Bucs sign five 2023 draft picks

The Bucs’ first three draft picks remain unsigned.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced the signing of five of their 2023 draft picks, including fifth-round picks LB SirVocea Dennis and TE Payne Durham and sixth-round picks CB Josh Hayes, WR Trey Palmer and EDGE Jose Ramirez. This leaves their first three picks of the 2023 draft, DT Calijah Kancey, OG Cody Mauch and EDGE YaYa Diaby, still unsigned.

The newly signed rookies are unlikely to impact the Bucs’ cap space in a meaningful way. Cap calculations are cut off after the top 51 salaries, and with rookies making as little as $750,000, they may not make that cutoff prior to preseason roster cuts.

With the majority of their 2023 draft picks coming in rounds five and six, the Bucs have locked up their depth and developmental prospects from this class. While the key draft picks are still unsigned, the Bucs are closer to season readiness.

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Bucs waive K Jake Verity

The Bucs now only have a single kicker, Chase McLaughlin, on the roster.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are sticking with one kicker.

Reporter Aaron Wilson tweeted on Wednesday that the Bucs waived kicker Jake Verity, who had been on the team since January of 2023. With Verity released, the Bucs only have one kicker on the roster in K Chase McLaughlin.

Verity has been on four NFL teams since coming into the NFL in 2021, and he’ll be looking for a fifth one after the Bucs waived him. Verity has never kicked in a regulation NFL game, but he has kicked in the preseason for the Ravens and Colts, going 6-7 across both tenures.

The Bucs will stick with McLaughlin, who last year kicked at an 83.3% clip with a long of 54 yards.

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Todd Bowles “expects everybody” to attend mandatory minicamp

Bowles is expecting every Buccaneers player to attend mandatory minicamp, including LB Devin White.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers HC [autotag]Todd Bowles[/autotag] made his stance clear when it comes to mandatory minicamp.

Bowles was asked on Tuesday after the first day of Week 3 OTAs about mandatory minicamp, and he assured media that he’s looking forward to every Bucs player reporting when it kicks off on June 13.

“It’s mandatory,” Bowles said. “I expect everybody to be here.”

Bowles told reporters that he expects injured players to still show up, even if they aren’t participating. But he was also asked about LB Devin White, who is currently in a contract dispute with the Bucs, and he repeated his answer to the original question affirming that he expects all players to come to camp.

White didn’t show up to OTAs (or at least hasn’t yet, with two days left to do so), but that doesn’t necessarily mean he intends to skip out on mandatory minicamp. If he does, though, he could be fined by the team for not showing up. Whether or not a team fines a player for an unexcused absence is up to them.

It’s currently unknown if White plans to attend minicamp or not, but Bowles certainly seems to be expecting him when they day rolls around.

One quote from everyone who spoke after the last week of OTAs

Read what everyone had to say about new positions, the mental game and media expectations after the first day of Week 3 OTAs:

It’s the last week of OTAs before mandatory minicamp, and there are quite a few changes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been working on all offseason.

Not just with a new offensive coordinator, but a whole new offensive line — OT [autotag]Tristan Wirfs[/autotag] is moving from right to left tackle and HC [autotag]Todd Bowles[/autotag] revealed that OL Luke Goedeke is set to play his natural college position. On top of that, EDGE [autotag]Joe Tryon-Shoyinka[/autotag] is working on his finishing as an edge rusher and CB [autotag]Carlon Davis[/autotag] isn’t listening to the media noise surrounding the team.

Here is one quote from each of them from their media slots after Tuesday’s practice:

OTA attendance update: More veterans arrive for Week 3

WR Mike Evans is among the players who are attending the last week of OTAs.

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It’s the third and final week of OTAs for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and some more Bucs players have arrived as mandatory minicamp looms in the near future.

PewterReport reported that WR Mike Evans, CB Carlton Davis, C Ryan Jensen and RB Chase Edmonds have all reported to OTAs on Tuesday. Jensen is in a knee brace for his ACL tear in 2022 and is not participating in practice, and WR Deven Thompkins is also present and not participating. Names that have previously not been in attendance, like EDGE Shaq Barrett, LB Devin White and WR Russell Gage, are still not reporting for Week 3 of OTAs.

It should be noted that OTAs are optional and players not reporting for them isn’t uncommon due to a variety of factors — a player could have their own routine they like to do away from camp, they could be resting due to age or they could be in a contract dispute.

Devin White is still not reporting to OTAs, but that will not officially be a problem until he potentially holds out during mandatory minicamp next week. If he were to do that, he would begin to incur fines from the team, as true to the name, mandatory minicamp is not optional.

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Bucs release statement following death of Chiefs matriarch Norma Hunt

The Glazer family offered their condolences and wrote of Hunt’s passion and love for the game of football.

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Kansas City Chiefs matriarch Norma Hunt, widow of Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt and mother of current Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt, died at age 85 on Sunday, the Chiefs announced.

