Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense3rd95.1 (24th)302.8 (1st)
Defense15th73.8 (1st)270.1 (30th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
26Adams, Andrew DB5-1120210/28/19925Connecticut
82Auclair, Antony TE6-62565/28/19934Laval (Canada)
58Barrett, Shaquil OLB6-225011/17/19927Colorado State
12Brady, Tom QB6-42258/3/197721Michigan
84Brate, Cameron TE6-52457/3/19916Harvard
65Cappa, Alex G6-63051/27/19953Humboldt State
43Cockrell, Ross DB6-01908/6/19917Duke
54David, Lavonte ILB6-12331/23/19909Nebraska
94Davis, Khalil DT6-13088/22/1996RNebraska
24Davis, Carlton CB6-120612/31/19963Auburn
35Dean, Jamel CB6-120610/15/19962Auburn
32Edwards, Mike SAF5-102055/18/19962Kentucky
21Evans, Justin SS6-01998/26/19954Texas A&M
13Evans, Mike WR6-52318/21/19937Texas A&M
28Fournette, Leonard RB6-02281/18/19954LSU
11Gabbert, Blaine QB6-523510/15/198910Missouri
92Gholston, William DE6-62817/31/19918Michigan State
49Gill, Cam LB6-324012/14/1997RWagner
14Godwin, Chris WR6-12092/27/19964Penn State
15Grayson, Cyril WR5-918312/5/19931LSU
4Griffin, Ryan QB6-521011/17/19897Tulane
87Gronkowski, Rob TE6-62655/14/198910Arizona
73Haeg, Joe T6-62983/11/19935North Dakota State
88Hudson, Tanner TE6-523911/12/19942Southern Arkansas
66Jensen, Ryan C6-43195/27/19917Colorado State-Pueblo
18Johnson, Tyler WR6-12068/25/1998RMinnesota
27Jones, Ronald RB5-112088/3/19973USC
74Marpet, Ali G6-43074/17/19936Hobart
25McCoy, LeSean RB5-112107/12/198812Pittsburgh
96McLendon, Steve NT6-33101/3/198611Troy
85Mickens, Jaydon WR5-111704/21/19943Washington
10Miller, Scott WR5-91747/31/19972Bowling Green
51Minter, Kevin LB6-024612/3/19908LSU
75Molchon, John G6-53092/2/1997RBoise State
23Murphy-Bunting, Sean CB6-01956/19/19972Central Michigan
98Nelson, Anthony LB6-72713/4/19972Iowa
56Nunez-Roches, Rakeem DT6-23077/3/19936Southern Miss
79O'Connor, Pat DE6-427011/1/19932Eastern Michigan
90Pierre-Paul, Jason OLB6-52751/1/198911South Florida
8Pinion, Bradley P6-52296/1/19946Clemson
53Russell, Chapelle LB6-22361/20/1997RTemple
62Shipley, A.Q. C6-13075/22/19869Penn State
76Smith, Donovan T6-63386/23/19936Penn State
29Smith, Ryan CB5-111899/7/19935North Carolina Central
64Stinnie, Aaron G6-33122/18/19943James Madison
3Succop, Ryan K6-22189/19/198612South Carolina
93Suh, Ndamukong DE6-43131/6/198711Nebraska
97Triner, Zach LS6-32451/30/19912Assumption
30Vaughn, Ke'Shawn RB5-102145/4/1997RVanderbilt
17Watson, Justin WR6-32154/4/19963Pennsylvania
72Wells, Josh T6-63062/14/19916James Madison
45White, Devin ILB6-02372/17/19982LSU
33Whitehead, Jordan FS5-101983/18/19973Pittsburgh
31Winfield Jr., Antoine SS5-92038/16/1998RMinnesota
78Wirfs, Tristan T6-53201/24/1999RIowa
Injured Players
 Barnett, Deondre (IR) DE6-3239//RSouthern Illinois
48Cichy, Jack (IR) LB6-22385/5/19963Wisconsin
19Franklin, John (IR) WR6-11869/21/19941Florida Atlantic
80Howard, O.J. (IR) TE6-625111/18/19944Alabama
22Logan, T.J. (IR) RB5-111959/3/19944North Carolina
14Simpson, Cortrelle (IR) WR5-111938/30/1996RRichmond
50Vea, Vita (IR) NT6-43472/5/19953Washington
Practice Squad
61Bailey, Zack G6-529911/8/19952South Carolina
57Bell, Quinton LB6-42535/9/19961Prairie View A&M
34Hagan, Javon SAF6-02152/22/1997ROhio
 Hurst, John WR6-219011/2/1996RWest Georgia
 Jonsen, Travis WR6-421110/16/1996RMontana State
 Joseph, Greg K6-02108/4/19942Florida Atlantic
95Ledbetter, Jeremiah DE6-32956/2/19942Arkansas
60Leverett, Nick G6-43101/11/1997RRice
 McElroy, Codey TE6-625512/13/19921Oklahoma State
36Miller, Herb CB6-219011/11/19971Florida Atlantic
89Pearson, Josh WR6-42056/13/1997RJacksonville State
91Potoa'e, Benning DE6-32909/17/1996RWashington
2Rosen, Josh QB6-42152/10/19973UCLA
 Smith, Kobe DT6-23126/23/1998RSouth Carolina
33Ware, Aca'Cedric RB6-02056/29/19971USC
 Wilkins, Mazzi CB6-019110/12/19952South Florida
Suspended Players
44Barner, Kenjon RB5-91954/28/19897Oregon
 Brown, Antonio WR5-101857/10/198810Central Michigan
 
