Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
NFC South | 13-3-0
Rank: 1st
Avg Yds
Rank: 2nd
Avg PYds
Rank: N/A
Avg RYds
Rank: 25th
Posted 8/06/2022 6:07 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) is day-to-day with an unspecified hamstring injury, head coach Todd Bowles said on Saturday, Aug. 6. "He's sore," Bowles said. "He's day-to-day. He'll be fine, it's just a matter of when we put him out there."
Huddle Up: After reports suggested Evans' injury was minor, it's good to get further confirmation from Bowles. He remains a low-end WR1 entering 2022.
Posted 8/05/2022 7:42 pm GMT
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) was diagnosed with a "minor hamstring injury" that is "nothing to worry about," according to a source via Jordan Schultz of the Pull Up Podcast.
Huddle Up: Expect the Buccaneers to take it easy on Evans for the next few days. Evans obviously has nothing to prove during camp, so the team's main goal should be getting to Week 1 and having this hamstring be a non-issue. Evans' health will take on an added importance early this season with the team expected to ease Chris Godwin (knee) back into game action.
Posted 8/05/2022 2:07 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady (personal) is out of practice Friday, Aug. 5, due to a personal matter.
Huddle Up: One missed practice shouldn't be an issue for TB12. He remains an upper-middle QB1 in fantasy that could move up to pecking order with Matthew Stafford's lingering elbow issue.
Posted 8/05/2022 1:05 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin (knee) returned to practice Friday, Aug. 5, with a brace on his right knee.
Huddle Up: That's a great sign around seven months removed from surgery, but he still has a long way to go in order to be counted on as more than a WR3 in fantasy.
Posted 8/03/2022 11:52 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady will not play in the first preseason game, according to head coach Todd Bowles.
Huddle Up: Brady does not need much work in the preseason but be ready for Week 1. He will have most of his pass catchers back this season and can be a No. 1 quarterback in most fantasy leagues.
Posted 8/01/2022 5:45 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin (knee) has yet to practice with the team as of Monday, Aug. 1, despite avoiding the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: The Athletic's Greg Auman notes that the team is "taking it slow" with Godwin, who tore his ACL on Dec. 19. Given how late in the season it happened, Godwin is not a great bet to start the 2022 season on time and probably should not even be considered a viable starting option in fantasy until at least October. The Buccaneers should be just fine in the interim at receiver with Mike Evans, Russell Gage and Julio Jones.
Posted 7/27/2022 6:12 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette drew praise from head coach Todd Bowles on Wednesday, July 27, for being in shape upon reporting for training camp. Bowles noted Fournette looked good in practice and did well in the team's conditioning test.
Huddle Up: Fournette reportedly drew ire from the coaching staff after showing up to mandatory minicamp overweight, but it appears that issue is behind him now. Fournette enters 2022 as an RB2.
Posted 7/27/2022 3:04 pm GMT
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Julio Jones signed a one-year, $6 million contract with a max value of $8 million on Wednesday, July 27, per source.
Huddle Up: Jones figures to be the No. 3 receiver in Tampa behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, but he could move up in the pecking order if Godwin struggles in his first year back from a torn ACL. As of right now, it's hard to trust Jones as anything more than a WR3, especially after missing 14 games the past two seasons.
Posted 7/27/2022 2:30 am GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin (knee) has been cleared for training camp but won't participate fully from the start as he continues to work his way back from torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments.
Huddle Up: Godwin's status for Week 1 remains up in the air, but his avoiding the PUP list is a step in the right direction. Even if he does return for Week 1, there is some concern Godwin might not be himself in his first year back from a torn ACL, and the recent addition of Julio Jones could complicate things further. Pencil Godwin in as a shaky WR2 for now.
Posted 7/25/2022 5:45 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Kyle Rudolph "figures to inherit the bulk of (Rob) Gronkowski's workload" this season, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
Huddle Up: Perhaps as a blocker and on early downs, Rudolph will lead the tight end room in snaps. For fantasy purposes, Cameron Brate seems like the most likely player to make an impact, but that assumes rookie Cade Otton doesn't impress the coaching staff enough to significantly cut into both player's snaps. This could easily be a situation in which Brate is the best fantasy option in the first half of the season and Otton becomes the man sometime in November.
Posted 7/21/2022 5:20 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cade Otton (ankle) was cleared for the start of training camp Thursday, July 21. Otton missed organized team activities and minicamps while recovering from an ankle injury he suffered while playing for the University of Washington last November.
Huddle Up: While many believe the recent addition of Kyle Rudolph hurts his stock, the veteran was likely added to try to replace the blocking element Rob Gronkowski leaves behind. Otton is Tampa Bay's most complete tight end and should eventually take over as the starter, although the time he missed this spring may keep him from getting off to a fast start. Expect Cameron Brate to be the most fantasy-relevant option from this team through at least October.
Posted 7/21/2022 2:50 am GMT
Free-agent TE Kyle Rudolph (Giants) agreed to a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, July 20, according to a source.
Huddle Up: With Rob Gronkowski sticking to retirement, at least for the time being, Rudolph will provide depth to the tight end room. Tom Brady loves targeting his tight ends, especially in the red zone, but Cameron Brate is the better bet to make an impact for fantasy owners.
Posted 7/18/2022 3:44 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette irked the team by arriving to minicamp around 260 pounds this offseason, according to beat writer Rick Stroud.
Huddle Up: Fournette just signed a three-year deal after a monstrous season where he was sixth in PPR among RBs. He's a low-end RB1 with some bust potential.
Posted 7/14/2022 11:26 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady said he is unsure when he'll retire, but realizes he doesn't have many years left. "I really don't [know when I'll be done playing]," Brady said in an interview published on Thursday, July 14. "I would say it's year to year: Could this be my last year? Absolutely. Could I change my mind? Absolutely. I've realized I don't have five years left. I want to do it my way. I want to give it everything I got and see where I'm at. My body feels really good. I've had a lot of traumatic injuries over the years, but if things go really smoothly and we win, that'd be great."
Huddle Up: Brady stated back in 2021 that he wanted to play until 45, and after briefly retiring following last season, it appears he's at least very close to being done. Until he shows signs of decline, Brady remains a QB1.
Posted 7/13/2022 3:14 am GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Scotty Miller isn't a lock to make the roster, according to The Athletic's Greg Auman.
Huddle Up: Miller had some productive games in 2020 and finished with 501 yards and three scores that season, but has been an afterthought ever since. Even if he does make the roster, Miller isn't a viable fantasy option when Tampa's receiving corps. is at full strength.
Posted 7/08/2022 5:39 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin (knee) is reportedly "crushing his rehab" from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 15, allowing the team to be hopeful he will be cleared to practice during training camp.
Huddle Up: Great news for Godwin and the Bucs. It is also quite a change of fortune from an earlier sentiment that Godwin could be limited at best for the first month or two of the season. Despite the optimism, fantasy managers should set their expectations for Godwin outside of the top 20 receivers as there is no telling how long it will take before he fully trusts his knee.
Posted 7/05/2022 5:42 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette was charged with seven drops in 2021 - tied with Najee Harris, Alvin Kamara, Chuba Hubbard and Saquon Barkley for the second-highest total among running backs - according to Sports Info Solutions.
Huddle Up: The reason Fournette is highlighted here is due to the arrival of Rachaad White in the fourth round of April's draft. Despite having two seasons with at least 69 catches on his resume, Fournette has some shortcomings when it comes to the passing game. He figures to remain in firm control of the early-down work for at least one more year, but it is possible he could end up splitting time with White on passing downs as the season progresses. Nonetheless, he should be considered a solid fantasy RB1 in drafts.
Posted 7/04/2022 2:36 pm GMT
Free-agent WR Julio Jones (Titans) is favored to land with the Green Bay Packers, according to Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson. Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was QB coach in Atlanta in 2015-16, the two seasons Jones was first-team All-Pro.
Huddle Up: That's a pretty interesting take, and we like it. Jones is going to be a serviceable WR3 wherever he goes if he can just stay on the field in a reduced capacity. Green Bay could push that value to WR2.
Posted 7/03/2022 3:03 am GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette has rushed for 50 or more yards 15 times with the team, and the Buccaneers are 14-1 in those games. Tampa Bay is 17-2 when Fournette runs 10 or more times.
Huddle Up: Fournette has quietly become an every-down back with the Buccaneers, and the departure of Ronald Jones this offseason could lead to even more opportunities for Fournette. Don't sleep on him as a low-end RB1 option, especially in PPR formats.
Posted 6/27/2022 2:17 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers fourth-round pick TE Cade Otton is the best option to be the starting tight end, in the opinion of beat writer Scott Smith. Otton dealt with injuries and inconsistent quarterback play at Washington, and many draft analysts believe his college receiving numbers aren't a true indication of his potential. He's also an above-average and willing blocker.
Huddle Up: He's coming off an ankle injury and will have a hill to climb, but Otton officially enters the fray as a potential TE2 in fantasy.
Posted 6/24/2022 6:49 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin (knee) starting the 2022 season on the Physically Unable to Perform List and missing the first six games as he continues to recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament wouldn't be surprising to The Athletic's Greg Auman. "The optimistic view would be that he's back practicing during preseason and close enough to be on the initial 53-man roster," Auman writes. "But the goal is to have him fully healthy when it matters most this season, so it wouldn't be surprising if they took a slower approach and had him on the physically unable to perform list for the first six weeks of the season, leaning on Russell Gage as the No. 2 early in the year."
Huddle Up: Such a scenario would boost Gage to a WR2. However, he'll be a dart-throw flex option upon Godwin's return.
Posted 6/13/2022 2:33 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Jaelon Darden had issues with the deep ball early on in minicamp, but it improved over the final three days of camp. He made a couple of leaping grabs behind the defense that received reactions.
Huddle Up: Put Darden on your watch lists for training camp as he could be a WR5 flyer.
Posted 6/10/2022 2:12 am GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Russell Gage Jr. will have an important role in the passing attack, according to QB Tom Brady.
Huddle Up: With Chris Godwin recovering from knee surgery, Gage should have a sizeable role in a pass-heavy offense, especially early in the season. He is worth considering as a WR4.
Posted 6/08/2022 4:07 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn has shown improvement as a pass-catcher and has looked better than expected in that area this spring, head coach Todd Bowles said on Wednesday, June 8.
Huddle Up: Vaughn's improvement is nice to hear, but the fact that the Buccaneers took a running back in the third round of the 2022 NFL draft (Rachaad White) doesn't leave us with much confidence in the 2020 third-round pick, especially after two lackluster seasons. With Leonard Fournette set to lead the backfield again, and with Giovani Bernard, White and Vaughn all in the mix behind him, the Vanderbilt product isn't a viable fantasy option until this situation clears up.
Posted 6/07/2022 3:02 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette said he's weighing in around 240 pounds but expects to get down to the 220-230-pound range before the season.
Huddle Up: It's never an encouraging sign when running backs add weight like this during the offseason. It's still very early in the offseason, and Fournette has plenty of time to drop weight over the summer. But if he's still hovering around the 240-pound mark, there will be questions about his burst and top-end speed at a heavier weight. For now, Fournette should still be viewed as a borderline RB1, but this situation will bear monitoring when training camp arrives.
Posted 6/05/2022 7:29 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin (knee) could be back earlier than expected from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, his teammate and WR Cyril Grayson Jr. said. "I think Chris is going to surprise people. I think he's going to be back sooner than everybody thinks. I'll say that," Grayson said. "I've been seeing him sometimes. I heard he ran 19 miles per hour the other day."
Huddle Up: Godwin's timetable remains up in the air. Some estimates say he could be back by training camp, while others believe he could miss the first month of the season. When he does return, Godwin might not be himself in his first season back from a torn ACL, making him a shaky WR2 with upside.
Posted 5/26/2022 4:05 am GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady (knee) said he is starting to feel fully recovered from MCL reconstruction surgery. "And then finally getting it reconstructed last year, it felt for the first time this offseason, it's been really good," Brady said.
Huddle Up: Brady still managed to put up strong numbers last year despite playing through some pain, and with most of his offensive weapons returning in 2022, another QB1 campaign is likely on tap for the ageless wonder.
Posted 5/17/2022 6:54 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin (knee) is "better than where he was (in March) but not where he needs to be ... we don't put a timetable on it," according to head coach Todd Bowles.
Huddle Up: Godwin tore his ACL in Week 15 of last season and is a candidate to be placed on the PUP list in training camp, but the odds are very good he'll be ready to play at some point in September - if not Week 1. The Penn State product may need a few weeks to find his old form, but he should return WR2 value if rediscovers it at some point during the second half of the season. Russell Gage could flirt with WR2 value until that happens.
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