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  • Tom Brady Returns To The Team

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is back at training camp practice on Saturday after a day off and some personal days. There's really nothing to see here. The future first-ballot Hall of Famer hasn't practiced in a few days, but we think he'll be just fine. He'll also be held out of the team's first preseason game on Aug. 13 against the Miami Dolphins, as will plenty of the team's other starters. The 45-year-old GOAT recently got two new offensive weapons in wide receiver Julio Jones and tight end Kyle Rudolph, which only raises his fantasy ceiling for the 2022 season. In his 22nd NFL season last year, Brady led the league in attempts (719), completions (485), passing yards (5,316), touchdown passes (43) and yards per game (312.7).

    Aug 6 · Source via Buccaneers Tom Brady
  • Mike Evans Day-To-Day With Hamstring Injury

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said that wide receiver Mike Evans (hamstring) is "day-to-day" with a hamstring injury that he suffered in practice on Friday at training camp. Evans has a history of minor hamstring injuries, but he should be just fine after sitting out potentially a couple days of practice. Barring another setback with his leg in training camp, the 28-year-old will be just fine for the start of the 2022 regular season. Evans is a no-doubt WR1 in fantasy as one of quarterback Tom Brady's top targets, especially in the red zone. The four-time Pro Bowler had 74 catches on 114 targets for 1,035 yards and a career-high 14 touchdowns in 16 regular season games in 2021. Evans has 27 touchdowns in the last two years with Brady and has reached 1,000 yards in all eight of his NFL seasons.

    Aug 6 · Source via Buccaneers Mike Evans
  • Breshad Perriman's Roster Spot In Danger

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Breshad Perriman pulled up with a leg injury in training camp practice on Monday -- perhaps a hamstring injury. The injury doesn't appear very serious, but Perriman can't afford to miss much time. The arrival of veteran Julio Jones means there are only two to three receiver spots left on the 53-man roster. Perriman is fighting with Tyler Johnson, Scotty Miller, Cyril Grayson Jr., Jaelon Darden, Deven Thompkins and Jerreth Sterns for one of the final spots. It will likely come down to special teams ability for the final receiver position, and Perriman hasn't really carved out a niche there yet. In six regular season games in 2021, the 28-year-old had only 11 catches for 167 yards and one touchdown on 18 targets.

    Aug 5 · Source via Buccaneers Breshad Perriman
  • Russell Gage, Jaelon Darden Have Looked Good

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers Russell Gage and Jaelon Darden have looked good so far in training camp. Gage has been as advertised by sporting an array of moves to help him get separation both on the outside and inside in the slot. He's often been the primary receiver in practices with Chris Godwin (knee) missing time. Darden has a much better understanding of the playbook, which includes choice routes that are prevalent in the offense. He's playing faster, running better routes and catching the ball with greater regularity in his second season. Darden also has the inside track for the return-specialist job, which helps his chances of making the final roster. Gage could still be a nice weapon in his first year in Tampa, but the addition of veteran Julio Jones should temper fantasy managers' hopes for a breakout in 2022.

    Aug 5 · Source via Buccaneers Russell Gage
  • Leonard Fournette Has Been A Camp Standout

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette has done a great job of getting into shape for training camp this year. Head coach Todd Bowles already declared Fournette to be in game shape, and he's looked like it this summer. He's looked as fast and explosive as ever, and his conditioning hasn't been an issue. The Bucs have also given indications that they'll run the ball more in 2022. Fournette is making $7 million per season, and the team will want to get their money's worth. Despite the presence of Giovani Bernard and rookie Rachaad White, Fournette will remain the team's three-down feature back again this season. If he stays healthy, he should be able to rush for 1,000 yards, making him a clear RB1 target in fantasy drafts.

    Aug 5 · Source via Buccaneers Leonard Fournette
  • Bucs Not Getting Hopes Up With Chris Godwin

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said "we're not getting our hopes up" with wide receiver Chris Godwin (knee). Bowles said that Godwin is a long way from returning to a full practice routine. Godwin returned to training camp practice on Friday for the first time since having surgery for a torn ACL. The 26-year-old was only doing some straight-line running and individual drills on Friday, easing his way back in. There's a chance that he'll be ready for the Week 1 regular season opener, but that's not guaranteed at this point, and Tampa won't rush him back. The presence of Russell Gage and Julio Jones will allow the team to be more conservative. Right now, Godwin is a WR3 selection in fantasy drafts with clear upside for more if he's ready to go by Week 1.

