Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
NFC South | 11-5-0
Rank: 3rd
Avg Yds
Rank: 10th
Avg PYds
Rank: 3rd
Avg RYds
Rank: 24th
Posted 7/15/2021 9:46 pm GMT
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady (knee) played on a fully torn medial collateral ligament last season and had surgery on the knee during the offseason, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Brady will be ready for the regular season and could see some snaps during the preseason. He is coming off a terrific 2020 season and can be a No. 1 quarterback in most fantasy leagues.
Posted 7/15/2021 8:55 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin did not reach a long-term contract extension with the Buccaneers before the July 15 deadline and will play on a one-year franchise tag tender.
Huddle Up: Godwin will continue to be an important part of the passing game and showed good chemistry with Tom Brady last season. He should be a weekly starting option in fantasy leagues.
Posted 7/14/2021 10:04 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin is not expected to reach a long-term extension with the Buccaneers before the July 15 deadline, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Godwin likely will play on his one-year tender this season and could receive a new deal next offseason. He will see plenty of targets this season and can be at least a No. 2 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Posted 7/09/2021 8:12 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin is not close to a long-term contract agreement with the Buccaneers at this point, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
Huddle Up: The two sides have about a week to reach an agreement or Godwin will play on his one-year tender. The Bucs have plenty of options in the passing game, but Godwin should continue to be a popular target for Tom Brady. He can be considered a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
Posted 6/30/2021 8:33 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady was credited with a bad throw on 20.6 percent of his pass attempts in 2020 - the sixth-highest rate for any quarterback with at least 125 pass attempts last season - per Pro Football Reference.
Huddle Up: This number would be a shocker if Brady didn't record the same percentage in 2019 in his final year with the New England Patriots. There are a number of possible explanations for this, including the lack of a decent supporting cast in 2019 and getting used to his new receivers in 2020. It is interesting to note, however, that his bad throw rate in 2018 was 18.9 percent. Be that as it may, Brady seems just fine to trust as a low-end fantasy QB1 again in 2021.
Posted 6/24/2021 4:50 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady still says he has ample motivation entering his 22nd NFL season. 'It's hard to walk away from something that you still feel like you can do and you want to do,' Brady said recently on The Late Late Show with James Corden. 'So it's not about proving it to others what you can do, it's more about proving it to yourself. And I still feel like even though I'll be 44 this year, I still have a chance to still prove it to myself that I can still do it at 44, because I really worked to a point where I can still do it at this age.'
Huddle Up: Brady finished his first season in Tampa as fantasy's No. 7 QB in terms of total fantasy points. And while the drop-off is going to come at some point, don't bypass a lower-end QB1 value in Brady until the age decline starts to show itself in the actual numbers and on-field production.
Posted 6/22/2021 3:36 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown's probation was completed a year early Tuesday, June 22, and the case involving a battery charge has been finalized.
Huddle Up: AB looks to be getting some of his legal matters put to rest. He is an upside WR3 in fantasy with peaks and valleys expected.
Posted 6/11/2021 7:58 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin said he is open to signing a long-term extension with the Buccaneers but will allow his agent to handle negotiations. The two sides have until July 15 to reach an agreement.
Huddle Up: Godwin had great chemistry with Tom Brady last season and will continue to be a main part of the passing game this upcoming season. He should be a weekly starting option in all fantasy leagues.
Posted 6/10/2021 3:27 am GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown (knee) is about two weeks away from returning to practice, the team announced Tuesday, June 8.
Posted 6/01/2021 11:44 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady (knee) isn't expected to do much throwing at mandatory minicamp while recovering from offseason knee surgery, according to head coach Bruce Arians Tuesday, June 1. 'I don't know how much I'll let him do ... with guys chasing him around,' Arians said. 'We'll see. We'll see what the doctors say. He may be doing a lot of coaching.'
Huddle Up: Whether Brady is on the field in June or not won't have any impact on his fantasy stock. He has his full receiving corps from 2020 back in tow and will be a low-end QB1 in 2021 fantasy drafts.
Posted 5/26/2021 3:21 pm GMT
Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown received a $1.1 million base salary with a $2 million signing bonus. He can earn $900,000 in per-game roster bonuses with player and team improvement attached in some stats. He'll earn $333,333 for 50 receptions, $333,334 for 70 receptions, $333,333 for 600 yards, $333,334 for 800 yards, $333,333 for five touchdowns, $333,333 for seven touchdowns and $250,000 for a Super Bowl win while active and 45 percent playing time.
Huddle Up: There are quite a few cookies in there to keep AB motivated. He's a WR3 with upside in fantasy.
Posted 5/25/2021 2:16 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown (knee) passed his physical Tuesday, May 25, and officially signed his one-year deal.
Huddle Up: Brown will be an upside WR3 in fantasy. He'll have peaks and valleys and probably won't be someone you can book for 12 points every week.
Posted 5/24/2021 2:14 am GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RBs Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette will likely split time again in 2021, according to recent comments made by head coach Bruce Arians. 'They're both (going to) play. They're so talented and they both bring so much to the table. Hopefully, if they're both healthy, they are splitting time. I know fantasy doesn't like that, but those two guys ... I mean, RoJo is one of the best runners I've been around. Lenny had that great run in the playoffs. He showed what they drafted him for in the top five,' Arians said.
Huddle Up: Somehow Arians is able to convince himself that Jones needs to split time despite calling him "one of the best runners I've been around." Be that as it may, both players figure to take a hit for fantasy purposes as a result of the Bucs adding Giovani Bernard, who will likely steal most of the work on certain passing downs. Jones may occasionally flirt with RB2 status, but there is unlikely to be enough volume for any member of the trio to be a consistent fantasy starter.
