Charles Sims also missed a good portion of the season due to injuries

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In last Sunday’s loss at Dallas, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers snapped the ball on first down 26 times, and on 14 of those occasions Jameis Winston handed off to either Doug Martin or Charles Sims. Of the 12 times the Buccaneers passed on first down, five came in the final two minutes of either half. In other words, playing in a game that was within one score for most of the night, Tampa Bay made a point of presenting a balanced offense.

As expected, running back Charles Sims has been activated from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ injured reserve list and will be available to play on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Wide receiver Vincent Jackson and running back Charles Sims were held out of practice on Tuesday, and both may miss Thursday’s preseason opener in Philadelphia.

Jackson, a 12th-year NFL veteran, has been given “veteran days” off in the past in an effort to keep him fresh for the regular season. In this case, however, his absence was injury related.

Rodgers re-signed with the Buccaneers as soon as he could, on March 9. Whether or not the team foresees him as their lead back to start the season, he is at least a strong safety net. His 560 rushing yards last season were a career high but did not seem fluky in the least. He simply got an opportunity to be an every-down back for the first time and ran with it.

Charles Sims also missed a good portion of the season due to injuries. Assuming he’s healthy to start the 2017 season he may be best cast as an outstanding complement to the lead back, as he was in 2015 when he and Martin both topped 1,000 yards from scrimmage.

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Will he lead the team in rushing yards? Maybe, but the Bucs’ backfield is getting full with Doug Martin, Charles Sims jersey and Jacquizz Rodgers still on the roster. McNichols will likely have a large role in the Bucs’ running game, but his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield could result in his getting more looks than any Buccaneer running back.

That could literally be the case if former Canadian Football League standout Derel Walker makes the most of his second crack at the NFL. Evans and Walker were the primary targets for quarterback Johnny Manziel in 2013, on an A&M offense that averaged more than 44 points per game. Evans led the Aggies with 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns on 69 receptions; Walker was second with 51 grabs for 818 yards and five scores. The following spring, Evans was drafted seventh overall by the Buccaneers and Manziel went to the Browns at #22. Walker was not drafted, perhaps in part due to a 4.65-second showing in the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day, but he signed as a rookie free agent with the Tennessee Titans.

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After taking the Canadian Football League by storm, Derel Walker is getting another shot at the NFL.

While Evans went on to immediate stardom, topping 1,000 yards as a rookie and scoring 12 touchdowns, Walker found himself waived by the Titans near the end of the preseason. His next move was to try the CFL, and that proved to be an excellent career choice. Over the next two seasons, Walker racked up huge numbers for the Edmonton Eskimos: 198 catches for 2,699 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Eskimos let him out of his contract a few weeks early this winter so he could rekindle his NFL dreams, and seven different teams gave him a tryout in December and January.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed veteran wide receiver Vincent Jackson on injured reserve due to a knee injury he sustained during the team’s Monday Night Football win over the Carolina Panthers on October 10.

Now, virtually any Buccaneers fan would be able to identify the owner of the first line as Vincent Jackson who, in his 12th NFL season and fifth year in Tampa, is clearly the dean of his position group. If the second line is harder to pinpoint, that’s because we cheated. That’s actually the combined career totals of all the other receivers on Tampa Bay’s roster.

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An injury on the practice field Tuesday led to a trio of roster moves for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday, all related to the wide receiver position.

Wideout Donteea Dye was hurt during Tuesday’s practice and has been placed on injured reserve, bringing his season to an end. The Bucs filled the resulting opening on the active roster and the fifth spot on the receiving corps by promoting first-year wide receiver Bernard Reedy from the practice squad. And, to keep the overall numbers at wideout the same, the team signed former Tampa Bay Storm receiver Kendrick Ings to the practice squad, replacing Reedy.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers named their game-day inactives on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET, 90 minutes before kickoff of their Week 17 contest at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. NFL teams are required to reduce their active rosters to 46 players for each regular-season game.

