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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58Alexander, Kwon MLB6-12278/3/19943LSU
9Anger, Bryan P6-320510/6/19886California
82Auclair, Antony TE6-52565/28/1993RLaval (Canada)
91Ayers, Robert DE6-32759/6/19859Tennessee
90Baker, Chris DT6-232010/8/19876Hampton
25Barber, Peyton RB5-112252/27/19942Auburn
51Beckwith, Kendell MLB6-224312/2/1994RLSU
77Benenoch, Caleb G6-53058/8/19942UCLA
59Bond, Devante OLB6-12367/3/19932Oklahoma
84Brate, Cameron TE6-52457/3/19913Harvard
49Bullough, Riley LB6-222811/23/1993RMichigan State
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
35Elliott, Javien DB5-111767/18/19932Florida State
13Evans, Mike WR6-52318/21/19934Texas A&M
14Fitzpatrick, Ryan QB6-222311/24/198213Harvard
72Gettis, Adam G6-331512/9/19885Iowa
92Gholston, William DE6-62817/31/19915Michigan State
12Godwin, Chris WR6-12092/27/1996RPenn State
4Griffin, Ryan QB6-521011/17/19894Tulane
24Grimes, Brent CB5-101857/19/198311Shippensburg
52Harris, Nigel MLB6-023012/7/1994RSouth Florida
68Hawley, Joe C6-330210/22/19888UNLV
10Humphries, Adam WR5-111956/24/19933Clemson
11Jackson, DeSean WR5-1017512/1/198610California
39Johnson, Isaiah DB6-020910/14/19921South Carolina
67Liedtke, Michael G6-33051/15/19921Illinois State
22Martin, Doug RB5-92231/13/19896Boise State
16Martino, Freddie WR6-01959/7/19912North Greenville
36McClain, Robert DB5-91957/22/19886Connecticut
93McCoy, Gerald DT6-43002/25/19888Oklahoma
98McDonald, Clinton DT6-22971/6/19878Memphis
7Murray, Patrick K5-71826/22/19914Fordham
79O'Connor, Pat DE6-427011/1/1993REastern Michigan
64Pamphile, Kevin G6-531011/27/19904Purdue
27Rivers, David CB6-01857/23/1994RYoungstown State
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
62Smith, Evan G6-23087/19/19868Idaho State
29Smith, Ryan CB5-111899/7/19932North Carolina Central
37Tandy, Keith SS5-102052/12/19896West Virginia
71Ward, Channing DE6-42799/17/19922Ole Miss
43Ward, T.J. DB5-1020012/12/19868Oregon
66Wester, Leonard T6-63051/3/19932Missouri Western State
85Wilson, Bobo WR5-91861/25/1995RFlorida 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
69Dotson, Demar (IR) T6-931510/11/19859Southern Mississippi
21Evans, Justin (IR) SS6-01998/26/1995RTexas A&M
2Folk, Nick (IR) K6-122211/5/198411Arizona
72Gardner, Cole (IR) T6-630111/11/1993REastern Michigan
53Glanton, Adarius (IR) OLB6-12309/21/19903Florida Atlantic
28Hargreaves, Vernon (IR) CB5-102046/3/19952Florida
80Howard, O.J. (IR) TE6-625111/19/1994RAlabama
75Lambert, DaVonte (IR) DE6-22826/23/19942Auburn
74Marpet, Ali (IR) C6-43074/17/19933Hobart
57Spence, Noah (IR) DE6-22511/8/19942Eastern Kentucky
 Sperbeck, Thomas (IR) WR6-018010/21/1994RBoise State
73Sweezy, J.R. (IR) G6-52984/8/19895NC State
72Trattou, Justin (IR) DE6-42588/28/19886Florida
97Tu'ikolovatu, Stevie (IR) NT6-13206/28/1991RSouthern California
Practice Squad
 Bailey, Sterling DE6-32969/13/19921Georgia
 Fleming, Reese DB5-1120212/6/1993RWest Virginia
 Gamble, Patrick DT6-52772/2/1994RGeorgia Tech
 Johnson, Austin FB6-22406/16/19893Tennessee
 Lampman, Jake WR6-02056/11/19932Ferris State
 Lucien, Devin WR6-22006/26/19931Arizona State
46Nzeocha, Eric LB6-32184/1/1993RWyoming
 Price, Givens T6-431010/3/19941Nebraska
 Riggs, Cody CB5-918712/28/19913Notre Dame
 Seaton, Brad T6-832511/23/1993RVillanova
 Young, Avery T6-530511/12/19921Auburn
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Position Listing
Noah Spence
Spence's season-ending shoulder injury has been described by head coach Dirk Koetter as "long term," Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

