2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

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.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
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.
FANTASY DUD
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

Nov 26, 06:43 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Lavonte David (hamstring), C Evan Dietrich-Smith (illness), DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring), TE Brandon Myers (calf) and TE Luke Stocker (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26. DT Da'Quan Bowers (knee) and SS Major Wright (shoulder) were limited during practice.
Nov 26, 06:43 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Lavonte David (hamstring), C Evan Dietrich-Smith (illness), DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring), TE Brandon Myers (calf) and TE Luke Stocker (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26. DT Da'Quan Bowers (knee) and SS Major Wright (shoulder) were limited during practice.
Nov 26, 06:43 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Nov 26, 06:43 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Nov 26, 06:43 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Lavonte David (hamstring), C Evan Dietrich-Smith (illness), DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring), TE Brandon Myers (calf) and TE Luke Stocker (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26. DT Da'Quan Bowers (knee) and SS Major Wright (shoulder) were limited during practice.
Nov 26, 06:43 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Lavonte David (hamstring), C Evan Dietrich-Smith (illness), DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring), TE Brandon Myers (calf) and TE Luke Stocker (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26. DT Da'Quan Bowers (knee) and SS Major Wright (shoulder) were limited during practice.
Nov 26, 06:43 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Lavonte David (hamstring), C Evan Dietrich-Smith (illness), DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring), TE Brandon Myers (calf) and TE Luke Stocker (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26. DT Da'Quan Bowers (knee) and SS Major Wright (shoulder) were limited during practice.
Nov 26, 06:43 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Lavonte David (hamstring), C Evan Dietrich-Smith (illness), DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring), TE Brandon Myers (calf) and TE Luke Stocker (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26. DT Da'Quan Bowers (knee) and SS Major Wright (shoulder) were limited during practice.
Nov 25, 04:33 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin says he's the same running back he was as a rookie in 2012 when he took the league by storm. However, he's averaging just 2.8 yards per carry and has only 193 rushing yards and one score this season, but he's missed two games with a knee injury and three with an ankle ailment. He's healthy now, but he only mustered 27 yards on 11 carries in Week 12 while sharing time with RBs Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey.
Nov 25, 02:13 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate from the practice squad to the active roster Tuesday, Nov. 25. The team also signed TE DJ Williams and waived RB Marcus Thigpen. LB Denicos Allen and TE Taylor Sloat were signed to the practice squad and TE Ted Bolser and CB Quinton Pointer were released from the practice squad.
Nov 25, 01:03 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Brandon Myers (calf) is dealing with a calf injury. Myers is out of a walking boot and is feeling better.
Nov 24, 07:53 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers FB Jorvorskie Lane (ankle) will have surgery on his broken right ankle Tuesday, Nov. 25, and he'll miss the rest of the year. Lane is unsure how long he'll take to recover. The Buccaneers are left without a true fullback, and they'll likely sign one. TE Luke Stocker has served as a fullback at times.
Nov 24, 07:53 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers FB Jorvorskie Lane (ankle) will have surgery on his broken right ankle Tuesday, Nov. 25, and he'll miss the rest of the year. Lane is unsure how long he'll take to recover. The Buccaneers are left without a true fullback, and they'll likely sign one. TE Luke Stocker has served as a fullback at times.
Nov 24, 07:53 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said the team's offensive line needs to do a better job after they rushed for a total of 66 yards in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears. Smith also said the team's pass blocking wasn't at its best. 'A defense can tee off on you once you can't run the football,' Smith said. 'We talk an awful lot about being a balanced attack. But when you can't run it consistently that hurts. Believe me, we don't want to be a team that's passing the ball that much.'
Nov 24, 06:43 PM The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed FB Jorvorskie Lane (ankle) on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Nov. 24.
Nov 23, 10:23 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) returned to the lineup in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears. He carried 11 times for 27 yards. He was sidelined for the past three games due to an ankle injury.

Fantasy Impact: Martin seems to have regained the starting job but still isn't worth using for fantasy teams. He has been a bust pretty much every game.

Offseason Keys

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

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

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 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
 # 7  2 Ted BolserTE

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
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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