Camp Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ LBs look to impress in 2014

With rookies already having reported to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp hope has already begun to permeate the deepest recessions of NFL fandom across Buc nation. Thursday the veterans make their way to One Buccaneer Place and then– well as they say– it’s on like Donkey Kong. A new coaching regime led by Lovie Smith will embark on figuring out just where all the pieces...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Buccaneers free agency week one

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have scored a high grade in my book for week one of free agency. A solid B+ after big pick ups to bolster their defense, including the front line with former Cincinnati Bengal Michael Johnson, beefy defensive tackle Clinton McDonald coming over from the Super Bowl champion Seahawks. Linebackers got some help with the signing of former New England Patriot...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers add two new faces in Oniel Cousins, Dane Fletcher

Once again Lovie Smith has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sifting through free agency to help bolster his 2014 roster. Just yesterday the Bucs announced the signing of 20 year-old Oniel Cousins an offensive lineman most recently with the Cleveland Browns. Tampa also added former Patirots linebacker Dane Fletcher. Both players signed one year deals. Neither acquisition brings the same appeal...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers have OL Jeremy Zuttah on the trade block

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been exceptionally active during the start of the 2014 NFL free agency period. Tampa added two more players on Sunday with the signings of LB Dane Fletcher and OG Oniel Cousins. Fletcher comes from the New England Patriots while Cousins last played for the Cleveland Browns. It now appears that Tampa is fielding trade offers for OC/G Jeremy Zuttah. CBS...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

LB Dane Fletcher signs with Tampa Bay Bucaneers

Elsa/ Getty Images North AmericaThe Patriots missed out on Wesley Woodyard over the weekend, as the former Bronco signed a four year deal with Tennessee. The need for depth at linebacker just got bigger with this news.The #Bucs announce a one-year deal for LB Dane Fletcher, formerly of the #Patriots. It's can be for over $2M, source says.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Bucs add to LB depth, sign former Patriot Dane Fletcher to 1-year deal

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added linebacker depth by agreeing to terms with Dane Fletcher on a one-year deal, the team announced. Fletcher, 27, has spent the past four seasons with the New England Patriots, earning 81 tackles and four sacks with one interception, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries since entering the league undrafted out of Montana State. He's expected...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Dane Fletcher Signs One-Year Deal With Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The New England Patriots will need to find some new depth at linebacker. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former Patriots reserve linebacker Dane Fletcher to a one-year deal. Fletcher played in 15 games, starting one, for the Patriots in 2013. He recorded 26 tackles and one sack on the season. Fletcher was originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Montana...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Buccaneers Sign LB Dane Fletcher

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have signed LB Dane Fletcher to a one-year deal. per “@ScottSBucs: Another new Buc! Welcome aboard former Patriots LB Dane Fletcher, who has agreed to a one-year deal.” — Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) March 16, 2014 Mike Garafolo reports that Fletcher’s deal is worth a max value of over $2 million. Ian Rapoport reports...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Dane Fletcher meeting with the Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders missed out a couple key pieces of their defense so far this off-season, but have added a couple pieces in return. They’ve recently signed free agent defensive end Antonio Smith to a two year deal and corner-back Tarell Brown. Now according to Jason La Canfora on Twitter, the Oakland Raiders will meet up with free agent linebacker Dane Fletcher. Fletcher spent...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Free agent Dane Fletcher set to visit with Bucs

Steve Milne/ USA Today SportsWith Jerod Mayo, Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins entrenched as the Patriots starting linebackers, Dane Fletcher wasn't likely to see many starts in New England. As a result, the free agent linebacker is looking for a team with an opportunity for a bigger role.Bucs remain very active, LB Dane Fletcher will start his visit with them tonight...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

South Dakota Linebacker Tyler Starr Seems Like Patriots’ Perfect Draft Prospect

The New England Patriots will certainly be watching South Dakota linebacker Tyler Starr at the NFL scouting combine on Feb. 24. The long-haired small-school linebacker appears to be the perfect draft prospect for the Patriots. Head coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots put a lot of value in the 3-cone drill, and Starr could break the combine record for the agility drill, according...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Dane Fletcher's Love of Football

Dane Fletcher played a much more prominent role for the Patriots than most foresaw coming into the season. Injuries to Jerod Mayo and the uneven play of Brandon Spikes and Dont'a Hightower at points gave Dane the opportunity to do what he loves best: play football at the highest level. In an interview with the Patriots, Fletcher spoke of his love for the game and what he likes...
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February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Should the Patriots resign Dane Fletcher?

