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Could the Bucs end up with Ben Tate?

The Buccaneers appear to be content with a crowded backfield. With Doug Martin sidelined since their game against the Minnesota Vikings and the debut of rookie Charles Sims, Tampa Bay looked to be fine at the position with Mike James and Bobby Rainey splitting time with Sims. But the latest report has them looking at more names for the position.  Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole...
Via The Bay Cave
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Running on empty: Buccaneers need more from cadre of RBs

TAMPA, Fla. -- Don't call him Josh "Maserati" McCown. Don't expect him to own the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' best pair of wheels each Sunday. In fact, two things can't happen if the Bucs hope to rise from near the bottom of the NFL in rushing offense. 1.) Punter Michael Koenen serves as a primary lead blocker. 2.) McCown becomes their leading rusher often. The...
Via Fox Sports Florida
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Bobby Rainey expected to get 20-plus touches against Browns

Bobby Rainey is expected to get 20-plus touches in Sunday’s game against the Browns. Without Charles Sims and Doug Martin the Buccaneers will ride Rainey heavy today. Mike James should spell him in relief. With the Browns run defense being ranked 30th in the NFL the Buccaneers will want to run at them early and often. In seen games Rainey has run 62 times for 287 yards (4.6 average...
Via Tireball.com
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Mistakes the Seattle Seahawks defense cannot repeat against the Denver Broncos

Having watched innumerable highlight compilations of the 2013 Seattle Seahawks — most set to a mix of Steve Raible’s voice and vaguely familiar dramatic music — 12s may have forgotten a few things about last season. Like this year, though, 2013 wasn’t all kittens and rainbows. The defense was incredible, of course. But sometimes, it left fans wondering why the opposing offense...
Via cover32 - Seahawks
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers Primer: Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Regular Season Week 1: Carolina Panthers (0-0) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0)Sunday, September 7, 2014Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FLTime: 4:25 PM ETTV: FOXWeather: (Partly Sunny) 82° F with 49% chance of rain and 4 MPH winds at kickoffInjury Report:Carolina-Questionable: Cam Newton (rib)Tampa Bay-Probable: Mike Jenkins (hamstring), Mike James (shoulder), Jorvorskie Lane (hand...
Via Pro Football Spot
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Buccaneers observations: Depth an issue as preseason comes to close

TAMPA, Fla. -- The preseason is over. All the games that don't count. All the names that won't matter come Week 1. All the play that feels a notch or three below what will be seen when the results count for real. The preseason is over. The Washington Redskins beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-10 on Thursday, because the scoreboard remained lit and they kept score. But little...
Via Fox Sports Florida
August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Buccaneers observations: Tampa Bay makes improvements against Dolphins

TAMPA, Fla. -- If the preseason opener was a reason to cringe, then this was an excuse to exhale. If the preseason opener was a reason to fear for quarterback Josh McCown's life, then this was a night to regain some faith that the veteran will remain in one piece throughout the fall. The offensive line was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' top story entering their second preseason...
Via Fox Sports Florida
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Browns, Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers, & Saints

  Browns Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that there still is no news, no update, no development, and no ruling regarding Browns WR Josh Gordon and his suspension appeal. Buccaneers The Buccaneers still expect RB Doug Martin to be used in a feature back capacity this season, but rookie Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey and Mike James should also see some reps. (Pat Yasinskas...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

5 things to watch for in the Tampa Bay Bucs preseason opener

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play their first game of the 2014 season in less than a week, and even though it is only preseason, there are some major factors to keep an eye on. Many questions could be answered in some of the major position battles that have taken place this offseason. It will also be the first time we see the new rookies in an NFL game. Here are five things to watch...
Via cover32 - Buccaneers
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Training Camp Preview- Special Teams must improve in 2014

It has been said many times. The 2013 season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was just terrible. Of course there were injuries to running backs Doug Martin and Mike James. Plus there was the Josh Freeman fiasco that ended with the former coach Greg Schiano turning to rookie Mike Glennon at quarterback. Even before the season started there was an event that would serve as an omen of...
Via cover32 - Buccaneers
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Camp Preview RBs – Martin returns to form

If anything good came out of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ running back situation in 2013, it was the fact that the Bucs showed that they have a lot of depth at the position. After a disappointing 2013 season, which was cut short due to an injury, running back Doug Martin will look to rebound with 2012-like numbers. Martin is still the clear number one running back in Tampa, after...
Via cover32 - Buccaneers
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Buccaneers, Cowboys, Dolphins, Jets & Redskins

    Buccaneers Veteran G Jamon Meredith and rookie G Kadeem Edwards are the “early favorites” to start for the Buccaneers in the event that Carl Nicks isn’t health. (Greg Auman) RBs Doug Martin and rookie Charles Sims appear to be the only “locks” to make the Bucs final roster as of now. This means Bobby Rainey, Mike James, and Jeff Demps could be competing for...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Should You Avoid Doug Martin In 2014?

