Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Dirk Koetter
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense1st85.5 (31st)364.0 (1st)
Defense30th90.0 (6th)327.5 (32nd)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
26Adams, Andrew DB5-1120510/28/19923Connecticut
58Alexander, Kwon OLB6-12278/3/19944LSU
91Allen, Beau DT6-332711/14/19915Wisconsin
9Anger, Bryan P6-320510/6/19887California
82Auclair, Antony TE6-62565/28/19932Laval (Canada)
25Barber, Peyton RB5-112252/27/19943Auburn
51Beckwith, Kendell LB6-224312/2/19942LSU
77Benenoch, Caleb G6-53058/8/19943UCLA
59Bond, Devante LB6-12367/3/19933Oklahoma
84Brate, Cameron TE6-52457/3/19914Harvard
65Cappa, Alex G6-63051/27/1995RHumboldt State
7Catanzaro, Chandler K6-32002/26/19915Clemson
48Cichy, Jack LB6-22385/5/1996RWisconsin
45Cross, Alan TE6-12355/2/19933Memphis
97Curry, Vinny DE6-32796/30/19887Marshall
54David, Lavonte LB6-12331/23/19907Nebraska
33Davis, Carlton CB6-120612/31/1996RAuburn
69Dotson, Demar T6-931510/11/198510Southern Miss
35Elliott, Javien CB5-111767/18/19933Florida State
21Evans, Justin SS6-01998/26/19952Texas A&M
13Evans, Mike WR6-52318/21/19935Texas A&M
14Fitzpatrick, Ryan QB6-222311/24/198214Harvard
92Gholston, William DE6-62817/31/19916Michigan State
12Godwin, Chris WR6-12092/27/19962Penn State
4Griffin, Ryan QB6-521011/17/19895Tulane
24Grimes, Brent CB5-101857/19/198312Shippensburg
71Harris, Demone DE6-427212/30/1995RBuffalo
80Howard, O.J. TE6-625111/19/19942Alabama
10Humphries, Adam WR5-111956/24/19934Clemson
11Jackson, DeSean WR5-1017512/1/198611California
66Jensen, Ryan C6-43195/27/19915Colorado State-Pueblo
39Johnson, Isaiah DB6-020910/14/19921South Carolina
27Jones, Ronald RB5-112088/3/1997RUSC
67Liedtke, Michael G6-33051/15/19921Illinois State
52Lynch, Cameron LB6-02298/4/19934Syracuse
74Marpet, Ali G6-43074/17/19934Hobart
93McCoy, Gerald DT6-43002/25/19889Oklahoma
94Nassib, Carl DE6-72754/12/19933Penn State
55Nunez-Roches, Rakeem DT6-23077/3/19934Southern Miss
90Pierre-Paul, Jason DE6-52751/1/19899South Florida
32Rodgers, Jacquizz RB5-62052/6/19908Oregon State
89Sanborn, Garrison LS6-12407/31/198510Florida State
76Smith, Donovan T6-63386/23/19934Penn State
62Smith, Evan C6-23087/19/19869Idaho State
29Smith, Ryan CB5-111899/7/19933North Carolina Central
57Spence, Noah DE6-22511/8/19943Eastern Kentucky
36Stewart, M.J. CB5-112009/16/1995RNorth Carolina
53Taylor, Adarius LB6-12309/21/19904Florida Atlantic
50Vea, Vita DT6-43472/5/1995RWashington
17Watson, Justin WR6-32154/4/1996RPennsylvania
61Wester, Leonard T6-63051/3/19933Missouri Western State
31Whitehead, Jordan DB5-101983/18/1997RPittsburgh
38Wilson, Shaun RB5-918512/2/1995RDuke
3Winston, Jameis QB6-42311/6/19944Florida State
Injured Players
83Bailey, Sergio (IR) WR6-01868/21/1994REastern Michigan
 Barnett, Deondre (IR) DE6-3239//RSouthern Illinois
23Conte, Chris (IR) FS6-22032/23/19898California
30Fleming, Reese (IR) DB5-1120212/6/19931West Virginia
28Hargreaves, Vernon (IR) CB5-102046/3/19953Florida
96Tu'ikolovatu, Stevie (IR) DT6-13206/28/19912USC
98Unrein, Mitch (IR) DT6-43013/25/19878Wyoming
22Williams, Marcus (IR) DB5-111963/24/19915North Dakota State
Practice Squad
64Boozer, Cole T6-52753/20/1994RTemple
88Hudson, Tanner TE6-523911/12/1994RSouthern Arkansas
34Igwebuike, Godwin DB6-02129/10/1994RNorthwestern
 Ledbetter, Jeremiah DE6-32956/2/19942Arkansas
 Myers, Marko DB5-101859/5/1994RSoutheastern University
46Nzeocha, Eric LB6-32184/1/19931Wyoming
79O'Connor, Pat DE6-427011/1/19931Eastern Michigan
 Patterson, Damoun WR6-21909/16/1994RYoungstown State
 Rivers, David CB6-01857/23/19941Youngstown State
85Wilson, Bobo WR5-91861/25/19951Florida State
 
