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Tough task lies ahead for Bucs’ staff

Each year, teams face difficult decisions when it comes down to trimming rosters down to the league mandated amount. Tampa Bay’s toughest challenge could be figuring out the depth at cornerback.  This offseason, the Buccaneers signed Dallas Cowboys free agent Sterling Moore. Ahead of him on the depth chart should be Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks respectively. But behind...
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Bucs bring back kicker Connor Barth

After kicker Patrick Murray struggled Monday night with extra points, the Bucs felt they needed to act quickly and brought back a familiar face.  After being released earlier on Wednesday by the Denver Broncos, former kicker Connor Barth has been re-signed by Tampa Bay. The deal is believed to be for two years. Connor Barth joining the Buccaneers on two-year, $2.75 million maximum...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie talks Evans, Winston, and Monday night

Bucs head coach Lovie Smith had his day after game press conference Tuesday and one of the big things he hit on was the hamstring injury to Mike Evans. Here are some quotes from the transcript of Smith’s presser. (On whether he anticipates that any of the stated injuries will keep players out of Saturday’s game) “Yes. I know right now that Mike Evans probably won’t play...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Winston’s game is coming full circle

I know, I know. It’s only preseason. Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston has a lot left to learn. But when those lights at Raymond James Stadium turned on Monday night, he was on.  Winston helped orchestrate an eight play, 80-yard opening drive which he capped off with his second rushing touchdown of the preseason from a yard out. His three completions for 27 yards showed how the...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Recapping the Bucs watch list against the Bengals

The Buccaneers first-team offense and defense held their own and did not disappoint for the home crowd Monday night. But much like last week, once the depth came in, it was a different ball game.  Here is a recap from TBC’s “What to watch for” from their matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Prince AliRookie guard Ali Marpet has gotten some extended looks in practice with...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs-Bengals Preseason: What to watch for

The Buccaneers home preseason opener is Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. Much like last week’s game against the Vikings, the Bucs have several positions that are key to evaluate.  Here are some things to keep an eye on as Tampa Bay plays in front of a national audience on ESPN. Prince AliRookie guard Ali Marpet has gotten some extended looks in practice with the team’s...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The misconception behind the Gerald McCoy debate

Several are still going on about Gerald McCoy — whether for or against him. And actually, no one is against him. Questions regarding his play is all that’s coming up.  Look, he’s the money man now. The microscope is on him. He slips up, gets called for penalties, GETS PUSHED OFF THE BALL BY A ROOKIE CONSISTENTLY, we are going to write and talk about it. The label of “great”...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Leslie Frazier relieved of his play-calling duties

Several changes have to be made for any football team that is in need of improving off a 2-14 season. The Buccaneers understand that.  Per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay’s head coach Lovie Smith will be calling the defensive plays this season. Stroud described how it looked from camp on Thursday. Smith stood near midfield during the Bucs 11-on-11 period Thursday...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Sights, sounds, and Marpet pushing McCoy around

Wednesday’s practice at One Buc Place included some of the usual goings on this week as the Bucs prepare for the Bengals on Monday night.  Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston showed good timing on deep throws with wide receivers but during 11-on-11’s he struggled a bit on a couple plays as he made a horrible decision on a pass which was picked off by D.J. Swearinger. But Winston...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Like Alexander, Marpet deserves to start

Lovie Smith named rookie linebacker Kwon Alexander the starter at middle linebacker because he deserved it. there is another rookie that deserves to be a starter as well. And that’s rookie offensive lineman Ali Marpet.  The D-III Hobart prospect seemed like a reach in the second round after the Bucs made the selection. It wasn’t just their normal selection either, they traded...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs officially announce the Cherilus signing

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed tackle Gosder Cherilus (pronounced GOZ-der SHARE-uh-luss).  Cherilus (6-7, 316) enters his eighth season in the NFL, having spent five seasons with Detroit (2008-12), before joining Indianapolis for the past two seasons (2013-14). Originally a first round pick (17th overall) by the Lions in the 2008 NFL Draft, Cherilus...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

The ‘Wrath of Kwon’ is materializing

There was some pleasant optimism surrounding a Buccaneers rookie heading into training camp and that rookie did not disappoint in his first game in pewter. No, I am not talking about quarterback Jameis Winston. Instead, I’m talking about rookie linebacker Kwon Alexander.  In our preseason preview this past Saturday, we talked about how Alexander is a player to watch against Minnesota...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cherilus is not the answer at the moment

