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Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Evans was the subject of controversy Friday when a TMZ video was released that implicated the rookie in an altercation outside of Dream Nightclub in Miami, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: According to Evans' agent, the altercation took place in March. TMZ initially reported that it occurred Saturday after the Buccaneers' preseason game with the Dolphins. The timing of the incident is significant because if Evans had been involved after he was drafted in May, the receiver would be subject to league discipline. As it stands, Evans, who was 20 at the time, appears to be in the clear. He was reportedly not drinking and was not arrested.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bowers (groin) is likely to miss Saturday's preseason game against the Bills, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: The report suggests that Bowers, who missed the Bucs' second preseason game this past Saturday, needs to get back on the field sooner rather than later, noting that if the defensive lineman's groin injury continues to linger, he could find himself on the Bucs' roster bubble.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | STATS
News: The Chiefs have acquired safety Kelcie McCray from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for offensive guard Rishaw Johnson in a move that should bolster depth for both teams.
Impact: Johnson has appeared in three games over parts of two seasons for Kansas City. He had slid down the depth chart after the Chiefs acquired several other linemen in the draft and free agency.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: James (shoulder) will not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: James hurt his shoulder in the Buccaneers' most recent preseason game. Although he considers himself day-to-day, James won't suit up Saturday and neither will fellow running back Charles Sims (ankle). As such, Jeff Demps is presented with a ripe opportunity to impress once Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey are taken out of Saturday's contest.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Verner (hamstring) will play sparingly in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills, the Tampa Bay Tribune's Roy Cummings reports.
Impact: Verner has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since before the team's first preseason game. With he and fellow corner Mike Jenkins missing both preseason contests, the Buccaneers are perilously thin in the secondary with only two weeks remaining until the regular season begins.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jenkins (leg) will not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Bay Tribune reports.
Impact: Jenkins has been sidelined with a lower-leg injury since before the first preseason game. With Jenkins missing both preseason games and fellow corner Alterraun Verner dealing with his own injury, the Buccaneers are perilously thin in the secondary with only two weeks remaining until the regular season begins.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hawkins has been released by the Buccaneers, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Hawkins will now look to catch on elsewhere as a depth wideout/returner.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Evans is now listed as a starter at wideout (opposite Vincent Jackson) on the Buccaneers' posted depth depth chart, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: While Evans had been listed behind returnee Chris Owusu on the team's initial posted depth chart, there wasn't much doubt that the rookie receiver would ascend to acknowledged starting status as the season approached. With his 6-5 frame, it's not hard to imagine Evans -- selected seventh overall by the Bucs in May -- making an immediate red zone impact in the team's offense in his capacity as a starter. In such a scenario, Evans would hold immediate fantasy utility, notably in TD-heavy formats.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Lovie Smith said Johnson sat out practice Tuesday with a knee bruise, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: There is no further word on the severity of the injury, but for now, consider the 6-7, 270-pound lineman day-to-day. Johnson -- who signed a five-year, $43.75 million deal in the offseason -- is expected to be a vital cog along the defensive line, a unit that will undoubtedly be one of the team's strengths in 2014.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Verner (hamstring) practiced Tuesday and expects to play in the team's preseason game against the Bills on Saturday, the Tampa Bay Tribune's Ira Kaufman reports.
Impact: If Verner plays in Saturday's preseason tilt, it will be his first game action in a Buccaneers uniform. He has been sidelined throughout training camp and missed two preseason games due to a lingering hamstring issue.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: James (shoulder) considers himself "day-to-day" to return to action, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: James injured his shoulder during the Buccaneers' most recent preseason game. Although coach Lovie Smith previously stated James probably won't play this Saturday versus the Bills, the running back's day-to-day status offers more optimism. Additionally, with Charles Sims (ankle) currently out, James could benefit from added preseason snaps as he looks to solidify his slotting in Tampa Bay's crowded - yet injured - backfield.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Verner (hamstring) is likely to play in Saturday's next preseason game against the Bills, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Verner has missed both of the Buccaneers' preseason games to date due to a lingering hamstring issue, although he was able to return to practice to begin last week. Expected to serve as Tampa's No. 1 cornerback, he finally appears to be ready to make his Buccaneers debut.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wright is struggling to duplicate the success he experienced during his rookie season last year, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud. "He hasn't played as well as he should be playing," coach Lovie Smith said. "He's dropped some balls. He's a big part of what we want to do with the two-receiver, two-tight end set. Tim hasn't blocked as well inside."
