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Buccaneers' biggest bargains

June, 20, 2014
Jun 20
We spend a lot of time talking about which players make the most money. Let's change that up and go bargain hunting.

I just went through the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' contract numbers for 2014 with an eye out for guys that produce but aren't getting paid a lot (relatively speaking). When it comes to the Bucs and bargains, you have to start with linebacker Lavonte David.

The guy is an All-Pro, but his base salary is only $705,612 and his cap figure is $946,836. David undoubtedly will make up for it when he signs his second contract. The Bucs can't extend him until next year and you can bet they won't waste any time.

Next on my list is running back Doug Martin. He has a $1 million base salary and a $1.8 million cap figure. That's not a lot of money for a feature back -- and Martin still is the feature back, despite all the talk about using a committee of running backs.

Coming in third on my list is right tackle Demar Dotson. He has a $2 million base salary and his cap figure is the same. That's not bad for a solid starter.

In fourth place, I'm going with running back Bobby Rainey. His base salary and cap figure both are $570,000. Rainey has a chance to get some carries in the new rotation. If he can carve out a role, he'll look like a bargain.

My final bargain player is wide receiver Chris Owusu. His base salary and cap figure both are $570,000. Owusu has a chance to end up as the third receiver. If he does, he'll be a big bargain.
With rookie camp over, it’s time to take a look at where Tampa Bay’s draft picks stand.

Wide receiver Mike Evans. The first-round pick had a stellar rookie camp. The Bucs are expecting Evans to be an instant starter opposite Vincent Jackson.

Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. A second-round pick, the Bucs view him as a possible starter. But there’s plenty of depth at tight end and Seferian-Jenkins will have to win the job in training camp and the preseason.

Running back Charles Sims. The third-round pick will be part of the backfield rotation. Sims’ main role could be as a third-down back because he has strong receiving skills. The Bucs also are giving Sims a look as a return man.

Guard Kadeem Edwards. The reality is the fifth-round pick is a project and probably won’t be ready to start as a rookie. But Edwards will provide some depth and could develop into a starter down the road.

Tackle Kevin Pamphile. Another fifth-round pick, Pamphile also is viewed as a developmental player. In a best-case scenario, Pamphile will be the swing tackle behind Anthony Collins and Demar Dotson.

Wide receiver Robert Herron. He wasn’t taken until the sixth round, but he turned some heads in rookie camp. The Bucs are hoping the speedy Herron can emerge as the slot receiver. Herron also is getting a look in the return game.

Bucs uncertain at right guard

March, 31, 2014
Mar 31
Since his hiring, Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith has been very good about naming tentative starters.

But he hit an exception last week at the NFL owners meetings when he was asked to name his starter at right guard.

“I can’t give you a good answer for that,’’ Smith said.

The reason is simple. The Bucs don’t have a clear-cut starter at right guard. Assuming Carl Nicks is healthy – and the Bucs are optimistic about that -- he’s the starter on the left side. But the right side remains a question mark.

Jamon Meredith and Oniel Cousins would be the most likely candidates on the current roster. Both have been part-time starters in the past.

“I’ll just say everybody will get an opportunity,’’ Smith said. “We have some options at the position and we’ll just kind of let it all play out. The offensive line, even though there’s been a lot of subtraction, I like the additions that we’ve added and George Warhop is an excellent offensive line coach and we’ll get a good group together.’’

The Bucs seem set at the other offensive line positions with Anthony Collins at left tackle, Demar Dotson at right tackle and Evan Dietrich-Smith at center. But right guard still needs to be sorted out.

Maybe Meredith wins the position. Or maybe Cousins does. Or maybe the starter will come from what remains in free agency or the college draft.

Projecting a lineup: Offense

March, 21, 2014
Mar 21
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been one of the league's busiest teams in free agency. That means the roster will have a new look.

Factoring in the new additions, let's take a look at what the starting lineup currently looks like starting with the offense:

Quarterback: Coach Lovie Smith has made it pretty clear that veteran Josh McCown is his starter. McCown would have to have a horrible preseason and Mike Glennon would have to light it up to have a shot at starting.

Running back: Doug Martin is the main guy here, but Smith has said he wants to spread carries around. That means Mike James and Bobby Rainey will be getting playing time.

Wide receiver: Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams are the incumbent starters, but there's not much behind them. That's why this is a position where the Bucs are still going to make moves.

