Jeremy McNichols - RBPosted 4/29/17 11:56am ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Boise State RB Jeremy McNichols with the No. 162 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Saturday, April 29.
Huddle Up: McNichols was highly productive at Boise State and brings an electric style to the Buccaneers. Doug Martin's future is in question, but this backfield has ample talent that presumably will begin ahead of McNichols. The rookie probably will play a special teams role in 2017, barring injuries around him, and attempt to earn a spot in 2018's backfield rotation.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 4/28/17 5:20am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has been the most impressive player in training thus far, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Buccaneers passed on RB Dalvin Cook in the first round, in part, because of this, according to the source. Martin still has a ways to go before he can make a comfortable RB2, and he still has three games left to serve on his suspension. He'd be a good RB3 in fantasy.
Chris Godwin - WRPosted 4/28/17 7:39pm ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected WR Chris Godwin with the 84th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Godwin needs to work on his route running, but he has the physical tools to develop into an NFL starter. He is worth stashing in keeper formats, but it will probably be a couple of years before he makes an impact for fantasy owners.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 4/28/17 9:48pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate is a 'heck of a player' and will still be involved in the offense despite the addition of TE O.J. Howard, according to general manager Jason Licht. 'In our offense and a lot of offenses in today's day and age, you have two tight ends,' Licht said.
Huddle Up: Brate will undoubtedly lose targets to Howard and DeSean Jackson, and his chances of being a TE1 in 2017 have disappeared. That being said, his impact in the red zone could keep him in the TE2 conversation.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 4/27/17 7:32pm ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Alabama TE O.J. Howard with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Thursday, April 27.
Huddle Up: The Buccaneers have added another weapon in their passing game with Howard, but he may not start right away with Cameron Brate on the roster. He can be considered a low-end No. 2 tight end in 2017, but he should be a solid pick in keeper leagues since he has the potential to be a starting fantasy tight end in a few years.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 4/17/17 6:27am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has completed rehab and re-joined the team for offseason conditioning.
Huddle Up: Martin's status with the team is dicey, and he still has three games to serve in his suspension. He'll be an RB3 with bounce-back potential at best in fantasy drafts.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 4/17/17 7:17am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers exclusive rights free-agent TE Cameron Brate signed his tender Monday, April 17.
Huddle Up: Brate broke out with a 57-660-8 year last year, but there are concerns whether he can repeat that. The Bucs really didn't have anyone to throw to besides Mike Evans, who was drawing double coverages. Now they've added DeSean Jackson to open things up. So temper expectations a bit, but Brate is a low-end TE1 option in fantasy.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 4/17/17 9:09am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans had his fifth-year option exercised Monday, April 17.
Huddle Up: Evans had a monster 96-1,321-12 season last year, but he had very little help. He might not receive 175 targets again with DeSean Jackson in town. However, that addition should free up Evans more, and he's in the low-end WR1 mix in fantasy.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 4/17/17 2:20pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free-agent TE Cameron Brate signed his exclusive rights tender Monday, April 17.
Huddle Up: Brate is coming off a career year in which he caught 57 passes for 660 yards and eight touchdowns. The eight touchdowns were tied for most among tight ends (Hunter Henry). Assuming Brate stays healthy and maintains his starting role, he'll be in the running for TE1 status again this year.
Vincent Jackson - WRPosted 4/15/17 4:06pm ET
Free-agent WR Vincent Jackson (Buccaneers) hopes to continue playing in 2017, and he hinted recently he would like to do so with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 'I pride myself on being a receiver that not only can stretch the field on the outside one-on-one, but can run those intermediate routes, those third-down routes that can keep drives alive. (Head coach Dirk Koetter) is a very, very smart guy. I?m sure that he would put plenty of work in to put everybody in the best position to be successful. So, you know, there?s a lot of different things I could bring to the table,' Jackson said.
Huddle Up: The Bucs are set on the outside with Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, while Adam Humphries has emerged as a capable slot. As such, Jackson would likely serve as the top backup to the first two and split slot snaps with Humphries. Even if Jackson returns to Tampa Bay, his days as a useful fantasy receiver are quite possibly over.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 4/9/17 12:56pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin is expected to be with the team for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 17, according to Florida Football Insiders' Roy Cummings.
