Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Undrafted rookie Patrick Murray appears to have won the Bucs' kicking job.

Connor Barth was cut Friday, leaving Murray as Tampa's lone placekicker. The Bucs reportedly appreciate Murray's "toughness and versatility." He comes from Fordham, where Murray was an All-American punter and kicker. Barring a free agent signing, Murray should be on the radar for K1 streamers this year.
Aug 29 - 5:11 PM

The Patriots asked Logan Mankins to take a pay cut before trading him to the Bucs.

Mankins was scheduled to make $6.25 million this season and $6.75 million in both 2015 and 2016. He wisely balked at a cut, knowing plenty of teams would be willing to pay for a borderline Hall of Fame guard that's been a top-10 run-blocker in PFF's grades for seven straight years.
Aug 27 - 11:50 AM

Bucs acquired LG Logan Mankins from the Patriots in exchange for TE Tim Wright and a 2015 fourth-round pick.

That's certainly a way for the Bucs to improve their guard play. Mankins, 32, is a six-time Pro Bowl selection and former All-Pro at a position where players tend to age well. He was a top-18 guard at Pro Football Focus last season, grading out as a top-four run blocker. The move is good news for Doug Martin's fantasy stock. Mankins will slide in between LT Anthony Collins and C Evan Dietrich-Smith. Tampa Bay will patch something together at right guard next to RT Demar Dotson. Bucs GM Jason Licht was in New England when Mankins was drafted in 2005.
Aug 26 - 1:41 PM

Bucs OC Jeff Tedford is recovering from a "medical procedure," and will be out a "short amount of time."

It's a concern, but would be a much bigger one had Tedford missed last weekend's regular-season dress rehearsal. As it is, almost all of the Bucs' playbook should be installed by now. It sounds like Tedford will be ready for Week 1.
Aug 25 - 3:25 PM

Bucs RB Mike James (shoulder) has resumed practicing.

James ended up missing a little more than a week. He's third in line for touches behind Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey.
Aug 25 - 2:02 PM

Sixth-round pick Robert Herron was the starting slot receiver in the Bucs' third preseason game.

Herron played with the first team, ahead of Chris Owusu and Louis Murphy. He appears to be the favorite to open the season as the No. 3 receiver. The Bucs are expected to use heavy two tight-end formations in their base offense. Herron should see limited snaps.
Aug 24 - 12:48 AM

Austin Seferian-Jenkins had one catch for 11 yards in Saturday's preseason game.

Seferian-Jenkins played with the second team, behind Brandon Myers. He got off to a slow start due to Washington's late graduation, but it's only a matter of time before he overtakes Myers. Seferian-Jenkins has potential to emerge as the No. 3 target in Jeff Tedford's offense. He's going to be an immediate red-zone threat and could prove to be a streaming option.
Aug 24 - 12:34 AM

Bobby Rainey had 13 carries for 14 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.

Rainey saw time with the first team and got a few series to himself in the second quarter. He isn't a threat to Doug Martin's workload, but is his preferred fantasy handcuff. Rainey has 28 carries for 54 yards through three preseason games.
Aug 23 - 7:33 PM

Mike Evans had three catches for 44 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.

Evans continued to play in all two-wide sets opposite Vincent Jackson. He beat CB Ron Books on a double-move and high-pointed a Josh McCown pass from 26 yards out for his touchdown. Evans is the No. 2 option in the passing game behind Jackson, and is going to be an immediate red-zone threat. He's currently available in the ninth round of fantasy drafts.
Aug 23 - 7:22 PM

Vincent Jackson caught five passes for 43 yards in Saturday's preseason game.

Jackson was the clear No. 1 option for Josh McCown and secured all five of his targets. He offers 7-10 touchdown upside as high-end WR2 and is currently going in the late third-round of fantasy drafts. Jackson has seven receptions, 68 yards, and a touchdown in three preseason games.
Aug 23 - 7:13 PM

Doug Martin had 12 carries for 38 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game, adding two catches for 27 yards.

The Bucs used Martin in a workhorse role, giving him 14 touches before half. Bobby Rainey spelled Martin on some third downs, but saw limited change-of-pace carries. Martin has 100 total yards on 25 touches in three preseason games. He's locked in as an every-down back and is great value at his current third-round ADP. Martin checks in at 23rd on Silva's late-August top-150 rankings.
Aug 23 - 6:52 PM

Josh McCown completed 13-of-16 passes for 112 yards with one touchdown and an interception in the Bucs' third preseason game.

McCown led the Bucs to three scoring drives before being replaced by Mike Glennon in the second half. He showed poor ball location and was picked off looking for Brandon Myers over the middle in the first quarter. McCown's touchdown came on a 26-yard fade to Mike Evans in the back of the end-zone. He has completed 20-of-27 passes for 178 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions through three preseason games. McCown is a low-end QB2.
Aug 23 - 6:30 PM

Bucs SS Bradley McDougald was forced from Saturday's preseason game against the Bills with a knee injury.

McDougald drew the start over Mark Barron, and was playing opposite Dashon Goldson in base sets. More should be known on the injury when the Bucs update on his status. McDougald has been impressing in camp and is in the mix for a rotational safety role.
Aug 23 - 6:02 PM

Bucs SLB Jonathan Casillas was held out of Saturday's preseason game due to disciplinary reasons.

It's not clear exactly what Casillas did to be inactive, but he didn't make the trip to Buffalo. Casillas is the Bucs' starting SAM linebacker.
Aug 23 - 5:05 PM

The Buccaneers would like to use a "no-huddle, up-tempo" attack this season.

"It's a little like in basketball," coach Lovie Smith said. "Do you want that slow-down approach? Or do you want up-tempo, running up and down? We want to be a fast team — period." An up-tempo attack can put pressure on the opposing defense, but it could also lead to several quick turnarounds for the Bucs' defense if the offense struggles. No matter how fast the offense plays, Tampa Bay's offensive success hinges on better offensive line play.
Aug 23 - 9:22 AM


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