Though the Buccaneers have recently placed a handful of players on various reserve lists, including running backs Doug Martin and Charles Sims, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers jerseys only player on their active roster who is out of the season finale due to injury is defensive end William Gholston. Gholston will miss his second straight game after hurting his elbow in Week 15. Tampa Bay’s season-opening offensive line is back together, however, as right tackle Demar Dotson has returned from a three-game absence due to a concussion.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost wide receiver Cecil Shorts to a knee injury but found an immediate replacement on their practice squad in third-year wideout Josh Huff.

On Tuesday, the Buccaneers placed Shorts on injured reserve and signed Huff to the resulting open spot on their 53-man roster. The team also kept its overall wideout totals and its 10-man practice squad intact by bringing back Bernard Reedy, who went to training camp with the Buccaneers this past summer.

The Buccaneers announced today that thy have signed four players to futures contracts: defensive tackle Davon Coleman, defensive tackle Cliff Matthews, defensive end Jermauria Rasco and wide receiver Bernard Reedy.

Coleman was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Arizona State in 2014, and signed by the Dallas Cowboys, where he spent the last two seasons. He has played in four games in his NFL career and started one.

Tight end remains a mystery for the Buccaneers, and for that reason it is probably safer to go with other options. Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ nine standard points was the fifth-highest of all NFL tight ends last week, but that 30-yard score was also his only target all game. Having Seferian-Jenkins and Cameron Brate and now even Brandon Myers are red zone targets every week is a great benefit for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, however that optimism does not translate to fantasy football.

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Tight end Brandon Myers played out the full three-year contract he got as an unrestricted free agent in 2014 but become a UFA again on March 9 and to this point has not re-signed with the team. That leaves the Buccaneers with just four tight ends on their expanded offseason roster, with former undrafted players Kivon Cartwright and Tevin Westbrook joining Brate and Stocker. Westbrook has spent the better part of the last two years on the Bucs’ practice squad, so the team has obviously seen some talent worth developing. Women's Nike Tampa Bay Buccaneers Critical Victory NFL T-Shirt Light Grey

Where does the team stand now? It’s fair to say that Doug Martin’s situation is uncertain. Sims has missed significant time due to injury in two of his three NFL seasons. Rodgers, we now know, can function as a number-one back, but it’s also true that he’s never done so for an entire season. Barber, again, has promise but is just a year removed from being an undrafted free agent. That’s just too much uncertainty for me to think the Buccaneers will completely stand pat.

Tampa Bay also tweaked its 10-man practice squad on Wednesday, signing running back Blake Sims and defensive end Deonte Gibson. In addition to the spot created by Johnson’s promotion, the team released offensive lineman Kyler Kerbyson.

Rounding out the group are first-year players Russell Hansbrough, Quayvon Hicks and Blake Sims, all of whom entered the league as an undrafted free agents. Hansbrough was on and off the Bucs’ roster last year but didn’t get a chance to carry the ball. Hicks hasn’t played since a torn ACL ended his last year at Georgia in 2015; if the Bucs choose to carry a traditional fullback, he may have a shot. Sims played quarterback at Alabama but is trying to make it in the league as a ballcarrier.

The receiving corps will have something of a new look in 2017

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team has signed defensive end Kourtnei Brown, running back Russell Hansbrough and offensive lineman Kyler Kerbyson to the practice squad and released safety Trae Elston from the practice squad.

On Monday afternoon, the Buccaneers placed running back Charles Sims on injured reserve and promoted rookie running back Russell Hansbrough from the practice squad. Sims suffered a knee injury in last Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos. Roster transactions on the day of the game are rare and only possible in this case because the Bucs are playing on Monday, a day when all 32 teams can make moves.

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On Sunday, the Buccaneers announced the signing of eight players to the first iteration of their practice squad: running backs Peyton Barber and Russell Hansbrough, offensive linemen Josh Allen and Ben Gottschalk, wide receiver Freddie Martino, linebacker Josh Keyes, cornerback Javien Elliott and safety Isaiah Johnson. The Bucs have also agreed to practice squad terms with linebacker Micah Awe and wide receiver Jeremy Butler.

Hansbrough was promptly promoted from the practice squad to Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey china the active roster for the second time this season. One spot on the 53-man roster remains open as the Buccaneers begin a week of practice in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.