 
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Position Listing
Cam Gill
No Updates
Zach Triner
No Updates
Jaydon Mickens
News
Mickens did not see any targets on his three scrimmage snaps but returned four kickoffs for 98 yards in the Buccaneers' 45-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

Mickens has now seen action from scrimmage in five straight games, but four of those counts have been in the single digits and have resulted in just two receptions for 22 yards (Week 5). However, the fourth-year wideout continues to be a steady presence on returns, with Sunday's tally giving Mickens a career-best 164 kick-return yards on the campaign (23.4 yards per return).

Ryan Jensen
News
Jensen (elbow) will be available for Saturday's contest against the Texans, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Jensen drew a questionable designation due to an elbow injury suffered in Week 15. However, he was able to practice fully for consecutive days to end the week, rendering this decision relatively unsurprising. He has yet to miss a snap this season.

Rakeem Nunez-Roches
News
Nunez-Roches (foot) is re-signing with Tampa Bay on a one-year, $2.25 million contract, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Nunez-Roches came off the bench for Tampa last season, recording nine tackles on 293 defensive snaps in 16 games. He'll probably end up in a depth role again, but he could get a shot at a starting job if the Bucs don't sign a replacement for free agent Ndamukong Suh. There hasn't been any indication that Nunez-Roches' foot injury from Week 17 was serious.

Antonio Brown
News
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that Brown (suspension) "looked fantastic" in his first team workout Wednesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

As a new arrival, Brown had to first produce negative COVID-19 tests for five consecutive days to satisfy league protocols, making Wednesday the first day he was able to enter the facility. Pending his reinstatement by the league after Week 8, Brown will be eligible to make his team debut Week 9 against the Saints. Since Brown is still serving the final week of an eight-game suspension, he will be limited to working out on side field for the next few days before joining the main group next Wednesday, the first official day of Week 9 prep. Brown could have a substantial role in that contest if Chris Godwin still isn't ready to return from the index finger surgery he required earlier this week.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended for eight games
Lavonte David
News
David racked up eight tackles (seven solo, 0.5 tackles for loss) in Sunday's 45-20 win over the Raiders.

David finished second on his squad in tackles only behind Devin White. This marks the second straight week that David has recorded eight tackles. Through seven contests, he's collected 55 tackles (41 solo), 1.5 sacks and an interception.

Justin Evans
News
Evans (foot) was placed on the reserve/PUP list Saturday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Evans has struggled to get healthy over the past two seasons, as his 2018 season ended with a foot injury and his 2019 campaign never started due to an Achilles injury. He's dealing with his 2018 foot injury again, however, and he'll need to wait until at least November to return to the lineup. Even when he's healthy, the 2017 second-round pick will likely be eased back into action, as it'll be his first time in a game in nearly two years. Antoine Winfield and Jordan Whitehead are expected to be the Buccaneers' starting safeties this season.

Injury
Foot - Physically Unable to Perform. Expected Return - Week 9
Bradley Pinion
News
Pinion intends to sign a four-year contract with the Buccaneers, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Pinion served as the 49ers' starting punter each of the last four years, and boasts a career average of 43.7 yards per punt. With Bryan Anger having been released by Tampa Bay, Pinion has a clear path to the starting job in 2019.

Ross Cockrell
News
The Buccaneers signed Cockrell to the active roster Tuesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Cockrell was expected to sign with the Giants back in August, but the 29-year-old cornerback refused to sign the tabled offer. He instead inked a deal with the Buccaneers' practice squad, and now he'll make his first appearance on the active roster. Cockrell played 14 games for the Panthers in 2019 and recorded 62 tackles, eight pass breakups and two interceptions while allowing a 68.6 passer rating when targeted.

Deondre Barnett
Injury
Jordan Whitehead
News
Whitehead (knee) was a limited practice participant Friday and doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Packers, Adam Caplan of Sirius XM Radio reports.