With your fantasy football drafts just around the corner as the NFL season is quickly approaching, you need to be paying attention to what team officials are saying. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers really want to use a rotation at running back this season.Doug Martin is clearly the starter, but the Bucs have a new front office and these guys did not draft Doug Martin. However they did...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Who can the Bucs use as trade bait

In the 2014 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Charles Sims out of West Virginia University. With this pick, the Buccaneers brought their total number of running backs to six. A lot of people have voiced their thoughts, saying that the Sims’ pick was a confusing one. Many wondered why Tampa took another running back, after they already possessed three who proved themselves...
Via cover32 - Buccaneers
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Buccaneers plan to go with running back by committee

We all have heard a baseball manager describe his ninth inning situation by saying, “We are going with a closer by committee at this point.” Now for anyone who is familiar with the game of baseball, that means said manager doesn’t have a closer that he trusts. Well in today’s NFL, the same can no longer be said about the Running Back position. Fading quickly are the days...
Via cover32 - Buccaneers
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Top Running Back Groups in the NFL

As the NFL has gone towards more of a pass-happy league, teams have moved to running back by committee approaches. While the Adrian Peterson’s and Jamaal Charles’ of the world will likely continue to shoulder the bulk of the load for their teams, others are employing a system in which two, three or even four running backs see consistent action.  On that note, today we take a...
Via Sportsnaut
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Bucs passing attack now dangerous

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not rival the Denver Broncos passing game in 2014. Not even close. However, when the 2014 regular season ends, the Buccaneers will likely have demonstrated one of the biggest single season offensive turnarounds of any team since the Bucs joined the NFL in 1976. Nearly everything that could have gone wrong with the Bucs 2013 offense went really wrong...
Via cover32 - Buccaneers
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa’s newly crowded backfield

With the draft in the rear view mirror for head coach Lovie Smith. Now begins the piecing and puzzling headache of moving guys around and matching up depth charts and line ups. Smith’s first major decision, and one that won’t likely be made til after the final pre-season game, is the now crowded backfield of Tampa Bay. With the selection of Charles Sims out of West Virginia in...
Via cover32 - Buccaneers
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Bucs add depth at running back with third round pick

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to focus on offense in this years’ draft. With the 69th overall pick, the Bucs selected running back Charles Sims from the University of West Virginia. This comes as somewhat of a surprise pick, as the Bucs have three running backs already on the team and each one had a 100 yard rushing game last season. Sims is expected to compete for the back...
Via Sports-Glory
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin gets the all clear to return

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, who was one of the NFL's top rookies in 2012, said Monday via Twitter that he has been cleared to return from the shoulder injury that sidelined him for much of last season. Martin suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder Oct. 20 at Atlanta in the Bucs' loss to the Falcons. He had rushed for 456 in six games before getting...
Via Fox Sports Florida
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

For the Bucs dackfield depth will right the ship in ’14

With the NFL draft just two months away and the combine in the rear-view mirror, the majority of NFL fans are focused on who their team will bring in to be the difference maker(s) in 2014. However as fun as it may be to speculate about the next great star coming to Raymond James Stadium, the Tampa Buccaneers and their fans should be more excited about the players returning for the...
Via cover32 - Buccaneers
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

The 2013 Buccaneers draft class – a look back

This past season was a sloppy year for Tampa Bay fans. Without a pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, there wasn’t much promise in the offseason. After the dust has settled and the 2013 season concluded, let’s examine the 2013 rookies and their performance. The Buccaneers drafted six players. Round 2 Pick 43 – Johnathan Banks – DB Round 3 Pick 73 – Mike Glennon...
Via cover32 - Buccaneers
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Buccaneers Mailbag: Who will the Bucs sign at DE, new unis?

In this week’s mailbag Tampa Bay Buccaneers managing editor for cover32 James Gomez attempts to answer a few questions from who the Bucs will sign at defensive end to what the new uniforms will look like. Frazier had Jared Allen, Lovie had Julius Peppers. Who will the Bucs sign to bolster the defensive line? - Evan P., Gainesville, FL There’s the million dollar question. We asked...
Via cover32 - Buccaneers
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Most overlooked Buccaneer

We all know that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost some great players this year to injury. Most notably of course was Doug Martin who was done with the season after week 8 with the torn Labrum, only to be followed by Mike James who was placed on IR after an ankle fracture he suffered against the Dolphins week 10. Martin and James along with 13 others ended up on Tampa Bay’s IR list...
Via cover32 - Buccaneers
February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 5 reasons the Bucs should pass on Blount

The staff here at Cover32 yesterday asked the question: Should Legarrette Blount return to the Tampa Bay Bucs. After all, he played really well down the stretch for the Patriots last season, and was once a 1,000 yard rusher here in Tampa. After some careful consideration I have concluded…absolutely not! The last thing the Bucs need to do this off-season is re-sign the 4th year...
Via cover32 - Buccaneers
February 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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