Rounding out the group are first-year players Russell Hansbrough, Quayvon Hicks and Blake Sims, all of whom entered the league as an undrafted free agents. Hansbrough was on and off the Bucs’ roster last year but didn’t get a chance to carry the ball.

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The last time wide receiver Josh Huff touched the football during a game, it was to throw a pass. That pass, which was intended for then-Philadelphia Eagles teammate Jordan Matthews, fell incomplete in the fourth quarter of an overtime loss to Dallas nearly six weeks ago. Suffice it to say that Huff has been itching to get back on the field.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost wide receiver Cecil Shorts to a knee injury but found an immediate replacement on their practice squad in third-year wideout Josh Huff.

On Tuesday, the Buccaneers placed Shorts on injured reserve and signed Huff to the resulting open spot on their 53-man roster. The team also kept its overall wideout totals and its 10-man practice squad intact by bringing back Bernard Reedy, who went to training camp with the Buccaneers this past summer.

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The receiving corps will have something of a new look in 2017. While Jackson comes aboard, Russell Shepard has left for the Carolina Panthers and Vincent Jackson and Cecil Shorts remain free agents. Assuming they do not return, there will be some sorting out to accomplish in the 4-6 spots. Freddie Martino also got a qualifying offer to make him an exclusive rights free agent, so he’ll get another shot after contributing a couple big plays last fall. Josh Huff didn’t play much on offense after he was released by the Eagles and signed by the Bucs at midseason but he does have 51 career NFL receptions.

Sims will join Doug Martin, Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber in the offensive backfield. Tampa Bay will also have its usual complement of five active wideouts after promoting Josh Huff and Donteea Dye during the week. Adam Humphries, who has developed into a significant weapon in the slot, will be inactive on Sunday due to a concussion.

As was evident since Friday’s injury report, the Buccaneers’ offense will be without three key pieces: right tackle Demar Dotson, tight end Luke Stocker and wide receiver Adam Humphries. Veteran Gosder Cherilus will take over for Dotson on the Bucs’ line, making his first start of the season. With Humphries out and Cecil Shorts on injured reserve, the Buccaneers will look to integrate the newly-promoted receiving duo of Josh Huff and Donteea Dye into the passing attack.

Donteea Dye wasn’t quite ready to return to game action last weekend

May 4th, 2017

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Tight end Alan Cross, one of four undrafted rookies who originally made the 53-man roster, has returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a member of the practice squad.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted six players this past weekend but could easily end up with more than a half-dozen rookies on their regular-season roster.

On Monday, the Buccaneers announced that they had agreed to terms with 14 rookies who were not selected in the draft, any one of whom could follow in the footsteps of such big-time contributors as Cameron Brate and Adam Humphries, the team’s second and third-leading receivers in 2016, respectively. There is plenty of evidence that undrafted players get a real opportunity to make the team in Tampa; last year, six such players were on the roster by season’s end, including running back Peyton Barber and tight end Alan Cross.

Conte turned in the biggest defensive play of the game for the second weekend in a row. After scoring his first career touchdown on a pick-six to start the Bucs’ 36-10 rout of Chicago last Sunday, he intercepted a fourth-quarter Alex Smith pass in the end zone and returned it 55 yards to midfield. The Chiefs were threatening to take a 17-12 lead but Conte’s takeaway set up a Buccaneer drive that ended in Jameis Winston’s three-yard touchdown pass to rookie TE Alan Cross. It was Cross’s first career touchdown, on just his second NFL reception.

“That’s his play all the way,” said Winston. “Alan Cross has been working his tail off since he first stepped foot in this building. I’m proud of him and I’m proud for his family that he got his first career touchdown.”

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Alan Cross is the latest example of that annual NFL long-shot story: The undrafted rookie who beats the odds to make a regular-season roster. If so, they won’t even be the longest odds he’s overcome on the football field.

