Is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense Still Below Average?

In the midst of a hectic free agency period, the crew at TopSportsReport decided that it was time to take a deep look at the roster shifts occurring and determine which teams are getting better and which teams are getting worse.  To present these opinions, I have decided to write a defensive power rankings article.  In this article, I go team by team and discuss each teams’...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Should Titans Stop The Blidi-ng? The Future of Blidi Wreh-Wilson

Remember Alterraun Verner? In 2010, the Tennessee Titans drafted the 5’10”, 187Ib Verner in the fourth round out of UCLA and he quickly showed himself as the surprise pick of the Titans' draft class. That year, Verner played in all 16 games and had 85 tackles, 16 assisted tackles and three interceptions.Verner would go on to play in all 16 games every year during his four years...
Via Pro Football Spot
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Position review: Will Goldson make it another season in Bucs secondary?

TAMPA, Fla. --€” To begin, there were massive problems. To end, there was some hope for the future. To begin, there were more holes than a used target at a firing range. To end, there was some understanding of how to produce more complete coverage. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' secondary lived the pains of trying to become acquainted with coach Lovie Smith's defensive scheme last season...
Via Fox Sports Florida
February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Football: Week 15 Defense Streaming Options

Alterraun Verner and Jacquies SmithSource: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America As the playoffs have begun in what should be all leagues I’ll only be listing defense/special teams streaming options as opposed to defense and quarterback options. If you need any advice on quarterback options hit us up on Twitter @TheFantasyFix and @44AMiller or peruse any of the great articles...
Via The Fantasy Fix
December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Bucs “overpaid big time” for Alterraun Verner

  The Buccaneers have clearly had issues in their secondary and big free agent acquisition Alterraun Verner has been part of it.   Tampa Bay decided to part ways with All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis and have the money they would have used on him to bring in Verner and others. On paper the move was logical. But given the way opposing quarterbacks have picked apart their...
Via The Bay Cave
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2014 Week 10 NFL Pick

Atlanta Falcons (2-6) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-7) The Falcons are coming off of a bye in this game. One of the more powerful trends says that road favorites dominant off of a bye, going 50-21 ATS since 2002, including 24-6 ATS in divisional matchups, like this one here. It makes sense as road favorites tend to be significantly superior teams and it’s logical that significantly...
Via The Football Fan Spot
November 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Bucs CB Alterraun Verner is NFL’s most disappointing defensive back so far

There’s an old saying in the NFL: Teams can’t win a championship in September, but they certainly can lose one. Translation? Getting off to a good start doesn’t ensure late-season success, but struggling out of the gates almost guarantees that a team won’t be playing in January. That’s why taking a moment to look at the state of the NFL one-fourth of the way through the...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Twitter Reacts to Embarrassing Defeat

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers embarrassed themselves on national TV Thursday Night, falling behind 56-0 before the 3rd quarter was even over on Thursday Night Football against the Atlanta Falcons. Here’s some of Twitter’s best reactions.   First, I got 15 retweets or bullying Josh McCown. Sorry Josh! Josh McCown Questionable to return (feelings) — Jack Andrade (@RealJackAndrade...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Bears, Buccaneers, Cowboys, Jaguars, Saints, & Vikings

  Bears Rookie CB Kyle Fuller is considered day-to-day with an ankle injury. (Rich Campbell) Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner is expected to make his preseason debut against the Bills. (Tampa Bay Times) Cowboys Cowboys removed DB Korey Lindsey from injured reserve with a settlement. Jaguars Jaguars placed placed FB Bradie Ewing on season-ending injured reserve. Saints Saints...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner ranked top-5 in NFL, Nos. 11-20 revealed

When cover32 released its list of the top 10 cornerbacks in the NFL today, there were some people angry about their favorite team’s top pass rusher not making the list. It made for a bit of spirited debate in the “Comments” section below the article. And it also begged another question: How close was Mr. Irate Fan’s CB to making the list? To provide an answer, the editors...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Alterraun Verner named top-5 in the NFL

Typically speaking, sports fans tend to worry about two things – the past and the future. They’ll debate who was the greatest player of all-time, while also spending hours discussing whether or not a rookie is going to be develop into an All-Pro. Both are fun exercises, things that keep fans engaged and the beer flowing at the local tavern. But they miss out on what is most important...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Ten best long-shot bets to win the Super Bowl this season

This week, the wise guys in Vegas released the latest odds to win Super Bowl XLIX. And the usual suspects were at the top of the list, with the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers the co-favorites at 5-1 and the Denver Broncos just behind them at 11-2. Taking any of those teams is probably a smart wager, if there is such a thing, but it’s not a lot of fun. It’s like betting...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

In Tampa these 5 need to step up.