 
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Position Listing
Ryan Jensen
News
Jensen (illness) is active for Monday's game against the Steelers, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Jensen carried a questionable designation heading into Week 3, but he seems to have shaken whatever illness he was dealing with. He and the rest of Tampa Bay's offensive line will look to help get the running game going against the Steelers after the Bucs logged the least rushing yards in the NFL (155) through the season's first two games.

Rakeem Nunez-Roches
News
The Colts claimed Nunez-Roches off waivers from the Chiefs on Friday.

Nunez-Roches was waived by Kansas City earlier in the week after totaling 24 tackles (13 solo) and a half-sack in 16 games with the Chiefs in 2017. The 24-year-old could serve in a rotational role on the Colts' defensive line if he cracks the 53-man roster in September.

Noah Spence
News
Spence, eager to add some weight following the end of last season, put on 35 pounds this offseason, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Lavonte David
News
David tallied six solo tackles -- including one for loss -- and was credited with a quarterback hit in the Buccaneers' 34-29 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.

The veteran linebacker checked in a distant second to Kwon Alexander in tackles on the afternoon, but he still turned in a solid performance from an IDP standpoint. While the six stops actually qualified as David's lowest tackle total of the campaign, he's now logged a tackle for loss in three consecutive contests. Despite the firing of defensive coordinator Mike Smith on Monday, David's role in the defense should remain the same, especially considering it was linebackers coach Mark Duffner who was elevated to take Smith's place.

Justin Evans
News
Evans, who was credited with two solo tackles and pass breakup in Thursday's 26-24 preseason win over the Dolphins on Thursday, saw time as a slot corner in Saturday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.

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.

Cameron Lynch
News
Lynch signed a contract with the Buccaneers on Friday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Garrison Sanborn
No Updates
Deondre Barnett
Injury
Kwon Alexander
News
Alexander (knee) may have suffered a torn ACL during Sunday's game against the Browns, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Alexander exited Sunday's game after he "felt a pop" in his knee, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. The star linebacker turned down a contract extension with the Buccaneers to begin the season, and a torn ACL would end the 24-year-old's campaign. Expect an update on Alexander's health after the conclusion of Sunday's game.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 8 at Cincinnati
Eric Nzeocha
No Updates
Marko Myers
No Updates
Jordan Whitehead
News
Whitehead (hamstring) is active for Sunday's Week 7 tilt against the Browns.

The rookie free safety's active status was expected following a full Friday practice, but this report confirms his availability. Playing in his first game under new defensive coordinator Mark Duffner, Whitehead will look to help contain rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield and a talented pass-catching group that includes wideout Jarvis Landry and tight end David Njoku.

Mitch Unrein
News
Unrein (knee) remains in the concussion protocol, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Unrein is eligible to return from injured reserve in two weeks. The Buccaneers' defense would benefit from the defensive end's presence, but Unrein would need to participate in practice without exhibiting concussion symptoms and clear the league's concussion protocol before making an official return to the field. Expect more clarity on Unrein's injury situation as his tentative time of return approaches.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Jameis Winston
News
Winston completed 32 of 52 passes for 365 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in the Buccaneers' 26-23 overtime win over the Browns on Sunday. He also rushed 10 times for 55 yards and a touchdown and fumbled twice, recovering one and losing the other.

