Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Dirk Koetter
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense19th117.0 (11th)194.0 (20th)
Defense14th20.0 (1st)290.0 (28th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
58Alexander, Kwon MLB6-12278/3/19943LSU
9Anger, Bryan P6-320510/6/19886California
82Auclair, Antony TE6-62565/28/1993RLaval University
91Ayers, Robert DE6-32759/6/19859Tennessee
90Baker, Chris DT6-232010/8/19876Hampton
25Barber, Peyton RB5-112252/27/19942Auburn
51Beckwith, Kendell OLB6-224312/2/1994RLSU
77Benenoch, Caleb G6-53058/8/19942UCLA
59Bond, Devante OLB6-12367/3/19932Oklahoma
84Brate, Cameron TE6-52457/3/19913Harvard
94Clarke, Will DE6-62755/4/19914West Virginia
23Conte, Chris FS6-22032/23/19897California
45Cross, Alan TE6-12355/2/19932Memphis
54David, Lavonte OLB6-12331/23/19906Nebraska
69Dotson, Demar T6-931510/11/19859Southern Mississippi
35Elliott, Javien DB5-111767/18/19932Florida State
21Evans, Justin SAF6-01998/26/1995RTexas A&M
13Evans, Mike WR6-52318/21/19934Texas A&M
14Fitzpatrick, Ryan QB6-222311/24/198213Harvard
2Folk, Nick K6-122211/5/198411Arizona
92Gholston, William DE6-62817/31/19915Michigan State
53Glanton, Adarius OLB6-12309/21/19903Florida Atlantic
12Godwin, Chris WR6-12092/27/1996RPenn State
24Grimes, Brent CB5-101857/19/198311Shippensburg
28Hargreaves, Vernon CB5-102046/3/19952Florida
68Hawley, Joe C6-330210/22/19888UNLV
80Howard, O.J. TE6-625111/19/1994RAlabama
10Humphries, Adam WR5-111956/24/19933Clemson
11Jackson, DeSean WR5-1017512/1/198610California
52Lynch, Cameron LB6-02298/4/19933Syracuse
74Marpet, Ali C6-43074/17/19933Hobart
36McClain, Robert DB5-91957/22/19886Connecticut
93McCoy, Gerald DT6-43002/25/19888Oklahoma
98McDonald, Clinton DT6-22971/6/19878Memphis
64Pamphile, Kevin G6-531011/27/19904Purdue
18Reedy, Bernard WR5-917512/31/19911Toledo
26Robinson, Josh DB5-102001/8/19916UCF
32Rodgers, Jacquizz RB5-62052/6/19907Oregon State
95Russell, Ryan DE6-52751/17/19923Purdue
65Sanborn, Garrison LS6-12407/31/19859Florida State
96Siliga, Sealver DT6-23454/26/19905Utah
34Sims, Charles RB6-02119/19/19904West Virginia
76Smith, Donovan T6-63386/23/19933Penn State
56Smith, Jacquies DE6-22603/18/19904Missouri
62Smith, Evan G6-23087/19/19868Idaho State
29Smith, Ryan CB5-111899/7/19932North Carolina Central
57Spence, Noah DE6-22511/8/19942Eastern Kentucky
88Stocker, Luke TE6-52537/17/19887Tennessee
73Sweezy, J.R. G6-52984/8/19895NC State
37Tandy, Keith SS5-102052/12/19896West Virginia
43Ward, T.J. DB5-1020012/12/19868Oregon
66Wester, Leonard T6-63051/3/19932Missouri Western State
3Winston, Jameis QB6-42311/6/19943Florida State
Injured Players
38Adjei-Barimah, Jude (IR) CB5-112007/21/19923Bowling Green
 Barnett, Deondre (IR) DE6-3239//RSouthern Illinois
72Gardner, Cole (IR) T6-630111/11/1993REastern Michigan
4Griffin, Ryan (IR) QB6-521011/17/19894Tulane
75Lambert, DaVonte (IR) DE6-22826/23/19942Auburn
 Panfil, Evan (IR) DE6-42403/31/1995RPurdue
83Seales, Jhajuan (IR) WR6-120511/26/1993ROklahoma State
 Sperbeck, Thomas (IR) WR6-018010/21/1994RBoise State
72Trattou, Justin (IR) DE6-42588/28/19886Florida
97Tu'ikolovatu, Stevie (IR) NT6-13206/28/1991RSouthern California
Practice Squad
49Bullough, Riley LB6-222811/23/1993RMichigan State
44Hansbrough, Russell RB5-919511/19/19931Missouri
46Johnson, Austin FB6-22406/16/19893Tennessee
39Johnson, Isaiah DB6-020910/14/19921South Carolina
70Liedtke, Michael G6-33051/15/19921Illinois State
16Martino, Freddie WR6-01959/7/19912North Greenville
 Murray, Justin T6-53044/19/19931Cincinnati
46Nzeocha, Eric LB6-32184/1/1993RWyoming
 Rivers, David CB6-01857/23/1994RYoungstown State
 Ward, Channing DE6-42799/17/19922Ole Miss
85Wilson, Bobo WR5-91861/25/1995RFlorida State
Suspended Players
22Martin, Doug RB5-92231/13/19896Boise State
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Tampa Bay6-5310.06-3281.226.12134
 
