NFC South: Eric Page

Buccaneers Camp Report: Day 2

July, 26, 2014
Jul 26
TAMPA, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp:
  • The Bucs, who had their practice abbreviated by lightning Friday, got their first full workout of camp in Saturday evening and the results were predictable. There was good and bad. No series summarized that more than a couple of plays near the middle of practice. On one play, quarterback Josh McCown threw an interception to strong safety Mark Barron. On the next play, McCown bounced back and hit Vincent Jackson with a perfectly thrown ball. Coach Lovie Smith said he expects the team to be more precise when it puts on pads for the first time on Sunday.
  • Speaking of first practices, Saturday marked the true debut of rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. He missed the offseason program due to NCAA regulations and was very limited in the rookie minicamp by a foot injury. But Seferian-Jenkins said his foot is fine now and he practiced with no limitations. After missing so much time, though, Seferian-Jenkins might be a little behind the other tight ends – Brandon Myers, Tim Wright and Luke Stocker. “He’s playing catch-up,’’ Smith said. “But he’s catching up.’’
  • It’s usually tough to get players to talk about specific goals, but defensive end Michael Johnson broke that rule of thumb. Johnson set one goal for himself and one for the entire defense. He wants to get back to double-digit sacks like he had in 2012 with Cincinnati. He also said the Bucs want to have the best defense in the league. Those two goals kind of go hand in hand. There’s been a lot of talk about how defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David compare to Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks, who were the cornerstones during Tampa Bay’s glory years. But a lot of people forget the Bucs didn’t fully get over the top until they got Simeon Rice as an outside rusher. If Johnson can make an impact anywhere close to what Rice did, the Bucs could end up being a very good defense.
  • I came into camp very skeptical about Tampa Bay’s depth at wide receiver after Jackson and rookie Mike Evans. But I’m starting to warm up to this position group. No one stood out, but guys like Tommy Streeter, Solomon Patton, Russell Shepard, Louis Murphy, Robert Herron, Lavelle Hawkins, Eric Page, Skye Dawson and David Gettis each had some bright moments. I think one of those guys will step up and claim the No. 3 job. That may be all the Bucs need because I’m not anticipating a lot of four-receiver sets from this offense.
  • Read into this whatever you want, but Jamon Meredith worked as the first-team left guard and Oniel Cousins worked at right guard. After the departure of Carl Nicks, I think the Bucs still are trying to figure out what they’re going to do at guard. I wouldn’t be surprised if Patrick Omameh and rookie Kadeem Edwards get some looks with the first team.
Let’s conclude our fact-or-fiction series with coaching and special teams.

1. The arrival of coach Lovie Smith makes the Buccaneers an instant playoff team.

Our take: Fiction.

Justify it: There's little doubt Smith will be better than predecessor Greg Schiano. Smith is a proven winner in the NFL. Players like working for him and he commands respect. All that being said, Smith still faces a tough job. This team was 4-12 last season. The Bucs were very aggressive in free agency and that will help. But turning this team completely around might be more than a one-year project.

2. Leslie Frazier is the luckiest defensive coordinator in the NFL.

Our take: Fact.

Justify it: Frazier inherits defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David. They're among the best in the league at their respective positions and they give Frazier a couple of solid building blocks. David and McCoy have been compared to Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp, who were the central figures of the defense in Tampa Bay's glory days. If Frazier can get solid production from some other role players, the Bucs could have an elite defense.

3. Jeff Tedford's offense is going to bring excitement to Tampa Bay.

Our take: Fact.

Justify it: For the most part, the Bucs have been very quiet about what Tedford's offense will look like. Several players have used the phrase "up tempo" to describe it. That would be a nice twist for an offense that's been boring in recent years. This offense has enough tools to be potent if Tedford can put things together the right way. Doug Martin gives the team a solid runner and Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans will be one of the league's biggest receiving tandems. But the real key will be quarterback Josh McCown. If he can thrive in Tedford's offense, this team suddenly can be good.

4. Smith had strong return games in Chicago, so he should bring the same thing to Tampa Bay.

Our take: Fiction.