I don’t think there is any doubt that the Tampa Bay Bucs have improved this off-season. DE Michael Johnson, QB Josh McCown, CB Alterraun Verner, C Evan Dietrich-Smith are all good football players and everyone from Port Richey to Siesta Key are excited about the possibilities that Mike Evans brings to the Buc offense. However, if the Bucs are going to have any shot in the tough...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Getting to know Alterraun Verner

Admit it fans, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they would be trading or releasing Darrell Revis, you kind of became nervous. You were thinking “Oh here we go again, we finished last in the NFC South last year and now they are releasing our best cornerback”. Then, like when Lloyd acquired that mini-bike in Dumb and Dumber, the Buccaneers totally redeemed themselves...
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April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

With The 11th Pick In The NFL Draft, The Tennessee Titans Select...

In the offseason, the Tennessee Titans didn't make many moves.  However, sometimes this isn't always a bad thing meaning they want to keep their own or they just don't have that many needs to address.Considering they didn't resign cornerback Alterraun Verner this offseason, I'm guessing it's that the Tennessee Titans feel as if they don't have many needs and I tend to agree.First...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

With the 7th Pick in the NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Bucs Select...

After a horrible start to last year when many thought the Buccaneers were for real after trading for cornerback Darrelle Revis, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers disappointed.  However, Tampa Bay did finish the year off strong with a very good defense to end the season.  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also had a good free agency, signing defensive end Michael Johnson and cornerback Alterraun...
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April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Buccaneer free agency – only first part of the equation

The 2014 NFL Free Agency period is proving to be the most exciting ever for Bucs fans. The Bucs have recently signed quality veterans who will go into training camp filling four starting positions on offense (QB – Josh McCown, C – Evan Dietrich-Smith, OT – Anthony Collins, TE – Brandon Meyers) and three on defense (DE – Michael Johnson, CB – Alterraun Verner, DT – Clinton...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers look like 2014 free agency winners

Free agent signing day is almost as exciting as game day, and the fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Denver Broncos came away very excited. When it was all over, the Broncos and Buccaneers were the top free agent signing teams. The Buccaneers surprised a lot of people with the players they aquired, and are now poised to make a splash in the NFC South. Tampa clearly looked...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign CB Alterraun Verner

The Buccaneers replaced Darrelle Revis at 16 million a year with Alterraun Verner at 6.625 million a year (26.5 million over 4 years with 14 million guaranteed). I still would have kept Revis, even at 16 million, because he’s such a rare talent, and worked to build the coverage scheme around him on an island, rather than forcing him into a zone coverage scheme. However, this is...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Bucs' change comes fast, furious in beginning of free agency

TAMPA, Fla. -- Hear that, the change being spoken, lightning-quick action in free agency remaking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? "We're not simply talent collectors," general manager Jason Licht said. "We're finding the right fits." Hear that, reflection on five moves made with more promised to come, the break-neck developments the start of Lovie Smith's vision gaining focus? "It's about...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Browns Free Agency Board Leaked During Presser

The Cleveland Browns have absolutely no luck sometimes. Today, as general manager Ray Farmer came out for his meeting with the press, someone on the Browns staff inadvertently left the Browns free agency list exposed. Now any team targeting those players know they have competition from the Browns and may try to use that information to get the player first. Visible on the board are...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Analyzing Michael Johnson and Alterraun Verner To Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers opened their checkbook and went on a spending spree to begin 2014 free-agency period, and they landed, arguably, two of the best players on the market in defensive end Michael Johnson and cornerback Alterraun Verner.  Per Spotrac, the 27-year-old Johnson, a former Cincinnati Bengal, was inked to a five-year deal worth up to $43.75 million with $24 million...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Analyzing Michael Johnson and Alterraun Verner To Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers opened their checkbook and went on a spending spree to begin 2014 free-agency period, and they landed, arguably, two of the best players on the market in defensive end Michael Johnson and cornerback Alterraun Verner.  Per Spotrac, the 27-year-old Johnson, a former Cincinnati Bengal, was inked to a five-year deal worth up to $43.75 million with $24...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Free Agency: Revis’ replacement

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have found their replacement to what looks like a lost cause in cornerback Darrelle Revis. #Bucs CB Alterraun Verner, four-year deal with $26.5M with $14M guaranteed — Ronnie K (@RonnieKRadio) March 12, 2014 Late Tuesday night. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and pro bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner agreed on a four-year deal worth $26.5 million. Verner provides...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Tennessee Titans lose Alterraun Verner on first day of free agency

It’s easy to see where the Tennessee Titans stand. They’re somewhere between contender and rebuilding with a strong nucleus of young and veteran talent. So when free agency rolled around under a new head coach and new ownership, it would be conceivable that Tennessee would pinch their pennies a little bit more than last year. They did just that, but some of the moves are simply...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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