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Not drafting Jameis Winston could alienate Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ fans

We are five days away from “The Decision” (all due respect, LeBron…). The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will make their selection and everyone, at this point, is assuming they will select Jameis Winston to be their quarterback of the present, and future. I mean, he’s already attending charity functions with current Buccaneers players for a foundation run by Buccaneers’ legend, Mike...
Via EndZoneScore
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

NFC South draft capsules

1. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-14) LAST SEASON: Major disappointment in first year under coach Lovie Smith and rookie general manager Jason Licht, who spent generously in free agency to try to bring in a new quarterback, upgrade a porous offensive line and bolster one of the NFL's weakest defenses. Most of the moves proved fruitless, the Bucs struggled from the start and finished with...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

What did we learn from Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle, Gerald McCoy?

As the unquestioned leader of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense, Gerald McCoy is taking the E.F. Hutton approach this offseason. He talks and people listen. At his press conference earlier this week, McCoy was all over the map about a great many things regarding the Buccaneers and the team’s second season under head coach Lovie Smith. The one constant that remains with this franchise...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Draft Breakdown: Memphis’ Bobby McCain

Bobby McCain, Nickel Back, University of Memphis   Height: 5’9” (From Combine) Weight: 195 lbs (From Combine) Year: Sr Trait Notes:Instincts – B-Ball Skills – C+Short Area Q & A -BAcceleration – B-Top End Speed –C+Technique – CDiscipline – CTotal Current Grade –  C+Total Ceiling Grade – B+   Instincts and Ball Skills: Bobby McCain was a surprise...
Via The Bay Cave
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 figures to be a long season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Oh, you have to love the way the NFL thinks when it comes to planning the 2015 season schedule for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If you are basing the opening of Tampa Bay’s new course toward success based on the 2015 NFL Draft, and you assume the team takes quarterback Jameis Winston and the Tennessee Titans follow up with the selection on Marcus Mariota, fans in both cities could...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2015 NFL Schedule

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open the 2015 season against the Tennessee Titans in the first of only 2 4pm starts scheduled by the NFL for Tampa Bay. A 2-14 season will do that for you, but of course there is flex scheduling, so if Jameis Winston is a phenom and the Bucs are competing, you can expect some of those 1PM games to change to 4:15 if not Sunday Night Games. Monday Night...
Via Buc Stop
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers 3-Round Mock Draft

Round One – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon View image | gettyimages.com Don’t print out this article and light it on fire just yet, please here me out.  I have a couple of reasons for selecting Mariota over Jameis Winston. I think that an offense featuring Marcus Mariota would have a better chance at being dynamic in the run game than one featuring Jameis Winston.  Why...
Via TopSportsReport
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Bruce Carter by the difference maker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

Newly signed linebacker Bruce Carter showed the media on Monday one of the reasons the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed him in the offseason. The linebacker was as confident as he could be talking about his new team for the first time. After playing the majority of his career outside in Dallas, Carter is being asked to move inside and help with run coverage and to following running backs...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Everyone in the organization is in “total agreement”

Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smith had their pre-draft press conference on Monday from One Buc Place. Yes, the questions were mostly about the first overall pick.   For some time now, TheBayCave.com has reported that the high level of the organization — Smith, Licht, and the Glazer family — have all been on the same page regarding the No. 1...
Via The Bay Cave
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Planning a Buccaneers Draft: the Complete Mock

Well, we have gone through each of the seven rounds and who the Bucs should take in each round. Now it’s time for a complete breakdown of each pick. Here’s a refresher on what players would wear red and pewter in our draft scenario here at Pro Football Spot.Round 1: Jameis Winston, Quarterback, Florida StateRound 2: Preston Smith, Defensive End, Mississippi StateRound 3: Ty Sambrailo...
Via Pro Football Spot
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Bucs comfortable drafting Jameis Winston

The Tampa Bay Bucs appear ready to draft former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, despite the most recent civil lawsuit by the former FSU student who claims Winston raped her.  “I think you have to do your research, look a guy in the eye and feel comfortable with the answers you're getting. And I feel comfortable,” Tampa Bay Bucs coach Lovie Smith told the Tampa Bay Times.
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Planning a Buccaneers Draft: the Seventh Round

With the acquisition of Lions defensive end George Johnson and a seventh round pick for one of their fifth round picks in this year’s draft, general manager Jason Licht has once again addressed one of the team’s weakest areas: the pass rush.With the addition of Johnson, and the hypothetical selection of Mississippi State defensive end Preston Smith at the top of the second round...
Via Pro Football Spot
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating the Buccaneers Pre-Draft Defense

With an opening at quarterback and big-name signal caller at the top of this year’s NFL Draft, almost every word said or written about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since January has concentrated on the passing game.However, with a defense-first coaching staff in place it is important to see how the people who look to prevent others from scoring will look entering the 2015 season.In...
Via Pro Football Spot
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Who will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select in the second round?

