Player News - Buccaneers

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Bucs SS T.J. Ward expressed frustration with his lack of playing time following the Week 7 loss to the Bills.

"I did not come here to rotate," Ward said. "I did not come here to be a part-time player." Fellow free-agent signing DT Chris Baker had similar thoughts on Twitter, saying, "FACTS. I feel the same way, bro." Ward played just 24 snaps against Buffalo, fewer than both Chris Conte and Justin Evans. Ward is averaging just 33 snaps per game. Baker is in the same boat, playing just 28 snaps per week. The Bucs gave Ward $5 million after he was released by the Broncos at final cuts. 30-year-old Baker got $9 million guaranteed as a priority signing in March. The Bucs have given up at least 30 points in three of their last five games.
Oct 22 - 11:01 PM

Adam Humphries caught 2-of-3 targets for 13 yards in the Bucs' Week 7 loss to the Bills.

Humphries is capable of popping up for useful PPR-specific box scores, but he offers minimal upside with three touchdowns in 34 career games.
Oct 22 - 4:42 PM

Doug Martin rushed 20 times for 49 yards and caught 2-of-3 targets for 31 yards in the Bucs' Week 7 loss to the Bills.

The workload was there, but Martin couldn't get much going between the tackles against a disciplined Bills defensive front. Martin did out-touch Jacquizz Rodgers 22 to 2 and is clearly locked in as Tampa Bay's workhorse back. Continue to lean on Martin as a volume-based RB2 when the Bucs host the Panthers next.
Oct 22 - 4:40 PM

DeSean Jackson caught 5-of-8 targets for 73 yards in the Bucs' Week 7 loss to the Bills.

He also prevented an early-game interception of Jameis Winston by fighting for the ball against Bills defenders and coming away with a catch. Jackson hasn't had any monster box-score games yet, but he has cleared 70 yards and/or scored a touchdown in four of his last five. Jackson will remain a volatile WR3 play when the Bucs take on the Panthers next.
Oct 22 - 4:37 PM

Cameron Brate caught 6-of-9 targets for 59 yards in the Bucs' Week 7 loss to the Bills.

O.J. Howard was the tight end star of this one, turning in a career-best 6/98/2 receiving line as the Bills' defense repeatedly refused to cover him. Brate still out-targeted Howard by three and remains the Bucs' tight end to rely on in fantasy. He'll be a low-end TE1 when Tampa Bay hosts Carolina next.
Oct 22 - 4:29 PM

O.J. Howard caught 6-of-6 targets for 98 yards and two touchdowns in the Bucs' Week 7 loss to the Bills.

Used lightly as a receiver and primarily as a blocker in the first five games, Howard scored twice on Sunday on beautifully-designed plays that got him wide open, including a 33-yard score on which Howard ran far behind the Bills' defense. While we wouldn't exactly call Howard trustworthy from a fantasy standpoint yet, he will be on the low end of the streaming radar in Week 8 against Carolina.
Oct 22 - 4:27 PM

Jameis Winston completed 32-of-44 passes for 382 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in the Bucs' Week 7 loss to Buffalo.

He only took one sack against a Buffalo defense that struggled to generate pressure. The Bills entered this one having allowed only two touchdown passes through five games, so Winston's big statistical output wasn't entirely expected. He threw two scores to O.J. Howard and one to Mike Evans. Winston draws a slightly softer matchup at home against the Panthers in Week 8.
Oct 22 - 4:24 PM

Mike Evans caught 7-of-10 targets for 91 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs' Week 7 loss to the Bills.

Evans was quiet with short catches for most of the game, but he toe-tapped a touchdown in the fourth quarter that gave the Bucs a short-lived 27-20 lead. The Bills rallied back with a LeSean McCoy touchdown and Stephen Hauschka's game-winning field goal. Keep Evans rolling as an every-week elite WR1 when the Bucs host Carolina next.
Oct 22 - 4:22 PM

Jameis Winston is active for Week 7 at Buffalo.

He'll play through a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder. Ryan Fitzpatrick will be available in relief. The Bucs' Week 7 inactives are TE Antony Auclair, OL Caleb Benenoch, DE Ryan Russell, DT Sealver Siliga, CB Josh Robinson, S Isaiah Johnson, and G/C Joe Hawley.
Oct 22 - 11:46 AM

Coach Dirk Koetter announced Jameis Winston (shoulder) will start Week 7 against the Bills.

Winston suffered a minor AC joint sprain last week in Arizona and was pulled from the game with the Bucs getting shellacked on the road. He threw for the first time on Friday, and all appeared to go well. Winston isn't a recommended streamer, but his presence at least makes Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Cameron Brate, and Doug Martin all the more palatable as fantasy plays.
Oct 20 - 12:10 PM

Jameis Winston (shoulder) threw at Friday's practice.

Per Roy Cummings of Florida Football Insiders, Winston appeared to get in a normal practice on Friday, at least during the portion open to the media. All signs point to Winston suiting up Sunday against the Bills in Buffalo.
Oct 20 - 11:30 AM

Jameis Winston (shoulder) is expected to take "all" the first-team reps in Friday's practice.

Winston did little to nothing in the portion of Bucs practice open to the media on Thursday, but will apparently ramp up his participation on Friday. Bucs beat reporters have expressed skepticism Winston will be ready to start against the Bills. How he looks on Friday will likely determine his Week 7 status.
Oct 19 - 3:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Times is skeptical Jameis Winston (shoulder) will start Week 7.

Reporters Greg Auman and Rick Stroud both expect Winston to sit after observing Thursday's practice. Winston apparently attempted one pass in the portion of Bucs practice open to the media, dumping it off to a running back. It's possible this is gamesmanship on the Bucs' behalf, but Winston should now be considered doubtful. It is worth noting that Winston has never missed a start.
Oct 19 - 1:24 PM

Jameis Winston (shoulder) is expected to throw in Thursday's practice.

He did everything but throw during Wednesday's session, so this is the next step. Assuming he does not suffer any setbacks, it looks like Winston will be ready to face the Bills on Sunday. Hurt and in a bad matchup, he is not a top-12 option this week.
Oct 19 - 11:31 AM

The Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman reports Jameis Winston "did everything but throw" during Wednesday's practice.

He is expected to throw later in the week and appears on track to play considering the Bucs did not add a quarterback on Wednesday. "Draw your own conclusions," coach Dirk Koetter said after practice. Winston has said he plans to play.
Oct 19 - 9:10 AM


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