 
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Position Listing
Noah Spence
News
Spence, who recorded a tackle for loss in last Friday's preseason opener against the Bengals, is expected by coaches and teammates to emerge as a dominant force in 2017, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "Everybody talks about Noah being a double-digit sack guy and all that," defensive coordinator Mike Smith said. "Really, we just need him to be as aggressive as he can be, and sometimes it's not on the stat sheet. If he can draw the offensive line turning to him or draw some double teams or chips, it's going to allow other guys to get there."

The second-year defensive end managed 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles during his rookie campaign, despite playing the majority of the year with a torn labrum in his shoulder that ultimately required offseason surgery. Spence impressed in joint practices against the Jaguars on Monday and Tuesday, and defensive-line teammates like Gerald McCoy and Robert Ayers have also voiced lofty expectations for Spence, with the former comparing him to legendary pass rushers like the late Derrick Thomas, and the latter labeling him as a "15-plus-sack guy". Spence's combination of speed, flexibility and athleticism -- and Smith's aggressive scheme -- could potentially help him make a similar Year-2 leap to that of the Falcons' Vic Beasley, who went from four quarterback takedowns in his rookie 2015 campaign to an NFL-leading 15.5 sacks last season.

Jude Adjei-Barimah
News
Adjei-Barimah (knee) reverted to injured reserve Wednesday.

Adjei-Barimah, who's out four months with a patellar fracture in his right knee, had been waived Tuesday and reverts to IR upon clearing waivers.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Lavonte David
News
David totaled nine tackles (eight solo), including one for loss, and also recovered a fumble in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears.

The sight of David at the top of the defensive stat sheet isn't necessarily surprising, yet it was actually a rare sight last season, his first in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme. Kwon Alexander's exit with a hamstring injury Sunday certainly helped David rack up more tackle opportunities, but the increased comfortable level he'd displayed this past summer in advance of his second year in the system does appear to have been a harbinger of what was to come. David seemed to be back to his old, instinctive self during the impressive Week 2 effort and as per Jenna Laine of ESPN.com, his exit later in the contest was merely due to cramping. Based on Sunday's performance, he appears primed to reclaim his standing as a top IDP option this season.

Justin Evans
News
Evans is likely to see extended action during Friday's preseason opener versus the Bengals, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

As per head coach Dirk Koetter, Evans has started to increasingly show up on practice tape after a relatively quiet start to camp. The 2017 second-round pick is also in the process of being cross-trained for both safety positions after primarily playing free safety in college and thus far in camp, so he would certainly benefit from additional reps. Koetter also noted that the coaching staff is starting to monitor the snap counts of some of the veteran players a lot closer at this stage, which should also help open up snaps for the rookie in both practices and preseason contests.