If you’re like me, you’re more than just a little tired of hearing about Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They either will pick him at number one or they won’t. Let’s pay some attention to the rest of the draft. What are the Bucs’ plans beyond the first round? Let’s find out what the experts are saying… AROUND COVER32 First and 10: The 10 biggest sleepers...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

TBT: The Greatest Turnaround In Chicago Bears History

Any fans out there who suddenly doubt that there is hope the Chicago Bears can get back to winning after a dismal 5-11 season need to check their history books.  This franchise has a lot of examples that clearly shoot down such a notion. In 1945 they went 3-7 for the season.  In 1946, they went 8-2-1 and won the NFL championship. In 1989 they crumbled to a 6-10 record and seemed...
Via Sports Mockery
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Charles Tillman Thanks Fans In A Big Way One Last Time

Th Chicago Bears had one of the best defenses in the NFL during the 2000s, taking the ball away from teams with ease under Lovie Smith. But everything that’s good must end. The three men that were the cornerstones of that menacing Bears’ defense won’t be a part of this year’s team. Brian Urlacher retired two years, Lance Briggs was last reported meeting with the San Francisco...
Via Sports Mockery
13 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Draft, Buccaneers, Jaguars, Jets, & Rams

Draft Mike Garafolo reports that Eagles HC Chip Kelly worked out New Hampshire WR R.J. Harris. Buccaneers According to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN, the Buccaneers owners  remain high on HC Lovie Smith, even after he produced a 2-14 record last year. Yasinskas writes that the Bucs could still sign free agent C Stefen Wisniewski and/or G Dan Connolly. Yasinskas adds that there ....
Via NFL Trade Rumors
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Bucs owners will have final say on top pick

It appears the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t as settled on who they will select with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft as we thought. While the team has appeared to be set on Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston as the top pick in the draft, but a report on Thursday seems to show that isn’t a lock. Additionally, it would appear that the final say on who the team selects...
Via Rumors and Rants
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign former Bills linebacker, special teams ace

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have many holes to fill as Lovie Smith and company try to drag them up out of the cellar in the NFC South. One major area of concern is special teams, where they ranked last in the league in 2014 according to Pro Football Focus. Today they found some much needed help for the unit… AROUND COVER32 First and 10: The 10 best free agents still on the market...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Evidently, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not closed the door on the potential of choosing someone other than Jameis Winston with the first pick in the NFL Draft later this month. The Buccaneers sent management to Oregon to watch the Heisman Trophy winner work out for them. Almost every mock draft list has Tampa Bay making Winston its franchise quarterback, but an impressive private...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

The Buccaneers and Jameis Winston

                        There are just 26 days left until the draft. Thank goodness.  Another week in the books which featured the usual rumors and reports tying the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Jameis Winston. With Florida State’s pro day a few days ago, the reports went into overdrive with the coverage. Honestly, pro days aren’t much to be so hyped up about. Scouts...
Via The Bay Cave
21 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State The debate has pretty much been resolved for the number 1 overall pick. Lovie Smith has praised Winston over the past couple of weeks, making Winston a clear shot pick. Winston has nothing on the field that indicates he will not be a regret for Lovie and […]
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Will the Buccaneers Draft Number One?

Before the hectic draft month of April begins, the crew at TopSportsReport decided it would be a smart time to write a 1st round mock draft.  John Miceli decided to write the article.  He carefully made selections for each team any explained each selection in this article. Check out who John Miceli selected for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on behalf of Lovie Smith and Jason Licht...
Via TopSportsReport
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith will be a winner by selecting Jameis Winston

We are 33 days from the draft and almost all mock drafts have the Bucs drafting Jameis Winston. But those with different opinions continue to feel that there is a chance the Bucs will trade down. One of those folks is Tony Dungy.  Via JoeBucsFan.com, Dungy said (through Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk) that his old friend would be inclined to trade down and get a lot of picks...
Via The Bay Cave
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs tidbits: Trade talk, No. 1, and more

Lots of Bucs news and notes came out of the annual owner’s meetings from Phoenix, Arizona this week. With Tampa Bay at the top of the draft, it was logical the attention would center around them. Head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht talked to several media folks from across the league this week and their responses to questions did not disappoint. They addressed...
Via The Bay Cave
29 days ago  |  Discuss
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