Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Lovie Smith
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense30th100.8 (21st)176.2 (29th)
Defense17th110.1 (12th)237.9 (17th)
Carl Nicks, Bucs part ways
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Carl Nicks and the Buccaneers have agreed to an "amicable" injury settlement, ending the guard's tenure with the team, FOX Sports reports. Nicks developed turf toe two years ago and it ended up becoming a complicated problem that forced him to miss all but two games of the 2013 season. 

Nicks said in a statement that he's going to "step away from the game." 

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Carl Nicks excused from Bucs practice
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said Thursday that guard Carl Nicks has been excused from the start of training camp. Per the Tampa Tribune, Smith is not sure when Nicks will be back with the team. Nicks has battled a toe injury that kept him out of action in 2013 but was cleared to play earlier this week.  

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Bobby Rainey, Mike James not roster locks
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

With the Buccaneers drafting running back Charles Sims to pair with Doug Martin, either Bobby Rainey or Mike James "could get caught in a numbers game," reports the Tampa Tribune.

Rainey rushed for 566 yards and five touchdowns last year but averaged 3.8 yards per carry. James ran for 295 yards in nine games, averaging 4.9 yards per carry.

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Doug Martin to see fewer touches?
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Buccaneers running back Doug Martin will still be the lead runner for the team but is expected to see fewer carries than he did the past two seasons, the Tampa Tribune believes. The Bucs aren't sure who the backup will be between Mike James and Bobby Rainey but the paper thinks rookie Charles Sims will be utilized for his receiving skills. 

Martin averaged 19.9 carries per game as a rookie and 21.2 carries per game last season before getting hurt. 

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Carl Nicks cleared to play
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks has been cleared for the start of training camp, reports the Tampa Tribune. Nicks' lingering toe injury is still a concern, however.

"Nicks has been cleared, but his future depends on how much pain he can tolerate," the paper said. "He says he can handle a lot."

Nicks missed 23 games the past two seasons with toe and foot injuries.

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