Cameron Lynch
News
Lynch, who's been competing for the strong-side linebacker job, has made the Bucs' initial 53-man roster, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Lynch was impressive in the exhibition finale against the Redskins with seven total tackles and showed enough throughout camp and prior preseason contests to remain in the conversation for the starting strong-side linebacker job. The final word on who won the battle between Lynch, Adarius Glanton and Kendell Beckwith is yet to be revealed, but it appears Lynch will have a chance to serve as a depth option and special teams asset at a minimum to open the season.

Garrison Sanborn
No Updates
Justin Trattou
News
Trattou signed a contract with Tampa Bay on Thursday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times Reports.

Trattou has been a backup defensive lineman in Minnesota the last four seasons. He played in all 16 games in 2016, but totaled just four tackles on the year. He'll likely be little more than a depth player with the Buccaneers.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Deondre Barnett
Injury
Kwon Alexander
News
The Buccaneers ruled Alexander (hamstring) out for Sunday's game in Minnesota, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Alexander was unable to practice all week after making an early exit from Sunday's blowout win of the Bears. His absence is good news for Minnesota's Dalvin Cook, who nonetheless faces a challenging matchup without Sam Bradford (knee) available to keep safeties out of the box. Adarius Glanton figures to replace Alexander in Tampa Bay's 4-3 base defense, with Lavonte David and Kendell Beckwith getting the snaps when the team is in the nickel. Coming off a down 2016 season from an IDP standpoint, David had a team-high nine tackles last week. His stat lines figure to benefit from his teammate's continued absence, given that Alexander led the NFL with 108 solo tackles last year.

Injury
Hamstring - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out for Week 3 at Minnesota
Eric Nzeocha
No Updates
Jameis Winston
News
Winston completed 18 of 30 passes for 204 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears. He also gained three yards on his sole rush.

With the Bucs defense generating hellish conditions for former teammate Mike Glennon and the Bears offense, Winston didn't have to do much to help facilitate a victory. The third-year signal caller acquainted himself with new weapon DeSean Jackson to the tune of three receptions for 39 yards, while also kick-starting top target Mike Evans' season by connecting with him on seven occasions for 93 yards and a score. The game script of Sunday's blowout win didn't call for Winston to have to utilize his plethora of weapons to a great extent, but there will undoubtedly be plenty of upcoming Sundays when he'll be asked to do much more. He'll look to build on his solid opening performance when the Bucs tangle with the tough Vikings defense on the road in Week 3.

Sealver Siliga
News
Siliga re-signed with the Buccaneers on Saturday on a one-year contract.

A November pickup by the Bucs last season, Siliga brought some additional size to the team's defensive line last season. However, he saw limited action over six games with the club, notching just five tackles (three solo) and one sack. He will likely return to a similar role with Tampa Bay in 2017.

Riley Bullough
No Updates
Mike Evans
News
Evans brought in seven of nine targets for 93 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears.

Unsurprisingly, Evans served as Jameis Winston's top target on the day and also brought in the Bucs' only passing touchdown. As impressive as the first three seasons of his career have been, the towering 24-year-old wideout could be primed for his best numbers yet in 2017, given that the team's offensive roster is arguably the most talented of Evans' relatively young NFL career. He'll look to build on Sunday's effort in a tough road matchup versus the Vikings in Week 3.

Alan Cross
News
Cross corralled his only target for six yards in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears.

The reserve tight end was in on 16 offensive snaps and managed to get on the stat sheet in addition to serving as a blocker in the running game. Cross' level of production Sunday is likely representative of the type of modest numbers he'll provide on a weekly basis this season.

Donovan Smith
No Updates
Caleb Benenoch
News
Benenoch (undisclosed) was left off Wednesday's injury report and is expected to be available for Sunday's matchup with Chicago, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The second-year tackle is slated to serve as Demar Dotson's backup at right tackle this season.

Cole Gardner
Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Clinton McDonald
News
McDonald totaled 36 tackles (25 solo), including three for loss, along with 3.5 sacks over 12 games in the 2016 season.