    Aug 5 · Source via Buccaneers Chris Godwin
  • Mike Evans Tweaks His Hamstring

    Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said that wide receiver Mike Evans (hamstring) tweaked his hamstring in training camp practice on Friday, which is why he left practice early. It was also the same day that Chris Godwin (knee) returned to practice for the first time since undergoing surgery on his torn ACL. Evans has a history of hamstring injuries, and although he might miss some practice time this summer, he should be ready to go for Week 1 of the regular season. Fantasy managers shouldn't be too worried about the clear-cut WR1. The 28-year-old will remain one of quarterback Tom Brady's favorite weapons, especially in the red zone. Evans had 74 catches for 1,035 yards and a career-high 14 touchdowns in 16 regular season games last year.

    Aug 5 · Source via Buccaneers Mike Evans
  • Mike Evans Leaves Practice With Leg Injury

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (leg) left training camp practice early on Friday with an apparent leg injury. The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud suggests that this could be one of Evans' annual hamstring issues. Check back for updates on the specific nature of Evans' injury, but hopefully it's nothing serious. The Bucs also got good news on Friday, with Chris Godwin (knee) practicing for the first time since having surgery on his torn ACL. Evans is one of quarterback Tom Brady's top targets in the offense, so losing him for any stretch of time would be a big blow. In 16 regular season games in 2021, the four-time Pro Bowler caught 74 of his 114 targets for 1,035 yards and 14 touchdowns. Evans has 27 regular season TDs in his two years working with Brady and has recorded 1,000 yards in all eight of his NFL seasons. He's a no-doubt WR1.

    Aug 5 · Source via Buccaneers Mike Evans
  • Tom Brady Excused From Practice Friday

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was excused from Friday's training camp practice due to a personal matter. Brady also got a day off on Wednesday, and the Buccaneers had the day off on Thursday, so Brady will now have a third straight day off. In the grand scheme of things, this is probably a non-issue. The Bucs will unsurprisingly hold Brady out of their first preseason game next week on Aug. 13 against the Miami Dolphins as well. The 45-year-old GOAT shouldn't be seen as an elite QB1 in fantasy, but he's firmly in the QB1 ranks, especially after the Buccaneers added veteran receiver Julio Jones and tight end Kyle Rudolph recently. Another plus for Brady: Chris Godwin's (knee) recovery from a torn ACL last year is going well, and he has a realistic chance to be ready for Week 1.

    Aug 5 · Source via Buccaneers Tom Brady
  • Chris Godwin Practicing Friday

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (knee) is practicing on Friday for the first time since he had surgery for a torn ACL. He is practicing with a brace on his surgically repaired right knee. It was big news when Godwin didn't begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, and now he's back at practice after sitting out a few practices. There is hope that the 26-year-old can be ready for the Week 1 season opener, which would be bad news for Russell Gage and veteran Julio Jones. It doesn't mean that Godwin will be lights-out early in the season, but the fact that he's already back at practice this summer should make fantasy managers more comfortable taking him as a WR2 in their upcoming drafts.

    Aug 5 · Source via Buccaneers Chris Godwin
  • Tom Brady Won't Play In First Preseason Game

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said that quarterback Tom Brady and many other starters will not play in the team's first preseason game next Saturday, Aug. 13, against the Miami Dolphins. This shouldn't come as a huge surprise to anyone as the Bucs look to keep the future Hall of Famer healthy for the start of the 2022 regular season. With Brady watching on the sidelines, backup Blaine Gabbert will likely get the start next weekend. The 45-year-old living legend led the NFL in completions (485), attempts (719), passing yards (5,316), touchdowns (43) and yards per game (312.7) in his second year in Tampa, and although he's not a high-end QB1 target, he'll certainly be in the QB1 mix yet again in 2022, even without trusty sidekick Rob Gronkowski.

    Aug 3 · Source via Buccaneers Tom Brady
  • Cade Otton Back At Practice

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie fourth-round tight end Cade Otton (ankle) practiced this week for the first time since he injured his ankle last November. He was held out of organized team activities and minicamp, but he practiced all week with the tight ends and is stoked to be back on the field after eight months away. The addition of veteran Kyle Rudolph lessened the need for Otton to make a big impact in his first NFL season, but he'll rotate in with Rudolph and Cameron Brate and will play on special teams. As the No. 3 tight end entering the 2022 season, the 23-year-old can be ignored in single-year fantasy leagues, but he'll still be worth a look in dynasty/keeper formats as Tampa's future at the position.

