Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Dirk Koetter
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense8th90.6 (26th)272.9 (4th)
Defense31st117.5 (23rd)260.6 (32nd)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
58Alexander, Kwon OLB6-12278/3/19944LSU
91Allen, Beau DT6-332711/14/19915Wisconsin
8Allen, Austin QB6-12098/21/1994RArkansas
9Anger, Bryan P6-320510/6/19887California
82Auclair, Antony TE6-62565/28/19932Laval (Canada)
83Bailey, Sergio WR6-01868/21/1994REastern Michigan
25Barber, Peyton RB5-112252/27/19943Auburn
73Bazata, Nathan DT6-12827/15/1994RIowa
51Beckwith, Kendell LB6-224312/2/19942LSU
77Benenoch, Caleb T6-53058/8/19943UCLA
59Bond, Devante LB6-12367/3/19933Oklahoma
64Boozer, Cole T6-52753/20/1994RTemple
84Brate, Cameron TE6-52457/3/19914Harvard
49Bullough, Riley LB6-222811/23/19931Michigan State
65Cappa, Alex G6-63051/27/1995RHumboldt State
7Catanzaro, Chandler K6-32002/26/19915Clemson
48Cichy, Jack LB6-22385/5/1996RWisconsin
94Clarke, Will DE6-62755/4/19915West Virginia
 Coleman, Amari CB5-1118810/9/1996RCentral Michigan
23Conte, Chris DB6-22032/23/19898California
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 DB6-01998/26/19952Texas A&M
13Evans, Mike WR6-52318/21/19935Texas A&M
41Ferris, Drew LS6-02303/7/19921Florida
14Fitzpatrick, Ryan QB6-222311/24/198214Harvard
68Gardner, Cole T6-630111/11/19932Eastern Michigan
72Gettis, Adam G6-331512/9/19884Iowa
92Gholston, William DE6-62817/31/19916Michigan State
12Godwin, Chris WR6-12092/27/19962Penn State
4Griffin, Ryan QB6-521011/17/19895Tulane
24Grimes, Brent DB5-101857/19/198312Shippensburg
28Hargreaves, Vernon CB5-102046/3/19953Florida
52Harris, Nigel LB6-222512/7/19942South Florida
72Harris, Demone DE6-427212/30/1995RBuffalo
 Harris, De'Vante CB5-111906/30/19933Texas A&M
70Holcomb, Ruben G6-430911/25/1994RIndianapolis
80Howard, O.J. TE6-625111/19/19942Alabama
88Hudson, Tanner TE6-523911/12/1994RSouthern Arkansas
10Humphries, Adam WR5-111956/24/19934Clemson
34Igwebuike, Godwin DB6-02129/10/1994RNorthwestern
11Jackson, DeSean WR5-1017512/1/198611California
66Jensen, Ryan G6-43195/27/19915Colorado State-Pueblo
81Jeter, Colin TE6-72545/23/19951LSU
46Johnson, Austin FB6-22406/16/19893Tennessee
39Johnson, Isaiah DB6-020910/14/19921South Carolina
22Jones, Ronald RB5-112088/3/1997RUSC
75Lambert, DaVonte DE6-22826/23/19943Auburn
19Lampman, Jake WR6-02056/11/19932Ferris State
22Liddell, Josh DB6-12112/15/1996RArkansas
67Liedtke, Michael G6-33051/15/19921Illinois State
43Lynch, Cameron LB6-02298/4/19934Syracuse
74Marpet, Ali G6-43074/17/19934Hobart
16Martino, Freddie WR6-01959/7/19913North Greenville
93McCoy, Gerald DT6-43002/25/19889Oklahoma
38Myers, Marko DB5-101859/5/1994RSoutheastern University
46Nzeocha, Eric LB6-32184/1/19931Wyoming
79O'Connor, Pat DE6-427011/1/19931Eastern Michigan
44Ogunbowale, Dare RB5-102055/4/19941Wisconsin
78Perrizo, Evan DE6-52755/26/1995RMinnesota State
89Philips, Ervin WR5-111791/18/1995RSyracuse
90Pierre-Paul, Jason DE6-52751/1/19899South Florida
78Price, Givens T6-431010/3/19941Nebraska
18Reedy, Bernard WR5-917512/31/19912Toledo
26Robinson, Josh DB5-102001/8/19917UCF
32Rodgers, Jacquizz RB5-62052/6/19908Oregon State
56Salmon, Shaheed LB6-22324/22/1996RSamford
60Seaton, Brad T6-832511/23/19931Villanova
34Sims, Charles RB6-02119/19/19905West Virginia
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
37Tandy, Keith DB5-102052/12/19897West Virginia
53Taylor, Adarius LB6-12309/21/19904Florida Atlantic
96Tu'ikolovatu, Stevie DT6-13206/28/19912USC
73Ugokwe, Jerry T6-73152/24/19941William & Mary
98Unrein, Mitch DT6-43013/25/19878Wyoming
50Vea, Vita DT6-43472/5/1995RWashington
 Ward, Channing DE6-42799/17/19922Ole Miss
17Watson, Justin WR6-32154/4/1995RPennsylvania
61Wester, Leonard T6-63051/3/19933Missouri Western State
31Whitehead, Jordan DB5-101983/18/1997RPittsburgh
38Wilson, Shaun RB5-918512/2/1995RDuke
85Wilson, Bobo WR5-91861/25/19951Florida State
3Winston, Jameis QB6-42311/6/19944Florida State
Injured Players
 Barnett, Deondre (IR) DE6-3239//RSouthern Illinois
86Ernsberger, Donnie (IR) TE6-223710/13/1996RWestern Michigan
30Fleming, Reese (IR) DB5-1120212/6/19931West Virginia
 
