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The Tampa Bay Times mentions Bucs RB Bobby Rainey as a player entering camp on the roster bubble.

Rainey rushed for 566 yards and five touchdowns after Doug Martin and Mike James went down with season-ending injuries last season. Both Martin and James are back in the fold, and the Bucs also used a top-70 pick on Charles Sims. Rainey and James are potentially competing for one spot, though Tampa is open to keeping all four tailbacks on the 53-man roster.
Jul 23 - 1:42 PM

The Tampa Tribune says Doug Martin will see fewer touches under Lovie Smith than he saw while playing for Greg Schiano.

Martin is the clear-cut starter, but he's not expected to get near the 23.0 touches per game he saw over the last two seasons. The Lovie regime used a top-70 pick on passing back Charles Sims, Mike James returns from his ankle injury and new OC Jeff Tedford has stated his desire to use a committee. Look for Martin to get most of the carries (but not all) and lose some receptions, leaving him with around 16-18 touches per game. He's still in the back-end RB1 mix.
Jul 23 - 8:43 AM

The Tampa Tribune reports Bucs LG Carl Nicks (toe) has been cleared to play.

It appears Nicks will be ready for the start of training camp this week and will avoid the active/PUP list. While Nicks' toe is far from a guarantee to hold up, his return is a big boost for Doug Martin and Tampa Bay's entire offense. His last healthy season (2011), Nicks was PFF's No. 2 overall guard, excelling in both the run and pass games for the Saints. The Bucs are holding an open competition at right guard between Patrick Omameh, Jamon Meredith, and Oniel Cousins.
Jul 22 - 11:32 AM

Bucs LG Carl Nicks (toe) is a candidate for the active/PUP list.

Nicks couldn't run or cut during OTAs, and remains questionable to be cleared when the Bucs report to training camp next week. Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds "wouldn't be surprised" if Nicks opens 2014 on the reserve/PUP list, costing him at least the first six games. Nicks has been dealing with toe issues the last two seasons and is far from a guarantee to be ready for Week 1.
Jul 19 - 7:48 PM

Louis Murphy has "the inside track" on the Bucs' No. 3 receiver job.

Murphy "performed at a high level" during OTAs with Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans sidelined. He's competing with Chris Owusu and sixth-round WR Robert Herron for the slot role in Jeff Tedford's offense. Murphy's veteran status gives him the early edge, but there's a good chance that could change once training camp is over. 27-year-old Murphy caught just six passes for 37 yards in 14 games with the Giants last season.
Jul 19 - 7:01 PM

Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds "would be very surprised" if TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) isn't ready for the first week of training camp.

Seferian-Jenkins missed OTAs and minicamp due to Washington's late graduation. The time off should have allowed him to fully recover from the foot injury that forced him out of the Combine. ASJ doesn't project for many targets in the Bucs' run-based offense, but could be an immediate red-zone contributor. He'll enter camp behind Brandon Myers and Tim Wright. Seferian-Jenkins will push for early-season snaps even if he isn't the Week 1 starter.
Jul 19 - 6:43 PM

Lions waived OT J.B. Shugarts.

The move clears a roster spot for veteran OG Garrett Reynolds. A 2012 undrafted free agent, Shugarts has yet to appear in a regular-season game.
Jul 17 - 5:24 PM

Bucs LG Carl Nicks (toe) still could not run or cut as of June minicamp.

Both Nicks and coach Lovie Smith have promised Nicks will be ready for training camp, but beat writers covering the team are more skeptical. "It all sounds shaky," writes ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas, "and you have to wonder if Nicks really can make it back and if he’ll be the same player." If Nicks isn't ready, the Bucs will hold two open competitions at each of their guard spots.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 17 - 11:55 AM

Mason Foster is considered the "odds-on favorite" to start at middle linebacker for the Bucs.

However, ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas names Foster as one of three players who need a strong training camp. The Bucs signed Dane Fletcher in the offseason, and he has plenty of experience and smarts after playing for Bill Belichick the previous four seasons. DC Leslie Frazier expressed concern with Foster's ability to cover running backs and tight ends. Foster is a thumper.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 14 - 7:18 PM

Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) is "confident" he will be ready for training camp.

"I feel really good. My foot feels really good," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I've been running routes, doing all the exercise and workout drills that they've asked me to do. I feel very comfortable." ASJ missed all of Bucs OTAs and minicamp because of Washington's late graduation, so he will likely be behind Brandon Myers and Tim Wright when camp begins. He should push for snaps early, though, and could develop into a red-zone threat as soon as this season. Seferian-Jenkins is a TE2 flier in redraft formats.
Jul 10 - 12:47 PM

The Bucs' official website believes second-year CB Rashaan Melvin could play a significant role on defense this season.

Melvin (6-foot-2, 193) has the size teams drool over at corner nowadays. A second-year UDFA out of Northern Illinois, Melvin ran a 4.42 forty at his Pro Day with a 38-inch vertical and 10-foot-6 broad jump. A four-year starter at NIU, Melvin broke up 35 passes and picked off six others. He'll compete for a reserve role behind starters Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks after spending his rookie season as a weekly inactive before landing on I.R. in October.
Jul 8 - 12:22 PM

Mike Evans is focused on losing "7 to 10 pounds" before the season begins.

"I've got to lose more weight. I'm too heavy right now," he said. "But the workouts I've been doing, I'll be fine. I'll be ready." Evans weighed 231 at the Combine after playing at about 235 in college. He hopes to hover around 230 as a rookie.
Jul 3 - 1:28 PM

Mike Evans is working out with Brandon Marshall in Miami.

There may not be a better current NFL player for Evans to learn from. Coming out of Texas A&M, Evans (6'5/231) was most often compared to Marshall (6'4/230) and new Bucs teammate Vincent Jackson. Evans could flirt with 7-8 touchdowns in year one and is widely viewed as the No. 1 pick in rookie drafts.
Jul 2 - 4:39 PM

Bucs WR Louis Murphy "performed at a very high level" during OTAs.

Murphy worked with the first-team offense with Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans sidelined. He's in the mix for the Bucs' slot receiver job along with Chris Owusu, who has drawn praise from Lovie Smith on multiple occasions. Sixth-round pick Robert Herron "needs time to develop" and could be limited to special teams.
Jun 28 - 3:22 PM

Pewter Report's Mark Cook believes RB Mike James is on the roster bubble.

With Doug Martin and rookie Charles Sims guaranteed to make the team, James is fighting with Bobby Rainey and Jeff Demps for two roster spots. Demps' speed and special teams ability give him a huge edge, likely leaving James and Rainey to compete for one spot. The Bucs haven't ruled out moving Demps to receiver, which could allow them to keep all five players.
Jun 28 - 12:08 PM


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