Whitehead sandwiched Thursday's missed session between a pair of limited practices, but he apparently showed enough to be kept off the final injury report. The safety should be out there on game day as the Buccaneers try to slow down an explosive Packers offense that's averaging a league-high 38.0 points per game.

Greg Joseph
News
Joseph is slated to sign with Tampa Bay's practice squad, NFL agent Brett Tessler reports.

Joseph started 14 games with the Browns in 2018 and had two appearances with the Titans last season. He'll now serve an emergency role on Tampa Bay's practice squad, where he could be called upon for action if Ryan Succop ends up missing any time.

Kevin Minter
News
Minter signed a one-year contract with the Buccaneers on Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Minter is set to return for a third straight season as a depth option in Tampa Bay's linebacker corps. He started four games in 2019 while Devin White battled injuries, during which span he notched an impressive 30 total tackles and two defended passes.

Rob Gronkowski
News
Gronkowski could be set for an expanded role in Monday night's Week 8 game against the Giants with Chris Godwin (finger) ruled out for the contest.

Jenna Laine of ESPN.com confirms Godwin fractured his index finger on his fourth-quarter touchdown reception in Sunday's win over the Raiders and will be forced to miss Week 8 at minimum. Gronkowski has only generated a combined 4-82 line on 10 targets over the three prior games Godwin has missed this season with a concussion and a hamstring injury, but he's shown clear signs of being back to full football shape and having a firm grasp of coach Bruce Arians' offense of late. The multi-time Pro Bowler well head into Monday night's contest riding the wave of his best two-game stretch as a Buccaneer, as he posted 10 receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers and Raiders in Weeks 7 and 8, respectively.

Scott Miller
News
Miller appears set for an expanded role for Monday night's Week 8 battle against the Giants with Chris Godwin (finger) ruled out of the contest.

Jenna Laine of ESPN.com confirms Godwin fractured his index finger on his fourth-quarter touchdown reception in Sunday's win against Las Vegas and will be forced to miss Week 8 at minimum. Miller is coming off an impressive six-catch, 109-yard, one-touchdown effort versus the Raiders, and he's likely to bump up to No. 2 on the depth chart with Godwin out Monday night and Antonio Brown (suspension) not yet eligible to play. Miller has played in two of the other three games Godwin has missed this season with a concussion and a hamstring injury, posting a 5-83-1 line against the Chargers in one of those contests Week 4.

Josh Pearson
News
Pearson reverted to the Buccaneers' practice squad Tuesday.

The 23-year-old was elevated from the practice squad as an extra player for Thursday's loss to the Bears, but he didn't suit up and is now back off the active roster. Pearson signed with Tampa Bay as a UDFA in April and is still looking to make his NFL debut.

Mike Evans
News
Evans could be set for a resurgent Week 8 performance Monday night against the Giants with Chris Godwin (finger) ruled out for the contest.

Jenna Laine of ESPN.com confirms Godwin fractured his index finger on his fourth-quarter touchdown reception in Sunday's win over the Raiders and will be forced to miss Week 8 at minimum. Evans has logged just four targets combined over the last pair of contests as he struggles to overcome a lingering ankle injury, but the combination of Godwin's absence and the extra day to heal up ahead of the Week 8 contest should leave him poised for a boost in opportunity and production. In the three games Godwin has already missed this season due to a concussion and a hamstring injury, Evans has notably eclipsed 100 yards receiving in two of them and logged a combined 27 targets overall.

Pat O'Connor
News
O'Connor was signed from Tampa Bay's practice squad Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The signing of O'Connor comes after the Buccaneers placed Blaine Gabbert (shoulder) on injured reserve and needed to sign someone to take his spot on the roster. O'Connor, a 2017 seventh-round pick, has not played since his rookie season.

Donovan Smith
News
Smith (knee) won't carry an injury tag into Sunday's game versus the Panthers.

Smith upgraded to full participation Friday, so he's prepared to start at left tackle in Sunday's divisional matchup. He's started all but one game since being selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Tristan Wirfs
News
Although he's impressed with his athleticism in early practices, Wirfs had some struggles in Monday's first padded session of camp while lining up with the first-team offense, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site previously reported the heralded rookie first-round pick had looked every bit the part in Friday's practice while moving around particularly well in run blocking, but that was a non-padded, non-contact session. Stroud notes coach Bruce Arians remarked after Monday's practice that Wirfs needed to get his pad level down after just standing straight up in last week's practices, a tweak which the talented Iowa product should be able to implement in short order. Wirfs won't have the benefit of preseason games to prepare for the starting right tackle job, but he'll nevertheless receive a formidable on-field tutorial while facing the Buccaneers' array of talented pass rushers daily between now and a Week 1 date with the Saints on Sept. 13.

