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Brandon Myers caught 4-of-6 targets for 21 yards in the Bucs' Week 17 loss to the Saints.

Myers caught just 22 passes between Austin Seferian-Jenkins injuries this season, but restructured his contract earlier this weekend. Going on 30, he should be back with the Bucs in 2015.
Dec 28 - 7:39 PM

Bobby Rainey was held without a touch in the Bucs' Week 17 loss to the Saints.

Rainey heads into the offseason with zero touches over Tampa's final three games. Rainey showed some juice in between Doug Martin and Charles Sims injuries this season, averaging 4.31 yards per carry while catching 33 passes, but wasn't a favorite of the coaching staff. Now 27, Rainey will be a restricted free agent in the offseason. It's not a guarantee he's tendered a contract by the Bucs.
Dec 28 - 7:33 PM

Charles Sims rushed 18 times for 69 yards and a touchdown in Tampa's Week 17 loss to the Saints, adding a six-yard reception.

Both the carries and yards were the most of Sims' rookie season, while the touchdown was his first. Sims spent the first eight weeks of the year stashed on injured reserve/designated to return as he recovered from a broken ankle. Once he returned, he averaged a pitiful 2.8 yards on 66 carries, but was slightly more effective as a pass catcher, notching 19 receptions across eight games. Sims will likely be tabbed for change-of-pace duties as a sophomore, but could earn a bigger role with an impressive preseason. Doug Martin's grip on between-the-tackles work is tenuous.
Dec 28 - 7:28 PM

Doug Martin rushed 19 times for 108 yards in the Bucs' Week 17 loss to the Saints.

Martin wasn't targeted in the passing game. Astoundingly, the 100-yard game was Martin's first of the year. That includes yards from scrimmage. Martin showed some juice in the open field, but his game-best, 45-yard run in the second quarter likely would have gone for a 52-yard touchdown two years ago. Banged up for long stretches this season, Martin ends up with a 3.68 YPC. He's the owner of a 3.63 mark on 261 carries since his electrifying rookie year. Martin will be the favorite for Tampa's between-the-tackles duties in 2015, but it's not a given. He's no longer a serious factor in the passing game.
Dec 28 - 7:16 PM

Josh McCown completed 14-of-23 passes for 115 yards, one touchdown and an interception in Tampa's 23-20, Week 17 loss to the Saints.

It was a fittingly-dreadful end to McCown's ill-fated first year away from quarterback whisperer Marc Trestman. The Bucs tried to hide McCown in the second half, but he uncorked a pick on one of his few post-break attempts. McCown closes the book on 2014 the owner of an 11:14 TD:INT ratio, and 6.74 YPA. He completed just 56.2 percent of his passes. Going on 36, McCown is due $5.25 million in 2015. There's a zero-percent chance he'll be back as the Bucs' starter, and decent probability he's released.
Dec 28 - 5:51 PM

Mike Evans caught 5-of-6 targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs' Week 17 loss to the Saints.

Evans closes the book on his highly-impressive rookie campaign the owner of 68 catches for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns. He scored 10 times over his final nine games, and would be getting attention as the best rookie wideout in some time if not for Odell Beckham's biblical eruption down the stretch. Evans plays every bit his 6-foot-5, 231-pound frame, bodying out smaller corners to both high-point passes and win in tight spaces. Going on just 22, Evans is primed to be a special player for years to come.
Dec 28 - 5:04 PM

Vincent Jackson was forced the Bucs' Week 17 game against the Saints with a groin injury.

V-Jax went down midway through the first quarter, and did not return. V-Jax had one catch for 11 yards before going down, bringing his season line to an uninspiring 70/1,002/2. Jackson has now cleared 1,000 yards in each of his three years as a Buc, but watched his touchdown totals fall from eight to seven to two. Two weeks shy of his 32nd birthday, V-Jax is now clearly behind Mike Evans on the depth chart. V-Jax remains one of the league's best pure deep threats, but his days of no doubt WR1/2 status in fantasy are over. Jackson is due a hefty $9.777 million in 2015, but should remain in Tampa.
Dec 28 - 1:33 PM

Bucs declared LB Mason Foster, OT Anthony Collins, WR Robert Herron, WR Solomon Patton, RB Mike James, CB Isaiah Frey and DE George Uko inactive for Week 17 against the Saints.

Foster heads into the offseason nursing an Achilles' injury. Collins has been a healthy scratch for three-straight games.
Dec 28 - 11:33 AM

Bucs restructured the contract of TE Brandon Myers.

The details are not yet available, but the restructuring will lower Myers $2.25 million base salary in 2015 while adding another year to the contract. This deal will likely keep Myers in Tampa Bay for at least one more season.
Dec 27 - 1:29 PM

Buccaneers signed WR Louis Murphy to a three-year contract extension through 2017.

Murphy was set to become a free agent in March. In his first season with Tampa Bay, he caught 31 balls for 380 yards and two touchdowns behind Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson before being placed on I.R. with an ankle injury. It must not be very serious. With Jackson's future up in the air with the Bucs, Murphy could potentially see an increased offensive role opposite Evans in 2015.
Dec 26 - 9:46 AM

The Bucs are expected to prioritize extending WLB Lavonte David's contract this offseason.

David is scheduled for free agency in 2016, but the Bucs could get a better deal by extending him before he gets close to the market. Turning 25 in January, David is arguably the best 4-3 weak-side linebacker in football.
Dec 26 - 12:32 AM

The Bucs will clinch the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft if they lose to the Saints Sunday.

The Tampa Bay Times has worked out all the math surrounding the tiebreakers and determined that the Bucs control their own destiny here in their "battle" with the Titans. It gets a little tricky this week though, as they're at home facing a Saints team that will have a hard time finding motivation after getting knocked out of the playoffs by the Falcons last week. The Titans take on the Colts. Either way, the Bucs have locked up one of the top-two picks and will likely spend it on a quarterback -- either Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston.
Dec 23 - 8:53 AM

Charles Sims caught three passes for 30 yards in Week 16 against the Packers.

Sims had just four carries behind Doug Martin, but continued to play in pass situations. His biggest play was an 18-yard screen pass at the end of the first half. The Bucs will close out the regular season against the Saints in Week 17.
Dec 21 - 5:22 PM

Vincent Jackson caught three passes for 60 yards in Week 16 against the Packers.

Jackson saw six targets, behind only Mike Evans. His highlight was a 40-yard back-shoulder catch in second quarter. Jackson will take a 69/991/2 line into Week 17 against the Saints.
Dec 21 - 5:14 PM

Mike Evans was held to 49 yards on four catches in Week 16 against the Packers.

Evans was held in check by Packers CB Tramon Williams. He finished with a team-high seven targets, but didn't get any red-zone chances this week. The Bucs will close out the season against the Saints in Week 17.
Dec 21 - 5:10 PM


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