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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

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said he wants Jameis Winston to "test the boundaries" of the offense.

"Jameis is a really smart guy," said Koetter. "It’s just (that) we chose as coaches not to put him in too many positions that we did not think he was ready for, and, yes, we have … even as the season went on last year … we gave him more and more." Winston was much better when allowed to play a limited role as a rookie, but Koetter has been clear about his intention to put more on Winston's plate in year two. Even with Winston taking more command, the offense should still lean on the backfield combo of Doug Martin and Charles Sims.
Jun 21 - 12:51 PM

Veteran DLs Robert Ayers and Clinton McDonald had nothing but praise for Bucs second-round DE Noah Spence following OTAs.

McDonald said Spence brings an "X factor" to the line, and Ayers said the rookie "has a lot of ability" and is "willing to learn." Off-field concerns caused Spence to slip on draft day, but there is little question about his ability between the white lines. He should provide a spark as a situational pass rusher this season.
Jun 20 - 8:23 AM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter believes TE Cameron Brate has an "uncanny ability to show up in the red zone."

Brate scored three touchdowns on only 30 targets last season, but Koetter's comments are really about Austin Seferian-Jenkins. With his career trending in the wrong direction, the Bucs are starting to talk up Brate, a third-year UDFA from Harvard. ASJ can still get his momentum back in camp, but will be on the spot. If ASJ continues to falter, Brate won't be more than a mid-range TE2.
Jun 16 - 2:21 PM

Coach Dirk Koetter talked up fourth-year WR Russell Shepard on Tuesday.

"Shep is one of those guys that he’s known for his special teams play, but he’s just always hanging around at wide receiver," Koetter said. "You can’t break that guy. Shep is always here. Coaches always say the number one ability is availability, and Shep is always available. He’s in the mix." With the No. 3 receiver job wide open, Sheppard figures to get a chance to win it.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 15 - 9:26 AM

Austin Seferian-Jenkins issued an apology for getting kicked out of practice last week, then arguing with Bucs fans on Twitter.

On the same day Dirk Koetter kicked him off the practice field, ASJ told one fan he'd "eat through a straw" if he showed up to One Buc Place. "It's a lapse of judgment," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I won't let it happen again." Seferian-Jenkins believes he and Koetter have "worked things out." The enigmatic underachiever will resume his position battle with third-year TE Cameron Brate.
Jun 15 - 6:09 AM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter will give Jameis Winston more responsibilities this season.

Learning from his mistake with Blaine Gabbert as Jacksonville's OC, Koetter took things slowly with Winston in year one. He's ready to put more on Winston's plate following a successful rookie year. "Jameis is a good communicator at the line, good at the no-huddle, studies like a wild man, and that’s what we love about him," said Koetter. Look for Winston to have more freedom at the line of scrimmage during his sophomore season. This could improve Winston's ability to form on-field "relationships" with Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson.
Source: MMQB
Jun 13 - 8:36 AM

Pewter Report’s Mark Reynolds says the Bucs are "concerned" with Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

ASJ’s twitter rant made headlines, but his on-field struggles are the real development. There’s reports he’s not guaranteed to start after missing nine games last season. Based on talent, Seferian-Jenkins should hold off Cameron Brate, but he’s entering a make-or-break year.
Jun 11 - 3:15 PM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter expects No. 11 overall pick CB Vernon Hargreaves "to play."

The Bucs' corner competition is wide open, but Hargreaves will have a role no matter what. "He’s got great quickness, tremendous explosiveness, he’s smart, competitive, he’s playing two spots – he’s playing corner and nickel," said Koetter. "When you’re a first-round draft pick you’re going to play." Hargreaves is the favorite for the No. 1 spot, but the rest of the depth chart is up for grabs. Brent Grimes, Alterraun Verner, Johnthan Banks and several others will compete for a starting job in camp.
Jun 11 - 9:19 AM

The Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman doesn't consider second-year WR Kenny Bell "a total lock" to make the Bucs' 53-man roster.

Nothing is set in stone behind starters Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. While the Bucs want Bell to grab the No. 3 job, he's facing competition from Louis Murphy (knee), Russell Shepard, and Donteea Dye. By most accounts, Bell has looked good at OTAs, but the real competition starts this summer.
Jun 10 - 11:21 AM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter removed Austin Seferian-Jenkins from practice on Thursday.

With practice still going on, Seferian-Jenkins posted a tweet which read, "MOVING ON!!!!" That tweet has since been deleted, but a post saying he cannot "let the negative stuff get to" him remains. Koetter said afterward he sent ASJ off for not "knowing what he was doing," but cautioned not to make too much of the situation. A second-round pick in 2014, Seferian-Jenkins has played in just 16 games in two seasons. It is not out of the question he loses his job to Cameron Brate.
Jun 9 - 12:53 PM

Bucs signed No. 59 overall pick K Roberto Aguayo to a four-year, $4.053 million contract.

It comes with a $1.147 million signing bonus. The Lou Groza Award winner as a freshman and a consensus All-American as a sophomore, Aguayo was the premier kicker in the nation throughout his college career. He'll have to be even better in the NFL to justify the Bucs' trade up into the second round to grab him.
Jun 7 - 1:44 PM

The shoulder injury that sidelined Austin Seferian-Jenkins for nine games last season was believed to have required surgery.

Neither the Bucs nor Seferian-Jenkins ever detailed the injury's extent, but beat writer Rick Stroud indicates it was severe and "would have put most players immediately on injured reserve." Critics labeled Seferian-Jenkins as soft at the time. He has certainly lacked durability, missing extensive time in college and appearing in just 16 of a possible 32 games through two NFL seasons. ASJ remains a high-upside but high-risk fantasy investment in 2016 drafts.
Jun 3 - 12:52 AM

Bucs RBs coach Tim Spencer said Doug Martin is working on his fumbling "problem."

"We have talked about it. And we’ve studied it. So we know what the issue is, what the problem is," Spencer said. "We just gotta work on them." Martin coughed it up five times last season, but he had just three fumbles on 580 career carries before last year. Ball security is unlikely to be a long-term issue for Martin. He enters 2016 as a solid RB1.
May 31 - 11:23 AM

Mike Evans and Jameis Winston spent time together this offseason working on pass routes and breaking down film.

The work ethic of both Evans and Winston were called into question after Winston packed on pounds during his rookie year and Evans suffered through a sophomore slump, dropping an NFC-high 15 passes and managing only three TDs after scoring a dozen as a rookie. Per ESPN's Britt McHenry, Evans and Winston "worked through countless routes and were together on and off the field," often meeting to watch game tape before Golden State Warriors games. Not yet 23 years old, Evans is a strong bet for a bounce-back campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 1:48 PM


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