Team Grade:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Outlook

The Bucs are a team on the rise. The team departed with coach Lovie Smith during the offseason, which was a surprise, but expectations are high with this talented team right now. Tampa expects to take another step forward this year. They probably aren't a playoff team just yet but just outside that group, finishing around .500. The defense still has some concerns, especially in the secondary.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Quarterback Jameis Winston showed a lot his rookie season, scoring 28 total touchdowns while getting picked off 15 times. He completed just 58 percent of his passes, though, and averaged 7.56 yards per attempt. He can improve in both those areas his second year, taking his game to a new level. He is the real deal at quarterback for the Bucs. He is going to be the focal point of the offense for years to come and can move into that next level of fantasy quarterbacks.
FANTASY DUD
Receiver Vincent Jackson produced when he was playing last year but missed about half the season because of injury. He is another year older this year and has just five touchdowns the last two seasons. He will have some big games along the way but don't expect similar production from earlier in his career when he was a top fantasy receiver. Jackson is going to be hit and miss on a weekly basis at this stage of his career.

Team Notes

May 24, 04:03 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Kenny Bell gives the Buccaneers a big-play threat who can stretch the field, according to QB Jameis Winston. Winston expects big things from Bell in 2016.
May 21, 03:23 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Luke Stocker is considered an invaluable part of the Buccaneers' offense, according to tight ends coach Jon Embree. 'He's a great pass protector, he's a good run blocker and he can be a threat in the passing game,' Embree said. 'He knows what everyone is supposed to do. There were a lot of times last year where he made things right. Maybe a play wasn't called right, or a formation, but he knew what was supposed to be done and he got it done.'
May 20, 06:33 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston can improve on his technique and accuracy because he completed only 58.3% of his passes in 2015, according to quarterback coach Mike Bajakian. 'Now we're at a point where he's proficient enough in the offense where we can focus on the details of his technique, from his footwork to his release to accuracy, moving in the pocket, all those little details of playing the position are now a matter of attention for us,' Bajakian said.
May 20, 06:23 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken said he was not a big fan of QB Jameis Winston when he entered the NFL, but his opinion has changed after working with him this offseason. Monken said the passing game needs to improve under Winston because it was inconsistent in 2015. 'I think from the outside you would've looked at it with all the things that were publicized in the past about him and who he is. I was dead wrong. He wants to win as much as we do. He's a competitive joker, man, he's smart, he's intelligent ... you can win a lot of games with guys like that,' Monken said.
May 12, 02:43 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Kenny Bell is a player the team hopes can serve as their speed receiver. Bell ran a 4.37-second 40-yard dash but missed all last season with a hamstring injury.
May 12, 01:23 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE/LB Noah Spence signed his rookie contract Thursday, May 12.
May 11, 12:23 PM The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed CB Ryan Smith, their fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, to a four-year deal worth $2.932 million, including a $592,160 signing bonus.
May 09, 10:33 AM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Christian Powell, RB Rajion Neal, WR Tobais Palmer and CB Isaiah Frey were released Monday, May 9.
Apr 29, 04:13 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Andre Davis, LB Darius Eubanks, OG Antoine Everett, FS Gerod Holliman, DT Derrick Lott, S Kimario McFadden, LB Jermauria Rasco and CB C.J. Roberts were waived Friday, April 29.
Apr 28, 11:03 AM Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (undisclosed) is out of practice at the minicamp Thursday, April 28. Evans tweaked something at the end of the first day of the camp.
Apr 28, 01:43 AM Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Kenny Bell (hamstring) spent the 2015 season, his rookie year, on the Reserve/Injured list due to a hamstring injury, but he stayed connected with the team while the coaching staff made a point to keep him involved in the day-to-day activity, even taking him on every road trip despite his being out. Bell is expected to compete with WRs Donteea Dye and Adam Humphries for slot duties during the spring.
Apr 26, 05:53 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers OGs J.R. Sweezy (undisclosed) and Ali Marpet (undisclosed) underwent offseason procedures and will not participate in minicamp or organized team activities. They are not expected to practice until late July when training camp begins.
Apr 26, 02:43 PM Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has put in work to enter the 2016 season in much better shape, and his teammates were impressed with the results during voluntary minicamp Tuesday, April 26. Winston's trainer, Tim Grover, said Winston lost 18 pounds since last year. 'I was joking with him the other day. He took his shirt off, and I said 'Man, what happened to the belly?' He's got a six-pack like me. He's put in a tremendous amount of work and I think it's going to be a great year for him and this whole team,' WR Mike Evans said.
Apr 25, 05:13 PM Free-agent RB Storm Johnson (Jaguars) signed an undisclosed deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday, April 25.

Fantasy Impact: He'll try to win a roster spot with his new team.
Apr 19, 06:13 PM Free-agent QB Dan LeFevour (Jaguars) signed an undisclosed deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday, April 19.
Apr 11, 04:43 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans said it's fair to say he had a sophomore slump last season, adding that he need s to get back to his fundamentals.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Bryan Anger, P; Robert Ayers, DE; Brent Grimes, CB; Josh Robinson, CB; Daryl Smith, ILB; J.R. Sweezy, G. 

Losses:
Bruce Carter, MLB; Bobby Rainey, RB. 

2016 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  11 Vernon Hargreaves DB
 # 2  39 Noah SpenceDL
 # 2  59 Roberto AguayoK
 # 4  108 Ryan SmithDB
 # 5  148 Caleb BenenochOL
 # 6  183 Devante BondLB
 # 6  197 Dan VitaleRB

2016 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 11 1:00PM     at Atlanta
2     Sep 18 4:05PM     at Arizona
3     Sep 25 4:05PM     Los Angeles
4     Oct 2 4:05PM     Denver
5     Oct 10 8:30PM     at Carolina
-- Week 6 Bye --
7     Oct 23 4:05PM     at San Francisco
8     Oct 30 1:00PM     Oakland
9     Nov 3 8:25PM     Atlanta
10     Nov 13 1:00PM     Chicago
11     Nov 20 1:00PM     at Kansas City
12     Nov 27 4:05PM     Seattle
13     Dec 4 4:25PM     at San Diego
14     Dec 11 1:00PM     New Orleans
15     Dec 18 1:00PM     at Dallas
16     Dec 24 1:00PM     at New Orleans
17     Jan 1 1:00PM     Carolina
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