|Offense||8th||90.6 (26th)||272.9 (4th)|
|Defense||31st||117.5 (23rd)||260.6 (32nd)|
|82||Auclair, Antony||TE||6-6||256||5/28/1993||2||Laval (Canada)|
|83||Bailey, Sergio||WR||6-0||186||8/21/1994||R||Eastern Michigan|
|49||Bullough, Riley||LB||6-2||228||11/23/1993||1||Michigan State|
|65||Cappa, Alex||G||6-6||305||1/27/1995||R||Humboldt State|
|94||Clarke, Will||DE||6-6||275||5/4/1991||5||West Virginia|
|Coleman, Amari||CB||5-11||188||10/9/1996||R||Central Michigan|
|69||Dotson, Demar||T||6-9||315||10/11/1985||10||Southern Miss|
|35||Elliott, Javien||CB||5-11||176||7/18/1993||3||Florida State|
|21||Evans, Justin||DB||6-0||199||8/26/1995||2||Texas A&M|
|13||Evans, Mike||WR||6-5||231||8/21/1993||5||Texas A&M|
|68||Gardner, Cole||T||6-6||301||11/11/1993||2||Eastern Michigan|
|92||Gholston, William||DE||6-6||281||7/31/1991||6||Michigan State|
|12||Godwin, Chris||WR||6-1||209||2/27/1996||2||Penn State|
|52||Harris, Nigel||LB||6-2||225||12/7/1994||2||South Florida|
|Harris, De'Vante||CB||5-11||190||6/30/1993||3||Texas A&M|
|88||Hudson, Tanner||TE||6-5||239||11/12/1994||R||Southern Arkansas|
|66||Jensen, Ryan||G||6-4||319||5/27/1991||5||Colorado State-Pueblo|
|39||Johnson, Isaiah||DB||6-0||209||10/14/1992||1||South Carolina|
|19||Lampman, Jake||WR||6-0||205||6/11/1993||2||Ferris State|
|67||Liedtke, Michael||G||6-3||305||1/15/1992||1||Illinois State|
|16||Martino, Freddie||WR||6-0||195||9/7/1991||3||North Greenville|
|38||Myers, Marko||DB||5-10||185||9/5/1994||R||Southeastern University|
|79||O'Connor, Pat||DE||6-4||270||11/1/1993||1||Eastern Michigan|
|78||Perrizo, Evan||DE||6-5||275||5/26/1995||R||Minnesota State|
|90||Pierre-Paul, Jason||DE||6-5||275||1/1/1989||9||South Florida|
|32||Rodgers, Jacquizz||RB||5-6||205||2/6/1990||8||Oregon State|
|34||Sims, Charles||RB||6-0||211||9/19/1990||5||West Virginia|
|76||Smith, Donovan||T||6-6||338||6/23/1993||4||Penn State|
|62||Smith, Evan||C||6-2||308||7/19/1986||9||Idaho State|
|29||Smith, Ryan||CB||5-11||189||9/7/1993||3||North Carolina Central|
|57||Spence, Noah||DE||6-2||251||1/8/1994||3||Eastern Kentucky|
|36||Stewart, M.J.||CB||5-11||200||9/16/1995||R||North Carolina|
|37||Tandy, Keith||DB||5-10||205||2/12/1989||7||West Virginia|
|53||Taylor, Adarius||LB||6-1||230||9/21/1990||4||Florida Atlantic|
|73||Ugokwe, Jerry||T||6-7||315||2/24/1994||1||William & Mary|
|Ward, Channing||DE||6-4||279||9/17/1992||2||Ole Miss|
|61||Wester, Leonard||T||6-6||305||1/3/1993||3||Missouri Western State|
|85||Wilson, Bobo||WR||5-9||186||1/25/1995||1||Florida State|
|3||Winston, Jameis||QB||6-4||231||1/6/1994||4||Florida State|
|Barnett, Deondre (IR)||DE||6-3||239||//||R||Southern Illinois|
|86||Ernsberger, Donnie (IR)||TE||6-2||237||10/13/1996||R||Western Michigan|
|30||Fleming, Reese (IR)||DB||5-11||202||12/6/1993||1||West Virginia|
The recipe for the added pounds included devouring nine to 10 meals per day during the offseason. The body transformation is aimed at making Spence a more complete football player in which he can serve as a three-down defensive end rather than a pass-rushing specialist. The first live-action glimpse of a more complete Spence can be seen during Thursday's preseason game against Miami.
