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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

The Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman believes rookie G Kadeem Edwards is an "early favorite" to start if veteran G Carl Nicks is unable to get healthy.

A raw prospect from an FCS school, Edwards projected as a backup and developmental player early in his career. That the Bucs are even considering starting him points to their desperation at the offensive guard position. Tampa Bay needs Nicks to get healthy in a hurry.
Jun 28 - 10:35 AM

Second-round pick Austin Seferian-Jenkins missed all of Bucs OTAs and minicamp due to the University of Washington's late graduation.

Seferian-Jenkins will therefore be behind Brandon Myers and Tim Wright when training camp starts, though we'd expect him to push for early-season snaps, even if he isn't an every-down player when the season opens. We'll find out more about ASJ's rookie-year outlook in August. For now, he's a lower-end fantasy TE2. Seferian-Jenkins' long-term projection remains as a high-scoring TE1.
Jun 23 - 1:05 PM

ESPN Buccaneers reporter Pat Yasinskas confirms Doug Martin "is the starter," but says the Bucs "want to use a rotation" at tailback this year.

The Bucs' new front office and coaching staff didn't draft Martin. They did draft Charles Sims with a top-70 pick, and Mike James returns after averaging nearly 5.0 yards per carry on 60 rookie-year attempts. Bobby Rainey is also on the roster. We fully expect Martin to lead Tampa Bay in 2014 rushing attempts, but he may be spelled fairly regularly by passing-down specialist Sims, and possibly James. OC Jeff Tedford is an admitted proponent of RBBCs.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 1:30 PM

Bucs signed WR David Gettis.

Gettis reportedly "turned heads" in Bucs minicamp, but hasn't caught a regular-season pass since 2010 due in large part to injury. There's no guarantee he even makes it to final cuts in Tampa.
Jun 17 - 9:08 PM

The Tampa Tribune labels Patrick Omameh as the "leader in the race" to be the Bucs' starting right guard.

Omameh (6-foot-4, 305) didn't appear in a game as an undrafted rookie last season after he was signed off the 49ers' practice squad in October. But he was the first-team right guard throughout this week's minicamp and is an extremely smart player. Omameh was offered academic scholarships by Princeton and MIT before going to Michigan on a full-ride. Jamon Meredith and Oniel Cousins are Omameh's competition. Carl Nicks is penciled in at left guard.
Jun 13 - 12:23 PM

Bucs signed DL Ronald Talley.

Talley participated in Tampa's minicamp this week on a tryout basis. The 28-year-old played 190 defensive snaps across 15 games for the Cardinals the past three seasons. At 6'3/286, he can play end or tackle. The Bucs waived WR Aaron Burks and DT Everett Dawkins to make room.
Jun 13 - 10:36 AM

Buccaneers signed No. 38 overall pick Austin Seferian-Jenkins to a four-year contract.

Standing 6'5 1/2, 262, Seferian-Jenkins will join Vincent Jackson and rookie Mike Evans to form the most physically intimidating pass-catching corps in the NFL. Intimidating is all Seferian-Jenkins is likely to be his rookie year, though. Rookie tight ends traditionally take time to acclimate, and Seferian-Jenkins will struggle for looks in Jeff Tedford's run-based offense. ASJ has Dynasty upside, but he is no more than a TE2 flier in redraft formats.
Jun 12 - 8:49 PM

Bucs signed No. 69 overall RB Charles Sims to a four-year contract.

Sims is ticketed for passing-game duties, but could siphon the occasional early-down carry from Doug Martin, whom the Bucs' current regime did not draft. "He's a bigger back who can run between the tackles," OC Jeff Tedford said of Sims earlier this month. "He runs with a low pad level and catches the ball really, really well." Sims will be a nice late-round flier for anyone taking the Martin plunge. He should be 100 percent owned in Dynasty leagues.
Jun 12 - 4:07 PM

Bucs signed No. 7 overall pick WR Mike Evans to a four-year contract.

The deal includes a fifth-year team option for 2018. A mountainous 6-foot-5, 231 pounds with incredibly long arms and seam-stretching speed (4.53), Evans relentlessly made contested catches in heavy traffic for Texas A&M. He'll be paired with Vincent Jackson as the Bucs attempt to recreate the Bears' towering receiver duo of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery with Josh McCown at the controls. Evans has the potential to make a bigger fantasy impact than any other rookie, and has WR1 upside in Dynasty leagues. He could find the end zone 8-10 times this season.
Jun 12 - 1:16 PM


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