Jeff Demps, Silver medalist to Bench warmer

via static.nfl.comFormer USA olympic silver medalist Jeff Demps has gone from being one of the most anticipated players in the NFL to a certified pine pony. Demps first entered the league when he signed with New England in August 2012, but due to uncertainty in the players future the Pats traded him to Tampa in the LeGarrette Blount trade.Since the trade the 24 year old really hasn...
Via Patriots Life
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mike Glennon; Friend of Foe? Part 1 The Future QB

If you want to find the definition of disappointment, look no further than to Bucs fans around draft time when they heard Lovie Smith anoint Mike Glennon the QB of the future for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. …and the GM concurred! But there is a reason that website JoeBucsFan has coined the term “The Glennon Mob”, there are tons of fans out there who are impressed with the youngster...
Via Buc Stop
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bucs looking to DE Michael Johnson to bolster pass rush

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- One of Tampa Bay's top priorities this offseason is improving one of the NFL's weakest pass rushes, an effort the Buccaneers launched with the signing of Michael Johnson in free agency. The Bucs signed the former Cincinnati defensive end to a five-year deal worth nearly $44 million and are banking him helping coach Lovie Smith transform the Bucs from a...
Via Fox Sports Florida
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs faced with an early test of resiliency

Optimism reigns this time of year in the NFL. Every team, be it a defending division champion or a cellar dweller, believes it has a chance to do something special. The Buccaneers are no different. But what makes the Bucs different from some teams, quarterback Josh McCown says, is their ability to deal with the adversity that is sure to follow. “Adversity is coming,''...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith impressed with Mike Glennon’s offseason

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2013 season was largely a disappointment. After starting the year on an seven-game losing streak it was clear that any playoff hopes the Bucs may have held were extinguished. They came into Seattle Week 8 massive underdogs and head coach Greg Schiano was fighting for his job. What happened next turned around Tampa Bay’s season and possibly the future of...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh McCown likes the way the Buccaneers are coming together

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Josh McCown expects the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be better this season. He's just reluctant to speculate how much. The 35-year-old quarterback is beginning his 13th NFL training camp, though it's his first as a team's projected starter since he was with the Arizona Cardinals in 2004. The Bucs signed the career backup, who's coming off the best season...
Via Fox Sports Florida
4 days ago  |  Discuss

4:30 PM Practices are 0-1 to start camp at One Buccaneer Place

When Lovie Smith announced that 4:30 pm would be the startup time for Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp, the first thing I thought about was rain. As expected, the first practice was wiped out by bad weather. The team first got on the field for mere minutes before lightning took them off the field for over an hour. Once they came back, they only got to practice for under an hour...
Via Buc Stop
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs begin newest training camp amid unfortunate reminders of old feelings

TAMPA, Fla. -- The whole thing started well enough, with a horn sounding over the field at 4:29 p.m. and fans dressed in Tampa Bay Buccaneers gear cheering the Lovie Smith era's start in full, the dark memories of MRSA and the 0-8 start and the rest of last season's Twilight Zone buried. It was supposed to be a drama-free, good-feelings Friday afternoon at One Buc Place,...
Via Fox Sports Florida
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith's mission is to change Bucs' meaning of success

TAMPA, Fla. -- Lovie Smith remains a figure of hope and opportunity for a franchise that aches to recapture its former glory. But in time, he will be defined by how well the Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet his definition of success. Success, most NFL coaches will insist before training camp, means winning the Super Bowl. It's a safe response. It shows ambition in late July, no matter...
Via Fox Sports Florida
6 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Season Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Edition

Editor’s note: Over the course of the summer, Next Impulse Sports will be releasing NFL team previews every Tuesday and Thursday. Check back on Tuesday for the Indianapolis Colts Edition and access all NFL team previews here. Today: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Last Year: 4-12 (3rd place in NFC South) List of events for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Blew the first game of the season...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs guard Carl Nicks excused from report day

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks did not report to One Buc Place on Thursday, but coach Lovie Smith said the two-time Pro Bowl player was excused for personal reasons. Nicks, who has been cleared to play in the Bucs' upcoming training camp that begins Friday, is attempting to return from pain and nerve damage in his left foot that has limited him to nine games...
Via Fox Sports Florida
6 days ago  |  Discuss

New coach, old concerns as Bucs near start of training camp

TAMPA, Fla. -- A new regime. A new attitude. A new beginning. All signal new reasons to follow the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' evolution from sticky summer afternoons to fall's chill. Forget what the calendar says. Summer is over. With the Bucs beginning training camp practices Friday, fall's feel will be in full swing, with a new-look coaching staff guiding a new-look roster...
Via Fox Sports Florida
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Burning Questions: What are the NFC South storylines as training camps open?

