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The offensive line is a “work in progress”

The 2014 Buccaneers struggled mightily with protecting their quarterback. Entering the 2015 NFL Draft, the offensive line was a big focal point for them.  With their top pick of the second round, Tampa Bay selected Penn State tackle Donovan Smith. They later traded back into the second round and selected Hobart’s Ali Marpet. Last season they also selected lineman but in the later...
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23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Licht: RB spot is Martin’s to lose

The Buccaneers decided not to pick up the fifth-year option in running back Doug Martin‘s contract. All indications we’ve received for months is how high the staff believes in second-year back Charles Sims. But what exactly is the situation in Tampa Bay’s backfield? General manager Jason Licht appeared on NBC Sports Radio’s Under Center on Friday and talked about several...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Winston missed by his teammates

During his time at Florida State, quarterback Jameis Winston‘s energy resonated throughout his teammates — not just on FSU’s football team, but their baseball team as well and it looks like he has carried that into the NFL.  The Buccaneers were without Winston on Thursday as he attended the NFLPA’s Rookie Premiere event. His absence was felt as defensive end Jacquies Smith...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith already sees improvement in his rookie QB

The Bucs have only completed three days of OTA practices but some of their young players have already shown signs of improvement. Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston is one of them.  Winston was not practicing with the team on Thursday because he is with the NFLPA as they kick off their four-day Rookie Premiere event. However, that did not stop the questions about the 21-year-old...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Individual game tickets now on sale

Via team communications, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that individual tickets for the team’s full slate of 2015 home games are now available for purchase on the team’s official websitewww.Buccaneers.com or by calling 866-582-BUCS (2827). In addition to the availability of single-game tickets, this season the team has offered fans the ability to purchase five...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Winston to miss OTA session

Oh boy. Let’s see the detractors pile on all over this headline, if they haven’t already.  Buccaneers rookie quarterback Jameis Winston will miss Thursday’s OTA session. No, not intentionally. But because he will be attending the NFLPA’s Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles. The four-day event runs through May 31. For those unfamiliar with the event, here is a description of...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Erica Kinsman opposes transfer of Jameis Winston lawsuit to Tallahassee

Erica Kinsman, the woman suing Jameis Winston, is opposing the QB’s motion to transfer the lawsuit from Orlando to Tallahassee. Source: Erica Kinsman opposes transfer of Jameis Winston lawsuit to Tallahassee
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Does the Bucs’ roster lack talent?

A team’s roster is normally judged by wins. That’s a fair statement. But even teams with poor records have players that stand out more than their peers respectively.  The word “elite” gets thrown around a lot and is often mixed in with the wrong groupings of players. You have your quarterbacks who will easily get appointed such a title and some running backs as well who...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

What the latest in the Peterson situation means for the Bucs

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson remains less than thrilled to participate in his team’s OTA workouts this week and speculation has resurfaced of the veteran’s desire of seeking a trade.  If there was any potential trade to have gone down in the Peterson saga — whether to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or any other interested team — it most likely would have occurred...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Ring of Honor ticket packages for Bucs fans

To commemorate Mike Alstott and Doug Williams, who were announced on Wednesday as the franchise’s two newest Ring of Honor inductees, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are introducing a pair of five-game ticket plans bearing their names.  The packages are available now by contacting a Buccaneers account representative at 866-582-BUCS (2827) or visiting Buccaneers.com.   The Alstott Plan...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

“Jameis Winston Doesn’t Get It”

His latest legal move only adds to the thought that there is little redeeming in the timeline of actions for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers No. 1 pick, quarterback Jameis Winston. No. You will not find an article like this on TBC. Instead, you will find it in the link sourced below courtesy of Jerry Barca of Forbes. Barca states Jameis Winston “doesn’t get it” because he counter...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

What does Swearinger bring to the Bucs

My Twitter mentions and email has been flooded with Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans asking about former Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger, who the Bucs claimed off of waivers on Tuesday.  Knowing a limited amount of information on Swearinger — except for knowing he hits but doesn’t tackle and struggles in coverage — many fans compare him to former Bucs safety Mark Barron...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking into the Bucs draft class