Kenjon Barner
News
Barner was handed a four-game suspension Tuesday for violating the NFL's Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Barner is currently on the practice squad, but he's been elevated for each of the Buccaneers' last two games. The team's backfield depth is iffy with Leonard Fournette (ankle) and LeSean McCoy (ankle) battling injuries, so the Bucs could bring in another running back on the practice squad.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 9 vs. New Orleans
Antoine Winfield Jr.
News
Winfield (shoulder) recorded two tackles (one solo) and recorded an interception in the Buccaneers' 45-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

The rookie safety recorded his first career interception at a key moment in the contest, picking off Derek Carr at the Raiders' 40-yard line with 7:09 remaining and the Buccaneers trying to protect an 11-point lead. The turnover set up Tom Brady and company at Las Vegas' 24-yard line following Winfield's 16-yard return and would directly lead to a touchdown for Tampa Bay two plays later, a score that essentially sealed the win. Winfield continued to log a heavy workload with a 98.0 percent snap share Sunday, and he's quickly proven a well-rounded IDP option with 37 total tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, four pass breakups and Sunday's interception.

Jason Pierre-Paul
News
Pierre-Paul (knee) has been cleared for Sunday's game versus the Raiders.

Pierre-Paul was limited for the first two practices of the week and sat out Friday's session altogether, but he's been given a green light for Week 7. The veteran defensive end has been dominant to start the 2020 season, racking up 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles through six contests. and he'll look to exploit a depleted Raiders offensive front Sunday.

T.J. Logan
News
Logan (knee) was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Sunday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

The speedy running back/returner will see his 2020 campaign end before it even begins, as Logan's placement on IR before final roster cuts means he's ineligible to return during the coming season. Logan's biggest contributions were expected to come in the return game, as the 25-year-old saw only five touches on offense through 12 games last season but did compile 396 combined yards on kickoff and punt runbacks as part of 206 special-teams snaps overall.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Cyril Grayson
News
Grayson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 7 tilt against the Raiders, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

The reserve receiver saw some action from scrimmage Week 6 and also has logged time as a returner this season, but he'll be in street clothes with the Bucs' receiving corps at full health Sunday.

Khalil Davis
News
Davis (ankle) was absent from the team's injury report Wednesday.

Davis has yet to suit up in any game action this season due to the ankle injury, but he now appears on track to make his NFL debut. Expect the team to slowly work back Davis from the injury, as he'll likely work in a rotational role at linebacker for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Mazzi Wilkins
News
Wilkins was added to the active roster Saturday.

Wilkins was regularly a part of the Buccaneers' 53-man roster in 2019, but he was often inactive on game day. That could be his fate once again in Week 1 against the Saints, as the team's secondary is relatively healthy.

Sean Murphy-Bunting
News
Murphy-Bunting posted seven tackles (six solo) in the Buccaneers' 20-19 loss to the Bears on Thursday night.

The second-year cornerback tied Carlton Davis for the team lead in tackles on his way to a season-high figure in that category. Murphy-Bunting has yet to record an interception after notching three during his rookie 2019 campaign, as he's struggled early on in coverage by allowing an 80.0 percent completion rate and a pair of touchdowns on the 10 passes in which he's been the primary defender.

Devin White
News
White racked up 11 tackles (nine solo), including three sacks and an additional tackle for loss, while adding a forced fumble in the Buccaneers' 45-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

The second-year linebacker terrorized the Raiders offense, and Derek Carr in particular, all afternoon, posting a single-game career high in sacks while recording double-digit stops for the second straight week. White also forced his first fumble of the season for good measure, as he continued to bounce back from an atypical two-game slump in Weeks 4 and 5 during which he managed just seven combined stops. White will look to continue his current surge against the very porous Giants offensive line and the mistake-prone Daniel Jones in a Week 8 Monday night matchup.

Benning Potoa'e
No Updates
Andrew Adams
News
Adams (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

The 27-year-old received the questionable tag after being limited at practice throughout the week, but the hamstring issue won't impact his availability for Sunday. Adams played six defensive snaps in the season opener but has exclusively played special teams in the past five games.

Aaron Stinnie
News
Stinnie (coach's decision) is inactive for the team's Week 1 contest against the Saints, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Stinnie serves as depth along the Buccaneers' offensive line. However, with the team relatively healthy, he won't be needed and will hope to make his season debut in Week 2 against the Panthers.

Josh Rosen
News
Rosen signed with the Buccaneers' practice squad Sunday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

After going unclaimed on waivers, Rosen apparently could've signed with an active roster elsewhere, but he chose to restart his career in a good situation in Tampa Bay. With head coach Bruce Arians and legendary QB Tom Brady, Rosen stands to learn a lot as a practice squad member with the Buccaneers, and he can be patient as he develops before seeking a new team.

