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The Bucs will get DE Robert Ayers (ankle) back today against the Raiders for the 1st time since he suffered an ankle injury back in Week 2. It's tough to expect a return to full playing time, but Ayers should play enough to be in IDP consideration. Oakland presents a poor matchup for sack upside. DT Gerald McCoy (calf) is also active despite entering the day questionable. He played last week and is OK to use as you normally would.

Buccaneers DE Robert Ayers (ankle) appears likely to return this weekend for his 1st game since Week 2. He's questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders after putting in limited practices Wednesday and Thursday and a full workout Friday. DT Gerald McCoy is also questionable with the calf strain that has bothered him for several weeks. McCoy began this week off the injury report but showed up Wednesday and Thursday with only limited participation. DT Clinton McDonald (quad) will miss his 3rd straight game. He put in limited practices all week, so perhaps he'll be ready for Week 9.

2:59pm EDT 10/23/16

Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy (calf) is active today against the 49ers after missing last week's game. That helps a Bucs D that carries loads of upside.

Bucs DT Clinton McDonald is doubtful for Monday night's game at Carolina with a hamstring injury. With DT Gerald McCoy (calf) and DE Robert Ayers (ankle) also doubtful, the outlook only gets rosier for Panthers fill-in QB Derek Anderson.

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy is doubtful for Monday night's game after his calf injury kept him out of practice all week. His likely absence should put Clinton McDonald in more playmaking situations against an iffy Panthers O-line

Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy left Sunday's game against the Broncos with a calf injury and is doubtful to return. That's a big blow for an already bad defense and takes a top DT out of IDP lineups. We'll see about his outlook beyond this week.

The Buccaneers have ruled DE Robert Ayers out for Week 4 with the same ankle injury that cost him Week 3. DaVonte Lambert started in his place last week. Rookie DE Noah Spence has actually seen his snap count dip from his already-limited role in the opener.

3:00pm EDT 9/18/16

Buccaneers DE Robert Ayers (ankle) is active for today's game at Arizona. The combo of questionable durability and a negative sack matchup makes Ayers a weak play in IDP leagues. But his active status at least helps the Bucs D if you're reaching far enough down the list for them to be an option.

2:52pm EDT 9/18/16

Buccaneers LB Lavonte David (shoulder) is active for today's game at Arizona. He entered the weekend as questionable but put in a full practice Friday. Use him as you normally would in your IDP league.

The Bucs selected DE Noah Spence in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. Spence delivered 11.5 sacks and 22.5 total tackles for loss last season with Eastern Kentucky and 7.5 sacks 2 years before at Ohio State. Landing in Tampa will keep Spence at DE and give him the more valuable designation for IDP purposes. Spence makes for an interesting mid-round option in dynasty rookie drafts.

After trading back 2 spots, the Buccaneers obviously got the player they favored in CB Vernon Hargreaves with the 11th pick in the NFL Draft. Hargreaves should have a good shot to start right away for a Bucs D that proved unsettled at the position all last year. Hargreaves grabbed a solid 10 INTs over his 3 college seasons.

The Buccaneers have reached a deal with free-agent LB Daryl Smith. The former Raven is expected to start on the strong side, according to Pewter Report. Don't bet on significant IDP value next to MLB Kwon Alexander and weak-side LB Lavonte David, both of whom are 3-down players.

The Buccaneers on Wednesday introduced Mike Smith as their new DC. His relationship with new HC Dirk Koetter dates back to their days together on the staff in Jacksonville, where Smith spent 5 seasons running the defense. The Jaguars finished all 5 of those years among the top 12 in yards allowed, including 3 top-6 finishes. They also finished his final 4 seasons among the top 10 in scoring D, including 3 among the top 7. Smith takes over a Bucs defense that finished just 26th in scoring this season but a much more promising 7th in yards allowed per play. Tampa sports some intriguing talent at DT and LB, with some decent pieces at other spots as well. We'll see what else the Bucs do to enhance that unit this offseason.

The Bucs are set to name Dirk Koetter their new HC, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  Koetter has spent the past 9 seasons as an OC -- 5 in Jacksonville, 3 in Atlanta and this past year in Tampa Bay.  His Bucs offense finished 5th in total yards, 17th in passing and 5th in rushing.  The continuity in system is good news for youngsters Jameis Winston and Mike Evans.  Koetter is also a big fan of impending free agent Doug Martin.

The Bucs have fired HC Lovie Smith.  He lasted just 2 seasons in Tampa Bay, compiling an 8-24 record.  The news still comes as a surprise, though, after the Bucs won 6 games with rookie QB Jameis Winston this year.  We'll see if OC Dirk Koetter sticks around.

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