|Offense||18th||101.0 (24th)||245.4 (16th)|
|Defense||23rd||117.2 (22nd)||250.8 (22nd)|
|38||Adjei-Barimah, Jude||CB||5-11||200||7/21/1992||3||Bowling Green|
|82||Auclair, Antony||TE||6-6||256||5/28/1993||R||Laval University|
|44||Brown, Richie||LB||6-2||234||4/15/1994||R||Mississippi State|
|49||Bullough, Riley||LB||6-2||228||11/23/1993||R||Michigan State|
|69||Dotson, Demar||T||6-9||315||10/11/1985||9||Southern Mississippi|
|35||Elliott, Javien||DB||5-11||176||7/18/1993||2||Florida State|
|21||Evans, Justin||SAF||6-0||199||8/26/1995||R||Texas A&M|
|13||Evans, Mike||WR||6-5||231||8/21/1993||4||Texas A&M|
|30||Fleming, Maurice||DB||5-11||202||12/6/1993||R||West Virginia|
|72||Gardner, Cole||T||6-6||301||11/11/1993||R||Eastern Michigan|
|92||Gholston, William||DE||6-6||281||7/31/1991||5||Michigan State|
|53||Glanton, Adarius||OLB||6-1||230||9/21/1990||4||Florida Atlantic|
|12||Godwin, Chris||WR||6-1||209||2/27/1996||R||Penn State|
|60||Harrison, Jarvis||G||6-4||330||12/25/1991||2||Texas A&M|
|89||Hill, Shaq||WR||5-10||191||5/12/1993||R||Eastern Washington|
|39||Johnson, Isaiah||DB||6-0||209||10/14/1992||1||South Carolina|
|50||Knox, Jeff||LB||6-2||225||2/22/1992||1||California (PA)|
|70||Liedtke, Michael||G||6-3||305||1/15/1992||1||Illinois State|
|22||Martin, Doug||RB||5-9||223||1/13/1989||6||Boise State|
|16||Martino, Freddie||WR||6-0||195||9/7/1991||2||North Greenville|
|33||McNichols, Jeremy||RB||5-9||214||12/26/1995||R||Boise State|
|41||Moxey, Jonathan||CB||5-10||188||1/4/1995||R||Boise State|
|31||Riggs, Cody||CB||5-9||187||12/28/1991||3||Notre Dame|
|32||Rodgers, Jacquizz||RB||5-6||205||2/6/1990||7||Oregon State|
|65||Sanborn, Garrison||LS||6-1||240||7/31/1985||9||Florida State|
|34||Sims, Charles||RB||6-0||211||9/19/1990||4||West Virginia|
|76||Smith, Donovan||T||6-6||338||6/23/1993||3||Penn State|
|62||Smith, Evan||G||6-2||308||7/19/1986||8||Idaho State|
|29||Smith, Ryan||CB||5-11||189||9/7/1993||2||North Carolina Central|
|57||Spence, Noah||DE||6-2||251||1/8/1994||2||Eastern Kentucky|
|73||Sweezy, J.R.||G||6-5||298||4/8/1989||6||NC State|
|37||Tandy, Keith||SS||5-10||205||2/12/1989||6||West Virginia|
|97||Tu'ikolovatu, Stevie||NT||6-1||320||6/28/1991||R||Southern California|
|87||Walker, Derel||WR||6-1||188||6/29/1991||1||Texas A&M|
|71||Ward, Channing||DT||6-4||279||9/17/1992||2||Ole Miss|
|66||Wester, Leonard||T||6-6||305||1/3/1993||2||Missouri Western State|
|27||Wilcox, J.J.||DB||6-0||212||2/14/1991||5||Georgia Southern|
|85||Wilson, Bobo||WR||5-9||186||1/25/1995||R||Florida State|
|3||Winston, Jameis||QB||6-4||231||1/6/1994||3||Florida State|
|Barnett, Deondre (IR)||DE||6-3||239||//||R||Southern Illinois|
|Magloire, Paul (IR)||DB||6-1||210||12/16/1992||R||Arizona|
|Panfil, Evan (IR)||DE||6-4||240||3/31/1995||R||Purdue|
|83||Seales, Jhajuan (IR)||WR||6-1||205||11/26/1993||R||Oklahoma State|
|Sperbeck, Thomas (IR)||WR||6-0||180||10/21/1994||R||Boise State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Spence had a serviceable rookie season, notching 22 tackles (16 solo), 5.5 sacks, two passes defensed and three forced fumbles. However, he also separated his shoulder and suffered a full labrum tear in Week 4, which required him to wear a harness the rest of the season. Spence then reseparated the shoulder in the season finale against the Panthers, ultimately leading to offseason surgery. Spence is expected to be completely healthy for his second campaign and has already shed eight-to-10 pounds off his playing weight of 251 last season. That's been accompanied by an approximate five-percent reduction in body fat, which should render Spence an even more effective pass-rushing threat in the coming season.