Justify it: Smith had a strong return game in Chicago mostly because he had Devin Hester. At the moment, the Bucs don't have anyone to compare with Hester. Eric Page handled returns last season and he was ordinary. The Bucs will look at several other possible returners, including Jeff Demps and Charles Sims. Someone could emerge as a strong returner, but the Bucs don't have anyone that's proven yet.

5. Connor Barth is back, so the kicking game will be fine.

Our take: Fact.

Justify it: Barth missed all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon. He's healthy now and that's great news for the kicking game. Barth is one of the better young kickers in the NFL.

Bucs need to upgrade return game

February, 7, 2014
Feb 7
TAMPA, Fla. -- I listed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' five biggest offseason needs this week, but there is one more position I’d like to touch on.

That is return man, because it could be an area where the Bucs make a significant move. It might not seem like an area of desperate need since Eric Page did an adequate job last season and Jeff Demps has great potential.

But, after hearing Lovie Smith talk several times about how much emphasis he puts on special teams, I don’t think adequate is good enough. And I don’t think Smith is going to be patient enough to wait on potential.

Smith has made it clear that he thinks special teams are extremely important, and there might not be a more important position on special teams than return man. This is where you start connecting the dots.

There are strong indications out of Chicago that Devin Hester might not be back with the Bears. Hester just might be the best return man in history. And, oh yeah, Smith used to coach him in Chicago.

This move is logical on many fronts, including the fact that Hester, 31, probably wouldn’t command a large salary, which is important when you’re talking about a guy whose only role might be returns.

Even if Hester doesn’t end up in Tampa Bay, I would expect the Bucs to look to upgrade their return game in free agency or the draft.
TAMPA, Fla. -- A review of four hot issues from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 33-14 loss to the San Francisco 49ers:

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Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty ImagesThe 49ers held Bobby Rainey and the Bucs to just 39 net rushing yards.
The Schiano Watch. The Bucs had won four of their previous five heading into Sunday. That created some reason for optimism that coach Greg Schiano might return for a third season. But this loss was a big hit to Schiano's chances. The Bucs very possibly could go 4-12, and not many coaches survive 4-12 seasons.

The reverse that didn't work. Schiano and special-teams coordinator Dave Wannstedt left themselves open to criticism when they called for a reverse on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter. Eric Page and Russell Shepard botched the handoff, and the 49ers took the fumble in for a touchdown. After the game, Schiano said one of the players made a mistake by following the wrong option on the play. That happens. But maybe the reverse shouldn't have been called in the first place.

Not following the plan: The first thing Schiano prides his offensive system on is the running game. Well, that wasn't working at all Sunday. The Bucs managed just 39 net rushing yards.

Glennon's regression. There's no question rookie quarterback Mike Glennon has taken a step back in the past three games. That may have a lot to do with the fact that he's faced good defenses from Carolina, Buffalo and San Francisco. But Glennon fared well when allowed to run the two-minute offense against the 49ers. Makes you wonder why the Bucs don't go with the no-huddle system more often.

Was this Greg Schiano's last stand?

December, 15, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- Suddenly, this wild and wacky season seemed like it was about to make total sense for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Without any real warning, the Bucs suddenly seemed on the verge of beating a good football team. Raymond James Stadium was starting to rock like it used to in the glory days. Greg Schiano's hot seat seemed to be on the verge of getting hit by air conditioning.

Then, in a fashion in which the Bucs have trademarked this season, it all fell apart. Water found its own level and the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Bucs 33-14 in what might have amounted to Schiano's last stand.

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Stacy Revere/Getty Images"We felt like we had the opportunity and we let it go," Greg Schiano said after the Bucs' latest loss.
Despite being dismal on offense for the better part of three quarters, the Bucs were right where they wanted to be. With 12 minutes, 9 seconds left in the game, they trailed 20-14. San Francisco had the ball and faced a third-and-12 from its own 29-yard line.

A stop there and maybe Tampa Bay's offense, which had suddenly found some momentum, could have squeezed out a touchdown drive to win the game. It all seemed to be going according to plan as defensive ends Da’Quan Bowers and William Gholston chased San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick out of the pocket and toward the sideline.

