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Mike James (ankle) has resumed running and cutting.

James' stint as the Bucs' feature back was ended prematurely as he broke his ankle in Week 10, just three weeks after Doug Martin's season-ending shoulder injury. It's unclear if he'll be ready for OTAs, but training camp won't be an issue. James will have a leg up on Bobby Rainey for the No. 2 job after averaging 4.91 YPC on his 60 rookie-year rushes.
Apr 16 - 11:31 AM

Gerald McCoy says he isn't considering a holdout heading into the final year of his rookie contract.

"When they say report to camp, Gerald McCoy will be there regardless of what happens," McCoy said Tuesday. Coming off a monster campaign, McCoy has moved past the injury issues that plagued his first two years in the league. Coach Lovie Smith has called extending McCoy a "priority." He's currently scheduled to make $10.295 million.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 15 - 5:25 PM

ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas does not expect new OC Jeff Tedford to employ a true timeshare at running back.

As a rookie under Greg Schiano in 2012, Doug Martin racked up 319 of the team's 371 running back carries. New coach Lovie Smith will give him more breaks, but has already stated he plans to "lean" on Muscle Hamster. The talent gap between Martin and Mike James/Bobby Rainey is wide. Martin, who is fully recovered from a torn labrum, remains a good bet for 300 carries in Tedford's run-first scheme.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 14 - 8:23 AM

Mike Glennon believes he'll have a legitimate chance to win the starting quarterback job.

It's wishful thinking. The Bucs gave Josh McCown a two-year, $10 million contract and then new coach Lovie Smith named the ex-Bear his starting quarterback. Smith has since backtracked on those comments in the name of "competition," but the cat is already out of the bag. Glennon is going to be holding a clipboard despite showing flashes of starting-caliber ability during a 4-9 rookie campaign. The Bucs are also expected to draft a quarterback.
Apr 14 - 8:11 AM

Bucs signed WR Lavelle Hawkins.

Hawkins, 28 in July, played for new Bucs OC Jeff Tedford at Cal. He has been an ineffective wideout in the pros, but has kick-return value. The Bucs remain extremely needy at wide receiver. Hawkins, Louis Murphy, and Chris Owusu would compete for their No. 2 wideout job if the season began today.
Apr 7 - 1:08 PM

The Bucs are finalizing a deal with free agent WR Lavelle Hawkins.

Hawkins will give the Bucs depth behind Vincent Jackson following the trade of Mike Williams, but shouldn't be higher than their No. 4 receiver if he makes the final roster. A 2008 fourth-round pick, Hawkins has experience on special teams and is a candidate to return kicks.
Apr 5 - 4:50 PM

The Buccaneers' vacant right guard position is currently a battle between G Jamon Meredith and G Oniel Cousins, but the team could look to address the position via the draft or free agency.

Both are underwhelming options, but Meredith at least was not the swinging door in pass protection Cousins has been. The Bucs would be smart to find another option at right guard.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 5 - 11:58 AM

Bucs agreed to terms with S Major Wright on a one-year contract.

Wright is coming off a miserable season in Chicago, but showed ballhawking and playmaking ability in his three years prior under Lovie Smith, compiling seven interceptions across 2011-2012. He has a pick-six in three straight years. Turning 26 in July, Wright still offers developmental upside. Look for him to at very worst be a third safety behind Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson.
Apr 4 - 4:48 PM

The Tampa Bay Times reports the Bucs are "likely" to sign free agent SS Major Wright.

The transaction is expected by the end of today. Wright is still only 25 years old and spent the early portion of his career playing for Lovie Smith in Chicago. He could challenge disappointing $41 million FS Dashon Goldson for snaps.
Apr 4 - 4:42 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports the Buccaneers are expected to sign free agent WR Lavelle Hawkins.

Hawkins would add depth to Tampa Bay's shallow receiver corps, while also offering return value. Hawkins was a fourth-round pick by the Titans in 2008.
Apr 4 - 3:27 PM

Free agent S Major Wright is visiting the Bucs.

According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Bucs hope to hammer out a deal. Wright is coming off a rough season for the Bears, but would be reuniting with former coach Lovie Smith in Tampa. Wright was better under Smith in 2010-12.
Apr 1 - 6:05 PM

Buccaneers signed TE/FB Josh Baker.

Baker appeared in 11 games for the Jets in 2011 and caught three passes for 27 yards and one touchdown. Gang Green was said to be high on him heading into 2012 before he suffered a nasty torn ACL in the preseason. Baker sat out 2013.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 1 - 12:24 PM

Buccaneers signed FB Jorvorskie Lane.

Lane was out of the league last season after being cut by the Dolphins near the end of camp. He isn't much of a lead blocker and has just 13 yards on 13 career carries to go along with three fumbles. Lane will compete for a spot.
Apr 1 - 10:58 AM

Doug Martin (shoulder surgery) confirmed he's been medically cleared.

He recovered right on schedule from the Week 7 injury. A consensus top-five fantasy pick in 2013, Martin disappointed on a dysfunctional, Josh Freeman-led team before suffering the year-ending labrum tear. New coach Lovie Smith and Jeff Tedford's offensive track records are somewhat discouraging as it pertains to Martin's 2014 pass-game usage and upside, but he's locked back into the top three rounds of standard fantasy drafts.
Mar 31 - 12:53 PM

Coach Lovie Smith said the Bucs are going to "lean" on Doug Martin.

Smith believes in taking his starting running back off the field when a breather is needed, not implementing a true committee. "I think you have to have a bell cow. [Martin] is ours. ... Two will play, but it's not a rotation that where every series we're going to have a different guy in there." With his shoulder healed and the new regime implementing a run-first scheme, Martin has major bounce-back appeal. Mike James and Bobby Rainey are his current backups.
Mar 31 - 8:31 AM


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