John Franklin
News
Franklin underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the torn ACL in his left knee, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Franklin was placed on season-ending injured reserve before the full severity of his knee issue was revealed. The 25-year-old's rehab process should leave him with ample time to return to full health for 2021.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Jeremiah Ledbetter
News
Ledbetter was released from the Ravens' practice squad Monday, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Ledbetter continues his struggle to find a permanent home in the league, as he will look for his fourth home in three seasons. The former sixth-round pick did not play in a single contest for the Ravens this season.

O.J. Howard
News
Howard (Achilles) will be placed on injured reserve, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

This was expected after it was announced Sunday that Howard had suffered a ruptured Achilles. Howard had 11 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns before suffering the injury. Cameron Brate stands to pick up Howard's snaps the rest of the way.

Injury
Achilles - Injured Reserve
Ke'Shawn Vaughn
News
Vaughn did not play a single offensive snap during Sunday's 45-20 win against Las Vegas.

With Leonard Fournette fielding 11 carries behind Ronald Jones' team high of 13, the rookie back was afforded no offensive opportunities during Week 7. Vaughn racked up 42 rushing yards on five carries against Green Bay during a Week 6 rout, but with both veteran backs healthy against Las Vegas, the Vanderbilt product was limited to special-teams usage only. Unless Tampa Bay's Week 8 road trip to face the Giants becomes a one-sided affair, Vaughn will likely be relegated to an obsolete role in the offense.

Ronald Jones
News
Jones rushed 13 times for 34 yards and a touchdown and brought in one of two targets for two yards in the Buccaneers' 45-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

Jones came into the contest riding the wave of three consecutive 100-yard rushing efforts, and although he fell considerably short of the century mark Sunday, he still managed to salvage the day for fantasy managers with a one-yard run with 6:40 remaining in the contest. However, it's worth noting the returning Leonard Fournette (ankle) made a significant impact on Jones' workload in his return, with the former Jaguar logging just two fewer carries and outpacing Jones in the passing game by five targets. Therefore, the workload split between the two will be one to continue to monitor in a Week 8 Monday night matchup against the Giants.

Jamel Dean
News
Dean posted two tackles (one solo) and recorded a pick-six in the Buccaneers' 38-10 win over the Packers on Sunday.

The 2019 third-round pick jumped Davante Adams' out route on the left side of the field late in the second quarter and returned the resulting interception 32 yards for a touchdown to notch the first six of the Buccaneers' 38 unanswered points. While it was the first interception of the season for Dean, he already has six defensed passes overall and has also surpassed his 2019 tally of 21 stops by seven tackles in seven fewer games. Much like fellow corner Carlton Davis, Dean is developing into a disruptive force in a Buccaneers defense that's rather quietly surrendering the sixth-fewest passing yards per game (217.7) thus far in 2020.

A.Q. Shipley
News
Shipley signed a contract with the Buccaneers on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Shipley played for head coach Bruce Arians in Arizona, and now he's poised to be Ryan Jensen's backup center in 2020.

Vita Vea
News
Vea suffered a season-ending leg injury in Thursday's loss to the Bears and was placed on injured reserve Monday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Vea suffered a broken leg Thursday, an injury he won't be able to recover from this season. It's a major loss for the Buccaneers, as the 2018 first-round pick has handled a major workload and produced two sacks through the first five games. If the recovery goes as planned, Vea should be ready to begin the 2021 campaign. Rakeem Nunez-Roches is expected to start at nose tackle moving forward.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve
Josh Wells
News
Wells has re-signed with the Buccaneers, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Wells spent his first four seasons with the Jaguars before signing a one-year deal with Tampa Bay last offseason. He ended up suiting up for 13 games and starting two of them. The veteran projects to provide depth at tackle in 2020.

William Gholston
News
Gholston tallied two tackles (both solo), including one sack, and was credited with three quarterback hits overall in the Buccaneers' 20-19 loss to the Bears on Thursday night.

Gholston's sack was his second of the season following a takedown of the Panthers' Teddy Bridgewater in Week 2. The veteran defensive lineman is on pace for one of his more productive seasons in quite some time, as he currently projects for 48 tackles and approximately seven sacks, with the former his highest tally since 2016 and the latter a career-best figure.

