Fantasy Football News & Views
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.Link to story
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.|
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.|
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.|
Mike Evans player page
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.|
Charles Sims player page
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.|
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.|
Chris Godwin player page
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.|
Buccaneers | Devin Lucien done in Tampa Bay Sun May 13, 03:49 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Devin Lucien was waived Sunday, May 13.Link to story
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).|
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.Link to story
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.Link to story
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.|
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.|
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.|
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.Link to story
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.|
O.J. Howard player page
Buccaneers | Ronald Jones adds new element Thu May 3, 10:24 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones adds 'juice' that the backfield has been lacking, according to general manager Jason Licht.
|Footballguys view: Jones is a big play waiting to happen. He wore 25 at USC in honor of Jamaal Charles, the back he patterns his game after. Like a young Charles, Jones has speed to burn and is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. Jones should bring plenty of 'juice' to the Bucs backfield, and we expect him to take over as the lead back at some point during his rookie season.|
Buccaneers | Tampa adds three more UDFAs Mon Apr 30, 03:33 PM
Undrafted free-agent WR Sergio Bailey (Eastern Michigan), TE Tanner Hudson (Southern Arkansas) and PK Trevor Moore (North Texas) signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday, April 30. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.Link to story
Buccaneers | Jack Cichy close to full strength Mon Apr 30, 02:11 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Jack Cichy (knee) said he has made steady progress in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and believes he will be 100 percent for the offseason workouts. Cichy will work at all three linebacker spots but believes middle linebacker is his natural position.Link to story
Buccaneers | Tampa Bay adds several UDFAs Sun Apr 29, 11:14 AM
Undrafted free-agent RB Shaun Wilson (Duke), QB Austin Allen (Arkansas), TE Donnie Ernsberger (Western Michigan), TE Jason Reese (Missouri), QB Riley Ferguson (Memphis) and WR Erv Philips (Syracuse) signed undisclosed contracts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Link to story
Buccaneers | Tampa takes Carlton Davis Fri Apr 27, 09:12 PM
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Auburn CB Carlton Davis with the 63rd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Friday, April 27.
|Footballguys view: Davis has good length, and does well in press coverage. He does a really good job of redirecting receivers coming off the line of scrimmage, but a poor job of locating the ball in the air.|
Buccaneers | M.J. Stewart drafted by Bucs Fri Apr 27, 08:35 PM
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected North Carolina CB M.J. Stewart with the 53rd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Friday, April 27.
|Footballguys view: A quick corner who isn't speedy overall, Stewart is short (5'11") but thick (200 pounds). He can cover, and lays the wood on ball carriers as well.|
Buccaneers | Tampa adds Ronald Jones Fri Apr 27, 07:33 PM
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Southern California RB Ronald Jones with the 38th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Friday, April 27.
|Footballguys view: Tampa Bay was looking to replace Doug Martin and get an explosive playmaker in Ronald Jones. The former Trojan can make catches, work outside and create his own yards. He gained 1,500 yards behind an at times injury plagued line at USC last season. He will see a lot of work in this offense.|
Buccaneers | Tampa adds Vita Vea Thu Apr 26, 09:25 PM
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Washington DT Vita Vea with the 12th overall pick in 2018 NFL Draft Thursday, April 26.
|Footballguys view: Pairing him with Gerald McCoy could be potent. A large man, he still came off the edge on a regular basis and he moves exceedingly well.|
Buccaneers | Charles Sims re-ups with Bucs Thu Apr 26, 09:56 AM
Free-agent RB Charles Sims (Buccaneers) agreed to a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, April 26. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Sims is a decent part of an RBBC, with some upside, but we think he'll be battling with a rookie this summer for reps.|
Charles Sims player page
Buccaneers | Bucs HC sees 'big leap' from O.J. Howard Tue Apr 24, 02:00 AM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard has the potential to 'take a big leap' in his second year, according to head coach Dirk Koetter, who added that 'there are so, so many little things that he can do better.'
|Footballguys view: Message for fantasy owners here looking for tight end help. Howard should take that next step in his career, and his quarterback Jameis Winston loves using the tight end early and often. We should all consider Howard a TE2 with TE1 upside if all things come together for him in 2018.|
O.J. Howard player page
Buccaneers | Two linemen to miss workouts Thu Apr 19, 05:35 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG J.R. Sweezy (leg) and OT Demar Dotson (knee) will not participate in offseason workouts, according to general manager Jason Licht.Link to story
J.R. Sweezy player page
Buccaneers | Denzel Ward met with Bucs Thu Apr 19, 03:14 PM
Ohio State CB Denzel Ward said he had a pre-draft visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Link to story
Buccaneers | Kendell Beckwith's return unclear Thu Apr 19, 12:53 PM
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Kendell Beckwith (ankle) will miss the entire offseason program and a timetable for his return is not clear yet. General manager Jason Licht said there will be a better idea of Beckwith's status in training camp. Beckwith recently suffered a fractured ankle in a car accident.Link to story
Kendell Beckwith player page
Buccaneers | Jameis Winston, DeSean Jackson improving bond Thu Apr 19, 12:24 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston and WR DeSean Jackson have already spent time together this offseason to improve their deep-ball chemistry. Winston said they're going to find more time to work outside the team facility and build their connection.
