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Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sims (ankle) is expected to be placed on the Buccaneers' injured reserve/designated to return list on Tuesday, CBS Sports reports.
Impact: Sims injured his ankle and underwent surgery in mid-August, which will likely rule him out until at least the mid-season mark of this year. Nonetheless, the Buccaneers were very encouraged by the ability their third round pick showed during training camp, especially in pass catching situations out of the backfield. With that in mind, Tampa Bay intends to use their designated to return listing on Sims, who will consequently be eligible to practice only after Week 6 and able to play only after Week 8. Until then, Bobby Rainey and Mike James (shoulder) are expected to serve as Doug Martin's primary backups at running back.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Patton did not make the Bucs' final roster, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Though he went undrafted, Patton emerged as a strong candidate for the final roster because of his ability to contribute in the return game. It may be that the Bucs hope to find their return man from the roster cuts made by other teams.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wright (back) was released by the Buccaneers on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: The former Bear won't be kept under by his old coach, Lovie Smith. However, Wright is coming off a 101-tackle, two-interception campaign, so he should find a home somewhere before the regular season begins.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: English was released by the Buccaneers on Friday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: English signed with Tampa Bay on Aug. 14 and was cut two weeks later, despite a relatively productive preseason.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kafka was released by the Buccaneers on Saturday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Kafka apparently didn't do enough in preseason play to justify the Bucs keeping a third quarterback. He may end up on the team's practice squad, however, as a third option in case one of the two remaining guys suffers an injury.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Demps was released by the Buccaneers on Saturday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Demps entered camp behind three guys with starting experience for the Bucs, and didn't put together a strong enough preseason to dethrone any of them. His speed may get him a few looks from other teams as a return specialist, but for now he no longer has one.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Connor Barth was released by Tampa Bay, 620-WDAE am in Tampa reports. Murray has won Tampa Bay's starting kicking job as a result.
Impact: Murray is an undrafted free agent who was an All American punter and kicker at Fordham. Murray made both this field goal attempts in the preseason from 27 and 35 yards. Still, his winning of the job may have more to do with Barth's higher salary (due $2 million) and recovery from an Achilles' injury than Murray's performance, so Murray may not have a strong hold on the job.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barth was released by Tampa Bay, 620-WDAE am in Tampa reports.
Impact: Patrick Murray has won Tampa Bay's starting kicking job as a result.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | STATS
News: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released Barth, the most accurate kicker in franchise history.
Impact: An 84 percent career field goal kicker in five NFL seasons with Kansas City and the Bucs, Barth missed all of 2013 after tearing the Achilles tendon in his right foot during a charity basketball game.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Lovie Smith indicated that the back injury Murphy sustained Thursday isn't believed to be serious, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: That said, Murphy can ill-afford any sort of injury at this stage, as he is jostling with the likes of Russell Shepard, Robert Herron and Solomon Patton for depth slotting on the Bucs' wideout depth chart.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Demps gained 59 yards on 20 carries in Thursday's final preseason game against the Redskins.
Impact: Demps also began the Bucs' lone touchdown drive with a 37-yard kickoff return. Because of his elite speed, Demps may squeak onto Tampa Bay's roster as a versatile back who can return kicks when necessary.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rainey gained 11 yards on five carries in Thursday's final preseason game against the Redskins.
Impact: Despite his immense struggles during the preseason -- he averaged 2.0 yards per carry through four games -- Rainey likely enters Week 1 as the top backup to Doug Martin by default. Injuries to Mike James and third-round pick Charles Sims, who will be out an estimated 12-to-14 weeks, have left Rainey with the most repetitions in the Bucs' backfield. Jeff Demps did impress Thursday, so he theoretically could receive more carries moving forward.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Patton is in good position to make the Buccaneers' roster, Rick Brown of the Lakeland Ledger reports.