In the same report, however, Laine relays that the Buccaneers are hopeful that the surgery Spence underwent in Colorado after being placed on season-ending injured reserve has corrected the problem. The second-year defensive end dislocated his shoulder a total of four times over a span of 12 months, with the first instance having come in Week 4 of his rookie 2016 campaign against the Broncos. Spence also underwent surgery on the shoulder last Jan. 11 to repair what was at the time a fully torn labrum suffered against the Panthers in the 2016 season finale. A first-round talent that slipped in the draft due to off-the-field concerns, Spence has flashed his pass-rushing acumen over his first 22 career games despite often playing hurt and in a part-time role, collecting 6.5 sacks. He'll look to be ready for the start of OTAs, with further updates on his condition expected as that time draws near.

Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Jude Adjei-Barimah
Adjei-Barimah (knee) will undergo surgery Sunday, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports.

Surgery is expected to sideline Adjei-Barimah four about four months. While it's possible his season isn't over yet, the injured reserve list remains a real possibility.

Knee - Injured Reserve
Lavonte David
David tallied six tackles (five solo) -- including one for loss -- in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Saints.

The six-year veteran finished the 2017 campaign with at least six tackles in his last eight contests, a welcome sight after he'd posted an atypical three stops apiece in two of the three games prior to the onset of that stretch. David was considerably more productive in his second season in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, upping his tackle total from 87 to 101 despite playing in three fewer games, and also posting career bests in forced fumbles (five) and fumble recoveries (five). David did fail to log an interception for only the second time in his career, but he projects to once again serve as an above-average IDP option in Smith's aggressive system in 2018.

Justin Evans
Evans (ankle) could be placed on injured reserve later this week, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

One of several Buccaneers players to exit Monday's 24-21 loss to the Falcons due to injury, Evans looks like he could be dealing with more than a minor ankle issue. With the Buccaneers out of playoff contention, there's little for the team to gain by running its starting safety out for the final two contests of the season at less than full health. If Evans is in fact shut down, Chris Conte and Keith Tandy could pick up more snaps in the secondary.

Ankle - Injured Reserve
Garrison Sanborn
No Updates
Justin Trattou
Vikings defensive end Justin Trattou is inactive Sunday against the Vikings.

Trattou backs up Everson Griffin at right defensive end and the Vikings will be without needed depth. Depth is more of an issue than usual with the game being played at high altitude.

Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Deondre Barnett
Kwon Alexander
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
Jameis Winston
Winston completed 28 of 51 passes for 363 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions in Sundays' 31-24 win over the Saints. He also posted 32 yards and scored a touchdown on five rushes and completed a two-point conversion pass.

Winston's final effort of a tumultuous 2017 fittingly had a bit of everything thrown in. The third-year quarterback managed to display some of the best and worst aspects of his game in the wild season-ending contest, as he short-circuited a trio of drives in Saints territory with interceptions. Conversely, he also managed to set a season high in rushing yards while scoring his first touchdown on the ground since Week 4 of the 2016 campaign. Moreover, Winston finished the season with consecutive 300-yard tallies and six such efforts overall. He saved his best for last Sunday as well, hitting Chris Godwin with a perfectly thrown, go-ahead 39-yard touchdown with nine seconds remaining that capped off an 11-play, 95-yard drive, and that as per Jenna Laine of ESPN.com, also enabled him to break Hall of Famer Dan Marino's record for most touchdown passes before the age of 24. While he struggled with turnovers at times during the tail end of the campaign, Winston provided reason for optimism heading into a pivotal Year 4 with the way he led the Buccaneers to victory against a team that needed to win to ensure itself the NFC South crown.

Sealver Siliga
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.

Devin Lucien
Lucien signed a reserve/future contract with the Buccaneers on Monday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Lucien spent time on three different practice squads in 2017, but finished the season with Tampa Bay and will enter the team's offseason program. The 2016 seventh-round pick has yet to make his NFL debut.