A sack and a punt and Tampa Bay's offense might have faced a short field. But Tampa Bay's season is a story of "what ifs," and this became the biggest one of all. What if Bowers or Gholston makes the sack? What if Kaepernick throws the ball away?

It doesn't really matter because Kaepernick scrambled free and found Michael Crabtree for a first down. That helped keep alive a drive that lasted 10:27 and resulted in a San Francisco field goal.

"We want to be respected," linebacker Lavonte David said after the Buccaneers fell to 4-10. "Even though our record shows otherwise, we want to show that we're a real force in this league. We feel like, this record that we've got, it's not supposed to be like that. We had the opportunity against a great football team. We showed up, but the 10-minute drive kind of killed us."

The 49ers followed that with a knockout punch that the Bucs helped deliver. On the kickoff after the field goal, the Bucs attempted a reverse, but a handoff between Eric Page and Russell Shepard went awry and San Francisco took the ball into the end zone for a touchdown and a 30-14 lead. That effectively ended the game.

"All week, we talked about making it a fourth-quarter game," Schiano said. "A heavyweight fight, get it to the fourth quarter and find a way to win. That's why it's very disappointing for players and coaches alike, is that we felt like we had the opportunity and we let it go."

This little turn of events was about ending more than just one game. It's the story of the season. Another opportunity lost, and maybe the final straw in a coaching tenure.

A victory would have made the Bucs winners of five of their last six games. It would have been the fourth straight home win. Follow it up with victories at St. Louis and New Orleans and Schiano's job probably becomes pretty secure.

But the reality is the Bucs are sinking toward the bottom of the NFC, and even the most optimistic fan can't argue that the arrow is pointing up. There's a huge decision ahead.

Does Schiano get a third year or does he get fired? Does general manager Mark Dominik get brought back for a sixth season?

That decision is ultimately up to the Glazer family, which owns the team. History has shown the Glazers are unpredictable, and it's anyone's guess what they'll do with Schiano.

But let's close this out with a little exercise in common sense. Back in the preseason a lot of people -- and we're talking people outside and inside One Buccaneer Place -- believed the Bucs could make the playoffs this season after going 7-9 in Schiano's first year.

Now, they're staring down the barrel at 4-12, maybe 5-11 or, at best, 6-10. None of those options are attractive.

A victory against the 49ers, and all the positives that could have followed, quite possibly would have solidified Schiano's grip on his job. But that victory didn't happen. It slipped away, just like the rest of the season.

You have to wonder if Schiano's chance to stick around slipped away Sunday.

Looking at Buccaneers' playing time

December, 10, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- It's time for our weekly look at how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers distributed playing time.

In a 27-6 victory against the Buffalo Bills, the Bucs ran 66 offensive plays and were on the field for 67 defensive snaps. Here's a look at the individual playing time from Sunday.


Donald Penn 66
Jamon Meredith 66
Demar Dotson 66
Mike Glennon 66
Tim Wright 59
Vincent Jackson 57
Jeremy Zuttah 51
Tiquan Underwood 45
Davin Joseph 43
Erik Lorig 42
Bobby Rainey 37
Ted Larsen 36
Brian Leonard 25
Chris Owusu 21
Gabe Carimi 16
Russell Shepard 14
Kyle Adams 11
Skye Dawson 7
Mike Hill 5
Spencer Larsen 2
Eric Page 1


Dashon Goldson 66
Johnthan Banks 66
Mark Barron 66
Gerald McCoy 66
Darrelle Revis 66
Lavonte David 59
Leonard Johnson 58
Adrian Clayborn 56
Mason Foster 53
Akeem Spence 43
Daniel Te'o-Nesheim 39
William Gholston 23
Keith Tandy 15
Da'Quan Bowers 14
Adam Hayward 12
Steven Means 11
Derek Landri 11
Dekoda Watson 10
Danny Gorrer 1
Ka'Lial Glaud 1
Kelcie McCray 1

Where do Buccaneers turn at WR?