Norma was a notable face for the NFL world, as she attended all 57 Super Bowls in her lifetime. The Hunt family was also known for the founding of Major League Soccer, and Norma was also noted for her relationship with the family’s MLS team, F.C. Dallas. She was able to witness her Kansas City Chiefs win their two most recent Super Bowls against the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Glazer Family, who owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, put out a statement after Norma’s death, praising her passion for the league and the sport of football.

“Norma Hunt was a beloved member of the NFL family who spent the majority of her life serving as a champion for our sport. She was energetic, genuine and incredibly passionate about her love and support for her Kansas City Chiefs and our league.

Our heartfelt condolences and support go out to her son Clark and the entire Hunt family as they deal with this profound loss.”

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Bucs FA Breshad Perriman signs with Indianapolis Colts

Perriman notably caught Tom Brady’s 700th touchdown pass for an overtime win against the Buffalo Bills in 2021.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost two free agents to the Indianapolis Colts in the last four days.

The Colts signed DE Genard Avery on June 1, and they signed another Bucs free agent on Monday. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Indianapolis signed Tampa Bay free agent WR [autotag]Breshad Perriman[/autotag], who has played for the Bucs for the last two years but also had a stint with the team in 2019.

In his three cumulative years in Tampa Bay, Perriman caught 56 balls for 922 yards and eight touchdowns. Six of those touchdowns came in his 2019 year with the Bucs, though, and he only caught one apiece in the last seasons in Tampa Bay.

Perriman is perhaps most well-known for his touchdown catch in overtime against the Bills in 2021, where he took a slant route from QB Tom Brady 53 yards for the game-winning score — the touchdown was Brady’s 700th touchdown pass.

Bucs FA Genard Avery signs with Colts

Avery was a special teams player for Tampa Bay in 2022.

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Another Tampa Bay Buccaneers free agent has found another home.

This time, it’s former Bucs DE [autotag]Genard Avery[/autotag], who is set to sign with the Indianapolis Colts according to their Twitter account. The Colts will be Avery’s fifth NFL team.

Avery’s contributions in Tampa Bay mainly came on special teams. He was present on 236 snaps in 2022 for the Bucs, and around 37% of them came on special teams. Just 6% of his snaps came on defense, and he also suffered an abdomen injury in Week 14 that kept him out for the rest of the year.

Avery becomes the ninth Bucs player to leave for a different team in free agency. It’s unlikely he’ll be the last, but Tampa Bay’s emphasis on returning special teams depth may make his departure easier on the team for 2023.

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OTA attendance update: Two Bucs veterans report

Two names that weren’t at OTAs last week have returned for the second stint.

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The second stint of OTAs began on Tuesday, and two Tampa Bay Buccaneers players that weren’t there for the first stint have made their return to camp.

CB Jamel Dean and NT Vita Vea were not among the veteran players at OTAs when they first kicked off earlier in the month, but the two have returned to this next portion of them as reported by Bucs team writer Brianna Dix. Dean was recently given an extension in free agency in the offseason, and Vea remains one of the defense’s highest-paid players.

Some players that skipped OTAs the first time around also didn’t show up on Tuesday. Here is a list of those players, as per PewterReport:

  • EDGE Shaq Barrett
  • WR Mike Evans
  • WR Russell Gage
  • CB Carlton Davis
  • LB Devin White
  • LB Lavonte David
  • C Ryan Jensen

Gage is dealing with an unknown injury first revealed by Baker Mayfield, so that is most likely the reason for his absence. The biggest name to watch is Devin White, who is currently in a contract dispute with the Bucs — him not appearing in OTAs isn’t necessarily an indicator he’s holding out, but it would be notable if he were to miss mandatory minicamp.

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NFL analyst tabs NFC South as worst QB division for 2023

The NFC South is lacking in firepower under center for the upcoming season.

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Fans could see some rough QB play in the NFC South in 2023.

NFL.com’s Adam Schein released a ranking of every division by the strength of their quarterbacks, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ NFC South was ranked dead last. Schein commented that the notion of Saints QB Derek Carr being the best quarterback in the division isn’t a ringing endorsement of the QB talent it puts forward.

He didn’t have a lot to say about Bucs QB Baker Mayfield, though, making his thoughts on the new Tampa Bay signal caller brief:

What’s in store for Baker as a Buc? Who knows? This past season, he was bad in Carolina and solid in Los Angeles. He hasn’t been legitimately good in years, though there is legit receiver talent around him in Tampa.

Schein is perhaps on the mark about Mayfield, whose best season came in 2020 with the Cleveland Browns. That being said, Mayfield hasn’t technically won the job yet from Bucs QB Kyle Trask, who could make a run for the starting position in camp.

The Falcons will look to trot out second-year QB Desmond Ridder and the Panthers are likely to start newly-drafted QB Bryce Young, so it is true that the division could see a dip in quarterback play. The Bucs will hope that Mayfield or Trask can use Tampa Bay’s weapons to their advantage, however, and how well the two adapt to the circumstances remains to be seen.