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  Buccaneers | Jameis Winston showed off his arm in 2017    Mon Jul 16, 10:52 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston threw 53.4 percent of his passes beyond the first down marker in the air per Pro Football Focus, easily the highest such mark in the league.

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  Buccaneers | Justin Watson has good chance to make team    Wed Jul 11, 10:22 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Justin Watson likely is a player that the Buccaneers would like to keep on the 53-man roster even though he would have a small role on offense during his rookie season.

Footballguys view: There's not a ton of reason to draft or acquire a guy who might "like to keep on the 53-man roster," especially when they intend for his role to be small. And consider that Jameis Winston won't even be there to start the season. Watson is worth keeping an eye on, but not worth a roster spot.

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  Buccaneers | Mitch Unrein could be used at multiple spots    Wed Jul 11, 10:19 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Mitch Unrein could receive some playing time at defensive end in addition to defensive tackle.

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  Buccaneers | Vinny Curry on track to start    Wed Jul 11, 10:14 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Vinny Curry appears to be the leading candidate for the right defensive end job entering training camp.

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  Buccaneers | Three in running for RG job    Wed Jul 11, 09:32 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers C Evan Smith, OG Caleb Benenoch and OG Alex Cappa are all expected to compete for the right guard job during training camp.

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  Buccaneers | Adam Humphries 'well entrenched' as slot WR    Wed Jul 11, 07:35 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Adam Humphries is considered to be 'well entrenched' as the team's slot receiver, according to Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com. He may be jockeying for playing time, though, with the Bucs also having WRs Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and Chris Godwin above him on the depth chart.

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  Buccaneers | Javien Elliott unlikely to make team    Wed Jul 11, 08:49 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Javien Elliott is the sixth cornerback, and the team usually carries five. He's unlikely to make the 53-man roster, according to beat writer Greg Auman.

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  Buccaneers | O.J. Howard a deep threat    Sun Jul 8, 11:15 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard caught five of his six targets for 157 yards and two touchdowns on deep passes last year, according to Pro Football Focus.

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  Buccaneers | Jason Pierre-Paul sets the bar high    Sat Jul 7, 11:12 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul said he wants to be the first Buccaneer to record double-digit sacks in a season since retired DE Simeon Rice in 2005.

Footballguys view: The Bucs might not be the best IDP situation for defensive linemen because of they have a two-deep group of eight that rivals the Eagles assemblage of talent. Pierre-Paul is a candidate to take a step back in production despite his lofty goals.

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  Buccaneers | TB could sign veteran to contract extension    Sat Jun 30, 10:29 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' recent release of J.R. Sweezy could provide enough salary cap space to facilitate a contract extension for LB Kwon Alexander, OG Ali Marpet or OT Donovan Smith, in the opinion of Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times.

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  Buccaneers | J.R. Sweezy done in Tampa Bay    Fri Jun 29, 02:28 PM

Updating an earlier report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG J.R. Sweezy was released Friday, June 29.

Footballguys view: A leg injury knocked Sweezy out of the last two games of the 2017 season. He sat out OTAs due to the injury but was cleared for training camp. We'll see if some team takes a chance on him for veteran depth at the guard position.

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  Buccaneers | J.R. Sweezy on the way out?    Fri Jun 29, 02:13 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG J.R. Sweezy will reportedly be released soon, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo via sources.

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  Buccaneers | NFL warns Jameis Winston about future acts    Fri Jun 29, 11:27 AM

Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston will face 'more substantial discipline, including a potential ban from the NFL' for future violations of the personal conduct policy, according to a statement released by the league.

Footballguys view: The no.1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft is no stranger when it comes to getting into trouble...mostly from his days in college at Florida State. The Buccaneers picked up his fifth-year option, and Winston is under their control through the 2019 season. They'll have to make a decision as to whether or not Winston can stay out of trouble, stay healthy and finally start playing up to his potential. Winston will miss the first three games of the 2018 season and is eligible to return for a road matchup against the Bears in Week 4.

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  Buccaneers | Jameis Winston suspended three games    Thu Jun 28, 01:52 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was suspended by the NFL for three games for violating the league's personal-conduct policy Thursday, June 28. He will not file an appeal.

