Mike Evans - WRPosted 5/22/18 3:36pm ET
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.'
Huddle Up: Four years in a row now Evans has reached at least 1,000 yards. His touchdowns were down last year, but Tampa Bay's offense as a whole sputtered based on expectations. Still, Evans is an elite wide receiver, worthy of WR1 consideration.
Chris Godwin - WRPosted 5/17/18 10:04am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin has earned the opportunity to begin the regular season as a starter, according to offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
Huddle Up: One can deduce that this means Godwin would start over Adam Humphries and alongside Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. Godwin showed flashes as a rookie, gaining 525 yards on just 34 catches. He's more of a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 5/17/18 2:49pm ET
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.
Huddle Up: Sims has a good chance to make the 53-man roster and likely would see a handful of touches each game. He could be a late-round option in point-per-reception leagues but will not be a weekly starting option for fantasy owners.
Ronald Jones - RBPosted 5/13/18 6:56pm ET
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.
Huddle Up: Jones is positioned to be one of the more impactful rookie backs this season. He's a potential RB3 in redraft leagues, and he is worthy of a top-five pick in rookie drafts.
Peyton Barber - RBPosted 5/9/18 7:14am ET
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.
Huddle Up: Barber seems like a placeholder for now, and if Jones can learn the offense and pick up pass protection quickly, it could be a matter of time before Barber is usurped. Barber is an RB3 in fantasy, but he has a caution sign on him.
Ronald Jones - RBPosted 5/3/18 7:24pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones adds 'juice' that the backfield has been lacking, according to general manager Jason Licht.
Huddle Up: Jones instantly becomes the biggest home run threat in Tampa Bay's backfield, and he could quickly emerge as the lead back. He's a RB3 with upside in redraft leagues and a top-five pick in rookie drafts.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 5/3/18 7:35pm ET
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.
Huddle Up: Howard was inconsistent as a rookie, but he has also flashed his upside as a receiver. He'll be a must-own TE2 to start 2018.
Ronald Jones - RBPosted 4/27/18 4:33pm ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Southern California RB Ronald Jones with the 38th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Friday, April 27.
Huddle Up: Jones should have a chance to compete for the starting running back job during training camp. He could be a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in all leagues if he receives a majority of the carries in 2018.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 4/26/18 6:56am ET
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.
Huddle Up: Sims will slot in behind Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers, and there's a good chance they draft a running back this weekend. Sims has RB5 flyer potential, but there isn't much upside beyond depth.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 4/23/18 11:00pm ET
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.'
Huddle Up: Howard registered 26 catches for 432 yards and six scores across 14 ballgames in his rookie campaign before missing the final two with an ankle injury. Other than his touchdowns, more was expected from the 2017 first-round draft pick, but as Koetter said, if he improves on the little things, there could be an immense jump from Howard. That being said, it's worth at least having him on fantasy rosters as a TE2 just for his high ceiling alone.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 4/19/18 9:24am ET
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.
Huddle Up: Tampa Bay's offense was relatively disappointing last year. Winston and Jackson's chemistry, or lack thereof, was part of that disappointment. The two can only build on how they performed in 2018. That being said, Winston has QB1 appeal and Jackson, who is primarily a one-trick deep threat, has WR3 to WR4 value.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 4/17/18 8:15am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston's fifth-year option was exercised Tuesday, April 17. It's worth $20.922 million guaranteed for injury.
Huddle Up: Winston has improved his completion percentage every year in his three-year career. He was on his way to surpassing his career-high 4,090 passing yards before injury last season. He'll be a solid midrange QB1 with some upside in fantasy.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 4/8/18 9:16am ET
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.
Huddle Up: Jackson saw 90 targets in 14 games last year, which is roughly the amount of volume he has been accustomed to over his long NFL career. The main difference was Jackson's lack of touchdowns and his average yards per catch, which fell from 17.7 to a career-low 13.4. Whether Winston is to blame for inaccuracy, head coach Dirk Koetter failed Jackson with his play-calling or Jackson lost a step is worth debating. At any rate, it appears Jackson could become a bigger part of the offense in 2018.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 4/7/18 7:25pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston posted on Twitter that he will 'personally' make sure to show how valuable WR DeSean Jackson is to the offense in 2018.
Huddle Up: Tampa Bay's passing attack never really clicked last year, and Winston and Jackson struggled to connect on big plays. Another year together could help matters, and Jackson still possesses WR3 upside because of his ability to stretch the field.
Peyton Barber - RBPosted 3/27/18 9:34am ET
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.
Huddle Up: Barber was solid for the Bucs near the end of the season, but they need to aim higher if they want to put a spark back into an offense that disappointed last season. Koetter loves the vertical passing game and has all the ingredients necessary to have a successful one except a running back that can put some fear into defenses on play-action. If a top-five back like LSU's Derrius Guice or Georgia's Sony Michel is still on the board in the second round next month, don't be surprised to see Tampa Bay make the pick.
Peyton Barber - RBPosted 3/13/18 6:53am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers exclusive rights free-agent RB Peyton Barber signed a one-year, $630,000 deal with the Buccaneers Tuesday, March 13.
Huddle Up: Barber is in line to start, but the team is probably looking to add depth at the position. Barber could be worth an RB3 pickup if major changes don't come.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 3/12/18 11:39am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate agreed to a six-year contract extension with the Buccaneers Monday, March 12, worth $41 million, according to a source. The deal includes $18 million in guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: Brate has been a solid pass catcher for the Buccaneers over the last two seasons with 1,251 yards and 14 touchdowns over that span. He will continue to have a role in the passing game and can be a low-end No. 1 fantasy tight end.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 3/9/18 1:07pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $82.5 million on Friday, March 9. The deal includes $55 million guaranteed, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Evans, who has topped 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons, is now the second-highest paid receiver in football behind Antonio Brown. Although his 2017 campaign was a disappointment for most of his owners, he already has two 12-touchdown seasons on his resume and remains an elite WR1 for fantasy purposes. The 24-year-old should be entering his prime within the next year or two, which is a scary thought for defenses if Jameis Winston can eventually become a top-10 quarterback in the league.