    Jul 31 · Source via Buccaneers Cade Otton
  • Ryan Succop, Jose Borregales Looking Good

    The kicking competition between Tampa Bay Buccaneers kickers Ryan Succop and Jose Borregales will continue throughout the preseason, but both have looked sharp in the first week of training camp. Succop was a perfect 6-for-6 on Wednesday, while Borregales went 7-for-8 on Thursday. Borregales made his first six kicks on Saturday before missing from 51 yards out. "Both of them are healthy, both of them are kicking good right now," head coach Todd Bowles said. "As we get these guys kicking more, we'll see what happens." Succop finished last year as the No. 10 fantasy kicker by making 25 of his 30 field-goal attempts and 56 of his 59 extra-point tries, and whoever wins the job this year should be relevant in fantasy as long as quarterback Tom Brady is still leading this offense.

    Jul 31 · Source via Buccaneers Ryan Succop
  • Russell Gage Impressing Early In Training Camp

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Gage has consistently impressed in the first week of training camp. "Gage has really been the one to stand out. I don't think we've covered him yet," head coach Todd Bowles said Friday. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin (knee), Gage and Jones are set to be the team's top four receivers, but in the battle for the final two receiver jobs on the roster, Tyler Johnson has turned heads this week. The punt and kickoff returner will likely take one of the final receiver jobs, and Jaelon Darden is still the early leader there. Gage had had two touchdowns in practice on Saturday, and although the addition of Jones makes him slightly less appealing in fantasy, he should still be a fine late-round target as he continues to show nice chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady in practices.

    Jul 31 · Source via Buccaneers Russell Gage
  • Ryan Jensen Could Miss A Couple Of Months

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen (knee) is expected to be out for months after suffering a knee injury early on in training camp. However, the team is waiting on the results of the Pro-Bowler's MRI before they will say how long he is expected to be out. Head coach Todd Bowles said "I do know he will miss some significant time, up to a couple of months," and added that "he won't be available anytime soon." Robert Hainsey will be the next man up in Jensen's absence, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Bucs pursue another one of the league's top centers, JC Tretter, who remains a free agent.

    Jul 29 · Source via Buccaneers
  • Ryan Jensen Feared To Have Suffered Season-Ending Injury

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are awaiting final word, but the fear is that Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen (knee) suffered a season-ending knee injury when he was carted off the field at practice on Thursday, according to sources. If it's indeed the case, the team's internal option is Robert Hainsey. Externally, they could pursue JC Tretter, Matt Paradis or Billy Price. The 31-year-old Jensen hasn't missed a game since he joined the Bucs before the 2018 season, and he earned his first Pro Bowl nod last year. Jensen's injury is a huge early blow for the Buccaneers offensive line and offense as a whole.

    Jul 29 · Source via Buccaneers
  • Bug Howard Signs With Tampa

    Free-agent tight end Bug Howard signed with the Buccaneers. Howard recently suited up for the Philadelphia Stars in the USFL, compiling 30 catches for 371 yards and four touchdowns (10 games). He has spent time with six NFL clubs since entering the league in 2017, beginning his career with the Colts as an undrafted free agent. However, Howard hasn't logged a regular-season snap. Nonetheless, the 27-year-old is a long shot at making the Week 1 roster. Yet, even if he does, he'll have to battle Cameron Brate, Kyle Rudolph, and Cade Otton for targets from Tom Brady.

    Jul 28 · Source via Buccaneers
  • Ryan Jensen May Have Suffered "Serious" Knee Injury

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen (knee) was carted off the field during training camp on Wednesday. To make matters even worse, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported there is now fear the Pro Bowler may have suffered a "serious" knee injury. The 31-year-old will undergo more testing over the next few days to determine the severity of the ailment. However, if Jensen misses time, it won't be good news for the 44-year-old Tom Brady, who will need all the support he can get to remain upright in 2022-23.

    Jul 28 · Source via Buccaneers Tom Brady
  • Russell Gage Healthy At Training Camp

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Gage (undisclosed) was full-go at training camp practice on Wednesday. Gage, who signed as a free agent after four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, was unable to get integrated into the offense during offseason workouts due to an unspecified injury. "Russ looks great," said head coach Todd Bowles. "He came back in great shape and we're happy to have him moving." Gage's fantasy value has taken a hit already at camp, though, with Chris Godwin (knee) avoiding the Physically Unable to Perform list and with veteran wideout Julio Jones signing to provide competition. The 26-year-old isn't quite as sexy of a breakout candidate now, especially if Godwin is ready for the start of the season.