Impact: Wright switched from receiver to tight end in 2013 and finished second on the team in receptions (54), receiving yards (571), and touchdowns (five). During the preseason, however, Buccaneer quarterbacks have not connected with him with any consistency. Wright played only 17 offensive snaps in Saturday's 20-14 preseason loss to the Dolphins. He was targeted twice, catching one pass for five yards.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Lovie Smith indicated that James (shoulder) probably won't play this coming Saturday against the Bills, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: With Charles Sims out with an ankle injury, the report suggests that the Bucs could add some running back help in the coming days to bolster the team's depth at the position, while James is sidelined.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Verner (hamstring) has a chance to play in Saturday's next preseason game against the Bills, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: Verner has missed both of the Buccaneers' preseason games to date due to a lingering hamstring issue, although he was able to return to practice to begin last week. With Tampa Bay monitoring Verner's health on a day-to-day basis, his availability for Saturday's next exhibition outing probably won't be known until closer to kick-off. Expected to serve as new coach Lovie Smith's No. 1 cornerback, Verner is playing it safe to ensure he's 100 percent healthy once he returns for good.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gholston (shoulder) will not play in Saturday's third preseason game against the Bills, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Gholston posted 30 tackles (14 solo) and two sacks in 12 games as a rookie last season. The towering defensive end is currently projected to back-up Adrian Clayborn this season and should have more information regarding his injury released as the week unfolds.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martin rushed for 24 yards on six carries and caught one pass for four yards in Saturday's preseason contest against the Dolphins.
Impact: More importantly, Martin, who is slated to serve as the Bucs' top back, is healthy, which is more than can be said of Charles Sims, who is out three months after ankle surgery, and Mike James, who hurt his shoulder Saturday. Given that Sims had been projected to make his mark as a pass-catcher out of the backfield, it's reasonable to expect Martin and backup Bobby Rainey to pick up some extra looks in the Bucs' passing attack out of the gate.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Murphy caught one pass for 11 yards on two targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins.
Impact: Murphy, who is competing for the No. 3 wide receiver role, has four receptions for 54 yards on six targets through two preseason games. He's outperformed all of his competitors, a group comprised of Chris Owusu, Robert Herron and TE Tim Wright.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wright could work out of the slot for the Bucs this season, ESPN's Pat Yasinkas reports.
Impact: It may be that Wright is a better candidate for playing time at slot receiver than he is at tight end, after the Bucs signed TE Brandon Myers and drafted TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the second round of May's draft. Wright is unlikely to beat out either for work as an in-line tight end, but the Bucs lack attractive options at wide receiver behind Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans. Other slot candidates include Louis Murphy, Chris Owusu, and perhaps Robert Herron.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Herron may be a candidate to work out of the slot for the Bucs, ESPN's Pat Yasinkas reports.
Impact: The 5-9 Herron, a sixth-round draft pick, was likely selected with the mindset that he'll play in the slot. The Bucs lack an obvious choice to serve as the No. 3 wideout behind Vincent Jackson and (presumably) Mike Evans, but Chris Owusu and Louis Murphy are also options, as is TE Tim Wright, who frequently works out of the slot. Herron caught one pass for four yards on two targets in Saturday's game, and neither Wright nor Owusu did any better. Murphy has been the most active of the bunch thus far, with four catches for 54 yards on six targets through two preseason games.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mike Evans started over Owusu in Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins, FOX Sports 1's Jenna Laine reports.
Impact: Owusu is listed as a starter on the depth chart, but Evans has always been expected to get the nod come Week 1. The Bucs apparently have an aversion to putting rookies at the top of the depth chart, as second-round tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is listed fourth at his position. While Owusu doesn't figure to beat out Evans, it probably means something that he -- and not another player -- is listed ahead of the rookie on the depth chart. The Bucs have no obvious No. 3 wide receiver, and Owusu is one of the options, according to ESPN's Pat Yasinkas, who also mentions sixth-round rookie Robert Herron and nominal tight end Tim Wright. The trio combined for two receptions and nine receiving on five targets Saturday, with Owusu registering just a target.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Glennon completed 6-of-12 passes for 77 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins.
Impact: Glennon followed up a strong first outing with a dud, and while he isn't a threat to unseat Josh McCown before the start of the season, Glennon could take over if McCown struggles once the games count. The better Glennon plays this preseason, the more likely it is that the Bucs will have a short leash with McCown.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCown completed five-of-seven passes for 46 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins.
Impact: Following a disastrous preseason opener, the Bucs' first-team offense looked much better in their second outing. McCown could lose his job to Mike Glennon if he struggles during the season, but the veteran is a essentially a lock to be starting come Week 1. The Bucs look rather shaky at both guard spots, but the rest of the offensive line should be solid, and the skill position talent is enticing.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Evans caught two passes for 52 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins, but he lost a fumble just short of the goal line.
