Player News - Buccaneers

Date: Team: Pos:

Bucs placed WR Louis Murphy (ACL) on the active/PUP list.

Murphy was expected to be ready for camp. Alas. A longer than expected absence could create an opening for second-year pro Kenny Bell at the No. 3 receiver spot.
Jul 26 - 4:05 PM

Bucs LG J.R. Sweezy (back surgery) is beginning camp on the active/PUP list.

As is WR Louis Murphy (ACL). The Bucs previously refused to disclose what Sweezy's offseason operation was for, but he was expected to be ready for camp. Tampa's new left guard will probably be cleared to practice in the near future.
Jul 26 - 4:03 PM

Newly-acquired LB Daryl Smith is expected to start on the strong side for the Bucs.

Released by the Ravens in March, Smith signed a one-year, $2.5-million deal to join the Bucs. The veteran's play started to tail off last season, but he should bring experience and leadership to a relatively young linebacking corps. Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David will take up the other two linebacker spots in new-DC Mike Smith's defense.
Jul 23 - 9:35 AM

Jameis Winston lost roughly 20 pounds this offseason in an effort to slim down and improve his physique.

Photo evidence is available at the link below. You can see a noticeable difference in his waist area. Winston ballooned up to around 250 pounds at one point last year, but is in the 230 range heading into camp. Despite all the maturity question marks at Florida State, Winston has been the ultimate pro in Tampa.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 9:08 AM

Pewter Report's Zach Shapiro expects Kenny Bell to battle Donteea Dye for the Buccaneers' last receiver spot.

Earlier this offseason it looked like Bell was primed to be the Bucs' third receiver behind starters Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. Now he might be on the roster bubble. Adam Humphries and Russell Shepard have moved ahead of him on the depth chart, leaving Dye and Bell to battle for the fifth and final spot. Dye nabbed 11 catches for 132 yards in 2015 while Bell sat out with a hamstring injury. Bell's best chance of making the team might be as a kick returner, though a strong camp will have him back in the mix for No. 3 duties.
Jul 12 - 2:31 PM

Sports Talk Florida's Roy Cummings believes Vincent Jackson could see more time in the slot this season.

Cummings thinks Jackson could be forced to the slot if the Bucs like what they see from Kenny Bell on the outside. Jackson has played out of the slot fairly regularly throughout his career and ran almost a quarter of his routes from inside last year, per PFF. He has only managed five touchdowns in the last two seasons, but Jackson is a solid bet for 100 targets if he stays healthy.
Jul 12 - 10:37 AM

Sports Talk Florida's Roy Cummings believes Adam Humphries has the "inside edge" for the Bucs' slot receiver job.

Humphries appears less sure than Cummings considering he said last week he is battling for a roster spot. Louis Murphy would seem to be his biggest competition, but Vincent Jackson could also see time in the slot if Kenny Bell can earn snaps on the outside. Even if he wins the slot job, Humphries will struggle for fantasy relevance this season.
Jul 12 - 10:26 AM

Bucs WR Adam Humphries admitted he isn't guaranteed a roster spot.

An undrafted slot receiver out of Clemson in 2015, Humphries posted a 27-260-1 line on 40 targets last year. "I have to win this spot year in and year out," he said. The Bucs will enter camp with 11 receivers fighting for six jobs. Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, Kenny Bell and Louis Murphy sit atop the depth chart, leaving Humphries, Donteea Dye and Russell Shepard on the bubble.
Jul 10 - 8:49 AM

Mike Evans admits he lost focus at times during the 2015 season.

Evans ranked second in the NFL in drops. He attributes them to a lack of focus. "I wasn’t focused in some games," admitted Evans. "I have to practice more. I have to get better in practice with it. It just comes with repetition." Even with all the drops, Evans finished 11th in the league with 1,206 receiving yards and 14th in yards per catch (16.3). If Evans can eliminate mental lapses, he should finish the year as a top-10 wide receiver.
Jul 8 - 2:35 PM

Bucs OG Dominique Robertson has filed a complaint against the Riverside County, Cal. police regarding his treatment during questioning about an incident where he was shot twice.

"We were terribly concerned about Mr. Robertson's welfare and the blatant disregard for his rights, health, and safety," his lawyer said. "Not allowing his attorney access to check on his welfare, and denying him water, medication, and access to medical attention was abuse on the part of the Sheriff's department." Robertson has maintained he has no connection to his shooter, and was in the wrong place at the wrong time. His physical condition is unclear ahead of training camp.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 7 - 9:44 PM

Louis Murphy woke up early this past Saturday morning and found himself locked inside Flagler Museum after attending a wedding there the night before.

Murphy was at the wedding of college teammate and current Bears WR Deonte Thompson. He apparently had too much to drink, walked out to the courtyard, passed out on a set of stairs, woke up and everyone had left. He broke a small window at the museum to get out and call the police for assistance. Murphy isn't being charged with a crime, but it's a funny story nonetheless.
Jul 6 - 2:04 PM

Bucs undrafted rookie OG Dominique Robertson was shot twice in the leg Thursday morning in California.

Robertson is reportedly "doing okay" and was released from the hospital on Thursday morning. He has been questioned by police since the incident, but his lawyer said he was the "victim." The West Georgia product worked with the second-team at times during the offseason program, so it looked possible he would earn a roster spot. Until the severity of his injuries is disclosed, it is impossible to know what his outlook is now.
Jul 2 - 11:00 AM

Buccaneers contract-year DT Akeem Spence wants to stay in Tampa Bay beyond this season.

"I would love to stay in Tampa," said Spence. "I have been here helping to build this thing and definitely want to see this thing through all the way." Spence also said he's excited to be working with new DC Mike Smith while adding that his confidence is "through the roof" heading into the last year of his rookie deal. The 24-year-old was limited to eight games last season while battling back and ankle injuries. He was also suspended a game for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Jul 1 - 3:45 PM

Roy Cummings of Today's Pigskin believes Austin Seferian-Jenkins' attitude "has the potential to cost him his job."

"Seferian-Jenkins is a $10 million talent with a ten-cent head," Cummings wrote. "In just two seasons with the Buccaneers, he’s proved he has the uncanny ability to turn a molehill of a mistake into a mushroom cloud of trouble." The third-year tight end was kicked out of spring practice three weeks ago, and it wasn't the first time he's butted heads with his coaches. ASJ probably isn't in danger of being cut, but the Bucs would probably entertain trade offers for him. Coach Dirk Koetter has said Cameron Brate is in the mix to start ahead of Seferian-Jenkins.
Jun 29 - 1:58 PM

Pewter Report's Mark Cook "really believe(s)" Charles Sims will see an increase in carries in 2016.

At the Combine, coach Dirk Koetter called Sims "an every-down back, if need be." Although he benefited from facing softer sub-package fronts while Doug Martin tangled more with base defenses, Sims made the most of his 2015 rushing opportunities by averaging 4.94 YPC. Cook expects Sims' increased role to "cut into Martin's total yardage." Cook still anticipates Martin being a "focal point of the offense," of course. Sims is an intriguing middle-round fantasy pick. He offers standalone flex value and could explode if Martin goes down.
Jun 22 - 1:20 PM


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