Footballguys view: According to the NFL, his next misstep could result in a lifetime ban. Not that this is the most important thing, you do come here for fantasy advice. So as we thought when this first surfaced, this really dings Winston's fantasy value. His ADP had already begun to shift, dropping to 17th quarterback off the board recently. It might drop a bit more, but not too much.

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  Buccaneers | Ryan Griffin could start    Fri Jun 22, 09:58 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan W. Griffin has a chance in training camp to pass QB Ryan Fitzpatrick on the depth chart. QB Jameis Winston is expected to miss the first three games, and Griffin could start.

Footballguys view: Griffin was developing as the team's #3 quarterback behind Winston and Mike Glennon in 2015 and 2016, but ended up on injured reserve to start the season last year and was activated to back up Ryan Fitzpatrick when Winston got hurt. While Fitzpatrick is one of most experienced backups in the league, the Bucs should give Griffin a chance to unseat him. If he does, it shouldn't be considered a big downgrade for Tampa skill players in the weeks Winston will miss.

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  Buccaneers | Jameis Winston expected to be suspended    Thu Jun 21, 06:42 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is expected to be suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, according to sources. The suspension could increase or decrease depending on the circumstances surrounding the off-field incident.

Footballguys view: Most fantasy GM's will hope that a decreases, but if you're drafting before that decision comes through you're going to have to assume the worst. And frankly as Mercurial as the NFL penalty process can be there's really no way to know how this shakes out. This should significantly impact Winston's current ADP and overall fantasy value. Going from a high-end QB2 with even more upside to a much shakier low-end QB2. And remember that hire and projection was assuming this offense rolls the way that we were hoping. Now even if that works you're losing three weeks of production.

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  Buccaneers | Jameis Winston bracing for suspension    Thu Jun 21, 10:58 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is expecting a suspension by the NFL for an incident with an Uber driver in 2016, according to ESPN Radio 97.9 in Tallahassee's Jeff Cameron. Cameron's sources told him that the maximum is likely three games, but the most likely event is that he's suspended one game. Winston was accused of groping a female Uber driver in Scottsdale, Ariz., and the suspension would stem from his failure to report the incident to the league. The personal conduct policy states players are 'to promptly report any matter that comes to their attention (through victim or witness reports, law enforcement, or media reports) that may constitute a violation of this policy.' It's unknown if Winston would appeal.

Footballguys view: That is going to hurt anyone who drafted super early this offseason, as well as his dynasty owners. We were hoping for a big step up from him with an improving offense around him, but a suspension could take him from borderline QB1 to shaky QB2 very quickly.

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  Buccaneers | Reese Fleming reverts to IR    Mon Jun 18, 07:30 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DB Reese Fleming (undisclosed) reverted to the Reserve/Injured list Monday, June 18.


  Buccaneers | O.J. Howard poised to break out?    Sun Jun 17, 04:18 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard 'showed how versatile and explosive he can be during minicamp,' according to Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times.

Footballguys view: An ankle injury ended Howard's rookie season with two games to go in 2017. He snared six touchdowns as a rookie and played more snaps (608) than Cameron Brate (586). His role is just getting started for the Buccaneers, and Howard has the upside to be a top-5 player at his position someday. Brate's presence holds his fantasy value down, but Howard is still getting drafted at TE15 (13.12) in current 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Buccaneers | Ronald Jones to get heavy workload quickly?    Sun Jun 17, 02:05 PM

Tampa bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones could post the biggest numbers of the team's defense-heavy draft class since he should get 15 to 20 touches per game, according to Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times.

Footballguys view: Jones is a dangerous playmaker who reminds many in the scouting community of a young Jamaal Charles. The Bucs have moved on from Doug Martin (Raiders), so they're looking for a lead back. We love Peyton Barber's heart and determination but he doesn't have the electric ability that Jones showcased on a weekly basis during his college days for the USC Trojans. We'll see a RBBC in Tampa this year most likely, but Jones is the player who should excite fantasy owners...especially in PPR formats.