Riley Bullough
No Updates
Patrick Gamble
No Updates
Mike Evans
Evans brought in five of 13 targets for 55 yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Saints. He also caught a two-point conversion pass.

Evans was far from efficient with his targets, but he managed to still reach a memorable milestone in the season-ending victory. Per Jenna Laine of ESPN.com, the former Aggie eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth consecutive campaign to start his career with his Week 17 haul, joining Randy Moss and A.J. Green as the only players to accomplish the feat in NFL history. Evans got there by just two yards -- leaving him with his lowest tally of his four campaigns -- but he did manage to improve his YPC from 13.8 to 14.1 in 2017. The 2014 first-round pick's 13 targets were also a season high and marked his seventh game with double-digit looks on the season. Evans is on the books for nearly $13.3 million in salary in 2018 in what will be the final year of his rookie contract, and he'll undoubtedly once again serve as a pivotal component of the air attack.

Alan Cross
Cross underwent sports hernia surgery in Philadelphia on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.

Cross played through the injury all year and is expected to recover in time for offseason workouts this spring.

Groin - Questionable for the start of training camp
Pat O'Connor
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
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
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.

Sterling Bailey
No Updates
Caleb Benenoch
Benenoch is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Saints with a knee injury, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Benenoch exited earlier in the game with an ankle injury but was able to return, only to sustain the knee injury. Leonard Webster will take over at right tackle if Benenoch is unable to return again.

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Cole Gardner
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Cody Riggs
Riggs (hamstring) was absent from the Titans' injury report Wednesday.

Riggs has missed the previous three games, but appears to be trending toward a return in Week 7. He figures to help provide depth in the secondary if he can indeed return to action.

Clinton McDonald
McDonald totaled 29 tackles (18 solo), including one for loss, 5.0 sacks and one pass defensed over 14 games in 2017.

McDonald equaled the second-best sack total of his career despite also tallying the third-fewest stops of his eight seasons. However, considering the 31-year-old lost his starting defensive tackle job with the arrival of Chris Baker, his output was certainly respectable from an IDP perspective. McDonald will be an unrestricted free agent at the beginning of the new league year, with his solid four-year stint in Tampa (13.5 sacks in 44 games) and likely reasonable price to retain him making him a candidate for return.

Michael Liedtke
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
Wilson rushed twice for four yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Saints.

The FSU product didn't see any targets in the regular-season finale, and he finished his rookie campaign with more carries (three) than receptions (one). Wilson was active for three contests overall, spending the remainder of his season on the practice squad. On the books for a cost-effective $555,000 in 2018, he figures to have an opportunity to battle for a roster spot on the latter portion of the wideout depth chart in training camp and preseason.

Leonard Wester
Wester logged a two-yard touchdown reception on a tackle-eligible play in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions.

Wester briefly engaged in a block before drifting into the left side of the end zone for an easy reception from Jameis Winston in the fourth quarter to bring the Buccaneers within a Patrick Murray extra point of a 21-21 tie. The second-year tackle remains a valued part of Tampa's offensive line rotation.

Avery Young
Young (undisclosed) was activated from the active/non-football injury list Friday.

The Dolphins' hope is that Young can prove himself healthy and provide the team with valuable depth along both tackle positions on the offensive line.

Doug Martin
Martin rushed three times for minus-3 yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Saints.

In what was perhaps a fitting end to both his 2017 season and Tampa tenure, Martin was in on just four snaps while ceding lead-back duties to Peyton Barber once again. The 28-year-old wrapped up the campaign with single-digit rushing yards in each of his last two games and no more than 51 yards in the last seven contests overall. Martin is on the books for $6.75 million in 2018, but per Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, he can be cut without any cap penalty. With Barber seemingly proving he's worthy of at least entering OTAs atop the depth chart and the Bucs also likely to add to the running back position in next April's draft, Martin could well find himself on the outs in the coming months.

Thomas Sperbeck
Hamstring - Questionable for the start of training camp
Kevin Pamphile
Pamphile (illness) will play in Sunday's tilt against Minnesota, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Pamphile was considered questionable for Sunday's game after dealing with an unspecified illness throughout the week. He's expected to start at guard once again in Week 3.

DeSean Jackson
Jackson (ankle) finished his first Buccaneers season with 50 receptions (on 91 targets) for 668 yards and three touchdowns over 14 games. He also rushed three times for 38 yards.

