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  Buccaneers | Rashaan Melvin sits    Thu Jul 31, 03:01 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Rashaan Melvin (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, July 31.

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  Buccaneers | Mike Jenkins not practicing    Thu Jul 31, 02:45 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Mike Jenkins (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Thursday, July 31.

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  Buccaneers | Alterraun Verner not practicing    Thu Jul 31, 02:39 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring) is not participating in practice Thursday, July 31.

Footballguys view: A high-priced and key acquisition, the Bucs will play it safe with Verner as they need him for the season more than the preseason. They'll make sure the hammy is right before they send him out to practice again.

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  Buccaneers | Austin Seferian-Jenkins learning quickly    Thu Jul 31, 08:38 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has picked up things quickly and made plays in camp. The team is excited about him.

Footballguys view: ASJ was delayed this spring because his college was still in session and players cannot join teams for workouts (beyond the rookie minicamp) until school is out. But he's really done everything he could to catch up and it is showing. Right now he's ranked as a TE3, but keep an eye on him as he could rise up draft boards, especially in touchdown-heavy leagues.

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  Buccaneers | Carl Nicks terminated    Wed Jul 30, 07:59 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially released OG Carl Nicks (toe) Wednesday, July 30, with an injury settlement.

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  Buccaneers | Sign Kip Edwards     Wed Jul 30, 06:27 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed CB Kip Edwards (Vikings) Wednesday, July 30. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Buccaneers | Rashaan Melvin not practicing    Wed Jul 30, 04:42 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Rashaan Melvin (ankle) is not participating in practice Tuesday, July 30.

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  Buccaneers | Alterraun Verner sits    Wed Jul 30, 04:41 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring) is not participating in practice Wednesday, July 30.

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  Buccaneers | Alterraun Verner update    Tue Jul 29, 06:06 PM

Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring) doesn't expect to miss much time with the injury, saying he's just banged up from training camp.

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  Buccaneers | Alterraun Verner injury update    Mon Jul 28, 04:16 PM

Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring) has been dealing with a hamstring issue, according to head coach Lovie Smith.

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  Buccaneers | Alterraun Verner sits    Mon Jul 28, 04:01 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Monday, July 28. Verner said the reason for sitting was nothing serious.

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  Buccaneers | Two released    Mon Jul 28, 01:37 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released RB Brendan Bigelow and WR Quintin Payton.

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  Buccaneers | Two players signed    Mon Jul 28, 01:35 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed free-agent CB Anthony Gaitor (Dolphins) and undrafted free-agent DT Jibreel Black (Michigan). Terms of the contracts were not disclosed, but all contracts signed by undrafted free agents are three-year deals, according to NFL rules.

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  Buccaneers | Dashon Goldson reps to be limited    Mon Jul 28, 03:42 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers FS Dashon Goldson (ankle) is being brought along slowly at the start of training camp, as the team is limiting his reps. "We want to get him incorporated into everything, but we limited his reps,'' coach Lovie Smith said. "We had him start off and that was pretty much it. We'll be able to progress a little bit with his reps. But I was impressed with his movement.''

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  Buccaneers | Mark Barron still mending    Sun Jul 27, 05:59 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Mark Barron (knee) said he's not 100 percent after arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee in January.

Footballguys view: Barron may not be close to 100 percent until January of 2015. He's a hard-hitting safety with a nose for the ball. The plan is to have him as near full strength as possible for the start of the regular season.

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  Buccaneers | Rashaan Melvin twists ankle    Sat Jul 26, 06:15 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Rashaan Melvin (ankle) twisted his left ankle in practice Saturday, July 26.

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  Buccaneers | Mike James running with twos    Sat Jul 26, 05:36 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Mike James is working with the second-team offense Saturday, July 26.

Footballguys view: James is competing with rookie Charles Sims to be the primary backup behind Doug Martin this year. This competition could last through camp.

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  Buccaneers | Two LBs asked to lose weight     Fri Jul 25, 07:57 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LBs Mason Foster and Dane Fletcher were asked by head coach Lovie Smith to lose weight this offseason so they can become quicker, and both players did lose some weight.