It was another eventful and stat-filled afternoon for the fourth-year quarterback, who failed to throw a passing touchdown for the first time in a non-injury-shortened game since Week 7 of last season. The Buccaneers scored in some rather unusual ways Sunday, as both DeSean Jackson and Winston scored rushing touchdowns, with the latter's serving as his first on the ground this season. It's worth noting that Winston did scuffle in some key moments late in the game, throwing the second of two interceptions with 6:22 remaining in overtime and then throwing back-to-back incompletions in the subsequent possession. Winston will look to continue working out the kinks after a late start to the season when he faces the Bengals in a Week 8 interconference road tilt.

Mike Evans
News
Evans brought in seven of 11 targets for 107 yards in the Buccaneers' 26-23 overtime win over the Browns on Sunday.

The towering target led the Buccaneers in receptions, receiving yardage and looks Sunday, with his final reception kick-starting a short game-winning drive in overtime. Evans now has three 100-yard games on his 2018 resume, although he's failed to find the end zone since Week 3. Nevertheless, he continues to be peppered with opportunities, as he's seen fewer than seven targets just once in six contests. He'll look to continue producing versus the Bengals in what could turn out to be a Week 8 shootout.

Alan Cross
News
Head coach Dirk Koetter relayed Friday "I'd say he's (Cross) not on the bubble" in terms of a roster spot, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official sitereports.

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.

Pat O'Connor
News
O'Connor was promoted to the Buccaneers' active roster Tuesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Donovan Smith
News
Smith (knee) is active for Sunday's season-opening battle against the Saints, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

This is certainly good news for Ryan Fitzpatrick, who'll have his starting left tackle available to open the season. Smith has been dealing with a knee sprain since being helped off the field in an Aug. 21 practice, but his return in a limited capacity earlier this week had hinted at potential active status in Week 1.

Beau Allen
News
Allen (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Allen returned to full participation Friday after logging limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday, so he's trending in the right direction. The defensive tackle is slated to return from a two-game absence, having been sidelined since Week 2 due to a foot injury.

Demone Harris
News
Harris was promoted to Tampa Bay's active roster Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Harris will take the place of defensive end Will Clarke, who was released. The rookie out of Buffalo will provide depth on Tampa Bay's defensive line.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 7 vs. Cleveland
Chandler Catanzaro
News
Catanzaro drilled his only field-goal attempt from 35 yards and made two of three extra-point tries in the Buccaneers' 34-29 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.

Catanzaro saw only one field-goal try for the second straight game, although he's now been true on the four attempts he's taken over the last three contests. The 27-year-old has misfired on a pair of extra-point tries overall this season, but he's largely been a stable placekicking option for the high-powered Buccaneers offense. Catanzaro should continue seeing a fair share of scoring opportunities when Tampa takes on the Browns in a Week 7 matchup.

Jason Pierre-Paul
News
Pierre-Paul (knee), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles, is expected to play in the contest, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Though Pierre-Paul finished the week with two limited practices, his knee injury is considered minor and was never a serious threat to keep him out Week 2. Look for Pierre-Paul to take on another heavy workload after failing to accrue any statistics across 53 snaps (48 on defense) in the season-opening win over the Saints.

Caleb Benenoch
News
Benenoch (knee) was a full participant in Friday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Benenoch is likely to suit up against the Eagles on Sunday now that he's returned to practice. The starting right guard has been nursing a knee injury since the preseason, so he could play on a limited snap count.

Shaun Wilson
News
Wilson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 4 tilt against the Bears, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

The reserve running back is the odd man out with 2018 second-round pick Ronald Jones II enjoying active status for the first time Sunday. Wilson's absence doesn't have an appreciable impact on the team's base offense, but Jacquizz Rodgers will presumably take over Wilson's kick-return duties.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 7 vs. Cleveland
Andrew Adams
News
Adams will compete for a starting role at free safety during training camp, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Adams ran with the first-string defense during OTAs and minicamp this spring, suggesting he's the early favorite to win the job in advance of camp His primary competition, Darian Thompson, was the team's starter at free safety in all 16 games last season, but the 2016 third-round pick struggled in run support and ultimately finished the year as Pro Football Focus' 76th-ranked safety out of 89 qualifiers.