The 10-year veteran's final numbers weren't drastically different from his final Redskins season in 2016 as far as receptions, but his yardage saw a precipitous drop from the 1,005 he'd tallied while catching passes from Kirk Cousins last year. Jackson's 13.4 YPC was also a career low, but as per Jenna Laine of ESPN.com, the 31-year-old speedster led the NFL with 15.8 air yards per target. However, the accuracy on those throws was an issue, as Jackson was unable to bring in any of the seven targets of 40 or more yards that he saw. Conversely, he notched 11 grabs on such passes during his three-season tenure in the Nation's Capital. According to Laine, head coach Dirk Koetter insists that Jackson hasn't lost a step after watching him up close for a full training camp, preseason and 14 regular-season games, lending credence to the notion that 2017 may have simply been a somewhat rocky acclimation year. Jackson will head into next season looking to drastically improve on his 2017 numbers and add a sixth 1,000-yard season to his resume.

Vernon Hargreaves
The Buccaneers will place Hargreaves (hamstring) on injured reserve Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Hargreaves has missed the Buccaneers' last five games with the right hamstring injury and wasn't progressing quickly enough for the team to be optimistic about his chances of playing in the final two contests of 2017. A first-round pick out of Florida in 2016, Hargreaves hasn't lived up to expectations during his two years in the league with just one interception in 25 career games. Hargreaves should enter the 2018 campaign at full strength, but he'll likely have to fight for a starting role at cornerback.

Hamstring - Injured Reserve
Bryan Anger
No Updates
Adam Gettis
The Buccaneers signed Gettis to a contract Wednesday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

The addition of Gettis will restore some depth on the interior of the offensive line after J.R. Sweezy (lower leg) was placed on injured reserve. Look for Gettis to act as the primary backup to Joe Hawley at right guard for the Buccaneers' final two games of the season.

Robert Ayers
Ayers (shoulder) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Ayers has accrued 31 tackles (20 solo) and just two sacks this season. The veteran defensive lineman will miss his fourth game of the season, and Ryan Russell will fill in for the time being.

Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Chris Baker
Baker finished the 2017 season with 33 tackles (24 solo), a half-sack and two passes defensed over 15 games.

A free-agent signing last offseason, the energetic veteran was a bit of a disappointment overall compared to his last two Redskins seasons. Baker had racked up 100 total tackles, 9.5 sacks, three passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries over that pair of campaigns, but he saw his overall production take a hit while lining up next to perennial Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy. The Buccaneers defense also surrendered the 10th-most rush yards per contest (117.5) while tallying the fewest sacks (22), so it's safe to say the addition of Baker didn't represent a net gain for the unit. Baker is on the books for $4.9 million in each of the last two seasons of his contract, but he figures to return next season in a rotational role at a minimum.

Kendell Beckwith
Beckwith finished the 2017 season with 73 tackles (60 solo), including six for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and two passes defensed over 16 games.

The energetic LSU product beat the odds by not only participating in all of training camp following a November 2016 ACL tear while with the Tigers, but eventually securing a starting job to open the regular season. Beckwith opened the Week 2 opener against the Bears as the strong-side linebacker before shifting to the middle early in that contest when Kwon Alexander injured his hamstring. The 23-year-old remained at that spot until Alexander returned in Week 7, a development that was marked by a notable drop in IDP production for Beckwith. While he compiled an impressive 41 tackles over his five games in Alexander's spot, Beckwith managed just 32 stops over the remaining 11 games. He did post a pair of five-tackle outings in Weeks 15 and 16, which represented a slight increase in productivity. Following a college career in which he generated a solid amount of impact plays (24.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries), overall expectations were likely higher for Beckwith, but a full offseason in the Buccaneers' system and several additional months of distance from his aforementioned knee injury leave him poised for a more productive sophomore campaign.

O.J. Howard
The Buccaneers placed Howard (ankle) on injured reserve Wednesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

After an abbreviated outing Monday against the Falcons, Howard required a walking boot to keep his right ankle stable. Neither the team nor player has commented on the extent of the injury, but it's clearly severe enough to force a multi-game absence. Howard concludes his rookie campaign with 26 receptions (on 39 targets) for 432 yards and six touchdowns, the latter of which matches the Giants' Evan Engram for the league lead among rookies for receiving touchdowns through Week 15. In his stead, Tampa Bay likely will give Cameron Brate most of the reps at tight end, but Alan Cross and Antony Auclair may also be regulars in the rotation.

