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Kwon Alexander is expected to challenge Danny Lansanah for the starting job at strong side linebacker.

Former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis believes Alexander will make an impact right away, citing his elite speed and ability to change directions. His versatility is also a big plus, having played both outside linebacker positions in college. Despite Alexander's obvious talent, he faces an uphill battle for the starting job as Lansanah finished as PFF's No. 15 4-3 outside linebacker in 2014.
May 6 - 9:13 AM

The Buccaneers are expected to run an up-tempo offense under new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

Starting tackle Demar Dotson said Koetter "loves to get the ball up field" and is partial to going no-huddle. That checks out as Atlanta's offense finished sixth in the league in pace last season under Koetter. Although athleticism isn't Jameis Winston's strong suit, strong football instincts and knowledge of the playbook are. With a fast-paced scheme and Mike Evans/Vincent Jackson/Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the No. 1 overall pick is squarely on the QB2 map.
May 6 - 8:31 AM

The Bucs will move Demar Dotson back to right tackle after they drafted Donovan Smith.

It's a pretty big surprise. Former basketball player Dotson (6'9/306) is a much better mover than Smith and excels in pass protection. Although Smith (6'6/338) projects as a plus run blocker with ideal tackle dimensions, his on-field skills are more reflective of a right tackle or even guard. It's good news the Bucs now at least have a few capable starting offensive linemen. Time will tell whether they're using those linemen at the right positions to protect Jameis Winston.
May 5 - 1:23 PM

Buccaneers GM Jason Licht conceded Jameis Winston is likely to start Week 1.

You don't take a quarterback No. 1 overall to sit behind Mike Glennon. "It’s pretty difficult to say with a straight face that we’re not going to give Jameis that opportunity to win it right away," Licht said. "We think he’s very advanced in terms of his ability to play and pick up schemes and concepts and learn the playbook relative to most rookies, or any rookie we’ve scouted in recent history." Winston will match up with No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota and the Titans on Sept. 13.
May 5 - 8:07 AM

Buccaneers claimed OL Reid Fragel off waivers from the Falcons.

Fragel was well regarded inside the draft community when he went in the seventh round of the 2013 draft. He's worth a flier for the line-needy Bucs.
May 4 - 5:10 PM

Pewter Report says the Bucs want to feature Charles Sims this season.

Pewter Report is one of the best team blogs out there. "Still think Doug Martin may not play a down in Tampa this year and may get traded prior to the season," they tweeted Monday in the wake of Martin's fifth-year option getting declined. It's clear the Lovie Smith regime is understandably low on Muscle Hamster and high on its hand-picked man in Sims. But they have plenty of cap room and Sims has the look of a change-of-pace/passing-down back right now. It's a situation to track this offseason, especially with the Bucs improving their run-game outlook by adding two offensive linemen in the second round of the draft.
May 4 - 9:42 AM

The Bucs did not pick up the 2016 fifth-year option on RB Doug Martin.

It was an easy decision for the Bucs, who know there's no way Martin will be worth $5.621 million in 2016. He's sputtered the last two seasons, fighting injuries while averaging just 3.63 YPC and struggling badly in pass protection. Still, Martin will only battle Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey and Mike James for carries this year after the Bucs failed to address the position in free agency or the draft. The Muscle Hamster remains the tentative favorite for early-down work by default, even if reports continue to swirl that the team is high on Sims.
May 4 - 8:57 AM

Jameis Winston's rookie contract with the Bucs includes a clause that he can't play baseball.

Winston compiled nine saves across two seasons as FSU's closer, recording a sparkling 1.08 ERA and 0.92 WHIP with 52 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings. He was selected in the 12th round by the Texas Rangers in the 2012 draft and is eligible to be drafted again in June. And back in February, Winston said playing both sports professionally "always has been my dream." But the Bucs squashed any notion of that, locking Winston's focus on being their franchise quarterback.
Source: SI.com
May 4 - 8:28 AM

Buccaneers signed Idaho DT Quayshawne Buckley.

Buckley (6'2/291) was a highly active up-field disruptor for the Vandals, finishing his senior year with 14.5 TFLs and four sacks, and ranking second on the team in tackles. Although he was not invited to any major pre-draft events, Buckley turned heads with a standout Pro Day, running 5.08 with a 35-inch vertical -- absurd at his size. Buckley is an intriguing three-technique prospect.
May 3 - 10:28 AM

GM Jason Licht said the Bucs will give Joey Iosefa "a shot at the starting fullback role."

Iosefa isn't a burner (he ran a 5.02 40 at the Combine), but he has ideal size for a fullback and could start there Week 1. Keeping two fullbacks on the roster is rarely done in today's NFL, so injury-prone Jorvorskie Lane will have to prove himself in camp if he wants to stick.
May 3 - 9:20 AM

GM Jason Licht said the Bucs' kick returner job is Kaelin Clay's to lose.

A track star in high school, Clay profiles as an elite return specialist, a role filled by Soloman Patton last season. The question is whether he'll be a factor in the passing game. Licht gave Clay a mild endorsement, commenting that he has "a little value" on offense. We don't expect much from Clay at receiver.
May 3 - 9:11 AM

Bucs signed Louisville RB Dominique Brown.

Brown (6'2/234) finished his Louisville career with 1,736 yards and 16 TDs on 399 carries (4.35 YPC), adding 47 receptions. He was frequently injured in college and slipped down the depth chart as a senior. Brown turned some heads with a solid East-West Shrine performance, but ran 4.63/4.65 at his Pro Day with a brutal 9-foot-1 broad jump. As Brown will turn 24 late in his rookie year, we suspect his NFL career will be brief.
May 2 - 9:35 PM

Bucs signed UCF WR Rannell Hall.

Hall (6'0/198) bookended Brashad Perriman for the UCF Knights, turning 145 career catches into 2,051 yards (14.1 YPR) and nine TDs. He also averaged a respectable 25.4 yards on 82 kick returns. Hall has a long-speed deficiency (4.60), but can absolutely sky with a 41-inch vertical and 11-foot broad jump. He has suspect hands (six drops in '14) and needs a lot of technical work to maximize his run-after-catch ability. Hall figures to top out as a kick returner and sub-package receiver.
May 2 - 8:32 PM

Bucs signed Texas A&M CB Deshazor Everett.

Everett (5'11/188) was a three-year starter for the Aggies, seeing action at both safety and corner and tallying five career interceptions. Not invited to the Combine, Everett rebounded to light up the TAMU Pro Day, running 4.49 with a 38-inch vertical and 10-foot-10 broad jump. A wildly aggressive gambler in the SEC, Everett showed sub-par man-cover skills by allowing a whopping six touchdown passes in 2014. Everett is a highly physical ballhawk, however, and could potentially function as a slot corner/safety and special teamer.
May 2 - 7:18 PM

Bucs signed Towson DE Ryan Delaire.

Delaire (6'4/254) spent two years at Towson after transferring from UMass, compiling 31.5 TFLs, 22.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, and four interceptions en route to first-team All-CAA accolades in both seasons. He ran 4.97 in Indy, but was recovering from a knee scope and improved to 4.76/4.84 at his Pro Day. Delaire demonstrated natural pass-rush ability at a lower-level college and could grow into a productive sub-rusher once he picks up NFL speed.
May 2 - 7:00 PM


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