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Thu. July 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Seferian-Jenkins has made a strong transition into the Buccaneers' offense during the early portion of training camp, NFL.com reports.
Impact: Seferian-Jenkins opened training camp behind schedule, since he couldn't join Tampa Bay until after graduating from the University of Washington. That being said, the rookie tight end hit the ground running with the Bucs and has reportedly impressed the team's coaching staff with his performance in camp thus far. At 6-5, 260 pounds, Seferian-Jenkins embodies a huge red zone target that should push both Brandon Myers and Timothy Wright for looks to begin this season.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gaitor (knee) was signed by the Buccaneers on Monday, the Tampa Bay Times reports. This will be his second stint with the Buccaneers, after they released him in May.
Impact: Gaitor was a seventh-round selection by the Buccaneers in 2011 and saw limited time in his first two seasons with the team before missing all of 2013 with a torn ACL. He'll have to battle for a spot on the 53-man roster, likely as a depth corner.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Seferian-Jenkins indicates that pain he previously endured due to a stress fracture in his left foot has all but disappeared, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Impact: Between his foot issue and an NFL rule prohibiting rookies from joining their new team until after their school's final exams are completed for the spring semester, Seferian-Jenkins has some catching up to do with regard to both conditioning and his grasp of the Bucs' playbook. He'll have to compete with the likes of Brandon Myers and Timothy Wright for tight-end looks in the team's offense as the summer progresses, but once the second-rounder is up to speed, Seferian-Jenkins will bring red-zone upside to the table thanks to his blend of size (6-5, 260) and pass-catching promise.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martin, who tore the labrum in his left shoulder in Week 7 (against the Falcons) last season, reports no residual effects from the injury, the Tampa Bay Times reports. "I was thinking to myself, the last time I was in pads, it was Atlanta," he noted as training camp opened. "My shoulder is still intact; no pain. I'm good."
Impact: With his health reestablished, Martin remains the Bucs' top option at running back, though there's been talk that he may see less carries this season than he did under former Bucs coach Greg Schiano. With that in mind, it will be worth monitoring backup slotting in the team's ground game, with Mike James and Bobby Rainey still in the mix, along with rookie Charles Sims, who has promise as a pass-catching option out of the backfield.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barron indicated that he's not quite 100 percent following arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee in January, Tampa Bay Times reporter Rick Stroud reports.
Impact: On the plus side, Barron has been able to practice with the Bucs' first-team defense in training camp, so it looks like an issue he'll be able to work through this summer. The strong safety has recorded 88 tackles in back-to-back seasons for the Bucs, though given that he missed two games in 2013, he's a candidate to hit the 100-tackle mark this season if he can stay healthy.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nicks (toe) said he is "stepping away" from football, FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports.
Impact: Nicks didn't say he was retiring, but it sounds as if he's at least taking a leave of absence in light of his release from Tampa Bay on Friday. It in any case could be the end for Nicks' career, as the former star guard has been unable to recover from the complications of the MRSA infection that struck him in 2013.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nick (toe) and the Buccaneers agreed to "mutually part ways" Friday, Tampa Bay Times writer Greg Auman reports.
Impact: There has been no mention of retirement with Nicks, so he might attempt to continue his career elsewhere pending his release. Nicks' recovery from a toe injury evidently hasn't gone as either side hoped, because Tampa Bay (as well as almost all other teams) could use a player of Nicks' talent when healthy. Nicks' exit leaves Tampa Bay with the underwhelming duo of Jamon Merideth and rookie Kadeem Edwards to compete for the remaining starting guard role.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCown remains in line to enter the season as the Bucs' starting quarterback ahead of Mike Glennon, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: At this stage, it appears as though McCown would need to struggle mightily in training camp, or suffer an injury, in order to lose his grip on the assignment. With his strong effort with the Bears last season, the 35-year-old McCown revived his career, and with the Bucs, he enters a situation with some upside, with the team having assembled a trio of talented 6-5 pass-catching threats in tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, along with wideouts Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moore was released by the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: Signed by the Buccaneers in February due to his relationship with new head coach Lovie Smith from their days with the Bears, Moore was perceived as the frontrunner for nickel duties heading into training camp. However, after spending most of the 2013 season out of the NFL, Moore evidently didn't impress in offseason workouts, prompting the Buccaneers to look elsewhere for depth at defensive back. With Moore out of the picture, Leonard Johnson or Mike Jenkins look like the top candidates to man the nickel spot this season in Tampa Bay.