|Footballguys view: This is a good sign for their fantasy production but Jackson's age and Winston's shaky 2017 cool our excitement.|
DeSean Jackson player page
Jameis Winston player page
Buccaneers | Kendell Beckwith fractures ankle Thu Apr 19, 12:08 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Kendell Beckwith (ankle) suffered a fractured ankle in a car accident last week and had to undergo surgery. He will be out for a significant portion of the offseason program.Link to story
Kendell Beckwith player page
Buccaneers | Jameis Winston's option picked up Tue Apr 17, 11:15 AM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston's fifth-year option was exercised Tuesday, April 17. It's worth $20.922 million guaranteed for injury.
|Footballguys view: No question this was going to happen. Winston had a down season in 2017, only playing in 14 games and failing to surpass 4,000 yards passing like he did in his first two years as a pro. Now healthy, expect Winston to produce at the expected level...and the Bucs should work diligently to get him extended.|
Jameis Winston player page
Buccaneers | Adam Humphries signs tender Mon Apr 16, 02:16 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free-agent WR Adam Humphries signed his one-year tender offer Monday, April 16, and is scheduled to make $2.9 million in 2018.
|Footballguys view: The Bucs had a good feeling they could keep Humphries and tat's why they placed a second-round tender on him. He's going to compete for slot duties behind Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson once again in 2018.|
Adam Humphries player page
Buccaneers | Demar Dotson sidelined Sun Apr 15, 07:13 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OT Demar Dotson (knee) had surgery this week to repair a torn meniscus, and he will be sidelined from activities for an unspecified period. The belief, however, is he will be ready for training camp.Link to story
Buccaneers | Tampa Bay to meet with Ryan Green Sun Apr 8, 09:56 PM
Florida State RB Ryan Green has a meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scheduled for next week, according to a source.Link to story
Buccaneers | More targets for DeSean Jackson in 2018? Sun Apr 8, 12:16 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson finished with 50 catches for 668 yards and three touchdowns in his first year with the team in 2017. QB Jameis Winston took to social media on Friday, April 6, vowing he 'personally will make sure' to show valuable Jackson is to the team and the NFL in 2018.
|Footballguys view: There's no way around it; last season was a disappointment for Jackson, Winston and the Bucs overall. Through 14 games in 2017, Jackson snared 50 passes for 668 yards and three touchdowns. His 13.4 yards-per-catch average was the lowest of his career and about 4.0 yards off his career average. If Jackson gets back to being the deep threat he should be, going over 1,000 yards receiving is quite possible.|
DeSean Jackson player page
Buccaneers | Quenton Nelson meets with TB Thu Apr 5, 03:35 PM
Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson had a pre-draft visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, April 4.Link to story
Buccaneers | Tampa visits with Bradley Chubb Thu Apr 5, 03:34 PM
North Carolina State DE Bradley Chubb recently had a pre-draft visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a source.Link to story
Buccaneers | Derwin James visits Buccaneers Thu Apr 5, 10:08 AM
Florida State S Derwin James visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, April 4.Link to story
Buccaneers | Peyton Barber receives vote of confidence Tue Mar 27, 12:34 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber is the starting running back 'right now' and the team's confidence in him is 'high,' according to head coach Dirk Koetter.
|Footballguys view: With Doug Martin (Raiders) gone, Barber steps into the top spot....for now. We fully expect the Bucs to select one of the many talented running backs in the 2018 NFL draft.|
Buccaneers | Adam Gettis stays in Tampa Bay Mon Mar 26, 05:50 PM
Free-agent OG Adam Gettis (Buccaneers) re-signed to an undisclosed deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday, March 26.Link to story
Buccaneers | Tampa to meet with Benny Cunningham Sat Mar 24, 06:03 PM
Free-agent RB Benny Cunningham (Bears) is scheduled to meet with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, March 25.Link to story
Benny Cunningham player page
Buccaneers | Evan Smith financial details Sat Mar 24, 10:49 AM
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG/C Evan Smith's two-year contract is worth $6 million, with $1 million of guaranteed money.Link to story
Buccaneers | Evan Smith returns to Bucs Fri Mar 23, 04:46 PM
Free-agent OG/C Evan Smith (Buccaneers) agreed to terms Friday, March 233, to an undisclosed contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
|Footballguys view: Smith can and has started at all three interior line spots for the Bucs - he did that in 2017 alone. He's valuable depth and provides continuity, having played for the team since 2014.|
Buccaneers | Jason Pierre-Paul acquired by Bucs Thu Mar 22, 10:12 AM
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul was acquired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, along with a fourth-round pick, Thursday, March 22, in exchange for a third-round pick and a fourth-round pick in 2018.
|Footballguys view: This is a nice acquisition by the Buccaneers, and Pierre-Paul will be a good fit for their 4-3 scheme.|
Jason Pierre-Paul player page
Buccaneers | Three Buccaneers re-signed Mon Mar 19, 05:20 PM
Free-agents DE Will Clarke (Buccaneers) and LBs Adarius Glanton (Buccaneers) and Cameron Lynch (Buccaneers) all re-signed to one-year contracts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday, March 19.Link to story
Will Clarke player page
Adarius Glanton player page
Buccaneers | Vinny Curry joining Bucs Sat Mar 17, 05:00 PM
Free-agent DE Vinny Curry (Eagles) agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday, March 17, worth as much as $27 million, according to a source.Link to story
Vinny Curry player page
Buccaneers | Robert Ayers released Sat Mar 17, 04:44 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Robert Ayers was released Saturday, March 17, according to a source.Link to story
Robert Ayers player page
Buccaneers | Big money for Ryan Jensen Fri Mar 16, 09:21 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers C Ryan Jensen's contract is for four years and $42 million with $22 million guaranteed, according to a source.Link to story