 
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Position Listing
Ryan Jensen
News
Jensen signed a four-year contract with the Buccaneers on Friday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Jensen started all 16 games for the Ravens in 2017 and was able to secure a lucrative contract with the Buccaneers. The 26-year-old should play a pivotal role on Tampa Bay's offensive line in 2018.

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 focused on getting his shoulders healthier and stronger this offseason and reports that he now feels "great." Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

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.

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.

Deondre Barnett
Injury
Kwon Alexander
News
Alexander posted 11 tackles (10 solo) in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Saints.

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.

Eric Nzeocha
No Updates
Marko Myers
No Updates
Jordan Whitehead
Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 1 at New Orleans
No Updates
Mitch Unrein
News
Unrein (knee) has agreed to terms on a contract with the Buccaneers, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 1 at New Orleans
Jameis Winston
News
Winston (suspension) entered the game on the Buccaneers' third possession in a 26-24 preseason win over the Dolphins on Thursday. He completed 11 of 13 passes for 102 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

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.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 4 at Chicago
Evan Perrizo
No Updates
Riley Bullough
No Updates
Colin Jeter
No Updates
Mike Evans
News
Evans secured both of his targets for 26 yards in the Buccaneers' 26-24 preseason win over the Dolphins on Thursday.

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.

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 (shoulder) is officially active for Monday's game against the Falcons, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Nigel Harris
News
The Buccaneers promoted Harris from their practice squad Wednesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Beau Allen
News
Allen has agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with the Buccaneers that could be worth up to $16.5 million, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

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.

Demone Harris
No Updates
Chandler Catanzaro
News
Catanzaro was converted field-goal attempts of 27 and 26 yards and misfired from 53 yards in the Buccaneers' 26-24 preseason win over the Dolphins on Thursday. He also made two of three extra-point attempts.

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.

Jason Pierre-Paul
News
The Giants agreed Thursday to trade Pierre-Paul and a 2018 fourth-round pick to the Buccaneers in exchange for third- and fourth-round picks in 2018, a source informed Adam Schefter of ESPN.

