DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 4/19/18 9:24am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston and WR DeSean Jackson have already spent time together this offseason to improve their deep-ball chemistry. Winston said they're going to find more time to work outside the team facility and build their connection.
Huddle Up: Tampa Bay's offense was relatively disappointing last year. Winston and Jackson's chemistry, or lack thereof, was part of that disappointment. The two can only build on how they performed in 2018. That being said, Winston has QB1 appeal and Jackson, who is primarily a one-trick deep threat, has WR3 to WR4 value.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 4/17/18 8:15am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston's fifth-year option was exercised Tuesday, April 17. It's worth $20.922 million guaranteed for injury.
Huddle Up: Winston has improved his completion percentage every year in his three-year career. He was on his way to surpassing his career-high 4,090 passing yards before injury last season. He'll be a solid midrange QB1 with some upside in fantasy.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 4/8/18 9:16am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson finished with 50 catches for 668 yards and three touchdowns in his first year with the team in 2017. QB Jameis Winston took to social media on Friday, April 6, vowing he 'personally will make sure' to show valuable Jackson is to the team and the NFL in 2018.
Huddle Up: Jackson saw 90 targets in 14 games last year, which is roughly the amount of volume he has been accustomed to over his long NFL career. The main difference was Jackson's lack of touchdowns and his average yards per catch, which fell from 17.7 to a career-low 13.4. Whether Winston is to blame for inaccuracy, head coach Dirk Koetter failed Jackson with his play-calling or Jackson lost a step is worth debating. At any rate, it appears Jackson could become a bigger part of the offense in 2018.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 4/7/18 7:25pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston posted on Twitter that he will 'personally' make sure to show how valuable WR DeSean Jackson is to the offense in 2018.
Huddle Up: Tampa Bay's passing attack never really clicked last year, and Winston and Jackson struggled to connect on big plays. Another year together could help matters, and Jackson still possesses WR3 upside because of his ability to stretch the field.
Peyton Barber - RBPosted 3/27/18 9:34am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber is the starting running back 'right now' and the team's confidence in him is 'high,' according to head coach Dirk Koetter.
Huddle Up: Barber was solid for the Bucs near the end of the season, but they need to aim higher if they want to put a spark back into an offense that disappointed last season. Koetter loves the vertical passing game and has all the ingredients necessary to have a successful one except a running back that can put some fear into defenses on play-action. If a top-five back like LSU's Derrius Guice or Georgia's Sony Michel is still on the board in the second round next month, don't be surprised to see Tampa Bay make the pick.
Peyton Barber - RBPosted 3/13/18 6:53am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers exclusive rights free-agent RB Peyton Barber signed a one-year, $630,000 deal with the Buccaneers Tuesday, March 13.
Huddle Up: Barber is in line to start, but the team is probably looking to add depth at the position. Barber could be worth an RB3 pickup if major changes don't come.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 3/12/18 11:39am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate agreed to a six-year contract extension with the Buccaneers Monday, March 12, worth $41 million, according to a source. The deal includes $18 million in guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: Brate has been a solid pass catcher for the Buccaneers over the last two seasons with 1,251 yards and 14 touchdowns over that span. He will continue to have a role in the passing game and can be a low-end No. 1 fantasy tight end.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 3/9/18 1:07pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $82.5 million on Friday, March 9. The deal includes $55 million guaranteed, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Evans, who has topped 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons, is now the second-highest paid receiver in football behind Antonio Brown. Although his 2017 campaign was a disappointment for most of his owners, he already has two 12-touchdown seasons on his resume and remains an elite WR1 for fantasy purposes. The 24-year-old should be entering his prime within the next year or two, which is a scary thought for defenses if Jameis Winston can eventually become a top-10 quarterback in the league.
Chris Godwin - WRPosted 2/28/18 10:19am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin earned the right to have a bigger role in Tampa Bay's offense this year, according to general manager Jason Licht. Licht lauded Godwin as a smart, hard-working and unselfish player.
