Player News - Buccaneers

Date: Team: Pos:

Bucs rookie RB Jeremy McNichols (shoulder) has been cleared for training camp.

A popular sleeper in the metrics community for his high-end combination of college production, receiving skills, and Combine measurables, McNichols will now play catch-up after missing all of spring practices recovering from shoulder surgery. Doug Martin's three-game suspension to begin the season opens opportunity for McNichols to compete with Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims, and Peyton Barber. Sims and McNichols play similar roles.
Jul 26 - 8:55 PM

Bucs WR/KR Josh Huff had his DUI, speeding, and marijuana possession charges dropped on Wednesday.

Huff was pulled over last November and cut by the Eagles the same week. He latched on with the Bucs shortly after and is competing for one of the final receiver spots and the return man job this summer. Special teams is Huff's key to a spot.
Jul 26 - 4:01 PM

Bucs placed DE Jacquies Smith (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Smith is 10.5 months removed from ACL surgery. He's expected to be ready in time for the season and can be activated from the active/PUP list at any time during camp.
Jul 26 - 10:37 AM

Bucs third-round LB Kendell Beckwith (knee) has been cleared for the start of training camp.

Beckwith tore his ACL in LSU's second-to-last game last season but hasn't missed a beat in his recovery. Tampa Bay surrendered fourth- and sixth-round picks to move up for Beckwith in April. He profiles as a two-down banger at linebacker.
Jul 26 - 9:56 AM

The Bucs want to get DT Gerald McCoy snaps at defensive end.

Tampa is looking for ways to find McCoy more pass-rush opportunities. Bucs DC Mike Smith plans to use some 3-4 packages with Chris Baker in the middle and McCoy and Robert Ayers at end. McCoy has seven-plus sacks in four straight seasons.
Jul 15 - 12:21 PM

Bucs CB Brent Grimes said he considered retiring in the offseason and joining the NBA's developmental league.

Lol. Grimes hasn't played basketball competitively for 15-plus years and turns 34 next week. He and his wife, Miko, cover all sorts of topics in a sit-down interview with Sports Illustrated at the link below. One of the more entertaining couples in all of sports, it's worth a read on a slow summer day. In his first year with the Bucs last season, Grimes was Pro Football Focus' No. 1 overall corner out of 119 qualifiers.
Jul 12 - 1:49 PM

Bucs fifth-round RB Jeremy McNichols said he works "daily" with his receivers coach ahead of training camp.

Interesting that McNichols would say that, but a pass-catching role figures to be his easiest pathway to snaps right out of the gate as a rookie. McNichols' strength coming out of Boise State was his hands and blitz pickup ability. He figures to be in a direct competition with Charles Sims for the gig behind early-down guys like Doug Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers. McNichols missed spring work recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder.
Jul 11 - 8:50 PM

Mike Evans was a top-12 fantasy scorer in just one of the final eight weeks of last season.

He finished outside the top-40 receiver scorers in four of those eight weeks. At his 1.07 overall ADP, Evans is presently being drafted as if his extremely volume-driven first-half success should be the expectation, but Tampa Bay's defensive improvement, run-game commitment, and weapons upgrades in DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard suggest Evans is likely to lose north of 25 targets off last year's career-high 173. You can read more about Evans' situation in Rich Hribar's "Winning, Losing and Plays" column at the link below.
Jul 6 - 12:15 PM

Chris Conte and Keith Tandy worked as the Buccaneers' starting safeties during minicamp and OTAs.

The safety competition should heat up once offseason signing J.J. Wilcox and rookie Justin Evans return to full health. Both were sidelined with injuries during OTAs. Wilcox is the team's highest-paid safety and Evans has second-round pedigree, but both will need big camps to unseat the incumbents.
Jun 25 - 9:23 AM

Bucs OL coach George Warhop thinks LT Donovan Smith "can be one of the top two or three tackles in the league."

"I think he's got strength. He's got quickness. He's got athleticism," Warhop said. "He is an unbelievable talent." Smith has yet to show that upside on the field, but Warhop believes the tackle became more consistent as last season wore on. With an offense poised to break out, the Bucs will need their line to offer better protection for Jameis Winston, and that starts with Smith.
Jun 20 - 11:17 AM

According to Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times, Jameis Winston has thrown "plenty" of interceptions in practice this spring.

Winston is coming off arguably the best statistical season for a quarterback in franchise history, but he was still intercepted 18 times, a total eclipsed only by Philip Rivers. Picks are nothing new for Winston, who finished second in the nation in interceptions at Florida State a year before the Bucs drafted him first overall. It would be nice to see him clean up that part of his game, but interceptions often come with the territory for high-variance gunslingers.
Source: Tampa Bay
Jun 16 - 2:17 PM

Bucs GM Jason Licht said suspended Doug Martin looks like "the Doug Martin of 2015."

Martin is shaping up as a rare veteran puff-piece All Star this spring. Everything has been positive coming out of Bucs headquarters dating back to voluntary workouts. "He looks lean, he looks like he's finishing his runs -- obviously, there is no contact in the spring -- but it looks like he's finishing his runs," Licht said. "He looks like he's got that burst." By most accounts, Martin looks leaned out entering his sixth season. Martin is currently being drafted in the middle of the fourth round, which may be a bit rich for a guy suspended the first three games.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 16 - 10:40 AM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter made Ali Marpet's move to center official.

"I know I said at one point that it was an experiment," said Koetter. "I mean, it's an experiment that we fully expect to work or we wouldn't be messing around with it." Marpet was arguably the Bucs' best blocker as a 2016 rookie, especially excelling in the run game. He should be an upgrade on incumbent C Joe Hawley, whose performance was middling across the board.
Jun 15 - 3:07 PM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter compared third-round pick Chris Godwin to Roddy White.

Koetter coached White in Atlanta. "It's way, way, way too early to say this," Koetter cautioned, "but ... Chris reminds me a little bit of Roddy White. He's similar size, a big guy that competes for the ball." Koetter added Godwin is "off to a fast start" in spring practices, a sentiment echoed by Jameis Winston and multiple beat writers. Behind Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, Godwin's path to rookie-year snaps remains unclear.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 9:58 PM

According to Joe Bucs Fan, Doug Martin looks "quicker" and "bulkier" this year.

"Looks like a guy who’s been pounding it in the weight room," wrote Joe Bucs Fan. ESPN Bucs reporter Jenna Laine also posted a clip on Twitter showing Martin with a bursting run around the left side, with Laine noting "powerful running" and "nice cuts." There is obviously no contact at minicamp this week, but all reports around a rejuvenated Martin have been positive since he left rehab. Now basically year-to-year on his deal, Martin seems out to prove he still has "it" after a rough 2016. He'll have RB2 appeal once his three-game ban runs dry.
Jun 13 - 10:14 PM


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