The 28-year-old linebacker missed three games in 2017 while dealing with ankle and hamstring issues. However, he apparently also wanted to shore up his shoulders heading into 2018, considering the pivotal role they play in the impressive tackle numbers that David typically racks up. David set career bests in forced fumbles (five) and fumble recoveries (five) last season while adding 101 stops during his second campaign in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme. The former Pro Bowler should benefit from playing behind what projects as a stouter and more aggressive defensive line bolstered by the additions of first-round pick Vita Vea and prized offseason trade acquisition Jason Pierre-Paul.
The move speaks to both the second-year player's athleticism and the team's lack of depth at the cornerback position at present. Vernon Hargreaves (groin) is facing a multiweek absence, while Brent Grimes has returned to practice but was still held out of team drills Saturday. Evans is listed as the starting free safety in the team's initial depth chart, but he displayed the ball skills during his two years at Texas A&M (11 pass breakups and five interceptions over 25 games) to potentially hang with slot wideouts down the field at the NFL level.
Lynch joined the Rams in December after being released by the Buccaneers, but is now returning to the team he started the 2017 season with. The 24-year-old should be a special teams contributor and depth linebacker for Tampa Bay.
The third-year linebacker wrapped up the campaign in typically explosive fashion, posting a double-digit tackle total for the third time in the last four contests. Alexander logged less than six stops only once in the 11 non-injury-shortened games he played, and he managed a career-high three interceptions -- along with one fumble recovery and four passes defensed overall -- despite missing a quarter of the campaign. Alexander has taken well to defensive coordinator Mike Smith's attacking scheme in his first two seasons within it, and he'll look to post even better numbers in what, barring an extension in the offseason, shapes up as a contract year in 2018.
Unrein is coming off his best season as a pro, logging 32 tackles and 2.5 sacks over 12 games. The terms of his contract aren't clear, nor is where he may fit in with the Buccaneers' 4-3 defensive front. However, considering he was a defensive end in Chicago's 3-4 scheme, the 6-foot-4, 301-pound lineman will likely fit in as a defensive tackle with Tampa Bay.
Winston entered the game in the second quarter and had a key 19-yard completion to Freddie Martino during his first possession, a drive that culminated in a three-yard touchdown run by second-round pick Ronald Jones II. The fourth-year quarterback subsequently connected with rookie Justin Watson and Cameron Brate on his second series, putting on a crisp performance overall before giving way to Ryan Griffin for the entirety of the second half. The night went about as well as it could have for Winston, who the Bucs are trying to afford enough work before he leaves the team to serve a three-game suspension to open the regular season. He'll likely see a similar workload when the Bucs take on the Titans in their second preseason game a week from Saturday.
Evans played in the first two series, logging both of his receptions on throws from Ryan Fitzpatrick on the second play of each possession. The fifth-year receiver has been borderline dominant in camp and unsurprisingly looked just as sharp in limited action Thursday. He'll look to continue building chemistry with Fitzpatrick -- who'll start the first three games of the regular season in place of Jameis Winston (suspension) -- when the Bucs take on the Titans in their second preseason game a week from Saturday.
Cross appears to have distanced himself from the other potential candidates to fill a depth role for the Bucs at tight end this season, working behind the duo of Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard. It's unlikely he will see the field a lot during 2018 barring injuries, but Koetter raved about Cross and his knowledge of all the tight end positions.
The Buccaneers must see a lot of promise in the rookie defensive end, as the team released veteran Darryl Tapp in order to make room for O'Connor on the roster. O'Connor spent the preseason with the Lions after being selected in the seventh round of April's draft. He could see some defensive snaps Sunday if starter Robert Ayers -- who continues to deal with a concussion -- is sidelined for the contest.
