Player News - Buccaneers

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Doug Martin (hamstring) is not practicing Wednesday.

Martin is fully expected to miss another 1-2 weeks. Charles Sims will continue to carry the bulk of the load and be backed up by Jacquizz Rodgers.
Sep 28 - 1:47 PM

Cameron Brate caught 5-of-10 targets for 46 yards and two touchdowns in Tampa's Week 3 loss to the Rams.

The Bucs' clear-cut No. 1 tight end following Austin Seferian-Jenkins' release, Brate drew four red zone targets in all. Brate offers extremely little upside, but is looking like a reasonable-floor TE2.
Sep 25 - 8:54 PM

Adam Humphries caught 9-of-12 targets for 100 yards

Benefitting from comeback mode for the second straight week, Humphries' receptions were a career high while the 100-yard game was his first. Humphries' catch totals have gone from three to six to nine, and yards from 34 to 67 to 100. He's surpassed Vincent Jackson on the targets totem pole, but isn't a touchdown threat. He's probably fool's gold in standard leagues.
Sep 25 - 8:52 PM

Charles Sims took the rock 13 times for 55 yards and a touchdown in Tampa's Week 3 loss to the Rams, catching 6-of-8 targets for 69 yards.

Sims ceded six touches to Jacquizz Rodgers, but slid right into a workhorse role with Doug Martin sidelined. His touchdown, a goal-line carry, came after two failed attempts. It was a gift for Sims' fantasy owners that the Bucs stuck with him after getting brickwalled. Sims dished out a number of nice cuts, but looked a bit upright and stiff. He's an extremely useful player, but not about to Wally Pipp Martin. Sims will be a mid-range RB2 against the Broncos' elite defense in Week 4.
Sep 25 - 8:47 PM

Mike Evans caught 10-of-13 targets for 132 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs' Week 3 loss to the Rams.

The catches were a career high, while Evans now has at least five grabs for 70 yards in all three games this season. He's scored each time out, and already matched his 2015 touchdown total. He's benefitted from the Bucs being forced into comeback, but has a whopping 38 targets. It's been the best-possible start, but Evans has a nightmare Week 4 matchup in the Broncos' league-best defense. He'll be more WR2 than WR1 for that one.
Sep 25 - 8:44 PM

Jameis Winston completed 36-of-58 passes for 405 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Tampa Bay's 37-32, Week 3 loss to the Rams.

Winston's attempts and yardage totals were goosed by two final drives where he got to pick apart prevent defenses. The Bucs ended up with a chance to tie the game, but Winston took a sack on 2nd-and-10 from the Rams' 15. The Bucs were cost by absolutely awful clock management late. Winston's pick was a pass that bounced off Charles Sims' hands. Winston also lost a fumble, one that was housed for a 77-yard touchdown by the Rams. It was a much better performance than last week's five-turnover debacle, but Winston has looked a step slow with his thought process the past two weeks. He'll be a bottom-barrel QB2 against the Broncos' league-best defense in Week 4.
Sep 25 - 8:40 PM

Vincent Jackson caught 3-of-6 targets for 37 yards in Tampa's Week 3 loss to the Rams.

V-Jax mixed in a defensive pass interference, but was ultimately invisible for the third straight game. One of his missed connections was a drop at the Rams' nine-yard line. Jackson now has 99 yards on the season. He's been passed in importance by Adam Humphries. With V-Jax's struggles coming on the heels of an underwhelming 2015, he's not a must hold in 12-team leagues.
Sep 25 - 8:38 PM

Bucs declared RB Doug Martin, WR Cecil Shorts, DE Robert Ayers, OG Caleb Benenoch, QB Ryan Griffin, TE Luke Stocker and OT Leonard Wester inactive for Week 3 vs. the Rams.

Martin is week to week. Charles Sims is getting the start and will be a bell-cow in a game where the flow should favor the Bucs. 20 touches is possible, putting Sims on the RB1 borderline.
Sep 25 - 2:42 PM

Bucs No. 2 back Jacquizz Rodgers told reporters he only plans to enter Sunday's game "when Charles Sims gets tired."

Sims then told reporters "he could go the whole game and not be tired." ESPN Bucs reporter Jenna Laine expects Sims "to get the bulk of the workload" against the Rams. Although the matchup is not quite ideal against a tough Los Angeles defense, Sims is at worst a locked-and-loaded RB2 for Week 3. Sims' floor is especially safe in PPR leagues due to his premium pass-catching ability.
Sep 23 - 9:06 PM

Bucs TE Luke Stocker (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 3.

It's a downgrade in run blocking for Charles Sims. With Austin Seferian-Jenkins cut, Brandon Myers will back up Cameron Brate.
Sep 23 - 6:21 PM

Tampa Bay has yet to force a turnover in 2016 and is last among NFL teams with a -6 turnover differential.

The Bucs are one of three teams without a forced turnover through two weeks and their offense handed the ball over five times in Week 2. "We work on it a lot, and I think when they come they usually come in bunches," said coach Dirk Koetter of forcing turnovers. The Bucs D/ST hosts the Rams in Week 3, where they will be a streaming option worth consideration against Rams QB Case Keenum.
Sep 23 - 6:17 PM

Vincent Jackson insists he's still playing at a high level.

Jackson has been targeted 16 times, but turned it into just six catches for 62 yards. "Come out and watch practice,'' Jackson said Thursday. "What you see on Sunday sometimes doesn’t always translate to what’s reality, you know what I mean? I feel great. ... Our coaches have all the confidence in me, obviously, my teammates do as well." The fact that Jackson had to make the comments at all obviously isn't a good sign. In the middle of his age-33 campaign, Jackson is just a WR4/5.
Sep 22 - 3:09 PM

Bucs WR Cecil Shorts is week to week with a hamstring injury.

Shorts was never announced with an injury in Sunday's game against the Cardinals, but pulled up lame. The Bucs' No. 4 receiver, Shorts has a ridiculously long history of hamstring injuries. He could end up on injured reserve before being cut with an injury settlement.
Sep 22 - 1:45 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman expects Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers to "split the duties" in the Bucs' backfield with Doug Martin (hamstring) out.

Sims is the far superior talent and should get the first crack at early-down duties. He's already the Bucs' preferred passing-down back, even when Martin is healthy. Sims averaged 4.9 YPC on 107 totes last season, but on his other 79 career carries he's averaging just 2.7 YPC. Sixth-year vet Rodgers hasn't been any better, however, with a 3.7 YPC average on 321 career carries. Sims is a candidate for 15-18 weekly touches and is an immediate RB2. Rodgers will probably handle 6-10 touches, and the Bucs could simply opt to be more pass-heavy minus Martin.
Sep 21 - 10:07 AM

Doug Martin's hamstring injury is expected to cost him three weeks.

It sounds like Monday's MRI revealed a severe strain at least and a possible tear at worst. Either way, three weeks is a long time after Martin claimed his hammy was only mildly tweaked in Sunday's blowout loss to Arizona. It's certainly possible the injury winds up hindering Martin all season. The Bucs have a brutal schedule forthcoming but new lead back Charles Sims' all-purpose ability will stabilize his floor. We're only two weeks in and the running back position has been a mine field yet again. Rinse and repeat.
Sep 21 - 7:52 AM

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