Michael Liedtke
News
Liedtke (groin) underwent sports hernia surgery Thursday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 7 vs. Cleveland
Bobo Wilson
News
Wilson was waived by the Buccaneers on Saturday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Wilson caught an 18-yard touchdown on his lone target during the 2017 season, but failed to make the 53-man roster after battling throughout the preseason. He'll likely be signed to the Buccaneers' practice squad upon clearing waivers.

Leonard Wester
News
Wester (lower leg) participated in Wednesday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Wester spent much of the preseason nursing a lower leg injury, but seems to have recovered in time for Tampa's season-opener against the Saints on Sunday. The 25-year-old should serve as a key part of the Buccaneers' offensive-line rotation in 2018.

Damoun Patterson
News
Patterson (toe) signed with Tampa Bay's practice squad Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Patterson was waived/injured by the Steelers during final roster cuts, and the rookie will look to provide depth to Tampa Bay's receiving corps.

Carl Nassib
News
Nassib will start at defensive end in place of Vinny Curry (ankle) in Sunday's Week 7 tilt against the Browns, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Nassib will thus draw his first start in a Tampa uniform versus the team that made him a third-round pick in 2016. The 25-year-old has made minimal impact with the Bucs up to this point, totaling four tackles (two solo) and a pass defensed in five games.

Godwin Igwebuike
No Updates
DeSean Jackson
News
Jackson brought in two of five targets for 25 yards and also rushed twice for eight yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 26-23 overtime win over the Browns on Sunday.

Jackson couldn't get much going through the air, although his second and final grab was a clutch 14-yard catch on the left sideline that positioned the ball for Chandler Catanzaro's game-winning 59-yard field goal. The veteran receiver also scored his first rushing touchdown of the season on a 14-yard scamper in the second quarter, his first of the season. Jackson's reception and receiving yardage totals were both his lowest of the season, however, so he'll look to bounce back in those categories against the Bengals in Week 8.

Vernon Hargreaves
News
The Buccaneers will place Hargreaves (shoulder) on injured reserve Wednesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Tampa Bay made the decision to shut down Hargreaves after he received a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews early Wednesday. Though the details surrounding Hargreaves' condition aren't completely clear, it's likely that Hargreaves was recommended to undergo surgery after sustaining what was believed to be a labrum tear in the Buccaneers' season-opening win over the Saints, per Jenna Laine of ESPN.com. The Buccaneers signed cornerback Marcus Williams on Tuesday to fortify their depth at the position with Hargreaves set to miss at least eight weeks -- if not the entire season -- with the shoulder issue.

Injury
Shoulder - Labrum - Injured Reserve
Bryan Anger
No Updates
Kendell Beckwith
News
Beckwith will miss OTAs and is questionable for training camp after fracturing his ankle in a single-car accident Tuesday, Scott Smith of the team's official website reports.

Beckwith, a passenger in the car, underwent same-day surgery on his ankle. The second-year linebacker played in all 16 games of the 2017 season, recording 846 snaps, 73 tackles and two sacks. The timetable for Beckwith's return is uncertain.

Jeremiah Ledbetter
News
Ledbetter was promoted to the Buccaneers' active roster Saturday, Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Buccaneers felt the need to bolster their defensive line depth with both Beau Allen (foot) and Vita Vea (calf) ruled out for Monday's matchup with the Steelers.

O.J. Howard
News
Howard brought in five of nine targets for 67 yards in the Buccaneers' 26-23 overtime win over the Browns on Sunday.

The second-year tight end was second on the team to Mike Evans in receptions, receiving yardage and targets, as he continues playing an important, steady role in the passing game on most weeks. Howard has shown encouraging chemistry with Jameis Winston thus far in the latter's two starts, hauling in nine of 13 targets for 129 yards and a touchdown. The 23-year-old has been making his catches downfield on average as well, as he's posted a double-digit YPC figure in each of the five games where he's managed to post a reception. He'll look to continue rising against the Bengals in Week 8.

Adarius Taylor
News
Taylor, who legally changed his last name during the offseason, is looking to bounce back from the broken leg that ended his 2017 campaign in Week 15, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official website reports.

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.

