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Some Bucs pre-free agency tidbits 2.0

Teams have made some cuts across the NFL and the Bucs are currently sitting back watching it all unfold. They still have time to make decisions, especially since free agency doesn’t start until March 10. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t making some headlines.  Trent Cole The Philadelphia Eagles released edge rusher Trent Cole earlier this week. He was quickly labeled...
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Potential free agent targets for the Bucs’ offense

The Buccaneers posted rankings of 29th in the league in points and 30th in total yards offensively in 2014. That’s not good.  The offense was faced with many challenges like injuries and misjudging the offensive line. But several teams have overcome injuries before and played at an optimum level. That wasn’t the case for the 2014 Buccaneers’ offense. There are undoubtedly...
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7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bucs are bringing back a few of their own

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have re-signed cornerback Mike Jenkins.  Jenkins (5-10, 197) played in one game with Tampa Bay in 2014, before suffering a pectoral injury and being placed on Injured Reserve. In his seven-year career (2008-14), Jenkins has started 63-of-87 regular season games played, tallying 227 tackles, 49 passes defensed, two forced fumbles...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers Offseason Plans: Free Agency, Cuts, NFL Draft, Final 53

What players are worthy of bringing back on new deals? Who should be outright cut this coming off-season? Can anyone be dealt for draft picks? What is the current state of each position on this football team? Find it all out below. Quarterback: Mike Glennon: Mike Glennon has just put the finishing touches on what is nearly two full seasons as a starting quarterback despite entering...
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Potential free agent targets for the Bucs’ defense

View image | gettyimages.com Tampa Bay’s 2014 offseason was one to remember (at the time) as they stayed in the headlines and never left. What were considered “splash” signings proved to be far from true as last season progressed.  Lovie Smith‘s defense presented many challenges for current players as well as the new comers; Defensive end Michael Johnson played hurt...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Follow-Up: Winston’s Smear Campaign Continues On

Back in January, the New York Times published a story that centered around the Sexual Violence Task Force of Tampa Bay and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. The report referenced a meeting between the organization and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers regarding the potential selection of Winston.  Here is what was said in that story. Representatives of the sexual violence task...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Draft Breakdown: Oregon’s Jake Fisher

Jake Fisher, Offensive Tackle, University of Oregon  Height: 6’6″ (From Combine) Weight: 306 lbs (From Combine) Year: Sr Trait Notes:Footwork – C+Hand usage – CAwareness – B-Strength and Leverage – C+Run Blocking – BPass Blocking – C+Consistency – B-Overall Current Grade – C+Overall Ceiling Grade – B+ Footwork and movement skills: Jake Fisher shows solid...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs’ “interest” in Suh should not go beyond that

From the files of “Building a Stellar Fantasy Team” comes a report where the Buccaneers are among others interest in defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.  The latest from NBC’s Dianna Russini says the Bucs, Jaguars, and Raiders will be a part of the Suh sweepstakes. This after the Detroit Lions will reportedly not have interest in tagging him. The Lions want to resign Suh...
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Rumor: The Eagles will give up “Shady” for No.1?

Yeah, that’s right. It’s the Eagles once again trying to stir up trade talks through the media. Well, it’s actually some Philadelphia personalities that are simply throwing things out there hoping it sticks.  On Friday, some Philadelphia media folks were on Twitter and on the radio saying the Eagles will be trading up for the No. 1 draft pick. It’s been reported several...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Some Bucs pre-free agency tidbits

Teams are beginning to make cuts across the NFL and the Bucs are currently sitting back watching it all unfold. They still have time to make decisions, especially since free agency doesn’t start until March 10. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t making some headlines.  Vincent Jackson There was speculation that the Buccaneers would reach out to veteran wide receiver Vincent...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariota sponsorship not among decision makers

A few months back, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota was originally projected as being the easy selection for the first overall pick in the NFL Draft on April 30. That consensus has since shifted to have Florida State’s Jameis Winston being the No. 1 pick among many, many mock drafts.  However, that all means nothing because what matters is what the lead voices among NFL teams choose...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs find their assistant DL coach

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have named Paul Spicer assistant defensive line coach. Spicer will work with Defensive Line Coach Joe Cullen.  Spicer entered the league as a player with the Detroit Lions in 1999, before spending the majority of the next eight seasons (2000-08) with the Jacksonville Jaguars, including being named the team’s Ed Block Courage...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs players on the bubble as potential cuts

As free agency draws near, we will begin seeing cuts from around the league like we did on Wednesday afternoon. Aside from Josh McCown, the Buccaneers have been quiet to this point but are expected to make some cuts soon.  NFL.com’s Chris Wessling took a look around the league and mentioned some names that he feels are on the bubble and are candidates to be released by their...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs contact FSU, Winston’s character confirmed

It was obvious that the Buccaneers would be doing their due diligence on Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. Not only did they confirm that they are well within the process, but Winston’s former coach says they have contacted the school about him. Appearing on NFL Network’s NFL AM Wednesday morning, FSU football head coach Jimbo Fisher mentioned that Tampa Bay has reached...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Phil Simms could care less about Winston’s interceptions

When NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said he was scared to death of Florida State’s Jameis Winston, he meant he was scared of all the interceptions he threw. During his recent conference call with the media as well as throughout his combine coverage Mayock said countless times Winston’s interceptions concern him the most. He made quite a big deal about it and at times heading...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Draft Breakdown: Mississippi State’s Preston Smith

Preston Smith, Defensive End, Mississippi State University  Height: 6’5″ (From Combine) Weight: 271 lbs (From Combine) Year: Sr Trait Notes:Get Off – C-Explosion – C+Hand Usage – B-Leverage – C+Bend – CClosing Speed – C+Block Shedding – B-Functional Strength – B-Tackling – B-Overall Current Grade – COverall Ceiling Grade – B- Get off, leverage and bend...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs drafting Winston is a “no-brainer”

There was a quote from an anonymous scout regarding Florida State’s Jameis Winston that ruffled a few feathers today. Some of the feathers ruffled came from ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless.  Both Smith and Bayless discussed the quote from said scout on First Take Monday afternoon which was quoted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Someone will take him in the...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

(Audio) Winston admits he was pressing in 2014

Jameis Winston had his first meet and greet at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday afternoon and shortly after his presser concluded, he joined the SiriusXM NFL Radio booth to talk some more.  Like in his presser, Winston talked about similar things: Confirmed he would be throwing at the combine, how much of a competitor he is, etc. But he said something a bit more interesting...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

So did Mariota meet with the Bucs or not?

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota met with the national media at the NFL Scouting Combine for the first time. Among the many subjects that one of the top quarterback prospects of this year’s draft touched on, a question of who he has met with came up.  When asked if he met with Bucs’ head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht, Mariota simply answered by saying he...
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15 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...
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16 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...
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16 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...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Trey Flowers Breakdown

Trey Flowers, DE, University of ArkansasHeight: 6’3″ (From Team Site) Weight: 270 lbs (From team site) Year: Sr Trait Notes:Get Off – C-Explosion – C-Hand Usage – C-Leverage – CBend – D+Closing Speed – CBlock Shedding – B-Functional Strength – B-Tackling – COverall Current Grade – C-Overall Ceiling Grade – B- Get off, leverage and bend. Flowers did not...
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17 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...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Mayock questions QBs, feels Bucs go with Winston

NFL.com’s draft analyst Mike Mayock had his annual conference call today with 200-plus media members from all over the place. With all the talk surrounding the draft, the talk was expected to be about Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.  Mayock started by saying he did not envy Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smith for being in position to draft first...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss
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