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  Buccaneers | Part ways with Carl Nicks    Fri Jul 25, 05:03 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and OG Carl Nicks and the team have mutually agreed to part ways Friday, July 25.

Footballguys view: In a statement, Nicks said he was "stepping away" from football and indicated he was still not physically where he'd like to be. He hasn't retired yet but his toe injury is considered career-threatening at this point. This leaves the Bucs pretty thin at guard on the offensive line now, and hopefully Oniel Cousins can step up. We'll be watching carefully for the rest of the preseason as the line struggles (or success) will greatly impact the fantasy value of guys like Doug Martin, Vincent Jackson, rookie Mike Evans and quarterback josh McCown.

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  Buccaneers | Carl Nicks not expected to practice    Fri Jul 25, 01:00 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) is not expected to practice Friday, July 25.

Footballguys view: Nicks is just getting some veteran rest early in camp. Nothing to see here, move along. He's been cleared to play, so this is just some caution.

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  Buccaneers | GM has high expectations    Fri Jul 25, 02:37 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said he expects the team to compete for the NFC South title in 2014. 'It's crazy,' Licht said. 'We'll look back at what we've added and ... I'm legitimately excited and feel like we have a chance to compete for the division title. I really do. You would think, with a first-year head coach and a first-year general manager ... we would both have a pass if we wanted to say, you know, I think we need some more time to turn this thing around. But that's not what we think. We think we can make a run at this thing this year. We feel we've got some major pieces in place to do that.'

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  Buccaneers | Da'Quan Bowers called out by GM    Fri Jul 25, 02:34 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Da'Quan Bowers has been rumored for some time to be on the bubble, and general manager Jason Licht said Bowers' job is on the line this training camp. 'I (don't) mean to sound too harsh, but it's a matter of fact that he needs to prove that he wants to make an impact with this football team and I expect that he will,' Licht said.

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  Buccaneers | Akeem Spence working hard    Fri Jul 25, 02:28 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Akeem Spence proved to be one of the team's better players through their offseason workout program. Spence could hold off competition from DT Clinton McDonald with a strong training camp. General manager Jason Licht praised Spence's work ethic. 'He just hasn't let up on the gas. It was fun watching that competition between him and Clinton during our OTAs and our mincamps, and I expect it to continue in training camp.'

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  Buccaneers | Carl Nicks to be brought along slowly    Fri Jul 25, 02:21 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) will be slowly worked back into the mix, according to general manager Jason Licht. Nicks missed all but nine games over the past two seasons.

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  Buccaneers | Ron Talley placed on NFI    Thu Jul 24, 06:29 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Ron Talley (undisclosed) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Thursday, July 24.


  Buccaneers | Acquire Brandon Magee from waivers    Thu Jul 24, 04:15 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed free-agent LB Brandon Magee (Browns) off waivers.

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  Buccaneers | Mark Barron ready to take the field    Thu Jul 24, 12:19 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Mark Barron (undisclosed) is ready to take the field, according to head coach Lovie Smith.

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  Buccaneers | Dashon Goldson ready to take the field    Thu Jul 24, 12:13 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers FS Dashon Goldson (foot) is ready to take the field, according to head coach Lovie Smith.

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  Buccaneers | Carl Nicks excused from practice    Thu Jul 24, 12:12 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) was excused from practice Thursday, July 24, according to head coach Lovie Smith. Smith is not sure when Nicks will return to the team.

Footballguys view: Nicks recent history with the Bucs has been a horror story, but it sounds like this is an excused absence and Nicks still needs to pass a physical. It could be a slow return to form this summer, but if Nicks can be on the field for the Bucs week 1, he'll be a big improvement to the run blocking, which came on at times after Doug Martin went out last year.

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  Buccaneers | More on Carl Nicks     Wed Jul 23, 05:52 PM

Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) has been cleared to practice, but will need to pass a physical Thursday, July 23. Nicks also needs to work on his conditioning, according to general manager Jason Licht.