Evan Smith
News
Smith (hip) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Smith appears to have recovered from the hip injury that caused him to be limited in practice earlier this week. If Smith can continue to practice fully for the remainder of the week, the ten-year veteran will likely play a substantial role in the interior of Tampa's O-line during Sunday's season opener against the Saints.

Ronald Jones
News
Jones rushed six times for 13 yards and a touchdown and brought in his sole target for 15 yards in the Buccaneers' 26-23 overtime win over the Browns on Sunday.

The rookie found his way into the end zone late in the third quarter from two yards out, giving the Bucs a seemingly comfortable 23-9 lead at the time. While the fact he scored the first rushing touchdown of his career was encouraging, just as in the preseason, Jones has been unable to do much with the opportunities he's seen. Factoring in Sunday's line, he's rushed just 17 times for 45 yards over the three games he's seen action in. He'll look to improve versus the Bengals in a Week 8 matchup.

Vita Vea
News
Vea will start at defensive tackle in Sunday's game against the Browns in place of Gerald McCoy (calf), Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

The 2018 first-round pick didn't even make his debut until Week 4 due to a calf injury of his own, and he'll now step in for his Pro Bowl teammate versus Cleveland. Vea will look to help contain rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield and a Browns backfield now helmed by fellow first-year player Nick Chubb in the wake of Carlos Hyde's trade to the Jaguars on Friday.

William Gholston
News
Gholston will draw the start at defensive tackle in place of Beau Allen (foot) for Sunday's Week 4 tilt against the Bears, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

The veteran defensive tackle gets the starting nod despite first-round pick Vita Vea (calf) also being active for the first time. Gholston has logged three tackles (two solo) this season while serving in a rotational role over the first three games.

M.J. Stewart
News
Stewart totaled nine stops (all solo) and a pass breakup in the Buccaneers' 30-27 loss to the Steelers on Monday.

Stewart logged a team-high tackle total during the loss. The North Carolina product continues to back up fellow first-year corner Carlton Davis, but he was on the field for 43 snaps in Week 3. Given his sure tackling and solid playing time, Stewart holds increasing appeal as an IDP option in deeper formats.

Demar Dotson
News
Dotson (knee) is absent from Friday's injury report, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Dotson has played through lingering knee issues all season, and the veteran lineman's Week 7 status does not appear to have ever been in question. Expect Dotson to suit up against the Browns' potent defensive front Sunday.

Adam Humphries
News
Humphries brought in three of four targets for 82 yards in the Buccaneers' 34-29 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. He also returned one punt for six yards.

Humphries ended up in the unfamiliar position of pacing the Buccaneers in receiving yards, with a game-long 51-yard reception largely responsible. The fourth-year pro normally does the majority of his damage within close proximity of the line of scrimmage, so Sunday's 27.3 YPC can safely be considered an outlier. Humphries does have multiple receptions in three straight games, but that's probably not enough to consider him more than desperation bye-week filler in Week 7.

Vinny Curry
News
Curry (ankle) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Curry's lack of availability is no surprise, considering that the veteran defensive end has yet to participate in practice since suffering an ankle injury during Tampa's loss to the Falcons in Week 6. A recovery timetable for Curry's injury remains undisclosed, but as long as he remains sidelined, expect Carl Nassib to play an increased defensive role.

Injury
Ankle - Inactive for Week 7 vs. Cleveland
Chris Godwin
News
Godwin brought in five of six passes for 59 yards in the Buccaneers' 26-23 overtime win over the Browns on Sunday.

Godwin posted the best catch rate among the Buccaneers' pass catchers in the win. The second-year wideout has logged at least five catches in four of six games this season, seeing between six and 10 targets in those contests. The numbers are in line with the team's preseason company line of treating Godwin like a starting receiver this season in terms of his involvement. He'll look to add to his impressive haul of four touchdowns against the Bengals in Week 8.

Peyton Barber
News
Barber rushed 11 times for 30 yards and failed to come up with either of his two targets in the Buccaneers' 26-23 overtime win over the Browns on Sunday. He was also tackled for a safety.

