Player News - Buccaneers

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Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander (hamstring) said he plans to play against the Vikings in Week 3.

Alexander missed a second straight practice on Thursday but has no concern about his status for Week 3. We'd expect him to get a limited session in on Friday.
Sep 21 - 1:52 PM

Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander (hamstring) said he plans to play against the Vikings in Week 3.

Alexander missed a second straight practice on Thursday but has no concern about his status for Week 3. He should get a limited session in on Friday.
Sep 21 - 1:52 PM

O.J. Howard caught 1-of-3 targets for 17 yards in the Bucs' Week 2 win over the Bears.

Howard actually out-snapped Cameron Brate, but the game was out of reach for the final 2.5 quarters. It was an ideal time for the Bucs to get Howard some in-game run. Brate will still catch more passes for the time being, but Howard could pass him on the depth chart sooner than people think.
Sep 17 - 6:23 PM

Cameron Brate caught 2-of-3 targets for 24 yards in the Bucs' Week 2 win over the Bears.

Brate drew a defensive holding call on the Bucs' third play from scrimmage, but was mostly invisible thereafter. Per Pro Football Focus, Brate was out-snapped 45-37 by O.J. Howard, but that probably had something to do with the second half being noncompetitive. Brate will be a bottom-barrel TE2 for Week 3 against the Vikings.
Sep 17 - 6:19 PM

Charles Sims caught 2-of-3 targets for seven yards in the Bucs' Week 2 win over the Bears, adding two rushes for two yards.

The Bucs' apparent passing-down back also lost a soft fumble. It's been a while since Sims operated with any juice on an NFL field. He's off the RB3/FLEX map in PPR leagues.
Sep 17 - 6:15 PM

Jacquizz Rodgers rushed 19 times for 67 yards in the Bucs' Week 2 win over the Bears.

Rodgers wasn't targeted in the passing game, ceding four looks to apparent third-down back Charles Sims. Rodgers took most of the second half off as the Bucs let Peyton Barber drain the clock against the hapless Bears. Rodgers did his job for fantasy owners looking for cheap volume during Doug Martin's three-game suspension. He'll remain a mid-range RB2 for next week's trip to Minnesota.
Sep 17 - 5:50 PM

DeSean Jackson caught 3-of-7 targets for 39 yards in the Bucs' Week 2 win over the Bears.

It's a disappointing statline, but there were extenuating circumstances, namely the Bucs ending the game midway through the first half. Jackson also caught a 29-yard touchdown in the first quarter, but couldn't quite stay in bounds. Jameis Winston narrowly missed him on a deep ball. D-Jax's speed is going to play opposite Mike Evans. He'll be a boom/bust WR3 for Week 3 against the Vikings.
Sep 17 - 5:37 PM

Mike Evans caught 7-of-9 targets for 93 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs' Week 1 win over the Bears.

Evans did nearly all of his damage in the first half, as the Bucs shut it down with a 26-0 halftime lead. Evans was winning in the air, making a mockery of the Bears' secondary. He should have had a second score, but the ball clanged off his hands in the end zone. The touchdown he did catch was a painted area schooling of Marcus Cooper. Evans skied up and came down with the six. Evans has a tough Week 3 matchup in Xavier Rhodes and the Vikings.
Sep 17 - 5:25 PM

Jameis Winston completed 18-of-30 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs' 29-7, Week 2 win over the Bears.

Today was somewhat of a worst-case scenario for Winston owners, as a turnover-happy Mike Glennon and non-competitive Bears team ended the game in the first half. It was 26-0 Tampa Bay at the break. That meant there was little need for volume or aggressiveness from Winston. The third-year pro still looked excellent, working his connection with Mike Evans while narrowly missing a couple of big plays with DeSean Jackson. A great start, but Winston will find himself on the QB1 borderline for next week's trip to Minnesota.
Sep 17 - 4:40 PM

Bucs MLB Kwon Alexander suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's game against the Bears, and is doubtful to return.

Alexander was on this week's injury report with an illness, but apparently "aggravated" a hamstring issue. With the Bucs wiping out the pathetic Bears, he's undoubtedly done for the day.
Sep 17 - 2:15 PM

Buccaneers declared DE Jacquies Smith, TE Antony Auclair, LB Devante Bond, DE Will Clarke, CB Javien Elliott, C Joe Hawley and OT Leonard Wester inactive for Week 2 against the Bears.

Smith is still nursing a knee injury, as is Bond. Kwon Alexander (illness) and Evan Smith (illness) are both active for Tampa Bay's season opener.
Sep 17 - 11:49 AM

Kwon Alexander (illness) is expected to play Week 2 against the Bears.

Alexander was officially listed as questionable on the injury report, but it would have been surprising if an illness forced him to miss the Bucs' season opener. Alexander should remain a high-end LB1 this season.
Sep 17 - 8:32 AM

Robert McClain will be the Bucs' slot corner.

The news comes straight from coach Dirk Koetter. McClain is a journeyman who had to fight to beat out Javien Elliott all offseason. He will be someone to target in DFS.
Sep 16 - 11:58 AM

Bucs signed DE Will Clarke.

The 2014 third-rounder will try to stick around as a situational pass rusher. 2017 is Clarke's age-26 season.
Sep 5 - 5:00 PM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said DE Jacquies Smith (knee) is nearing a return.

"I don't think he's too far off," the coach said. Smith missed all of camp, but he was removed from the PUP list over the weekend and took a few snaps during practice Monday. He may not make it back for Week 1, but he should return soon.
Sep 4 - 12:59 PM


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