Thanks to the decision to label versatile rookies Dan Vitale and Alan Cross as tight ends, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ coach for that position has a very crowded meeting room these days. According to Jon Embree, one thing about that group hasn’t changed as it has expanded this offseason: There’s a quietly valuable leader in their midst and cheap Tampa Bay Buccaneers jerseys  it might not be who you think.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers completed their roster cutdown to 75 players on Tuesday morning by waiving second-year wide receiver Donteea Dye and rookie offensive lineman Joel Hale. The team had previously trimmed 12 players from the roster on Sunday but needed to clear two more spots before the NFL’s Tuesday afternoon deadline.

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Dye, a second-year wide receiver who played in 10 games for the Buccaneers last year, was re-signed to the practice squad on Tuesday. He first returned to the team last week, signing with the practice squad on Monday and then getting a promotion to the active roster on Wednesday. However, after a week of practice it was determined that Dye needed a bit more time to round back into game shape, so his spot on the 53-man roster went instead to wide receiver Freddie Martino.

On Thursday, the Buccaneers announced that they had agreed to terms with veteran linebacker Daryl Smith. Over the course of 12 seasons in Jacksonville and Baltimore, Smith has started 172 of the 174 games in which he has played, including all 48 for the Ravens over the last three years.Nike Buccaneers #83 Vincent Jackson White Pink Women's Stitched NFL Limited Rush Fashion Jersey

Originally a second-round pick by Jacksonville out of Georgia Tech in 2004, Smith spent nine seasons with the Jaguars, including his first four under then-defensive coordinator Mike Smith. Wednesday’s signing reunites the two Smiths, as the latter is now the Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator. Under the direction of Mike Smith, Daryl Smith played in 62 games with 60 starts and combined 292 tackles with 10.5 sacks, three interceptions, 17 passes defensed and three fumble recoveries, including one returned 77 yards for a touchdown.

The Buccaneers have one of the best outside linebackers in the NFL in Lavonte David, who was rated as the No. 53 player in the league in the NFL Network’s annual Top 100. David, who has recorded 139 tackles or more in each of his four NFL seasons, was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2015. But David isn’t the only standout in the Buccaneers’ linebacker room any more. Middle linebacker Kwon Alexander, a fourth-round pick in last year’s draft, has established himself as an up-and-comer in the NFC South after recording 93 tackles during his rookie season. Tampa Bay added talented veteran Daryl Smith this offseason, who should take over the duties as the team’s strong side outside linebacker.

The two newest signees are tight end Kivon Cartwright and kicker John Lunsford

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Wednesday that they have signed two more players to reserve/futures contracts for the 2017 season, adding to the six they inked on Monday. The two newest signees are tight end Kivon Cartwright and kicker John Lunsford.

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A few weeks back, we learned that Doug Martin was one of the best running backs in this year’s Madden video game. We also learned that Roberto Aguayo was one of the game’s top rookies. But now, EA Sports has released their full ratings for the Buccaneers.

Myers was once a starting tight end in the NFL with the Raiders and Giants but has served mostly as a special teams player with the Buccaneers. Still, having a player with significant experience could be a welcome addition to a tight end room that is somewhat inexperienced. Alan Cross, Kivon Cartwright and Tevin Westbrook will also be battling for roster spots.

The Bucs’ newest crop of undrafted free agents (UDFAs) includes Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau, Florida State wide receiver Bobo Wilson and Michigan State linebacker Riley Bullough. Tampa Bay also brought in a prospect from Canada, Laval tight end Antony Auclair. The full list of this year’s UDFAs is below. These additions also required the Buccaneers to create two openings on the 90-man offseason roster, which they did by waiving center Ben Gottschalk and tight end Kivon Cartwright.

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The Buccaneers are taking one more tight end to camp than a year ago and are likely to keep one or two more during the regular season, but that’s mostly a matter of definition. Sixth-round pick Vitale and undrafted rookie Cross were both labeled as fullbacks heading into the draft but Koetter and his staff have lumped them in with the tight ends. The team does not have a player listed at fullback on the roster, so it may actually publish a depth chart that has two TE slots and no FB slot. If that proves to be the case, you might see three tight ends listed at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey authentic more traditional spot and then another one or two at the other one.  Women's Tampa Bay Buccaneers Stadium Rally Full Zip Hoodie Black

So far, so good. This time, the excitement for Cross came from a conversation he did not have with his head coach. While tight ends Danny Vitale, Kivon Cartwright and Tevin Westbrook were all let go over the two rounds of cuts that started last Sunday, Cross was one of five players the team kept at that position. There are two “TE” spots listed on the Bucs’ official depth chart; one lists Cameron Brate, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Brandon Myers, while Cross sits behind veteran Luke Stocker at the other one.

