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DE Robert Ayers - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-3, 272Born: 9-6-1985College: TennesseeDrafted: Round 1, pick 18

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Summary

The Bucs completed a shrewd piece of business this offseason with the signing of former Giants defensive end Robert Ayers. He has already predicted that double-digit sacks are within his reach and he is reportedly a big proponent of new defensive coordinator Mike Smith. Smith's scheme will be a 4-3 for the most part, if his comments are to be believed, so Ayers will more than likely line up as the strong side defensive end, with rookie Noah Spence and Jacquies Smith playing the weak side end. Ayers has the potential to be a DE2; alternatively, he could buckle under the additional snaps and fail to live up to his contract. (August 7)

FBG Staff Rankings

DE Redraft - 18, 18, 19, 21
Overall Redraft - 68, 56, 56
DE Dynasty - 29, 21, 33, 38

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2013 DEN 15 23 6 5.5 1 0 0 0 0
2014 NYG 12 18 4 5 1 0 0 1 0
2015 NYG 12 30 11 9 2 0 0 4 0
2016 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 34 * * * * * * *
2016 PROJ-Norton 16 40 * * * * * * *

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2016 Schedule

1@ Atlanta Falcons
2@ Arizona Cardinals
3vs Los Angeles Rams
4vs Denver Broncos
5@ Carolina Panthers
6--- BYE WEEK ---
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9vs Atlanta Falcons
10vs Chicago Bears
11@ Kansas City Chiefs
12vs Seattle Seahawks
13@ San Diego Chargers
14vs New Orleans Saints
15@ Dallas Cowboys
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Carolina Panthers