Impact: The undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Florida has carved out a niche as the team's punt and kickoff returner. He also had a 25-yard touchdown reception in Thursday's final preseason game against the Redskins. His chances of making the 53-man roster seemed to improve when the team waived receivers Skye Dawson, Tommy Streeter and Eric Page this week. Page was the Bucs' incumbent returner, but did not see much action in the role in the last month. Patton has averaged 29.3 yards per kickoff return in six attempts during the three preseason games and 8.0 yards per punt return.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: James (shoulder) did not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Redskins, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times said James' roster spot should be safe, adding that the running back doesn't expect the shoulder injury to be a long-term issue. Assuming the shoulder is playable, James figures to enter the season as the Bucs' No. 3 running back, and it isn't all that hard to imagine him passing Bobby Rainey as the top backup to Doug Martin.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Page was released by the Buccaneers on Sunday, Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: Page handled almost all of the kick return duties last season, but was cut two days before the Bucs had to trim its roster to 75. Solomon Patton stands to take over on returns, a role for which he seems well-suited if the preseason is any indication.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | STATS
News: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers addressed a need to upgrade their struggling offensive line by obtaining Mankins from the New England Patriots for tight end Tim Wright and a draft pick.
Impact: The deal Tuesday comes less than 24 hours after the Bucs met with Richie Incognito to try to determine if one of the central figures in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal might be an answer to their problems at guard.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Patriots have traded Mankins to the Buccaneers in exchange for Tim Wright and a fourth-round draft pick, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: While it's not surprising that the Patriots were looking to add depth at tight end, dealing Mankins -- a six-time Pro Bowler -- came out of nowhere. The Patriots did roster some O-line depth in advance of the trade and evidently felt comfortable with parting ways with their starting left guard. From the Bucs' perspective, the 32-year-old Mankins gives the team's line a boost in terms of talent and experience, which could positively impact the likes of running backs Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: James (shoulder) returned to practice Monday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: James sat out the Buccaneers' third preseason game while nursing a shoulder injury, an ailment that was previously considered day-to-day. With Charles Sims (ankle) still out, James has a fine opportunity to nail down Tampa Bay's No. 3 running back position leading into the regular season.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barth converted 3-of-3 PATs and made a 43-yard field goal in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.
Impact: Barth, who appears to be fully recovered from a torn Achilles tendon that forced him to miss the entire 2013 season, is the strong favorite to handle all of Tampa Bay's placekicking duties this season. Undrafted rookie Patrick Murray booted a 27-yard field goal Saturday, but Barth is making it extremely difficult for Murray to make the roster.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCoy recorded two tackles (one solo) in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.
Impact: Most importantly, the fifth-year pro out of Oklahoma emerged healthy from the Buccaneers' third preseason tilt. A 2013 campaign during which McCoy garnered 50 tackles (35 solo), a team-leading 9.5 sacks and one fumble recovery stands as his career year thus far. It would come as little surprise if McCoy, who is one of several elite defenders in Tampa, had an even better year under first-year head coach Lovie Smith.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: David recorded four tackles in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.
Impact: Entering the 2014 season healthy, David is among the top players in any IDP league. The do-everything linebacker finished last season with a team-leading 144 tackles (106 solo), six sacks, five interceptions, 18 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Under first-year head coach Lovie Smith, he should be able to pick up right where he left off.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jackson caught all five of his targets for 43 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.
Impact: As rookie Mike Evans continues to draw more and more attention from opposing secondaries, Jackson should see more single-coverage opportunities. Evans caught a 24-yard touchdown Saturday and has mostly impressed during the preseason. Evans' contributions, coupled with improved quarterback play from Josh McCown, could result in a productive season for Jackson.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martin carried the ball 12 times for 38 yards and caught two passes for 27 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.
Impact: Martin also scored on a one-yard plunge to open the scoring in the first quarter. The Buccaneers' lead back appears past the shoulder issue that slowed him last season and could be in line to handle a hefty load out of the gate, with two of the team's other running backs (Charles Sims and Mike James) dealing with injuries. Meanwhile, Bobby Rainey is listed as Martin's top backup on the Bucs' posted depth chart.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gholston (shoulder) did not play in Saturday's third preseason game against the Bills, the Belleville News Democrat reports.
Impact: Gholston posted 30 tackles (14 solo) and two sacks in 12 games as a rookie last season, and the defensive end is currently projected to back up starting defensive end Adrian Clayborn this season.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: English recorded two sacks off the bench in Saturday's 27-24 win at Buffalo, and is making a strong push to secure one of the team's final roster spots after signing Aug. 14 with Tampa Bay, according to Tampa Bay Times reporter Greg Auman.
Impact: English, who was released by the Chargers after recording 11 sacks over five seasons, said he is preparing his body to become a game-changer regardless of where the Buccaneers deploy him. "We've noticed him," Tampa coach Lovie Smith said after the game. "Last week in practice we thought he took steps each day. We have good competition with a few players for some of those last positions on our team."