The veteran tackle was able to play double the amount of games he had in 2015, when a pectoral injury cut short what was on pace to be a career season. He didn't exactly escape 2016 injury-free, as a hamstring injury cost him four games midway through the campaign. However, McDonald was once again productive when healthy, albeit not to the same extent as he'd been a year earlier. He posted six-and-eight-tackle efforts in Weeks 3 and 4, and was once again solid in the run game overall, posting the second-best tackle total of his seven-season career. He seemed to adapt well to the nuances of new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, which called for him to be a part of a wider variety of personnel groupings than in former head coach Lovie Smith's system. On the books for a modest $2 million cap hit in 2017, McDonald figures to once serve as a dependable presence in the middle of the Bucs' defensive line.

Jacquies Smith
News
Smith (illness) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Smith is battling the flu along with defensive tackle Chris Baker, who is also listed as doubtful. Smith has a minimal role on defense and was a healthy scratch for Week 2, but with Baker also unlikely to play the Buccaneers depth on the defensive line could be tested against the Vikings.

Injury
Illness - Did Not Practice on Friday. Doubtful for Week 3 at Minnesota
Michael Liedtke
No Updates
Bobo Wilson
News
Wilson was waived by the Buccaneers on Saturday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

There were some people who thought Wilson might be able to crack the finalized 53-man roster following his strong preseason, but unfortunately for Wilson, things shook out differently. The 22-year-old could land elsewhere relatively quickly given his potential to be a starter in this league one day.

Leonard Wester
No Updates
Doug Martin
News
After the Buccaneers' Week 1 matchup with the Dolphins was postponed and rescheduled for Week 11 due to the potential impact of Hurricane Irma in South Florida, Martin won't be eligible to return until the Bucs' Week 5 game against the Patriots, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

With three games remaining on his four-game suspension heading into 2017, Martin had been on track to make his season debut Oct. 1 against the Giants, but that's no longer in the cards due to the Week 1 postponement. While the slight delay won't change Martin's season-long outlook much since he's still looking at a 13-game slate, it could affect the roster plans of fantasy owners, who may have been stashing the running back specifically with the intention of deploying him in lineups in Week 4. Until Martin's suspension is completed, Jacquizz Rodgers is expected to head the Bucs' backfield, with Charles Sims serving as the team's top third-down option.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 5 vs. New England
Thomas Sperbeck
Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 3 at Minnesota
Kevin Pamphile
News
Pamphile is dealing with an illness and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Pamphile was a new addition to the injury report Friday and did not practice. The good news is that the 26-year-old isn't dealing with the flu, which has defensive lineman Chris Baker and Jacquies Smith listed as doubtful. Pamphile's status for Sunday likely won't be determined until Saturday or Sunday, and Evan Smith is next up at left guard should he be unable to play.

Injury
Illness - Did Not Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 3 at Minnesota
DeSean Jackson
News
Jackson brought in three of seven targets for 39 yards in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears.

The veteran speedster wasn't overly efficient with his targets, but he managed a nifty 21-yard reception late in the second quarter and was solid overall. Jackson will certainly be called upon to do more than was required of him in Sunday's blowout victory on many other weeks this season, and his ability to threaten defenses should help the likes of Mike Evans, Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard enjoy a fair share of one-on-one coverage throughout the campaign.

Vernon Hargreaves
News
Hargreaves was often matched up against rookie Chris Godwin in Thursday's final training camp practice and frequently won the one-on-one battle, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

The second-year corner has taken advantage of the absence of Mike Evans (undisclosed) the last two days to frequently exert his will on Godwin. Hargreaves frequently got the best of the rookie during Thursday's session, but he's looked considerably improved overall in his second pro training camp. The former Florida Gator will start alongside Brent Grimes at cornerback this season, and he appears to be making good on his vow to play more aggressively as he enters his second campaign.

Bryan Anger
No Updates
Robert Ayers
News
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.