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  Buccaneers | Three to compete for No. 3 wide receiver job    Wed Jul 23, 05:52 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Robert Herron, WR Louis Murphy and WR Chris Owusu will all compete for the No. 3 WR job, according to general manager Jason Licht.

Footballguys view: Murphy has the experience edge here, but we can't wait to see rookie Robert Herron. The speedy prospect from Wyoming has multiple moves to get free at the line of scrimmage. Once into his route, Herron can make cuts at speed without losing momentum. He's a dangerous weapon with the ball in his hands.

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  Buccaneers | Continuing contract talks with Gerald McCoy    Wed Jul 23, 05:34 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy is continuing to talk contract extension with the team, but there is no timetable to get a deal done.

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  Buccaneers | Few players may be on bubble    Wed Jul 23, 02:31 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey, G Carl Nicks and DE Da'Quan Bowers may be fighting for roster spots once training camp begins due to other competition for their jobs. TE Luke Stocker and S Kelcie McCray were also mentioned.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. All of the players listed have question marks surrounding their game--either durability or upside/natural ability. We'll see if a guy like Rainey can stick around as a reserve runner with the Bucs.

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  Buccaneers | Mark Barron healthy, ready for camp    Tue Jul 22, 10:37 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Mark Barron (undisclosed) is healthy and ready for training camp to open.

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  Buccaneers | Dashon Goldson expected to report to camp    Tue Jul 22, 10:34 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers FS Dashon Goldson (foot) is expected to participate in training camp, according to head coach Lovie Smith.

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  Buccaneers | Carl Nicks cleared to play    Tue Jul 22, 10:30 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) has been cleared to practice.

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  Buccaneers | Release D.J. Moore    Tue Jul 22, 06:17 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released CB D.J. Moore.

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  Buccaneers | Sign two    Tue Jul 22, 06:17 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed free-agents LB Jeremy Grable (Valdosa St.) and OT J.B. Shugarts (Lions).

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  Buccaneers | Da'Quan Bowers involved in off-field incident    Mon Jul 21, 10:38 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Da'Quan Bowers was involved in an incident that led to the arrest of another individual Saturday, July 19.

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  Buccaneers | Carl Nicks still a question mark    Thu Jul 17, 10:43 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) had yet to start running or cutting as of June minicamps. He said he expects to be ready for the start of training camping, but he admitted that there is permanent damage to his foot and he'll have to play through pain the rest of his career.

Footballguys view: The Bucs want Nicks ready for the start of the regular season, so they'll be cautious with him in training camp. Having Nicks available is a huge boost for their ground game and pass protection. We'll know more about where he's at physically as the team goes through August.

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  Buccaneers | Competition for Adrian Clayborn    Tue Jul 15, 11:58 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Adrian Clayborn will need a solid showing in camp to hold on to his starting job, according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com. DE William Gholston, DE Da'Quan Bowers and DE Steven Means are other candidates for the job.

Footballguys view: Gholston and Bowers could make things interesting, but Clayborn has more upside even though he's been a disappointment during his career. He's not a great fit for Lovie Smith's defense, but the Bucs really don't have much of a choice.

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  Buccaneers | Dane Fletcher could push for starting job    Mon Jul 14, 05:12 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Dane Fletcher could push for the starting middle linebacker job if LB Mason Foster is not able to handle his increased duties as a pass defender.

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  Buccaneers | Austin Seferian-Jenkins expects to be ready for camp    Thu Jul 10, 01:45 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) said he expects to be ready for training camp. 'I feel really good. My foot feels really good,' Seferian-Jenkins said Wednesday from Arizona, where he's been training. 'I've been running route, doing all the exercise and workout drills that they've asked me to do. I feel very comfortable and confident that I'll be ready to go when it comes to training camp.'

Footballguys view: While he won't have more than a very low end TE2 value to start the season, Sefarian-Jenkins is an interesting dynasty prospect. With defenses focused on Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, he could find a lot of room underneath when he gets healthy and comfortable in the offense.