Impact: As reported by FOX Sports 1's Jenna Laine, Evans started over Chris Owusu, who is listed ahead of the rookie on the depth chart. This always figured to happen by the start of the regular season, but fantasy owners can feel a bit better having seen Evans get the start. The enormous former Aggie had the unfortunate highlight of Saturday's game, as he bounced off a tackler and nearly scored a 42-yard touchdown, only to give it away with an easily avoidable fumble at the goal line while he was cruising in.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rainey gained just 15 yards on eight carries in Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins, and fellow running back Mike James left the contest with a shoulder injury, Scott Smith of buccaneers.com reports.
Impact: Rainey and Mike James (shoulder) both saw an uptick in value due to the recent news that third-round rookie Charles Sims (ankle) is expected to miss 12-to-14 weeks. Rainey is the favorite to hold down the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, but Sims previously loomed as a threat to rack up a few touches, especially in the passing game. With Sims now out of the picture until at least mid-season, Rainey has a better chance to work as Doug Martin's top backup in both early-down and third-down situations. Should James' injury turn out to be serious, Rainey's competition for playing time behind Martin would essentially be non-existent.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: James suffered a right shoulder injury Saturday against the Dolphins, Scott Smith of buccaneers.com reports.
Impact: More on James' status as we know it, but the Bucs can ill-afford another significant injury at running back, with Charles Sims out for an extended period due to an ankle injury.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sims had successful surgery on his ankle and believes that he'll be able to play at some point this season, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Sims was expected to miss 12-14 weeks before the surgery, so his timetable for a return has likely remained unchanged. He still has a long road to recovery, so Sims should only be considered later in the season when his status becomes clearer.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sims is slated to undergo surgery on his right ankle Saturday, with Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times indicating that the rookie running back is in line to miss 12-14 weeks worth of action.
Impact: Sims' ability as a pass-catcher out of the backfield made him a candidate to contribute to the Bucs' offense out of the gate this season, but his injury puts those plans on hold. With Sims out of the picture for now, Bobby Rainey and Mike James slot in as the leading contenders for work behind starter Doug Martin.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Lovie Smith said Thursday that Rainey will see more touches in the return game Saturday in the Buccaneers' preseason game against the Dolphins, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Punt returns were an area of concern in the early part of training camp, but Rainey seems to have made significant process in securing the football. If he makes good on his opportunity Saturday, Rainey could continue to field more punts as the season approaches. "Now I'm anxious to see what we're going to do in the return game," said Smith. "This week, hopefully, we can get a little bit more from it. Bobby Rainey will take more reps as a punt returner and I'm anxious to see him."
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Lovie Smith said Thursday that Verner (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Verner missed the team's first preseason game Friday against the Jaguars, and no definitive timetable has been issued for his return, making his availability for the rest of the preseason a mystery.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Lovie Smith indicated Thursday that Sims (ankle) "won't play in the immediate future, that's for sure," Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: While no timetable has been assigned to Sims' recovery from an ankle issue, judging by Smith's comments, the walking boot that the running back is sporting on his right foot is more than precautionary.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sims (ankle) won't play Saturday against the Dolphins, Scott Smith of buccaneers.com reports.
Impact: Sims -- who injured his ankle at practice Tuesday -- was sporting a walking boot on his right foot Thursday, so this news comes as no surprise. Consider the rookie back day-to-day for now.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sims was sporting a walking boot on his right foot Thursday after hurting his ankle at Tuesday's practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: While Auman points out that the walking boot may be a precautionary measure, Sims' chances of playing Saturday against the Dolphins appear slim. When healthy, Sims figures to carve out a role in the Bucs' offense behind starting RB Doug Martin, thanks to his ability as a pass-catcher out of the backfield.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: English has signed with the Buccaneers, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: English -- selected by San Diego No. 16 overall in the 2009 draft -- recorded 18 tackles and 2.5 sacks in nine games with the Chargers last season. He'll give the Bucs some added pass-rushing depth out of the outside linebacker slot.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sims suffered a minor ankle injury in Tuesday's practice, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: Coach Lovie Smith said he only expects the rookie to miss a day or two of practice as a result of the injury. Sims, who is battling Bobby Rainey for the top backup job behind Doug Martin, toted the ball six times for 13 yards and caught three passes for 32 yards in the Bucs' preseason opener last Friday.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Verner (hamstring), who participated in his first practice Sunday since the outset of training camp, hopes to see preseason action in the coming weeks, according to the Buccaneers' official site. "We're going to take it day by day, and every day they're going to re-evaluate me in the morning to see if I'm sore from the previous day," he said. "So tomorrow we'll look at what I did today and how I'm progressing and we're going to take it from there. There's no real time-table; we're always just gearing for that season opener but I'd definitely like to get back sooner."