Chris Baker
News
Baker (illness) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Baker has not practiced this week as he has been battling the flu and is unlikely to be available Sunday. The Buccaneers defensive line depth may be tested Sunday, as Jacquies Smith (illness) is also listed as doubtful.

Injury
Illness - Did Not Practice on Friday. Doubtful for Week 3 at Minnesota
Kendell Beckwith
News
Beckwith will start at middle linebacker against the Vikings on Sunday, Alex Marvez of Sirius XM NFL Radio reports.

Beckwith first transitioned to the middle when Kwon Alexander (hamstring) exited in Week 2, and will remain there with the latter ruled out for this week. The rookie third-round pick impressed in his professional debut against the Bears and will hope to continue that trend in Week 3.

O.J. Howard
News
Howard brought in one of three targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears.

The 2017 first-round pick couldn't make much of an impact on the stat sheet, but that was likely a product of a game script that saw the Bucs already holding a commanding 26-0 lead by halftime. Howard's 46 snaps was a much more favorable number, however, as he notably outpaced position mate and co-starter Cameron Brate by eight plays. While the exact amount of usage for both players will naturally fluctuate week to week, Howard is expected to be given every opportunity to validate his draft status. He'll look to translate his playing time into more production in a Week 3 road tilt against the Vikings.

Adarius Glanton
News
Glanton posted nine tackles (eight solo) -- including two for loss -- in Thursday's 13-10 preseason loss to the Redskins.

Glanton came into the exhibition finale in a battle with Cameron Lynch and rookie Kendell Beckwith for the starting strong-side linebacker job, an opening that's been created by Devante Bond's knee injury. Glanton played 45 snaps and may have won the competition with what was a stellar performance. Even if he doesn't open 2017 as a starter, the 26-year-old appears ready for a larger role on the defense after logging a modest 14 tackles (12 solo) as a depth option over 16 games last season.

Evan Smith
News
Smith (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Smith missed Thursday's practice due to an illness, but the center was able to participate in limited fashion Friday and will be available to provide depth on the offensive line in Week 2.

Evan Panfil
Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Josh Robinson
News
Robinson (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Robinson has been sidelined since the Aug. 18 tilt against the Jaguars. Assuming no setbacks, the veteran corner should be able to take the field against the Redskins on Thursday in the exhibition finale. Robinson will serve as a reserve safety and key special teams player in the coming campaign if he makes the final roster.

Austin Johnson
News
The Buccaneers waived Johnson on Saturday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Johnson appears to be the odd man out in a battle between him, Alan Cross and Antony Auclair to make the final roster. He could be a candidate for the team's practice squad, but if not he will have to look for a new opportunity.

William Gholston
News
Gholston (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The fifth-year defensive end had missed last Saturday's exhibition against the Browns with his ailment, the details of which remain undisclosed. Gholston, who re-upped with the Bucs on a five-year deal last March, will start at left defensive end again this coming season.

Demar Dotson
News
Dotson (groin) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report and is expected to play Sunday against the Bears, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Dotson was expected to play in Week 1, too, if the game wasn't postponed due to Hurricane Irma. He'll be the starting right tackle.

Adam Humphries
News
Humphries corralled two of three targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears.

With the Bucs holding a commanding lead by halftime, the focus turned to the running game in the second half, leaving Humphries with minimal opportunities. Meanwhile, Mike Evans spearheaded the receiving corps' efforts in the first half, leaving the rest of the pass catchers outside of DeSean Jackson with just three targets apiece. The slot receiver will look to improve on his numbers in a tough Week 3 road matchup against the Vikings.

Chris Godwin
News
Godwin was unable to haul in his lone target in Sunday's 29-7 win over Chicago.

After a solid preseason, the rookie saw the field for 29 of 71 offensive plays, good for fourth among the team's wide receivers. The step from getting onto the field to producing is a big one, though, and it may take some time. Tampa Bay is loaded with pass-catching options including Mike Evans, Desean Jackson, O.J. Howard, and Cameron Brate. With only so many passes to go around, Godwin might need to prove himself before breaking into the state sheet on a regular basis.