LeSean McCoy
News
McCoy did not log a snap from scrimmage in Sunday's 45-20 win over the Raiders, with the return of Leonard Fournette from an ankle injury playing a significant role, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

McCoy had just received his second-highest snap count of the season (19) in Week 6 against the Packers, but that had come with Fournette inactive. Sunday, coach Bruce Arians opted to utilize Fournette in a change-of-pace and nickel-situation role in place of McCoy, with the former proving he was up to the task with 97 yards from scrimmage on 17 total touches (11 carries, six receptions). Arians went as far as saying "Leonard is our nickel back now" following the game, leading to speculation McCoy could serve as an occasional healthy scratch moving forward as long as the rest of the backfield is available.

Chris Godwin
News
Godwin underwent surgery Tuesday to address a fractured left index finger, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. He's expected to miss the Buccaneers' Week 8 game against the Giants on Nov. 2.

Though Godwin wasn't forced to exit early Sunday in the Buccaneers' 45-20 win over the Raiders, the wideout apparently sustained the injury on his touchdown catch with 7:22 remaining in the fourth quarter. He finished the contest with nine receptions for 88 yards on nine targets while playing 59 of the Bucs' 72 offensive snaps. According to Stroud, Godwin's surgery went without a hitch and his prognosis is good, leaving the Buccaneers optimistic he'll be ready to return to action Week 9 against the Saints. If that's the case, Godwin would be rejoining a pass-catching group that includes the newly signed Antonio Brown, who is expected to be reinstated from his suspension at the conclusion of Week 8.

Injury
Finger - Questionable for Week 9 vs. New Orleans
Carlton Davis
News
Davis (chest) has returned to Sunday's game against the Raiders, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Davis stands to resume handling his usual every-down role at left cornerback now that he's back in action.

Alex Cappa
News
Cappa (elbow) is active for Sunday's tilt against the Lions, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Cappa resumed practicing in full Thursday. He'll draw his usual start at right guard.

Mike Edwards
News
Edwards totaled four tackles (three solo) and recorded his first career interception in the Buccaneers' 28-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday.

The second-year pro saw his first action from scrimmage of the season after being limited to special teams over the first pair of contests. Edwards logged 42 snaps overall on defense and made good use of them while working as part of the safety rotation, notching his first career interception off Brett Rypien at the Bucs' one-yard line with 3:46 remaining. Given his solid performance Sunday, it's possible Edwards gets more opportunities on defense working in nickel and dime packages in coming games.

Joe Haeg
News
Haeg signed a contract with the Buccaneers on Friday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Haeg spent the first three years of his career as a starter with the Colts, though he was limited to a reserve role in 2019. He'll add valuable versatility to the Buccaneers' offensive line, having started games at both tackle and guard in his career.

Blaine Gabbert
News
Gabbert is not among Tampa Bay's inactive players for Sunday's matchup against the Panthers, per the Buccaneers' official Twitter account.

With Ryan Griffin among the Buccaneers' list of inactives for Week 2, Gabbert is expected to serve as the emergency option at quarterback. The No. 10 overall draft choice from 2011 will be thrust into game action should Tom Brady suffer an injury.

Ryan Griffin
News
Griffin (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Broncos, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Griffin remains the No. 3 QB behind Tom Brady and Blaine Gabbert, so he'll likely remain inactive unless one of the aforementioned gets hurt.

Ryan Smith
News
Smith (ankle) was a full participant for Thursday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.

Smith was limited during Wednesday's practice with the ankle issue, but as evidenced by this news, he wasn't in jeopardy of missing Week 1. Now healthy, Smith is set to operate as Carlton Davis' primary backup at left cornerback.

Aca'Cedric Ware
News
Ware signed to Tampa Bay's practice squad Monday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

The 23-year-old had a visit with the Buccaneers last week and is now rejoining the team's practice squad. Ware was on the practice squad last year but was waived in early August after being activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Ndamukong Suh
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Suh recorded a sack for his one tackle in the Buccaneers' 38-10 win over the Packers on Sunday.

The big defensive tackle took down old nemesis Aaron Rodgers for his third sack of the season, renewing acquaintances with his old NFC North rival from Suh's days with the Lions. Suh's three QB takedowns through six games currently have him on pace to tie the third-best tally (eight) of his career in that category, one season after he posted a career-low 2.5 but offset it with a career-high two touchdowns and four fumble recoveries. Suh's single-game tackle numbers rarely go above five these days, but he always offers the possibility of wreaking havoc in the pocket with his athleticism and potentially producing a turnover.

Codey McElroy
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McElroy signed to Tampa Bay's practice squad Monday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

The 27-year-old made his NFL debut with the Buccaneers last year and had a 30-yard reception in his lone appearance, but he was waived at roster cutdowns in September. McElroy provides potential depth at tight end with O.J. Howard (Achilles) on injured reserve.