Posted 5/19/2021 4:45 pm GMT
Updating an earlier report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown (knee) had successful cleanup surgery Tuesday, May 18, and he'll be ready after a few weeks of rehab.
Huddle Up: Brown will be a WR3 with some boom-or-bust upside as he still has some things lingering off the field.
Posted 5/14/2021 1:14 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady (knee) plans to resume throwing next week after he said he had a 'pretty serious knee surgery' after the Super Bowl.
Huddle Up: Brady doesn't have a lot of upside as the fourth or fifth QB in fantasy, but you know what you'll get from him.
Posted 5/01/2021 1:37 am GMT
Florida QB Kyle Trask was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 64th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Trask will be able to spend a few years behind Tom Brady and could be the quarterback of the future for the Bucs. He should be avoided in most leagues next season.
Posted 4/28/2021 12:30 pm GMT
Free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Buccaneers) agreed to a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, April 28. The deal guarantees him $3.1 million, and he can earn a total of $6.25 million.
Huddle Up: AB flashed at least WR2 prowess in fantasy last year. However, there might not be enough balls to go around for him, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin for the latter two to be WR1s, and AB a WR2. This situation will be a weekly crapshoot again next year, but he has plenty of value.
Posted 4/21/2021 5:14 pm GMT
Free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Buccaneers) remains unsigned, but Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht told reporters Wednesday, April 21, that the two sides have 'had discussions throughout the offseason.'
Huddle Up: Brown reportedly has reportedly settled his legal issues, so there is nothing holding teams back from signing him in theory - assuming they are willing to overlook several years' worth of questionable behavior on or near the field. Tampa Bay has made it a priority to bring back the core of last year's championship team, so there is a chance of a reunion. With that said, Licht's comments suggest the team is in no hurry to make it happen.
Posted 4/19/2021 8:00 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady (knee) said he plans to hold workouts with his teammates once he is able to throw again.
Huddle Up: Brady appears to be making good progress in his recovery and should be ready for at least training camp. He posted very good numbers in 2020 and will have most of his weapons back next season. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper leagues.
Posted 4/16/2021 5:18 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans joins Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce as the only two players with at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of the last five seasons.
Huddle Up: Evans has been a low-end WR1 for fantasy (standard scoring) in four of the last five seasons and figures to be ranked as such again in 2021, but beware of some possible TD regression coming Evans' way as he caught a career-high 13 scoring passes in 2020. The only other two seasons (2014 and 2016) in which Evans finished with double-digit TD grabs, he followed those up with three and five touchdown seasons the following year and finished outside of the fantasy top 19 at the position.
Posted 4/12/2021 8:09 pm GMT
Free-agent RB Giovani Bernard (Bengals) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday, April 12, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Bernard likely will be used primarily as a receiver out of the backfield and will see a handful of targets each game. He could have some value in point-per-reception leagues but can be avoided in most leagues.
Posted 4/01/2021 5:24 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady (knee) is progressing 'very well' in his recovery from post-Super Bowl knee surgery, according to general manager Jason Licht. 'I talked to him last week,' Licht said Thursday, April 1. 'I know things are going well. I don't want to put an exact timeline on it right now because I don't want to set expectations one way or the other, but I know that things are going very well.'
Huddle Up: Brady returned to the fantasy QB top 10 ranks last season after a two-year hiatus, and even with his 44th birthday coming up in August, he remains a low-end QB1 consideration in Year 2 with a Bucs' offense that looks to be bringing back most all of the key components.
Posted 4/01/2021 1:48 pm GMT
Free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Buccaneers) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are far apart in terms of compensation in talks on a new deal.
Huddle Up: AB proved he still has what it takes to be at least a WR2 in fantasy, and he would be such again if he's able to strike a deal with Tampa.
Posted 3/31/2021 4:10 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (Achilles') will be ready by the start of the offseason program, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Howard was the team's third-leading receiver when he went down last year. He'll be in the TE2 mix to plug in for good matchups.
Posted 3/31/2021 12:54 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn is pegged to have a breakout year, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'Those guys are all here and know what the system is and the best players are going to play,' Arians said. 'Obviously we have two really, really good ones at that position and I really like Ke'Shawn Vaughn. I think that with an offseason he's going to have a breakout year also. All of those roles will be defined by the time that we get to the last week of the preseason.'
Huddle Up: It's hard to imagine someone having a breakout year with Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette ahead of them in the backfield. Could this be foreshadowing one of those backs only being an insurance policy and gone by the end of camp? This is a situation worth watching.
Posted 3/30/2021 7:25 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RBs Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette are expected to battle it out for the starting running back job in 2021, according to comments made by head coach Bruce Arians on Tuesday, March 30. 'It's a new football team. Last year's team won the Super Bowl, this year's team hasn't done (anything). Starting positions will be defined in practice,' Arians told Pewter Report.
Huddle Up: Jones easily outpaced Fournette in touches during the regular season (220-123), but the former tested positive for COVID-19 and needed surgery on his finger late in the season. As most Tampa Bay fans now know, it was all "Playoff Lenny" or "Lombardi Lenny" after that. Jones is the more productive player and consistently does more with his touches than Fournette, but the latter is the more trustworthy receiver out of the backfield. Both backs have RB2 upside but should be viewed as high-end flex options for now.
Posted 3/30/2021 5:22 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (Achilles) is 'real close' to fully recovering from the torn Achilles that ended his season in Week 4, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Howard has yet to run on grass, but he has also not experienced any setbacks.
Huddle Up: Arians added that "the sky's the limit" for Howard in 2021, but the odds are stacked against him being anything more than a fantasy TE2 next season. His injury is one that typically robs a player of his previous explosiveness for at least a year after it occurs, and it doesn't help his cause that Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are pretty much locked in as Tom Brady's favorite targets.
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