Player News - Buccaneers

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According to Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com, Adam Humphries is "well entrenched" as the team's slot receiver.

Humphries set career-highs in both catches (61) and receiving yards last season (631) but wasn't a factor in fantasy. That trend should continue as the Clemson alum will face significant competition in a loaded Bucs' receiving corps featuring perennial All-Pros Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, up-and-comer Chris Godwin as well as tight ends Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard. It will likely take an injury to Evans or D-Jax for the 25-year-old to gain any fantasy relevance.
Jul 10 - 3:46 PM

In a statement, the NFL warned suspended QB Jameis Winston that "a future violation of the Personal Conduct Policy will result in more substantial discipline, including a potential ban from the NFL."

Winston is no stranger to off-field trouble. In 2013, while still at Florida State, he was the subject of sexual assault allegations before then being involved in a couple shoplifting incidents in 2013 and 2014. Winston was then suspended for a 2014 game at FSU for vulgar comments. The lone NFL incident was his 2016 groping of an Uber driver, which Winston was just suspended three games for, and the league isn't happy. The Bucs need to decide if they're going to commit to Winston long-term. He's due a guaranteed-for-injury-only $21 million in 2019 before his contract expires in the spring of 2020.
Jun 29 - 10:47 AM

NFL suspended Bucs QB Jameis Winston three games for violating the league's personal-conduct policy.

Winston will mount no further appeal after reaching a negotiated settlement with the league. In a statement, Winston essentially admitted to groping an Uber driver in March 2016. "It is uncharacteristic of me and I genuinely apologize," Winston claimed. He went on to say he has "eliminated alcohol from my life." Although Ryan Fitzpatrick is one of the league's most experienced and capable backups, the suspension could not come at a more inopportune time for the Bucs, who open the season at New Orleans before hosting the Eagles and Steelers. Winston is eligible to return for a Week 4 road game against the Bears. Winston had been looking like a late-round value pick, but now set to miss 23 percent of the fantasy regular season, he is undraftable.
Jun 28 - 1:54 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman believes Ryan Griffin has a "major opportunity" to pass Ryan Fitzpatrick on the depth chart and start for the Bucs during Jameis Winston's three-game suspension.

Griffin was impressing the coaching staff last summer but sprained his AC joint in his shoulder in the preseason opener, which handed the No. 2 job to Fitzpatrick. He returned late in the season to be Fitzpatrick's backup when Winston was hurt. Griffin, a 2013 UDFA, has never attempted a regular-season pass but spent his first couple years with Sean Payton and Drew Brees in New Orleans. Fitzpatrick is the heavy favorite to start Weeks 1-3, but Griffin will have plenty of opportunities to win over the staff in camp and preseason.
Jun 22 - 9:53 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Jameis Winston will be suspended three games for violating the league's personal-conduct policy.

Per Schefter, the league "still has not notified Winston of its official decision," and "the circumstances surrounding it still could lead to an increase or decrease of the three games." The ban is the result of Winston's alleged March 2016 groping of an Uber driver. He was not charged with a crime in the incident. The timing is devastating for the Bucs, who will travel to New Orleans in Week 1 before hosting the Eagles and Steelers in back-to-back weeks. As coach Dirk Koetter coaches for his job, he will be doing so with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. The expected ban is a mammoth blow to Winston's fantasy value. He had been looking like a value pick as the QB19 according to Fantasy Football Calculator. Fitzpatrick's presence under center doesn't really affect the outlook for players like Mike Evans and Cameron Brate. Fitz loves to throw with the best of them.
Jun 21 - 6:03 PM

ESPN Tallahassee radio host Jeff Cameron reports Jameis Winston is "prepared for the NFL to levy a suspension" in its investigation of his March 2016 incident with an Uber driver.

Cameron's comments are via JoeBucsFan.com. Per Cameron, the "thought from the Winston camp" is that his suspension will be no longer than three games, and likely just one. Winston is alleged to have groped an Uber driver, but he was never charged with a crime. Regardless of what the law decides, the NFL has been taking matters into its own hands since the Ray Rice debacle. Ezekiel Elliott was never charged with a crime before his six-game ban. Clarity should come soon, but the NFL has a way of dragging these situations out.
Jun 20 - 9:17 PM

Rick Stroud of Tampa Bay Times expects second-round RB Ronald Jones to earn 15-20 touches per game this season.