Tanner Hudson
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Hudson brought in his only target for a 12-yard reception in the Buccaneers' 45-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

The towering tight end made an impressive grab on his one catch, his second of the season overall. Hudson played on just two snaps from scrimmage overall, however, although that was only 10 fewer than position mate Cameron Brate, the player directly above him on the depth chart. Hudson does have an intriguing size/athleticism combination, so it remains to be seen if he makes a legitimate run at Brate's No. 2 role at some point during the second half of the season.

Shaquil Barrett
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Barrett posted six tackles (four solo), including one for loss, and also recorded a defensed pass in the Buccaneers' 45-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

The versatile linebacker applied solid pressure on Derek Carr on multiple occasions as well while tying his second-highest tackle total of the campaign. Barrett has just three sacks through seven games after posting a league-high and career-best 19.5 in 2019, but that's not exactly surprising when factoring in that offensive coordinators are naturally devising protection schemes with him specifically in mind.

Leonard Fournette
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Fournette (ankle) rushed 11 times for 50 yards and secured six of seven targets for 47 yards in the Buccaneers' 45-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

Making his return from what essentially amounted to a three-game absence -- Fournette played all of one snap in Week 5 and missed Weeks 4 and 6 altogether -- Fournette was very efficient on a per-carry basis while pacing the Buccaneers ground attack in rushing yardage. Fournette's backfield mate Ronald Jones still received two more carries, but Fournette's extensive involvement in the passing game was particularly noteworthy and could certainly help him continue to eat into Jones' playing time. The way the Tampa Bay backfield workload is split in a Week 8 Monday night showdown versus the Giants will be particularly worth monitoring.

Ryan Succop
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Succop drilled a 29-yard field-goal attempt and converted all six extra-point tries in the Buccaneers' 45-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

The nine-point effort for Succop was certainly solid and represented a maximizing of his opportunities, but for the second consecutive contest, the Buccaneers' extreme offensive efficiency under Tom Brady's stewardship capped the veteran kicker's overall fantasy upside. Succop has seen just two field-goal attempts and a whopping 11 extra-point tries over that span, a stark contrast to a Week 5 loss to the Bears when he was able to successfully hit all four of his three-point chances. Nevertheless, at least Tampa Bay is consistently putting Succop in position to compile points, and he's largely made good by posting an 84.6 percent success rate on field goals and a 96.2 percent figure on point-after attempts.

Ali Marpet
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Marpet (ankle) was a full participant at practice Thursday.

It appears the injury Marpet is nursing is minor. If the Hobart product doesn't have a setback Friday, he'll be a good bet for Week 11 against the Saints.

Antony Auclair
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The Buccaneers designated Auclair (calf) for return Wednesday, per the NFL's official transaction page.

Auclair has been out since Week 2 when he suffered the calf injury in a win over the Panthers. The team will need to officially activate him in order for Auclair to suit up, but this news confirms that the Laval product will return in the next three weeks. The Buccaneers could use the depth at tight end since O.J. Howard was ruled out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Cortrelle Simpson
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Simpson (undisclosed) was waived from Tampa Bay's injured reserve with an injury settlement Friday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

It's unclear what type of injury Simpson is dealing with. The Richmond product wound up on the Buccaneers' injured reserve Sunday after clearing waivers, but now he must focus on getting healthy and finding another opportunity elsewhere.

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Chapelle Russell
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The Buccaneers signed Russell to the active roster Tuesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

The rookie seventh-rounder has spent the season on the Buccaneers' practice squad, but he's received a promotion following news that Jack Cichy (hamstring) has been placed on IR. Cichy played strictly on special teams over the first five games, so Russell likely will handle a similar role. If he performs well enough, Russell has a chance to retain a spot on the 53-man roster even when Cichy returns.

Travis Jonsen
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The Buccaneers signed Jonsen (quadriceps) to the practice squad Monday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

The undrafted free agent out of Montana State signed with the Buccaneers in April but suffered a quadriceps injury and was eventually waived by the team with an injury tag. The 6-foot-4, 211-pound wideout is healthy now and will rejoin the team. During his final collegiate season, Jonsen produced 1,106 yards from scrimmage (580 receiving, 526 rushing) and nine total touchdowns.

Justin Watson
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Watson was untargeted on 12 offensive snaps during Sunday's 45-20 win against the Raiders.

Watson accumulated seven combined receptions for 94 yards between Weeks 1 and 4, but since sitting out a Thursday night loss to Chicago with injury he's attracted zero targets over Tampa Bay's past two games. The Penn standout registered 15 receptions for 159 yards in 16 appearances for the Jameis Winston-led Buccaneers last year, and so far his seven-catch, 94-yard stat line is on a similar trajectory through seven weeks of the 2020 campaign.

Quinton Bell
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Bell was waived by the Buccaneers on Monday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

The 24-year-old appeared in six of seven games for the Bucs this season but exclusively played special teams. Bell could join the team's practice squad if he goes unclaimed on waivers.