Impact: Verner missed the team's first preseason game Friday against the Jaguars, and there's still no definitive word from the Buccaneers regarding his possible availability for the rest of the Bucs' exhibition slate. He was restricted to individual position drills Sunday, and at this stage, he seems unlikely to play in Tampa's next preseason outing, Saturday against the Dolphins.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Verner (hamstring) returned to practice Sunday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Verner had been sidelined since the second day of training camp with a hamstring injury, but was able to complete individual drill work Sunday. The Buccaneers' offseason addition will now gradually work his way into new coach Lovie Smith's "Tampa 2" coverage scheme. After tying for the NFL lead with 22 passes defended last year, Verner projects to be the Buccaneers' No. 1 cornerback, once acclimated to his new surroundings.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martin was quiet in the Bucs' preseason opener against Jacksonville, gaining just six yards on three carries and two yards on one reception.
Impact: Martin can hardly be blamed for the stat line, as the Bucs' first-team offense was horrible, and the line drew especially poor reviews. That line is a major concern heading into the season, with the guard spots shaping up as a likely weakness for the second straight year. It's an odd spot for the team to be in, as no franchise has invested more in the guard position over the last few years. Unfortunately for Martin, neither Davin Joseph nor Carl Nicks worked out, and both are no longer with the team. On a more positive note, the Bucs should be in decent shape at center and the tackle spots, so the line may round into form by Week 1.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sims gained 32 yards on three receptions and 13 yards on six carries in Friday's preseason opener against the Jaguars.
Impact: As reflected on the initial depth chart, Sims worked behind Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey, but ahead of Mike James. James looks to be on the outside looking in, while Martin is locked in as the starter. The battle to watch is Sims vs. Rainey for the No. 2 role. The Bucs could also opt to use them as co-backups, with Rainey spelling Martin on early downs, and Sims helping with the third-down workload.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: James gained 12 yards on three carries and 20 yards on one reception in Friday's preseason opener against the Jaguars.
Impact: James worked as the No. 4 running back behind Doug Martin, Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims, in that order. James is likely competing for a roster spot against Rainey, who himself is hoping to hold off Sims for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart. James still stands some chance to make the team, but he's unlikely to leapfrog both Rainey and Sims.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jackson caught a pass for 18 yards on his only target in Friday's preseason opener against the Jaguars.
Impact: The Bucs' first-team offense was disastrous, as Josh McCown had minimal time to throw behind a porous offensive line. Jackson may benefit from the improved talent around him this season, but if the line doesn't hold up, he could find himself on another poor offensive team, only this time with more competition for targets. Given the skill-position and coaching upgrades, the Bucs might improve on offense, even if the line is sub-par.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Working as the Bucs' No. 2 running back, Rainey gained 25 yards on six carries in Friday's preseason opener against the Jaguars.
Impact: Though he worked ahead of rookie Charles Sims on Friday, Rainey still has plenty of competition for touches. Sims is the much more talented receiver, and starter Doug Martin figures to gobble up most of the carries. With Mike James also looming, Rainey is no lock to make the final roster, though he's more likely than not to survive the cut.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCown struggled in Friday's preseason opener against the Jaguars, completing just two-of-four passes for 20 yards, with one of his errant throws going for a pick-six.
Impact: According to FOX Sports 1's Jenna Laine and pretty much everyone else, the Bucs' offensive line was terrible. There were multiple penalties and two sacks, the second of which resulted in a lost fumble. Due to their struggles, the Bucs' first-teamers surprisingly played three series, two of which ended with turnovers. There's no need to panic over a few bad plays in the preseason, but the offensive line is a major concern in Tampa Bay. On the other hand, the team has excellent talent at the skill positions, and we already saw last season in Chicago that McCown can thrive in the right situation. Unless he turns in a few more disastrous performances like this one, McCown probably won't face much of a threat from Mike Glennon. Of course, should he struggle during the regular season, McCown will likely have Glennon breathing down this neck.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Verner, who is dealing with a sore hamstring, has not practiced since the second day of training camp, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: A free-agent addition from Titans, Verner has been ruled out of the Bucs' preseason opener, but the reports notes that he is progressing steadily and plans on being back on the field soon.