Luke Stocker
News
Stocker finished the 2016 season with five receptions (eight targets) for 23 yards and no scores over 12 games.

The fifth-year pro once again dutifully served as one of the better blockers at his position in the NFL, battling a troublesome ankle injury that ultimately cost him four games along the way. Stocker's reception, target and yardage totals were the lowest of his career, as his job helping to clear lanes in the running game clearly takes precedence in the Bucs' offensive system. While Tampa didn't exactly enjoy prolific success on the ground this past season -- checking in as the 24th-ranked unit with 1,616 rushing yards and an average of 101.0 per game -- Stocker's veteran presence, familiarity with the offense and modest $1.7 million cap hit in 2017 seem to assure him of another season on the roster.

Peyton Barber
News
Barber carried 10 times for 47 yards in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears.

Barber saw all 16 of his snaps in the second half and made the most of them, posting the second-highest rushing total of his career. The 23-year-old saw five less snaps than backfield mate Charles Sims behind starter Jacquizz Rodgers, but he received eight more carries. However, it's noteworthy that unbalanced distribution came in a game in which the Bucs held a comfortable second-half lead, which eliminated some of the passing-down situations that Sims is often utilized in. Barber is still projected to see a handful of carries for the next two games while Doug Martin finishes serving out his suspension, while also filling a role on special teams.

Ryan Griffin
News
Griffin (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Griffin beat out rookie Sefo Liufau in a competition for the No. 3 quarterback job, but with Ryan Fitzpatrick providing ample experience behind Jameis Winston, the Bucs don't want to use a roster spot on Griffin while he recovers from a shoulder injury. The team could bring Griffin back from injured reserve after Week 8.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Ryan Smith
News
Smith, who paced the Bucs defense with six tackles over 43 snaps in Saturday's 13-9 preseason loss to the Browns, has racked up 15 total stops over three exhibitions.

Smith has all but locked up a reserve cornerback spot with his strong performances over the first trio of preseason tilts, as he's been able to parlay Brent Grimes' (shin) absence into an opportunity to showcase himself. The second-year player primarily worked as a safety in 2016, but his transition to corner has been a relatively smooth one since the beginning of training camp. In addition to likely serving as the Bucs' nickel corner, Smith is expected to handle duties on kickoff returns.

Devante Bond
News
Bond (knee) is not present on the Buccaneers' injury report Wednesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Bond first practiced on a limited basis last week after suffering the injury Aug. 13, so it looks as though he's finally healthy. The 24-year-old is currently slotted behind rookie Kendall Beckwith at strong-side linebacker for the Buccaneers.

Injury
Knee - Full Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 3 at Minnesota
Charles Sims
News
Sims rushed twice for two yards and brought in two of three targets for seven yards in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears.

The fourth-year back saw notably less opportunity than starter Jacquizz Rodgers (19 touches) and Peyton Barber (10 touches), although he outpaced the latter in offensive snaps by a 21-16 margin. A large part of the reason for the reduced usage appears to have been situational, as the Bucs held a comfortable second-half lead and used workhorse backs Rodgers and Barber to grind out the clock. Meanwhile, Sims once again projects to have a sizable role in the passing game, especially in games that are lot more competitive than Sunday's blowout victory. He'll look to up his production against a tough Vikings defense in Week 3.

Will Clarke
News
Clarke is a coach's decision inactive for Sunday's game against Chicago, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Clarke's inactive status is due to his position near the bottom of the team's depth chart and the Buccaneers' overall health after their unexpected bye week last week.

Channing Ward
News
Ward (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against the Panthers.

Ward was promoted from the practice squad Thursday, but he'll ultimately stay on the sidelines Sunday. His last action came in Week 9 against Atlanta, although he saw just four total snaps.

Jacquizz Rodgers
News
Rodgers rushed 19 times for 67 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears.