Tight end: The Bucs signed Brandon Myers as a free agent and he's the early favorite to win the starting job. Tim Wright did some nice things as a rookie last year, but he's not much of a blocker.

Offensive tackles: The Bucs have made it clear that free-agent pickup Anthony Collins is their starting left tackle. That means Demar Dotson will stay at right tackle.

Offensive guards: Assuming Carl Nicks is healthy, he's the starter at one guard position. But the other spot is wide open. Jeremy Zuttah, Jamon Meredith and Oniel Cousins could be candidates for the starting job, but the Bucs might not be done at this position.

Center: The Bucs signed free-agent Evan Dietrich Smith from Green Bay and his arrival pushes Zuttah to guard.
On paper, Tampa Bay’s offensive line was supposed to be one of the best in the league in 2013. In reality, it didn’t come anywhere close to that.

Both the run and pass blocking left a lot to be desired. With a new coaching staff coming in, there almost certainly will be some changes up front.

Performance won’t be the only thing taken into account. The five projected starters are taking up more than $27 million in 2014 cap space. This didn’t look like anything close to a $27 million line last season.

Let’s take a look at each member of the line and individual cap situations.

Left tackle Donald Penn. He turns 31 in April and is carrying the highest cap figure on the offensive line -- $8.083 million. Quality left tackles aren’t easy to find, but the Bucs could be looking out for one in free agency or the draft. If they released Penn, he would count only $333,333 against the salary cap.

Guard Davin Joseph. He’s 30 and coming off a tough season. Joseph was coming off knee surgery and didn’t look like the player he was in the past. Joseph is scheduled to have a $6 million cap figure. There would be no cap charge if the Bucs released Joseph.

Guard Carl Nicks. He missed all but two games last season. It remains to be seen if Nicks can get back to full health. But, assuming he can return, Nicks isn’t going anywhere. He’s scheduled to count $7 million against the cap and $6 million of that is guaranteed.

Center Jeremy Zuttah. He turns 28 in June. With coach Greg Schiano and the Rutgers connection gone, Zuttah isn’t a lock to stick around. He has a $4.5 million cap figure and the Bucs could free up that full amount by releasing Zuttah.

Right tackle Demar Dotson. He’s the safest bet on the offensive line to stick around. Dotson has a $2 million cap figure with $1.25 million of that guaranteed.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Our series on Tampa Bay's five biggest offseason needs continues with a look at the offensive line at No. 2.

This unit was supposed to be one of the team’s biggest strengths in 2013. Partly because of injury and partly because of inconsistent play, the offensive line ended up being a weakness. The run blocking was horrible, and the pass blocking wasn’t a lot better.

The new regime undoubtedly will be looking for better play from the offensive line, and that could mean some major changes. The biggest question on the line is guard Carl Nicks. When healthy, he might be the best in the game. But Nicks rarely has been healthy since joining the Bucs, and there are questions about whether or not he ever will return to full strength.

Veterans Donald Penn and Davin Joseph are getting older, and they’re carrying big salary-cap figures. The team also needs to decide if Jeremy Zuttah is a center or a guard and let him stay at one position. Right tackle Demar Dotson, who comes with a low salary, appears to be the only certainty for 2014.

The team could use an early draft pick on an offensive lineman. There also is enough salary-cap room to make a move or two in free agency.

Looking at playing time: Offense

January, 17, 2014
Jan 17
TAMPA, Fla. -- It’s time to take a look back at playing time for the 2013 season.

We’ll start with the offense and will have a separate post on the defense at another time. Tampa Bay’s offense ran 1,036 plays. Here is the breakdown by position with my quick take below each one.

QUARTERBACKS: Mike Glennon 842, Dan Orlovsky 4.

Quick take: Josh Freeman started the first three games before Glennon took over. Glennon got plenty of experience and has been selected to most of the All-Rookie teams.

RUNNING BACKS: Erik Lorig 383, Bobby Rainey 327, Doug Martin 304, Brian Leonard 291, Mike James 155, Spencer Larsen 35, Michael Hill 18, Jeff Demps 10.

Quick take: The Bucs were forced to use a lot of players in the backfield due to injuries. Martin was the opening-day starter, but he went down early with a season-ending injury. James was his replacement, but he also suffered a season-ending injury. Rainey finished up the year as the feature back. The good news here is the Bucs now have several backs with experience.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Vincent Jackson 969, Tiquan Underwood 563, Mike Williams 363, Chris Owusu 263, Skye Dawson 99, Russell Shepard 32.