Huddle Up: According to Cummings, Martin has been to and apparently completed a drug rehabilitation program, and the team is apparently 'all good' with the situation at the moment. While Buccaneers may still very well add a running back in the draft later this month, they didn't do so in free agency, signaling they have at least a little bit of faith Martin can recapture his old form. With that said, Martin remains a question mark to make the roster this summer and must sit out the first three games of the season if he does.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 4/1/17 12:51pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said the team will continue to have some plays that call for QB Jameis Winston to throw outside the pocket because he had success with those plays in 2016.
Huddle Up: Winston played well in his second season and finished with 4,090 yards and 28 touchdowns. He has thrown 33 interceptions in his first two seasons but can still be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues next season.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 3/19/17 10:03am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin completed his stay at an undisclosed rehab center in February, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud. He will still miss the first three games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy in December.
Huddle Up: There's been much speculation that Martin won't even make it to training camp based on his injury history and the fact there is no guaranteed money left on his contract. If Tampa Bay uses an early pick on a runner next month, it's a good bet he'll need to find another job, as the Bucs like Jacquizz Rodgers and value Charles Sims as a weapon in the passing game.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 3/19/17 5:52pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head Dirk Koetter said it is hard to feature two running backs in an offense, and offensive coordinator Todd Monken said he is looking forward to having RB Doug Martin back. 'It will be great getting a guy like Doug back to where he was that will add to that explosion, because we just didn't have that in the run game last year, with all the injuries,' Monken said. 'We had six different guys carry the ball last year.'
Huddle Up: Despite Monken's optimism, there is no guarantee Martin will even be back with the team, let alone be an effective starter. He will also be suspended for the first three games, so his fantasy value is up in the air at this point.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 3/11/17 9:23am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson will return punts with the Buccaneers, but head coach Dirk Koetter said the team will be selective when to use him in that role.
Huddle Up: In other words, Jackson will not be the primary punt returner, but he will be asked to field a punt when the team could use a big play on special teams. It's unlikely to result in more than 10 or 15 returns per season, but it could serve as a small boost to his fantasy value in return-yardage leagues. Jackson should be able to maintain his WR3 value in Tampa Bay.
Mike Glennon - QBPosted 3/9/17 5:19am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent QB Mike Glennon is close to finalizing a three-year deal with the Chicago Bears, which would pay him $14.5 million per season.
Huddle Up: Glennon would enter the '17 campaign as the starter, but they'll have to fortify some weapons around him. He's a midrange QB2 option for now.
Jacquizz Rodgers - RBPosted 3/7/17 7:17am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent RB Jacquizz Rodgers is expected to re-sign with the Buccaneers, according to a source.
Huddle Up: With Doug Martin's situation with the team up in the air, Rodgers could be an RB3 flyer in fantasy drafts. He'll have value in any event. Stay tuned throughout the offseason to see how it unfolds.
Mike Glennon - QBPosted 3/5/17 7:29pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent QB Mike Glennon is expected to receive a deal worth $14-$15 million per year, according to multiple sources.
Huddle Up: Glennon has a good chance to land a starting gig somewhere during free agency, but don't expect him to be more than a low-end QB2.
Mike Glennon - QBPosted 3/4/17 3:35pm ET
Impending free-agent QB Mike Glennon (Buccaneers) is expected to be pursued heavily by the New York Jets when the new league year begins Thursday, March 9, according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.
Huddle Up: Pauline states the vast majority of the league personnel believe Glennon will sign with the Chicago Bears instead. The Jets are in the midst of a massive roster overhaul, whereas the Bears may be more enticing to Glennon with receivers Kevin White and Cameron Meredith as well as Jordan Howard in the backfield. While he would represent an upgrade in either city, Jameis Winston's backup would be no more than a middling fantasy QB2 option in 2017.
Vincent Jackson - WRPosted 3/2/17 5:01pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson and the team have met this offseason, though no plans have been revealed about his future. Retirement is a 'possibility,' as he has finished the last two seasons on injured reserve with knee injuries. General manager Jason Licht said 'we'll always want Vincent to be around the organization.'
Huddle Up: As a result of his injuries, the 34-year-old wide-out has missed 17 games over the last two years, after playing in all 48 games prior in his first three seasons with the Bucs. However, at this point in time, it's clear Jackson is near the end, and even if he lands elsewhere, it doesn't seem likely he can be relied upon as a regular fantasy contributor like he has in the past.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 3/2/17 8:54pm ET
Florida State RB Dalvin Cook said it would be a 'dream come true' to play with Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston.