Although he averaged just 3.5 yards per tote, Rodgers fulfilled his role as the lead back admirably, grinding out yardage against a tough Bears front seven while also notching a one-yard touchdown run midway through the second period. Due to the Bucs' opener having been postponed on account of Hurricane Irma, the suspended Doug Martin's return won't transpire until Week 5, affording Rodgers lead-back duties for two more games in tough matchups versus the Vikings and Giants. However, given his knowledge of head coach Dirk Koetter's offense and demonstrated ability to handle a significant workload, Rodgers carries solid fantasy potential on sheer projected volume alone for the time being.

Ali Marpet
News
Marpet (ankle) is opening the season at center, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Marpet missed the preseason opener due to an ankle injury, but his return in the second exhibition was impactful, as his presence seemed to open up holes for RB Doug Martin.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
News
Fitzpatrick completed seven of 11 passes for 55 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Saturday's 13-9 preseason loss to the Browns.

Jameis Winston played through the first series of the second half, leaving Fitzpatrick with a modest amount of playing time. The veteran was in a fairly heated battle with Ryan Griffin for the No. 2 quarterback job, but the latter's shoulder injury in the preseason opener against the Bengals essentially clinched the job for Fitzpatrick. Undrafted free agent Sefo Liufau should see the majority of snaps in Thursday's exhibition finale against the Redskins as per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, but Fitzpatrick may start the game and play at least one series.

Isaiah Johnson
No Updates
Russell Hansbrough
News
Hansbrough was waived by the Buccaneers on Saturday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Hansbrough simply wasn't good enough to earn his keeps among the Tampa Bay backfield this season. That isn't to say he's not good enough for other teams, however. It'll be interesting to see if he can attract other suitors following his departure from Tampa Bay.

Antony Auclair
News
Auclair (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 2 tilt versus the Bears, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

The towering tight end from Canada will take a seat in the Bucs' season opener, as the team boasts a crowded tight end depth chart helmed by the talented duo of Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard.

Joe Hawley
No Updates
Javien Elliott
News
Elliott is inactive due to coach's decision for Sunday's tilt against Chicago, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Elliott's inactive status is likely the result of Tampa Bay's unexpected bye week last week. He isn't expected to play much unless the team faces a rash of injuries that force him into action.

Ryan Russell
News
Russell was promoted to the Buccaneers' active roster on Saturday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Russell was promoted just in time for the team's game against the Bears on Sunday. He'll likely be at the bottom of the depth chart amongst Tampa Bay's six healthy defensive ends.

Jhajuan Seales
Injury
Hamstring - Injured Reserve
DaVonte Lambert
News
Lambert (wrist) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Lambert dislocated his wrist in Saturday's exhibition. He's unlikely to come off IR until season's end, barring an injury settlement.

Injury
Wrist - Injured Reserve
Robert McClain
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McClain signed with the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

McClain spent time with the Panthers and Chargers last season, playing in 14 games and recording 21 total tackles. It is unlikely that McClain will be able to return to his 2012-2014 form, during which he was a key part of the Falcons' defensive scheme, but he still should be able to provide Tampa Bay with, at the very least, depth at defensive back.

Freddie Martino
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Martino was waived by the Buccaneers on Saturday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Martino lost out to Bernard Reedy for the final job at wide receiver. If he clears waivers, Tampa Bay could stash him on its practice squad.

Justin Murray
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Murray was released Friday by the Broncos, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Murray was entering his second season in the NFL, but was seen as just a depth option for the Broncos at offensive tackle.

David Rivers
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Rivers (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Thursday.

Rivers had been waived Wednesday but subsequently cleared waivers and thus reverted to injured reserve. While he may seem like a long shot to be the Packers' lone activation from IR this season, keep in mind that fellow undrafted corner Makinton Dorleant (knee) was given that honor in 2016.

Bernard Reedy
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Reedy has made the Bucs' initial 53-man roster, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Reedy was consistent throughout all four exhibitions, totaling eight receptions for 72 yards and adding another 75 yards on kickoff and punt returns. This past summer marked the speedster's fourth training camp, although he's yet to see regular-season action. Reedy could handle both returner jobs to start the season and also presently slots in as the fifth receiver.

