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  Buccaneers | Jameis Winston destined for a big leap in 2017?    Sun Jun 25, 10:07 PM

Bonnie Watt, from Bucs Wire/USA Today, believes quarterback Jameis Winston is destined to make a big leap in 2017. Winston has thrown for over 4,000 yards in each of the last two years, the first quarterback in NFL history to do so. The Bucs added quality weapons to the passing game this offseason, and the passing game could be incredibly healthy this season.

Footballguys view: Winston could post MVP-type numbers in 2017. He's that good, and the Bucs certainly have a formidable group of weapons around him. From a fantasy perspective, Winston is a QB1 sitting at QB11 (9.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Buccaneers | Two Bucs safeties dealt with injuries    Sun Jun 25, 04:29 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers FS J.J. Wilcox (undisclosed) and S Justin Evans (undisclosed) missed a majority of the offseason workouts because undisclosed injuries.

Footballguys view: It's not hard to imagine Wilcox and Evans as the starting safety duo for the Bucs when the regular season opens up. Chris Conte and Keith Tandy are expected to open training camp as the starting safeties, then the battle for those two spots shall begin.

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  Buccaneers | Chris Conte, Keith Tandy with first team    Sun Jun 25, 04:14 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers FS Chris Conte and S Keith Tandy are expected to open training camp as the starting safeties.

Footballguys view: That's what the Bucs had to do with both J.J. Wilcox and rookie Justin Evans banged up during minicamp. It will be interesting to see this battle unfold during training camp. Earlier this offseason, the Bucs made Wilcox the team's highest-paid safety with a two-year deal worth $6.25 million, including $3.125 million in guaranteed money. Evans was the team's second-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, and coming out of Texas A&M he's known as a tremendous athlete with extreme passion for the game.

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  Buccaneers | Doug Martin flashing 2015 form    Fri Jun 16, 12:12 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin is receiving a ton of offseason praise from a number of sources, not the least of which is general manager Jason Licht.

Footballguys view: It's all good but Martin still has to miss the first three games due to suspension. If you can stash him while he's suspended, Martin could be a fine asset as a RB2/flex option for your fantasy team this year.

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  Buccaneers | Deondre Barnett waived    Thu Jun 15, 02:52 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived DE Deondre Barnett from injured reserve with an injury settlement Wednesday, June 14.

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  Buccaneers | Doug Martin living in weight room?    Wed Jun 14, 12:10 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin looks quicker and bulkier than he did only two or three weeks ago, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Martin will miss Weeks 1-3 of the regular season due to a suspension. After that, he should return to the lineup as the top back for the Bucs. While he's out, the Bucs will use guys like Charles Sims, Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Jeremy McNichols in a RBBC.

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  Buccaneers | Jameis Winston off to historic start    Sun Jun 11, 11:25 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 4,000 yards and 20-plus touchdowns in each of his first two seasons.

Footballguys view: We expect Winston to once again eclipse those numbers in 2017. The Bucs went out and added WR DeSean Jackson in free agency. Then they selected potential star TE O.J. Howard in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. With better weapons around him, Winston could turn in his best season yet. He could be a top-10 fantasy QB in 2017.

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  Buccaneers | Cameron Brate to remain the starter?    Sat Jun 10, 09:22 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate and QB Jameis Winston have a chemistry that is 'going to be tough to dethrone,' according to Trevor Sikkema of PetwerReport.com, and Sikkema believes Brate could make it difficult for TE O.J. Howard to be the No. 1 option at the position.

Footballguys view: The Bucs are going to use a TEBC in 2017. Fantasy owners need to see how quickly Howard can be more productive than Brate at the position. Howard could at least be a better red zone target for Winston right out of the gate.

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  Buccaneers | Derel Walker could grab roster spot    Sat Jun 10, 09:15 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Derel Walker has been one of the better overall receivers in OTAs, according to Trevor Sikkema of PewterReport.com, and Sikkema believes Walker could claim one of the final receiver spots on the roster.