The Bucs find themselves in between a rock and a hard place. There is major concern surrounding their offensive line situation and there doesn’t appear to be a fix any time soon.  Right tackle Demar Dotson’s injury is currently being labeled as a knee sprain. That is good news on the surface, considering he could have torn ligaments and be out for the year. Still, Dotson is...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Same questions surround the offensive line

After Saturday night’s game at Minnesota featured the injury to veteran right tackle Demar Dotson, the same mind boggling play from the offensive line lingered on.  Dotson’s injury was certainly unfortunate. At the same time, injuries are part of the game. But I do have to wonder why Dotson was still in the game late into the second quarter. Sure, I understand the argument...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Jameis Winston’s night: Sweet and sour

It was the debut of Buccaneers’ rookie quarterback Jameis Winston and as expected, his night featured several challenges.  The 21-year-old quarterback didn’t come out throwing right away. The Bucs ran the ball four straight times before facing a passing situation in third-and-4. In his first pass attempt, out of shotgun, Winston had his eyes set on tight end Austin Seferian...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs-Vikings Preseason: What to watch for

Ah… It’s finally here.  Buccaneers preseason Game 1 at the Minnesota Vikings will feature several story lines with the obvious: The debut of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston. Now of course the game “doesn’t count” but from an evaluation standpoint it most certainly does. And the Buccaneers coaching staff have lots of that to do. Here are some things to keep an eye on...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs goal: Beat the Titans

Teams have their eyes set on the first week of the season. After all, it’s where the players begin earn their paychecks.  But along with circling games on the calendars comes goals and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they have set one of their goals as beating the Tennessee Titans Week 1. “One of the goals that Coach Lovie put on us from Day 1 was to beat Tennessee,” tackle...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs ready for preseason game action

Bucs are a couple days away from their first preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings. With preparation already underway, some topics were touched on pertaining to the preseason.  The following is from the transcripts provided by the Buccaneers Communications Department. Getty Images Head Coach Lovie Smith (On if he would like quarterback Jameis Winston to have an opportunity...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

New Buc excited to line up next to McCoy

Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is undoubtedly the face of the team. He is also well-respected and highly talked about throughout the league.  Newcomer Tony McDaniel is no different. Tony McDaniel (Buccaneers.com Photo) McDaniel’s signing was officially announced by Tampa Bay on Tuesday. He also took the field with his new teammates which means he was linemates with...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Tempers flare at Bucs camp

We’re reaching the point in training camp where players just want to start hitting someone else in different colored jerseys.  It happens across the league. You had it at Carolina Panthers camp on Monday and earlier Tuesday Jets’ quarterback Geno Smith got his jaw broken by a teammate in the locker room. Per the media in attendance at One Buc Place for training camp practice...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: ESPN discusses comparing Jameis Winston to Aaron Rodgers

Recently, Bucs veteran center Evan Smith told Yahoo Sports how he sees similarities between rookie quarterback Jameis Winston and former Packers teammate Aaron Rodgers. That has gotten national attention.  On Tuesday, the First Take crew on ESPN debated on the subject and both Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith agree with the comparison — albeit to some degree — as well as praise...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs announce roster moves

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed defensive tackle Tony McDaniel and punter Karl Schmitz and activated WR Louis Murphy, who passed his preseason physical. Wide receiver Louis Murphy looks on from the sidelines at training camp. (TBC Photo) McDaniel (6-7, 305) comes to Tampa Bay after spending the past two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (2013-14)...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Bucs signing of McDaniel complete after successful physical

News broke late Monday afternoon that the Buccaneers signed defensive tackle Tony McDaniel pending a physical. Early Tuesday, we’ve learned that the deal is now completed after McDaniel passed his physical.  Bleacher Report’s Luke Easterling was first with the news. DT Tony McDaniel has passed his physical w/the #Bucs, making his signing official, per team source. — Luke...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Big plans in store for Lavonte David

On Monday, the Buccaneers held a press conference to formally announce the extension they and linebacker Lavonte David agreed upon.  As you can imagine, David received praise from general manager Jason Licht as well as head coach Lovie Smith and for all the right reasons. David took in all the praise as humbled as he’s always been and didn’t shy away from expressing his smile...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

So, about those Lavonte David Pro Bowl snubs…

Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David is quite possibly the best outside linebacker in the game today. Even after what some considered 2014 as a “down” year for David, he still emerged as one of the best last season.  On Sunday, he agreed to a five-year extension worth $50.25 million with $25.5 million guaranteed making him the highest paid 4-3 outside linebacker — deservedly...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss
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