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.

Caleb Benenoch
News
Benenoch (knee) did not participate in Monday's practice due to an undisclosed injury, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 1 at New Orleans
Cole Gardner
News
Gardner did not participate in Monday's practice due to an undisclosed injury, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 at New Orleans
Shaun Wilson
News
Wilson did not participate in Saturday's practice due to an undisclosed injury, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports.

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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 at New Orleans
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.

Bobo Wilson
News
Wilson did not participate in Saturday's practice due to an undisclosed injury, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 at New Orleans
Leonard Wester
News
Wester (lower leg) did not participate in practice Monday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Injury
Lower Leg - Questionable for Week 1 at New Orleans
Godwin Igwebuike
No Updates
DeSean Jackson
News
Jackson secured his only target for 18 yards in the Buccaneers' 26-24 preseason win over the Dolphins on Thursday.

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.

Vernon Hargreaves
News
Hargreaves (groin) is expected to be sidelined 2-to-3 weeks.

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.

Injury
Groin - Questionable for Week 1 at New Orleans
Bryan Anger
No Updates
Adam Gettis
News
Gettis signed a one-year contract with the Buccaneers on Monday.

Gettis joined Tampa Bay in December but did not see the field in his two games with the team. The 29-year-old is likely to serve as a reserve interior offensive lineman if he is able to crack the Buccaneers' 53-man roster in 2018.

Kendell Beckwith
News
Beckwith (ankle) will begin camp on the Non-Football Injury list, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

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.

Injury
Ankle - Out for Week 1 at New Orleans
O.J. Howard
News
Howard played 13 snaps in the Buccaneers' 26-24 preseason win over the Dolphins on Thursday but was not targeted.

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.

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.

Injury
Lower Leg - Questionable for Week 1 at New Orleans
Evan Smith
News
Smith signed a two-year contract with the Buccaneers on Friday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

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.

Ronald Jones
News
Peyton Barber seems to have an early edge over Jones, Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times reports. "Peyton is our starter," Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said Monday. "We're definitely going to use Ronald Jones and take advantage of what he's going to do. We do have the two veteran backs behind him. Again, we've got three more preseason games. Let's just let it sort out a little more."

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.

Josh Robinson
News
The Buccaneers exercised their team option for 2018 on Robinson's contract Wednesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Donnie Ernsberger
News
Ernsberger (undisclosed) cleared waivers and reverted to injured reserve Sunday, according to the league's official transaction log.

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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Vita Vea
News
Vea was seen without a boot Monday, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

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.

Injury
Calf - Questionable for Week 1 at New Orleans
Austin Johnson
News
The Buccaneers signed Johnson to a reserve/future contract Monday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

William Gholston
News
Gholston recorded 36 tackles over 14 games in 2017.

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.

Austin Allen
No Updates
M.J. Stewart
News
Stewart has made several impressive plays in both pass coverage and against the run over the first few practices of camp, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

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.

Demar Dotson
News
Dotson underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee but is expected to be back for training camp, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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.

Injury
Knee - Meniscus - Questionable for Week 1 at New Orleans
Adam Humphries
News
Humphries, who signed his restricted second-round tender April 16, could see competition from 2018 fifth-round selection Justin Watson.

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).

Vinny Curry
News
Curry is set to sign with the Bucs, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Chris Godwin
News
Godwin corralled two of three targets for 17 yards in the Buccaneers' 26-24 preseason win over the Dolphins on Thursday.

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.

Peyton Barber
News
Barber has an early edge for the starting job over Ronald Jones, Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times reports. "Peyton is our starter," Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said Monday. "We're definitely going to use Ronald Jones and take advantage of what he's going to do. We do have the two veteran backs behind him. Again, we've got three more preseason games. Let's just let it sort out a little more."

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.

