Team Grade:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
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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

May 12, 05:22 PM Free-agent SS D.J. Swearinger was officially claimed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday, May 12.
May 11, 10:32 PM The Carolina Panthers are interested in SS D.J. Swearinger, waived by the Houston Texans Monday, May 11. Many teams would have to pass on him for the Panthers to get a claim off waivers.
May 11, 04:12 PM Houston Texans SS D.J. Swearinger was officially released Monday, May 11.
May 11, 12:02 PM Houston Texans SS D.J. Swearinger announced on Instagram that he and the team parted ways Monday, May 11.
May 06, 04:43 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has received the approval of WR Mike Evans. 'He can sit in the pocket, deliver the ball and that's more opportunities for the receivers,' Winston said, emphasizing his desire for a pocket passer.
May 06, 04:23 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans wants to improve his route running and his understanding of coverages for the 2015 season. Evans added that he has two other goals of making the playoffs and making the Pro Bowl.
May 04, 10:52 AM Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims is likely to be featured in the offense this season.

Fantasy Impact: Sims could be the lead back for the Bucs this season. His value is rising quickly.
May 04, 09:02 AM Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin will be an unrestricted free-agent in 2016 after the team decided not to exercise his fifth-year player option Monday, May 4.
Apr 24, 06:52 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free-agent RB Bobby Rainey signed his one-year tender offer Friday, April 24. Rainey will make $1.542 million in 2015.
Apr 20, 06:32 PM Tampa Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said he and general manager Jason Licht are 'in total agreement' of their ranking of draft-eligible quarterbacks. Smith said the whole organization is in agreement.
Apr 15, 02:43 PM Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions DE George Johnson and a seventh-round draft choice were traded by the Lions to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a fifth-round draft choice.
Apr 15, 08:33 AM Detroit Lions DE George Johnson was acquired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, April 15. Tampa signed Johnson to an offer sheet that was disputed by Detroit, but the sides swapped undisclosed draft picks to settle it.
Apr 09, 08:32 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has a supporter in head coach Lovie Smith. Smith said the team hasn't 'seen the true Doug Martin yet.' Smith also said RB Bobby Rainey is the current starting punt returner.
Apr 09, 08:32 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has a supporter in head coach Lovie Smith. Smith said the team hasn't 'seen the true Doug Martin yet.' Smith also said RB Bobby Rainey is the current starting punt returner.
Apr 07, 10:23 PM The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed restricted free-agent DE George Johnson (Lions) to a three-year offer sheet Tuesday, April 7. Financial terms are undisclosed. The Lions have five days to match the offer.
Apr 03, 03:52 PM Free-agent FB Jorvorskie Lane (Buccaneers) will sign a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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
 # 6  19 Brandon DixonDB
 Undrafted Chandler JonesWR

2014 Schedule

1     Sep 13 4:25PM     Tennessee
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     at New Orleans
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     at Houston
4     Oct 4 1:00PM     Carolina
5     Oct 11 1:00PM     Jacksonville
-- Week 6 Bye --
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     at Washington
8     Nov 1 1:00PM     at Atlanta
9     Nov 8 4:05PM     New York Giants
10     Nov 15 1:00PM     Dallas
11     Nov 22 1:00PM     at Philadelphia
12     Nov 29 1:00PM     at Indianapolis
13     Dec 6 1:00PM     Atlanta
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     New Orleans
15     Dec 17 8:25PM     at St Louis
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     Chicago
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     at Carolina
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