Huddle Up: Godwin is expected to serve as Tampa Bay's No. 3 wide receiver behind Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. His fantasy ceiling will be low as long as those two are healthy, but he's a prime example of a potential late-round sleeper and is better suited for standard leagues.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 2/28/18 10:57am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson did not see as many opportunities as he should have last season, according to head coach Dirk Koetter. 'That has to change and we're working on concepts right now.'
Huddle Up: Coach speak is commonplace in the offseason, but Koetter sounds serious about increasing Jackson's involvement. It was his first year with the scallywags, after all. Jackson possesses WR3 upside as a more suitable selection in standard formats.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 2/23/18 5:31am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was not injured in a car accident last week in which his truck rear-ended another vehicle outside of Tampa.
Huddle Up: Winston had a career-best 63.8 percent completion percentage and threw a career-low 11 interceptions. The offense didn't click as well as expected last season, and he may not have the hype entering 2018. He'll still be a solid midrange QB1.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 2/22/18 11:24am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson's case involving his vehicle that was allegedly found wrecked will bullets and marijuana is inactive. Tampa police said there were no witnesses or evidence to place the driver behind the wheel at the time of the wreck.
Huddle Up: Jackson is coming off a down year, but it was a down year for the Buccaneers offense as a whole in 2017. It didn't help that Jackson missed two games. If he can keep himself beyond reproach and stay healthy he has WR2 upside in standard leagues. It's best to draft him as a flex, though.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 2/20/18 8:19am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin was released Tuesday, Feb. 20. The Bucs will save $6.75 million. Due to the structure of his contract, the team will absorb no dead money on their salary cap.
Huddle Up: Other than a resurgence in 2015, Martin has been a perennial fantasy disappointment after a monster rookie season. Those are the only two seasons he has managed to play at least 12 games. He's 29 and could be an interesting piece of a committee. Monitor where he lands for a potential RB3 grab.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 2/12/18 1:56pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans and the Buccaneers are not currently negotiating a new deal, according to Evans' agent. Evans' fifth-year option was picked up last year, so he will be earning $13.2 million in 2018. Both parties will evaluate Evans' contract when the time comes, but for now he's going to focus on playing out his current deal, his agent added.
Huddle Up: Evans is one of the best wide receivers in the league when he's healthy and clicking with Jameis Winston. Last season was a substantial down year for Evans, but don't let that keep you from drafting him as a WR1. Odds are 2017's results will be an anomaly.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 2/11/18 6:51pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson said he and QB Jameis Winston need to 'merge' this offseason.
Huddle Up: Both Jackson and the Tampa Bay offense disappointed last year, but another offseason could help Jackson and Winston get on the same page. Jackson still has enough big-play potential to grab in the later rounds in 2018.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 2/9/18 3:11pm ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers likely will pick up QB Jameis Winston's fifth-year option this offseason, in the opinion of Buccaneers.com's Scott Smith.
Huddle Up: Winston is coming off a disappointing 2017 season but should have most of his offensive weapons back next season. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback or a No. 2 quarterback depending on the league.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 1/17/18 11:09am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston needs to go back to having fun with football, according to WR DeSean Jackson. 'Go back to being comfortable [as] who he used to be. Go back to having fun,' Jackson said about his quarterback.
Huddle Up: Winston struggled in 2017, and maybe taking the game too seriously impacted his play. Jackson could be on to something, but losing will take its toll on anyone no matter how much fun they having playing. Winston has QB1 upside, but it's safer to draft him as a high-end QB2.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 1/17/18 11:21am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has 'no chance' of being on Tampa Bay's roster next season, in the opinion of the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud.
Huddle Up: Martin has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career, playing in just 16 games over the last two seasons. His production lacked when he was playing, so there is merit to releasing Martin. At 29 years old, he may be over the football hill. Peyton Barber, Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers are more than capable of manning the Bucs' backfield.
Peyton Barber - RBPosted 1/10/18 8:18pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber 'will be right there' in regards to his status of possibly being the club's lead running back going into 2018, according to head coach Dirk Koetter, and it will 'definitely be a consideration.'