Surgery is expected to sideline Adjei-Barimah around four months. While it's possible his season isn't over yet, the injured reserve list remains a real possibility.
The standout linebacker has had his hands full with the pass-coverage assignments he's drawn, but he's responded in typically impressive fashion. David has blanketed the talented trio of Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard and Charles Sims (among others) at various points in camp, appearing to be more comfortable overall in his second year in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme.
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.
With projected starting strongside linebacker Devante Bond sidelined with a leg injury during the first two days of joint practices versus the Jaguars, both rookie Kendell Beckwith and now Lynch have had the opportunity to run with the starters. The 24-year-old Lynch appeared in 12 games for the Bucs last season, logging three tackles (two solo) over just nine snaps on defense. However, he saw plenty of time on special teams, logging 214 snaps on various coverage and return units. While Beckwith's pedigree, measurables and performance thus far would likely give him the edge to beat out Bond, the Bucs apparently want to see what Lynch -- who enjoyed a productive career at Syracuse -- can do against top competition.
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.
The second-year middle linebacker thus wraps up his sophomore pro campaign with consecutive 10-tackle efforts, and a whopping 41 stops overall in the last three games thanks to his 21-tackle explosion in Week 15 versus the Cowboys. After seeing a PED suspension wipe out the final four games of what was an otherwise stellar rookie season in 2015, Alexander bounced back to excel in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's attacking scheme, compiling 145 tackles, matching last season's three-sack total, and also notching a forced fumble, fumble recovery and interception apiece.
As planned, Winston and the rest of the starters saw limited action, but the third-year signal caller put the ball in the air plenty. He helmed an impressive opening 92-yard drive, connecting with top target Mike Evans for 29 yards down the right sideline on one play and also showing impressive rapport with TE Cameron Brate. Winston was in for only one additional series, an eight-play drive in which he managed to officially connect with prize free-agent acquisition DeSean Jackson for the first time. Overall, it would have been difficult to author a better start for Winston and the first-team offense, and they'll look to build on the performance in next Thursday's exhibition tilt versus the Jaguars.
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.
The promising rookie didn't get a chance for much action after Doug Martin, Charles Sims, Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber combined for 19 rushes ahead of him. However, he did gain all but one of his yards on an impressive 11-yard run in the fourth quarter, and is likely to see a bump up in reps during next Thursday's clash against the Jaguars.
The towering receiver was dominant in essentially every aspect of the session, making a one-handed touchdown catch over Tyler Patmon in one-on-one drills. Evans repeated the feat against cornerback Dwayne Thomas in another individual battle and also kicked off team drills with back-to-back receptions later in the session. Considering he also turned in an impressive performance in the preseason opener against the Bengals last Friday, Evans looks primed for yet another prolific campaign.
Cross ultimately could be kept on the roster as a hybrid fullback/tight end, a role that he filled at times last season with reasonable efficacy. The second-year man has displayed consistently good hands and proven to be a solid blocker throughout camp, with his ability to potentially fill both positions upping his odds of making the final roster.