Ankle - Injured Reserve
Adarius Glanton
Glanton (lower leg), who underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured tibia and fibula, will need four to six months to recover, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter announced Tuesday that Glanton would be placed on injured reserve after suffering the gruesome-looking injury after colliding with teammate Robert Ayers, who hurt his neck and left shoulder on the play, in Monday's 24-21 loss to the Falcons. Glanton is expected to make a full recovery from the setback as he heads into free agency during the offseason.

Lower Leg - Injured Reserve
Evan Smith
Smith was removed from the NFL's concussion protocol and will play Sunday against Green Bay, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Smith seemed to be trending in the right direction in his recovery from the concussion after logging a full practice Wednesday, and he apparently passed tests administered by an independent neurologist to get the green light for the Week 13 matchup. He'll likely rotate in at left guard with Kevin Pamphile during the contest.

Josh Robinson
Robinson tallied five tackles and one forced fumble over 11 games in 2017.

Robinson only registered two snaps on defense all season as his main responsibilities came on special teams. Given his extremely limited role, the Central Florida product isn't on the IDP radar entering the 2018 campaign.

Austin Johnson
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
Gholston recorded 36 tackles over 14 games in 2017.

Gholston has never been much of a force as a pass-rusher -- since 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. While he fared much better in run support, the nature of Gholston's position doesn't typically lend itself to high tackle totals, leaving him far off the IDP radar heading into the 2018 campaign.

Demar Dotson
Dotson (knee) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The right tackle suffered a torn PCL in Sunday's 34-20 loss to the Falcons, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com.

Dotson was able to fight through the knee injury and stay in the game Sunday, but follow-up scans prompted the Buccaneers to shut the lineman down for the season. The 32-year-old Dotson had been enjoying a solid campaign despite playing through a hamstring injury prior to hurting his knee. Caleb Benenoch and Kevin Pamphile are the top candidates to fill in at right tackle over the Buccaneers' final five games.

Knee - PCL - Injured Reserve
Adam Humphries
Humphries brought in seven of 11 targets for 102 yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Saints.

With DeSean Jackson (ankle) missing a second consecutive contest, Humphries had more of a downfield role once again, as he notched a season-high 43-yard reception. His overall receiving yardage total was a career best as well and enabled Humphries to finish 2017 having upped his tally in that category in each of the last three contests. The Clemson product improved his reception (61) and yardage (631) totals over those of his previous season once again in 2017, and given his value as a trusted inside receiver, figures to be retained by the Bucs as a restricted free agent.

Chris Godwin
Godwin (ankle) brought in seven of 12 targets for 111 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Saints.

The rookie set new career highs in receptions and receiving yardage, and his 39-yard touchdown with nine seconds remaining snapped a 24-24 tie. The score ultimately proved to be the game winner, putting an exclamation point on a rookie season that consistently trended upward in its latter portion. The 21-year-old saw scant opportunity during the early part of the campaign, but he was able to rack up 26 receptions for 442 yards (17.0 YPC) and Sunday's touchdown over his last eight games, a stretch that began with his first career start in Week 10. Having compiled 209 receiving yards over the final pair of contests of 2017, Godwin will head into the offseason with designs on a move up the depth chart.

Peyton Barber
Barber rushed 17 times for 71 yards and a touchdown while also securing two of four targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Saints. He also fumbled once but recovered.

As expected, Barber was the clear-cut lead back once again for the season finale, as Doug Martin logged just three rushes. The second-year back eclipsed 4.0 yards per carry for the fourth time in the last five contests, and his first-quarter rushing touchdown was his first since Week 12. The Auburn product demonstrated that he was aptly capable of handling lead-back duties over the final five games of the season, and as an exclusive-rights free agent heading into 2018, he's likely to enter OTAs atop the depth chart.

Ryan Griffin
Griffin did not log any playing time while backing up Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick during the 2017 season.

The 28-year-old has yet to see action in a regular-season game over five seasons. Griffin completed just four of nine passes for 57 yards with one interception last preseason before suffering a shoulder injury against the Bengals in the exhibition opener, which led to him being placed on injured reserve until a Nov. 7 activation. When Winston missed three full games and a portion of another with a shoulder injury of his own, Griffin was just a Fitzpatrick injury away from seeing his first NFL regular-season snap, but that never came to fruition. However, he could find himself within that proximity of his NFL debut on a weekly basis in 2018, as Griffin is on the books for a reasonable $1.1 million while Fitzpatrick will become an unrestricted free agent with the onset of the league year.