Quick take: Jackson was the iron man in this group. Williams suffered a season-ending injury and was replaced by Underwood in the starting lineup.

TIGHT ENDS : Timothy Wright 608, Tom Crabtree 214, Nate Byham 113, Luke Stocker 105, Kyle Adams 64.

Quick take: This is another position where the Bucs had to do some juggling due to injuries. Wright, an undrafted rookie, wound up getting most of the playing time as Crabtree, Byham and Stocker all landed on injured reserve.

OFFENSIVE LINE: Demar Dotson 1,035, Donald Penn 1,033, Jeremy Zuttah 1,015, Davin Joseph 1,010, Jamon Meredith 475, Ted Larsen 361, Gabe Carimi 210, Carl Nicks 145.

Quick take: Dotson, Penn, Zuttah and Joseph were at least durable. Nicks played in only two games due to injuries. Many of Carimi’s snaps came as an extra tight end.

Playing time for the Buccaneers

December, 24, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- It's time to take a look at how much playing time each of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got in Sunday's loss to the St. Louis Rams.

The offense was on the field for 59 plays and the defense took 61 snaps. Here's the breakdown:


Offensive line: Donald Penn 59, Davin Joseph 59, Demar Dotson 59, Jeremy Zuttah 59, Ted Larsen 37, Jamon Meredith 22, Gabe Carimi 8.

Quarterback: Mike Glennon 59.

Receivers: Vincent Jackson 56, Tiquan Underwood 41, Chris Owusu 23, Eric Page 4.

Tight ends: Timothy Wright 52, Kyle Adams 14.

Running back: Bobby Rainey 41, Erik Lorig 31, Brian Leonard 19, Spencer Larsen 6.


Defensive line: Gerald McCoy 61, Adrian Clayborn 61, Akeem Spence 48, William Gholston 47, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim 13, Steven Means 8, Gary Gibson 4, Derek Landri 2.

Linebackers: Lavonte David 61, Mason Foster 52, Dekoda Watson 26, Adam Hayward 20.

Defensive backs: Dashon Goldson 61, Darrelle Revis 61, Keith Tandy 59, Johnthan Banks 59, Leonard Johnson 19, Kelcie McCray 9.

Playing time for the Buccaneers

December, 17, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – It’s time for our weekly check on playing time for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In Sunday’s 33-14 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Bucs ran 51 offensive plays and were on the field for 74 defensive snaps.

Here’s a position-by-position look at how many snaps each player got:


Quarterback: Mike Glennon 51.

Running backs: Bobby Rainey 29, Brian Leonard 22, Erik Lorig 13, Spencer Larsen 3.

Wide receiver: Vincent Jackson 51, Tiquan Underwood 44, Chris Owusu 35, Eric Page 2, Skye Dawson 1.

Tight ends: Tim Wright 48, Kyle Adams 6.

Offensive line: Davin Joseph 51, Donald Penn 51, Jeremy Zuttah 51, Demar Dotson 51, Jamon Meredith 51, Gabe Carimi 1.


Defensive line: Gerald McCoy 72, Adrian Clayborn 68, Akeem Spence 60, William Gholston 38, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim 32, Da'Quan Bowers 9, Derek Landri 7, Steven Means 6.

Linebackers: Mason Foster 69, Lavonte David 66, Dekoda Watson 63, Adam Hayward 9

Defensive backs: Dashon Goldson 74, Johnthan Banks 74, Darrelle Revis 74, Mark Barron 49, Keith Tandy 32, Leonard Johnson 12.

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

Tampa Bay's playing-time summary

December, 3, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- It's time for our weekly look at how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers divided their playing time.