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  Buccaneers | Jameis Winston great with tight ends    Wed Jun 7, 09:50 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has the fifth-best passer rating when targeting tight ends since he entered the league three years ago, according to Pro Football Focus. However, he is third-worst in the league when targeting other positions.

Footballguys view: That was the way Winston was in college at Florida State. During his final season with the Seminoles, Winston targeted the TE position more than any other QB in the FBS. He's still heavily targeting the position now in the pros. We'll see if Winston creates great chemistry with rookie TE O.J. Howard. Many saw Howard as the best TE in this rich TE class, and he's got the physical traits that could make him a special player for the Buccaneers.

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  Buccaneers | Ryan Smith back at corner    Tue Jun 6, 12:09 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DB Ryan Smith is back at his natural position of cornerback after operating as a backup safety and on special teams as a rookie in 2016.

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  Buccaneers | Chris Godwin showing versatility    Thu Jun 1, 11:46 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin has been one of the most consistent players during OTAs, according to head coach Dirk Koetter, and Koetter said Godwin has the ability to play outside or from the slot.

Footballguys view: That's a consistent report coming from Bucs OTAs. Godwin, rookie WR from Penn State, has good size and build up speed. His best assets are the ability to win contested catches and the concentration to track deep passes clearly. He's impressing right now, but the path to significant targets is cluttered for Godwin in Tampa. Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard should be larger pieces of their passing game in 2017....oh yeah, Adam Humprhies will be competing for the ball too.

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  Buccaneers | Charles Sims to be more involved?    Thu Jun 1, 11:43 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims showed good burst in practice Thursday, June 1, according to beat writer Jenna Laine, and Laine believes Sims could be used from the slot this season and will be more involved in the passing game.

Footballguys view: Sims is a good receiver out of the backfield, and he's certainly got the ability to line up in the slot in certain packages. He'll compete for touches as a runner and could be more involved while Doug Martin is suspended over the first three games of the 2017 season.

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  Buccaneers | Two Buccaneers placed on IR    Thu Jun 1, 05:56 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Deondre Barnett (undisclosed) and LB Paul Magloire (undisclosed) reverted to the Reserve/Injured list Thursday, June 1.


  Buccaneers | Chris Godwin signs rookie deal    Thu Jun 1, 10:54 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin, a third-round pick, signed his rookie four-year deal Thursday, June 1.

Footballguys view: We like Godwin, but he's way back on the depth chart this year. Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and even Adam Humphries will be higher than Godwin to start the season, and both TEs Cameron Brate and fellow rookie (TE) OJ Howard are likely to be higher in the pecking order of targets for Jameis Winston. Godwin is a dynasty prospect we're monitoring but his redraft value in 2017 will likely be incredibly low.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay adding two DEs    Wed May 31, 02:44 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are signing DEs Sterling Bailey (Vikings) and Tavaris Barnes (Seahawks), according to sources.

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  Buccaneers | Roberto Aguayo struggling    Mon May 29, 09:54 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Roberto Aguayo was 5-for-9 on field-goal attempts in organized team activities last week while PK Nick Folk was 9-for-9.

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  Buccaneers | Ryan Fitzpatrick showing some rust    Sun May 28, 09:57 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has struggled with accuracy during OTAs, throwing passes behind receivers on crossing patterns and overthrowing deep passes.

Footballguys view: That's not showing rust....that's just Fitzpatrick. Yes, he'll hopefully get better with more time throwing to his new group of receivers. However, the Bucs won't use him so long as Jameis Winston stays healthy. Fitzpatrick is there to hold a clipboard and give the team veteran depth behind Winston with Mike Glennon (Bears) moving on in free agency.

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  Buccaneers | Jeremy McNichols still sidelined    Sun May 28, 09:46 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jeremy McNichols (shoulder) is still not participating in OTAs as he recovers from shoulder surgery.

