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Rick Stroud of Tampa Bay Times expects second-round RB Ronald Jones to earn 15-20 touches per game this season.

This comes days after Stroud's colleague, Greg Auman, suggested Jones would share backfield work with power back Peyton Barber and pass-catcher Charles Sims. While 15-20 touches per game isn't quite bell-cow level, it's still a substantial workload. Even if Barber vultures some short yardage carries and Sims fills in the gaps on passing downs, there's no doubt Jones will be heavily involved as a rookie. In Tampa, he's the running back to own for fantasy purposes.
Jun 17 - 10:50 AM

Bucs signed second-round RB Ronald Jones to a four-year contract.

Jones doubled as a track athlete at USC and it shows on tape, where his game is built on burst and acceleration, a la Tevin Coleman. While his big-play ability is obvious, Jones too frequently ran into the backs of his blockers and has work to do in the passing game, where his blitz pickups were inconsistent, and Jones caught only 32 passes in 40 college games. At least initially, the Tampa Bay Times expects Jones to "share the load" with Peyton Barber and Charles Sims. Perhaps Sims will keep a passing-down role, but Jones should eventually pass up Barber.
Jun 14 - 1:40 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud singled out sophomore WR Chris Godwin among his Bucs' standouts this spring.

Per Stroud, Godwin "makes a lot of plays every day" in practice and has shined into minicamp. Godwin has been the subject of constant praise throughout the offseason after he finished his rookie year on a high note down the stretch and performed admirably in spot starts. OC Todd Monken has said Godwin has earned the right to start and should see heavy snaps in three-wide sets if the coaching staff allows him to leapfrog Adam Humphries as the No. 3 wideout.
Jun 12 - 10:12 PM

The Tampa Times expects second-round pick Ronald Jones to "share the load" with Peyton Barber, and Charles Sims to play on third downs.

If so, this backfield would officially become a three-way committee. It would also be disappointing on-field deployment for this year's No. 38 overall pick. The Bucs have sounded committed to giving Barber work, likely as an inside-grinder/short-yardage specialist. Jones is a straight-line speedster who must prove himself in the passing game after barely playing there at USC.
Jun 11 - 3:57 PM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said second round CB Carlton Davis is "off to one of the fastest starts" at OTAs.

"He's getting a lot of reps. Plays the ball better than I thought he did coming off his tape," said Koetter. "We knew he was a good bump-and-run player. I think he's getting better." Davis was one of the most pro ready corners in the draft, so his fast start isn't a surprise. With Vernon Hargreaves moving to the slot, he should open the season opposite Brent Grimes.
Jun 9 - 6:41 PM

Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul is expected to attend minicamp.

Pierre-Paul skipped voluntary workouts. The missed time raised some concerns with him in a new scheme, but he'll get in a few reps before training camp. After trading two mid-round picks for Pierre-Paul this offseason, the Bucs are counting on him to improve a pass rush that was one of the worst in the league.
Source: ESPN
Jun 9 - 4:14 PM

Bucs DE Noah Spence says he's gained 20 pounds of muscle.

Spence was limited to six games last season by a torn labrum in his shoulder. Listed at 251, Spence has always been undersized for the edge. He's hoping to change that in what's shaping up as a critical third year in the league.
Jun 7 - 6:12 PM

Peyton Barber said he's trimmed down in an effort to get faster.

Barber has been on a strict diet with the goal of turning "excess fat" into "lean muscle." "At the Combine I ran a 4.62 or a 4.64, and then at my pro day I ran a 4.58," he said. "I’m getting closer to 4.5 right now." Barber has been typecast as a power back since joining the Bucs as an undrafted rookie in 2016, but believes he can be much more than that. "I want to show people that I can break off the long runs and that I’m not just a power back," he said. "I want to show everyone that I can be an all-around back." Barber said his goal is to rush for 1,000 yards this season, though that seems unlikely given the presence of second-round rookie Ronald Jones.
Jun 1 - 4:31 PM

Bucs signed second-round CB Carlton Davis to a four-year contract.

Davis made 32 starts in Auburn's secondary, tallying three career interceptions and earning first-team All-SEC from the conference’s coaches as a senior. Davis showed average athleticism at the Combine, running 4.53 with a 34-inch vertical. A big, somewhat stiff press-coverage specialist with plus arm length (32 ¾") and a knack for disrupting routes, Davis offers No. 2 cornerback potential if used correctly.
May 24 - 6:38 PM

Bucs signed No. 12 overall pick DT Vita Vea to a four-year contract.

The deal includes a fifth-year team option for 2022. In three years at Washington, Vea tallied 15 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. Vea draws Haloti Ngata comparisons for his gargantuan size and powerful bull rush, but his get off is much less explosive, and Vea played only 62% of UW's 2017 defensive snaps. Still, Vea’s tape shows light feet for a big man, position flexibility, and an ability to create space for linebackers behind him to run free.
May 24 - 1:40 PM

Bucs OC Todd Monken said sophomore WR Chris Godwin has earned the right to start.

Godwin showed out when given a shot as a rookie, turning 55 targets into 34 catches for 525 yards and a score. It would make sense for the Bucs to get him more work, but his path to targets is blocked by Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson as well as a quality duo at tight end. The coaching staff should find a way to get him on the field in three-wide sets, but it is unlikely Godwin returns redraft value this season without an injury. That said, he is a great hold in Dynasty formats, especially with Jackson potentially entering his final season in Tampa.
May 17 - 1:02 PM

Bucs DE William Gholston shed 15 pounds in the offseason.

Gholston signed a five-year, $27.5 million deal last offseason and recorded zero sacks after notching 10 in his first four seasons. Listed at 6'6/281 by the Bucs, Gholston figures to be closer to the 265 mark at the moment. He'll be fighting for snaps behind new Bucs DEs Jason Pierre-Paul and Vinny Curry and former second-rounder Noah Spence. Gholston is mainly a run-stopper.
May 16 - 12:14 PM

Bucs DC Mike Smith said third-year CB Vernon Hargreaves will likely be the team's slot corner this season.

The No. 11 overall pick in the 2016 draft, Hargreaves played just over 12.7% of his snaps in the slot last season, roughly the same amount he was there as a rookie. The Bucs haven't re-signed last year's nickel corner Robert McClain and appear ready to turn the gig over to Hargreaves. Veteran Brent Grimes and 2016 fourth-rounder Ryan Smith are the favorites to open the year in nickel packages, while the Bucs used 2018 second-rounders on Carlton Davis and M.J. Stewart.
May 16 - 12:06 PM

Bucs signed second-round CB M.J. Stewart to a four-year contract.

Tampa Bay also signed fourth-round S Jordan Whitehead and sixth-round LB Jack Cichy to four-year deals. Stewart played corner at UNC, but he tested more like a safety at the Combine. He could end up there or at slot corner for the Bucs.
May 10 - 10:26 AM

Buccaneers signed fifth-round WR Justin Watson to a four-year contract.

A top-five SPARQ receiver in this year's draft, Watson dominated the Ivy League ranks and offers NFL size at 6-foot-2, 215 with 4.44 jets and a 40-inch vertical. Although Watson presently looks buried on the Bucs' wideout depth chart, DeSean Jackson's contract is easy for the organization to move on from next offseason, and Adam Humphries is year to year. The Bucs do have Mike Evans and promising 2017 draft pick Chris Godwin signed long term.
May 9 - 9:08 PM


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