Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Posted 6/09/2019 2:06 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard has been targeted by QB Jameis Winston 'on seemingly every possession' during spring practices, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: Howard possesses big-play athleticism, and he had become on a weekly TE1 option before an injury cut his 2018 season short. Look for him to pick up where left off and become a top-five fantasy option at his position this year.
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Posted 6/06/2019 3:06 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) missed the three-day minicamp with a tweaked hamstring. He was jogging off to the side with trainers Thursday, June 6.
Huddle Up: Evans can be among the best receivers in fantasy, but he has questions in the offense surrounding him and some durability concerns. He's still a solid WR1.
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Posted 5/29/2019 5:05 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (undisclosed) hasn't taken part in organized team activities due to an undisclosed injury. He could be sidelined for minicamp.
Huddle Up: Evans is a surefire WR1, but injuries have been an issue in the past. Keep an eye on the situation.
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Posted 5/27/2019 12:05 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Breshad Perriman has been 'taking passes to the house on an already daily basis' during OTAs, according to Carmen Vitali of Buccaneers.com.
Huddle Up: There's been nothing but positive reports about Perriman this offseason, but you have to take it all with a grain of salt until he produces in games that matter. At best, he's a late-round lottery ticket.
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Posted 5/27/2019 12:05 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin is going to be 'a very big part' of the offense in 2019, according to Carmen Vitali of Buccaneers.com.
Huddle Up: The Godwin hype has been building since the end of last season, but he's positioned to be the No. 2 option in the passing attack behind Mike Evans. If you can grab him as a WR3 in drafts, don't hesitate to do so.
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Posted 5/27/2019 12:05 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber has received a lot of work catching passes out of the backfield during OTAs, and head coach Bruce Arians said Barber has the potential to be a three-down back.
Huddle Up: Barber was a volume-based flex option last year, and while he isn't going to suddenly become an explosive runner, his value would receive a huge boost if he is used routinely on third downs. He's a RB3 with upside for now.
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Posted 5/21/2019 4:05 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip) said Tuesday, May 21, he's rehabbing on schedule as he recovers from hip surgery earlier this offseason and is on course to be ready for training camp in late July.
Huddle Up: Brate is coming off three-year lows in targets (49), receptions (30) and yards (289) but did have six scoring receptions last season. It's a new offense, though, and fellow TE O.J. Howard is expected back after an ankle injury, so don't value Brate as anything more than a low-end TE2 in fantasy drafts.
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Posted 5/05/2019 4:05 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) has a big fan in new offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. 'Man, I've never seen guys like that,' Leftwich said Thursday, May 2, at one of the team's offseason workouts. 'It's hard to be around guys that can do what O.J. can do. He's very - there's not a lot of those human beings walking around on earth. Trust me, because everybody is looking for him. Everybody is looking for the next O.J. Howard. He's a young guy in this process, but what he can do being that big, being able to run it's a matchup nightmare for defenses.'
Huddle Up: Howard posted some impressive numbers (34 receptions-565 yards-five TDs) in 2018 before an ankle injury cut short his sophomore season after 10 games. As long as there are no lingering health issues -- and there haven't been any reported this offseason -- Howard should be drafted as a high-end TE1.
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Posted 5/03/2019 12:05 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has thrown 58 career interceptions, and 41 of them (70.7 percent) have come while Tampa Bay has been trailing in a contest. Factoring in every NFL quarterback in 2018, the league's percentage of trailing interceptions was 59.5 percent.
Huddle Up: While stats of this nature are fun to examine, it doesn't too much for fantasy purposes. Tightening up the defense under coordinator Todd Bowles could mean fewer mistakes for Winston, which, in theory, translates to more opportunities for racking up fantasy points via sustained drives. In theory, anyway. Winston has the tools to threaten the low-end tier of QB1s, and gamers won't have to spend up for him. He makes for a fine gamble, if you're into pairing risky quarterbacks later in the draft, or Winston is a reasonable No. 2 behind a proven star to protect against injury.
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Posted 4/19/2019 5:04 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip) says he is back running and catching passes without pain after undergoing surgery to repair a torn hip labrum earlier this offseason. Brate said the injury originally occurred in 2017, but he decided to play though the pain in the 2018 season instead of cutting his campaign short to have surgery.
Huddle Up: Even though he played in all 16 games, Brate finished with three-year lows in targets (49), receptions (30) and yards (289). Brate did haul in six TD passes, and his 20 scoring receptions over the last three seasons trails only Travis Kelce (22) among tight ends. Fellow T.B. TE O.J. Howard, though, is back after an ankle injury cut short his breakout 2018 season, and that relegates Brate to low-end TE2 status entering fantasy drafts this summer.
