Player News - Buccaneers

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recorded just one sack and zero turnovers on Saturday as they fell to the Cleveland Browns 31-7.

Despite the poor showing, the Bucs D/ST should be in the forefront of the minds of fantasy defense streamers, as Tampa Bay will host the Tennessee Titans in Week 1 of the regular season. The Titans allowed the sixth most sacks among NFL teams in 2014 and will be handing their offense to rookie Marcus Mariota, who may provide a reasonable streaming target as the regular season gets underway.
Aug 30 - 2:15 AM

Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught a 14-yard pass in the Bucs' third preseason game.

ASJ was targeted two times on the night. His grab was an impressive one down the seam where he was upended at the end of the play. Through three preseason games, Seferian-Jenkins has caught just 2-of-5 targets for 25 yards. It's a bit concerning when Jameis Winston has attempted 47 passes. ASJ is going to be a distant third in line for targets behind both Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson.
Aug 29 - 9:49 PM

Vincent Jackson caught two passes for 38 yards in the Bucs' third preseason game.

He was targeted five times with Mike Evans (hamstring) sitting this one out. Jackson's big gain was a 26-yard pickup that led directly to Doug Martin's 19-yard touchdown run on the next play. After three preseason games, Jackson has caught 4-of-8 targets for 94 yards. Evans and Jackson are both elite field stretchers. Jackson should benefit from (hopefully) better QB play this season.
Aug 29 - 9:44 PM

Doug Martin rushed for 40 yards and one touchdown on nine carries in the Bucs' third preseason game.

It was all or nothing for Martin on Saturday night. His first few runs went for nothing before Martin exploded later in the first half for big gains, including a 19-yard touchdown on a jump cut to the left. Looking spry in a contract year, Martin has rushed for 118 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries this preseason. Martin's ADP has skyrocketed this month from the end of the sixth round to the middle of the fourth round. It will only go up before Week 1.
Aug 29 - 9:34 PM

Jameis Winston completed just 6-of-15 passes for 90 yards and one interception in the Bucs' third preseason game Saturday night.

It was another ugly night for Winston after he looked impressive in the Bucs' second preseason game last Monday evening. We're not going to overreact, however, as Winston was without No. 1 receiver Mike Evans (hamstring) and playing behind what has the looks of an awful offensive line. Winston's interception was all on him, though; he was under heavy pressure and staggering backward before throwing off his back foot into the middle of the field for an easy pick. After three preseason games, Winston is 23-of-47 for 311 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Aug 29 - 9:30 PM

Mike Evans (hamstring) feels healthy enough to play in the third preseason game.

The Bucs are shutting down Evans for the rest of the preseason, but there isn’t concern for his Week 1 status. Evans is safe to draft as low-end WR1.
Aug 28 - 6:57 PM

The Bucs converted DT Matthew Masifilo to guard this year.

Masifilo, a 2012 undrafted free agent out of Stanford, has spent the better part of the past two seasons on Tampa Bay's practice squad. He's appeared in one regular-season game. Two weeks into the preseason, Masifilo has graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 2 overall guard, receiving strong marks in the run game.
Aug 28 - 12:12 PM

Bucs S Chris Conte (hamstring) returned to practice on Wednesday.

Conte missed more than three weeks with the injury. Originally expected to compete for a starting job, Conte will likely settle into a backup role behind D.J. Swearinger and Bradley McDougald.
Aug 27 - 12:29 PM

Bucs CB Leonard Johnson was spotted with a walking boot on his left foot.

Johnson suffered an ankle injury in the second preseason game. The severity of the injury is unknown, but the walking boot is not a great sign. Johnson is competing with Sterling Moore and Mike Jenkins for snaps in nickel.
Aug 27 - 11:00 AM

Buccaneers signed K Connor Barth, formerly of the Broncos.

Barth was cut by the Broncos earlier in the day. He's resurfacing in Tampa Bay, where Barth will be the favorite over Brandon Bogotay and Patrick Murray. Those who drafted Barth in early best-ball leagues can take solace in the fact that he'll be kicking at all this year. We'd also advise those best-ball leagues to eliminate the kicker position. All fantasy leagues, for that matter.
Aug 26 - 8:57 PM

Broncos released K Connor Barth.

Barth loses his roster spot to new LG Evan Mathis. Signed in November last season after Brandon McManus' early-year struggles, Barth went 15-of-16 on field goals and nailed all 15 extra points. With McManus performing well in camp and preseason, Barth is out of a job. The Broncos will keep him on speed dial should McManus falter again. Owners that drafted Barth can pick up McManus.
Aug 26 - 10:43 AM

Mike Evans (hamstring) will sit out the Bucs' final two preseason games.

All it really means is that Evans is sitting out this weekend's regular season dress rehearsal, as none of the Bucs' starters are likely to see real run in the finale. Coach Lovie Smith insists Evans' injury is minor, and there's currently no reason not to believe him. Evans has 19 days to get back to 100 percent for Week 1.
Aug 25 - 4:21 PM

The ankle injury Jameis Winston appeared to suffer in the second preseason game is not considered serious.

Winston appeared to twist his ankle while being sacked by Geno Atkins. He was visibly limping after the sack, but stayed in the game for the last play of the series. Winston did not play another snap after the series, but coach Lovie Smith said he could have if he was needed. He should be good to go for the third preseason game.
Aug 25 - 12:07 PM

Bucs coach Lovie Smith said the hamstring injury Mike Evans suffered in the second preseason game was minor.

"I talked to him and he didn’t feel like it was that serious," Smith said. This is better than the coach showing concern, but even slight hamstring pulls have a tendency to linger if not treated properly. Evans will likely miss practice time this week and is not a lock for the third preseason game.
Aug 25 - 8:09 AM

Bucs CB Leonard Johnson exited Monday night's preseason game with an ankle injury.

Competing for sub-package snaps behind starters Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks, Johnson may be the front-runner for nickel duties. Veterans Sterling Moore and Mike Jenkins are also in the mix with Johnson.
Aug 24 - 10:37 PM

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