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Buccaneers State of Free Agency: Offensive Line

Earlier this week, we covered what pass catchers the Bucs should target in free agency and via trade. Today’s focus will be on improving the offensive line, which was the worst unit on the team.So many offensive struggles came from the line’s inability to keep defenders out of the backfield. Let’s explore how Bucs head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht can improve...
Via Pro Football Spot
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers 7-Round Mock Draft 1.0

Following the Scouting Combine, draft season has launched into full swing. In just more than two months, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will take the podium April 30 in Chicago to officially kick off the 2015 NFL Draft. While a lot can still change between now and then, it doesn't hurt to speculate. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold eight picks this year, and they will have to use them...
Via Pro Football Spot
1 day ago  |  Discuss

NFL Draft Bluffs: Know When to Hold 'Em

I am not an expert poker player, but I know enough about the game to understand that bluffing is instrumental in winning at cards.  When it comes to the NFL Draft, bluffing can be just as important as it is in the card game.  Drafting a player you've targeted too soon - or concerns about who else might take him if you don't - drive decisions at this time of year.  When information...
Via Football By Football
1 day ago  |  Discuss

NFL Draft Bluffs: Knowing When to Hold 'Em

I am not an expert poker player, but I know enough about the game to understand that bluffing is instrumental in winning at cards.  When it comes to the NFL Draft, bluffing can be just as important as it is in the card game.  Taking a player you've targeted too soon, or concerns about who else might take him if you don't drive decisions at this time of year.  When information...
Via Football By Football
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Winston or Mariota could enter a risky situation in Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. -- Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota have zero snaps in the NFL. Both have never led a professional locker room. Both have never commanded respect from a huddle that includes men a decade older than them. Both have never stared down defenders on Sundays with the clock ticking down in the fourth quarter, victory or defeat in the balance. The Heisman Trophy winners are...
Via Fox Sports Florida
3 days ago  |  Discuss

In Depth 2015: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay started the 2014 season seen as a sleeper playoff team by some, including Tony on this site. But things unraveled quickly – and more brutally in Lovie Smith’s first season as head coach than even the most pessimistic could have expected. So what went wrong? And what does it take to get the ship heading in the right direction again? Nick Houllis, a Bucs historian and...
Via Zone Blitz
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Football: Sophomore Breakout Candidates

View image | gettyimages.com While there were many star rookies in the 2014 rookie class, there were also a handful of disappointments. This article covers rookies that we had had high hopes for but who didn’t live up to the billing. However, these guys could excel in their sophomore campaigns. Whether it was due to circumstance, injury or they just weren’t ready, these players...
Via The Fantasy Fix
4 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Draft, Buccaneers, Cowboys, Ravens, & Titans

Draft Albert Breer reports that a number of NFL teams have been “blown away” with FSU QB Jameis Winston’s football IQ in the interview room. West Virginia WR Kevin White ran forty-yard times of 4.35 and 4.36 at the Combine and may have solidified his status as a top-10 pick. Alabama S Landon Collins said that the Redskins have shown interest in him. (Dianna Marie Russini...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers schedule preview

On March 12, 2014, Josh McCown signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was immediately named the starter by new head coach Lovie Smith. Unfortunately, after an injury and then not returning to form upon his return, McCown was released after just one season with the team. With futility at the quarterback position and other places throughout the roster...
Via Buc Stop
8 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Justin Blackmon, Buccaneers, Raiders, Ravens & Seahawks

  Justin Blackmon Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell has made it clear that Jacksonville would welcome back WR Justin Blackmon, assuming he is reinstated after his most recent substance abuse suspension. “It’s currently in the league’s hands and it’s in Justin’s hands, to be honest with you,” Caldwell said on PFT Live.  “The reports I’ve gotten second-hand is that he...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie puts Winston’s character concerns to rest

So many folks were appalled when publications like this very one were writing stories that referenced Florida State’s quarterback Jameis Winston‘s character as being a non-issue for teams. When Bucs’ head coach Lovie Smith met with the media on Wednesday, those same folks were floored with his comments.  When asked about Winston’s character and if he would be fine with...
Via The Bay Cave
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith won’t rule out Jameis Winston for behavior

The biggest question mark about Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston coming into the combine has nothing to do with what he can actually get done on the field: it’s about his behavior off it… AROUND COVER32 Free Agents: The top-10 wide receivers on the market QB Rankings: Rating today’s starters from 1-32 based on their cap value Winston has gotten into trouble for several...
Via cover32 - Buccaneers
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Licht emphasizes on-field characteristics for a franchise quarterback

