Player News - Buccaneers

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Bucs CB Alterraun Verner lined up alongside Brent Grimes with the first-team defense at OTAs.

Verner struggled early last season before losing his starting job to Tim Jennings. He was able to retake the job by the end of the year, but his future looked murky entering the offseason program. New DC Mike Smith is showing faith in the former big-money signing. If Verner can regain his 2014 form, the Bucs might have a respectable corner trio with Vernon Hargreaves in the fold.
May 28 - 10:01 AM

Bucs reserve OLs Kevin Pamphile and Caleb Benenoch will play multiple positions during OTAs.

Pamphile spent time at guard and right tackle last season and is working to get acclimated at center. A tackle by trade, Benenoch will also get practice reps inside as a rookie. Like most NFL offensive line coaches, Bucs OL coach George Warhop values versatility from backup offensive linemen.
May 22 - 10:29 AM

Louis Murphy (knee) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Six months into his ACL rehab, Murphy shouldn’t see more than limited OTA work. He’ll compete for a role behind Mike Evans/Vincent Jackson if he avoids setbacks. Kenny Bell is the favorite to open the season as Tampa’s No. 3 receiver.
May 21 - 4:21 PM

Bucs OC Dirk Koetter suggested Austin Seferian-Jenkins is in a fight to win a starting job over Cameron Brate.

A former UDFA out of Harvard, Brate posted a 23-288-3 receiving line in 14 games last season. Seferian-Jenkins has struggled to stay healthy, missing seven games as a 2014 rookie and nine more last year. "Jameis (Winston) and Cam(eron Brate), they really connected last year," Koetter said. "They had a real good feel for each other in the red zone and on seam routes and just all over the field really. And Cam, well, he really made the most of his opportunities." The job will belong to Seferian-Jenkins if he stays healthy. The Bucs cut Brate four days after Week 1 last season, only to re-sign him after ASJ went down. Still, this could be a make-or-break year for Seferian-Jenkins in Tampa.
May 16 - 11:34 PM

The Bucs expect Kenny Bell to be their No. 3 receiver.

Bell lost his rookie year to a hamstring injury, but the Bucs are counting on him to add speed to their three-wide sets. He’s the odds-on favorite to open the season as the No. 4 pass-game option behind Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Bell only has to hold off Louis Murphy, Donteea Dye, and Adam Humphries in the slot.
May 14 - 4:29 PM

Bucs second-round K Roberto Aguayo has never kicked in temperatures colder than 50 degrees.

Naturally, Aguayo doesn't believe it will be an issue. He certainly plays in the right division for a kicker who has never suited up in the cold. Aguayo also defended his selection in the second round, saying he believes kickers are going to eventually "change the game," whatever that means. Deadly accurate inside 40 yards, Aguayo wasn't quite as successful from longer distances in the ACC, but there's little reason to believe he won't be a highly-effective player in 2016.
May 12 - 6:53 PM

Bucs signed second-round DE Noah Spence to a four-year contract.

An Ohio State transfer — he was kicked off the Buckeyes after failing two drug tests — Spence ripped up the FCS at Eastern Kentucky last season. Standing in at 6-foot-2, 251 pounds, Spence is a good athlete, but not an elite one. A high-motor player, Spence will try to earn a role as a situational pass rusher as a rookie.
May 12 - 1:15 PM

Bucs GM Jason Licht said he views fourth-round pick Ryan Smith as a safety.

Smith opened his college career at safety before moving to corner the last two years. He’s expected to compete for a sub-package role as a rookie. Smith’s biggest impact should come as a returner.
May 7 - 6:44 PM

Pewter Report’s Mark Cook expects the Bucs to continue shopping Mike Glennon.

The Bucs didn’t get any calls for Glennon during the draft. It may take a training camp injury for teams to have interest. Tampa Bay can fall back on a future compensatory pick if Glennon walks next offseason.
May 7 - 6:28 PM

Bucs signed No. 197 overall pick FB Dan Vitale to a four-year contract.

Of the Bucs' rookie class, only second rounders Noah Spence and Roberto Aguayo remain unsigned. A great athlete who excels in the passing game, Vitale could be looking at an H-back role in addition to lead-blocking duties. Kyle Juszczyk, who caught 41 passes for Baltimore last season, is a nice analog for Vitale.
May 7 - 1:17 PM

Buccaneers signed No. 183 overall pick LB Devante Bond to a four-year contract.

Bond only started eight games in two years at Oklahoma, but the Bucs like his athleticism and ability to rush the passer. He'll start out playing special teams.
May 6 - 4:50 PM

Bucs signed No. 11 overall pick CB Vernon Hargreaves to a four-year contract.

The Bucs traded down and still got their guy while picking up an extra fourth-rounder. Hargreaves' deal includes a fifth-year team option and should net him about an $8 million signing bonus. He's expected to immediately slide in as the Bucs' No. 1 corner, with the rest of the depth chart up in the air.
May 6 - 11:32 AM

Bucs signed No. 108 overall pick CB Ryan Smith to a four-year contract.

Smith starred for small-school North Carolina Central before flashing plus athleticism at the Combine. He could be too short armed for the perimeter, but will be intriguing in the slot. Smith is also an excellent returner, which will be his most likely path to rookie playing time.
May 5 - 5:23 PM

Bucs signed No. 148 overall pick OT Caleb Benenoch to a four-year, $2.823 million contract.

A tackle who started mixing in at guard late in his UCLA career, Benenoch is a great athlete, but may lack NFL strength. He'll try to carve out a role as a jack of all trades at the back end of the Bucs' offensive line group.
May 5 - 4:56 PM

Bucs signed West Georgia OG Dominique Robertson.

Robertson (6'5/324) transferred from Texas Tech to West Georgia for his senior year, earning first-team Division II All-American honors for his elite performance at left tackle. Robertson has incredibly long arms (36"), but still pumped 225 pounds 30 times on the bench in Indy. A traits-based project, Robertson combines NFL-caliber movement skills with blind-side length. While not remotely ready to play, Robertson is worth a look as a developmental flier.
May 2 - 3:14 PM


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