Ryan Smith
Smith supplied five solo tackles and a pass defensed in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Saints.

The second-year defensive back had shaken off the ankle injury that had cost him the Week 16 loss to the Panthers early in the practice week, and he looked to be at full health Sunday while posting at least five stops for the fifth time over his final six games of the season. Smith worked his way into the starting lineup beginning in Week 8 due to injuries to Brent Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves (hamstring), and while he ended up acquitting himself particularly well in the tackle department, he wasn't able to get his hands on many passes. Smith finished with just two defensed passes over his last eight contests, and he's still in search of his first career interception after 29 games. The 24-year-old remains under team control for two more seasons under his rookie contract, and he could vie for a starting role if the team decides not to re-sign Grimes.

Devante Bond
Bond (ankle) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Because of Friday's doubtful designation this isn't much of a surprise, and it won't shake up the Bucs' defensive dynamic since he has just 14 tackles (12 solo) through 14 games.

Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Patrick Murray
Murray converted his only field-goal attempt from 42 yards and was successful on two of three extra-point tries in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Saints.

Murray finished off the season in solid fashion, and despite a handful of late-season hiccups, he essentially solved the Buccaneers' kicking woes once he debuted in Week 6. The four-year pro finished 19-for-23 (82.6 percent) on field goals, coming just shy of the 83.3 percent figure he'd posted in his first Tampa stint back in 2014. Murray only missed one field goal under 49 yards, but nailed just 40 percent of his five tries from 50 and beyond. His missed PAT in Week 17 was his first of the season, so he did bring a considerable degree of stability to the position. Heading into the offseason as an exclusive-rights free agent, Murray seems like a sure bet to be tendered a qualifying offer and open 2018 training camp as the presumed starter.

Charles Sims
Sims rushed once for six yards, failed to bring in his only target and netted 19 yards on his sole kickoff return in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Saints.

The pass-catching back finished his 2017 campaign with a relative whimper, and he came up empty in the passing game for only the second time all season. Despite Doug Martin missing the first three games of the regular season due to a PED suspension and then seeing his role significantly reduced in the latter portion of the season, Sims did not see any uptick in opportunity. In fact, the 27-year-old actually logged the fewest carries (21) of his four-year career despite playing all 16 games, a particularly notable stat considering he'd notched 66 and 51 rushes over just eight and seven games, respectively, in the '14 and '16 seasons. Sims did make up for some of the dropoff with typically strong work through the air, posting the second-best reception (35) and receiving yardage (249) totals of his first four campaigns. An unrestricted free agent heading into the 2018 offseason, a return to the Buccaneers is possible, but it remains to be seen if the versatile back will draw the attention of a team in free agency that believes he's been underutilized up to this point.

Will Clarke
Clarke recorded three tackles, all solo, two sacks and a pass defensed in Sunday's loss to the Packers.

Clarke now has nine tackles and three sacks in 11 games this season. His 34 defensive reps were a new season-high. Look for the veteran defensive end to continue to split reps with William Gholston on Sunday when the Buccaneers face the Lions.

Channing Ward
The Buccaneers promoted Ward from the practice squad Tuesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Buccaneers played without All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (biceps) in Monday's 24-21 loss to the Falcons and lost defensive end Robert Ayers (neck/shoulder) midway through the contest, so the addition of Ward gives the team a fresh body along the line. Even if both McCoy and Ayers are sidelined for the Bucs' final two games of the season, don't expect Ward to be a major factor in the team's line rotation.

Jacquizz Rodgers
Rodgers did not log any rushing touches but brought in both of his targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Saints. He also returned one kickoff for 17 yards.

The veteran back's 20 yards from scrimmage represented his highest figure since Week 13, but as was the norm in the final month of the campaign, he was a complete non-factor in the running game. After playing the role of de facto lead back over the first three games of the season while Doug Martin finished serving a PED suspension, Rodgers was a virtual afterthought on most weeks. The 27-year-old is on the books for $1.6 million next season in what will be the final year of a two-year pact, but he could be conceivably be jettisoned in the offseason if the team opts to re-stock the position in free agency and/or the draft.

