime packages during his first season, and given the Buccaneers ranked at the bottom of the NFL in total passing yards allowed (4,169) in 2017, the opportunity for snaps is presumably within his grasp.

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Buccaneers' Justin Watson: Standing out in rookie minicamp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watson, a fifth-round pick out of Penn, has stood out on multiple plays thus far in rookie minicamp practices, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.

The prolific pass catcher has reportedly run crisp routes and flashed the sure hands that helped lead to 286 receptions for 3,777 yards and 33 touchdowns over four college seasons. Watson has been hauling in almost every ball thrown his way during both positional and team drills, and he displayed the strength his stout 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame affords him by utilizing his hands Saturday to fend off second-round pick Carlton Davis and log one of his many receptions, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. Watson faces a steep climb up the receiver depth chart if he does latch on to a roster spot, but he should see plenty of opportunity to prove his mettle over minicamps, training camp and preseason games.

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