John Hurst
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The Buccaneers re-signed Hurst to the practice squad Thursday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Hurst was waived by Tampa Bay on Tuesday, but he'll now return to the team's practice squad for a chance to continue developing with the coaching staff. In a corresponding move, fellow wideout Isaac Whitney was cut from the practice squad.

Tom Brady
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Brady completed 33 of 45 passes for 369 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 45-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday. He also scored a one-yard rushing touchdown on his only carry.

Brady was masterful in putting together his second 369-yard effort of the campaign, completing a season-best 73.3 percent of his attempts in the process. The future Hall of Famer spread the wealth Sunday, hitting Rob Gronkowski, Scotty Miller, Chris Godwin and Tyler Johnson from five, 33, four and one yard, respectively. Prior to his aerial assault, he opened the scoring for the Buccaneers with his one-yard sneak to cap off a 10-play, 77-yard first-quarter drive. Brady won't yet have the services of Antonio Brown (suspension) in a Week 8 Monday night, Nov. 2 matchup against the Giants, but given how he's proven capable of thriving with his existing weapons when they're at full strength, the fantasy ceiling for the 21-year veteran and the Tampa offense in general may be virtually limitless if the mercurial receiver lives up to his stellar on-field reputation.

Anthony Nelson
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Nelson (hamstring) is not on Tampa Bay's injury report Tuesday, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.

Nelson has missed six games with the injury. He'll return to provide the Buccaneers depth at linebacker Week 16.

John Molchon
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Molchon (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday, indicating the beginning of his 21-day window to be activated from IR, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

The undrafted rookie out of Boise State will add depth on the offensive line once he's healthy.

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Steve McLendon
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McLendon posted five tackles (four solo), including one for loss, in the Buccaneers' 45-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

McLendon turned in a productive performance in his first game with the Buccaneers, with the veteran validating coordinator Todd Bowles' endorsement of the trade that brought him over from the Jets a week earlier. McLendon had experience with Bowles' defensive scheme when both were with the Jets, and that solid foundation is expected to continue helping him fill the void created by the absence of Vita Vea (IR-ankle).

Zack Bailey
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Bailey (foot) will spend training camp competing for a spot on the Buccaneers' 53-man roster, Greg Auman of the Athletic reports.

Bailey managed to survive the final roster cut with Tampa Bay in 2019, but a broken foot caused him to hit injured reserve Week 6. Now healthy, he'll get a shot to compete for the top backup spot at guard during training camp.

Cameron Brate
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Brate brought in his only target for an eight-yard catch in the Buccaneers' 45-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

Brate logged just 12 snaps from scrimmage overall, which constituted 17 percent of Tampa Bay's offensive plays on the day. The veteran's playing time was at its lowest point since prior to O.J. Howard's season-ending Achilles tear, so it remains to be seen if Sunday's usage was merely an outlier or the start of a longer-term trend. What is more certain is that the target share of the remaining members of Tampa Bay's pass-catching corps will take a hit once Antonio Brown (suspension) hits the field Week 9 or beyond, and a player already struggling for looks such as Brate could well see his role diminish further.

Tyler Johnson
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Johnson is in line to potentially see an expanded role in Monday night's Week 8 game against the Giants with Chris Godwin (finger) already declared out for the contest, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Johnson has had an interesting rookie season, one that saw him inactive for the first two games of the campaign, target-less for the subsequent pair of contests and in the end zone twice on just seven catches over the last three. The 2020 fifth-round pick was at his busiest in Week 5 against the Bears, one of three games Godwin has already missed this season, posting a 4-61 line on six targets. While it remains to be seen if Johnson will see the same volume versus New York, he should slot into the No. 3 receiver role with Scotty Miller bumping up to No. 2 in Godwin's stead.

Kobe Smith
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Smith signed with the Buccaneers' practice squad Tuesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

The big-bodied defensive tackle went undrafted in April and spent time with the Titans earlier in the season. Smith played his college ball at South Carolina, where he posted 84 tackles (38 solo), seven tackles for loss and two sacks across 35 games over four seasons. With Vita Vea (IR-ankle) lost for the season, Smith would appear to stand a decent chance of being promoted to the active roster at some point this season if he performs well with the practice squad.

Jack Cichy
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The Buccaneers placed Cichy (hamstring) on injured reserve Monday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Cichy won't be eligible to return until Week 9 against the Saints, but the team believes he has a good chance to be activated by then. The Wisconsin product has battled with injuries since being drafted in 2018, missing a combined 22 games over the previous two campaigns. He's played strictly on special teams this season.

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Hamstring - Injured Reserve. Expected Return - Week 9
Javon Hagan
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