Thank goodness, football is here. All week, training camps open around the NFL, as teams begin the journey toward Super Bowl XLVIX in Glendale, Arizona. Every team in the league has questions that need to be answered, as no one has a clear and easy road map to the Promised Land. But the difference between being a contender and an also-ran usually comes down to one key issue. So as...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

This redesigned Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo is a big improvement

Earlier this year the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released an “enhanced” version of their team logo that looked pretty much exactly the same as the old one. It seemed like a silly publicity stunt for a team that had much more important fish to fry: like integrating new head coach Lovie Smith’s system. Fortunately there are designers out there who can do a much better job of coming...
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8 days ago  |  1 Comment

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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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Charles Tillman ready for another season with the Bears

There was some doubt during the offseason as to whether long term veteran and Pro Bowl corner Charles Tillman would return to the Bears. After flirting with his former head coach Lovie Smith down in Tampa, Tillman decided to return to Chicago on a one-year deal. Tillman is also coming off a series of injuries that caused him to miss all but eight games last season. Questions are...
Via cover32 - Bears
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the turnaround team of 2014?

There’s a growing excitement surrounding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coming into the 2014 NFL season. The closer that the Bucs Week 1 showdown with the Carolina Panthers gets, the outlook by analysts and fans just keeps getting rosier. The latest to add his voice to the growing bullish-on-the-Bucs contingent is Sports Illustrated writer Don Banks. In an appearance on WDAE over the...
Via cover32 - Buccaneers
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Three Bold Predictions For Training Camp

Out with the out, in with the old but very new. For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the days of Greg Schiano and his militant college style of coaching are gone. Welcome Lovie Smith to the fold – the former member of Tony Dungy’s staff and hopefully the savior of the Buccaneers franchise – one that went 4-4 over its last eight games after losing the first eight of the season and...
Via Football Nation
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind, breaking down the Bucs offense, what is fact or fiction and what are the top headlines

Training camp is getting ready to open and the staff here at Cover32 has started breaking down the Bucs position by position. In case you missed it, here is what we think of the Bucs offense. Is Josh McCown really going to be the Bucs starter? Click here and find out. Just how improved is the Bucs wide receiver corps?  Is Mike Evans the only player to watch at camp?  Click here...
Via cover32 - Buccaneers
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith: Bucs got 3 good players for same price as Revis

Photo from Pro Football TalkAccording to Pro Football Talk, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers saved themselves up to $16 million when they released cornerback Darrelle Revis. With that money, the Bucs have been pretty active, adding several players that could be key in 2014. Bucs coach Lovie Smith said releasing Revis allowed them to get 3 really good players.Per Pro Football Talk:“It was...
Via Patriots Life
13 days ago  |  Discuss

4 hopeful headlines: can Lovie Smith with coach of the year?

The 2014 NFL season is exactly six weeks away and we’re ramping up our speculation machine to full throttle here at cover32. If you’re curious to find out what will happen this year and don’t want to go through that whole messy business of waiting to find out, we’ve got you covered. So dim the lights, turn your fog machine on and gaze into the crystal ball. Yoda said it best...
Via cover32 - Buccaneers
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Week 14) Detroit Vs. Tampa Bay: Not The Same Bucs

The Tampa Bay Buccanneers will visit Detroit for week 14, but it is not the same group the Lions faced last year. In 2013, the Bucs were pathetic. The offense ranked dead last in yards and only slightly better in points. Combine that with a defense in the bottom half of the league and it isn't too hard to see how the Bucs finished the season with a 4-12 record. What is amazing...
Via Football Nation
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The 10 most underrated players in the NFL

After causing quite a stir by listing the ten most overrated players in the league, it’s only fair that we share players that are not put in the spotlight but deserve to be, as well. When a player is put on a pedestal by the media, part of it is marketing, part of it is personality, and of course there usually has to be an outstanding skillset to go with it. When a player doesn’t...
Via This Given Sunday
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers release 33,000 word longform about Lovie Smith

Tampa Bay Buccaneers If theres one thing I hate its Longreads. As a proud modern American and NFL fan I dont have the time or attenton span to read a neighbors lower back tattoo from out my window with my binoculars much less a freaking essay on a firstyear coach.  Thats why I was dismayed when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dropped a 33 thousend word garden hose on us this afternoon...
Via Kissing Suzy Kolber
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Camp Preview – Who is really going to start at QB

Free agency acquisition Josh McCown (and NFL journeyman) is expected to start at quarterback this season. I am making that bold prediction because that is what head coach Lovie Smith announced before the draft. After his dream run for the Bears last year, he signed a lucrative contract with the Bucs. He didn’t sign that contract to hold a clipboard. Second year signal caller...
Via cover32 - Buccaneers
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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