October, 28, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- Monday’s news that Mike Williams has been placed on injured reserve leaves the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Vincent Jackson and a bunch of unknowns at wide receiver.

It sounds as if Tiquan Underwood, who previously has played for Jacksonville and New England, could take over Williams’ starting job.

“I think Ti’s played in games at a higher level,’’ coach Greg Schiano said. “Has he been perfect? No. If he was, he would have been starting. I think he’s the next guy up as far as experience.’’

Underwood, who has been in the league since 2009, has 43 career catches for 619 yards and 646 yards on kickoff returns. The other four receivers on the roster have combined for 12 NFL catches. Those receivers are Eric Page, Skye Dawson, Chris Owusu and Russell Shepard.

Owusu, who has six catches this season, would appear to be next in line to be the third receiver. But Owusu has been bothered by a nagging foot injury, which kept him out of the last game.

“How well will he be by Wednesday?’’ Schiano said. “How well will he be by Sunday?’’

Page has been used as a return man, but has had little action at wide receiver. Shepard does not have an NFL catch.

Schiano implied that Dawson, who was signed last week, has the speed needed to play the slot receiver spot. But Dawson still is learning the offense.

“The quickest way to take a fast guy and make him slow is overload him,’’ Schiano said. “He’s a fast guy. We’ve got to keep him fast.’’

QB Watch: Buccaneers' Mike Glennon

October, 9, 2013
A weekly analysis of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback play.

Rewind: The Bucs had their bye week, which came after Mike Glennon’s debut in a 13-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Fast forward: Glennon was thrown into the starting lineup against Arizona after the abrupt benching of Josh Freeman and that put him at a disadvantage. But this time around, Glennon will have much more time to prepare. The coaching staff spent last week going over the Arizona tape with Glennon and working to correct his mistakes. This week, Glennon’s preparation has been focused on getting ready for Philadelphia’s defense.

New weapons? Tampa Bay’s offense has yet to get into any sort of positive rhythm so far this season. Coming out of the bye, the Bucs are likely to try to change some things. Coach Greg Schiano has hinted that running back Jeff Demps could take on a bigger role. Demps could be used as a change of pace to Doug Martin. The Bucs also will have a new slot receiver after releasing Kevin Ogletree. Either Tiquan Underwood or Eric Page will take Ogletree’s place as the Bucs try to get more production from their third receiver spot.

Prediction: Glennon did some positive things early in his debut, but threw two costly interceptions with the game on the line. I expect a more consistent outing from Glennon, but I still expect some rookie mistakes. The Eagles are likely to stack the box to stop Martin and challenge Glennon to beat them. I don’t know if he’s capable of doing that just yet.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon might not have his full stable of receivers when he makes his NFL debut Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

Coach Greg Schiano said that tight end Tom Crabtree has been ruled out. Schiano said Crabtree had a setback with the ankle injury that has kept him out since the preseason. The Bucs had been hoping Crabtree could play this week and take over the starting role. Previous starter Luke Stocker is on injured reserve. With Crabtree out, Nate Byham is likely to get the start.

Starting wide receivers Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson returned to practice on a limited basis Friday and will be listed as questionable. Williams said Thursday he expected to play Sunday. Kevin Ogletree, Eric Page and Russell Shepard are Tampa Bay's backups at wide receiver.

Bucs activate Demps, Stocker to IR

September, 23, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added some speed for their return game, but also lost a starting tight end Monday.

Former Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps, who had spent the last two weeks practicing with the Bucs while on the exempt list, was activated to the 53-man roster. But the bad news is the Bucs placed tight end Luke Stocker on injured reserve.

Demps, who also may get a look as a running back and receiver, could take over as the primary return man or share the duties with Eric Page.

With Stocker gone for the season, the Bucs are thin at tight end. Nate Byham started in Stocker’s place Sunday. Tom Crabtree has missed the first three games with an ankle injury, but coach Greg Schiano said Monday that Crabtree is making progress. If Crabtree is healthy by Sunday, he could be the starter against the Arizona Cardinals.

Surveying the Buccaneers' roster

September, 1, 2013
After making their cuts Saturday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a roster that looks a lot like what I projected Friday.