Barnes, who measures 6-foot-4 and 282 pounds, will provide depth on the defensive line as the Bucs look to bolster their run defense. He played in 12 games with the Saints as a rookie in 2015 but spent his 2016 campaign on IR after being signed by the Seahawks.
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.
Dye, who's been hampered by an ankle injury this past week, had an MRI over the weekend, which revealed no structural damage. However, this is the same ankle he underwent surgery on last December, so the Bucs will likely proceed with caution until they're certain he's ready to go again.
Sims joined the Buccaneers practice squad a week ago and will now have an opportunity to spend the offseason with the team. However, the former Alabama quarterback signed with the team as a running back so he'll compete for a spot in the team's backfield over the next several months.
Koetter added that Smith is already doing some minor rehab and that he's attended defensive-line meetings as well. There is no timetable for Smith's return, although initial estimates suggested he would be back at some point in preseason.
Wilson went undrafted last April after compiling 133 receptions for 1,562 yards and eight touchdowns over 38 games at Florida State. While his 5-foot-9, 189-pound frame is slight, the rookie has shown impressive speed in early practices and has received accolades for his route running. Saturday, he hauled in an impressive toe-tapping touchdown in the back of the end zone during one-one drills and also came close to bringing in a spectacular one-handed pass later in the session. Wilson also utilized his speed to turn the corner on an end-around in red-zone work and projects as one of the more intriguing receiver candidates to monitor in upcoming preseason games.
Martin is expected to see a solid amount of work in the first three preseason games, considering he'll then have to sit out for the first three weeks of the regular season while he completes his PED suspension. Accordingly, the two-time Pro Bowler carried the ball on four of the Bucs' first eight plays as part of an impressive 92-yard opening drive. Martin gave way to Jacquizz Rodgers for the second series, but despite limited action and just a 2.8 yards per carry average, he looked decisive and effective on his runs. He'll look to continue building on Friday's effort versus the Jaguars next Thursday.
It is unclear when Jackson sustained the injury, but his status for Thursday's exhibition game versus the Jaguars is certainly up in the air. Expect the Buccaneers to be cautious with the veteran in order to ensure his health as the regular season approaches. He still projects to line up opposite Mike Evans in Week 1.
The second-year corner was implored to play more aggressively this coming season by head coach Dirk Koetter earlier this spring, and Hargreaves had taken that to heart through the first two weeks of camp. That encouragingly carried over into the first preseason contest as well, with Hargreaves impressively undercutting an attempted out to A.J. Green in the right side of the end zone and securing the interception. After having been the league's most targeted cornerback last season, Hargreaves should be much more of a productive IDP asset in the coming season with a year of taking lumps under his belt.
Head coach Dirk Koetter has noted that he will give some of his veterans the occasional day off during camp so as to preserve them for the regular season. Ayers was one such case Friday, with the defensive end taking a breather after having been a disruptive force in the first few practices.
The Buccaneers haven't offered an official comment regarding Baker's injury, but he was spotted icing his right knee on the sideline Monday, so that's presumably the reason behind his absence. Assuming the injury doesn't limit him too much during camp, Baker should open his first season in Tampa Bay in a starting role at defensive tackle after accruing 9.5 sacks over his past two campaigns with the Redskins.
The rookie also made an impression in last week's preseason opener against the Bengals, and with starter Devante Bond now sidelined with a leg injury, Beckwith has a golden opportunity to potentially vault ahead of his teammate for the starting strong-side linebacker job. Beckwith recorded an interception early in the session and tipped another pass, which ended up being intercepted by Jonathan Moxey. If Beckwith continues to flash ball-hawking skills in practices and preseason contests, the combination of his stout build (6-foot-3, 247 pounds) and sideline-to-sideline speed could prove too much to keep him off the field.
The 2017 first-round pick saw fellow tight end Cameron Brate haul in two passes for 27 yards, but he couldn't make a mark on the stat sheet in his own right. Despite the disappointing outcome Friday, Howard has already abundantly displayed his impressive all-around skill set during camp practices, so it's just a matter of time before that translates to the field. That could occur as soon as next Thursday, when Howard will likely see extended reps against the Jaguars in the Bucs' second preseason tilt.