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barron sat out the first series of the Buccaneers' third preseason game Saturday due to an unspecified violation of team rules, but played the second series and finished with two tackles, Tampa Bay Times reporter Greg Auman reports.
Impact: Barron has struggled to recover from arthroscopic surgery he underwent in January to repair cartilage in his right knee. When healthy, the safety is expected to be one of the Buccaneers' leading playmakers in the team's secondary.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Evans says he could have handled himself better in response to a video TMZ aired of the receiver being involved in a brawl at a Miami nightclub in March.
Impact: Evans called the fight "unfortunate," and added he nearly forgot about it until the video surfaced this week. Coach Lovie Smith is aware of what happened, and adds he's pleased with how Evans has handled himself since joining the team.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Myers recorded no receptions on two targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.
Impact: Myers and Austin Seferian-Jenkins both got significant run with the first-team offense, though they combined for just one catch and 11 yards. Myers may have a shot to start the regular-season opener, but Seferian-Jenkins is a better blocker with much greater potential. Even if the Bucs make frequent use of two-TE sets, it's hard to envision Myers besting his production from last season, when he caught 47 passes for 522 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games for the Giants.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Seferian-Jenkins caught his only target for 11 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.
Impact: Seferian-Jenkins and Brandon Myers both saw significant work with the first-team offense, and Myers failed to record a reception on two targets. Though he was listed fourth on the initial preseason depth chart, Seferian-Jenkins isn't competing against anyone besides Myers. Not only does the rookie seemingly have a shot to start over Myers, but the Bucs figure to make frequent use of two-TE sets, as they lack a reliable third receiver, and don't have a proven fullback.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Robert Herron got the nod over Owusu as the No. 3 wide receiver in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: None of Herron, Owusu, Louis Murphy and Tim Wright impressed, but based on the usage, Herron can perhaps be considered a slight favorite to open the year as Tampa Bay's No. 3 wide receiver. The role doesn't figure to be very lucrative, as Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, Doug Martin and the tight ends figure to command nearly all of Josh McCown's attention.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Herron started in the slot with the first-team offense in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Herron caught both of his targets for just two yards, but none of his competitors for playing time stood out. Chris Owusu had two catches for 17 yards, with Louis Murphy pitching in a lone reception for 12 yards. Tight end Tim Wright, who is really more of a receiver, wasn't even targeted. It still isn't clear who will work as the No. 3 receiver come Week 1, but the winner of this competition probably won't see many targets.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rainey gained 14 yards on 13 carries and lost one yard on his only reception in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.
Impact: It wasn't a pretty showing for Rainey, who remains the favorite to open the season as Doug Martin's top backup. Charles Sims (ankle) is likely out until at least midseason, while Mike James (shoulder) could be ready for Week 1. James is clearly Rainey's primary competition for early-down work behind Martin, but Jeff Demps could make a push to see a bit of playing time on passing downs.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Evans caught all three of his targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.
Impact: Buffalo's Ron Brooks bit hard on a rather ordinary stutter-step by Evans, which left the rookie receiver wide open in the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown. Evans did accelerate in a hurry on the route, and he wasn't at all affected by Brooks' attempt to slow him down with an illegal contact penalty. Evans has looked as good as expected this preseason, leaving little doubt that he'll start across from Vincent Jackson in Week 1, as reflected on the most recent depth chart.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCown completed 13-of-16 passes for 112 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.
Impact: McCown bounced back from an early interception to turn in a decent performance, with his night highlighted by a 24-yard scoring strike to Mike Evans that was largely the result of terrible coverage. McCown has been mediocre behind an unimpressive offensive line this preseason, but he seems to be developing a nice rapport with Evans and Vincent Jackson. With rookie TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins a candidate to start by Week 1, McCown could have a trio of physically imposing targets for the second year in a row. However, the Bucs' offense doesn't look nearly as smooth as the Marc Trestman-led Chicago attack from last season.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Casillas was not with the Buccaneers during their preseason game against the Bills on Saturday due to disciplinary reasons, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: The exact reason why Casillas was a non-participant Saturday is still unclear, however, it doesn't seem like it will affect his status for the start of the regular season. Last year, he provided Tampa Bay with 34 tackles before suffering a season-ending knee injury with four weeks left on the schedule.
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.