2013 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Bucs made strides defensively last season, which was a big plus. This led to a few more wins but they still weren't a playoff team. The key for the team this year might be Freeman. If he plays consistent and takes his game to a new level, the Bucs could win a few more games and get in the playoffs. But for now, we consider the Bucs a .500 team. They have some nice pieces on both sides of the ball, especially offensively with Doug Martin, an emerging star, and Vincent Jackson, but this team isn't quite there yet to compete with the elite of the league.

FANTASY BREAKOUT

Tom Crabtree, TE. Crabtree is the best pass-catching tight end on the roster and could emerge as the starter before long for the Bucs. They have some openings at tight end and Crabtree finally has a shot to earn some more playing time. He won't be a legit fantasy starter but could be a top backup for fantasy teams. The Bucs gave Dallas Clark some work last year, so Crabtree could expect a similar season. He has some potential, making some big plays last season when given the chance. He averaged 25.4 yards per catch last year and scored three touchdowns on eight receptions.

FANTASY DUD

Josh Freeman, QB. We aren't sure if Freeman will make it through the entire season as the Bucs' starter. He has rookie Mike Glennon pushing him for playing time. The Bucs clearly aren't sold on Freeman as their starter, so they used a high draft pick on Glennon. This doesn't bode well for Freeman. He could be on a short leash, especially if Glennon plays well in camp and preseason action.

Team Notes

Apr 16, 04:13 PM Updating a previous report, no contract offer was made by the Dallas Cowboys to free-agent OG Davin Joseph (Buccaneers) during his recent free-agent visit.
Apr 16, 03:43 PM The Dallas Cowboys met with free-agent OG Davin Joseph (Buccaneers) earlier this week.
Apr 16, 12:53 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Mike James (ankle) said he is happy with the progress he has made in his recovery from an ankle injury and that he has been able to run and cut. James would not say if he will participate in the team's upcoming minicamp.
Apr 15, 05:33 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy said he will be in attendance when training camp starts this summer no matter where the status of his contract talks are. McCoy is entering his contract year.
Apr 09, 02:13 PM Updating a previous report, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed WR Lavelle Hawkins to a one-year deal worth $730,000. Hawkins will receive a $65,000 bonus if he is on the roster for Week 1.
Apr 09, 02:13 PM Updating a previous report, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed SS Major Wright to a one-year deal worth $730,000. The deal includes a $65,000 signing bonus.
Apr 08, 01:33 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon still thinks he has a shot at winning the starting job in 2014.
Apr 07, 05:22 PM The Chicago Bears worked out free-agent QB Adam Weber (Buccaneers) Monday, April 7.
Apr 07, 02:12 PM The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed free-agent WR Lavelle Hawkins (Chargers). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Apr 05, 11:52 PM The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finalizing a deal with free-agent WR Lavelle Hawkins (Chargers). Some minor language in the contract is still being hashed out.
Apr 04, 11:52 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Oniel Cousins and OT Jamon Meredith appear to be the top two candidates for the starting right guard job in 2014. The team could add another candidate in free agency or the draft.
Apr 04, 07:32 PM The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to sign free-agent WR Lavelle Hawkins (Chargers).
Apr 04, 07:32 PM The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to terms with free-agent SS Major Wright (Bears) on a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Apr 02, 05:03 PM Updating a previous report, free-agent SS Major Wright (Bears) left his meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers without agreeing to a deal.
Apr 01, 06:23 PM Free-agent SS Major Wright (Bears) will visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday, April 1, and Wednesday, April 2, according to a source.
Apr 01, 12:33 PM The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed FB Jorvorskie Lane (Dolphins) Tuesday, April 1. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
RB Brian Leonard, WR Kevin Ogletree, WR Steve E. Smith, TE Tom Crabtree, TE Zach X. Miller, LB Jonathan Casillas, SS Dashon Goldson. 

Losses:
WR Arrelious Benn, OT Jeremy Trueblood, DL Michael Bennett, DL Frank Okam, FS Ronde Barber. 

2013 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 2  11 Johnthan BanksDB
 # 3  11 Mike GlennonQB
 # 4  3 Akeem SpenceDL
 # 4  29 William GholstonDL
 # 5  14 Steven MeansDL
 # 6  21 Mike JamesRB
 # 7  23 Everett DawkinsDL
 # 7  41 Marc AnthonyDB
 Undrafted Lonnie PryorRB
 Undrafted Timothy WrightTE
 Undrafted Russell ShepardWR

2013 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     at New York Jets
2     Sep 14 4:05PM     New Orleans
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     at New England
4     Sep 28 1:00PM     Arizona
-- Week 5 Bye --
6     Oct 12 1:00PM     Philadelphia
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     at Atlanta
8     Oct 23 8:25PM     Carolina
9     Nov 2 4:05PM     at Seattle
10     Nov 10 8:40PM     Miami
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     Atlanta
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     at Detroit
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     at Carolina
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     Buffalo
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     San Francisco
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     at St Louis
17     Dec 28 4:25PM     at New Orleans
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