Description: According to the Tampa Bay Times, Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith indicated Tuesday that he has a high opinion of running back Doug Martin but understands the need for more than one back.
Insight: Bucs OC Jeff Tedford said last week that he believes in alternating running backs. "I think you have to alternate,'' Tedford said. "Even when we had two 1,000-yard rushers (at California), J.J. Arrington was a 2,000-yard rusher and and we had a couple times guys had 1,000 yards apiece. But I don’t believe that one back can carry the load. It's just too physical. I think you probably need to have two to three guys to bring different things to the table. But I think you at least need to have two to be able to spell them here and there and keep them healthy and that type of thing." Bobby Rainey and Mike James both played well last season when Martin was out with a shoulder injury, and the team drafted receiving back Charles Sims in the third round this year. Martin saw 368 touches as a rookie and was on pace for 371 last year before his season-ending injury. He'll probably be closer to 300 this year.
Description: Despite early indications that Josh McCown would take over as the starter, Bucs QB Mike Glennon has "opened up some eyes" within the organization and could compete for the starting job. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Glennon (19 TD, 9 INT in 2013) did an admirable job last season filling in for Josh Freeman and he could have an even better year in 2014 with Mike Evans to throw to. With that said, head coach Lovie Smith has always been a big believer in the veteran McCown. It's unclear who will start Week 1 and it may not be until deep into training camp.
Description: The Buccaneers picked tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins with the 38th-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Insight: Seferian-Jenkins was the second tight end taken after Eric Ebron. Tim Wright caught 54 passes for 571 yards and five touchdowns for Tampa Bay last year, but he's just 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds. The Bucs wanted more beef in the middle of the field and got it in the 6-5, 262-pound Seferian-Jenkins. Tampa Bay selected 6-5 receiver Mike Evans in the first round to pair with 6-5 Vincent Jackson, so Josh McCown is going to have some big targets to throw to in 2014.
Description: Tampa Bay has selected Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans with the seventh pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Insight: He gives the Buccaneers a second receiving threat opposite three-time Pro Bowler Vincent Jackson. Evans has excellent size and should be a solid target for Josh McCown in the red zone. He was the second Texas A&M player taken in the draft behind Jake Matthews, who was taken sixth overall by the Falcons.
Description: Buccaneers wideout Mike Williams was released from the hospital late Sunday night. SOURCE: Tampa Tribune
Insight: He was allegedly stabbed by his brother and the police are looking into the incident. As talented as Williams is, he's been nothing but trouble off the field and this strange incident could be the last straw for the Bucs. Don't be surprised if Tampa Bay decides to release the troubled wide receiver.
Description: Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith already has named Josh McCown the starting quarterback for the 2014 season, according to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. The Buccaneers signed McCown away from the Bears on Wednesday.
Insight: Looks like the Mike Glennon era is over already. McCown had his best season as a pro in Marc Trestman's system last season, throwing for 1,829 yards, 13 TDs and one INT in eight games and posting a 109 QB rating. Smith's conservative offense won't allow McCown to duplicate that level of production.
Description: Tampa Bay has officially released cornerback Darrelle Revis. SOURCE: Mike Garafolo, Fox Sports 1
Insight: Things are about to get very interesting. At this point, New England looks like the favorite to land Revis though we can't rule out the Jets, Giants or even the Eagles just yet. Who knows, maybe the Browns and Raiders will find their way back into the mix. ESPN's John Clayton said on SportsCenter that Revis is looking for an annual salary of at least $12 million.
Description: Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports is hearing Darrelle Revis "would love to be a Patriot."
Insight: Revis also said he'd love to play for the Jets so who knows where he'll actually end up. For New England, adding Revis would certainly ease the pain of losing Aqib Talib. NESN's Doug Kyed reports the Patriots are also looking into free agent corners Antonio Cromartie and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Description: Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner is headed to the Buccaneers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Insight: Darrelle Revis, meet your replacement. Verner was a beast for the Titans last season, hauling in a career-high five interceptions and making the All-Pro team for the first time. The deal will pay Verner $26.5 million over the next four seasons.
Description: Now that Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis has refused to take a pay cut, it's more likely he'll be released than traded. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Insight: The Browns and Raiders have both pulled out of the Revis sweepstakes. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Revis is very open to returning to the Jets. He'll become the biggest free agent on the market as soon as the Buccaneers cut him.
Description: Tampa Bay will release cornerback Darrelle Revis if he is not traded before Wednesday at 4 p.m. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: It looks like this is really happening. Revis is due a $1.5 million roster bonus on Thursday and the Buccaneers have no intention of paying it. So far, the Raiders and Browns have shown the most interest.