Barber was responsible for the first points of the game, except they went on the other team's ledger. The third-year back was pinned back behind the goal line on a carry from the one-yard line in the first quarter, a microcosm of what's been a mostly frustrating campaign for the 24-year-old. Barber has now posted 30 yards or less in four of six contests, although rookie Ronald Jones, despite getting in for a short touchdown Sunday, hasn't been anywhere near productive either. Therefore, Barber figures to continue in a de facto lead role versus the Bengals in a Week 8 interconference matchup.

Carlton Davis
News
Davis (back) is active for Sunday's Week 7 tilt against the Browns.

The rookie's presence is especially welcome given the short-handed nature of the Buccaneers secondary overall. Davis will look to help contain Baker Mayfield and his pass-catching corps after seeing Matt Ryan carve up the defense for 355 yards and three touchdowns in Davis' absence last week.

Alex Cappa
Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 7 vs. Cleveland
No Updates
Ryan Griffin
News
Griffin is a coach's decision inactive for Sunday's game against Chicago, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Griffin is the Buccaneers' No. 3 quarterback now that Jameis Winston has returned from suspension. Griffin isn't likely to see action unless both Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick face injuries.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 7 vs. Cleveland
Ryan Smith
News
Smith posted six solo tackles in the Buccaneers' 34-29 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.

Smith filled in for Carlton Davis (groin) against the Falcons' high-powered passing attack and unsurprisingly had an active afternoon. Matt Ryan was able to rack up 354 passing yards and three touchdowns, however, with Smith missing the tackle that allowed Austin Hooper to notch one of those scores. If Davis' injury lingers into Week 7, Smith likely figures to be in line for another start versus a more manageable but still solid Browns passing attack.

Devante Bond
News
Bond re-signed with the Buccaneers on Tuesday and is fully recovered from a foot injury he sustained during the preseason, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Bond was placed in the Bucs' injured reserve prior to the season kicking off before eventually reaching an injury settlement. He is now expected to compete with Adarius Taylor for the strongside linebacker role.

Tanner Hudson
No Updates
Jacquizz Rodgers
News
Rodgers returned two kickoffs for 31 yards in the Buccaneers' 34-29 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.

Rodgers did not see any work from scrimmage for the second consecutive game, a trend that's coincided with the active status of rookie Ronald Jones II. The versatile veteran will likely be relegated to special teams work moving forward unless there are injuries in front of him.

Ali Marpet
News
Marpet agreed Tuesday with the Buccaneers on a five-year contract extension.

Per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Marpet's deal is worth $55 million and includes $27.13 million in guarantees, making the 25-year-old one of the league's highest-paid guards. The 2015 second-round pick has started 44 games for the Buccaneers in his career, shifting between both guard and center.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
News
Fitzpatrick will return to a backup role when the Buccaneers return from their bye for a Week 6 game in Atlanta, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Fitzpatrick owns an impressive stat line through four games, but he predictably trailed off the past two weeks with a three-pick game against the Steelers and a complete dud against the Bears. He did well to get the team to 2-2 against a tough early schedule, giving Jameis Winston a shot to keep Tampa Bay in the playoff picture. Winston will have an impressive group of pass catchers at his disposal, though O.J. Howard (knee) may not be ready for Week 6.

Isaiah Johnson
News
Johnson will start at free safety Sunday versus the Bears, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Johnson will start next to strong safety Justin Evans since Jordan Whitehead (hamstring) is injured. The 25-year-old has played just four defensive snaps in three regular-season games, so it's tough to project how he'll perform with a full workload ahead of him. Fantasy owners should steer clear.

Antony Auclair
News
Auclair secured his only target for five yards and returned one kickoff for nine yards in the Buccaneers' 34-29 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.

The reserve tight end saw a rare target, but he was otherwise primarily involved as a blocker. Auclair doesn't figure for any meaningful fantasy production as long as both O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate are healthy ahead of him.

Javien Elliott
News
Elliott (undisclosed) was seen in pads before Wednesday's joint practice versus the Titans, although his level of participation has not been confirmed, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

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.

Cole Boozer
News
Boozer (concussion) returned to practice Wednesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic Tampa Bay reports.

The rookie tackle's absence spanned two weeks. His return comes at a particularly good time for the Bucs, considering the team's current depth shortage along the offensive line. It's unlikely Boozer will have any immediate impact in his first season, but Tampa Bay is certainly glad to have the big fella back for practice purposes.

