Team Grade:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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The Bucs are an organization that seems to be trending the right way with Lovie Smith at the helm. But for this season, don't expect great things just yet. They'll have a hard time getting to .500. The defense still has plenty of holes and the quarterback situation is a concern. Until a franchise quarterback emerges for this team, the Bucs might struggle to make the playoffs.
He probably shouldn't be a considered a breakout candidate because he already had a big season but last year was a big disappointment for running back Doug Martin. He battled injury and didn't do much even when he was playing. But the Bucs were a mess as a team and the offensive line didn't help matters for him. Martin gets a fresh start with a new coaching staff and what should be an improved offensive line. Martin is going to get a bunch of work in this offense, similar to what Matt Forte got when Lovie Smith was his coach. We look for Martin to get back to his big producing ways, making him a great buy-low candidate for fantasy teams.
Quarterback Josh McCown had a career season last year, getting a chance to start because of injury and producing big numbers in the process. He revived his career and got a big contract this offseason with a chance to start in Tampa. McCown has some talent to work with in Tampa but his track record doesn't show he'll continue his recent success and while the talent is solid in Tampa, it isn't as good as it was in Chicago. He'll just have a hard time matching his success from past season. It wouldn't surprise to see Mike Glennon take over as starter at some point during the season.

Team Notes

Jul 31, 08:43 AM Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has picked up things quickly and made plays in camp. The team is excited about him.
Jul 30, 08:03 PM The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially released OG Carl Nicks (toe) Wednesday, July 30, with an injury settlement.
Jul 30, 04:43 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring) is not participating in practice Wednesday, July 30.
Jul 29, 06:13 PM Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring) doesn't expect to miss much time with the injury, saying he's just banged up from training camp.
Jul 28, 04:23 PM Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring) has been dealing with a hamstring issue, according to head coach Lovie Smith.
Jul 28, 04:02 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Monday, July 28. Verner said the reason for sitting was nothing serious.
Jul 28, 04:02 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers FS Dashon Goldson (ankle) is being brought along slowly at the start of training camp, as the team is limiting his reps. We want to get him incorporated into everything, but we limited his reps,'' coach Lovie Smith said. We had him start off and that was pretty much it. We'll be able to progress a little bit with his reps. But I was impressed with his movement.''
Jul 28, 01:42 PM The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed free-agent CB Anthony Gaitor (Dolphins) and undrafted free-agent DT Jibreel Black (Michigan). Terms of the contracts were not disclosed, but all contracts signed by undrafted free agents are three-year deals, according to NFL rules.
Jul 27, 06:02 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Mark Barron (knee) said he's not 100 percent after arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee in January.
Jul 26, 05:42 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Mike James is working with the second-team offense Saturday, July 26. It's still early, and Bobby Rainey could still figure into the mix at the No. 2 RB. Whichever player wins that role will likely have RB4 or RB5 value.
Jul 25, 08:02 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers LBs Mason Foster and Dane Fletcher were asked by head coach Lovie Smith to lose weight this offseason so they can become quicker, and both players did lose some weight.
Jul 25, 05:12 PM The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and OG Carl Nicks and the team have mutually agreed to part ways Friday, July 25.
Jul 25, 01:02 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) is not expected to practice Friday, July 25.
Jul 25, 02:42 AM Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Da'Quan Bowers has been rumored for some time to be on the bubble, and general manager Jason Licht said Bowers' job is on the line this training camp. 'I (don't) mean to sound too harsh, but it's a matter of fact that he needs to prove that he wants to make an impact with this football team and I expect that he will,' Licht said.
Jul 25, 02:32 AM Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Akeem Spence proved to be one of the team's better players through their offseason workout program. Spence could hold off competition from DT Clinton McDonald with a strong training camp. General manager Jason Licht praised Spence's work ethic. 'He just hasn't let up on the gas. It was fun watching that competition between him and Clinton during our OTAs and our mincamps, and I expect it to continue in training camp.'
Jul 25, 02:22 AM Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) will be slowly worked back into the mix, according to general manager Jason Licht. Nicks missed all but nine games over the past two seasons.

Offseason Keys

Michael Johnson, DE; Anthony Collins, OT; Alterraun Verner, CB; Clinton McDonald, DT; Evan Dietrich-Smith, C; Major Wright, S; Josh McCown, QB. 

Darrelle Revis, CB; Donald Penn, OT; Davin Joseph, G; Mike Williams, WR; Jeremy Zuttah, OL. 

2014 Draft Class

 # 1  7 Mike EvansWR
 # 2  6 Austin Seferian-JenkinsTE
 # 3  5 Charles SimsRB
 # 5  3 Kadeem EdwardsOL
 # 5  9 Kevin PamphileOL
 # 6  9 Robert HerronWR

2014 Schedule

1     Sep 7 4:25PM     Carolina
2     Sep 14 4:05PM     St Louis
3     Sep 18 8:25PM     at Atlanta
4     Sep 28 1:00PM     at Pittsburgh
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     at New Orleans
6     Oct 12 1:00PM     Baltimore
-- Week 7 Bye --
8     Oct 26 1:00PM     Minnesota
9     Nov 2 1:00PM     at Cleveland
10     Nov 9 1:00PM     Atlanta
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     at Washington
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     at Chicago
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     Cincinnati
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     at Detroit
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     at Carolina
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     Green Bay
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     New Orleans
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