Tight end Brandon Myers played out the full three-year contract he got as an unrestricted free agent in 2014 but become a UFA again on March 9 and to this point has not re-signed with the team. That leaves the Buccaneers with just four tight ends on their expanded offseason roster, with former undrafted players Kivon Cartwright and Tevin Westbrook joining Brate and Stocker. Westbrook has spent the better part of the last two years on the Bucs’ practice squad, so the team has obviously seen some talent worth developing.

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On Monday, the Buccaneers announced the signings of six players to reserve/future contracts, all of whom finished the season on the team’s practice squad: Johnson, guard Josh Allen, guard Michael Liedtke, cornerback Cody Riggs, running back Blake Sims and tight end Tevin Westbrook.

The Buccaneers started the season with just three tight ends but had five on the 53-man roster by the time the last game was played. There were two reasons for this. One, with Seferian-Jenkins hurt but not on injured reserve for a good portion of the season, the Bucs promoted Brate and leaned on him in the passing game. Two, Westbrook, an undrafted rookie out of the University of Florida, got a promotion for the final week of the season though he did not play in that last game.

Tight end Brandon Myers played out the full three-year contract he got as an unrestricted free agent in 2014 but become a UFA again on March 9 and to this point has not re-signed with the team. That leaves the Buccaneers with just four tight ends on their expanded offseason roster, with former undrafted players Kivon Cartwright and Tevin Westbrook joining Brate and Stocker. Westbrook has spent the better part of the last two years on the Bucs’ practice squad, so the team has obviously seen some talent worth developing.

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An injury on the practice field Tuesday led to a trio of roster moves for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday, all related to the wide receiver position.

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Wideout Donteea Dye was hurt during Tuesday’s practice and has been placed on injured reserve, bringing his season to an end. The Bucs filled the resulting opening on the active roster and the fifth spot on the receiving corps by promoting first-year wide receiver Bernard Reedy from the practice squad. And, to keep the overall numbers at wideout the same, the team signed former Tampa Bay Storm receiver Kendrick Ings to the practice squad, replacing Reedy.

Donteea Dye wasn’t quite ready to return to game action last weekend, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to give him an opportunity to get back to that level.

Dye, a second-year wide receiver who played in 10 games for the Buccaneers last year, was re-signed to the practice squad on Tuesday. He first returned to the team last week, signing with the practice squad on Monday and then getting a promotion to the active roster on Wednesday. However, after a week of practice it was determined that Dye needed a bit more time to round back into game shape, so his spot on the 53-man roster went instead to wide receiver Freddie Martino.

The Buccaneers had previously waived the former undrafted free agent on August 30, during the league-wide roster cuts from 90 to 75 players. Because Dye was waived with an injury settlement, he was prohibited from re-signing with Tampa Bay for a period of three weeks plus the length of the settlement (three regular-season games). That meant that the earliest possible return day for the young receiver was this past Monday. Dye could have signed with any other team in the interim.

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The Buccaneers also placed starting wide receiver Vincent Jackson on injured reserve on Tuesday and got wide receiver Cecil Shorts back on the practice field after a three-game absence due to a hamstring injury. In addition, wide receiver Louis Murphy, who has been on the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list since the start of the season, started practicing this week in anticipation of a possible return to the active roster.

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That first pair of backs represented the Buccaneers’ outstanding 1-2 punch returning from 2015, as Martin and Sims were the only pair of running back teammates to each surpass 1,000 yards from scrimmage last year. However, Sims is now on injured reserve with a knee ailment and Martin is out indefinitely after aggravating a hamstring injury that has kept him out of action since Week Two.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have gone from light on tailbacks to fully stocked in less than a week. On Tuesday, the team announced the signing of sixth-year veteran back Jacquizz Rodgers, who played his first four seasons for division-rival Atlanta. Rodgers fills the roster spot created on Monday when defensive end Jacquies Smith was placed on injured reserve.

