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Camp Preview – Tampa Bay Buccaneers corners have sleeper potential

With veterans reporting to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2014 training camp tomorrow, one of the most solid positions on the depth chart, despite offseason changes, is at cornerback. Against a pass-heavy division with Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Cam Newton as opposing quarterbacks, the Bucs needed to upgrade their secondary. Head coach Lovie Smith did that and much more. Darrelle Revis was...
Via cover32 - Buccaneers
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Bucs fielding a top 10 defense this season

I am not drinking the Tampa Bay Kool-Aid nor am I throwing caution to the wind in believing the 2014 Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be fielding an upper echelon NFL defense. Don’t be deceived by last year’s won-loss record or the Bucs closing with the 21st ranked defense in the NFL. The Bucs front office made many significant decisions at the end of the 2013 season that will be rewarded...
Via cover32 - Buccaneers
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

5 things to know after Bucs edge Lions 24-21

Buccaneers 24, Lions 21. With AP Photos. By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Calvin Johnson adjusted to the flight of the ball and it looked like he was about to come down with another big catch. Then he was hit, the ball popped free, and Tampa Bay's Johnthan Banks grabbed it out of midair. It was the fifth turnover of the game for the Detroit Lions, and that final interception...
Via AP on Fox
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2013 Week 11 NFL Power Rankings (#31)

Last week: 31 (+0) Record: 1-8 Like the Jaguars, the Buccaneers were going to win a game at some point and when the distracted and overrated Dolphins rode into town, it presented an excellent opportunity for them to win. The Buccaneers’ win was more impressive than the Jaguars’ because they didn’t rely on the turnover margin to do so. The Buccaneers in general are a more impressive...
Via The Football Fan Spot
November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots Can Exploit Matchups With Buccaneers’ Young Cornerbacks If Rookie Receivers Step Up (Video)

FOXBORO, Mass. — The Patriots have an unexpectedly tough matchup with the Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon. The game looked like it could have been a breeze before the season began, but Tampa Bay’s defense appears to be destined for a Top 10 showing this year. The Buccaneers’ front four, linebacker corps and secondary all have a top-tier player who could give the Patriots fits...
Via NESN.com
September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Before crowning them returned, Bucs defense must learn to close games first

Make no mistake, this Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense is a VASTLY improved unit from the one that took the field a year ago. The 2012 Bucs defense was the best against the run, but worst against the pass. So front office went out and addressed that by picking up the best corner available on the market, and picked up one of the top safetys as well. Early results show the moves were very...
Via Buc Stop
September 16, 2013  |  Discuss

New York Jets vs. Tampa Bay Bucs – Under The Radar Edition

The preseason is finally over and as always the mood is tense in New York Jets land. The media is continuously attacking Rex Ryan (for going to his son’s college football game) and every “analyst” has the Jets winning 2 games. Shocking? Not in the slightest bit. With all of this smoke covering up what really matters (the Jets are a football team, not a soap opera) there is...
Via Turn On The Jets
September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Bucs face test in bouncing back from close loss

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay's resilience will be tested as the Buccaneers strive to rebound from the team's first loss in a month and remain in playoff contention. Sunday's one-point loss to the Atlanta Falcons stopped a four-game winning streak, but was not nearly as costly as it could been for the Bucs. Three other clubs pursuing what would be the second NFC wild...
Via Fox Sports Florida
November 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Bucs confident they can stay in playoff race

Tampa Bay's resilience will be tested as the Buccaneers strive to rebound from the team's first loss in a month and remain in playoff contention. Sunday's one-point loss to the Atlanta Falcons stopped a four-game winning streak, but was not nearly as costly as it could been for the Bucs. Three other clubs pursuing what would be the second NFC wild-card position also...
Via AP on Fox
November 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers squander a golden opportunity vs Falcons