Huddle Up: Barber opened many eyes in his second year in the NFL. The undrafted running back out of Auburn gained 335 yards on 78 carries over the final five games when he got extended run, and with Doug Martin scuffling for a variety of reasons, it would seem Barber has established himself as a fixture in Tampa Bay's running game to open up 2018. However, there's still a chance the Bucs may address the position during the offseason as well.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 1/1/18 9:43pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston set the record for most touchdown passes for a player before his 24th birthday, recording his 69th on a late touchdown pass to WR Chris Godwin in the club's Week 17 game Sunday, Dec. 31. That edged out the previous record of 68, set by retired QB Dan Marino.
Huddle Up: It may not have seemed like it due to Tampa Bay's highly disappointing campaign as a team but the former No.1 overall draft pick had arguably his finest season of his three-year career. Winston missed three games but still managed career bests in QB Rating (92.2) and passing yards per game (269.5), while logging 19 touchdown passes compared to 11 interceptions. With a nice supporting cast around him, including an improved running game spearheaded by Peyton Barber, Winston could prove to be one of the better value picks at his position in 2018.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 12/31/17 12:53pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip, knee) is officially active for the team's Week 17 game.
Huddle Up: Brate could receive a few extra targets during the game with DeSean Jackson sidelined and can be a low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper leagues.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 12/29/17 4:37pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip, knee) practiced in full on Friday, Dec. 29, and he is listed as questionable for Week 17 against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: Brate is a question mark for the regular season finale. He could be a very valuable fantasy asset if he plays, as O.J. Howard is already done for the season.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 12/29/17 4:36pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) was listed as a limited participant in practice Friday, Dec. 29, and he is considered questionable for Week 17 against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: Jackson was limited in practice all week and shouldn't be someone you rely upon in the regular season finale.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 12/28/17 4:23pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip, knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 28.
Huddle Up: Brate probably will be able to play this week but is coming off a disappointing Week 16 performance when he was limited to three catches and 13 yards. Owners probably can find a better option for their starting lineup and can avoid Brate.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 12/28/17 4:14pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 28.
Huddle Up: Jackson was not able to play in Week 16 but appears to have a decent chance to play in Week 17. He has been held to under 50 yards in four of his last five games and has two catches or less in three of those games. He could still be a No. 3 receiver or flex option if he is active for Week 17.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 12/27/17 12:47pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip, knee) was sidelined during practice Wednesday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: After a two-touchdown performance a few weeks ago, Brate has done next to nothing since. Furthermore, the New Orleans Saints have been one of the best defenses versus tight ends this year. Those ingredients won't make a very tasty dish in Week 17.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 12/24/17 7:24am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip, knee) is expected to play in Week 16's game against the Carolina Panthers, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Brate was a limited practice participant throughout the week and was listed as questionable on the injury report. With TE O.J. Howard (ankle) sidelined for the rest of the season, Brate can be viewed as a low-end TE1 in deeper fantasy leagues.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 12/24/17 9:04am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip, knee) is officially active for the team's Week 16 game.
Huddle Up: Brate should see more targets than usual with O.J. Howard out for the season. He could be a low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper leagues but could also be benched if owners have better options.
Peyton Barber - RBPosted 12/24/17 1:42pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber had a team-high 13 rushes for 51 yards in Week 16 against the Carolina Panthers while adding two receptions for four yards on his two targets.
Huddle Up: Barber was the lead back in the Tampa backfield despite the fact Doug Martin, Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers were also active. He could be the back the Buccaneers lean upon heading into 2018 and beyond, but at this point it's anyone's guess.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 12/24/17 1:42pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston completed 21 of his 27 pass attempts for 367 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the Week 16 game against the Carolina Panthers. He also lost three fumbles.
Huddle Up: Winston threw for his fifth 300-yard game of the season, setting a new single-season franchise mark. That record comes despite the fact he missed three games and was out for the majority of two others due to a shoulder injury. He has plenty of potential to be a fantasy stud in the future if he gets more help around him.
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