Smith was listed as questionable and has not missed a game this season, a streak that will continue through at least Week 15. The 24-year-old should take his starting spot at left tackle for the Buccaneers.
Harris will offer the Buccaneers a much-needed healthy option at linebacker with Lavonte David (hamstring) and Devante Bond (neck) uncertain to play Week 16 against the Panthers and Adarius Glanton (lower leg) hitting injured reserve. Despite the health issues at the position, it's not expected that Harris will be pressed into extended snaps on defense over the final two contests.
Allen rotated in the middle of the Eagles' defensive line during 2017, notching 20 tackles (13 solo) and a sack during the regular season. With a lack of options alongside Gerald McCoy for 2018, Allen could be in line for a bigger role with the Bucs in 2018.
Catanzaro's missed extra point came after the Buccaneers' first touchdown, and his 53-yard field-goal misfire came with 3:24 remaining and Tampa holding onto a 23-16 lead. The Dolphins subsequently drove for 57 yards for a go-ahead score, but a Ryan Griffin-led 67-yard march provided Catanzaro for a chance at redemption that he cashed in from 26 yards out. The missed field-goal attempt is at least partly justified by its distance, but the failed point-after try is something Catanzaro will need to particularly clean up in short order.
After finishing last in the NFL in sacks (22) in 2017, the Buccaneers have poured significant resources into upgrading their pass rush over the past week, bringing aboard Vinny Curry on a three-year, $27 million pact and now acquiring Pierre-Paul, who inked a four-year, $62 million deal with the Giants last March. One of the NFL's more fearsome rushers since entering the league in 2010, Pierre-Paul has seen his productivity slow only moderately since his much-publicized 2015 fireworks accident, racking up 15.5 sacks over the past two seasons. With Pierre-Paul, Curry and six-time Pro Bowl tackle Gerald McCoy along the defensive line, providing pressure on the quarterback shouldn't be nearly as much of an issue for Tampa Bay in 2018.
Benenoch remains sidelined due to an injury sustained in Friday's camp, which does not seem to be related to the knee injury Benenoch suffered last December. The 23-year-old is expected to start at right guard for the Buccaneers, assuming he can return to health without issue.
Gardner, who was placed on IR prior to Week 1 last season, is dealing with another undisclosed injury in training camp. He's slated to compete for a depth role at offensive tackle, but an injury would certainly hamper his chances of making the 53-man roster.
The details surrounding Wilson's health are still unknown, so the tailback should be considered day-to-day until an update is provided. Wilson's best chance of making Tampa Bay's final roster this season is likely as a return man on special teams.
Liedtke is expected to fully healed by the time offseason conditioning and OTAs begin, so he should be ready to battle for a roster spot with one-year remaining on his contract with Tampa Bay.
There doesn't seem to be much concern regarding Wilson's injury, as it is believed to be minor. And with Tampa Bay not playing again until next Saturday in Tennessee, they can afford to rest some players when needed. Expect Wilson to be ready to take part in the team's second preseason game.
Wester observed practice from the sidelines but did not see the field. The 25-year-old has now missed a full week of practice, and he was spotted wearing a compression sleeve on his lower right leg. A key part of Tampa's offensive-line rotation last season, Wester's recovery timetable remains unclear.
Jackson jumpstarted the offense by making his one grab on the team's first play from scrimmage. While he didn't see another target from Ryan Fitzpatrick during their two series on the field, Jackson has often displayed impressive chemistry with the veteran quarterback in camp. The veteran speedster has also been logging some reps at punt returner in practice and is even listed as second at the position on the initial version of the depth chart, but he didn't see any time in that capacity Thursday. Jackson will look to continue sharpening his game for the regular season when the Bucs face the Titans in their second exhibition game a week from Saturday.
Coach Dirk Koetter announced the news during Friday's press conference. Hargreaves sustained the injury during Thursday's preseason opener against the Dolphins. The 23-year-old is entering his third season as the Bucs' starting cornerback, so look for them to exercise caution before bringing him back in order to ensure his health as the regular season approaches. In the meantime, impressive rookie Carlton Davis and Ryan Smith should see increased reps.