If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers miss the playoffs by one game, all they will have to do is point a finger at Sunday’s contest against the Atlanta Falcons. The planets aligned on Sunday for the Buccaneers and with a win, Tampa could have moved into one of the two wildcard seed, instead they remain one game out. Prior to kickoff, the Buccaneers learned that they would be without CB Eric...
Via thepigskinreport.com
November 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Doug Martin, Lavonte David, Rest of Buccaneers’ Rookie Class Among Top Reasons for Tampa Bay’s Resurgence

When the Buccaneers picked former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano to lead their team, they pulled some valuable college scouting with them as well. The rookie class that general manager Mark Dominik, director of player personnel Dennis Hickey and Schiano put together has — so far — been among the best in the NFL. The Bucs came away with three starters with their first three picks...
Via NESN.com
November 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Bucs beat Chargers 34-24 for 3rd win in a row

Leonard Johnson was as surprised as anyone when Philip Rivers' ill-advised pass wound up in his hands. ''The ball came right to me,'' Tampa Bay's rookie cornerback said Sunday. ''I was just so excited. I grabbed it and just went to running.'' Up the sideline, breaking through the grasp of a would-be tackler near midfield and outrunning the...
Via AP on Fox
November 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Remain Hot, Thump Chargers: Hero/Zero Of The Game

Amidst all the hype surrounding divisional foes Atlanta and New Orleans, many have completely forgotten about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.That's just how they'd prefer it.Tampa Bay dispatched of the San Diego Chargers 34-24 on Sunday, winning their third straight after starting the season 2-4.Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman tossed a pair of touchdowns while the defense & special...
Via Football Nation
November 12, 2012  |  Discuss

San Diego Chargers loss stings, harsh words should sting Rivers worse

I watched today’s games with a group at a fantastic sports bar. There was a lot going on, with games on multiple screens, so, I missed a few things. One of them was the Philip Rivers interception thrown to Leonard Johnson. I’ve since seen the replay but I had it explained to me by the guy across the table from me as: "He was basically from me to you away (about 5 feet)...
Via Checkdown Chatter
November 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Buccaneers pick-6 sinks Chargers

TAMPA, Fla. -- One minute into the game, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Leonard Johnson looked like the right player for Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to pick on, but it was the rookie who wound up with the winning pick in a 34-24 win at Raymond James Stadium. Johnson intercepted Rivers' pass intended for wide receiver Eddie Royal and sprinted 83 yards for a touchdown...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Freeman throws 2 TDs in Bucs' win

Josh Freeman threw two touchdown passes and the surging Buccaneers scored on a blocked punt and Leonard Johnson's 83-yard interception return to beat the Chargers 34-24 for their third straight win Sunday. Freeman has thrown for 13 TDs with one interception in his past five games, helping the Bucs (5-4) win four times to climb back over .500 following a 1-3 start. Rivers threw...
Via AP on Fox
November 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Chargers falter in loss to Buccaneers

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay's suddenly potent offense got some unexpected help in rolling to another high-scoring victory over Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers. From the Buccaneers' defense and special teams. Josh Freeman threw a pair of touchdown passes and the surging Buccaneers scored on a blocked punt and Leonard Johnson's 83-yard interception return to...
Via Fox Sports West
November 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Buccaneers power past visiting Chargers

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Josh Freeman threw two touchdown passes and the surging Buccaneers scored on a blocked punt and Leonard Johnson's 83-yard interception return to beat the Chargers 34-24 for their third straight win Sunday. Freeman has thrown for 13 TDs with one interception in his past five games, helping the Bucs (5-4) win four times to climb back over .500 following a 1...
Via Fox Sports Florida
November 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Leonard Johnson not expected to make Buccaneers roster

According to Patrick Southern of CBS Sports, undrafted free agent Leonard Johnson is not expected to make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 53-man roster. Johnson was initially projected as a potential Day 2 pick in the early stages of the draft process, but his stock plummeted after a poor showing at the combine. He remained one of the most physical defensive backs in the 2012 draft...
Via DraftAce
August 22, 2012  |  Discuss
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