Description: Tampa Bay is exploring trade options for star cornerback Darrelle Revis. SOURCE: Alex Marvez, Fox Sports
Insight: Revis is costing the Buccaneers an absurd amount of money ($16 million a season) but it's hard to believe they'd be willing to trade their best player after he arrived in Tampa less than a year ago. The 28-year-old is set to earn a $1.5 million roster bonus later this week.
Description: Tampa Bay running back Bobby Rainey pounded his way to 127 rushing yards in Sunday's win over Buffalo.
Insight: Rainey opened the game with an 80-yard touchdown burst and was able to coast after that. The Western Kentucky product is averaging 97 rushing ypg over his last four contests. He'll be a flex option next week against the Niners.
Description: Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis (groin) will play Sunday against Carolina, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Revis strained his groin last week against the Lions. He'll likely cover Steve Smith, who has zero 100-yard games this season and hasn't scored a touchdown since Oct. 20. Smith is a low-end WR3.
Description: According to Pat Yasinskas of espn.com, Buccaneers tight end Tim Wright is going to get every chance to be an every-down player with Tom Crabtree, Luke Stocker and Nate Byham all on injured reserve.
Insight: Wright had 106 yards and two scores on nine catches in Weeks 8-9 but he followed that up with two catches total in Weeks 10-11. He had eight catches and 75 yards on nine targets in his most recent game. He should be a top-15 tight end for the rest of the season.
Description: Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson has been handed a one-game suspension for his hit on Falcons wideout Roddy White on Sunday. SOURCE: Chris Mortensen, ESPN
Insight: It's the second time this year he's been suspended, though the last one was overturned on appeal. Goldson, who will appeal again, may not be so lucky this time around. The Buccaneers' next game is against Detroit.
Description: Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson pulled in 165 yards and a touchdown on 10 catches Sunday against the Falcons.
Insight: Jackson must have been itching to take another crack at the Atlanta secondary after thrashing them for 138 yards and two touchdowns in Week 7. He was coming off a few quiet games but now has 56 catches, 827 yards and five touchdowns this season.
Description: Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey didn't look like a third-stringer Sunday against Atlanta.
Insight: Rainey, who was waived by the Cleveland Browns earlier this season, took 30 handoffs for 163 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a touchdown. It's clear that Bucs coach Greg Schiano prefers to use one running back rather than a committee, as he heavily featured Doug Martin and Mike James before they suffered season-ending injuries. Now it's Rainey's turn.
Description: Tampa Bay halfback Mike James will miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken ankle on Monday Night Football. SOURCE: Mike Stroud, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: James put together an excellent opening drive on Monday night, rushing five times for 41 yards before the injury. With Doug Martin also out, the Buccaneers will have to use a running back by committee featuring Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey. Neither player will be worth picking up on waivers this week.
Description: Buccaneers running back Mike James left Monday's game against Miami with a left ankle injury and is out for the rest of the night.
Insight: James got off to a fast start, rushing for 41 yards on the first drive, but he suffered the injury on the one-yard line when Miami LB Dannell Ellerbe came down on his ankle. Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey will split the workload for the rest of the game.
Description: The Buccaneers have opted to place Doug Martin (shoulder) on injured reserve.
Insight: That means Mike James will keep the running back job the rest of the season. After an impressive rookie year that led to him getting drafted as a top-five fantasy pick this year, Martin disappointed despite getting a huge workload. He'll finish with 456 rushing yards on 127 carries (3.6 ypc), 66 receiving yards on 12 receptions and one total touchdown in six games.
Description: Buccaneers halfback Doug Martin (shoulder) didn't practice Wednesday.
Insight: According to ESPN.com, Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano said Martin will only play again this season if team doctors believe the running back won't be subject to further damage to his injured shoulder. Mike James is a RB2 Monday against Miami after breaking out against Seattle in Week 9.
Description: Buccaneers rookie running back Mike James had 158 rushing yards on 28 carries and also threw a two-yard touchdown pass Sunday at Seattle.
Insight: James only saw 10 carries in his first NFL start in Week 8 as Carolina controlled the clock, but he was heavily featured in Week 9. If Doug Martin (shoulder) is out again in Week 10 against Miami, fantasy owners can start James as RB2. The Seahawks have allowed 125-yard rushing games to a rookie running back in two straight weeks, which bodes well for Steven Jackson going into his Week 10 matchup with Seattle.
Description: According to Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune, Buccaneers wideout Mike Williams says he has a torn hamstring.
