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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Lovie Smith
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense30th85.9 (29th)206.1 (25th)
Defense25th113.7 (19th)255.2 (28th)

Last Game

Sat, August 29
Raymond James Stadium
Cleveland Browns
at
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Game Leaders

CLE
Passing: J. McCown (17-23, 117)
Rushing: I. Crowell (8-27)
Receiving: J. Lenz (1-48)

TB
Passing: J. Winston (6-15, 90)
Rushing: D. Martin (9-40)
Receiving: V. Jackson (2-38)

Schedule

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Sat Aug 15
L 26 - 16at MIN
Recap
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Mon Aug 24
W 25 - 11CIN
Recap
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Sat Aug 29
L 31 - 7CLE
Recap
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7:00 pm EDT
Thu Sep 3
NFLNat MIA
4:25 pm EDT
Sun Sep 13
on CBS SportsTEN
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 20
at NO
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 27
at HOU
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 4
CAR
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 11
JAC
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 25
at WAS
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 1
at ATL
4:05 pm EST
Sun Nov 8
NYG
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 15
DAL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 22
at PHI
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 29
at IND
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 6
ATL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 13
NO
8:25 pm EST
Thu Dec 17
at STL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 27
CHI
1:00 pm EST
Sun Jan 3
at CAR

Standings

NFC
South
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Carolina2-1-00-0-0
Atlanta1-2-00-0-0
Tampa Bay1-2-00-0-0
New Orleans0-2-00-0-0
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Buccaneers WR Kenny Bell a no-go for Saturday game
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A hamstring strain will prevent Buccaneers rookie wide receiver Kenny Bell from playing in the preseason game Saturday against Cleveland, per the Tampa Tribune.

Bell also dealt with a hamstring issue in June. It remains to be seen how long this one keeps him sidelined.

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Bucs WR Mike Evans (hamstring) targeting Week 1 return
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans, who sustained a hamstring injury in the second preseason game against the Bengals, is targeting a Week 1 return.

Evans said if it were the regular season, he would play this week. However, he said resting is the way to go to make sure he is 100 percent by the Sept. 13 opener against the Titans.

"I think it’s smart," Evans said of sitting the final two preseason games, per ESPN.com. "There’s nothing to risk. I’ve already proved myself and I’m just trying to get back for Week 1."

One benefit of playing the last two games would be to get more work with rookie quarterback Jameis Winston. However, Evans said building rapport is not an issue.

"I’ve had enough," Evans said. "We’ll be ready for Week 1. We’re both professionals."

Evans had a pretty strong rookie campaign, totaling 68 catches for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns. However, he is expecting better things in 2015 because of Winston's arrival and his new role in coordinator Dirk Koetter's offense.

"I’m just so much more comfortable with this offense," Evans said. "There are a lot of plays to be made in this offense. I’m playing the X this year. I like it more and I’ll get more opportunities."

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Buccaneers agree to deal with PK Connor Barth
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

The Buccaneers have signed kicker Connor Barth to a two-year deal in an attempt to shore up their special teams, per the Tampa Tribune

Barth, who was released earlier Wednesday by the Broncos, will compete with Pat Murray for the starting job. Barth played for the Bucs from 2009-13, although he missed the 2013 season entirely after tearing his Achilles in a charity basketball game. 

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Doug Martin could be ready to boost Bucs' running game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is showing during the preseason he could be ready to re-emerge as a threat on offense in 2015 after down years in 2013 and 2014. Through two preseason games, Martin is averaging 7.1 yards per carry and has picked up first downs on four of his 11 carries.

He had a 52-yard run on the opening drive Monday against the Bengals. The Bucs would score a touchdown on that drive.

"First off, he's healthy and you know how much that means to a running back," coach Lovie Smith said Tuesday, per ESPN.com. "He's worked hard. He's looked good in training camp practices but you want to see him do it in a game. There were holes last night. But there was also a wall and he was stopped at the line of scrimmage a couple of times and he made something out of nothing a few times. He broke tackles and ran hard. Just a good game.

"I wasn't around when Doug had his breakout year. But that guy we saw last night, that's what we're looking for. That's what we need in order for us to get the running game going."

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Bucs' Smith: Mike Evans (hamstring) likely won't play again in preseason
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans likely won't play in another preseason game after sustaining a hamstring injury Monday against the Bengals, coach Lovie Smith said Tuesday.

Smith said he wants to give Evans time to heal before the regular season. If Evans' preseason is over, then he will finish with zero catches.

Evans was one of the few bright spots during a 2-14 season for the Bucs in 2014. He compiled 68 catches for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns as a rookie. He had 20 catches of 20-plus yards and four catches of 40-plus yards. He also had 46 receptions for first downs.

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