Beckwith fractured his ankle this offseason in a car accident and is continuing his rehab after undergoing surgery back in April. Once he is fully healed, the linebacker can resume practicing at any time.
Despite the empty stat line, big things are expected from Howard in Year 2, with the coaching staff emphasizing that they want to use his considerable pass-catching talents with greater frequency than they did during his rookie campaign. Howard and position mate Cameron Brate are projected to often share the field and see a fairly even workload split overall in 2018. While that was essentially the case Thursday -- Brate played only four more snaps overall -- the latter was targeted on five occasions, while Ryan Fitzpatrick didn't look Howard's way once over the first two possessions.
Formerly known as Adarius Glanton, the linebacker logged 284 snaps on defense and 213 on special teams last season, posting a career-best stat line of 31 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 14 games. Assuming his recovery goes as planned, he'll provide depth behind Tampa Bay's starting linebacker group of Lavonte David, Kwon Alexander and Kendell Beckwith, potentially joining the starting lineup if one of the three is injured. Taylor may not be ready for the offseason program, as his recovery timeline was estimated at 4-to-6 months.
Smith has been with Tampa Bay the last four seasons, but he hasn't been a full-time starter since 2014. His value comes in his versatility, as he's capable of playing all three interior linemen positions and provides the team much-needed depth. Entering his 10th NFL season, Smith has slowed down a bit, but he still figures to add value to the Buccaneers' offense in 2018.
Jones took eight carries for nine yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason opener against Miami, getting all of his opportunities after Barber -- who had four carries for 21 yards and a score -- had been removed from the game. Koetter seems content with the current pecking order, though his Monday comment did leave the door open for Jones to make a push for the starting job over the final three weeks of the preseason. With Charles Sims, Jacquizz Rodgers and Shaun Wilson competing for a role on passing downs, Tampa seems to be headed for a three-man backfield committee to open the season. Jones offers upside as the best pure running talent of the group, but uncertainty about his workload is also a big factor in the evaluation process.
Robinson was one of Tampa Bay's top performers on special teams last season, ending the campaign on a high note with a fourth-quarter forced fumble during the Buccaneers' Week 17 upset over the playoff-bound Saints. He should remain a stud in the third phase of the game now that his contract has been extended through the end of the 2018 campaign.
Ernsberger was waived Friday with an unspecified injury. Barring an injury settlement, he's likely stuck on IR through the end of the league year.
This is an encouraging sign for Vea, who was originally thought to have sustained a potentially serious leg injury. Though there remains no clear timetable for the 12th overall pick's return, the fact Vea no longer requires the use of a boot is a step in the right direction.
Johnson, who spent this past offseason in Tampa Bay, finished the 2017 campaign on the Buccaneers' practice squad. The Tennessee product will battle with Antony Auclair and Alan Cross for slotting on the bottom of the depth chart this offseason.
Gholston has never been much of a force as a pass rusher -- he generally is moved to the interior of the defensive line in obvious pass situations -- but this season he set a career low in the sack department as he didn't reach the quarterback a single time. He fared much better in run support, however, and remains on the IDP radar heading into 2018 thanks to his typically strong tackle production.
The rookie snagged an interception Saturday, which he followed up with an impact play on fellow second-rounder Ronald Jones II in the run game Sunday. Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Stewart met Jones in the hole on an inside run drill and dislodged the ball for a fumble, catching the eye of head coach Dirk Koetter. Stewart is "cross-training" at both nickel corner and on the outside, as the Bucs look to shore up a secondary that allowed a league-high 4,169 passing yards in 2017.
Dotson was placed on injured reserve in late November after suffering a torn PCL, but additional surgery was now required on his meniscus. As a result, Dotson will be held out of OTAs and the team's offseason minicamp, but with the belief that he'll be healthy enough for training camp, Dotson doesn't appear to be in danger of missing any time in the regular season.