Insight: The Tampa Bay Times reported earlier Friday that the team was "concerned" about the injury and whether he would be able to continue playing. It could be season-ending for Williams, which would leave receivers Tiquan Underwood and Chris Owusu and tight end Tim Wright as the team's secondary receiving options behind Vincent Jackson. None of those players need to be added in fantasy leagues.
Description: According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Buccaneers are "concerned" about Mike Williams' hamstring injury.
Insight: Per Stroud, the team doesn't know if Williams will be able to continue playing. Williams has been playing on the injury for several weeks and has just 52 yards on seven catches over the last two games after missing Week 6. Tiquan Underwood, Chris Owusu and Tim Wright would be in line for an expanded role in Williams' absence, but none of them need to be added in fantasy leagues.
Description: Buccaneers halfback Doug Martin is hoping to return from his shoulder injury in Week 10. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: A few days ago it looked like Martin would be out for the season. Now he might only miss two weeks. Mike James will get most of the carries out of Tampa Bay's backfield Thursday night against Carolina.
Description: Buccaneers receiver Mike Williams (hamstring) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Panthers.
Insight: Williams played Sunday against the Falcons and had four catches for 32 yards after missing Week 6, but the short week isn't doing him any favors. QB Mike Glennon has targeted Vincent Jackson 47 times in three games as the starter, so Williams can be benched even if he plays Thursday.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Panthers.
Insight: Martin and coach Greg Schiano have said this week that the running back's torn labrum is not a season-ending injury, but he'll at least have to miss one game. Rookie Mike James will start against Carolina and could see 20 carries given Schiano's preference to run a one-back system. James saw 14 carries Sunday at Atlanta even though Martin suffered his injury in the third quarter.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin reiterated Tuesday what coach Greg Schiano said Monday: that his shoulder injury isn't necessarily season ending. SOURCE: Roy Cummings, Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Martin says the pain in his shoulder has decreased and his range of motion has improved in the last couple of days. Rookie Mike James is expected to start Thursday against the Panthers and should see 20 carries considering Tampa Bay's other options.
Description: Buccaneers rookie running back Mike James will be the team's primary running back for the forseeable future.
Insight: Doug Martin may or may not be done for the season with a shoulder injury, but James will likely be the only fantasy option for a while. Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey are not viable alternatives. James rushed the ball 14 times for 45 yards against Atlanta in a replacement role.
Description: Tampa Bay halfback Doug Martin has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. SOURCE: Albert Breer, NFL Network
Insight: Head coach Greg Schiano refuted a report that the injury would be season-ending though it looks like the Bucs will be without their top running back for the forseeable future. His backup, rookie Mike James, has logged just 17 carries in his first five NFL games.
Description: Tampa Bay receiver Mike Williams (hamstring) missed another day of practice, according to beat reporter Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Williams owners are salivating about getting him on the field against a porous Eagles defense. We still expect him to play, but its worth checking back before kickoff to verify that he's in the lineup.
Description: The Buccaneers finally parted ways with quarterback Josh Freeman on Thursday. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: It appears Freeman will hit the free agent market a bit earlier than expected. It's an embarrassing end to what once looked like a promising chapter in the Buccaneers' history. Freeman shouldn't have trouble catching on with another team but finding a starting job, especially after what has transpired over the last month, won't be as easy to come by.
Description: Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson (ribs) drew 11 throws from Mike Glennon Sunday but had just two catches for 27 yards.
Insight: Jackson was a game-time decision with a rib injury that will reportedly take five weeks to heal. Tampa Bay has had major quarterback issues this season and Jackson has only 17 receptions for 292 yards in four games.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin saw a huge workload of 30 touches Sunday against Arizona but averaged just 2.03 yards per touch.
Insight: Martin rushed for 45 yards on 27 carries (he had a long gain of 12, so his other 26 carries went for 33 yards) and had three catches for 16 yards. He came in averaging nearly 100 rushing yards per game. The second-year back is on pace for an astounding 428 touches this season.
Description: Josh Freeman wants out of Tampa Bay at all costs. He's open to being released if the Buccaneers can't find a trade partner in the near future. SOURCE: Jay Glazer, Fox Sports
Insight: Freeman has fallen behind Mike Glennon and Dan Orlovsky on the team's quarterback depth chart. It appears that Freeman, who was set to become a free agent anyway after the season, has played his final game as a Buccaneer.
Description: According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson (ribs) will play through his injury Sunday against the Cardinals.
