Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Date: Team: Pos:

Bucs signed K Brandon Bogotay and waived C Ben Gottschalk.

Bogotay, who played behind Blair Walsh at Georgia, will try to push incumbent Patrick Murray.
May 28 - 11:22 AM

NFL.com's Chris Wesseling says Charles Sims' film called to mind "a slow-motion C.J. Spiller, lacking the explosive lateral agility and breakaway speed while showing nothing between the tackles."

We always take player evaluations from ex-Rotoworld legend Wesseling seriously. In fairness to Sims, he opened the year on PUP due to ankle surgery and was playing behind an atrocious offensive line in a broken offense. Still, he forced just six missed tackles on 66 rushes and averaged a terrible 1.36 yards after contact per attempt. Sims is a threat to max out as a strict "passing back," even as the Bucs' coaching staff talks him up relentlessly.
Source: NFL.com
May 25 - 10:24 AM

ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas says the Tampa Bay coaching staff is "very high" on second-year RB Charles Sims.

Despite being outplayed by Doug Martin last season, Sims has been consistently touted as the favorite for the starting job in Tampa Bay. As the narrative goes, Sims was hand-picked by the current regime, and the coaching staff is down on Martin. That all may be true, but Sims looked overmatched between the tackles while averaging just 2.8 YPC on 66 carries last season. With his ADP steadily climbing, Sims has the look of a player that could become highly overvalued by August.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 9:37 AM

Second-rounder Ali Marpet is fully expected to be the Bucs' starting right guard.

Marpet is making a big jump from D-3 Hobart to the NFL, but has the athleticism, size, and physical style to excel as a starting guard. Marpet's only competition will come from retread types Patrick Omameh and Garrett Gilkey.
Source: ESPN.com
May 20 - 12:07 PM

Bucs DC Leslie Frazier mentioned second-year DE T.J. Fatinikun as a potential starter.

The Bucs have the worst defensive end group in the league. Fatinikun, an UDFA out of Toledo, was signed by the Bucs in Week 8 and played 153 snaps down the stretch, notching just a half-sack. Fellow former UDFA Jacquies Smith is currently Tampa Bay's top edge rusher. George Johnson, Larry English, William Gholston, Lawrence Sidbury, and Fatinikun will all compete along with Smith.
May 18 - 7:59 PM

ESPN's Field Yates reports eight teams put in a claim for SS D.J. Swearinger before he was awarded to the Bucs.

Including the Bucs, the Jaguars, Raiders, Jets, Falcons, Bills, Steelers, and Ravens all placed claims. This obviously means little now that Swearinger has landed in Tampa Bay, but it's noteworthy should Swearinger not stick with the Bucs. He doesn't really fit the scheme and could end up back on the streets if he doesn't up his play and learn to adhere to Lovie Smith's Cover-2 system.
May 13 - 1:01 PM

Bucs claimed OLB Khaseem Greene off waivers from the Bears.

The 2013 fourth-rounder was waived on Monday. Greene appeared in two games for Marc Trestman's beleaguered defense last season, making two ineffective starts. Despite being an ex-Bear, he came after Lovie Smith's time in Chicago. He'll try to crack the Bucs' 53-man roster as a special teamer.
May 12 - 5:17 PM

Bucs claimed SS D.J. Swearinger off waivers from the Texans.

The Bucs have the No. 1 priority on the waiver wire, and weren't going to let Swearinger get by them after he was waived on Monday. Swearinger is known more for his borderline hits than overall effectiveness, but is a playmaker capable of setting a fierce tone. He upgrades what was one of the worst secondaries in the league last season. Swearinger will compete with Bradley McDougald at strong safety, but has a legit chance at earning a starting job.
May 12 - 5:08 PM

Bucs signed No. 124 overall pick OLB Kwon Alexander to a four-year contract.

The Bucs traded up for Alexander, who stuffed the stat sheet at LSU and had a nice Combine. He has experience at both outside linebacker spots, and will challenge Danny SLB Lansanah in training camp. It's quite possible that Lansanah holds onto his job, however, after a strong 2014 campaign.
May 12 - 5:05 PM

Bucs signed No. 162 overall pick WR Kenny Bell to a four-year contract.

An elite compiler throughout his Nebraska career, Bell tore up the Combine, showing 4.42 wheels to go along with a 41.5-inch vertical. Tough with above-average route-running skills, Bell could easily outperform his fifth-round pedigree. He's a name to keep an eye on in dynasty leagues.
May 12 - 5:03 PM

Bucs signed No. 184 overall pick WR/KR Kaelin Clay to a four-year contract.

A former high school track star, Tampa's return job is Clay's to lose, but he's not going to feature on offense. He's a final-round flier in dynasty drafts.
May 12 - 3:08 PM

The Bucs reportedly "really like" waived SS D.J. Swearinger.

Claims for waivers are due by 4pm ET on Tuesday. The Bucs have the No. 1 priority and they're at least considering it. Swearinger, the No. 57 overall pick in 2013, would at least bring natural talent to a secondary that ranked 28th in pass yards allowed per game last year. The Falcons, holders of the No. 8 waiver priority, are also rumored to have interest.
May 12 - 11:24 AM

A source tells KPRC-TV in Houston that D.J. Swearinger was waived because he refused to play special teams.

KPRC is not a typical outlet for breaking news, but this makes sense. Swearinger was always a hot head on and off the field, which made him a poor fit for the culture Bill Belichick disciple Bill O'Brien is trying to build. An unwillingness to help on special teams when you're struggling as a safety is not acceptable for O'Brien.
May 12 - 9:09 AM

The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person reports the Panthers are "kicking the tires" on waived SS D.J. Swearinger.

Swearinger was cut by the Texans on Monday. He'll go through the waiver process where we fully expect a team to claim him since he has under $2 million remaining on his contract over the next two seasons. He's just 23 and was one of the top safety prospects in 2013. It would be a surprise if he made it to Carolina.
May 11 - 7:04 PM

Texans waived SS D.J. Swearinger.

The 57th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Swearinger wore out his welcome quickly under no-nonsense coach Bill O'Brien, struggling mightily in coverage and often taking bad angles in run defense. The Texans tried trading Swearinger before cutting him, but found no takers, likely because of his bad game tape. Still, Swearinger is only 23 years old and will likely be claimed off waivers.
May 11 - 4:03 PM


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