Humphries has proven to be a valuable and steady component of a Buccaneers receiving corps that's seen its fair share of injury and instability in recent seasons. The Clemson product has particularly hit his stride over the last two seasons, compiling 116 receptions for 1,253 yards and three touchdowns during that span. However, Watson profiles as a younger and considerably more athletic version (40-inch vertical, 4.42 second 40-yard dash) of the relatively slight Humphries (5-foot-11, 195 pounds). The veteran has an undeniable leg up with respect to experience in head coach Dirk Koetter's system, but Watson will have time to make up ground during mini-camps, training camp and the preseason. The Bucs already had a glut of pass catchers, with Humphries and Watson joined by fellow wideouts Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and Chris Godwin, plus tight ends Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard (ankle).
The news of Curry's three-year deal -- reportedly worth up to $27 million -- comes on the heels of Robert Ayers' release. Curry spent the last six seasons in Philadelphia, where he accumulated 22 sacks over the years. The versatile pass rusher has shown flashes of star potential but has struggled with consistency at times.
The promising second-year man showed up well in limited action Thursday, connecting with Ryan Fitzpatrick for a 12-yard completion on first down during Tampa's second drive and then securing a five-yard pass from Jameis Winston on the latter's first play from scrimmage on the ensuing possession. Godwin has been one of the standouts of camp thus far, with his encouraging showing Thursday only further advancing the notion that he has the inside track on the No. 3 receiver job over Adam Humphries.
Both running backs found the end zone in Thursday's preseason opener at Miami, but Jones was held to nine yards on eight carries while Barber gained 21 yards on four totes. In addition to his comments about Barber being viewed as the starter, Koetter used Monday's talk with the media to stress the importance of using multiple running backs. The competition for carries will continue throughout the preseason and potentially into the regular season, while Charles Sims, Jacquizz Rodgers and Shaun Wilson are all competing for work on passing downs. The likelihood of a three-man committee is discouraging for prospective fantasy owners, but it's probably only a matter of time before either Barber or Jones emerges as the leader of the pack.
The rookie corner was spotted with his left ankle wrapped during the Buccaneers' morning session. While head coach Dirk Koetter subsequently confirmed that Davis' injury was "nothing serious", he could certainly be held out of a pair of forthcoming joint practices with the Titans on Wednesday and Thursday and perhaps make a return for Saturday night's preseason contest. More information on Davis' status should be available later in the week.
Griffin played the entire second half, and as his final line, he was sharp throughout. While he averaged a modest 6.9 yards per attempt, the sixth-year quarterback went 4-for-4 on a seven-play, 67-yard late fourth-quarter march that set up a game-winning field goal by Chandler Catanzaro. However, no matter how impressive Griffin is in the Buccaneers' three remaining exhibitions, he's essentially locked into the No. 3 spot on the depth chart, although he'll bump up a notch over the first three weeks of the season while Jameis Winston serves his suspension.
Smith was frequently picked on throughout the game, but he was able to come through when it counted most. The third-year corner intercepted a Bryce Petty pass with two seconds remaining, sealing the win for the Buccaneers. He'd also been credited with a forced fumble when Dolphins rookie running back Kalen Ballage attempted to hurdle him after a short reception early in the second quarter. After seeing extensive time in Thursday's game, Smith projects for another heavy workload in Saturday's exhibition tilt versus the Titans due to the absence of Vernon Hargreaves (groin).
It's unclear exactly what is ailing Bond, as this is the first report that the linebacker has been sidelined. Consider him to be day-to-day until the Buccaneers can provide more specifics on his status.
The 2014 third-round pick generated minimal interest as a free agent, ultimately rejoining Tampa Bay on a one-year, $1 million contract that includes only $200,000 guaranteed, per OverTheCap.com. The lack of interest isn't much of a surprise considering Sims is a passing-down specialist who managed just 5.5 yards per target over the past two seasons. The Bucs could turn to Jacquizz Rodgers, Ronald Jones or even undrafted rookie Shaun Wilson to handle passing-down work if they decide Sims isn't worthy of a roster spot.
