Player News - Buccaneers

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Buccaneers selected Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

The Bucs moved back from No. 9 and picked up an extra fourth-round pick from the Bears in the process. Hargreaves (5'11/204) started 37 games in three seasons for the Gators, piling up 10 career interceptions and first-team All-SEC honors in his sophomore and junior years. Supremely young for a rookie, Hargreaves won't be of legal drinking age until June. Although Hargreaves ran a slightly underwhelming 4.50 forty in Indy, he showed explosion in the vertical (39") and broad (10'10") jumps before shining in agility tests. Possessing an elite combination of quicks, competitiveness, and ball skills, Hargreaves offers No. 1-cornerback potential.
Apr 28 - 9:30 PM

Per the Bucs' website, Adam Humphries and Donteea Dye will be Kenny Bell's primary competition at slot receiver this season.

Louis Murphy will also be in that mix, though an ACL tear will keep him out until at least training camp. Bell missed 2015 with a hamstring injury but is fully recovered. Bell is the most talented name here, but he has catching up to do. "The playbook has never been too big of an issue," said Bell. "What I'm more focused on is the reps." If Bell plays to his potential, he'll have a good chance to open 2016 as Tampa Bay's No. 3 wideout.
Apr 27 - 6:27 PM

Bucs CB Johnthan Banks said Jameis Winston showed up to OTAs "looking like a DB."

"This guy was fat last year," said Banks. "You can tell Jameis worked his tail off." The Bucs didn't ask Winston to lose weight, but he did anyway. "As a quarterback, you have to show these guys that you’re working," said Winston when asked about his new physique. "If you look good, you play good." Winston was impressive as a rookie and his commitment to getting in better shape shows maturity. He's come a long way from the days of (allegedly) shoplifting crab legs and jumping on tables.
Apr 27 - 5:58 PM

Bucs RG Ali Marpet is expected to be sidelined until training camp as he recovers from an undisclosed "procedure."

The same is true of new LG J.R. Sweezy. New coach Dirk Koetter declined to go into detail on either player. The No. 61 overall pick of last year's draft, Marpet started 13 games, missing Weeks 10-12 with an ankle issue. Marpet held his own when on the field, and is likely viewed as an ascending player by Tampa.
Apr 26 - 3:29 PM

Bucs LG J.R. Sweezy is recovering from a "procedure," and will miss OTAs and minicamp.

Coach Dirk Koetter refused to disclose said procedure, opting instead for the #CompetitiveAdvantage. Sweezy was durable with the Seahawks, missing only two games over the past three years. He should be ready for training camp.
Apr 26 - 3:05 PM

Bucs signed RB Storm Johnson, formerly of the Jaguars.

Due to the NFL's archaic practice squad rules, Johnson was not practice squad eligible in 2015 because he played in six games as a 2014 rookie. He struggled mightily in that year with the Jags, managing 2.97 YPC on 29 carries. Johnson will go to Bucs as a practice body and extreme long shot to make the 53.
Apr 25 - 4:28 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects New Orleans to address cornerback in the draft after failing to sign Josh Norman.

The Saints made a late push for Norman on Friday but it was clear he had his heart set on Washington. While the Saints have plenty of other needs, the secondary is certainly an area that could use improvement. New Orleans allowed an NFL record 45 touchdown passes last season while giving up the second-most passing yards in the league. Triplett believes Florida's Vernon Hargreaves and Houston's William Jackson could both be in play for New Orleans with the 12th pick.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 24 - 9:56 AM

Doug Martin said he is happy to not have to learn a new playbook this offseason.

Last year's OC Dirk Koetter is now head coach, ensuring the offense will stay the same. Martin has played for three offensive coordinators in his four-year career, so he is welcoming the opportunity to get into "little details" of the playbook instead of having to learn another system. After struggling for two years following his breakout rookie campaign, Martin rushed for 1,402 yards and six touchdowns on 288 carries last season, earning a five-year, $37.75 million contract. With the Bucs likely to improve on both sides of the ball, Martin could be poised for an even better 2016.
Apr 23 - 1:34 PM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reports some Dolphins execs believe Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves is "undersized" and better suited "as a nickel back."

The Dolphins are in the market for a corner, but it does not sound like Hargreaves will be their guy at No. 13. Of course, this could all be a smokescreen to push the talented corner down the board. Bucs GM Jason Licht, who is also in the market for a corner and picking 9th, said he is not worried about Hargreaves' size. If Miami is down on Hargreaves, Houston's William Jackson and Ohio State's Eli Apple could be options in the first round.
Apr 21 - 10:17 PM

Buccaneers signed QB Dan LeFevour.

LeFevour has plenty of connections to Tampa Bay. Head coach Dirk Koetter was LeFevour's OC in Jacksonville in 2011 while QBs coach Mike Bajakian was his OC in college at Central Michigan. The 29-year-old has spent his last four seasons in the CFL, most recently playing for the Montreal Alouettes. He's merely a depth signing and probably won't make it out of camp.
Apr 19 - 6:47 PM

Bucs GM Jason Licht said he is not worried about Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves' size.

"I like good football players, I like strong football players," Licht said. "I like playmakers. No, I'm not concerned." Hargreaves' less than stellar forty-yard dash (4.5) matched with his small frame (5-10, 204 pounds), short arms (30 5/8") and small hands (8 3/4") have some glass-half-empty draft analysts questioning if he is worthy of a Day 1 pick. Licht does not seem worried, and it would not be surprising if Hargreaves is Tampa's pick at No. 9 overall.
Apr 18 - 11:24 AM

Buccaneers RT Demar Dotson expects his knee to be 100 percent by training camp.

Dotson missed the first half of last season with a sprained MCL and wasn't 100 percent when he came back. He underwent another MRI after the season, which revealed no structural damage. "I just rehabbed it all offseason and got it stronger," said Dotson. "I’m working on getting my flexibility back in my hips and my back." 2016 will be a contract year for the 30-year-old.
Apr 17 - 12:53 PM

The Tampa Bay Times reports Jameis Winston is down to 230 pounds and "falling."

Coach Dirk Koetter is impressed with Winston's newfound commitment to conditioning after he reportedly reached 250 pounds at one point last offseason. "Jameis is very perceptive about not only what he needs to get better but what our offense and our team needs to get better," Koetter said. "(He's) mature way beyond his years with that sort of thing." Winston's weight never appeared to be an issue last year, but shedding pounds can only help.
Apr 12 - 6:59 PM

Buccaneers re-signed DE Jacquies Smith.

He was an exclusive rights free agent. Smith recorded seven sacks and three forced fumbles last year but graded poorly against the run. The 26-year-old is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. He'll serve as sub-rusher depth behind starters William Gholston and Robert Ayers.
Apr 11 - 9:27 PM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said Jameis Winston has taken steps to improve his conditioning and body this offseason.

Winston set out to improve his conditioning after seeing how well the elite players at the Pro Bowl take care of their bodies. "I do believe I look good," Winston said before the Bucs conditioning program opened Monday, and Koetter appears to agree. Winston played well as a rookie, but better conditioning can only help.
Apr 11 - 1:06 PM


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