The 26-year-old has tallied 25 tackles (19 solo) over 26 NFL games, with 16 of those contests coming with the Bucs in 2016. Glanton's primary value came on special teams last season, when he logged 308 of the 332 total snaps he played last season.
The undrafted rookie out of Purdue had worked with the team in OTAs and minicamp. Panfil's release was a corresponding move following the signing of former Giants and Vikings defensive end Justin Trattou on Thursday.
Robinson served as a key member of Tampa Bay's special teams corps last season after spending the first four seasons of his pro career in Minnesota. He'll likely reprise that role in 2017 and will add depth at safety for the Buccaneers.
The speedy third-year man looked good on his one runback but couldn't make much of an impact in the passing game. Huff, Freddie Martino and Bernard Reedy -- the latter two notably having prior experience with head coach Dirk Koetter in Atlanta -- are in a battle for the fifth receiver and kick returner jobs. Reedy was the most accomplished of that trio Friday, but Huff's big-play upside figure to continue affording him plenty of reps in practice and preseason contests.
Johnson's spot on the active roster was made possible the placement of Charles Sims (pectoral) on IR. Johnson figures to serve as a blocker out of the backfield during Sunday's regular season finale against the Panthers.
Gholston's deal is reportedly worth a maximum of $37 million and includes $13.7 million in guarantees. The 25-year-old missed two games due to a dislocated elbow this past season, but he still finished with 49 tackles, including nine for loss and three sacks, from his run-stuffing end role. Considering only Gerald McCoy played more snaps than Gholston among Tampa Bay's defensive linemen, retaining the two-year starter ensures stability is kept going into next season, which Gholston has already been medically cleared for, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports.
Wilcox has primarily been working with the second team and as a nickel corner in practices, but the move to the first team Monday produced impressive results. The free-agent acquisition was effective working against first-round pick O.J. Howard, wresting the ball out of Howard's grip after he had made a tough reception. Additionally, Wilcox made a diving interception of a Ryan Griffin pass while shadowing Howard down the middle of the field on another play. The battle for the two starting safety spots between Conte, Wilcox, Keith Tandy and second-round pick Justin Evans figures to be a spirited one that could endure deep into preseason. Per Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site both Wilcox and Evans will be rotating in with either Conte or Tandy throughout the week.
The third-year wideout continues to impress despite formidable competition from 2017 third-rounder Chris Godwin, who seems to turn in a strong practice each day himself. Humphries flashed some sneaky downfield speed in his sophomore 2016 campaign, bringing in seven receptions of 20-plus yards, including two over 40. He's already hauled in multiple deep balls in camp, and Humphries could certainly benefit from plenty of one-on-one coverage this coming season, considering the talent of the rest of the receiving corps.
The Penn State product notched his catch on a throw over the middle from Ryan Griffin in the waning moments of the third quarter. Godwin has been impressive throughout the entirety of camp and demonstrated the maturity and confidence of a more experienced player. Therefore, while he'll have an uphill battle for targets in a talented receiving corps, he's expected to also see plenty of one-on-one coverage during his rookie campaign because of the dynamic personnel around him.
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.
The 2016 undrafted free agent had been expected to see plenty of work Friday night, and that prognostication proved to be accurate. Barber's carry total led the Tampa backfield, and he notably entered the game alongside Charles Sims after Doug Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers had gotten their work in for the evening. Despite a solid showing in a rookie season during which he beat the odds to even make the active roster -- and the fact the Bucs will be without Doug Martin (suspension) for the first three weeks of the regular season -- Barber will need to prove his worth as both a runner and special teamer to stick for the duration of a second consecutive campaign.
Fortunately, Griffin won't require surgery. However, his absence opens the door for Ryan Fitzpatrick to solidify himself as the backup to Jameis Winston, with Sefo Liufau set to operate as the No. 3 signal caller for the remainder of the preseason.
