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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
Buccaneers | Kenny Bell could stretch the field
Buccaneers | Noah Spence signs rookie deal
Buccaneers | Two more roster moves made
Buccaneers | Freddie Martino added
Buccaneers | Claim John Lowdermilk
Buccaneers | Contract details for Ryan Smith
Buccaneers | Tim Brown let go
Buccaneers | Sign three players
Buccaneers | Andre Davis re-joins Bucs
Buccaneers | Noah Spence adjusting to NFL game
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Noah Spence said he had to adjust to the speed of the game and number of plays during rookie minicamp Friday, May 6, but he said he feels good about his transition to the NFL so far.
Buccaneers | Veron Hargreaves contract details
Buccaneers | Vernon Hargreaves moves around Friday
Buccaneers | Devante Bond signs rookie deal
Buccaneers | Vernon Hargreaves III signs contract
Buccaneers | Ryan Smith could play safety
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Ryan Smith could serve as a safety, according to general manager Jason Licht. Licht and head coach Dirk Koetter were both attracted to Smith's versatility as a safety and/or cornerback.
Buccaneers | Connor Barth released
Buccaneers | Connor Barth expected to be cut
Buccaneers | Elijah Shumate agrees to terms with Tampa Bay
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to terms with undrafted free-agent SS Elijah Shumate (Notre Dame) Saturday, April 30. He received a signing bonus of $13,000, but other financial details were undisclosed.
Buccaneers | Ryan Smith expects big role
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Ryan Smith anticipates playing a major role in the Buccaneers' defense. Smith believes he can help out Tampa Bay a lot and said he's going to do everything he can to help the team. "I did special teams all my life, in college, and I made plays," Smith said. "I'm going to continue to do the same thing at the next level. I'm going to give it my all."
Buccaneers | Ryan Smith could return kicks
Buccaneers | Roberto Aguayo first kicker off the board
Buccaneers | Noah Spence drafted by Bucs
Buccaneers | Eight players waived
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Andre Davis, LB Darius Eubanks, OG Antoine Everett, FS Gerod Holliman, DT Derrick Lott, S Kimario McFadden, LB Jermauria Rasco and CB C.J. Roberts were waived Friday, April 29.
Buccaneers | Bucs take Vernon Hargreaves at No. 11
Buccaneers | Tampa moves down in first round
Buccaneers | Tampa Bay likes Noah Spence
Eastern Kentucky LB Noah Spence would be coveted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers if he is still available when they pick in the second round. The Buccaneers hold the eighth pick in the second round -- 39th overall.
Buccaneers | Mike Evans idle Thursday
Buccaneers | Two Tampa wideouts to get chance in slot
Buccaneers | Kenny Bell ready to make plays
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Kenny Bell (hamstring) spent the 2015 season, his rookie year, on the Reserve/Injured list due to a hamstring injury, but he stayed connected with the team while the coaching staff made a point to keep him involved in the day-to-day activity, even taking him on every road trip despite his being out. Bell is expected to compete with WRs Donteea Dye and Adam Humphries for slot duties during the spring.
Buccaneers | Two linemen will miss some time
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OGs J.R. Sweezy (undisclosed) and Ali Marpet (undisclosed) underwent offseason procedures and will not participate in minicamp or organized team activities. They are not expected to practice until late July when training camp begins.
Buccaneers | Jameis Winston loses weight
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has put in work to enter the 2016 season in much better shape, and his teammates were impressed with the results during voluntary minicamp Tuesday, April 26. Winston's trainer, Tim Grover, said Winston lost 18 pounds since last year. "I was joking with him the other day. He took his shirt off, and I said 'Man, what happened to the belly?' He's got a six-pack like me. He's put in a tremendous amount of work and I think it's going to be a great year for him and this whole team," WR Mike Evans said.
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