    Jul 28 · Source via Buccaneers Russell Gage
  • Ryan Jensen Carted Off At Training Camp

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen (knee) was carted off the practice field at training camp on Thursday with a knee injury, according to head coach Todd Bowles. Jensen threw his helmet in anger, which is usually a sign of a serious injury. Teammates were also huddled around him before he was carted to the locker room. The 31-year-old signed a three-year, $39 million deal with the team in March after earning the first Pro Bowl nod of his career in his fourth season with the team in 2021. Jensen is a key piece of Tampa's offensive line, so a season-ending knee injury would be an early blow to the Buccaneers offense. Stay tuned for more details on the severity of his injury.

    Jul 28 · Source via Buccaneers
  • Julio Jones Getting Involved Early

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are getting veteran wide receiver Julio Jones involved a lot in training camp practice right away. Quarterback Tom Brady has connected with him twice in red-zone passing drills in practice on Thursday. Remember, Chris Godwin (knee) isn't on the practice field yet despite avoiding the Physically Unable to Perform list. When all of Tampa's wideouts are healthy, Jones will be competing with Russell Gage for No. 3 duties behind Mike Evans and Godwin. The 33-year-old veteran looked done in Tennessee last year, but much of that had to do with lower-body injuries that Jones has dealt with in recent seasons. He'll surely have his moments with Brady in 2022 and he has more upside with the Bucs than he did with the Titans, but Jones is an injury risk that will most likely produce inconsistent results on a weekly basis.

    Jul 28 · Source via Buccaneers Julio Jones
  • Buccaneers Not Concerned With Leonard Fournette's Weight

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said he has no issues with running back Leonard Fournette's weight, and he looked much slimmer in the team's first training camp practice on Wednesday compared to mandatory minicamp in June. Fournette said he weighed 244 pounds for the start of camp after a report said he weighted 260 at minicamp. "He ran great in the test yesterday -; he's explosive, he's quick and we're happy with him," Bowles said. Despite the overblown weight-gain talks this offseason, Lenny will open the year as Tampa's clear-cut lead back, and he's likely to be on the field most of the time. Despite the addition of rookie Rachaad White, Fournette, who had 1,266 scrimmage yards and 10 touchdowns in last year's regular season, will be a strong RB1 choice for fantasy managers.

    Jul 27 · Source via Buccaneers Leonard Fournette
  • Leonard Fournette Sheds Weight

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette was back down to 245 pounds when he reported to training camp on Tuesday, according to a source. Fournette's weight was a big topic of discussion this offseason when he appeared close to 260 pounds at the team's mandatory minicamp in June. However, the 27-year-old was training hard to shed some weight before training camp, and it looks like he's done just that. Fantasy managers shouldn't have been putting too much stock in his weight this offseason to begin with. Rookie Rachaad White could spell Lenny more often down the stretch, but when healthy, Fournette should remain firmly in the RB1 mix yet again in 2022 with quarterback Tom Brady back for another season.

    Jul 26 · Source via Buccaneers Leonard Fournette
  • Lavonte David Avoids PUP List

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David (foot) has been cleared to begin training camp and is ready to participate in workouts, beginning on Wednesday. Even though David didn't need to be played on the Physically Unable to Perform list, the team will be careful with him this summer. The 32-year-old missed five games during the regular season in 2021 due to foot and ankle injuries, but he still managed 97 tackles (63 solo), five tackles for loss, four QB hits, two sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 12 games for Tampa. He has a great chance to be ready for the Week 1 season opener, and David should be in the mix in IDP fantasy leagues if he's healthy this year. David has had 100-plus combined tackles in eight of his 10 NFL seasons.

    Jul 26 · Source via Buccaneers Lavonte David
  • Chris Godwin Cleared To Begin Training Camp

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (knee) has been cleared to begin training camp despite having knee surgery Jan. 3 for a torn ACL. The Buccaneers obviously won't push Godwin in training camp, but this is big news for the 26-year-old wideout this summer. The fact that he won't begin camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list is a good sign that he could be ready for Week 1, although that's still up in the air. The Bucs also signed seven-time Pro Bowler Julio Jones on Tuesday, giving the team a little more insurance in case Godwin isn't ready to go for the season opener. Godwin had a career-high 98 receptions for 1,103 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games before his injury in 2021, and although he's riskier in 2022 because of his injury, he could be an excellent value pick as a WR3 if he's healthy and ready to go by Week 1.

