Player News - Buccaneers

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The Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman expects Charles Sims to operate as the Bucs' passing-game and third-down back this season.

Sims thrived in that role in 2015, finishing as the overall RB17 in PPR formats. Last season, however, Sims appeared in just seven games after a lengthy stint on I.R. with a knee injury. He never looked quite right. While all the attention in the Bucs' backfield has been on Doug Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers for fantasy purposes, Sims also looks to be in line for a contributing role.
Aug 23 - 9:25 AM

Buccaneers waived/injured CB Jude Adjei-Barimah.

The Bucs waived him to clear a roster spot for long snapper Andrew DePaola. Adjei-Barimah is out for the year with a right patella fracture. He'll revert to I.R. when he clears waivers.
Aug 22 - 2:30 PM

Buccaneers RT Demar Dotson (groin) expects to return to practice next week.

He must have gotten good news from his MRI. We may not see him in any more preseason games, but Dotson should be ready to roll for Week 1 against Miami.
Aug 20 - 12:18 PM

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said it's "impossible to say" if Doug Martin will be the starter when he returns from suspension.

Koetter praised Martin's quickness in Thursday's preseason win over Jacksonville but wouldn't commit to him starting when he returns in Week 4. Martin has said and done all the right things and has by all accounts been the team's best halfback this summer. Jacquizz Rodgers would have to really impress in Weeks 1-3 to overtake him.
Aug 18 - 4:49 PM

Buccaneers RT Demar Dotson will undergo an MRI on his injured groin.

Dotson suffered the injury in Thursday's preseason win over the Jaguars. Caleb Benenoch filled in at right tackle after his departure. Dotson earned PFF's No. 26 grade out of 76 qualifiers at tackle last season.
Aug 18 - 4:47 PM

Buccaneers CB Brent Grimes needed 20 stitches to close a gash in his right shin.

Grimes suffered the injury early on in training camp and didn't suit up for Thursday's preseason game against the Jaguars. His absence has opened up first-team reps for second-year corner Ryan Smith. The Bucs have been mum on Grimes' timetable, though we suspect he'll be ready for Week 1.
Aug 18 - 1:29 PM

Suspended RB Doug Martin rushed five times for 30 yards and a touchdown and caught 2-of-3 targets for 11 yards in the Bucs' second preseason game.

Martin started for the second straight week and caught two checkdowns on Tampa Bay’s first drive. He made a sharp cut in the backfield on his first carry for a six-yard gain, then beat the Jaguars’ defense around the corner on a goal-line score. Martin is suspended for Weeks 1-3, but he shown impressive quickness and cut-back ability in August. He's worthy of a middle-round fantasy pick.
Aug 17 - 9:57 PM

ESPN Bucs reporter Jenna Laine believes rookie TE O.J. Howard's early contributions will primarily come as a blocker.

Laine expects the Bucs to "leave" the pass catching duties "to Cameron Brate for now." Howard's run blocking has reportedly made "a noticeable difference" for the offense in camp, but he has struggled to hold onto the ball. A 10th-round pick on average, Howard is dramatically overvalued in redraft leagues.
Source: ESPN
Aug 15 - 11:39 AM

Buccaneers signed K Zach Hocker.

The Bucs needed another kicker after cutting former second-round pick Roberto Aguayo. Hocker has bounced around the last few seasons, spending time with the Saints and Rams in 2015 before going to training camp with Cincinnati last summer. He's a long shot to overtake Nick Folk for the starting job in Tampa.
Aug 13 - 2:26 PM

Bucs QB Ryan Griffin (shoulder) is expected to miss multiple weeks.

Griffin is dealing with a sprained AC joint. He doesn't need surgery, but could be sidelined the rest of the preseason. The Bucs are down to Sefo Liufau behind Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Griffin is a candidate to be waived/injured.
Aug 12 - 5:01 PM

Bucs QB Ryan Griffin left Friday night's preseason game with a shoulder injury and will not return.

He was immediately ruled done for the night, which is typically not a good sign. Griffin was the Bucs' third quarterback through the rotation in the preseason opener, playing behind Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Aug 11 - 9:54 PM

Mike Evans caught 4-of-7 targets for 58 yards in two drives of action in the Bucs' preseason opener.

Evans dominated the game’s opening possession, hauling in three passes for 52 yards including a 29-yarder where he beat Darqueze Dennard one on one. Evans lost consecutive end-zone targets against Adam Jones to close out the drive, however, forcing the Bucs to settle for a field goal. Nevertheless, it was encouraging to see Jameis Winston pepper Evans with five first-drive targets and two more on the second possession. Evans should be one of this year's top-seven fantasy receivers drafted, along with Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Odell Beckham, A.J. Green, Jordy Nelson, and Michael Thomas.
Aug 11 - 8:35 PM

Jacquizz Rodgers rushed four times for 11 yards in the Bucs' preseason opener, adding one catch for five yards.

Suspended RB Doug Martin was the starter, but Quizz worked in with the first-team offense. Rodgers remains on track to start Weeks 1-3.
Aug 11 - 8:29 PM

Suspended RB Doug Martin rushed four times for 11 yards in the Bucs' preseason opener.

Martin looked quick and in good shape, but the Bucs' offensive line didn't give him any lanes. Suspended for Weeks 1-3, Martin is expected to be replaced by Jacquizz Rodgers in the starting lineup to begin the season.
Aug 11 - 8:27 PM

Bucs CB Jude Adjei-Barimah has been diagnosed with a fractured right patella, and needs surgery.

It's the same injury Adjei-Barimah suffered late last season. He's getting a second opinion, but his 2017 is almost certainly lost. A 2015 UDFA, Adjei-Barimah has made eight starts over the past two years, and was the primary slot corner when healthy/not suspended in 2016 (he served a four-game PED ban). The Tampa Bay Times now expects Javien Elliott and Robert McClain to duke it out in the slot.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 10 - 3:10 PM


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