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Bucs DT Akeem Spence will miss "a couple months" after undergoing back surgery.

Spence had the procedure on July 2. He is a candidate to open the season on reserve/PUP, with Spence stating "I'll probably shoot for October or something like that." Theoretically an early-down run stopper, Spence had a miserable first season under Lovie Smith in 2014. He graded out a dreadful 79th among 81 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' 4-3 defensive tackle charts.
Aug 2 - 8:48 PM

Coach Lovie Smith said Jameis Winston is the Bucs' starting quarterback.

This comes as no surprise whatsoever, but it's at least worth mentioning after Winston split first-team reps with Mike Glennon in the spring. Winston has been an angel off the field since being drafted No. 1 and picked up the offense in quick fashion on it. Strapped with Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins as his weapons, Winston has some appeal as a high-upside QB2.
Jul 31 - 12:24 PM

Bucs GM Jason Licht said he's having "healthy" extension talks with contract-year WLB Lavonte David.

Licht also called David an "elite" player, something that could signal the sides are close to an accord. Davis is believed to be seeking an annual $6-$7 million.
Jul 28 - 6:08 PM

Buccaneers re-signed DL Da'Quan Bowers to a one-year contract.

This might be the former second-round draft pick's final chance in the NFL. Riddled by injuries, Bowers has managed seven sacks through 50 career games. A former defensive end, Bowers was tried at defensive tackle by the Buccaneers last season. He responded with 21 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Jul 27 - 5:09 PM

Bucs contract-year WLB Lavonte David is expected to command in the range of $6-7 million annually.

The Bucs are working to extend David before training camp, but the sides are far apart in talks. At $7M annually, David would be the highest paid 4-3 outside linebacker in the league, ahead of Thomas Davis and Vontaze Burfict. David is owed $758K in the final year of his rookie deal.
Jul 25 - 5:11 PM

Bucs RT Demar Dotson changed agents this week in an attempt to get a long-term contract extension from Tampa Bay.

Vastly underpaid at $2.5 million, Dotson hopes to get a new deal done before camp opens next week. He held out for two weeks during spring workouts, but eventually reported for mandatory minicamp. Beat writer Roy Cummings expects an extension to net Dotson a raise to about $4 million per year.
Jul 24 - 12:00 PM

NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports "meaningful distance" remains between the Bucs and contract-year WLB Lavonte David in long-term talks.

Getlin does add that the sides are "working toward" a pact. ESPN's Pat Yasinskas speculated in late May that an agreement could be hammered out before camp. The Bucs have no designs on letting their 25-year-old star walk.
Jul 23 - 8:02 PM

Pewter Report says TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins was "virtually uncoverable" during OTAs and minicamps.

Seferian-Jenkins' rookie year was stunted by a college foot injury, and subsequent issues with his conditioning, back and ankle. Now the 6'5/262 mountain of a man is fully healthy and playing in a Dirk Koetter scheme that has previously squeezed a career year out of Marcedes Lewis and heavily utilized Tony Gonzalez. ASJ also gets a quarterback upgrade in the form of Jameis Winston, who targeted TE Nick O'Leary a nation-high 73 times at Florida State last year. Mount Seferian has a reasonable amount of sleeper appeal as a flier available in the 11th- to 14th-round range.
Jul 13 - 8:14 AM

Pewter Report believes fifth-round WR Kenny Bell will eventually emerge as the Bucs' slot receiver.

Bell's competition is six-year veteran Louis Murphy, who posted a 31-380-2 line in 11 games with the Bucs last season. Both players are explosive athletes who could fit well in new OC Dirk Koetter's offense. The Bucs signed Murphy to a new four-year deal last December, giving him the early advantage.
Jul 11 - 12:15 PM

Doug Martin is down to 210 pounds.

Martin weighed 223 at the 2012 Combine and was listed at 225 last year. Playing at a lower weight should improve Martin's short-area quickness after he struggled with conditioning in 2014. The Bucs have been impressed with the slimmed-down version of Martin, giving him first-team reps throughout the offseason. Martin has post-hype sleeper appeal at his current eighth-round ADP.
Jul 10 - 6:09 PM

Bucs TE Luke Stocker says Jameis Winston hasn’t had any issues with the playbook.

"What’s impressive is the speed that Jameis has picked everything up – from the huddle to the cadence to the checks to the audibles," Stocker said. "He’s picked everything up so fast. It’s impressive and encouraging." As a pocket passer, Winston’s ability to learn the offense will play an important role in his rookie-year impact. Winston remains a high-upside QB2.
Jul 10 - 5:45 PM

Austin Seferian-Jenkins suggested the Bucs' 2014 offense was held back by ex-OC Marcus Arroyo.

"Obviously not having the offensive coordinator here that signed up for the job was not good," said Seferian-Jenkins, referring to Jeff Tedford, who gave way to Arroyo in the preseason due to health issues. The Bucs averaged 292 yards per game under Arroyo, behind only the Raiders and Jacksonville. Reporter Scott Reynolds expects ASJ to "benefit the most" from new OC Dirk Koetter. Limited by injuries and an ineffective Josh McCown last year, Seferian-Jenkins could push for low-end TE1 value behind Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson this season.
Jul 10 - 5:34 PM

Only 55 percent of passes thrown to Vincent Jackson last season were considered "on-target."

That was one of the lowest rates in the league. Tampa Bay somehow boasted two 1,000-yard receivers despite a nightmare quarterback situation. Jameis Winston figures to upgrade on last year's Josh McCown-Mike Glennon duo. With a more reliable passer under center, Jackson should be in for a bounce-back season.
Jul 10 - 11:08 AM

Pewter Report's Mark Cook called DE Larry English a "defensive sleeper."

English played 259 snaps last season, grading out as a very poor run defender. While he's not expected to compete for a starting job, the Buccaneers are hoping he can carve a role for himself as a situational pass rusher. The former first-round pick has logged 12 sacks in 63 games for the Chargers and Bucs since entering the league in 2009.
Jul 10 - 10:34 AM

Mike Evans suggested quarterback play kept him from doing even more as a rookie.

Evans caught 68 balls for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns with Josh McCown and Mike Glennon as his quarterbacks. "The quarterback would just look me off, and then I'd be dead," Evans said. "And I didn't understand, because I always think I'm open. Just throw that thing up." Now Evans has an upgrade in Jameis Winston, the Julio Jones "X" role in Dirk Koetter's offense and is still sharply ascending at age 22 (in August). The ceiling here is sky high.
Source: USA Today
Jun 29 - 9:39 AM


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