Rodgers is averaging 4.7 yards per carry as he continues to fill in for an injured Doug Martin. As it stands, Rodgers’ 154 rushing yards are the third-most of any running back in Week 7, though the Broncos and Texans have yet to play this week.

Just one other running back appeared on PFF’s list – Miami’s Jay Ajayi, who picked up 214 yards and is currently the league-leader for Week 7.

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Rookie RB Peyton Barber salted the game away in the fourth quarter with a 44-yard touchdown run.

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The Buccaneers had a handful of undrafted rookies see significant playing time in 2016, with DaVonte Lambert taking 424 snaps, Peyton Barber taking 295, Alan Cross taking 266 and Javien Elliott taking 212. Lambert started five games while Elliott started one.

Rodgers’ biggest play in Sunday’s win over the 49ers was a 45-yard run in the second quarter, which set up a Roberto Aguayo field goal. That was the longest run of his career, and it was the Bucs’ longest of the game, but only barely. Rookie RB Peyton Barber salted the game away in the fourth quarter with a 44-yard touchdown run, the longest of his (very brief) career.

After a standout performance against the 49ers in Week 7, Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber has been nominated for the NFL’s Rookie of the Week award. Barber rushed for 84 yards and  buccaneers jerseys cheap a touchdown on 12 carries, averaging seven yards per attempt. Only one running back in the league with 10 or more carries averaged more yards per attempt than Barber in Week 7. Barber had just three carries for five yards in his previous five games.

After a dominant performance against the Seahawks in Week 12, Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence has been nominated for the NFL’s Rookie of the Week award. He is the second Buccaneer rookie to be nominated for the award this season after Peyton Barber was a finalist in Week 7.

Spence recorded 1.5 sacks against Seattle, a career-high for him, along with a forced fumble and five tackles. Of his five tackles, two were solo. He was a part of a six-sack effort as Tampa Bay upended Seattle, 14-5, at home. Spence has 5.5 sacks on the year, the second-most among rookies. Jacksonville’s Yannick Ngakoue leads all rookies with six sacks.

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On Friday, the Buccaneers placed Bond, a sixth-round pick in the 2016 draft, on injured reserve and filled his roster spot by re-signing linebacker Josh Keyes. Bond had not played in the first two games of the season as he recovered from a preseason hamstring injury but had returned to full participation in practice to start the week. However, Bond was not able to practice on Thursday, presumably due to a setback with the hamstring.

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The only player on the 53-man roster who did not practice at all on Wednesday, was tight end Luke Stocker, who sat out with a back ailment. Rookie linebacker Devante Bond, who missed the final two preseason games with a hamstring strain, is on the injury report as well, although he was able to practice in a limited fashion. Rookie safety Ryan Smith rounds out the Bucs’ list; he has a hand injury but was able to participate fully in Wednesday’s workout.

A year ago, the Buccaneers signed veteran linebacker Daryl Smith to a one-year deal in free agency and then drafted Oklahoma linebacker Devante Bond in the sixth round a month later. With the “Mike” and “Will” positions in Tampa Bay’s defense filled more than ably by Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David, respectively, this looked like a two-part approach to addressing the “SAM,” or strongside linebacker, spot.

As expected, Smith stepped in as the SAM starter and provided the steady play the Bucs anticipated getting from a 13th-year veteran with experience in Mike Smith’s system. Bond was expected to make an early impact on special teams, and at the same time he would have had a chance to learn defense with a shot at possibly starting down the road.

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April 12th, 2017

When Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David was chosen by Team Irvin in the 2016 Pro Bowl Draft and Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin was selected by Team Rice.

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It set up the very real possibility of some Buccaneer-on-Buccaneer violence. As it turned out, David and Martin ran into each other on the very first play that both Bucs were on the field Sunday.

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As much as he’s enjoying the week, David hasn’t quite let go of that feeling of being passed over the last couple years, and almost a third time in 2015. That’s good news for Buccaneers fans – David is clearly motivated to take his game to a level where he won’t have to wait for a last-minute call to Hawaii.

