The Buccaneers finished Round 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft by selecting edge defender Joe Tryon. The former Washington Husky opted out of 2020. The season before, he tallied 12.5 tackles for loss and 8 sacks in 13 games. Tryon figures to open his career behind Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaq Barrett, so dynasty owners will need to be patient with him.
The Buccaneers have reached a 4-year deal to keep OLB Shaq Barrett from reaching free agency. Agent Drew Rosenhaus says it carries a top value of $72 million, with $36 million of that guaranteed. Barrett has emerged as 1 of the league's top pass rushers over his 2 seasons in Tampa Bay. He fell from a league-high 19.5 sacks in 2019 to just 8 last season, but Barrett's 76 total pressures ranked 2nd only to Aaron Donald.
The Buccaneers have agreed to a 2-year, $25 million extension with LB Lavonte David, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The deal keeps David from reaching unrestricted free agency and continues his run with the only team he has ever played for. Expect to find David remaining among the top 15 LBs when our 2021 IDP rankings arrive.
Update: NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that it's actually a 5-year deal with 3 voidable seasons. So we'll see just how many of them David plays.
Buccaneers S Antoine Winfield (ankle) is inactive for today's game against the Packers. He sustained an ankle injury during the practice week. Mike Edwards will start in his place. Losing a starting safety certainly doesn't help the defense, but it's worth noting that Edwards actually graded out significantly better in coverage (83.2) this season than Winfield (55.1), according to Pro Football Focus.
The Buccaneers have activated MLB Devin White from the COVID list. That should put him easily on track to return for Sunday’s game at New Orleans. White missed the past 2 games. He tallied 11 and 14 tackles in the 2 regular-season meetings with the Saints
Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis (groin) is active for tonight's game against Washington. He missed the season's final 2 games after suffering the injury in Week 15 at Atlanta. Davis closed out the practice week with a full Thursday workout, though. His return gives the Bucs back their #1 corner. The matchup limits his IDP upside, though Davis should see the most of Washington WR Terry McLaurin in coverage.
Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis (groin) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Falcons. CB Jamel Dean played every snap in his absence last week against the Lions.
The Buccaneers have placed MLB Devin White and OLB Shaq Barrett on the COVID list. That obviously knocks them out for Sunday's game against the Falcons -- 2 big losses for a defense that allowed Atlanta 27 points and 332 passing yards 2 weeks ago. The team defense takes a step back as a fantasy option with the losses as well. White (with 9) and Barrett (8) rank 2nd and 3rd on the team in sacks for the year. It's not yet clear whether either player tested positive, which would threaten their availability for next week's playoff opener. We'll keep an eye on that. Kevin Minter looks like the White replacement, with Anthony Nelson the next guy up on the edge.
Update: NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that White tested positive, so expect him to miss the playoff opener as well. Barrett is close contact, so he'll be back for that game as long as he continues to test negative.
Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians confirmed on Sirius XM NFL Radio Wednesday that he'll be "playing everybody" and "playing to win" in Sunday's game against the Falcons. He said they want to get to 11-5 and take the 5th seed rather than drop to the 6th with a loss. It's nice to hear such confirmation if you're planning to play Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Mike Evans or any other Buc in Week 17 fantasy.
Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis (groin) is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Lions. That should mean a playing-time boost for CB Jamel Dean, though he played just 78% of the snaps in a Week 15 return from his own groin injury. Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting are in play for IDP use, but neither makes for a strong fantasy option.
Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis left Sunday's win over the Falcons early with a groin injury. We'll see about his status heading into Saturday's game against the Lions. The shortened turnaround certainly won't help.
The Buccaneers have ruled CB Jamel Dean (concussion) out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. That leaves Carlton Davis, Sean Murphy-Bunting and Ross Cockrell as Tampa's top 3 corners.
Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis (knee) is active for today's game against the Panthers. He was questionable after missing practice Thursday but returned to a limited Friday workout. There's some risk of aggravating the knee, but Davis also carries significant tackle upside vs. Carolina's outside WRs.
Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers. After missing Thursday's practice, he returned for a limited Friday workout. We'll check Davis' status Sunday morning.
Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis (abdomen) is active for today's game against the Packers. He's a solid option for IDP lineups.
Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis (abdomen) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers. Davis missed practice Wednesday before putting in limited workouts the next 2 days. We'll check his status Sunday.
Buccaneers CB Sean Murphy-Bunting left Sunday's win over the Broncos with a hamstring injury and did not return. CB Jamel Dean saw a playing-time boost in Murphy-Bunting's absence and would likely see more snaps if his teammate remains out for Week 4. We'll see about Murphy-Bunting's status this week.
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