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Posted 4/16/2019 5:04 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones has impressed the team this offseason, general manager Jason Licht said Tuesday, April 16.
Huddle Up: Jones, a second-round selection last season out of USC, was a rookie bust last season, rushing for all of 44 yards and a TD on 23 carries. Jones can hardly go anywhere but up, but don't be surprised if the Bucs draft another running back next week.
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Posted 4/12/2019 7:04 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard is primed to make the Pro Bowl this season, based on recent comments made by teammate Jameis Winston and Chris Godwin. 'The sky's the limit really, not even the sky - probably the moon, Why limit him there? This guy, he's incredible. ... I know he's going to have a great season and Lord willing, he's going to stay healthy and make it to the Pro Bowl like he was before he got injured,' Winston said. 'O.J., he's a freak, man, he's a freak athlete ... He's massive, he's 6-foot-5, 6-foot-6 and 250 and I think he was running a 4.5. A lot of times he was running faster than some of the receivers. ... He's such an explosive guy and a talented dude that he's going to keep growing. ... I can see him being one of the best in the league,' Godwin said.
Huddle Up: Howard is already entering his third season as a pro, but he hasn't come close to maximizing his potential for any number of reasons, including the high ankle sprain that cost him the final six games of last season and questionable usage as a rookie. Head coach Bruce Arians has echoed similar thoughts about Howard, so it wouldn't be terribly surprising if he becomes an elite fantasy option in 2019 if he can stay healthy.
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Posted 3/26/2019 11:03 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin will see plenty of time in the slot this year and head coach Bruce Arians believes the third-year wide receiver can catch 100 passes.
Huddle Up: As is standard, we need to take coach speak and player hype with a grain of salt. Godwin is in a prime opportunity to post a career year, though, with DeSean Jackson out of town and a new coaching staff ready to breathe new life into the club. It's safer to draft Godwin as a WR3 but he carries WR2 potential.
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Posted 3/24/2019 5:03 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston, who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 231 pounds, intends to add muscle during the offseason and wants to play at 250 pounds in 2019. 'I'm getting it. I'm going to play bigger this year. I'm about 250. Yeah. A solid 250. It's just about hydration and being at the peak body, too,'' Winston said.
Huddle Up: It's unclear why Winston feels the need to put on weight, although fantasy owners will probably take it if it allows him to stay on the field and improve on his deep passing. The arrival of head coach Bruce Arians figures to be a boon to his career, and there is little question he has a capable supporting cast with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard as his primary targets. If he doesn't thrive this season, he'll likely have no one but himself to blame.
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Posted 3/22/2019 1:03 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) spent time running routes and catching passes from Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes Thursday, March 21.
Huddle Up: Howard was having a TE1 campaign in 2018 before an injury ended his season early, but he should be back at full strength well before the start of next season. He is a big-play weapon from the tight end spot and could finish as a top-five fantasy option at his position.
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Posted 3/21/2019 5:03 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber said in a radio interview Wednesday, March 20 that he has a lot to prove. 'I want to break 1,000 yards and prove I'm an every down running back,' Barber said.
Huddle Up: Barber re-signed for one year and head coach Bruce Arians has spoken glowingly of the back since taking over the head coaching job. If he is used as the bellcow back in 2019, he could be a solid RB3 or flex fantasy option in most leagues.
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Posted 3/14/2019 5:03 am UTC
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed RB Peyton Barber to a one-year contract worth $2.125 million on Wednesday, March 13. The deal involves $1 million in guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: The Bucs didn't have to invest a lot of bread in Barber, who head coach Bruce Arians said he likes. Barber had a career-low 3.7 yards per carry, but his usage was way up. He had career highs with 234 carries, 871 rushing yards, five rushing scores, 20 receptions, 29 targets and his first-career receiving touchdown. He has also missed just one game over his three-year NFL career. Barber will lead the way in front of Jacquizz Rodgers and Ronald Jones.
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Posted 3/03/2019 1:03 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones' chances 'were slim and none' last year, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'I think like every time he got the ball, someone was catching him right in the backfield,' Arians said.
Huddle Up: Although the offensive line didn't do Jones any favors, his abysmal numbers are hard to justify under any circumstances. He's no more than a late-round lottery ticket at this point.
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Posted 2/25/2019 11:02 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free-agent RB Peyton Barber likely will receive a tender offer this offseason.
Huddle Up: Barber led the team with 871 yards this past season and could be the starting running back again in 2019 depending on what the team does at the position. He can be a No. 3 fantasy running back in standard leagues if he is the starter for Tampa Bay.
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Posted 2/25/2019 11:02 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones is expected to receive a bigger offensive role next season.