This comes days after Stroud's colleague, Greg Auman, suggested Jones would share backfield work with power back Peyton Barber and pass-catcher Charles Sims. While 15-20 touches per game isn't quite bell-cow level, it's still a substantial workload. Even if Barber vultures some short yardage carries and Sims fills in the gaps on passing downs, there's no doubt Jones will be heavily involved as a rookie. In Tampa, he's the running back to own for fantasy purposes.
Jun 17 - 10:50 AM

Bucs signed second-round RB Ronald Jones to a four-year contract.

Jones doubled as a track athlete at USC and it shows on tape, where his game is built on burst and acceleration, a la Tevin Coleman. While his big-play ability is obvious, Jones too frequently ran into the backs of his blockers and has work to do in the passing game, where his blitz pickups were inconsistent, and Jones caught only 32 passes in 40 college games. At least initially, the Tampa Bay Times expects Jones to "share the load" with Peyton Barber and Charles Sims. Perhaps Sims will keep a passing-down role, but Jones should eventually pass up Barber.
Jun 14 - 1:40 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud singled out sophomore WR Chris Godwin among his Bucs' standouts this spring.

Per Stroud, Godwin "makes a lot of plays every day" in practice and has shined into minicamp. Godwin has been the subject of constant praise throughout the offseason after he finished his rookie year on a high note down the stretch and performed admirably in spot starts. OC Todd Monken has said Godwin has earned the right to start and should see heavy snaps in three-wide sets if the coaching staff allows him to leapfrog Adam Humphries as the No. 3 wideout.
Jun 12 - 10:12 PM

The Tampa Times expects second-round pick Ronald Jones to "share the load" with Peyton Barber, and Charles Sims to play on third downs.

If so, this backfield would officially become a three-way committee. It would also be disappointing on-field deployment for this year's No. 38 overall pick. The Bucs have sounded committed to giving Barber work, likely as an inside-grinder/short-yardage specialist. Jones is a straight-line speedster who must prove himself in the passing game after barely playing there at USC.
Jun 11 - 3:57 PM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said second round CB Carlton Davis is "off to one of the fastest starts" at OTAs.

"He's getting a lot of reps. Plays the ball better than I thought he did coming off his tape," said Koetter. "We knew he was a good bump-and-run player. I think he's getting better." Davis was one of the most pro ready corners in the draft, so his fast start isn't a surprise. With Vernon Hargreaves moving to the slot, he should open the season opposite Brent Grimes.
Jun 9 - 6:41 PM

Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul is expected to attend minicamp.

Pierre-Paul skipped voluntary workouts. The missed time raised some concerns with him in a new scheme, but he'll get in a few reps before training camp. After trading two mid-round picks for Pierre-Paul this offseason, the Bucs are counting on him to improve a pass rush that was one of the worst in the league.
Source: ESPN
Jun 9 - 4:14 PM

Bucs DE Noah Spence says he's gained 20 pounds of muscle.

Spence was limited to six games last season by a torn labrum in his shoulder. Listed at 251, Spence has always been undersized for the edge. He's hoping to change that in what's shaping up as a critical third year in the league.
Jun 7 - 6:12 PM

Peyton Barber said he's trimmed down in an effort to get faster.

Barber has been on a strict diet with the goal of turning "excess fat" into "lean muscle." "At the Combine I ran a 4.62 or a 4.64, and then at my pro day I ran a 4.58," he said. "I’m getting closer to 4.5 right now." Barber has been typecast as a power back since joining the Bucs as an undrafted rookie in 2016, but believes he can be much more than that. "I want to show people that I can break off the long runs and that I’m not just a power back," he said. "I want to show everyone that I can be an all-around back." Barber said his goal is to rush for 1,000 yards this season, though that seems unlikely given the presence of second-round rookie Ronald Jones.
Jun 1 - 4:31 PM

Bucs signed second-round CB Carlton Davis to a four-year contract.

Davis made 32 starts in Auburn's secondary, tallying three career interceptions and earning first-team All-SEC from the conference’s coaches as a senior. Davis showed average athleticism at the Combine, running 4.53 with a 34-inch vertical. A big, somewhat stiff press-coverage specialist with plus arm length (32 ¾") and a knack for disrupting routes, Davis offers No. 2 cornerback potential if used correctly.
May 24 - 6:38 PM


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