Brent Grimes
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Grimes (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Grimes has been limited in practice throughout this week but it seems as though he'll be able to play Sunday. If the veteran cornerback is unable to play Week 3, Ryan Smith is next up on the Buccaneers depth chart.

Injury
Shoulder - Limited Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 3 at Minnesota
Stevie Tu'ikolovatu
News
Tu'iklolovatu (knee) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Tu'iklolovatu damaged the MCL and meniscus in his right knee. Fortunately, he should be able to return in time for the 2018 campaign.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Gerald McCoy
News
McCoy (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

McCoy started out the week not practicing but worked up to a full participant Friday, so it looks as thought the team was just exercising some caution. The 29-year-old looks as though he will be ready to play against the Vikings on Sunday, which could be especially important with fellow defensive tackle Chris Baker (illness) listed as doubtful.

Injury
Ankle - Full Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 3 at Minnesota
Nick Folk
News
Folk connected on field goals of 42, 50 and 23 yards and made two of three extra-point attempts in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears.

The veteran kicker delivered as expected, providing a tangible reminder of why he quickly prevailed in the preseason kicking competition against Roberto Aguayo. Folk showed impressive leg on second-quarter 50-yarder and a missed extra-point attempt following Robert McClain's pick-six served as his only blemish on the day. Folk appears primed for plenty of scoring opportunities this season due to the Bucs' improved offense.

J.R. Sweezy
News
Sweezy, who'd received the last two practices off, returned for the final session of training camp Thursday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Sweezy was bestowed with a pair of veteran's days off Tuesday and Wednesday, but he returned to a full practice for the close of training camp Thursday. The veteran lineman successfully made it through camp after seeing his entire first season with the Bucs wiped out by spring 2016 back surgery.

Chris Conte
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Conte totaled seven tackles (six solo) and a pass defensed in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears.

Conte got his season off to a prolific start tackle-wise after having racked up 69 stops in 2016. The veteran safety is projected to see plenty of opportunities to rack up some solid IDP numbers again in the coming season while attempt to hold off the likes of rookie Justin Evans and fellow vet J.J. Wilcox for a starting role.

Cameron Brate
News
Brate logged two receptions (three targets) for 24 yards in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears.

With the Bucs comfortably ahead for a good portion of the contest, they were able to keep take their foot off the gas on offense in the second half. That led to a modest stat line for Brate, who tied three other teammates -- including position mate O.J. Howard -- with three targets. As he demonstrated on numerous occasions last season, Brate has earned the trust of QB Jameis Winston with his sure hands and route running, meaning he's still in line for an important role in the offense despite the talented Howard's presence.

Keith Tandy
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Tandy, a career backup who excelled in a starting opportunity late last season, is working as a first-team safety early in training camp, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "What we learned about Keith is that Keith is always ready," head coach Dirk Koetter said. "He does a great job with his preparation and he made plays. Keith is working with the first group right now and he's going to be a hard guy to get out of there."

Chris Conte's chest injury against the Seahawks in Week 12 last year opened the door for Tandy, who racked up 40 tackles (30 solo) over the last four contests of the season, along with four interceptions over the last five games overall. He's on the books for a bargain price of $840,000 this season, and given his aforementioned performance as a starter, the Bucs are giving him some extended run against the first-team offense to open camp. Tandy has proven capable against both the run and pass thus far, but it remains to be seen if he'll be able to hold off the challenge of 2017 second-round pick Justin Evans this preseason.

T.J. Ward
News
Ward is signing a one-year, $5 million contract with the Buccaneers, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.

Ward was a surprise cut by the Broncos on Saturday, coming off a 2016 campaign in which he had 87 tackles, three forced fumbles and an interception in 14 games. He's started each of his 95 career regular-season appearances and could step right in as a starter in Tampa Bay. Meanwhile, the Broncos have Justin Simmons listed as the starting strong safety on their first depth chart of the season.

 

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