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  Buccaneers | Ronald Jones inks contract    Thu Jun 14, 01:56 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, June 14. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The second round pick could step right into a significant role, but is that an indicator of production? The Buccaneers offensive line wasn't great last year and everyone struggled. Jones is the more explosive player in the backfield, but does have some issues in pass protection -- which could keep him off the field on some downs. He also has great field vision and speed. And while he didn't catch much at USC, he showed some playmaking ability on occasion when they asked him to. We think the line is his biggest challenge, and that is what keeps him from being higher than an upside RB4 and definitely makes him a guy to watch this summer.

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  Buccaneers | Demar Dotson to run soon    Wed Jun 13, 10:40 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OT Demar Dotson (knee) said he is scheduled to start running soon as part of his recovery. He said he expects to be 100 percent by the start of training camp.

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  Buccaneers | Jason Pierre-Paul to be at minicamp    Sat Jun 9, 12:25 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul did not participate in any of the organized team activities but will take part in the mandatory minicamp next week.

Footballguys view: He'll get some work in when things become mandatory. It would've been comforting to see him out there learning a new scheme, but he must think that minicamp and training camp will be enough to get up to speed.

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  Buccaneers | Carlton Davis shining early    Fri Jun 8, 10:29 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis is off to 'one of the fastest starts' of any rookie, according to head coach Dirk Koetter, and Davis has spent some time working with the first-team defense.

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  Buccaneers | Noah Spence adds weight    Thu Jun 7, 03:57 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Noah Spence was down to 228 pounds during last season but has bulked up to 257 pounds this offseason. Head coach Dirk Koetter said Spence's ideal playing weight is between 253 pounds and 259 pounds.

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  Buccaneers | More read-option for Jameis Winston?    Thu Jun 7, 02:07 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston could be running some more read-option plays in 2018, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.

Footballguys view: It's smart for the Buccaneers to take advantage of his mobility and it's not as unusual as it used to be anymore. He had injury issues last year, which is the only thing that makes this particular move risky. As for Fantasy GMs, Winston's turnovers and red zone struggles from last season are the bigger issue and keep him from a higher spot than his current ADP of 17 quarterback off the board.

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  Buccaneers | Ronald Jones to be factor in passing game    Tue Jun 5, 05:15 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones is being envisioned as a 'three-down back' by running backs coach Tim Spencer, who added that he would want Jones 'to be able to catch the ball because we have some things we'd like to give him with his speed.'

Footballguys view: Jones plays like a young Jamaal Charles as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. He'll compete with Peyton Barber to be the team's starting running back in 2018. Barber is more of a grinder, while Jones is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. It may be a RBBC for some time, but Jones should be the more valuable asset due to his speed, quickness and playmaking ability.

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  Buccaneers | Chris Godwin had stamina and breathing issues    Sun Jun 3, 10:29 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin experienced stamina and breathing issues for much of last year due to problems with his mouth guard. Those issues have since been corrected and Godwin appears poised to have a breakthrough season in 2018, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jenna Laine.

Footballguys view: Earlier this year, Bucs OC Todd Monken said Godwin has earned the right to start. That's a great comment, but Godwin is currently third on the depth chart behind Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. Currently, Godwin is going undrafted in 12-team PPR leagues so keep him on your waiver wire speed dial if you play in that format.

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  Buccaneers | Bobo Wilson performing well    Sat Jun 2, 12:05 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Bobo Wilson has been one of the top performers during organized team activities and has a chance to make the 53-man roster because he can play all three receiver spots, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.

Footballguys view: Wilson spent most of his rookie season on the Bucs practice squad, but he was active for the last three games of the year. He snared one catch for 18 yards and a touchdown. The Bucs have four spots guaranteed on the depth chart at wide receiver in Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Chris Godwin and Adam Humprhies. Wilson is competing for a fifth or sixth spot.

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  Buccaneers | Peyton Barber in better shape    Fri Jun 1, 11:32 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber said he turned his excess fat into muscle this offseason, and running backs coach Tim Spencer said Barber appears faster and more agile.