Huddle Up: Jones played in only nine games this season and recorded only 77 total yards and one touchdown. Owners can keep an eye on the situation during the offseason, but he probably will not be drafted in most leagues.
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Posted 2/15/2019 5:02 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin is the best fit to reprise the Larry Fitzgerald role and play the slot position in head coach Bruce Arians' new offense in Tampa, according to PewterReport.com.
Huddle Up: Godwin caught 59 of 95 targets for 842 yards and seven TDs in his sophomore campaign last season and could be in for a even more work if he shifts to the slot. He's definitely a fantasy wideout to keep an eye on this offseason.
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Posted 2/11/2019 4:02 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has struggled with bad decisions and poor mechanics throughout his four-year pro career, according to new head coach Bruce Arians. However, Arians stopped well short of placing all the blame on Winston for his 58 interceptions and 18 lost fumbles, suggesting much of the blame for his turnovers were the product of being on a poor football team that found itself trailing by multiple scores too often.
Huddle Up: It's clear Arians believes in Winston and his ability to curb the turnovers, and it helps matters the 66-year-old coach has an extensive track record working with some of the game's best quarterbacks, such as Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck and Carson Palmer. The former No, 1 overall pick doesn't lack for weapons and Arians' presence figures to be a boon for the entire offense, so it's really a matter of the running game and defense coming around. Winston could easily return to QB1 status in 2019.
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Posted 2/08/2019 1:02 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin's targets rose from 55 his rookie year to 95 in 2018, and he finished third on the team in snaps played among receivers. Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com believes the trend will continue in 2019, and Godwin could be headed for his first 1,000-yard campaign.
Huddle Up: Godwin finished 2018 with 842 yards and seven touchdowns, so 1,000 yards would be easily obtainable with a slight uptick in usage. There is a chance that DeSean Jackson or Adam Humphries head elsewhere this offseason, and if either player leaves, Godwin would quickly become a WR3 candidate.
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Posted 1/24/2019 10:01 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans said he is excited about playing in the offensive scheme that head coach Bruce Arians will bring to the team.
Huddle Up: Evans has caught at least 70 passes in each of the last four games and recorded a career-high 1,524 yards this season. He will continue to be the top option in the passing game for the Bucs and should be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues next season.
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Posted 1/24/2019 6:01 am UTC
Cleveland Browns WR Breshad Perriman could be a free agency target for the Philadelphia Eagles, in the opinion of Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski, who believes Perriman's speed could be a missing component in the Eagles' passing game.
Huddle Up: A bust in Baltimore, Perriman averaged 21.3 yards per catch in a 10-game stint with the Browns last season. There's sure to be a market for the 25-year-old wideout, though fantasy owners will need to see more consistency before Perriman becomes a viable roster option.
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Posted 1/20/2019 2:01 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (foot, ankle) was limited to 10 games in 2018, but his 11 receptions of 20-plus yards were the fifth most among tight ends.
Huddle Up: Howard was well on his way to a TE1 campaign before an injury cut his season short. His athleticism allows him to make big plays after the catch and down the field, and he should pick up where he left off when when 2019 rolls around.
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Posted 1/19/2019 3:01 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston threw 11 interceptions in his first five games in 2018 and three interceptions over his final six games.
Huddle Up: Winston has QB1 potential, but he has struggled with consistency throughout his career. Fantasy owners can hope that the solid finish to 2018 was a sign of things to come next season.
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Posted 1/19/2019 1:01 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip) had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip, according to a source, and Brate is hoping to return for minicamp in June.
Huddle Up: The emergence of O.J. Howard has capped Brate's upside, but Jameis Winston has shown a habit of looking Brate's way in the red zone. He will be a touchdown-dependent TE2 in 2019.
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Posted 1/18/2019 3:01 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston will benefit from having Bruce Arians as his head coach, according to retired QB Carson Palmer. 'It's probably the best thing that could've happen to Jameis at this point in his career,' Palmer said. 'Getting a guy like B.A. to come in and clean up some things technically. And really installing what he does best and that's push the ball down the field.'
Huddle Up: Winston's upside is undeniable, but poor decision making and turnovers remain an issue. If Arians can help him out in the consistency department, Winston could easily finish as a QB1 in 2019.
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Posted 1/11/2019 1:01 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich is a 'rising star,' according to head coach Bruce Arians, and Arians is optimistic that Leftwich can help QB Jameis Winston improve as a player.
Huddle Up: Winston has the talent and the weapons to be a QB1 this season, but the question is whether or not Leftwich and Arians can bring the best out of the quarterback on a weekly basis. Consider him a QB2 with upside for now.
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