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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Dirk Koetter
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense18th101.0 (24th)245.4 (16th)
Defense23rd117.2 (22nd)250.8 (22nd)

Schedule

Sun Sep 11
W 31 - 24at ATL
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Sun Sep 18
L 40 - 7at ARI
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Sun Sep 25
L 37 - 32LAR
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Sun Oct 2
L 27 - 7DEN
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Mon Oct 10
W 17 - 14at CAR
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Sun Oct 23
W 34 - 17at SF
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Sun Oct 30
L 30 - 24OAK
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Thu Nov 3
L 43 - 28ATL
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Sun Nov 13
W 36 - 10CHI
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Sun Nov 20
W 19 - 17at KC
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Sun Nov 27
W 14 - 5SEA
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Sun Dec 4
W 28 - 21at SD
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Sun Dec 11
W 16 - 11NO
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Sun Dec 18
L 26 - 20at DAL
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Sat Dec 24
L 31 - 24at NO
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Sun Jan 1
W 17 - 16CAR
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Standings

NFC
South
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Atlanta11-5-05-1-0
Tampa Bay9-7-04-2-0
New Orleans7-9-02-4-0
Carolina6-10-01-5-0
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Buccaneers' Cecil Shorts: Future in doubt after catastrophic knee injury in 2016
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Shorts finished the 2016 season with 11 receptions (27 targets) for 152 yards and no scores over nine games. He also returned one kickoff for 19 yards.

The sixth-year pro arrived in Tampa five days prior to the season opener after a surprise release by the Texans, and it could well prove to be the final stop of his career. Shorts suffered a catastrophic knee injury in Week 13 versus the Chargers, one that saw him tear the ACL, MCL and PCL in his right knee. Going on 30 years of age, the Mt. Union product is thus likely to encounter significant difficulty in regaining both the necessary explosion and requisite interest from teams that would enable him to once again acquire gainful employment in the league. Shorts also had trouble achieving separation on a consistent basis when he was healthy in 2016, as he notably went without a reception in three of the nine contests he was active for, and tallied just one catch in four others. A veteran with a solid track record, Shorts was thought to have a realistic chance of vaulting Adam Humphries for the slot receiver role when he was first signed, but then actually was handed the reins of the No. 2 job once Vincent Jackson (knee) was lost to injury. Having failed to make a significant impact in that role and now also facing an extensive rehabilitation, he doesn't figure to be on the NFL radar in 2017 at a minimum.

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Buccaneers' Freddie Martino: Logs first eight catches of career in 2016
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martino hauled in eight of 11 targets for 142 yards and a touchdown in 2016 over 13 games.

The 25-year-old speedster finally saw some meaningful regular-season game action in 2016, after having logged only one previous appearance back in 2014 with the Falcons. Martino's history with Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter facilitated his opportunity in Tampa, which began during last offseason's OTAs. The North Greenville product proceeded to have an uneven training camp, but did finish the preseason with eight receptions on 14 targets for 95 yards, with the bulk of that production coming in the final exhibition tilt. He then sandwiched a pair of practice squad stints around a brief stay on the active roster before being promoted for good on Oct. 22. Martino logged at least one reception in six of the remaining nine games of the season, with his best outing a four-catch, 56-yard effort against the Chargers in Week 13. After playing 2016 on a prorated one-year deal, Martino is an exclusive rights free agent that should have a solid opportunity to compete for a depth receiver spot in 2017, considering the Bucs' need for downfield speed at the position behind Mike Evans.

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Buccaneers' Noah Spence: Undergoing shoulder surgery Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Spence is undergoing shoulder surgery to repair a fully torn labrum Wednesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Spence suffered the shoulder injury during the Buccaneers' season finale against the Panthers but not before recording three tackles. He'll have plenty of time to recover before training camp in July. Spence, a 2016 second-round pick, finished his rookie campaign with 22 tackles, 5.5 sacks, two passes defensed and three forced fumbles in 16 games.

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Buccaneers' Quayvon Hicks: Signed to futures contract by Bucs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hicks was signed to a futures contract by the Bucs on Tuesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The former Georgia Bulldog once served as a lead blocker for Todd Gurley in college, and will have a chance to kick-start his pro career with Tampa after failing a physical as an undrafted rookie with the Titans last spring. Hicks finished his four-year collegiate career with 23 carries for 166 yards and 12 receptions for another 132 yards, displaying some athleticism with ball in his hands. However, Hicks would likely be utilized to primarily clear running lanes for the Bucs' tailbacks, even as the traditional fullback role was noticeably absent from the team's offense this past season.

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Buccaneers' Alan Cross: Emerges as undrafted rookie in 2016
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cross finished the 2016 season with six receptions (10 targets) for 38 yards and a touchdown over 14 games.

The undrafted rookie from Memphis made the original version of the 53-man roster coming out of preseason but was waived the day before the season opener. Re-signed to the practice squad just four days later, Cross soon found himself on the active roster after Austin Seferian-Jenkins was released on Sept 23. Cross was often deployed in an H-back-type role, and saw at least one target in nine of his 14 contests. He notched a reception in five of the last seven games of the season, but his role was predominantly that of a blocker. A younger, cheaper version of teammate Brandon Myers, Cross figures to stick on the roster in 2017, given his reasonable $540,000 cap hit and Myers' unlikely return.

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