Head coaches and general managers from around the league took to the podium today in Indianapolis for the start of the NFL Scouting Combine. Bucs’ head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht had their chances too so we’ll have more on them later.  However, what was most interesting from today was what Licht said on Fox Sports 1. When asked what he looks for in...
Via The Bay Cave
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith: Buccaneers Won’t Use Jameis Winston’s Off-Field Issues Against Him

It’s looking more and more like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are seriously considering using the first pick in the 2015 NFL draft on Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. Speaking at the annual NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Wednesday, Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith indicated that the team is not going to use Winston’s off-field issues as an aspect of the evaluation...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs Likely To Select Jameis Winston With No. 1 Overall Pick

Things are trending towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking a quarterback with the first overall pick and now it seems that they are likely to make Jameis Winston their franchise quarterback come draft day. Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith made some comments recently that seem to confirm that the Bucs would be comfortable with taking Winston first overall despite off the field concerns...
Via Thacover2
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers haven't written off Winston for off-the-field issues... yet

TAMPA, Fla. -- With preparations for the draft continuing at the NFL Combine this week, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith made clear he's comfortable with former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston as a potential face of the franchise. Speaking to Tampa Bay reporters Wednesday morning in Indianapolis, Smith said the Bucs are fine with where Winston stands, given the information...
Via Fox Sports Florida
10 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Draft, Buccaneers, Eagles, Steelers, & Vikings

Draft Chris Mortensen reports that Jameis Winston is still a “50-50″ to throw at the Combine, according to his QBs coach George Whitfield Jr. According to Mortensen, is sounds like Winston wants to throw, but it’s being discussed right now. Lindsay Jones reports that Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson tweaked his hamstring in training and will not work out at the NFL...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith Comfortable With Jameis Winston As Face Of Buccaneers

Lovie Smith is reportedly comfortable with Jameis Winston being the face of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Via Gamedayr
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith is 'comfortable' with Jameis as franchise QB

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers own the No. 1 pick in this spring’s NFL Draft, and it is no secret they’re expected to select a quarterback. The debate continues on whether the team should take Oregon’s Marcus Mariota or Florida State’s Jameis Winston.  The biggest concern surrounding Winston is his string of off-the-field issues, but today, Bucs head coach Lovie Smith said that...
Via College Spun
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs offense had no direction, says Dietrich-Smith

This shouldn’t come as a shocker, but the Buccaneers were offensively challenged throughout the 2014 season. Yes, you all are fully aware of that. The difference now is a current Tampa Bay player described how bad it truly was.  “We were really trying to find ourselves all year and I don’t think we ever really got a foothold on that,” said Bucs’ center Evan Dietrich...
Via The Bay Cave
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Bucs owners “on board” with drafting Winston

I’ve been reporting for quite some time now how sources closes to the Buccaneers have liked Jameis Winston early on in the process and how head coach Lovie Smith came away impressed following the Rose Bowl. We now may know the Glazers are on board as well.  According to our good friend Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com, team owners are sold on the Florida State product...
Via The Bay Cave
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Bucs lose another assistant

Just over a week again, the Buccaneers made some changes to their offensive coaching staff as they added a couple assistants. Seems like they will need to do the same for the defensive side of the ball.  According to a report from The News-Gazette, Tampa Bay’s assistant defensive line coach Mike Phair is expected to be named the co-defensive coordinator for the University of Illinois...
Via The Bay Cave
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Lovie Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prefer Jameis Winston To Marcus Mariota

Twitter/@J5TakeOver The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the top pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and a serious need at quarterback. Two Heisman winners, Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, are the two highest rated quarterbacks available, and while Mariota was long considered a prohibitive favorite to be drafted first, Winston is picking up serious momentum...
Via College Spun
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Lovie Smith Prefers Jameis Winston Over Marcus Mariota

ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas reported Jameis Winston is the favorite to be selected No. 1 overall because Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith prefers Winston over Mariota: It’s very early in the process and much will depend on what happens at the scouting combine, pro days and individual interviews. But the early indicators are that Florida State quarterbackJameis Winston is the favorite...
Via Thacover2
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Bucs prefer Jameis Winston to Marcus Mariota

According to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN, “early indicators” are that Florida State QB Jameis Winston is the favorite to be drafted No. 1 overall by the Buccaneers. Sources tell Yasinskas, that Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith prefers Winston over Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. “From what I have gathered, Smith chose Dirk Koetter as his offensive coordinator over Marc Trestman,” writes...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
18 days ago  |  Discuss
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