Every Buccaneers fan has been eyeing the first pick of the NFL draft since the week 17 match-up came to an end. While fans beat the debate between Winston and Mariota to death, the Buccaneers were focused on making sure their top choice was everything they wanted and more. On April 30th 2015, the Buccaneers made one of the biggest selections in franchise history. Let’s revisit...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Draft Review: Buccaneers Get their guy

Every Buccaneers fan has been eyeing the first pick of the NFL draft since the week 17 match-up came to an end. While fans beat the debate between Winston and Mariota to death, the Buccaneers were focused on making sure their top choice was everything they wanted and more. On April 30th 2015, the Buccaneers made one of the biggest selections in franchise history. Let’s revisit...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs announce roster moves; claim D.J. Swearinger

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed three of their 2015 NFL Draft picks: fourth-round selection, linebackerKwon Alexander, fifth-round choice, wide receiver Kenny Bell, and seventh-round pick, running back/fullback Joey Iosefa. The team also claimed safety D.J. Swearinger from the Houston Texans and linebacker Khaseem Greene from the Chicago Bears...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs announce roster moves

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed offensive lineman Edawn Coughman, wide receiver Donteea (pronounced don-tay) Dye, wide receiver Adam Humphries and linebacker Jared Koster. All four players participated in last weekend’s Rookie Mini-Camp on a tryout basis.  Coughman (6-4, 313) originally entered the league as a free agent from the Canadian Football...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Offensive coaches are impressed

There is a common theme around the NFL: If a quarterback succeeds in the classroom, they should succeed on the field. That’s what the Bucs have in Jameis Winston.  On Monday, the media was able to get a taste for how the offensive staff has tested the rookies during rookie mini-camp but there was one particularly moment from his pre-draft visit back in March that should be...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Winston looking to model his game after Brady?

We all know Jameis Winston is competitive and passionate about the game of football. At the combine, he made reference to wanting to be compared to Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. He was serious.  Saying it is one thing but following through with that notion is another and Winston has already started the process of making sure he is eventually mentioned in the same breath as the...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Mini-camp is first step in building rapport for Bucs’ rookies

Rookie mini-camp is the first real taste of the NFL for young players coming into the league. It doesn’t put them on the field with the veterans, but it is their first steps at getting to know their coaches and what the are looking for come practices and on Sundays.  Of course, quarterback Jameis Winston highlighted the weekend and he shared his excitement for finally getting...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Jameis Winston countersues his accuser, Erica Kinsman

Former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston filed a lawsuit against the woman who accused him of sexual assault, Erica Kinsman, Friday in federal court in Orlando. Source: Jameis Winston countersues his accuser, Erica Kinsman
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers kick off rookie mini-camp

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers kick off their rookie mini-camp on Friday with a couple big names to keep an eye on.  Defensive end Ryan Delaire, an undrafted rookie from Towson, has high expectations and for potentially making the roster. Within the staff, expectations are mutual and some believe he is instantly the third best pass rusher if he makes through offseason workouts and...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Jameis Winston Motions to Remove Suit to Federal Court

Last Friday, May 1 — just one day after being drafted first overall in the NFL Draft — Jameis Winston’s legal team filed a motion in Orange county to remove the pending lawsuit against him to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division. Per the filing: Mr. Winston will subsequently […] Source: Jameis Winston Motions to Remove Suit...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Evans looks to build off his rookie campaign

Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans fell short of winning NFL Rookie of the Year honors last season. This season, he is focused on bigger things.  “I set goals. Not statistical goals, but what I can do as far as team goals and goals that can’t be measured on stats, Evans said. “I do stuff like rookie of the year last year. I came up short on that. This year I want to be...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs announce the 13 UDFAs signed

> The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have agreed to terms with the following college free agents:    Name                                      Position                       Ht.       Wt.             College                  Quinton Alston                     ...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

(AUDIO) Licht: Winston decision came well before the draft

By now, you all should know how long the Bucs have been after Jameis Winston. If not through reading it right here on TheBayCave.com then Peter King’s latest on MMQB or on JoeBucsFan.com. Regardless, there was a consensus at some point and general manager Jason Licht revealed when that was.  There were lots of silly reports in the month of April like “Leaning towards Mariota”...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss
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