The second-year defensive back was projected to see plenty of time Friday with Brent Grimes (lower leg) sitting out, and that indeed proved to be the case. Smith started the contest with the first-team defense, pushing Bengals running back Jeremy Hill out of bounds on Cincinnati's first play from scrimmage and compiling four more stops. Smith is also in contention for a kick returner spot, a role that, if combined with a possible nickel corner job, could give him some fantasy value in deep formats that factor in return yards.
The specifics of Bond's situation aren't certain. In his absence, Kendell Beckwith will take over as the first-team SAM linebacker, according to Scott Smith of the Bucs' official site.
Sims got work in behind Doug Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers, ripping off back-to-back gains of 13 and eight yards on a late second-quarter drive. The versatile fourth-year back ceded work to the likes of Peyton Barber and Jeremy McNichols after that point, but his effort during limited time mirrored the caliber of performances Sims has typically turned in thus far in camp. He'll look to see more touches in next Thursday's tilt versus the Jaguars.
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.
Rodgers took over for Doug Martin after the opening possession and ended up matching the latter's carries and yards. He also had modest involvement in the passing game before exiting and looked as solid as he has during camp practices overall. While the Bucs have publicly stated they're likely to go with a committee approach during the season's first three weeks while Martin finishes out his suspension, Rodgers' skill set likely lends itself to garnering the most carries in that type of scenario.
This injury isn't expected to be serious, and head coach Dirk Koetter said it would only be a "day or so" before Marpet could return.
Fitzpatrick entered the contest as the second quarterback, taking over for starter Jameis Winston on the third series. While he was generally lackluster through the air, the veteran used his legs to scamper into the end zone from six yards out with 2:51 remaining in the first half. Despite the generally tepid effort, the 34-year-old signal caller is undeniably in a position to benefit from the shoulder injury that fellow backup Ryan Griffin suffered in Friday's contest, and accordingly, he re-entered the game following the latter's exit.
Hansbrough exited Friday's preseason opener to be evaluated for a concussion and those suspicions were evidently confirmed after further testing. The undrafted rookie out of Missouri is looking doubtful to play in Thursday's exhibition game against the Jaguars.
The Canadian import has been making waves throughout the offseason, but with the top of the Bucs' tight end depth chart stocked with a pair of superior options in O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, he's largely gone under the radar. However, Auclair wasn't targeted in the preseason opener last Friday versus the Bengals, but he caught an impressive touchdown during team drills Monday versus Jacksonville, streaking down the right sideline after bringing in a pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick. The 6-foot-6 target has a chance to snag the third tight end role if he can translate the intermittent success he's enjoyed over to the remaining preseason contests.
The tight end has spent the last two seasons on the Buccaneers' practice squad and will now spend the offseason with the team in the hopes of making the 53-man roster next season.
The FSU product has been working as the No. 3 corner in the majority of practices thus far and has flashed in nearly every session. Thursday's may have been his most impressive, however, as Elliott recorded at least three passes defensed and often provided blanket coverage against Adam Humphries in team drills. The 24-year-old spent time on the practice squad last season and also logged six games with the Bucs, posting 10 tackles (eight solo) and one pass defensed.
The CFL transplant hadn't really flashed much during the first several practices, but he made his presence felt Monday. Walker caught back-to-back passes during the drill, helping the second team get into field-goal range. He also shined in one-on-one drills, making an impressive catch over cornerback Johnathan Moxey. The 26-year-old Walker offers no shortage of big-play upside, having racked up 198 receptions for 2,699 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Edmonton Eskimos over 30 games across the last two seasons in the CFL.
The Pro Bowl linebacker apparently sustained a minor shoulder ailment at some point during Week 1, but he was still on the field for all 65 defensive snaps against the Falcons. Given his full particpation Wednesday, David doesn't appear to be in any danger of missing the Week 2 tilt against the Cardinals.
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.