Ward was waived with a knee injury on Wednesday and went unclaimed. He won't count against the Buccaneers' roster limit and will likely spend the season on injured reserve or be released with an injury settlement.
The Bucs released Doug Martin in February, but they re-signed pass-catching specialist Charles Sims last week, shortly before adding an element of explosiveness with Jones. The team also brings back Peyton Barber, who closed out the 2017 season with five straight performances featuring at least 12 carries, 51 rushing yards and 3.9 yards per carry. Rodgers had only six touches on offense in that same stretch, getting most of his snaps on special teams. He may need to compete for a spot during training camp and probably won't have a major role on offense even if he cracks the 53-man roster again.
The Buccaneers will sport a retooled offensive line Sunday against the Packers, as Marpet, the team's starting center, will be joined on IR by right tackle Demar Dotson after both players suffered season-ending injuries in the Week 12 loss to the Falcons. Marpet, who had consistently graded out as the Bucs' top offensive lineman this season after making the transition from guard, will likely be replaced in the lineup by Joe Hawley, the team's primary center the past two years.
The veteran quarterback looked exceedingly sharp, leading a six-play, 57-yard touchdown drive on the Bucs' first possession. Fitzpatrick encouragingly kicked off that drive with back-to-back completions to his top two receivers, hitting DeSean Jackson for 18 yards and then finding Mike Evans for 14 on the next play. Fitzpatrick hung in for one more drive and was able to also connect with the wideout that many are assuming will vault into the third receiver role by Week 1, Chris Godwin. It was about as smooth a debut as head coach Dirk Koetter could have hoped for, especially considering the successful connections with three of the team's most important pass catchers. Fitzpatrick will look to build on Thursday's performance when Tampa faces the Tennessee Titans on Aug. 18 in their second exhibition game.
Ogunbowale spent the final two weeks of the regular season on Washington's 53-man roster but was not active for either game. The former Wisconsin Badger will look for a new landing spot heading into his sophomore professional season.
Johnson has been on the Rams' practice squad since the end of training camp, but did spend some time on the team's 53-man roster in 2016. The 25-year-old will likely serve as a depth option in the secondary and as a special teams contributor.
The Laval University (Canada) product beat the odds to make the 53-man roster coming out of preseason, but he didn't enjoy active status until Week 5. Auclair went on to notch his first career reception against the Packers in Week 13, and he played an expanded role in terms of snaps over the last two weeks of the season with O.J. Howard (IR-ankle) sidelined. The 24-year-old flashed the ability to get downfield during training camp and preseason, with his 6-foot-5, 250-pound frame enabling him to create potential matchup problems against certain linebackers and safeties. Auclair will head into OTAs looking to make further inroads in terms of playing time, but with Cameron Brate and Howard ahead of him on the depth chart, that figures to be an uphill battle, at least for the time being.
Lampman ended the year on Tampa's practice squad but hasn't appeared in a game since 2016, when he was exclusively a special-teams player for the Saints. The Ferris State product will look to carve out a similar role with the Buccaneers this offseason.
Elliott had yet to practice following last Thursday's preseason opener, but it appears he participated in at least a limited fashion Wednesday. Buccaneers cornerbacks have taken some hits on the injury front recently, as in addition to Elliott's recent absences, Vernon Hargreaves (groin) and Carlton Davis (ankle) both remain sidelined.
Lambert dislocated his wrist in Saturday's exhibition. He's unlikely to come off IR until season's end, barring an injury settlement.
The Buccaneers add another cornerback to their roster with the position currently riddled with injuries. However, with the secondary still expected to be healthy by the start of the regular season, Harris will have a difficult time making Tampa Bay's final roster.
Martino has now missed a full week of practice due to the undisclosed injury. The speedy 26-year-old wideout entered training camp in competition with Justin Watson and Bernard Reedy for the Buccaneers' No. 5 receiving spot, and his prolonged absence could prove costly. Martino will need to get back on the practice field and quickly impress to have any chance of making the 53-man roster.
Coleman was most recently waived by the Lions after signing with them this spring, and he'll now likely just serve as a training camp body in the wake of the groin injury Vernon Hargreaves suffered in the season opener.