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  Buccaneers | Austin Seferian-Jenkins wants to impress teammates    Tue Jul 8, 02:45 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins wants to show his commitment to his teammates in training camp. "I want to prove to the veterans that I care. I want to prove to the veterans that I know that they're older guys and they've figured it out, and I'm not going to be some rookie that's going to come around, messing around, and doing all this other stuff."

Footballguys view: Seferian-Jenkins had a DWI two years ago, so it is refreshing to hear that he wants to prove his maturity and dedication. He has the size and good hands to be a top red zone target, but the Bucs also have two giant wide receivers, so he will have to earn his role if he's going to matter in fantasy leagues this year.

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  Buccaneers | Mike Evans wants to create relationship with QB    Tue Jul 8, 02:44 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans said he wants to come into training camp and develop a good relationship with QB Josh McCown and prove that he deserves to be a starter in the NFL. "In training camp I want to prove that I deserve to be a starter on the team and I want to create a great relationship with Josh [McCown]," Evans said.

Footballguys view: Evans will be a starter whether he proves that or not, because he is really the only other starting quality receiver on the roster beyond Vincent Jackson. It is good to hear Evans express something like this, because some draft reports about him included hints at diva qualities, which are not exactly rare among NFL wide receivers.

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  Buccaneers | Mark Barron drafted to stop Jimmy Graham    Tue Jul 8, 12:14 PM

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers special assistant to the head coach Butch Davis said the team drafted SS Mark Barron to stop New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham. "We took [safety] Mark Barron in the first round simply because of Jimmy Graham," Davis said of the team's decision with the eighth overall pick that year.

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  Buccaneers | Wide receiver corps slowly taking shape    Mon Jul 7, 10:06 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson and WR Mike Evans are expected to open the year as the starters, and WR Robert Herron, WR Chris Owusu and WR Louis Murphy are the frontrunners for the remaining spots, according to Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com. Smith also tabbed WR David Gettis as a player that could surprise and make the 53-man roster.

Footballguys view: The Bucs addressed the massive hole at their #2 WR spot after trading away Mike Williams, but they are still very thin at the position after that. The tight end should play a nice-sized role in the passing game, which means that Brandon Myers or rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be good waiver pickups early in the season if they pan out.

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  Buccaneers | Akeem Spence facing charges    Mon Jul 7, 05:17 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Akeem Spence faces misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana stemming from an arrest in January.

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  Buccaneers | Mike Evans getting into shape    Thu Jul 3, 10:21 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) is working out with Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall in Miami and said he has no lingering issues from a hamstring injury. He also said he needs to drop 7 to 10 pounds. 'Physically, I'm not in tip-top shape. I'm getting back into my game shape,' said Evans. 'As far as injury-wise, I feel good. I've been running, and I feel 100 percent. I've got to lose more weight. I'm too heavy right now. But the workouts I've been doing, I'll be fine. I'll be ready.'

Footballguys view: Evans wasn't feeling so hot after rookie minicamp, and many rookies are out of shape after spending so much time doing draft things and not football things. We can't think of a better guy than Brandon Marshall to teach Evans to translate the skills he has to the NFL. Evans is currently a WR4 or WR5 but he has upside depending on how he transitions and what happens at quarterback for the Bucs.

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  Buccaneers | Teammate compares Josh McCown to Drew Brees    Mon Jun 30, 04:52 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Jonathan Casillas said QB Josh McCown reminds him of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, who Casillas played with when he was with the Saints from 2009 to 2012. 'It's a strong comparison, but he reminds me of Drew (Brees), not just the way he throws the ball, but his approach to the game. The first one in, the last one out, he's always around. He's very communicable, very personable. And you can tell he's a born leader,' Casillas said.

Footballguys view: Slow your role here Casillas. We like McCown but we're not going overboard with a comparison to one of the league's best in Brees. McCown is a savvy veteran who should help the Bucs get back to respectability in 2014, but he's nowhere near the passer that Brees is.

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