Chris Godwin - WRPosted 2/28/18 10:19am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin earned the right to have a bigger role in Tampa Bay's offense this year, according to general manager Jason Licht. Licht lauded Godwin as a smart, hard-working and unselfish player.
Huddle Up: Godwin is expected to serve as Tampa Bay's No. 3 wide receiver behind Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. His fantasy ceiling will be low as long as those two are healthy, but he's a prime example of a potential late-round sleeper and is better suited for standard leagues.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 2/28/18 10:57am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson did not see as many opportunities as he should have last season, according to head coach Dirk Koetter. 'That has to change and we're working on concepts right now.'
Huddle Up: Coach speak is commonplace in the offseason, but Koetter sounds serious about increasing Jackson's involvement. It was his first year with the scallywags, after all. Jackson possesses WR3 upside as a more suitable selection in standard formats.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 2/23/18 5:31am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was not injured in a car accident last week in which his truck rear-ended another vehicle outside of Tampa.
Huddle Up: Winston had a career-best 63.8 percent completion percentage and threw a career-low 11 interceptions. The offense didn't click as well as expected last season, and he may not have the hype entering 2018. He'll still be a solid midrange QB1.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 2/22/18 11:24am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson's case involving his vehicle that was allegedly found wrecked will bullets and marijuana is inactive. Tampa police said there were no witnesses or evidence to place the driver behind the wheel at the time of the wreck.
Huddle Up: Jackson is coming off a down year, but it was a down year for the Buccaneers offense as a whole in 2017. It didn't help that Jackson missed two games. If he can keep himself beyond reproach and stay healthy he has WR2 upside in standard leagues. It's best to draft him as a flex, though.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 2/20/18 8:19am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin was released Tuesday, Feb. 20. The Bucs will save $6.75 million. Due to the structure of his contract, the team will absorb no dead money on their salary cap.
Huddle Up: Other than a resurgence in 2015, Martin has been a perennial fantasy disappointment after a monster rookie season. Those are the only two seasons he has managed to play at least 12 games. He's 29 and could be an interesting piece of a committee. Monitor where he lands for a potential RB3 grab.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 2/12/18 1:56pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans and the Buccaneers are not currently negotiating a new deal, according to Evans' agent. Evans' fifth-year option was picked up last year, so he will be earning $13.2 million in 2018. Both parties will evaluate Evans' contract when the time comes, but for now he's going to focus on playing out his current deal, his agent added.
Huddle Up: Evans is one of the best wide receivers in the league when he's healthy and clicking with Jameis Winston. Last season was a substantial down year for Evans, but don't let that keep you from drafting him as a WR1. Odds are 2017's results will be an anomaly.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 2/11/18 6:51pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson said he and QB Jameis Winston need to 'merge' this offseason.
Huddle Up: Both Jackson and the Tampa Bay offense disappointed last year, but another offseason could help Jackson and Winston get on the same page. Jackson still has enough big-play potential to grab in the later rounds in 2018.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 2/9/18 3:11pm ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers likely will pick up QB Jameis Winston's fifth-year option this offseason, in the opinion of Buccaneers.com's Scott Smith.
Huddle Up: Winston is coming off a disappointing 2017 season but should have most of his offensive weapons back next season. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback or a No. 2 quarterback depending on the league.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 1/17/18 11:09am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston needs to go back to having fun with football, according to WR DeSean Jackson. 'Go back to being comfortable [as] who he used to be. Go back to having fun,' Jackson said about his quarterback.
Huddle Up: Winston struggled in 2017, and maybe taking the game too seriously impacted his play. Jackson could be on to something, but losing will take its toll on anyone no matter how much fun they having playing. Winston has QB1 upside, but it's safer to draft him as a high-end QB2.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 1/17/18 11:21am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has 'no chance' of being on Tampa Bay's roster next season, in the opinion of the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud.
Huddle Up: Martin has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career, playing in just 16 games over the last two seasons. His production lacked when he was playing, so there is merit to releasing Martin. At 29 years old, he may be over the football hill. Peyton Barber, Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers are more than capable of manning the Bucs' backfield.
Peyton Barber - RBPosted 1/10/18 8:18pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber 'will be right there' in regards to his status of possibly being the club's lead running back going into 2018, according to head coach Dirk Koetter, and it will 'definitely be a consideration.'
Huddle Up: Barber opened many eyes in his second year in the NFL. The undrafted running back out of Auburn gained 335 yards on 78 carries over the final five games when he got extended run, and with Doug Martin scuffling for a variety of reasons, it would seem Barber has established himself as a fixture in Tampa Bay's running game to open up 2018. However, there's still a chance the Bucs may address the position during the offseason as well.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 1/1/18 9:43pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston set the record for most touchdown passes for a player before his 24th birthday, recording his 69th on a late touchdown pass to WR Chris Godwin in the club's Week 17 game Sunday, Dec. 31. That edged out the previous record of 68, set by retired QB Dan Marino.
Huddle Up: It may not have seemed like it due to Tampa Bay's highly disappointing campaign as a team but the former No.1 overall draft pick had arguably his finest season of his three-year career. Winston missed three games but still managed career bests in QB Rating (92.2) and passing yards per game (269.5), while logging 19 touchdown passes compared to 11 interceptions. With a nice supporting cast around him, including an improved running game spearheaded by Peyton Barber, Winston could prove to be one of the better value picks at his position in 2018.
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