It was a definite mixed bag for the fifth-round pick, who showed off his trademark sharp routes and hands while snaring all three of his targets from Jameis Winston and Ryan Griffin. However, he also committed a cardinal sin by losing the handle on the ball after a six-yard grab on the opening possession of the second half. Watson has done more than enough in camp and even in Thursday's game to have the coaching staff put that mistake in its proper perspective, but like any rookie, he can't afford a repeat in subsequent exhibitions if he hopes to make the final roster.
Ugokwe (6-foot-7, 321 pounds) has yet to appear in an NFL game despite spending time in the Colts, Saints and Redskins organizations at different points last season as an undrafted rookie. His signing corresponds with the release of defensive end Channing Ward (knee).
Reedy is competing for one of the final receiver spots this summer, with his experience in the offense and ability as a returner presumably giving him some additional leverage. While Reedy has impressive speed, he made significantly more contributions on special teams (288 combined return yards) than as a receiver (two receptions, 21 yards) in 2017. However, Reedy offered a tangible reminder of his potential as a wideout in Saturday's practice, making an impressive grab on a deep out from Jameis Winston and then putting a nifty move on his defender after the catch to gain a few extra yards. Reedy's main competition for the fifth receiver role figures to be fifth-round pick Justin Watson, who turned in a solid three-catch, 30-yard effort in Thursday's game but also lost a fumble.
The veteran corner has had plenty of question marks surrounding him in training camp, missing a full week of practice and last Thursday's preseason opener against the Dolphins with an undisclosed injury. However, Grimes appears to be back at full health and in midseason form if his performance over the last two sessions is any indication. Forthcoming joint practices and a preseason game against the Titans on Saturday night will give Grimes a chance to face a different set of receivers in anticipation of another starting assignment in 2018.
Fleming was with the team in training camp and recorded two tackles in the second preseason contest against the Jaguars. The rookie posted 78 tackles (63 solo), one interception, 15 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery over 27 college games. Fellow corner David Rivers was released from the practice squad to make room for Fleming.
After being selected in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Tu'ikolovatu sat out the entire season with a knee injury. The 27-year-old struts into camp healthy and ready to plug up some run lanes. The defensive tackle competition is dense, however, as Gerald McCoy is a perennial Pro Bowler and the Buccaneers also expended a first-round pick on Vita Vea in 2018.
The 29-year-old defensive stalwart finished the season with seven total tackles (four solo), including a sack, over the last two contests despite dealing with a partly-torn biceps. With 47 total stops this season, McCoy came just shy of the career-high 50 he posted over 16 games in 2013. However, he did see his sacks drop for the second consecutive season, although the six he compiled were still undeniably impressive for an interior lineman. McCoy remains under team control through the 2021 season and figures to once again serve as the defensive line's linchpin in 2018.
The veteran safety saw his team option exercised after the 2017 season, despite the secondary's overall struggles. He's opened camp in good form, and he still slots in as the starting strong safety as preseason approaches. However, Justin Evans (ankle), a 2017 second-round pick who posted 66 tackles, six passes defensed and three interceptions in his rookie year, figures to push Conte throughout the remainder of the summer.
Brate paced Tampa in receptions on the night, and he came just five yards shy of leading the team in receiving yards as well. It was an excellent start to the preseason for the fourth-year tight end, whom the Bucs locked up with a six-year, $41 million contract this offseason. Brate will once again split time with 2017 first-round pick O.J. Howard in the coming season, but the level of rapport he enjoys with both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston should still afford him plenty of targets in what could be a high-powered offense.
Tandy has been a versatile piece of Tampa's secondary for years now but is mainly regarded as a backup-caliber player. The 29-year-old will remain off the IDP radar in advance of his seventh professional season.
The rookie underwent ACL surgery in September 2017, but the Bucs still opted to take a chance on him in the sixth round last April. Head coach Dirk Koetter has praised Cichy's play over the first few days of camp, and the coaching staff views the Wisconsin product as capable of contributing as both a reserve linebacker and special teams asset in 2018.