Huddle Up: With Doug Martin's future in doubt, Tampa Bay could be in the market for a running back. Cook could shine alongside Winston and Mike Evans.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 3/1/17 6:31pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin is unlikely to find out his fate regarding his status with the team anytime in the near future, according to head coach Dirk Koetter. 'Doug's under contract right now and no decision has to be made on that right now, so we don't have to rush it. ? But one of the things high on our list is what's going to happen with our running back situation? But we don't have to make a decision on that right now,' Koetter said.
Huddle Up: Martin signed a five-year deal worth $35.75 million last offseason, but his late-season PED drug suspension allows the team to void the rest of his guaranteed money ($7 million) and cut him without much incident. The Bucs are high on Jacquizz Rodgers and should be considered one of the favorites to add a running back in one of the first three rounds of the NFL Draft next month. If they do, expect Martin to be released shortly thereafter.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 2/28/17 8:25am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers exclusive rights free-agent TE Cameron Brate was tendered Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Huddle Up: Brate had a breakout 57-660-8 campaign in 2016, and he'll enter '17 as a low-end TE1 option in fantasy.
Vincent Jackson - WRPosted 2/17/17 8:50pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent WR Vincent Jackson isn't likely to be back with the team in 2017 and could be finished in the NFL, according to beat writer Scott Reynolds.
Huddle Up: After topping 1,000 yards six times in seven years, Jackson has been limited to just 15 games and 716 yards over the last two years combined. If he plays in 2017, he isn't likely to have any fantasy value.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 2/16/17 10:23am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin was expected to be released or traded before the 2017 NFL season, but the front office may be willing to keep Martin around and 'play the situation out,' according to Roy Cummings, of FloridaFootballInsiders.com. Martin is suspended the first three games of 2017 and will not cost the team any money if he is indeed released.
Huddle Up: Martin is coming off his worst season as a pro and has a lengthy injury history. Unless the draft or free agency bears a better option, he may stick around. Tampa could look to restructure his deal with incentives, as well. For fantasy purposes, assuming he is retained, Martin is a shaky RB3 in most setups.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 2/12/17 5:03pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate tied the single-season franchise record for touchdown receptions by a tight end with eight in 2016.
Huddle Up: Unless the Buccaneers add a tight end during the offseason, Brate looks like a low-end TE1 candidate heading into 2017.
Mike Glennon - QBPosted 2/4/17 3:20pm ET
Impending free-agent QB Mike Glennon may be the most likely candidate to fill the New York Jets' need at quarterback, according to NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes.
Huddle Up: ESPN's Adam Schefter has estimated Glennon's market would be in the $13 to 15 million per year neighborhood, which would put him on the low end for starting quarterbacks. He would be an upgrade over what the Jets have had at the position lately and give them someone slightly more seasoned than what they currently have (Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg). If New York makes it happen, Glennon would be a serviceable fantasy QB2.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 1/29/17 10:06am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans is entering this final season of the four-year rookie contract he signed in 2014 - the team has a club option for 2018 as well - and is due to make only $690,000 (plus a $1.7 million roster bonus in 2017). Despite the low pay relative to his position, Evans has yet to express any concern about being compensated on the level of some of the game's elite receivers. 'I?m not worried about that stuff. It?ll come, but I?m mainly focused on getting better and helping this team win,? Evans said of a possible contract extension in 2017.
Huddle Up: The expectation is the Bucs will approach Evans about an extension this summer on par with the five-year, $71.25 million contract Julio Jones signed in 2015. The club option makes doing a deal less urgent, but Tampa Bay would be wise to lock up one of the game's best receivers long-term as quickly as possible. After posting 96 catches for 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2016, Evans will be a first-round lock in fantasy drafts this spring and summer.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 1/27/17 4:23pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans caught 51 passes for 668 yards and six touchdowns at home this season. He caught 45 passes for 653 yards and six touchdowns on the road.
Huddle Up: Evans was one of the most consistent option for fantasy owners this season and led the league in targets. He will continue to be the main target in the team's passing game and should be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues next season.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 1/25/17 9:41am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin is not part of the short- or long-term plans of the Buccaneers, in the opinion of Rick Stroud, of the Tampa Bay Times. Martin signed a five-year, $33.75 million contract, with $15 million guaranteed, in March of 2016, but that guaranteed money is voided because of his four-game suspension after testing positive for Adderall.
Huddle Up: Martin is an injury waiting to happen, and at age 28, prospective teams have to consider him to be little more than a risky stopgap or committee component. His fantasy value should not exceed midrange RB2 on draft day in any setting.
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