I hit on 51 of 53 roster spots. Defensive tackle Gary Gibson and offensive lineman Cody Wallace were the two guys I had making the team who didn’t make the final cut. I didn’t have tight end Tim Wright and safety Keith Tandy making the roster, but they did.

Let’s take a brief overview of the composition of Tampa Bay’s roster:

QB (3): Josh Freeman, Mike Glennon and Dan Orlovsky

Comment: The question is whether Glennon or Orlovsky will be the No. 2 quarterback. My thinking is the Bucs wouldn’t have held onto Orlovsky if he’s going to be No. 3.

RB (5): Doug Martin, Erik Lorig, Brian Leonard, Mike James and Peyton Hillis

Comment: Leonard, James and Hillis all looked good in the preseason. They all can be used to help keep Martin fresh.

WR (5): Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, Kevin Ogletree, Tiquan Underwood and Eric Page

Comment: The first four were pretty much set in stone. Page made the roster mostly because he’s going to be the return man.

TE (4): Luke Stocker, Tom Crabtree, Nate Byham and Tim Wright

Comment: Presumably, the Bucs kept Wright around because they expect Crabtree to miss some time with an ankle injury.

OL (8): Donald Penn, Carl Nicks, Jeremy Zuttah, Davin Joseph, Demar Dotson, Gabe Carimi, Ted Larsen and Jamon Meredith

Comment: By carrying only three backups, the Bucs appear to be optimistic that Nicks won’t miss too much time due to a staph infection.

DL (9): Adrian Clayborn, Da'Quan Bowers, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Trevor Scott, William Gholston, Steven Means, Gerald McCoy, Akeem Spence and Derek Landri

Comment: McCoy, Spence and Landri are the only true defensive tackles. The Bucs must be planning to use at least one of their ends on the inside at times.

LB (6): Lavonte David, Mason Foster, Jonathan Casillas, Dekoda Watson, Najee Goode and Adam Hayward

Comment: The starters have a chance to be one of the league’s best units, and the backups aren’t bad either.

DB (10): Darrelle Revis, Johnthan Banks, Leonard Johnson, Danny Gorrer, Rashaan Melvin, Michael Adams, Dashon Goldson, Mark Barron, Ahmad Black and Keith Tandy

Comment: This should be the most improved area on the team.

Specialists (3): Rian Lindell, Andrew Economos and Michael Koenen.

Comment: Lindell is the third projected kicker the Bucs have had. Connor Barth and Lawrence Tynes both are out with injuries.

Projecting the Buccaneers roster

August, 30, 2013
Roster cuts don’t have to be made until 6 p.m. Saturday. But let’s have a little fun in the meantime.

Let’s take a look at my best guess as to how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 53-man roster will shape up:

Quarterbacks (3): Josh Freeman, Mike Glennon and Dan Orlovsky

Analysis: A rough outing by Glennon in the preseason finale might have convinced the Bucs it’s best to keep Orlovsky around.

Running backs and fullbacks (5): Doug Martin, Brian Leonard, Mike James, Peyton Hillis and Erik Lorig

Analysis: Hillis is very much on the bubble. The fact he doesn't play special teams could hurt him. But he also could stick around because he has the size to be a backup for Lorig at fullback and could be a valuable short-yardage rusher.

Tight ends (3): Luke Stocker, Tom Crabtree and Nate Byham

Analysis: The Bucs may have to keep Danny Noble if Crabtree’s ankle injury is going to keep him out for an extended period.

Wide receivers (5): Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, Kevin Ogletree, Tiquan Underwood and Eric Page

Analysis: Page has emerged as the return man and that should earn him the final roster spot.

Offensive line (9): Davin Joseph, Carl Nicks, Donald Penn, Demar Dotson, Jeremy Zuttah, Gabe Carimi, Ted Larsen, Jamon Meredith and Cody Wallace

Analysis: The Bucs could carry an extra lineman if it looks like Nicks will be out for an extended period.

Defensive line (10): Gerald McCoy, Akeem Spence, Adrian Clayborn, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Da’Quan Bowers, Gary Gibson, Trevor Scott, William Gholston, Steven Means and Derek Landri

Analysis: The last few spots are very competitive and the Bucs could look to bring in a defensive tackle from the waiver wire.