Martino was tendered back on Feb. 28 but officially signed his deal Monday. The 25-year-old speedster notched the first eight receptions of his career in 2016 and averaged an impressive 17.8 yards per grab in the process. With Russell Shepard now in Carolina, Martino could potentially carve out a role as a downfield threat, although there should be plenty of competition for the last 2-to-3 receiver spots in training camp and the preseason.
Reedy was given an abundance of opportunity to advance his candidacy for multiple roles during the contest and delivered in each instance. The speedy Toledo product spent time on both the practice squad and active roster last season, although he didn't log any stats. Reedy is in competition for both the fifth receiver and returner roles with the likes of Josh Huff, a battle that's likely to endure through the final preseason game.
Grimes' laceration on his leg, which he sustained in last Wednesday's practice when he got tangled up with a receiver, ultimately required 20 stitches to close. The veteran corner is still in the midst of healing, so it's difficult to ascertain when he'll be able to return to the field. It's conceivable the Bucs could opt to hold Grimes out of the remaining three exhibitions and simply let practices serve as his main source of preparation for the regular season.
After a round of tryouts with other kickers to replace the departed Roberto Aguayo, Hocker evidently came out on top and will provide the Bucs with an extra leg for the preseason. However, he likely faces long odds of uprooting Nick Folk prior to Week 1.
Head coach Dirk Koetter has commented that McCoy has been virtually unblockable at times during camp, and Saturday was yet another example of the disruptive presence he's been in virtually each practice. The Pro Bowl defensive tackle recorded two consecutive tackles for loss during team drills at the start of practice and also blew up an attempted screen play near the end of the session, stopping it for a loss. McCoy tallied seven sacks over 15 games in his first season in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme in 2016, so he could be even more productive this coming season with a year of experience under his belt.
The veteran missed on an attempt on the set of narrower goal posts that the Bucs have in camp, clanging it off the left upright. He also misfired while using the regulation goal posts, although if there was one saving grace for Folk, it was that his competition for kicking duties, Roberto Aguayo, seemed to have an equally poor performance. The rough session from both kickers prompted coach Dirk Koetter to emphasize with reporters that attempts under 50 yards should be virtually automatic for NFL kickers, while also remarking that he hopes to be able to declare a winner in the competition before the final roster cutdown. The battle between Folk and Aguayo will ultimately play out over preseason action, with the one concern being whether there will be sufficient field-goal opportunities for both players to stake their claim to the gig.
Johnson played in 11 games for Tampa Bay last year, recording 23 tackles in two forced fumbles while seeing the field for 39.4 percent of the teams defensive snaps. It's unclear what exactly his hip injury is at this point, but it was enough for the team to officially end his season just a day after the injury. With him out, look for Cliff Matthews and Jacquies Smith to see some extra reps with the second unit.
The veteran lineman worked at right guard alongside Donovan Smith, Demar Dotson, Ali Marpet and Kevin Pamphile. Sweezy started 49 of 59 games with the Seahawks over the first four seasons of his career and played in two Super Bowls, so he brings plenty of experience to a young Bucs offensive line.
Huff will likely have to prove himself worthy if he plans on sticking around for the long term, but it's something he's certainly capable of doing. Entering his fourth season with a third team, the 25-year-old comes into 2017 having recorded 36 tackles across 41 career games. His experience could factor into his fate with the team, but it won't be the only thing that impacts whether or not he'll stick around.
Conte has been the Buccaneers' starting safety for the past two seasons, and he likely will be once again in 2017. He had 69 tackles and five passes defensed, including two interceptions and one touchdown while playing in 14 games in 2016.
Brate made both of his catches on back-to-back passing plays on the team's opening possession, bringing in an impressive 19-yard reception after initially logging an eight-yard grab. Due to the arrival of gifted first-round pick O.J. Howard, the third-year tight end is expected to see a reduction in the 81 targets he logged in 2016, but he outperformed the rookie in the preseason opener. He'll look to build on Friday's effort when the Bucs tangle with the Jaguars next Thursday.
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.