Footballguys view: The rookie is a bit buried on the depth chart at this time, so there's no need to rush him. McNichols is a no-nonsense runner and decent receiver out of the backfield. He could one day be a starter, but the fifth-round pick is behind Doug Martin, Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers at this time.

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  Buccaneers | Chris Godwin impressing     Sun May 28, 09:42 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin's hands and physicality have stood out during OTAs, and head coach Dirk Koetter said Godwin is 'off to a fast start.'

Footballguys view: That's the best part of his game as Godwin was known as a fighter coming out of Penn State as a third-round pick this year. Godwin doesn't have the speed to separate, so he'll fight contested passes more than most. He's a determined receiver who reminds some in the scouting community of Jermaine Kearse (Seahawks).

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  Buccaneers | Adam Humphries expects big year    Sun May 28, 09:31 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Adam Humphries said he is confident entering his third year in the offense. 'I feel like I know the plays and I feel like I can play all three positions if needed,' Humphries said. 'With the additions we've had on the offense, I think it will be a great year for me.'

Footballguys view: It could be a decent year for Humphries, but the targets may just not be there for him to best the numbers he posted in 2016 (55 catches, 622 yards). The Bucs went out in free agency and added WR DeSean Jackson, then in the 2017 NFL draft they selected TE O.J. Howard in the first round. Simply put, those two are going to push Humphries down in the pecking order for targets.

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  Buccaneers | Nick Folk pushing Roberto Aguayo    Fri May 26, 10:04 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Nick Folk connected on all five of his field goal attempts during OTAs Friday, May 26, and Roberto Aguayo made at least four of his five attempts.

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  Buccaneers | Justin Evans contract details    Fri May 26, 07:32 PM

Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Justin Evans' four-year contract is worth $5.199 million. The deal includes a $1.921 million signing bonus.

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  Buccaneers | Justin Evans signs deal    Thu May 25, 04:26 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Justin Evans signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, May 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Buccaneers | O.J. Howard contract details    Wed May 24, 06:26 PM

Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard's four-year contract is worth $11.094 million. The deal includes a $6.208 million signing bonus.

Footballguys view: Howard has the size/strength/speed combination to be a force on the football field. The Bucs picked him in the first round with the idea that he could be a big part of the passing game. Howard is a mismatch every time he steps onto the field, but the targets are going to be split between WRs Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, Howard and fellow TE Cameron Brate. The potential TEBC could hold back Howard's fantasy potential in 2017.

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  Buccaneers | Tamp Bay signs two more rookies    Tue May 23, 05:15 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jeremy McNichols and LB Kendell Beckwith signed their four-year rookie contracts Tuesday, May 23. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: McNichols is a good all-purpose back who will work himself into the mix. He's a good pass-catcher and efficient with his movement as a runner. McNichols is competing for touches behind Doug Martin with guys like Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay signing Stevie Tu'ikolovatu    Tue May 23, 04:56 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Stevie Tu'ikolovatu is signing his four-year rookie deal Tuesday, May 23. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Buccaneers | Charles Sims taking part in OTAs    Tue May 23, 03:07 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (shoulder) practiced during organized team activities Tuesday, May 23, after being cleared to practice Monday, May 22. Sims underwent shoulder surgery sometime this offseason.

Footballguys view: It's a good sign for Sims who was knocked out late last year with this injury. The team has a collection of RBs, and with Doug Martin suspended the first three games of the year we could see Sims worked into the mix. He'll compete for touches with Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Jeremy McNichols.

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  Buccaneers | Doug Martin working with first team    Tue May 23, 11:56 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has been working with the first-team offense in organized team activities Tuesday, May 23.

Footballguys view: Even though Martin is suspended the first three games of the year, he can workout with the team from now through training camp. He can even play in preseason games, but once the regular season starts he will be away from the facility. During that time, the Bucs should feature a RBBC with guys like Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims and Jeremy McNichols.

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  Buccaneers | O.J. Howard signs rookie deal    Mon May 22, 12:41 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard signed his rookie four-year contract Monday, May 22. All first-round picks have options for a fifth year.

