Tampa Bay Buccaneers Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Brate is slated to catch passes from backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for the first three games of the 2018 regular season in the wake of Jameis Winston's expected suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The development many not exactly bode well for the tight end's fantasy prospects if his body of work with Fitzpatrick under center last season is any indication. Brate did have one of his best days of 2017 in the veteran quarterback's first game at the helm of the Bucs offense back in Week 6, hauling in six of eight targets for 76 yards and a touchdown. However, he caught only one pass in each of Fitzpatrick's last three starts in Weeks 10-12, while fellow tight end O.J. Howard posted six receptions (on eight targets) for 104 yards and a score in those contests. Consequently, it remains to be seen if Fitzpatrick once again favors the 2017 first-round pick among his tight-end options when he takes the rein of the offense for the 2018 season's first three games.
News: Jackson is slated to catch passes from backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for the first three games of the 2018 regular season in the wake of Jameis Winston's expected suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Jackson actually displayed solid rapport with Fitzpatrick over the four-plus games in which the latter saw action in last season. The 31-year-old pass catcher hauled in two of his three touchdowns on the season from the veteran backup, and he posted 19 grabs on 30 targets overall during the four contests that Fitzpatrick started. Jackson is looking to significantly improve on a lackluster first season in Tampa during which he posted career lows in YPC (13.4), YPT (7.3) and receiving yards per game (47.7), and as such, has been making appearances in OTAs this offseason in an effort to improve his chemistry with Winston. However, barring a last-minute development, it appears he'll have to wait until at least Week 4 of the regular season before he can start to see that work pay dividends.
News: Evans is slated to catch passes from backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for the first three games of the 2018 regular season in the wake of Jameis Winston's expected suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The development may ultimately not result in much of a downturn in opportunity for Evans, as the towering wideout saw a robust 31 targets over the four games in which he and Fitzpatrick played together last season. However, the fifth-year pro was only able to parlay those looks into 14 catches (one touchdown), a 45.2 percent success rate that leaves plenty of room for improvement. Evans' best chance at consistent fantasy production naturally comes when Winston is under center, but it appears that the Bucs' No. 1 receiver will have to make do without his starting quarterback over the first three games of the 2018 campaign.
News: Fitzpatrick is slated to start the first three games of the 2018 season due to the suspension of the same length received by Jameis Winston, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Impact: Fitzpatrick has again found a way to earn starts, only this time it's the result of Winston violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. In three starts for Winston last season, Fitzpatrick completed 57.4 percent of his passes, averaged 248.3 yards per game and posted three touchdowns versus one interception. It's difficult to expect much more of the 35-year-old signal-caller, despite oodles of skill-position talent on the roster.
News: The NFL suspended Winston three games for a violation of the personal conduct policy, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: The event in question was first reported Nov. 17 and has been on Winston's periphery in the interim. Specifically, a female Uber driver reported Winston to the company in March of 2016 for an incident of alleged groping. While she never filed a criminal or civil complaint, it was enough for the NFL to look into the situation. With a suspension in place, Winston will miss the first three games of the upcoming campaign, making him eligible to return Sept. 30 at Chicago. Meanwhile, Ryan Fitzpatrick is slated to start three contests for the 11th consecutive season.