Linebackers (6): Lavonte David, Mason Foster, Dekoda Watson, Jonathan Casillas, Adam Hayward and Najee Goode

This position is pretty clear-cut unless the Bucs bring in someone off waivers.

Defensive backs (9): Darrelle Revis, Johnthan Banks, Dashon Goldson, Mark Barron, Leonard Johnson, Danny Gorrer, Michael Adams, Rashaan Melvin and Ahmad Black.

Analysis: Melvin is very much on the bubble.

Specialists (3): Michael Koenen, Andrew Economos and Rian Lindell.

Analysis: Kicker Lawrence Tynes still is recovering from a staph infection and could end up on injured reserve.

Buccaneers add WR Jordan Norwood

August, 28, 2013
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just announced the signing of wide receiver Jordan Norwood, who spent the past two seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

I think the Bucs just want to take a look at Norwood to see if he can help as a backup. The Bucs are set with starters Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams. Eric Page seems to have a roster spot as a return man and a receiver.

The Bucs also seem content with Kevin Ogletree and Tiquan Underwood as their third and fourth receivers. But Norwood will get a look and, perhaps, a chance to convince the Bucs to keep an extra receiver.

The Bucs also announced they waived defensive end Aaron Morgan.

Around the NFC South

April, 12, 2013
Let's take a look at the morning headlines from around the NFC South:


The team has signed wide receiver Eric Page, who was in Denver’s camp last year before being released with an injury settlement. Tampa Bay has focused on adding depth at wide receiver this offseason. Prior to signing Page, the Bucs added Kevin Ogletree and Steve Smith to go with holdovers Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams and Tiquan Underwood.


Mike Triplett provides a reminder that the Saints have three draft picks from last year that essentially had a red-shirt season. Receiver Nick Toon and offensive linemen Andrew Tiller and Marcel Jones all spent last season on injured reserve. I think Toon has the best chance of the trio to get substantial playing time in 2013, because the Saints need depth at receiver. But the Saints also have a history of developing linemen taken in the later rounds, so I wouldn’t be shocked if Tiller and Jones end up being factors.


Mel Kiper Jr. has the Panthers taking South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger in the second round. That makes a lot of sense. But I wouldn’t be totally surprised if the Panthers address their safety need earlier and take Kenny Vaccaro in the first round.


The San Francisco 49ers were the only thing standing between the Falcons and a Super Bowl berth last season. New Atlanta running back Steven Jackson knows the 49ers well from his days in the NFC West, and he says the key to beating the 49ers is being able to run the ball. With Jackson, the Falcons should have a better running game than they did with Michael Turner.

Around the NFC South

April, 29, 2012
Let's take a look at some headlines from around the NFC South.

Former Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Polian reportedly will join the Atlanta Falcons in a scouting capacity. The Falcons shuffled their front office a bit when Les Snead left to become the general manager in St. Louis. David Caldwell and DeJuan Polk each took on added duties. Polian should add experience and make the front office deeper.

Here’s a partial and unofficial list of undrafted rookie free agents expected to sign with the Carolina Panthers. One of them is Southern receiver Jared Green, the son of Hall of Famer Darrell Green. The Panthers are expected to announce their full list Monday or Tuesday after they have received signed contracts.

Here’s the list of undrafted rookies expected to sign with the New Orleans Saints.

Undrafted Toledo receiver Eric Page tweeted Saturday that he was signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But he apparently had a change of heart and signed with the Denver Broncos. Here’s a list of a few other rookies that are expected to sign with the Bucs.

With the drafting of receiver/return man Joe Adams, Armanti Edwards’ time with the Carolina Panthers is probably up. The Panthers traded a second-round pick in 2011 to take the former Appalachian State quarterback in the third round in 2010 and the plan was to turn Edwards into a receiver and returner. Former coach John Fox was opposed to drafting Edwards and was hesitant to play him. Edwards got a fresh start last year, when Ron Rivera took over, but was never able to make an impact.