Footballguys view: Howard was arguably the best at his position in this historic class of tight ends in the 2017 NFL draft. He's big, fast and physical...basically a nightmare in waiting for linebackers or safeties tasked with covering him. Bucs QB Jameis Winston loves to throw to the tight end, and Howard gives him a big time weapon to target. Howard will split time with Cameron Brate, and that split will lessen his fantasy impact.

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  Buccaneers | Roberto Aguayo ready for competition    Sun May 21, 04:16 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Roberto Aguayo said he is ready to compete with PK Nick Folk for the kicker job during training camp and the preseason.

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  Buccaneers | Sean Renfree waived    Fri May 19, 08:20 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Sean Renfree was waived Friday, May 19.

Footballguys view: With the addition of Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Bucs didn't need another arm on the roster. Renfree was interesting for deep dynasty owners coming out of Duke as a seventh-round pick in 2013, but his time in the NFL is likely coming to a close.

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  Buccaneers | More on Ryan Fitzpatrick's deal    Fri May 19, 07:19 PM

Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick's one-year deal could be worth as much as $5 million based on incentives, according to a source.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay did not consider Colin Kaepernick    Fri May 19, 04:28 PM

Free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick (49ers) was not considered as an option for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when they decided to sign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, according to a source.

Footballguys view: We could see Kaepernick wind up in Seattle as a backup behind Russell Wilson. The Bucs wanted a veteran to compete with Ryan Griffin to be the backup behind Jameis Winston.

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  Buccaneers | Ryan Fitzpatrick terms    Fri May 19, 11:13 AM

Updating an earlier report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick received a one-year, $3 million deal.

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  Buccaneers | Ryan Fitzpatrick signs with Tampa    Fri May 19, 10:14 AM

Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) has agreed to an undisclosed contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, May 19.

Footballguys view: When they lost Mike Glennon (Bears) in free agency, the Bucs had only Ryan Griffin as the primary backup to Jameis Winston. Fitzpatrick certainly wasn't "Fitzmagic" last year with the Jets...in fact, he was downright horrible. He'll compete with Griffin to wear a ballcap and hold a clipboard in 2017.

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  Buccaneers | Mike Evans pumped for DeSean Jackson    Thu May 18, 09:19 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans said it will be 'awesome' to play with WR DeSean Jackson, and he believes they 'could be one of the best tandems in the league.'

Footballguys view: Evans is a tremendous receiver and Jackson - even if the current version is a shadow of the younger one - should draw sufficient attention to give Evans more room to produce yards and touchdowns. Add in another year of experience for Jameis Winston and Evans' value continues to trend upward.

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  Buccaneers | Jacquies Smith officially signs tender    Thu May 18, 01:40 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free-agent DE Jacquies Smith officially signed his tender Thursday, May 18. Smith had previously drawn interest from the San Francisco 49ers, which is why he had not yet signed the tender.

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  Buccaneers | Jacquies Smith should be ready for season    Wed May 17, 04:27 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Jacquies Smith (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017 season. Smith suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 1 last season.

Footballguys view: The Bucs are hopeful that Smith can regain his form as a pass-rusher and work back onto the field as an important rotational player. Smith had 6.5 sacks in 2014 and 7.0 in 2015. Due to make almost $2 million this year, Smith will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

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  Buccaneers | Jacquies Smith signs tender    Wed May 17, 04:24 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free-agent DE Jacquies Smith signed his one-year tender offer Wednesday, May 17, and is scheduled to make around $1.8 million.

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  Buccaneers | Cameron Brate will remain involved    Mon May 15, 10:08 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate will still remain a 'very valuable part of the offense,' which was a sentiment the team has emphasized repeatedly after drafting TE O.J. Howard.