In Sunday's 27-6 loss to Carolina, the Bucs had 49 plays on offense and 64 on defense. Here are the number of snaps each player participated in:


Davin Joseph 49
Donald Penn 49
Jamon Meredith 49
Demar Dotson 49
Jeremy Zuttah 49
Mike Glennon 49
Vincent Jackson 48
Tiquan Underwood 40
Bobby Rainey 38
Tim Wright 38
Chris Owusu 25
Erik Lorig 24
Brian Leonard 11
Russell Shepard 9
Gabe Carimi 9
Kyle Adams 3


Johnthan Banks 62
Dashon Goldson 61
Lavonte David 61
Mark Barron 61
Gerald McCoy 61
Mason Foster 55
Adrian Clayborn 54
Akeem Spence 51
Leonard Johnson 42
Jonathan Casillas 40
Darrelle Revis 39
William Gholston 31
Daniel Te'o-Nesheim 30
Dekoda Watson 10
Keith Tandy 10
Danny Gorrer 9
Gary Gibson 9
Da'Quan Bowers 7
Ka'Lial Glaud 5
Kelcie McCray 3
Adam Hayward 3

Playing time for the Buccaneers

November, 26, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – It’s time for our weekly check on playing time for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In Sunday’s 24-21 victory against the Detroit Lions, the Bucs had 52 offensive snaps and 76 defensive plays. Here are the total snaps each player took part in:


Davin Joseph 52

Donald Penn 52

Jamon Meredith 52

Demar Dotson 52

Jeremy Zuttah 52

Mike Glennon 52

Vincent Jackson 47

Tiquan Underwood 41

Tim Wright 38

Bobby Rainey 37

Erik Lorig 28

Chris Owusu 17

Tom Crabtree 15

Brian Leonard 15

Gabe Carimi 6

Spencer Larsen 2

Russell Shephard 1


Keith Tandy 76

Lavonte David 76

Mark Barron 74

Gerald McCoy 74

Leonard Johnson 72

Johnthan Banks 69

Adrian Clayborn 66

Adam Hayward 55

Akeem Spence 54

Danny Gorrer 49

Daniel Te'o-Nesheim 36

William Gholston 35

Darrelle Revis 34

Kelcie McCray 21

Da'Quan Bowers 18

Dekoda Watson 12

Jonathan Casillas 11

Derek Landri 4

Buccaneers' O-line coming on strong

November, 19, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- If there is one unit that best symbolizes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' season, it's the offensive line.

Much like the rest of the team, the offensive line entered the season with high hopes. But injuries and underachievement threw things off for the first half of the season. It's only been the last two games that the offensive line -- and the rest of the team -- have played well.

If you want to break it down even more, you could say that guard Davin Joseph is the best symbol of the line and the team. Joseph missed last season with a knee injury and missed most of the preseason as he recovers. That was reflected in Joseph's early-season play. But Joseph has rallied recently.

"I think a guy like Davin Joseph has battled back," coach Greg Schiano said. "This hasn't been an easy thing for a guy that's used to being able to impose his will on people. Not having the whole offseason of training and not having very much play in the preseason, I think he's kind of hitting his stride now. He still is not back to where he's going to be. But he's starting to get back in that area, that realm."

Schiano said he likes what he's seeing out of the rest of the offensive line.

"I think (center) Jeremy Zuttah's performed at a high level all season," Schiano said. "He's been asked to do a lot of different things and he's done them well. Donald Penn played his best game, I think, on Sunday. Same thing with Jamon Meredith. He played strong. And then (right tackle Demar Dotson), I think all five of them, this was their best game to date."

W2W4: Buccaneers-Dolphins

November, 11, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- Five things to watch in Monday night’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins.

Cameron Wake vs. Demar Dotson. This matchup does not appear favorable for the Bucs. Wake has 5.5 sacks and has the ability to put a lot of pressure on rookie quarterback Mike Glennon. Dotson, who plays right tackle, likely will get some help from the tight ends.

Glennon’s pitch count. After averaging 45 attempts in his first four games, Glennon attempted only 23 passes against Seattle. That’s the kind of territory the Bucs would like to keep Glennon in. But they would like to swap out some of the dinks and dunks with some short passes.

Mike James and the running game. Part of the reason the Bucs didn’t have Glennon throwing very much against Seattle was because James was running so well. The rookie, who has taken over for the injured Doug Martin, rushed for 158 yards against the Seahawks. Miami’s run defense ranks No. 21.

Mike Wallace vs. Darrelle Revis. In recent weeks, Revis has shown he’s getting back to full health and that’s meant a gradual increase in man-to-man coverage. He might not be on Wallace every single play, but Revis is likely to shadow Miami’s top receiver most of the night.

Lamar Miller vs. Tampa Bay’s run defense. After leading the NFL in rushing defense last season, the Bucs have fallen to No. 13. Look for the Dolphins to test the Tampa Bay run defense with Lamar Miller,who has averaged 97 rushing yards in the past two games.