Carlton Davis
News
Davis didn't practice Tuesday due to an ankle injury, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for Week 1 at New Orleans
Alex Cappa
No Updates
Ryan Griffin
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Griffin completed 20 of 26 passes for 179 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 26-24 preseason victory over the Dolphins on Thursday. He also lost a yard on his sole rush.

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.

Ryan Smith
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Smith was credited with seven tackles (five solo), an interception and a forced fumble in the Buccaneers' 26-24 preseason win over the Dolphins on Thursday.

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).

Devante Bond
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Bond did not participate in Monday's practice due to an undisclosed injury, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 at New Orleans
Charles Sims
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Sims will need to compete for a roster spot with the Buccaneers during training camp, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Tanner Hudson
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Will Clarke
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Clarke re-signed with the Buccaneers on Thursday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Clarke spent his first season in Tampa Bay as a rotational defensive lineman, accumulating 15 tackles (12 solo) and 2.5 sacks in 15 games.

Channing Ward
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Ward (knee) was placed on the reserve Non-Football Injury list after clearing waivers, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Ervin Philips
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Jacquizz Rodgers
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Rodgers is part of a Tampa Bay backfield that added Ronald Jones with the 38th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, NFL.com's Herbie Teope reports.

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.

Ruben Holcomb
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Ali Marpet
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Marpet (knee) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 1 at New Orleans
Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Fitzpatrick completed six of eight passes for 55 yards and added two rushes for 11 yards in the Buccaneers' 26-24 preseason win over the Dolphins on Thursday.

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.

Dare Ogunbowale
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Ogunbowale was waived by the Redskins on Tuesday.

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.

Isaiah Johnson
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Johnson was promoted to the Rams' 53-man roster Friday.

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.

Antony Auclair
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Auclair brought in both of his targets for 25 yards over eight games in his rookie 2017 season.

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.

Jake Lampman
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The Buccaneers signed Lampman to a reserve/future contract Monday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Javien Elliott
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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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 at New Orleans
Cole Boozer
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DaVonte Lambert
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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 - Questionable for Week 1 at New Orleans
De'Vante Harris
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Harris was claimed off waivers by the Buccaneers on Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

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.

Freddie Martino
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Martino (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Monday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 at New Orleans
Amari Coleman
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Coleman signed a contract with the Buccaneers on Friday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Justin Watson
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Watson brought in all three of his targets for 30 yards in the Buccaneers' 26-24 preseason win over the Dolphins on Thursday, but he also lost a fumble.

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.

Nathan Bazata
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Givens Price
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Jerry Ugokwe
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Ugokwe signed a contract with the Buccaneers on Wednesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

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).

Bernard Reedy
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Reedy, who secured his only target for five yards and returned one punt for 12 yards in the Buccaneers' 26-24 preseason win over the Dolphins on Thursday, made a pair of impressive grabs in Saturday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.

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.

Brent Grimes
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Grimes played tight coverage and swatted away numerous passes during one-on-one drills in Tuesday's practice, his second consecutive impressive session, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.

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.

Reese Fleming
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Fleming was signed to the Buccaneers' practice squad Tuesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Stevie Tu'ikolovatu
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Tu'ikolovatu (knee) will battle for a roster spot now that he's healthy, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Gerald McCoy
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McCoy collected three tackles (two solo) in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Saints.

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.

Shaheed Salmon
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Drew Ferris
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Josh Liddell
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Chris Conte
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Conte intercepted a pass intended for DeSean Jackson in Thursday's "mock game" and recorded a pick during Wednesday's practice as well, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.

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.

Cameron Brate
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Brate brought in all five of his targets for 48 yards in the Buccaneers' 26-24 preseason win over the Dolphins on Thursday.

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.

Brad Seaton
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Sergio Bailey
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Keith Tandy
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Tandy re-signed with the Buccaneers on a two-year contract Wednesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Jack Cichy
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Cichy (knee) practiced in pads and without his knee brace for the first time Wednesday, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.

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.