Footballguys view: We'll take them at their word, but fantasy owners need to realize how cramped the weapons are around QB Jameis Winston. Even if Brate is still involved, the team is going to still get the ball to Mike Evans...plus they added WR DeSean Jackson in free agency...and oh yeah, they selected Howard with their first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft. Brate had a breakout season in 2016 and finished the year as the 6th-highest ranked TE in standard scoring leagues. He'll be hard pressed to break into the top 15 this year in a TEBC.

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  Buccaneers | Big year coming for Noah Spence?    Sat May 13, 10:18 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Noah Spence said he has put on more muscle but weighs about 10 pounds less than last season, and DT Gerald McCoy said Spence is ready for a 'breakout year' while DE Robert Ayers said Spence could be a '15-plus sack guy' this season.

Footballguys view: Spence has amazing upside as a pro, and we could see him as a double-digit sack guy for multiple years in the NFL. He fell to the second round of the 2016 NFL draft due to character concerns from back in his days at Ohio State. Spence transferred to Eastern Kentucky and has stayed on the right path since then.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay signs Robert McClain    Tue May 9, 03:03 PM

Free-agent CB Robert McClain (Chargers) was signed to a one-year deal by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday, May 9.

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  Buccaneers | Cameron Brate ready for OTAs    Sun May 7, 08:43 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (back) said he has been fully recovered for more than two months and will be able to participate in OTA workouts without limitations when they begin.

Footballguys view: Brate faces more competition for targets this year. The Bucs added WR DeSean Jackson in free agency, and they selected TE O.J. Howard in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. Brate finished last year as the 6th-best fantasy tight end (in standard scoring leagues), and he is unlikely to match that sort of production in 2017.

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  Buccaneers | Jeremy McNichols the total package    Sun May 7, 08:25 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jeremy McNichols is a 'very well-rounded guy' with 'three-round value,' according to general manager Jason Licht, and Licht also praised McNichols for his pass protection.

Footballguys view: McNichols is a no-nonsense runner with the vision to find the right lane. He's more quick than fast, but he does have good burst to and through the hole. In addition to his ability as a runner, McNichols can be split out wide and work as a legitimate receiver too. The Bucs backfield is a bit jumbled right now (Doug Martin, Charles Sims, Jacquizz Rodgers), but we'll be monitoring McNichols in dynasty leagues to see if he can develop into a starting option.

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  Buccaneers | O.J. Howard making quick transition    Sun May 7, 08:14 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard 'can do everything' a tight end needs to do, head coach Dirk Koetter said after the first day of rookie minicamp, and Howard said the similarities between Koetter's offense and the system he ran in college has helped make the transition easier.

Footballguys view: Howard can do everything, but will he finally play up to his massive potential? During his college career at Alabama, Howard only had two big games....but both were against Clemson in National Championship Games. He was relegated to blocking in a run-heavy scheme for most of his time in college, but the potential as a receiver was always there. This may have been the best tight end class in NFL history, and Howard may be the best of the bunch.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay not expected to add Riley Cooper    Sun May 7, 05:16 PM

Free-agent WR Riley Cooper (Eagles) is not expected to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after he participated in the team's rookie minicamp as a tryout basis.

Footballguys view: Cooper did not get any interest last year as he was out of football. The Bucs brought him in on a tryout basis, but it looks like he's not going to be there much longer.

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  Buccaneers | Kendell Beckwith could start as rookie    Sun May 7, 04:28 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Kendell Beckwith appears to have a chance to start at strongside linebacker in 2017 if he is healthy.

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  Buccaneers | Kendell Beckwith may be ready for camp    Sun May 7, 04:15 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Kendell Beckwith (knee) did not participate in the team's rookie minicamp because he is still recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament but expects to be ready for training camp.

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  Buccaneers | Sefo Liufau shows off arm    Sun May 7, 12:14 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Sefo Liufau showed better arm strength and mechanics than QB Alex Snyder during drills at rookie minicamp Friday, May 5.

Footballguys view: Liufau was known as a tough leader during his time in college at Colorado. He struggled mightily at the Senior Bowl earlier this year, and he has to be considered no more than a camp arm at this time.

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