Ali Marpet
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.

Knee - Injured Reserve
Ryan Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick completed 96 of 163 passes (58.9 completion percentage) for 1,103 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions across six games in 2017. He also rushed 15 times for 78 yards.

The 35-year-old was inked last offseason expressly for the scenario he was ultimately deployed in, namely, to spell starter Jameis Winston in the event of injury. Fitzpatrick led the Buccaneers to a 2-1 record over the three full games he started in Weeks 10-12 when Winston succumbed to a nagging shoulder problem, compiling 745 yards in those contests. He actually generated his most productive effort during Week 6 emergency duty, completing 22 of 32 passes for 290 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions over two-plus quarters of play against the Cardinals, a game that marked the onset of Winston's aforementioned health issues. Having played in 2017 on a one-year, $3 million contract, Fitzpatrick certainly made a case to be brought back next season, although a myriad of factors -- including salary, potential personnel moves and the quarterback's own desire to continue playing -- figure to play a part in whether a return comes to fruition.

Isaiah Johnson
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
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.

Joe Hawley
Hawley (illness) returned to practice as a full participant Thursday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

The veteran center has been struggling with an illness since last week and missed the Week 13 overtime loss to the Packers as a result. Hawley is slated to handle starting center duties for the balance of the campaign when healthy now that Ali Marpet (knee) is on injured reserve. Further information on his status should be available on the final injury report of the week Friday afternoon.

Jake Lampman
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
Elliott recorded five tackles over 15 games in 2017.

Elliott is more of a special-teams player, but injuries to the Buccaneers' secondary forced him into extensive action as a nickel corner during some games. However, when he did see playing time, he didn't come close to producing at a clip that could draw appeal in IDP circles. Now an exclusive-rights free agent at the end of the league year, Elliott isn't guaranteed to return to Tampa Bay in 2018.

Ryan Russell
Russell (shoulder) logged one solo tackle -- a sack -- in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Saints.

The rotational defensive end finished the season on a high note, notching a sack in each of his last two contests despite fighting through a shoulder injury. The 25-year-old Russell also logged at least one tackle in each of his last six games, and he posted career bests in total stops (17), solo tackles (13) and sacks (2.0) in 2017. An impending restricted free agent, it's likely the Buccaneers extend Russell a qualifying offer at the minimum tender given his potential (24.5 tackles for loss, including 9.5 sacks, in four college campaigns) and solid showing over limited snaps this past season.

DaVonte Lambert
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.

Wrist - Injured Reserve
Robert McClain
McClain totaled 50 tackles, five pass breakups, thee interceptions and one touchdown over 14 games for Tampa Bay in 2017.

McClain, playing on a one-year deal with Tampa Bay, logged the second-most snaps among Buccaneers cornerbacks and ultimately finished tops in tackles at the position. However, he never proved to be much of an IDP asset and, from a real-life perspective, graded out as Pro Football Focus' 98th-highest graded corner. The UConn product will now be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year.

Freddie Martino
Martino brought in his only target for nine yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Saints.

The 26-year-old speedster closed out the season with at least one reception in each of his last four games, with DeSean Jackson's ankle injury in particular opening up some additional opportunity in Weeks 16 and 17. Martino had two stints apiece on the Buccaneers' practice squad and active roster in 2017, finishing the season with five receptions (on six targets) for 96 yards (career-high 19.2 YPC) over eight contests. He's on the books for a $705,000 salary in 2018, so despite his history with head coach Dirk Koetter, he'll likely need a strong training camp and preseason to beat out less expensive options the team is likely to add in the offseason and the draft.

Givens Price
No Updates
David Rivers
The Buccaneers signed Rivers to a contract Wednesday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

The Buccaneers poached Rivers from the Dolphins' practice squad to add depth in the secondary after cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (hamstring) and safety Justin Evans (ankle) were placed on injured reserve. It's expected that the undrafted rookie out of Youngstown State will see most of his action on special teams -- if he plays at all -- in the Buccaneers' final two games.

Brent Grimes
Grimes compiled 49 tackles (44 solo) -- including two for loss -- three interceptions, one fumble recovery and 11 passes defensed over 13 games in 2017.