Insight: Rapoport reported earlier Sunday that Jackson's injury will take five weeks to fully heal and the team was considering sitting him through its Week 5 bye. Jackson has several factors working against him Sunday; namely, the injury, a rookie quarterback making his first NFL start and a matchup with Patrick Peterson. Consider him a low-end WR2.
Description: According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson (ribs) is pushing to play Sunday, but the team is considering sitting him out through its Week 5 bye.
Insight: Rapoport reports that Jackson's injury will take five weeks to fully heal. Jackson is deciding whether or not to take a pain-killing shot to play Sunday against the Cardinals. He'll be a game-time decision and is a risky fantasy option with rookie Mike Glennon making his first NFL start.
Description: Tampa Bay receivers Vincent Jackson (ribs) and Mike Williams (hamstring) both had a limited practice Friday.
Insight: ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday that Jackson's injury is "not considered serious," but Jackson didn't practice until Friday and is questionable for Week 4 against Arizona. Jackson will be playing against cornerback Patrick Peterson and hasn't had much time to work with rookie QB Mike Glennon, who is making his first NFL start, but he'll still be a top-20 receiving option if he plays.
Description: Tampa Bay receiver Mike Williams (hamstring) missed a second straight practice Thursday, according to PewterReport.com.
Insight: Both Williams and Vincent Jackson (rib) are questionable for Week 4 against the Cardinals. If both receivers miss the game, Arizona's defense will be a viable fantasy option with rookie Mike Glennon making his first NFL start.
Description: According to Buccaneers blog PewterReport.com, Tampa Bay receiver Vincent Jackson (rib) didn't practice Thursday.
Insight: ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday that Jackson's injury is "not considered serious," but Jackson hasn't returned to practice yet. He's questionable for Week 4. With Mike Williams also questionable with a hamstring injury, rookie QB Mike Glennon might not have anyone to throw the football to in his first NFL start.
Description: When discussing quarterback Josh Freeman's trade value, ESPN's Chris Mortensen said the Buccaneers would probably "take anything for him at this point."
Insight: Freeman's trade value has never been lower. Not only has he been a distraction in the locker room with his immaturity but he's also statistically been one of the worst quarterbacks in the league this season. Freeman, who will become a free agent this offseason, is owed $8.43 million in 2013. Several teams in need of a quarterback including Cleveland and Jacksonville have already said they aren't interested.
Description: Mike Glennon, the third-round selection from North Carolina State, will make his first career NFL start Sunday against Arizona.
Insight: Glennon replaces an ineffective and regressing Josh Freeman who completed less than 46 percent of his passes in the first three games. The change may hurt the fantasy value of wideouts Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams and help running back Doug Martin.
Description: Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman has been benched in favor of rookie backup Mike Glennon.
Insight: Freeman's completion percentage is a career-worst 45.7 with two touchdowns and three interceptions. His 59.3 quarterback rating through three games is equally disheartening. Glennon can hardly do worse.
Description: Josh Freeman has been pitiful this season. After going 19-for-41 on Sunday, his completion percentage now sits at 45.7 for the season.
Insight: His 59.3 quarterback rating through three games is equally disheartening. Tampa Bay is off to a nightmare start and with three more games against Atlanta and New Orleans (not to mention a date with powerhouse San Francisco in Week 15), it doesn't look like things are going to get much better. At this point, blowing it up Cleveland Browns style might be the way to go.
Description: The Buccaneers cut backup running back Peyton Hillis loose on Saturday. SOURCE: Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports
Insight: He hasn't played a single down of football this season. Hillis is only three seasons removed from a 1,177 yard/11 touchdown campaign but with all the injuries he's suffered since then, he may not have much left in the tank.
Description: Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson, who had been handed a one-game ban for his hit on Saints running back Darren Sproles in Week 2, has won his appeal and will be allowed to play in Week 3. Instead, he'll pay a $100,000 fine.
Insight: Goldson's return will make it tougher for the struggling Patriots passing game to rebound from their poor performance last week.
Description: According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, there is a "growing disconnect" and "some real tension" between Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano and Josh Freeman.
Insight: Freeman is not happy that Schiano publicly revealed that he was late for a team photo and the captain vote. At this point it's clear the team doesn't consider Freeman its QB of the future. The Bucs didn't offer him a contract extension and drafted Mike Glennon in the 2013 NFL Draft after Freeman completed just 54.8 percent of his passes and threw nine picks in the final three games.
Description: According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano said QB Josh Freeman overslept and missed a team meeting last Monday and has been late for other things.
