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5-11, 4th in NFC South

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have waived (injured) defensive back Maurice Fleming, who had been featured on HBO's Hard Knocks last season before suffering a torn meniscus in his knee. He re-joined the Bucs in November as a member of their practice squad. He had been sidelined with an injury during the offseason program.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Little Isabelle couldn't wait to have her picture taken with Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston after the final minicamp practice.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

It's become somewhat of an annual tradition in Tampa that on the last day of Bucs minicamp, Gerald McCoy orders a Kona Ice truck for everyone. He's done it the last four or five years.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have officially signed second-round draft pick Ronald Jones. The team has now signed all of their 2018 draft picks.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs safety Chris Conte picked off Jameis Winston during red zone drills on a pass intended for Cameron Brate. Head coach Dirk Koetter said it's been a lot more competitive, offense versus defense, than the last two years.

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Good deed: Bucs make up for text message flub

Twinsburg (Ohio) High School senior Justin Deeds accidentally got a text message from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and in return he got a signed Mike Evans jersey.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter was asked what he learned after all the hype and letdown of last season. "I'm the wrong guy to talk to about that because I don't believe in hype either way. The lesson is that we were 5-11 and 5-11 didn't get it done. We were 3-7 in one-score games — that's all that matters."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Adarius Taylor forced a Cam Brate fumble (Taylor came down with Brate and knocked it out of his hands) and Vernon Hargreaves picked off Jameis Winston during a red zone period. Hargreaves' pick was on a pass intended for Bobo Wilson. Wilson did have a touchdown catch over the middle on a pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick during that same period.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has been getting reps at left defensive end with the first-team unit today. He said the biggest thing he's getting adjusted to is different terminology.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston said that improving his accuracy on the deep ball has been an area of focus this offseason. He also believes he has improved chemistry with wideout DeSean Jackson, even with Jackson not being present for all OTAs. They got some work in outside the facility.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said that the stresses of moving from New Jersey to Tampa and relocating his son contributed to him missing OTAs. He said he told his teammates and coaches his reasons for not attending.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs open their mandatory minicamp today. Three things I'm watching for: Jason Pierre-Paul's workload after missing OTAs, reps at outside corner opposite Brent Grimes (Vernon Hargreaves and rookie Carlton Davis) and depth at the right side of the offensive line with J.R. Sweezy and Demar Dotson both still recovering from injuries.

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Drug charges against safety T.J. Ward dropped

Drug charges against safety T.J. Ward, who was arrested in October 2017 for marijuana possession, have been dropped, according to Hillsborough County, Florida, court records.

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Reports: Winslow Jr. charged with burglary

Former Pro Bowl tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was arrested after being identified as the person involved in a burglary at a mobile home park, according to reports.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive end Noah Spence said that he's now eating about 10 meals a day to keep weight on. He said he actually got as low as 228 last year and is now 257. As far as the shoulder that landed him on IR last year, Dirk Koetter said, "I'm pretty sure [he's] ready to go."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Vernon Hargreaves continues to bounce back and forth between outside in base and nickel with the first-team defense. Opposite him is rookie Carlton Davis. Both players have lined up on both sides of the field. I've also seen David Rivers get some work outside with the first-team. At safety, Justin Evans and Chris Conte are continuing to get first-team reps.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

A few Bucs not practicing during the final OTA were cornerbacks Ryan Smith and Maurice Fleming, offensive guard J.R. Sweezy, right tackle Demar Dotson and left tackle Donovan Smith. Safety Jordan Whitehead did return to practice after tweaking his hamstring in rookie camp.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was not at the final OTA workout on Thursday, but he will be at mandatory minicamp next week. Cornerback Brent Grimes and wide receiver DeSean Jackson were also not in attendance.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

With the $130,000 raised today, the Bucs' six-year total for their annual Cut for a Cure fundraiser has now surpassed $315,000 — all going to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. More than 40 players and staff members participated this year.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Quarterback Jameis Winston had his hair buzzed by Maria, who is four and is about to celebrate one year of remission from cancer. Hair stylists were on-hand to assist young survivors in cutting, buzzing and spray-coloring hair.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

In addition to the $130,000 that the Bucs fundraised for their Cut for a Cure, general manager Jason Licht's three children — Charlie, Zoe and Theo — contributed $200 from their lemonade stand sale. Charlie got his hair buzzed and Zoe and Theo got theirs colored red for pediatric cancer awareness.

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2018 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(12)Vita VeaDTWashington
2(6)Ronald Jones IIRBUSC
2(21)M.J. StewartCBNorth Carolina
2(31)Carlton DavisCBAuburn
3(30)Alex CappaOTHumboldt State
4(17)Jordan WhiteheadSPittsburgh
5(7)Justin WatsonWRPennsylvania
6(28)Jack CichyILBWisconsin

Team Stats

Passing Yards272.94th
Rushing Yards90.627th
Points For20.918th
Points Against23.9Tied-22nd