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Buccaneers draft Washington DT Vita Vea in 1st round

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are intent on building a defense capable of helping quarterback Jameis Winston end the team's long playoff drought.

Tackle Vita Vea is the latest addition to a reconstructed unit that's been a liability for most of the past decade, joining the Bucs as the 12th overall pick in the opening round of the NFL draft on Thursday night.

General manager Jason Licht described the 6-foot-4, 347-pound Vea as a dominant run-stopper who has "freakish athleticism" for his size.

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NFC South Division
TeamWLTPct
xy-New Orleans 1150.688
x-Carolina 1150.688
x-Atlanta 1060.625
Tampa Bay 5110.313
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: J. Winston3504
Pass TDs: J. Winston19
Rush Yds: P. Barber423
Rush TDs: P. Barber3
Rec Yds: M. Evans1001
Rec TDs: C. Brate6
Int: K. Alexander3
Sacks: G. McCoy6.0
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 5816 (9)
Passing Yards: 4607 (2)
Rushing Yards: 1450 (27)
Points per game: 20.9 (19)
Yards per game: 363.5 (9)
Touchdowns: 34 (18)
Field Goals: 25 (19)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 6049 (32)
Passing Yards: 4306 (31)
Rushing Yards: 1880 (23)
Points per game: 23.9 (25)
Yards per game: 378.1 (32)
Touchdowns: 39 (25)
Field Goals: 26 (15)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
4/26 C. Sims re-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2018)
4/17 J. Winston team exercises option Fifth-year option on rookie contract
4/16 A. Humphries re-signed/rest FA One-year tender (through 2018)
3/26 A. Gettis re-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2018)
3/23 E. Smith re-signed/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2019)
3/22 J. Pierre-Paul traded w/ draft pick for two 2018 draft picks
3/19 B. Grimes re-signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2018)
3/19 P. Barber re-signed/excl. FA One-year tender (through 2018)
3/17 C. Lynch signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2018)
3/17 R. Ayers Jr. cut
Injuries
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries for this team
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