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Mike Evans suggested quarterback play kept him from doing even more as a rookie.

Evans caught 68 balls for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns with Josh McCown and Mike Glennon as his quarterbacks. "The quarterback would just look me off, and then I'd be dead," Evans said. "And I didn't understand, because I always think I'm open. Just throw that thing up." Now Evans has an upgrade in Jameis Winston, the Julio Jones "X" role in Dirk Koetter's offense and is still sharply ascending at age 22 (in August). The ceiling here is sky high.
Source: USA Today
Jun 29 - 9:39 AM

Jameis Winston said he wants to 'get back skinny' before training camp begins.

Winston said he is currently 238 pounds, but he wants to get down to 230 before the start of camp. Winston weighed in at 231 at the combine. Cutting some pounds could not hurt, but Winston has never had a chiseled physique. As a pocket passer, Winston's ability to master the playbook will matter a lot more to his success than a few pounds.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 27 - 9:34 AM

Buccaneers.com lists Austin Seferian-Jenkins as a candidate for a breakout year.

Seferian-Jenkins is "primed for the type of season the Bucs envisioned when they drafted him," according to reporter Scott Smith. With Jameis Winston at the controls and in a more tight end-friendly offense, ASJ will easily outperform his 21/221/2 rookie-year line if he stays healthy. Nick O’Leary led tight ends in targets (73) and won the Mackey Award as Winston’s primary checkdown last year.
Jun 26 - 6:41 PM

Hall of Fame DT Warren Sapp is being charged with three counts of domestic violence after allegedly biting and stomping on his girlfriend's head on April 28.

Sapp allegedly threw a margarita in Chalyce Moore's face before yanking her by the arm, biting her middle finger, and stomping her head after she fell down throwing a belt at Sapp. Moore said she believes she suffered a concussion. Sapp has been in trouble with the law since retiring, as this is his fourth arrest since 2010. He was arrested in February for soliciting a prostitute in Arizona while covering the Super Bowl. Sapp was immediately fired by NFL Network.
Jun 26 - 11:44 AM

Bucs OC Dirk Koetter expects there to be "growing pains" with Jameis Winston.

"In a perfect world as a coach, you really want to feel like you have control over knowing exactly what this guy is going to do. We don't have that with Jameis right now," Koetter said. "Jameis does some things above and beyond what you would ask him. And then he does a couple of things where you go, why did you just do that?" Winston’s aggressive tendencies led to a high turnover rate during his sophomore season at Florida State. The Bucs want him to get better at making reads and looking off defenders. Winston remains an intriguing fantasy QB2.
Jun 24 - 4:48 PM

Patrick Murray will be the Bucs' kicker again this season.

Murray went 20-of-24 on field goals as a rookie, a mark that included an impressive 5-of-6 from 50+ and 6-of-7 from 40+. He'll be on the streamer radar this year with Jameis Winston likely to end up in a lot of shootouts.
Jun 23 - 8:21 AM

OC Dirk Koetter reportedly won't hesitate to use Vincent Jackson in the slot.

Like so many field-stretching wideouts before him, Jackson is transforming his game as he slows down. The 32-year-old will play more slot and Z this year, leaving Mike Evans to do the heavy lifting at X. Koetter had a similar situation with a declining Roddy White in Atlanta the last two seasons, when White averaged 5.2 catches for 60.4 yards and 0.37 touchdowns per game.
Jun 23 - 8:12 AM

The Tampa Tribune says Doug Martin had his "best offseason in three years."

Martin has come roaring off the mat, quickly going from the trade block to the heavy favorite to start Week 1. Charles Sims, who averaged 2.8 YPC last year, is likely to be used in his natural pass-catching role and Bobby Rainey projects as a backup in both spots. Although Martin has been one of the worst running backs in the league over the last two seasons, he's a lead runner in a contract year with an eighth-round ADP. As a rookie in 2012, he erupted for a 319-1,454-11 line.
Jun 23 - 8:03 AM

ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas expects new OC Dirk Koetter to target the tight ends more this season.

Tampa Bay quarterbacks targeted tight ends on 15% of their throws last season, which is well below league average. Under Koetter, that number should rise closer to the 20% mark, giving Austin Seferian-Jenkins a great chance to better his 38 targets from last season. ASJ is a decent TE2 flier in the late rounds.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 10:35 AM

ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas expects George Johnson to be the starting right end opposite Jacquies Smith.

Neither player has star power, but both put together solid 2014s. Smith recorded 5.5 sacks after becoming the Bucs' starting left end midway through the season, and Johnson recorded six sacks in only 502 snaps for the Lions. Tampa Bay hopes both can improve a pass rush which recorded just 36 sacks last year.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 10:24 AM

Mike Evans trained with Randy Moss this offseason.

Moss invited Evans to North Carolina, where the two worked out for a week in March. "We were just talking about the league," said Evans. "It was pretty much just his knowledge of the game and some stories of what he’s been through." Picking the brain of one of the best wide receivers ever isn't a bad way to spend offseason time. Evans should be primed for a huge season with No. 1 pick Jameis Winston under center.
Jun 18 - 8:52 PM

Mike Evans has been lining up exclusively as the Bucs' No. 1 X receiver in offseason workouts.

With Vincent Jackson getting up there in age and taking on a more Brandon Marshallian role in the slot and as the Z receiver, Evans has taken on perimeter, high-pointing, deep-ball duties at X after manning the Z spot as a rookie. Coming off a 12-score year one, the sky is the limit for Evans with a quarterback upgrade in Jameis Winston. Even with the rookie under center, Evans has WR1 upside.
Jun 16 - 9:36 PM

ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas says Jameis Winston has made "huge strides" since he was drafted.

Winston has picked up new OC Dirk Koetter's playbook "well" and is "comfortable making calls at the line of scrimmage" while taking the first-team reps. Armed with two oversized playmaking wideouts, a ridiculously soft schedule and a defense that's going to give up lots of points, Jameis is a sneaky strong QB2 bet. The Bucs are reportedly "very happy" with how he's progressing.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 16 - 6:42 AM

A source tells ESPN that 10 teams put in a waiver claim for Tim Wright.

It's a reminder that Wright, who posted a 54-571-5 line as a rookie, can play. The Bucs were awarded Wright thanks to the No. 1 priority, but the Jets, Bears, Falcons, Browns, Saints, Dolphins, Chiefs, Steelers and Lions all submitted claims. Back with Tampa, Wright will compete for the right to complement Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Brandon Myers in a "move" role. He'll be a restricted free agent after this season.
Jun 15 - 9:33 AM

Bucs DT Henry Melton says the coaching staff has approached him about playing defensive end.

The Bucs have the worst defensive end depth chart in the league, with Jacquies Smith and George Johnson penciled in as starters. "They have brought that up to me and we’ve been messing with the rotation a little bit," said Melton. "We’re just going to take it into training camp and see what works." Melton played a handful of snaps at defensive end in Dallas last year, but was mostly used as an interior tackle. His pass-rush ability gives the Bucs some flexibility.
Jun 14 - 12:07 PM


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