    Jul 26 · Source via Buccaneers Chris Godwin
  • Julio Jones Signs One-Year Deal With Buccaneers

    Seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones signed an undisclosed one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday, according to a source. Quarterback Tom Brady gets another new weapon before the 2022 season. Jones, who has missed 14 games the last two seasons due to various injuries, will give Tampa a bit more receiver depth in case Chris Godwin (knee) isn't ready to go by Week 1. The 33-year-old veteran looked close to the end in 2021 with the Tennessee Titans, averaging 43.4 yards per game to finish with 31 catches, 434 yards and one touchdown in 10 games played. If healthy, Jones could be a reliable pass-catching option for Brady, but with Mike Evans, Godwin and Russell Gage in the mix, it might be a stretch to think that Jones will suddenly be an every-week fantasy starter again in 2022.

    Jul 26 · Source via Buccaneers Julio Jones
  • Mike Edwards Expected To Start In 2022

    With safety Jordan Whitehead now on the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Mike Edwards is expected to get the first crack at replacing him as a starter opposite Antoine Winfield this year. Logan Ryan and newcomer Keanu Neal will give head coach Todd Bowles the opportunity to show multiple looks in the secondary, including a dangerous dime package using Neal and other wrinkles in third-down situations. If a fifth safety were to make the final roster, it would be between second-year pro Troy Warner and undrafted rookie Nolan Turner. Edwards has proven to be a ball hawk in his three seasons with Tampa, recording five interceptions (two touchdowns) in 45 games played (11 starts), but he'll have to hold off Ryan by playing well early on.

    Jul 25 · Source via Buccaneers Mike Edwards Keanu Neal Logan Ryan
  • Kyle Rudolph To Inherit Most Of Rob Gronkowski's Workload

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Kyle Rudolph figures to inherit the bulk of Rob Gronkowski's workload this year. Rudolph played 48 percent of the offensive snaps for the New York Giants last year and is smart, durable and versatile; he's the perfect Y or in-line tight end who can run block and catch passes. The Bucs also seem prepared to give Cameron Brate a larger role to help make up for the loss of Gronk's 55 catches, 802 yards and six touchdowns in 2021. Rudolph only caught 26 passes for 257 yards and one touchdown in the Giants' bad offense a year ago, and in the end, he might just be keeping the seat warm for one of the team's rookie tight ends. Both Rudolph and Brate might have better seasons in 2022 for Tampa, but the two of them figure to lower each other's ceiling, making them inconsistent touchdown-dependent tight end streamers.

    Jul 25 · Source via Buccaneers Kyle Rudolph Rob Gronkowski
  • Cade Otton Signs Rookie Contract

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cade Otton finally inked his rookie deal on Sunday. The fourth-round pick of the 2022 NFL Draft spent his collegiate career at the University of Washington. He compiled 91 catches for 1,026 yards and nine touchdowns in 39 games for the Huskies. He did have ankle surgery and didn't participate in the team's offseason program. However, he has since been cleared for training camp. Nonetheless, with Rob Gronkowski now gone due to retirement, Otton has a chance of emerging as the No. 1 option at the position for the Bucs in 2022-23. Still, the 23-year-old likely won't be an every-week fantasy producer this season, even if he becomes one of Tom Brady's preferred targets.

    Jul 24 · Source via Buccaneers Cade Otton
  • Buccaneers Agree With Second-Rounder Logan Hall

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed with rookie second-round defensive end Logan Hall on his four-year rookie deal on Saturday, and he'll receive more than $9.3 million. Tampa's rookies were scheduled to report to training camp on Saturday, so Hall should be in attendance now. The Bucs didn't have a pick in this year's first round, so he was officially their first selection of the 2022 draft. The young pass-rusher is a big presence on the defensive line at 6-foot-6 and 283 pounds, and he figures to have a big role in his rookie season after recording 6.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss in his senior season at the University of Houston.

    Jul 23 · Source via Buccaneers Logan Hall
  • Leonard Fournette Working Hard To Get In Shape

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette's weight has been a big topic of discussion this offseason. Fournette weighed around 240 pounds during organized team activities, but said getting down to 230 or 228 pounds is within his range. For what it's worth, head coach Todd Bowles said Fournette "looked fine" and was "no worse for wear" during OTAs. Reports suggested that the Bucs coaching staff was unhappy with Fournette's weight gain, but he has been training hard since then, and his trainer Jordan Bush thinks the weight issue is overblown. Bush said Fournette left training sessions in Texas last week in the "low 240s" and should lose even more weight during training camp this summer. The 27-year-old will once again be Tampa's lead back, but conditioning concerns and rookie Rachaad White lurking has caused Fournette to slip to low-end RB1 territory.

    Jul 23 · Source via Buccaneers Leonard Fournette
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