Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Dirk Koetter
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense5th135.1 (5th)240.8 (17th)
Defense10th100.4 (10th)240.0 (15th)


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Sun Sep 11
at ATL
4:05 pm EDT
Sun Sep 18
at ARI
4:05 pm EDT
Sun Sep 25
4:05 pm EDT
Sun Oct 2
8:30 pm EDT
Mon Oct 10
at CAR
4:05 pm EDT
Sun Oct 23
at SF
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 30
8:25 pm EDT
Thu Nov 3
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 13
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 20
at KC
4:05 pm EST
Sun Nov 27
4:25 pm EST
Sun Dec 4
at SD
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 11
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 18
at DAL
1:00 pm EST
Sat Dec 24
at NO
1:00 pm EST
Sun Jan 1


New Orleans7-9-03-3-0
Tampa Bay6-10-03-3-0
Buccaneers' Bernard Reedy: Impressive throughout offseason
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Reedy made a strong impression throughout OTAs and minicamps, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

The 24-year-old speedster, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Falcons in 2014, turned heads throughout on-the-field work in the offseason. Reedy often appeared to be one of the fastest players on the field during OTAs and minicamps, and made an array of impressive catches, many of them downfield. Although the Bucs' receiver depth chart is one of the most crowded on the team, the stellar play certainly caught the eye of the coaching staff, some of whom Reedy has a history with from his Atlanta stint. "Well Bernard is a guy that we had in Atlanta for a while," said Koetter, who was Reedy's offensive coordinator in Atlanta in 2014. "His quickness number one - he's one of the quickest guys on the field. We call him 'Speedy Reedy' for short - somebody besides me thought of that - and he's just a quick little guy in the slot on those little crossing routes and stuff like that. He has a knack for getting himself open." The Toledo product is expected to compete with the likes of second-year wideouts Adam Humphries and Donteaa Dye-- as well as veteran Louis Murphy-- for the slot receiver role this summer.

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Buccaneers' Vernon Hargreaves: Will have major role in rookie season
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Hargreaves will play a pivotal role in the defense during his rookie season, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "He's going to play,'' coach Dirk Koetter said Thursday as the team wrapped up its three-day mandatory minicamp. "The guy has made plays every single day. Vernon is the football player we thought when we drafted him. He's going to play. It will all fall in place. We're very confident Vernon can either play inside in the nickel or outside.''

The 2016 first-round pick has been highly impressive throughout the offseason, even adapting seamlessly to playing inside at slot corner. Hargreaves snagged an inteception late in Wednesday's mini-camp session, and came back Thursday to knock down multiple passes in a red-zone drill. To date, incumbent Alterraun Verner and offseason acquisition Brent Grimes have run with the first-team defense, but Hargreaves' increasingly strong play could certainly enable him to force the issue with respect to a starting role before the start of the regular season. Regardless of where he lines up, the University of Florida product is savoring every aspect of his pro experience so far, and embracing the move inside for now. "I'm fairly comfortable. Not all the way comfortable because I'm used to playing outside. It's a new position. There's new techniques and things I need to learn. It's a learning process, but I'm enjoying it. The closer you are to the ball, the more times you can touch the ball. So I'm happy about moving inside, of course.''

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Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Set to be red-zone weapon in coming season
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Brate is expected to be a valuable red-zone weapon this coming season, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Harvard product was one of last season's pleasant surprises, hauling in 23 of 30 targets for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Brate was a primary beneficiary of starter Austin Seferian-Jenkins' shoulder injury, as the latter's ailment prompted the Bucs to re-sign Brate from the Saints practice squad, where he'd landed after being released by Tampa shortly before the start of the regular season. His sure hands and routes rendered him an effective safety valve for Jameis Winston during the quarterback's rookie campaign. Brate even displayed some proficiency down the field, notching four receptions of over 20 yards, including a career-high 46-yard grab. His work in close quarters near the goal line also has his head coach excited, and Brate gave him more reason for optimism with a sliding, one-handed catch in the corner of the end zone during Thursday's final mini-camp session. "Cam has got an uncanny ability to show up in the red zone and we saw that again today,'' coach Dirk Koetter said.

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Buccaneers' Robert Ayers: Sees improvement from defensive line
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ayers, who described the state of the defensive line as "terrible" early in the offseason, has seen the unit progress over the last several weeks, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "We're a little less terrible," Ayers said. "We're getting better and that's all we can ask for. We're trying to get to the end of the tunnel, so each day is a day to get better, a day to prepare, a day for me and my guys to get to know each other better and grow as a unit and build a chemistry."

The offseason acquistion had made his initial assessment in the very early stages of his unit being introduced to new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, but continued reps have served to kick-start the gelling process. Ayers had been highly complimentary of the talent he already saw on the line before he came on board, and his everyday exposure to those players has only boosted his opinion of them. "I feel like we can compete," Ayers said Wednesday. "I'm not just saying that because I'm here now, but from the outside looking in, I always thought Tampa (Bay) man, they're right there. We've got some guys. The big three on offense, one of the best defensive tackles in the game with Gerald, Clinton (McDonald) who's been and underrated dog, Jacquies (Smith), who got hurt last year, but talking about pass rush, that guy was beasting until he got hurt. Noah (Spence) can play. Howard (Jones) is super-fast out there. Kourtnei Brown. Akeem (Spence). There's some talent, man." The 30-year-old pass rusher notched a career-high nine sacks in 2015 while with the Giants, and has seen time at both end spots and inside at tackle during the offseason.

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Buccaneers' Kenny Bell: Snags multiple touchdowns in Wednesday mini-camp session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell was impressive once again in Wednesday's mini-camp session, notching several touchdown grabs, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The former Cornhusker continues to make up for lost time after having sat all of his rookie campaign in 2015 with a hamstring injury. Bell has been impressive throughout the offseason, and turned heads again Wednesday with several touchdown grabs from backup quarterback Ryan Griffin. The 23-year-old has received extra reps this week due to veteran Vincent Jackson sitting for precautionary reasons, and he's used the opportunity to catch the eye of his head coach. "Kenny definitely had a good day today and a couple really nice throws there in the red zone from Griff (Griffin)," coach Dirk Koetter said. "If you were out here enough, every guy has his ups and downs, has his good days and bad days and Kenny certainly made a couple plays."

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