Player News - Buccaneers

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Bucs K Chandler Catanzaro said he has "moved on" from his bad performance in the preseason opener.

Catanzaro missed an extra point and a field goal during the kicker-cursed Bucs' preseason opener. "I've watched the film. I knew what was wrong right when I hit it. So I've already moved on," Catanzaro said. "I'm ready for the next kick." Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said the team is sticking by Catanzaro, but that could certainly change if he has another bad outing.
Source: ESPN
Aug 14 - 9:01 AM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said Peyton Barber "is our starter."

This kind of proclamation is easy to take with a grain of salt in May or June, but these comments come after Barber started and played all but one snap with the first-team offense in the preseason opener. Second-round rookie Ronald Jones dropped a pass on the only snap he played with the starting unit. "We're definitely going to use Ronald Jones and take advantage of what he's going to do," Koetter said. "Again, we've got three more preseason games. Let's just let it sort out a little more." It still would be a surprise if Jones is not the starter when Week 1 rolls around, but he might not be the workhorse back fantasy players were hoping to see.
Aug 13 - 12:51 PM

Buccaneers claimed CB De'Vante Harris off waivers from the Saints.

Harris will stay in the division following his release from New Orleans. The Saints benched him in Week 3 following career performances from Sam Bradford (27-32-346-3) and Tom Brady (30-39-447-3) to start the year. He'll have to flourish on special teams to stick with the Bucs into the regular season.
Aug 12 - 4:58 PM

Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times doesn't consider Charles Sims a lock to make the Buccaneers' 53-man roster.

The Bucs brought Sims back on a one-year deal this offseason with the intention of using him as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. However, with undrafted rookie Shaun Wilson continuing to impress at camp, Sims' roster spot can no longer be taken for granted. Jacquizz Rodgers could also be in danger of losing his spot to Wilson.
Aug 12 - 11:29 AM

Saints waived CB De'Vante Harris.

Harris finished 2017 season with 18 combined tackles and two passes defended. He was benched in Week 3 and was only thrust back into the lineup once Marshon Lattimore was forced to miss time with an injury. His best bet to sticking on a 53-man roster is efficient special teams play.
Aug 11 - 10:48 AM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter praised Ronald Jones for his pass protection in Thursday's preseason opener.

Jones had been struggling with blocking at training camp. His preseason debut was a step in the right direction, though Koetter graded Jones as "pretty average" on the night. Jones could see more time with the starters in next week's game with Tennessee.
Aug 10 - 4:59 PM

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Buccaneers are "hopeful" CB Vernon Hargreaves (groin) will only miss 2-3 weeks.

Hargreaves went down with a strained groin in Thursday's preseason game against the Dolphins, though fortunately the injury doesn't appear serious. If Hargreaves can avoid setbacks, he should be back for the start of the regular season. Hargreaves struggled last season, earning PFF's No. 90 grade out of 120 qualifiers at cornerback.
Aug 10 - 1:56 PM

Bucs CB Vernon Hargreaves (groin) will be out "some time."

Hargreaves was hurt in Thursday night's preseason opener. The 2016 first-rounder had been having a fine camp, and this injury further flattens a weak Bucs cornerback group. Hargreaves is penned in as the Bucs' nickel back.
Aug 10 - 11:59 AM

Ronald Jones rushed eight times for nine yards and a touchdown in the Bucs' preseason opener.

It was all Peyton Barber to begin the game, but the No. 38 overall pick got some brief run with the starters. His numbers were obviously unimpressive, though his touchdown was an excellent goal-line run where he planted his foot at the six and made a quick cut to find the end zone. Needing to improve in the passing game, Jones was held without a catch on one target.
Aug 9 - 10:24 PM

Bucs CB Vernon Hargreaves suffered a groin injury in Thursday night's preseason opener and is done for the game.

The injury happened in the first quarter. A disappointment through two seasons as a first-round pick in the 2016 draft, Hargreaves has been in danger of losing playing time after struggling both as an outside and slot corner. The Bucs' secondary was thin and weak even before Hargreaves' injury.
Aug 9 - 7:36 PM

Second-round pick Ronald Jones has struggled in pass protection early in training camp.

The Tampa Bay Times also says Jones' "hands need to get softer," a deficiency that isn't necessarily easy to overcome. Jones was used sparingly as a receiver in both high school and college and caught only 32 passes in 40 games at USC. He was also inconsistent in blitz pickup on college tape. Beat writer Rick Stroud says Peyton Barber remains the Bucs' nominal starter entering preseason games. Jones should still get every opportunity to pass him in August.
Aug 8 - 8:42 PM

Bucs third-year DE Noah Spence has gained 35 pounds this offseason and is now at 263.

Spence reported to camp last summer at 228 pounds. It's a drastic change for the former second-round pick, but Spence says he's eating 9-10 meals a day and over 9,000 calories. He wants to stay on the field after having each of his first two seasons cut short by torn labrums in his shoulder. The additions of Jason Pierre-Paul and Vinny Curry will take more pressure off Spence.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 8 - 12:48 AM

The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud reports DeSean Jackson has "increasingly" been working from the slot during training camp.

With Chris Godwin ready to take on a bigger role, it makes sense to see what Jackson can do from the inside. Coming off a down year, Stroud notes Jackson is "having a great training camp," but it is fair to worry about his target share with so many competent pass catchers on the roster. Jackson is just a late-round flier.
Aug 6 - 11:20 AM

The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud writes the Bucs "plan to start" Chris Godwin opposite Mike Evans this season.

Stroud notes DeSean Jackson is "having a great training camp" and will play, but Godwin "is a more complete player." This matches up with what OC Todd Monken said about Godwin during the offseason program, and coach Dirk Koetter believes the sophomore is a starting-caliber player, as well. "We look at it as if we have four starting receivers," Koetter said. "The other three have been, and we believe Chris is every bit in that same category." Even if he "starts," it will be tough for Godwin to see enough targets to be a redraft factor in a loaded pass-catching group. Still, he has the talent and upside to warrant a late-round pick.
Aug 6 - 11:13 AM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said undrafted rookie RB Shaun Wilson has stood out during training camp.

A diminutive (5-foot-8, 185 pounds) runner out of Duke, Wilson has drawn buzz from reporters so far in camp, and his coach has noticed as well. It is still tough to imagine him cracking the final roster, but nothing is set in stone behind Ronald Jones on the depth chart.
Aug 2 - 11:58 AM


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