Team Notebook: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Buccaneers | Mike Evans working on injury prevention
Buccaneers | Elijah Shumate placed on NFI list
Buccaneers | Joel Hale signs with Bucs
Buccaneers | J.R. Sweezy also placed on PUP list
Buccaneers | Louis Murphy goes to PUP list
Buccaneers | Tampa Bay waives Dominique Robertson
Buccaneers | Tampa Bay claims Jonathan Krause
Buccaneers | Daryl Smith expected to start
Buccaneers | Jameis Winston struggled in red zone
Buccaneers | Jameis Winston drops 20 pounds
Buccaneers | Johnny Lowdermilk waived
Buccaneers | Doug Martin has tough draw for opener
Buccaneers | Battle in Tampa for roster spot
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WRs Kenny Bell and Donteea Dye are expected to be the main competitors for the last wide receiver position. Dye has more experience than Bell, while Bell has better return skills than Dye. WRs Evan Spencer, Bernard Reedy and Andre Davis could also be in the running.
Buccaneers | Luke Rhodes has made impression
Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie LB Luke Rhodes was specifically named by head coach Dirk Koetter as an undrafted rookie who impressed at minicamp. Rhodes could also make the final roster due to need for depth behind LB Kwon Alexander.
Buccaneers | Vincent Jackson to see time in slot
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson will be used in the slot on a regular basis if WR Donteea Dye, WR Kenny Bell or WR Russell Shepard can play well enough to earn regular time on the outside. If this happens, WR Adam Humphries' snaps will be reduced.
Buccaneers | Adam Humphries wants to earn spot
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Adam Humphries wants to have the same mindset of trying to earn his spot on the final roster. "I have to win this spot year in and year out," Humphries said. "No matter where I stand on the depth chart I still have to win the job coming back in town."
Buccaneers | Mike Evans discusses his lack of focus
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans said he lost focus during games last season. "You know, I wasn't focused in some games and I have to do that better. I have to practice more. I have to get better in practice with it. It just comes with repetition. Last season is behind me."
Buccaneers | Louis Murphy not charged
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Louis Murphy woke up Saturday, July 2, in a museum after attending a friend's wedding there the night before. Murphy said he had been drinking, went to the museum's courtyard and fell asleep on the stairs. The receiver broke the glass on one of the doors after being locked out and called a friend. Murphy and the museum manager agreed to work out the $1,000 in damages. Murphy was not charged with a crime.
Buccaneers | Dominique Robertson hospitalized
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DL Dominique Robertson (leg) was hospitalized over the weekend after suffering two gunshot wounds. He was standing outside an apartment complex in Loma Linda, California, when a vehicle pulled up and shot in his direction, according to his attorney, Zulu Ali. Robertson was shot twice in the leg, and his injuries were to his back, buttocks and leg.
Buccaneers | Akeem Spence hoping to stay in Tampa Bay
Buccaneers | Jameis Winston undervalued
Buccaneers | More touches for Charles Sims?
Buccaneers | Noah Spence earning respect
Buccaneers | Vernon Hargreaves will play as rookie
Buccaneers | Cameron Brate a red zone weapon
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate emerged as a favorite target of QB Jameis Winston last year, and head coach Dirk Koetter has been impressed with the tight end in the red zone this offseason. Brate caught 23 passes for 288 yards last year and scored three touchdowns when TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins was injured. Brate will battle with Seferian-Jenkins for a starting position in training camp.
Buccaneers | Kenny Bell fighting for roster spot?
Buccaneers | Seferian-Jenkins dismissed from practice
Buccaneers | Dez Stewart waived by Tampa Bay
Buccaneers | Roberto Aguayo signs deal
Buccaneers | Storm Johnson ready to silence doubters
Buccaneers | Mike Evans worked with Jamies Winston
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans and QB Jameis Winston have worked through countless routes together and have spent time with each other both on and off the field this offseason. Evans has been invited by Winston several times to break down film. Evans said he hasn't yet seen a work ethic like Winston's.
Buccaneers | Ryan Smith injured
Buccaneers | Sign two defensive backs
Buccaneers | C.J. Wilson waived
Buccaneers | Johnny Lowdermilk retired
Buccaneers | Jameis Winston talks up Kenny Bell
Buccaneers | Luke Stocker important to Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Luke Stocker is considered an invaluable part of the Buccaneers' offense, according to tight ends coach Jon Embree. "He's a great pass protector, he's a good run blocker and he can be a threat in the passing game," Embree said. "He knows what everyone is supposed to do. There were a lot of times last year where he made things right. Maybe a play wasn't called right, or a formation, but he knew what was supposed to be done and he got it done."
Buccaneers | Jameis Winston can improve
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston can improve on his technique and accuracy because he completed only 58.3% of his passes in 2015, according to quarterback coach Mike Bajakian. "Now we're at a point where he's proficient enough in the offense where we can focus on the details of his technique, from his footwork to his release to accuracy, moving in the pocket, all those little details of playing the position are now a matter of attention for us," Bajakian said.
Buccaneers | OC had questions about Jameis Winston
Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken said he was not a big fan of QB Jameis Winston when he entered the NFL, but his opinion has changed after working with him this offseason. Monken said the passing game needs to improve under Winston because it was inconsistent in 2015. "I think from the outside you would've looked at it with all the things that were publicized in the past about him and who he is. I was dead wrong. He wants to win as much as we do. He's a competitive joker, man, he's smart, he's intelligent ... you can win a lot of games with guys like that," Monken said.
Buccaneers | Louis Murphy to be ready for camp
Buccaneers | Patrick Murray released
Buccaneers | Noah Spence thrown to the wolves
Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie DE/LB Noah Spence has had to adjust quickly to the NFL level. Over the last week, Spence has been exposed to defensive strategy and techniques, and defensive coordinator Mike Smith has been impressed with Spence's football intelligence. Smith said that Spence will have opportunities at both right end and left end on the defensive line, noting Spence's measurements and athleticism as catalysts for his versatility.
Buccaneers| Waive Davon Coleman
Buccaneers | Peyton Barber could land roster spot
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber could crack the 53-man roster because of his low salary, and RB Mike James' limited impact the past three seasons. Barber was a coveted priority free agent and was lured to Tampa Bay because of thin depth at running back, and he received several repetitions during the Bucs limited full-team scrimmage sessions last week.
Buccaneers | Dez Stewart goes to IR
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