“Yeah I feel validated, but at the same time, I was an alternate,” he said. “I want to be one of those guys that’s automatically voted in from the get-go. I’m embracing this; it’s a great moment, something I can put on my résumé. But hopefully in the years to come I can be one of the first guys voted in.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is so important because it is a chance to impact a child’s life,” said David. “Being in the position I’m in, I feel like there is a great need for me to go back and help the youth in the community and let them know I care about them and want them to succeed in life just as much as I have.”

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III with the 11th overall pick in April, then set about determining exactly what role he would play in their defense. If there was ever any doubt that role would be a large one, it didn’t last long. By the team’s mandatory mini-camp in June, Head Coach Dirk Koetter was already making it clear that his rookie corner could excel on the outside or in the slot.

On Friday, the Buccaneers’ rookies took the field at One Buc Place for their first practice in Tampa Bay, albeit in helmets and shorts. It marked the first practice for first-round draft pick Vernon Hargreaves, who the Buccaneers selected No. 11 overall last weekend. With media members in attendance, Hargreaves worked in the slot as well as on the outside during the 90-minute session.

Hargreaves, who is coming off perhaps the best game of his young career in Sunday’s win at San Diego, agrees and attributes that to greatly-increased comfort level in Mike Smith’s defense.

“The ball was in the air and I have to make a play,” he said of his first interception. “It’s not that complicated. It was fairly simple. At the end of the day, I have to make a play. It’s simple, it’s always about the ball. Everything is always about the ball. I have to find a way to stay close to it and make a play on it.”

The 6-3, 305-pound Coe entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Akron with the Dallas Cowboys this past spring. He racked up 12 tackles for the Cowboys during preseason play but was waived during the roster cutdown to 53 players. Also an undrafted rookie, Hansbrough went to training camp with the Buccaneers and was signed to the practice squad last week after being waived in the same round of cuts.

Mike Evans has positioned himself as one of the top players of the NFL

April 8th, 2017

Pirate Line Defender Kwon Alexander was selected as the NFL rookie this week.

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Kwon Alexander of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been suspended without pay for the team’s final four games of the regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

The Buccaneers are not particularly deep in linebackers at the moment, although the top of the depth chart is very strong with weakside linebacker Lavonte David and middle linebacker Kwon Alexander. Those two occupy key spots in the Bucs’ 4-3 front and have been an ultra-productive duo over the last two years. Since Alexander arrived as a fourth-round draft pick in 2015, he and David have combined for 472 tackles, 14.0 sacks, 28 stuffs, nine forced fumbles, 33 passes defensed and Tampa Bay Buccaneers jerseys seven interceptions.

In addition to Alexander’s takedown of Ryan, which came on a third down in the fourth quarter, ending one drive near midfield during the Falcons’ comeback attempt, the Bucs also got single sacks from defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and defensive end Robert Ayers. Ayers got his QB takedown in his Buccaneer debut after signing with the team as an unrestricted free agent in March. Dating back to last season when he was with the New York Giants, Ayers has recorded at least one sack in each of the last six games he has played, with a total of eight sacks in that span. That’s the longest active streak of games with a sack for any defender in the NFL.

After a standout performance against the Falcons in Week 8, Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander has been selected as the NFL’s Rookie of the Week. Alexander recorded a team-high 11 tackles, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in Tampa Bay’s victory over Atlanta. He also recorded an interception, his second of the season.

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Alexander’s suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to return to the Buccaneers’ active roster on Monday, January 4 following the team’s January 3 game against the Carolina Panthers.Men's Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Line Black Gold Collection Pullover Hoodie

The Buccaneers gave a qualifying offer to linebacker Adarius Glanton, making him an exclusive rights free agent and ensuring he would be back in training camp in 2017. Glanton was a core special teamer for the Bucs last fall but might also have a shot at winning that strongside spot. There are only two other linebackers on the roster at the moment: Cameron Lynch and Jeff Knox. Lynch was another good special teams player for the Buccaneers who was picked up after the Rams let him go in September. Knox will give the NFL a go after standing out for two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League. Tampa Bay can only hope Knox approximates the success of another linebacker they got from the CFL in the ’90s, eventual Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champ Shelton Quarles.