The 34-year-old's numbers were certainly on par with his recent seasons, especially when extrapolated over 16 games. Grimes showed he could still get his hands on the ball on a consistent basis, and the Buccaneers' pass defense, which ranked last in both total passing yards (4,169) and passing yards per game (261) allowed, tangibly missed his presence when he was sidelined for three games due to injury. Still playing at a reasonably high level despite being 11 seasons into his career, Grimes heads into unrestricted free agency with a chance to secure a starting job, or at worst, a nickel corner role, in Tampa or elsewhere in 2018.

Reese Fleming
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.

Stevie Tu'ikolovatu
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.

Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Gerald McCoy
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.

Nick Folk
The Buccaneers placed Folk, who had been experiencing tendinitis in the knee of his (left) plant leg, on injured reserve Monday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The injury is only a minor concern for Folk and likely wouldn't have affected his availability for the Buccaneers' Week 6 matchup with the Cardinals, but the move to IR will delay his inevitable release after the team signed Patrick Murray in a corresponding move to serve as its new placekicker. Folk lost the gig after missing three field goals in Tampa Bay's Week 5 loss to the New England, which came after he misfired on a pair of field goals and extra points across the team's first three contests of the season. Once Folk is deemed healthy, he'll be released off injured reserve and become eligible to sign elsewhere, but the accuracy issues he's displayed to date may limit the interest of other teams.

Knee - Injured Reserve
J.R. Sweezy
Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said that Sweezy, who suffered a lower-leg injury in Monday's 24-21 loss to the Falcons, would be placed on injured reserve, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Buccaneers' offensive line was already one of the NFL's weaker units, so the loss of Sweezy may only further hurt the team's pass-protection and run-blocking efforts. Joe Hawley will likely serve as Sweezy's primary replacement at right guard over the Buccaneers' final two games of the season.

Lower Leg - Injured Reserve
Chris Conte
Conte totaled 77 tackles (62 solo), three forced fumbles, one interception and eight passes defensed over 16 games in the 2017 season.

The veteran safety's tackle total was the third-highest of his career, while the trio of forced fumbles was a personal best. Conte extended a career-long streak of notching at least one interception a season to seven campaigns as well, but he was also a pivotal part of a Buccaneers' secondary that surrendered the most total passing yards (4,169) and yards per game (261) in 2017. On the books for a reasonable $2.25 million in 2018, Conte is a likely candidate to return, although the emergence of 2017 second-round pick Justin Evans and the likelihood that the team looks to upgrade the position overall in both free agency and the draft could certainly leave Conte with an uphill battle for playing time.

Cameron Brate
Brate brought in three of five targets for 37 yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Saints.

Brate finished an up-and-down 2017 campaign in relatively modest fashion, posting three receptions for the second straight week. The 26-year-old went through a forgettable six-game stretch during Weeks 9-14 in which he posted a modest seven receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns. He bounced back to bring in 10 of 14 targets for 99 yards in the final three contests of the season, as he clearly seemed to enjoy a better rapport with Jameis Winston than he did with backup Ryan Fitzpatrick. In the first half of the campaign, Brate essentially provided the same caliber of production as he had during his breakout 2016, as first-round pick O.J. Howard surprisingly was utilized much more as a blocker and receiver. However, Howard did start coming on as a consistent downfield threat in the latter portion of the season before succumbing to an ankle injury in Week 15, so it remains to be seen what effect his presence will have on Brate's targets from the onset of the 2018 season.

Brad Seaton
No Updates
Keith Tandy
Tandy (hip) will not play in Week 6 against the Cardinals, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Tandy turned in limited practices all week, but his progress wasn't sufficient to allow him to suit up Sunday. He'll thus miss his second consecutive contest, meaning either T.J. Ward (hip) -- who's questionable in his own right -- or 2017 second-round pick Justin Evans will man the free safety spot opposite Chris Conte.

T.J. Ward
Ward (knee) was arrested Wednesday morning in Tampa on a felony count of marijuana possession and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Ward posted bond and was released from jail shortly after his arrest, but he'll likely have to report to court at some point in the months to come and could face discipline from the NFL. A three-time Pro Bowler from 2013 through 2015, Ward has seen his effectiveness wane the past two seasons and was forced to settle for a part-time role with the Buccaneers in 2017. Ward, who sustained what is believed to be a minor knee injury in the Buccaneers' season finale Sunday against the Saints, will become a free agent this offseason.

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp