Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
NFC South | 5-11-0
Avg PTS
24.8
Rank: 12th
Avg Yds
430.1
Rank: 2nd
Avg PYds
334.9
Rank: N/A
Avg RYds
95.2
Rank: 27th
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Posted 8/21/2019 9:08 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (leg) won't play in the third preseason game Friday, Aug. 23.
Huddle Up: Evans' injury isn't believed to be serious and shouldn't affect his Week 1 status. He's a WR1, but he has dealt with lingering issues like this throughout his career.
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Posted 8/19/2019 10:08 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones (knee) was out of practice Monday, Aug. 19, with a sore knee.
Huddle Up: Jones still has a chance to position himself for more playing time, but he's an RB4 for now.
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Posted 8/19/2019 10:08 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (leg) is out of practice Monday, Aug. 19, after exiting the previous day's practice with a leg injury.
Huddle Up: There aren't many details, but it doesn't figure to be anything serious that would endanger the WR1's status for Week 1.
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Posted 8/18/2019 12:08 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Dare Ogunbowale 'seems solidly entrenched' as the team's third running back, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic Sunday, Aug. 18. Ogunbowale was working with the first-team offense during Sunday's practice, but head coach Bruce Arians said that was largely because RB Ronald Jones was dealing with knee soreness.
Huddle Up: Ogunbowale remains behind Peyton Barber and Jones, limiting any fantasy appeal in redraft leagues unless one of the others were to miss any time. The former undrafted free agent could be worth stashing in deeper dynasty leagues.
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Posted 8/15/2019 10:08 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was 'shaky again' Thursday, Aug. 15, during the second straight day of joint practices with the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: With Ryan Fitzpatrick now in a Miami uniform, Winston has ample fantasy upside as the Bucs' unquestioned starter, and he's a QB currently being selected outside of the top 12 who has a strong shot at returning QB1 production. Just realize, though, that turnovers and uneven play are sure to be part of the package.
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Posted 8/10/2019 3:08 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones rushed four times for 18 yards in a 30-28 preseason loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, Aug. 9, after gaining 22 yards on a total of 28 carries as a rookie during last year's preseason.
Huddle Up: It is still just the preseason, but it is an example of how poorly Jones played as a rookie. He finished the regular season with 44 yards on 23 carries, but he looks poised to shatter those numbers and potentially challenge Peyton Barber for the starting role as a sophomore. He's a RB4 with upside.
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Posted 8/07/2019 10:08 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber will be the starting running back in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 9, but head coach Bruce Arians said he would also like to see RB Ronald Jones play with the first-team offensive line.
Huddle Up: It appears like Barber will be the starting running back this season, but Jones should have a bigger role in the offense. Barber can be a No. 3 running back in standard leagues, while Jones can be a handcuff or a late-round option in leagues.
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Posted 8/07/2019 5:08 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones could be more involved in the passing game if QB Jameis Winston sticks to his plan to check the ball down more this season. 'But sometimes checking that ball down is the simple decision,' Winston said.
Huddle Up: Jones has earned praise from Bruce Arians throughout the offseason, and he offers a level of explosive and versatility that Peyton Barber just can't match. Jones is a high-risk, high-reward RB4, but he could vault into RB2 territory if he unseats Barber.
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Posted 8/07/2019 5:08 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston said he plans to check the ball down more this season. 'It's about moving the chains,' Winston said. 'It's about a completion here and a completion there.'
Huddle Up: Winston has always flashed QB1 upside, and checking the ball down more often instead of forcing throws down the field should help with his turnover issues. He has the weapons to put up some big numbers this season, and the high ceiling makes Winston one of the most intriguing backup options for fantasy owners.
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Posted 8/03/2019 1:08 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has shown 'consistency' and a good grasp of the offense during training camp, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Consistency has been missing from Winston's game throughout his career, but with quality weapons in the passing game and a coach known for bringing out the best in quarterbacks, Winston has a real chance to finish as a QB1 in 2019.
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Posted 8/02/2019 3:08 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones will be a 'happening player' in 2019, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'He's an explosive player,' Arians said. 'He's going to make big plays like that.'
Huddle Up: Jones is coming off an atrocious rookie campaign, but the hype around him has been building throughout the offseason. Peyton Barber is the incumbent starter, but Jones has a much higher ceiling and could easily emerge as the lead back. Take a flier on him as a RB4 with upside.
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Posted 7/30/2019 10:07 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Mike Evans (undisclosed) left practice Tuesday, July 30, due to cramping, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: A relief for all fantasy roster managers. The Bucs will be sure to take it easy with their top offensive weapon from here on out, but there's no concern for Evans' fantasy production.
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Posted 7/30/2019 10:07 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RBs Ronald Jones and Peyton Barber will have a good battle for regular-season playing time this preseason, according to new head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Barber was the significantly better of the two last season, but he recorded just 963 yards from scrimmage and six total touchdowns on 254 combined touches. Jones has been going slightly early in 2019 fantasy drafts, and while he has the higher ceiling as a sophomore, Barber seems to be the one penciled into the starting role.
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Posted 7/26/2019 2:07 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin will 'never come off the field,' according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Godwin is set to be the No. 2 receiver this season and looks primed for a career year. He could be a steal as a WR3.
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Posted 7/25/2019 3:07 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones has worked on his hand angles when receiving passes this offseason. Jones wasn't much of a receiver in college, and the team felt he had odd hand angles when catching the ball.
Huddle Up: Peyton Barber is likely to start to open the season, but Jones could still have a say as we move forward. He's someone with upside in the late-RB3 range.
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Posted 7/24/2019 1:07 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber is the team's most experienced running back, and the new offensive staff has been very complimentary of him after breaking down his film over the last couple of seasons. According to Mark Cook of PewterReport.com, it would be a shock if Barber doesn't come out of camp as the starting running back over Ronald Jones.
Huddle Up: It's not a surprising take because Barber is the incumbent, but it flies in the face of what owners have heard coming out of Florida this offseason. The fact of the matter is the job is most likely for the taking by whichever running back shows best in preseason action. Barber became the first back since 2013 to amass fewer than 1,000 yards on more than 250 touches last season, so it's not as if he set the world on fire either. Jones will get his shot to start; he just has to take advantage of it.
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Posted 7/20/2019 12:07 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip) said he has been medically cleared and will be 100 percent for training camp.
Huddle Up: Brate likely will be sharing playing time with O.J. Howard but could still have a decent role in the passing game. He has a chance to be a No. 2 tight end in some fantasy leagues in 2019.
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Posted 7/19/2019 7:07 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Justin Watson worked 'extensively' in the slot this spring, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic.
Huddle Up: As Auman states, there has been a lot of offseason talk about Chris Godwin working in the slot. Godwin will still get plenty of time inside and probably be the primary slot option in Tampa Bay, but he won't be the only one that spends time there. Owners can continue drafting Godwin high because he is poised to break out regardless of where he lines up, but Watson is a name to remember as a highly athletic player capable of becoming what Godwin turned into last season.
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Posted 7/18/2019 2:07 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate could see 60 targets in 2019 while working as the backup to starter O.J. Howard, according to Taylor Jenkins of PewterReport.com.
Huddle Up: Jenkins projected just 45 targets for RB Peyton Barber, leaving extra work in the passing game for Brate. The 28-year-old has been a reliable red-zone threat over the past four years, but the chance for more catches and yards could make him a more reliable option in fantasy leagues. He's best left to the waiver wire, but he'll be worth starting as a bye-week replacement.
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Posted 7/18/2019 1:07 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber will receive close to 45 targets in 2019, according to Taylor Jenkins of PewterReport.com.
Huddle Up: Jenkins projects Barber to be the every-down back for the Bucs this season. The 25-year-old caught 20 of 29 targets while starting all 16 games last year, but he went for just 92 yards and one touchdown through the air. He's an adequate RB3 play in standard leagues if he's able to hold off Ronald Jones II in training camp, but Jones has the higher upside.
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Posted 7/16/2019 9:07 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones 'received only raves' from the new coaching staff, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, who noted his standout spring came without pads.
Huddle Up: Jones has been among the most hyped players this offseason and is reportedly tipping the scales at 221 pounds after playing around 208 as a rookie last season. Owners still need to remain skeptical he will break out in 2019, but the talent is there and Peyton Barber isn't the most impossible obstacle to overcome if Jones can carry over his performance from spring workouts to training camp and beyond. For the moment, owners should view him as a high-upside flex option.
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Posted 7/14/2019 3:07 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones said he added muscle this offseason, going from 208 to 221 pounds. 'I've been training with my guy, eating four or five meals a day, protein shakes right after workouts,' Jones said. 'I'm bigger.'
Huddle Up: Following a miserable rookie campaign, it has been nothing but positive news surrounding Jones this offseason. He still has to prove himself in games that actually matter, but he's worth a flier as a RB4.
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Posted 7/12/2019 8:07 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Breshad Perriman reportedly has many members of the team's brass 'most excited' about what he can bring to the table in 2019, team sources tell PewterReport.com.
Huddle Up: Perriman won't replace DeSean Jackson nor was he signed to do so. However, he offers the same kind of deep speed Jackson does and finally started living up a bit to his first-round draft pedigree late last season in Cleveland. The former Baltimore Raven's role isn't conducive to consistent fantasy production, but if he can prove to be enough of a threat vertically, he should make life that much easier on the running game as well as Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard.
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Posted 7/01/2019 1:07 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber is 'certainly likely' to lead the team in rushing, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic.
Huddle Up: The hype around Ronald Jones has been building throughout the offseason, and while he does have the higher ceiling, he is far from a sure thing. Barber should see his share of carries on early downs regardless of how Jones performs, making him a volume-based flex candidate.
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Posted 6/30/2019 6:06 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Lavonte David currently ranks third on the team's all-time takeaway list with 41 (18 forced fumbles, 13 fumble recoveries and 10 interceptions) in seven seasons.
Huddle Up: David also is a tackling machine, averaging 126.2 combined stops a season and is a definite top-15 IDP consideration.
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Posted 6/28/2019 5:06 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones is a strong candidate to have a breakout season in 2019, according to NFL Network analyst Terrell Davis. 'Bucs running backs coach Todd McNair said during minicamp earlier this month that Jones looks more like the player the Bucs took in the second round than the one on the field last fall,' Davis wrote in a Tuesday, June 25 article on NFL.com. 'This is an encouraging report heading into next month's training camp. He's talented, explosive and is going to get his opportunities to win the starting job over Peyton Barber. If he performs to his ability, Jones could lock up the RB1 gig before too long.'
Huddle Up: Jones, a 2018 second-round pick, was a huge rookie bust, finishing with only 77 yards and a TD on 30 touches last season. Davis, though, is right about Jones' potential in a new offense, and is legitimate RB4/5 flyer with upside.
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Posted 6/24/2019 3:06 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones said he is focused on putting last year behind him and earning his opportunities going forward. Jones also said that he has spent more time watching the veteran backs to learn how to be a pro and has simplified how he catches passes.
Huddle Up: Jones has received positive marks from the coaching staff this offseason, and it sounds like he is trying to put his disastrous rookie season behind him. Of course, it remains to be seen if he will ever produce on the field, but if he puts it all together, he could take over the Tampa Bay backfield and emerge as a RB2. He's a great lottery ticket to grab later in drafts.
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Posted 6/23/2019 9:06 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber is still held in high regard by the team, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic. Auman adds the 25-year-old was the first rusher in the last five years to rack up 250-plus touches but fail to compile 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 2018.
Huddle Up: Barber scored six total touchdowns last year on 963 yards from scrimmage. An undrafted free-agent signing in 2016, he outperformed rookie second-rounder Ronald Jones II in 2018, but Jones' draft pedigree is likely to ensure he gets another look at a full workload as a sophomore. Barber has a decent floor as a mid-round selection, but he doesn't have a very high ceiling.
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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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