Footballguys view: Barber needs to be in great shape if he's going to win the starting job for the Bucs in 2018. His primary competition is exciting rookie RB Ronald Jones from USC. Jones plays like a young Jamaal Charles and is going to be tough for a big back like Barber to beat. If Barber impresses, the Bucs should use some form of RBBC. Watch this battle unfold in training camp.

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  Buccaneers | Jameis Winston lit it up late    Mon May 28, 11:15 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston threw for a NFL-high 1,584 yards from Week 13 to Week 17 in 2017. He also absorbed 20 sacks over the same span, tied for the most in the league.

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  Buccaneers | Gerald McCoy to tutor Vita Vea    Sun May 27, 11:37 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy said he will have 'mandatory extra' practice for DT Vita Vea and the other rookie defensive linemen.

Footballguys view: McCoy will be a great resource for Vea to learn from. Vea is huge (6'4" 350 pounds), strong and has violent hands. He can learn how to get off the line cleaner and quicker from a pro like McCoy. Having Vea man the middle should help the Bucs ground defense which ranked 23rd in the league in 2017 by allowing an average of 117.5 rush yards per game.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay interested in Adrian Peterson?    Sun May 27, 05:37 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers 'may be ready to take a small gamble' with free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Cardinals), according to the Florida Football Insiders.

Footballguys view: Peterson could serve as veteran depth on the team. With Doug Martin (Raiders) gone, the Bucs are turning to Peyton Barber and rookie Ronald Jones to carry the load. Peterson would give them a two-down thumper with something to prove after a 2017 season that saw him play for two teams (Saints, Cardinals).

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  Buccaneers | Carlton Davis inks rookie pact    Thu May 24, 06:53 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis signed his four-year rookie deal on Thursday, May 24.

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  Buccaneers | Vita Vea inks deal     Thu May 24, 01:47 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Vita Vea signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, May 24. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Vea is a mountain of a man, measuring in at 6'4" 247 pounds. He can clearly take up space inside, where he can be a disruptive run-stuffing presence. Vea gets by on brute strength and can make an immediate impact on the Bucs defense.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay signs Bernard Reedy     Wed May 23, 03:26 PM

Free-agent WR Bernard Reedy (Patriots) was signed to an undisclosed deal by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, May 23. WR Thomas Sperbeck (undisclosed) was waived with an injury designation in a corresponding move.

Footballguys view: Reedy has bounced around the league, and was with the Buccaneers during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He'll compete for a roster spot at the WR position and can contribute as a return man.

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  Buccaneers | Mike Evans wants to improve    Tue May 22, 06:36 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans is focused on improving his awareness and his yards after catch heading into his fifth season. 'I've got another hurdle to jump over, and I think I'll be much better this year,' Evans said. 'I've got to do better in [yards after catch], and I think if I do, I'll be the most complete receiver.'

Footballguys view: Evans had a down season in 2017 with QB Jameis Winston playing banged up. Last year, Evans fell from the no.2 fantasy WR to the no.22 fantasy WR in standard-scoring leagues. With a healthy Winston and a focused Evans, we should see him back around the top 10 at his position. Evans has a current ADP of WR9 (2.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Buccaneers | Charles Sims will have specific role    Thu May 17, 05:49 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims is expected to be a third-down back this upcoming season because of his ability to pass protect and catch the ball out of the backfield, according to offensive coordinator Todd Monken.

Footballguys view: Sims had his shot to be the team's lead back in 2015 and those days are gone. Now, rookie Ronald Jones could emerge as the top running back for the Bucs. Jones is electric with the ball in his hands and can be dangerous as a runner or receiver out of the backfield. Sims is not as explosive with the ball but he is reliable and there's a spot for that....a spot with limited (little?) fantasy value but there is a spot.

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  Buccaneers | Thomas Sperbeck joins Bucs    Thu May 17, 04:25 PM

Free-agent WR Thomas Sperbeck (Buccaneers) signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, May 17. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Sperbeck was picked up by the Bucs as an undrafted free agent in 2017 out of Boise State. He is the all-time leader in receiving yards in Boise State history. Sperbeck has natural hands, and can work the slot at 5'11" 180 pounds with plenty of quickness and speed.