Insight: Freeman says he overslept for the team photo. That's not how you get on Schiano's good side. Tampa Bay did not give Freeman a contract extension, forcing him into a prove-it season, and he also was not voted as a team captain by his teammates. If Freeman's play doesn't improve, rookie Mike Glennon could be under center by midseason.
Description: Buccaneers left guard Carl Nicks (toe) will miss Sunday's game against the Jets.
Insight: Nicks had a staph infection during the preseason and is still recovering. One of the top left guards in football, Nicks missed nine games last season with a toe injury but it didn't prevent Doug Martin from having a fantastic season.
Description: Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes had toe surgery this week to remove a staph infection and is out indefinitely. SOURCE: Chris Mortensen, ESPN
Insight: The Bucs have signed former Bills kicker Rian Lindell to stand in for Tynes. They only brought in Tynes because Connor Barth suffered a season-ending Achilles injury playing basketball this offseason.
Description: Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis is a full participant in practice and is on schedule play in Week 1 against his former teammates, the Jets.
Insight: Revis tore his ACL a little less than a year ago. Assuming he hasn't lost a step, Revis should be one of the most feared corners in the game and make the Bucs' pass defense, which gave up a league-worst 4,758 yards last season, much better.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin participated in non-contact drills on Monday but that was just precautionary, according to the team's website. He'll likely be a full participant on Tuesday.
Insight: Martin is set for another huge season of running and receiving and this hiccup shouldn't change anything. Fantasy owners who had already drafted him and were holding their breath as the top-five pick went down due to a knee in the head, may now exhale.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin said he passed all his concussion tests and could have returned to Friday night's game against the Patriots if the team needed him.
Insight: Fantasy owners who have already drafted and were holding their breath as the top-five pick went down, may now exhale. Hopefully the Bucs' coaches will teach him how to pass block without using his head. Martin is set for another huge season of running and receiving.
Description: The Buccaneers' official update on running back Doug Martin wasn't really an update at all. They just said he took a "hard hit" and is out, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.
Insight: Martin took a knee to the head during Friday's preseason game against New England while trying to pass block. We should have more information tomorrow. If he doesn't have a concussion this shouldn't be a serious concern.
Description: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, free agent tight end Dallas Clark could have a new team by the end of this week.
Insight: Signing with the Ravens, who are now without starter Dennis Pitta (broken hip) and backup Ed Dickson (torn hamstring), would make the most sense. Clark reeled in 435 receiving yards in 16 games for the Buccaneers last season.
Description: Bucs running back Peyton Hillis suffered a hyperextended knee which the team called a "minor injury," according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Insight: Doug Martin is locked in as the feature back, both running and receiving, in Tampa Bay. Hillis will have to have a strong preseason just to make the roster and beat out Mike James and Brian Leonard for the backup role to Martin.
Description: Tampa Bay tight end Luke Stocker has missed the first two weeks of camp with a calf injury, but is still a viable option to start Week 1.
Insight: Stocker has never caught more than 16 passes for 165 yards, but was always playing in a backup role (Kellen Winslow, Dallas Clark). He's the starter this season and should produce much more fantasy-worthy results, though probably not at a starter's level.
Description: According to the Tampa Bay Times, Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson has been frequently lining up in the slot during training camp.
Insight: The Times predicts he'll be a fixture there during Tampa Bay's two-minute offense. Jackson had his best season in 2012, catching 72 catches for 1,384 yards and eight touchdowns. Being more versatile can't hurt.
Description: The Buccaneers have signed star wideout Mike Williams to a six-year, $40.25 million contract extension.
Insight: Williams reeled in nine touchdown grabs last season and finished four yards shy of 1,000 yards. In three seasons, he's never missed a game. We're expecting a breakout year for Williams in 2013.
Description: Peyton Hillis has signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Insight: He'll have to have a strong preseason to make the roster, and even if he does he'll have no immediate fantasy value. Doug Martin is locked in as the feature back, both running and receiving, in Tampa Bay.
Description: United States Olympic sprinter and former Florida Gators running back Jeff Demps continues to delay his NFL career by trying to maintain a track and field presence too.
Insight: Though he says he wants to play football all indicators show otherwise. The Bucs may have traded LeGarrette Blount for only the seventh-round draft pick they received along with the rights to Demps.
Description: Tampa Bay kicker Connor Barth tore his Achilles during a charity basketball game and is out for the season. SOURCE: Buccaneers on Twitter
Insight: Barth was terrific last season (28-for-33, career-high 123 points) so this is a tough pill to swallow for the Buccaneers. He should make a full recovery but for now, Tampa Bay will have to use Lawrence Tynes in his place.