Dane Fletcher saw an increased role in the Patriots' defense this past season after Jerrod Mayo was lost for the year. He showed some flashes of being a capable contributor to the defense, in total appearing in 15 regular season games, recording 26 total tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. He played in 18% of snaps for the year, according to Mike Reiss. Fletcher is set to...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

CFL linebacker could be on Patriots radar

A growing trend in the NFL seems to be plucking the best of the CFL off Canadian rosters.That continues today with Henoc Muamba, of the Winnepeg Blue Bombers. Muamba is canadian all the way (unlike USC turned CFLer Armond Armstead who is on the Pats already) as he went to high school in Nova Scotia.The Pats worked him out as recently as December, and he's just been released to...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

New England Patriots: 3 Players They Must Re-Sign

As Bill Belichick said the Monday after the loss against the Broncos, " We have to turn the page and move on. [We have] a lot of decisions to make in the offseason and those will all come in due course." Let's take a look at the players Belichick can re-sign to make sure the Patriots make it back to the AFC Championship game and maybe to win the Super Bowl.3. Dane...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Here's All Your Patriots Free Agents in 2013

The Patriots offseason unfortunately starts now and one of the first things that the team will have to address as it begins to plan for next year is who to keep from this year's crop of upcoming free agents. Here's every Patriot player who is about to become a free agent in 2014: LS Danny Aiken RB LeGarrette Blount DE Andre Carter WR Austin Collie WR Julian...
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January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Under-the-radar players who could decide Pats-Colts game

The New England Patriots play the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium Saturday night, thanks to the Colts’ dramatic come-from-behind victory over the Kansas City Chiefs last week. Indianapolis came storming back from a 28 point deficit behind the clutch play of outside linebacker Robert Mathis, quarterback Andrew Luck, and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. These three players have...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Fletcher likely to fill in for Pats LB Spikes

The mantra of the New England Patriots when a player gets sidelined is ''next man up.'' This week, that next man will be backup linebacker Dane Fletcher. With Brandon Spikes joining three key defenders on injured reserve with a knee injury, Fletcher is likely to see a lot more action when the Patriots host the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC divisional playoff game...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon Spikes’ ‘Fire, Intimidation’ Will Be Missed; Dont’a Hightower Says Patriots Will Be ‘Fine’ Without Linebacker

FOXBORO, Mass. — When the New England Patriots face the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night, they will be without one of their biggest vocal leaders. When linebacker Brandon Spikes was placed on injured reserve, the Patriots didn’t only lose a tremendous run defender, they also lost some of their “fire” in the huddle. Spikes is the guy who can charge through the offensive...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon Spikes’ Absence Will Hurt Patriots’ Run Defense, But Linebacker’s Knee Injury Was Hindering Play

Ho hum. Another starting New England Patriots defender has suffered a season-ending injury. Linebacker Brandon Spikes has joined defensive tackles Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly and fellow linebacker Jerod Mayo on injured reserve. Head coach Bill Belichick had put the pieces in place to form a top-tier unit reminiscent of the defenses that dominated in New England from 2001...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Likely Inactive Patriots for Bills Game

The Patriots have a lot to play for on Sunday. A win guarantees a first round bye which the team could sorely use to get healthy. On the other hand, the Patriots may want to rest some of their borderline healthy players in order to ensure that no one who is nursing an injury re-aggravates it. With that tricky balance in mind, here's who we think is likely to be inactive when...
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December 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Inactive Patriots for the Ravens Game

The Patriots take on the Ravens today but they will be without seven players who have been listed as inactive for the game. Here are the seven players who won't suit up for the Pats today: Pats inactives: Fletcher, Sopoaga, Bequette, D.J. Williams, Thompkins, Solder, Boyce. — Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) December 22, 2013 Kenbrell Thompkins, Nate Solder...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots inactive list contains one big surprise

We always look at the final inactive list to see if there are any big surprises. This week, there is.Isaac Sopoaga, whom the Patriots traded for at the deadline, is a healthy scratch this week. This news makes it sound unlikely that Sopoaga will be with the team next year. The trade might've been scrutinized if the Pats gave up more than a 5th round pick, but there was really...
Via Patriots Life
December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots Have Logjam at Linebacker With Dont’a Hightower, Brandon Spikes, Jamie Collins, Dane Fletcher

FOXBORO, Mass. — The Patriots have a linebacker controversy. Or maybe it will be a linebacker by committee. Either way, it’s not exactly a bad problem to have. After Jerod Mayo went out for the season, it appeared the Patriots planned to use rookie Jamie Collins in his place. New England started the Week 7 Jets game with Collins at outside linebacker in a 3-4. He looked...
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November 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Dane Fletcher Filling Coverage Void for Patriots Defense

Dane Fletcher Filling Coverage Void for Patriots Defense : Here’s our Black Friday B/R column,...
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November 29, 2013  |  Discuss
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