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Date: Team: Pos:

Bucs acquired OG Rishaw Johnson from the Chiefs in exchange for S Kelcie McCray.

Johnson lost right-guard duties to rookie Zach Fulton in Kansas City. A third-year UDFA, Johnson made three appearances in 2013, including one start. In theory, he'll be in the mix for a starting job on Tampa's undermanned offensive line, but will need time to get up to speed. He joins Oniel Cousins, Patrick Omameh, Jamon Meredith and Kadeem Edwards in the Bucs' muddled post-Carl Nicks situation.
Aug 21 - 2:08 PM

Bucs signed G R.J. Mattes.

Mattes spent time with the Patriots' practice squad last season before getting suspended for PEDs. He's never appeared in an NFL game and will not solve the Bucs' interior line woes.
Aug 21 - 11:36 AM

The Bucs have used "12" personnel on 32 percent of their preseason snaps, well above the NFL average of 21 percent.

Last year, the Bucs used two-tight end sets less than 10 percent of the time, according to Football Outsiders. The Lovie Smith regime has come in and made the position a priority, drafting Austin Seferian-Jenkins 38th overall and signing Brandon Myers. At 6'5/262 with unique leaping ability, ASJ has a real shot to emerge as the No. 3 target for Josh McCown -- especially in the red zone.
Aug 21 - 8:26 AM

Bucs DL Da'Quan Bowers is in danger of getting cut.

The oft-injured Bowers entered camp on the bubble and has been sidelined by a groin strain for more than a week now. The 2011 second-round pick is "off scholarship" as he was not drafted by GM Jason Licht or coach Lovie Smith. "You can't get Wally Pipped," said Smith. "Da'Quan is trying to get back. Again, I think he has a future in the league, whether it be as a defensive end outside or more of a third-down rush guy inside."
Aug 21 - 8:19 AM

Bucs CB Mike Jenkins will miss this weekend's third preseason game with a hamstring injury.

Jenkins hasn't practiced at all this week. He's yet to play a defensive snap this preseason, and his roster spot could be in danger. Jenkins figures to be competing for the No. 3 cornerback job behind Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks. The 29-year-old signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal in March.
Aug 20 - 4:47 PM

Alterraun Verner (hamstring) is expected to make his preseason debut on Saturday against the Bills.

Verner missed the Bucs' first two exhibition contests after injuring his hamstring on the third day of camp. The Bucs have had no reason to rush their new No. 1 corner. Verner's status isn't a concern for Week 1.
Aug 18 - 4:30 PM

Mike James sustained a shoulder injury in Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins.

James is not expected to play in this week's third preseason contest. It's another injury concern in the backfield for the Bucs, who already lost Charles Sims to a fractured ankle. Assuming James is ready for Week 1, he'll pair with Bobby Rainey behind Doug Martin.
Aug 18 - 11:57 AM

Coach Lovie Smith said Tim Wright "hasn't played as well as he should be playing."

Wright has struggled with drops in the pass game and blocking in the run game. It's a surefire way to get buried on the depth chart. Right now, he's behind Chris Owusu for the slot job, and both Austin Seferian-Jenkins/Brandon Myers at tight end.
Aug 18 - 11:50 AM

Mike Evans caught two passes for 52 yards in Tampa Bay's second preseason game against the Dolphins on Saturday.

Evans again started the game opposite Vincent Jackson. He had a big 41-yard catch that was originally called a touchdown, but replay showed Brent Grimes stripped Evans before the rookie crossed the goal line, leading to a touchback. Evans is far-and-away the clear No. 2 receiver in Tampa Bay.
Aug 16 - 10:36 PM

Doug Martin rushed for 24 yards on six carries in the Bucs' second preseason game Saturday night, adding a four-yard reception.

His preseason stats stand at nine rushes for 30 yards (3.33 YPC) with two short catches. Martin is the clear-cut lead back in Tampa Bay with Charles Sims out until late in the season (at earliest) with a fractured ankle. Bobby Rainey is in the change-of-pace back role. Although there were legitimate reasons to be concerned about Martin's usage following May's draft, he's become a value pick at his Average Draft Position of 3.03.
Aug 16 - 9:45 PM

Josh McCown completed 5-of-7 passes for 46 yards and a touchdown in Saturday night's preseason game against the Dolphins.

It's an improvement from last week after McCown took two sacks and had a pick-six in the preseason opener. The Bucs did a better job of protecting McCown, and he connected with Vincent Jackson for a seven-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Through two preseason games, McCown has completed 7-of-11 passes for 66 yards, one touchdown, and an interception.
Aug 16 - 8:45 PM

Buccaneers rookie RB Charles Sims underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right ankle Saturday.

The earliest Sims is expected back is Week 10, and it remains a distinct possibility he misses the season entirely. He will likely be placed on injured reserve/designated for return. Sims has no value in redraft leagues.
Aug 16 - 12:36 PM

The Tampa Bay Times considers rookie Charles Sims (ankle surgery) unlikely to be available before Week 13.

The window beat writer Rick Stroud gives is Weeks 13-15. If Sims suffers any setbacks, "he would likely miss the season." It sounds like Sims is either headed to I.R. or injured reserve/designated for return. Sims is completely off the radar in re-draft leagues. He's roughly an RB5 in Dynasty settings.
Aug 15 - 4:45 PM

Bucs rookie RB Charles Sims will miss 12-14 weeks after undergoing surgery on his right ankle.

The surgery will take place Saturday to repair Sims' fractured ankle. He may be a candidate for injured reserve/designated for return, or even the permanent I.R. list. The Bucs used a top-70 draft pick on Sims in hopes of utilizing him as a passing-game specialist behind Doug Martin. Bobby Rainey now becomes the favorite for change-of-pace duties, while Mike James should be a lock for the final 53. Martin's fantasy value certainly isn't hurt by Sims' absence. He could see a few more targets in the passing game.
Aug 15 - 2:54 PM

Charles Sims suffered a right ankle injury in Tuesday's practice, and was spotted in a walking boot on Thursday.

The fact that Sims wasn't on crutches is a sign that he's avoided a high-ankle sprain, but he should still be considered week to week, and questionable for Tampa Bay's regular-season dress rehearsal on August 23. He'll obviously miss Saturday's game against the Dolphins. It leaves a small opening for Doug Martin to reclaim work on third down, though he also has to contend with Bobby Rainey. It's a situation for Martin owners to follow closely.
Aug 14 - 2:21 PM


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