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  Buccaneers | Chris Godwin dubbed starter    Thu May 17, 01:04 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin has earned the opportunity to begin the regular season as a starter, according to offensive coordinator Todd Monken.

Footballguys view: That's a strong sign for the second-year player. A third-round pick out of Penn State last year, Godwin snared 34 catches for 525 yards and a touchdown as a rookie. We'll see how the Bucs mix him into action behind Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson.

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  Buccaneers | Ronald Jones to play every down?    Sun May 13, 09:56 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones has been catching a variety of passes during rookie minicamp and will have the opportunity to play in space and line up as a receiver in head coach Dirk Koetter's offense.

Footballguys view: Jones has the type of ability that puts him on the field on all three downs. He can be a dangerous runner with the speed to score from anywhere. Jones can also be used as a receiver out of the backfield, but he can also line up in the slot if need be. It may not take long for him to ascend to the top of the depth chart for the Bucs.

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  Buccaneers | Devin Lucien done in Tampa Bay    Sun May 13, 03:49 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Devin Lucien was waived Sunday, May 13.

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  Buccaneers | Justin Watson impressing early    Sat May 12, 11:08 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Justin Watson has been running 'crisp, precise routes' during rookie minicamp, according to Scott Reynolds of PewterReport.com.

Footballguys view: Watson has what scouts call 'late hands' as he doesn't tip off deep passes are coming in until the final moment. He's not going to run away from many defenders, but Watson is tough and doesn't mind taking a hit to secure a catch. The Bucs have some room on the depth chart behind their top trio at wide receiver (Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Adam Humphries).

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  Buccaneers | Alex Cappa signs deal    Sat May 12, 12:24 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers third-round draft choice OT Alex Cappa signed a four-year contract with the Buccaneers Saturday, May 12. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Buccaneers | Jack Cichy practices Friday    Sat May 12, 10:24 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Jack Cichy (knee) participated in practice at rookie minicamp Friday, May 11, nine months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

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  Buccaneers | Three Bucs sign rookie deals    Thu May 10, 11:17 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB M.J. Stewart, S Jordan Whitehead and LB Jack Cichy signed their rookie four-year deals Thursday, May 10. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

Footballguys view: Stewart, a second round pick, is the one most likely to make the roster, as day three picks have a longer hill to climb up. We like Stewart, who can cover inside or out, and is up to the task of covering linebackers as well.

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  Buccaneers | Justin Watson signs deal    Wed May 9, 09:05 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fifth-round draft choice WR Justin Watson signed a four-year contract with the Buccaneers Wednesday, May 9, according to sources. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The Penn receiver did a good job of impressing scouts in the pre-draft process. He's a big-bodied receiver (6'3" 225 pounds) who can track the ball downfield. The Bucs are set with their top three receivers in Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries. Watson will compete for a spot on the depth chart behind those guys.

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  Buccaneers | Peyton Barber to share the load    Wed May 9, 10:14 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber will likely share the load with RB Ronald Jones to start the season with RB Jacquizz Rodgers and RB Charles Sims behind them.

Footballguys view: Barber can be a grinder for the team and pick up tough yards. The rookie Jones is a dangerous player with the ball in his hands, reminding many in the scouting community of a young Jamaal Charles. We're excited to see what Jones does in PPR leagues as he can be a starting caliber back with good receiving ability.

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  Buccaneers | Donovan Smith confident    Sat May 5, 11:18 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OT Donovan Smith said he believes he is 'close' to becoming one of the best offensive tackles in the NFL.

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  Buccaneers | O.J. Howard up to speed    Thu May 3, 10:35 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) said Thursday, May 3, that he is fully recovered from the ankle injury that shortened his rookie season.

Footballguys view: Good news for Howard and the Bucs here. Howard can be a 'Gronk-lite' target at the tight end position for QB Jameis Winston. He's got the size and speed to create mismatches every time he lines up no matter if a corner, safety or linebacker is covering him. Even with a somewhat disappointing rookie season, Howard's stat line (26-432-6) was enough to rank him as TE16 in standard-scoring leagues last year. He's a TE2 with upside entering this season.

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