After 11 games, there should be few questions left to answer. Mike Evans has established himself as one of the NFL’s top receivers, with numbers to back that claim up. He has 1,020 receiving yards, marking his third-straight 1,000-yard season. Just one player, Atlanta’s Julio Jones, has more receiving yards thus far. And with 10 touchdown receptions, he’s tied for the league-lead.

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Wide receiver Mike Evans, who leads the NFL with eight touchdown catches, will be able to play on Sunday against Chicago after exiting the concussion protocol on Thursday.

Evans was evaluated for a concussion late in last Thursday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. He then entered the league’s concussion protocol but made steady progress through its steps. Evans practiced on Monday and Wednesday and then passed one final examination before being fully cleared on Thursday.

Earlier this month, the NFL announced that five players have been nominated as the Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Year. Among them is Mike Evans for his game-winning catch against the Panthers in Week 17. Evans catch is one of five players nominated for the award, along with Marcus Mariota for his game-winning touchdown in Week 2, Derek Carr for his late-game drive in Week 12, Khalil Mack for his strip-sack fumble recovery in Week 13 and Antonio Brown for his game-winning touchdown in Week 16.

James Winston has been entrenched to become the team’s starting quarterback

April 6th, 2017

James Winston is the first player in the history of the NFL to be more than 4,000 yards in the first two seasons.

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Originally a seventh-round pick by the Falcons out of Duke in 2013, Renfree saw action in two regular-season games in 2015, completing three of seven passes. Though he spent his rookie season on injured reserve he was Matt Ryan’s backup during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Dirk Koetter, now the Buccaneers’ head coach, was Atlanta’s offensive coordinator for Renfree’s first two seasons with the Falcons.

My point is, there are numbers that the Bucs are clearly avoiding giving out again, even if they’re not retired. The 14, although not worn since Brad Johnson, is not one of them. In fact, it could make its return as soon as this season. Jameis Winston is entrenched as the team’s starting quarterback, but it appears there will be a pretty good battle for the top back-up spot between Ryan Griffin and newcomer Sean Renfree. Renfree has been assigned 14, at least for now. (He wore 12 while with the Falcons, and 12 is currently available with the Buccaneers, so there doesn’t seem to be any specific number attachment for Renfree). If Renfree wins the job, or even makes the roster along with Griffin, there could be another 14 sighting at some point.

Of course, all of what I’ll be passing along is specific to the Buccaneers, but I’m pretty certain every team has some sort of nutrition program. It’s just too obvious of a thing not to do in the ongoing effort to help players make the most out of their abilities.

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The Buccaneers employ a Team Sports Dietitian by the name of Kevin Luhrs, and believe me, he is very much involved with the players on a day-to-day basis. And this isn’t a new development: Luhrs is heading into his eighth season with the Buccaneers. As his bio notes, Luhrs’s “duties include the coordination of all meals and snacks for all players. In addition, Luhrs instructs players how and what to eat based on their individual goals and nutritional needs. He is heavily involved in player rehydration and weight management programs, along with recovery strategies.”NFL Tennessee Titans Stitched Snapback Hats 001

Luhrs helps some players craft very specific meal plans. He’s more than happy to walk with a player through what he calls the “training table” in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers jerseys dining room at One Buccaneer Place, pointing out exactly what  he should put on his plate. Even beyond that, however, everything that is served in that dining room is marked with nutritional information using a “traffic light system.” Green is good, yellow is okay on active days and red should be avoided. If you’re going to eat something that maybe isn’t so great for you, you’re going to do so knowingly.

The top of the depth chart at this position remains unchanged, obviously. The first player in NFL history to pass for over 4,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, Jameis Winston is rapidly turning into that “franchise quarterback” for whom the Bucs have long pined. Tampa Bay has steadily improved as a team during Winston’s two years in town, to the point that they only missed the playoffs on a third-level tiebreaker last season. The Buccaneers fate for the foreseeable future is almost surely tied to that of Jameis Winston.