- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added a cornerback Wednesday when they announced the signing of Michael Adams. Adams was formerly with the Arizona Cardinals, and was an impact player on special teams who had a few decent moments at cornerback as well. He was brought in for a tryout and signed to an NFL after his trial, so he showed the Buccaneers enough to justify his place in training camp. But with Darrelle Revis, Eric Wright, Leonard Johnson, and Johnthan Banks almost virtually guaranteed places on the roster, Adams will have to really stand out on defense and special teams to crack the regular season squad for the Bucs.
- Pat Yasinskas at ESPN.com has announced the next in line in his top 25 in the NFC South, and coming in at number 23 is Josh Freeman. The Bucs’ QB gets a vote of confidence from the NFC South blogger, so there are certainly plenty of people outside of Tampa who have faith in the Bucs QB. Compare this to an ESPN Insider article about the future of all the NFL franchises, where it’s the situation surrounding Freeman that downgrades the Buccaneers’ ranking.
- But some other ESPN talking heads had less than favorable things to say about Doug Martin. ESPN’s Fantasy experts all had somewhat negative things to say about Martin as it relates to his standing as an elite fantasy running back. The argument used was about the unbalanced nature of his production, with most of it coming against the Oakland Raiders. And while that is certainly true, and you can read more about Martin’s season by clicking here, I feel it’s short-sighted to dismiss a rookie for having a somewhat inconsistent season behind a makeshift offensive line. I have argued that Doug Martin should be extremely high on fantasy draft boards, and I feel like you should capitalize on the doubts being cast over Martin and snag him if he slides in drafts this summer.
- In Buccaneers’ opponents news, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Total Access that Rob Gronkowski is going to begin the offseason on the PUP list, and if he were to remain there through the regular season, he would be unable to play against the Buccaneers. This is certainly news to keep an eye on, as a Patriots’ team without Gronkowski and Welker is definitely a different look than we’ve seen in recent seasons.
That’s it for the humpday edition of the Pewter and Read. Tune back in tomorrow for more news and opinions.