Justin Watson
News
Watson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 1 tilt against the Saints, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Watson's status is expected, considering the Bucs will roll with the impressive quartet of Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries at receiver, while also keeping the more experienced Freddie Martino active as a fifth wideout. Watson impressed during training camp and preseason, however, so he could certainly find himself suiting up at some point as the season unfolds.

Marcus Williams
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Williams (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

Williams had already been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Falcons and has been battling hamstring issues over the last few weeks. The Buccaneers signed wide receiver Freddie Martino to fill his spot int he 53-man roster.

Injury
Hamstring - Injured Reserve
David Rivers
News
The Buccaneers signed Rivers to their practice squad Tuesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

The cornerback had reached an injury settlement with the Bucs back on Aug. 14, but with the secondary losing multiple key pieces since the season began, Rivers rejoined the organization to provide reinforcement. The 24-year-old has one regular-season NFL appearance on his resume, which came with Tampa Bay in 2017.

Brent Grimes
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Grimes (groin) totaled six tackles (all solo) in the Buccaneers' 30-27 loss to the Steelers on Monday.

Grimes finally took the field for his season debut after being sidelined for the first pair of contests due to the groin injury. The veteran corner was victimized on a quick pass to Antonio Brown in the second quarter, as he missed a tackle on the speedy receiver in a drive that yielded a 27-yard touchdown. The fact that Grimes was merely back on the field was helpful enough for the Bucs, who are short on corner help with Vernon Hargreaves (shoulder) on injured reserve. Grimes will look to continue working back into shape against a less intimidating Bears passing attack in Week 4.

Reese Fleming
Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Stevie Tu'ikolovatu
News
Tu'ikolovatu (triceps) cleared waivers and reverted to injured reserve, according to the league's official transaction log.

Tu'ikolovatu recently sustained a torn triceps and will be presumably be sidelined for a significant amount of time.

Injury
Triceps - Injured Reserve
Gerald McCoy
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McCoy (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Cleveland, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

McCoy didn't practice at all this week and will now miss a second straight game. With starting defensive end Vinny Curry (ankle) also ruled out, the Tampa Bay defense is in even worse shape than usual, which is good news for Baker Mayfield and the rest of the Cleveland offense.

Injury
Calf - Inactive for Week 7 vs. Cleveland
Chris Conte
News
Conte is expected to require six weeks to recover from a torn PCL in his knee, which he sustained during Monday's 30-27 loss to the Steelers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Schefter relays that Conte probably shouldn't have played in the contest, but the safety "gutted it out" for the team before bowing out after playing 11 snaps. The Buccaneers placed Conte on injured reserve Tuesday, which will keep him out of action for a minimum of eight weeks. Assuming Schefter's timeline is accurate, Conte should return to full health by the second half of the season and merit consideration for an activation from IR.

Injury
Knee - PCL - Injured Reserve
Cameron Brate
News
Brate brought in his only target for a 15-yard touchdown in the Buccaneers' 34-29 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.

O.J. Howard was ultimately declared active for the contest after coming in questionable with a knee injury, so Brate was expected to serve in a secondary role. However, it appeared he might make a bigger impact early on, when he started the scoring on the afternoon with a 15-yard scoring reception to cap off an eight-play, 75-yard opening drive. That would ultimately prove to be it for Brate, though, as he didn't see another target the rest of the day despite the fact that Jameis Winston put the ball up 41 times. He'll look to carve out more of a role in a Week 7 interconference battle against the Browns, although Howard's continued success and the team's plethora of other capable pass catchers is likely to make that difficult.

Sergio Bailey
News
Bailey (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Bailey made a decent case for a 53-man roster spot before the ankle issue surfaced, but it now appears he will sit out the 2018 campaign after undergoing surgery Saturday, per Jenna Laine of ESPN. If he remains on the list all season, Bailey would get his next chance to state his case in 2019.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve
Jack Cichy
News
Cichy injured his knee during Sunday's victory over the Browns, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Cichy needed assistance in getting off the field after sustaining an apparent injury to his left knee. Even though a severe injury can't be ruled out at this juncture, the bright side of this situation is that Cichy didn't hurt the same knee in which the linebacker tore his ACL during his final season at Wisconsin in 2017.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 8 at Cincinnati