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Real test for the offensive line this week

The Buccaneers offensive line has been the center of criticism this preseason. If there was ever a better time to silence critics heading into the regular season, it would be this week against the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo has all four linemen returning from 2013 who were part of a defense that recorded one of the highest sack totals in the league last season with 57. It’s a challenge...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Latest depth chart may show some Bucs starters

When the first depth chart of the preseason was released, many found it to be interesting given the fact that there were some surprise names at certain positions and spots. The latest (unofficial) depth chart – released yesterday — might be an indicator of who will be the starters for the 2014 season.  Rookie wide receiver Mike Evans now shows as a starter opposite veteran Vincent...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bucs have an interesting philosophy on kick returns

The Buccaneers have been unable to find a return specialist. They’ve given looks to Jeff Demps, Mike James, Charles Sims, Eric Page, and Solomon Patton among others throughout offseason workouts and well into training camp. But the man that may have emerged as a favorite — and listed as the top returner — is Patton.  The rookie out of the University of Florida averaged just...
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Scary road ahead for Bucs’ opponents

The comparisons have been made to former Buc and Hall of Famer Warren Sapp and Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is coming into his own. In two preseason games, McCoy has shown pure dominance in his limited time. But he hasn’t peaked.  The Bucs All-Pro defensive tackle has made Jacksonville’s and Miami’s offensive lines silly. Bursting off the line once the snap is...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs Preseason Game 2 Takeaways: Improved Perfomance

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offensive line caused many to go into a panic after last week’s performance. On Saturday, the unit played much better. Although there is still some work to do.  After evaluating last week’s film, the team stayed with Oniel Cousins at left guard and plugged in Patrick Omameh at right guard. While the two played well, the biggest change was how effective...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

What To Watch For: Bucs Preseason Game 2

Last Friday’s preseason opener in Jacksonville did not go as planned for the Buccaneers. There were very few bright spots throughout the game which meant the staff had a lot to evaluate.  For Satuday’s game against the Miami Dolphins in Raymond James Stadium, several Tampa Bay positions are still very much under a watchful eye. Here are a few things to watch for during the Bucs...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Injury to Charles Sims remains a mystery

Many wondered why the Buccaneers used their third-round, 69th overall selection on West Virginia running back Charles Sims. However, throughout mini camps, training camp and the first preseason game the rookie has shown why he was selected where he was.  Unfortunately, Sims has suffered an ankle injury. It’s one that remains questioned as to what kind and the severity of it. All...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Smith looking forward to seeing his safety valves together

Buccaneers’ safety Dashon Goldson is one of the spark plugs on Tampa Bay’s defense. Head coach Lovie Smith has seen Goldson’s energy on the field but only on during practices. On Saturday, Smith will get to see what Goldson has to offer to his defense for the first time against another opponent.  When Goldson was signed last offseason, there was a lot of excitement as he...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Young offensive linemen moving up the depth chart?

The Buccaneers coaching staff knows that there was poor play from the offensive front during their first preseason game. With many different combinations and options still left to look out, the Bucs staff started the process of evaluating others.  Practices on Sunday and Monday featured Jace Daniels and Oniel Cousins at each guard position taking first-team reps. It was a bit of...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs sign a defensive end

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they have signed defensive end T.J. Fatinikun.  Fatinikun (6-2, 250) participated on a tryout basis in the Buccaneers’ rookie mini-camp this past offseason. In 2013, Fatinikun – who played collegiately at Toledo – had a tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs following the NFL Draft. Later that year, he was signed to the Portland Thunder...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Solution at guard may not come from outside

On Monday, a report surfaced that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are interested in disgruntled San Francisco 49ers guard Alex Boone. Many have also suggested that former Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito should be considered. But why would either one not fit into the Bucs’ plans?  Let’s start with Incognito. The 31-year old guard found himself in the middle of a bullying scandal...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs Camp Notes: Redemption for the offensive line?

The Buccaneers were tested early on in practice. Not just by mother nature, but by the staff as pads were hitting as hard as they have been this summer.  A lot of that hitting came from the offensive and defensive lines as each side went at it during simulated running drills. The first-team front seven of the Buccaneers defense struggled to get any penetration as Doug Martin was...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Bucs in on Alex Boone

Which so much criticism and so many questions surrounding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ guard positions, a report has surfaced saying that the Bucs are in pursuit of...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers home games to be televised locally

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are projected to surpass the NFL’s threshold of 85% tickets sold for the majority of the team’s home regular season slate of games in 2014. Based on those sales projections, the team ensures that all 2014 home games will be broadcast locally. The Buccaneers are also ensuring that the two preseason home games against the Miami Dolphins (8/16) and Washington...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs Camp Notes: Business as usual

It was the first practice following their first preseason game which featured some bad offensive output. But it was business as usual at One Buc Place for the Buccaneers as head coach Lovie Smith and the staff put the team through some of the usual stuff.  Several players stood out in Sunday’s practice which went on almost in its entirety before the rain started to fall. Center...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

A cautiously optimistic approach by Lovie Smith

Among the many things to take away from Friday night’s loss in Jacksonville, optimism may not have been one of them. Granted, some players played well but the overall picture did not look good.  Enter head coach Lovie Smith. There was reason to cheer at times and defensive lineman Da’Quan Bowers was one of those reasons. Smith praised Bowers but just like he asked to not overreact...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith acknowledges poor line play

The poor play of the offensive line has been the talk across radio airwaves and several forums following the Buccaneers first preseason game. With lots of time still remaining to find the right combination across the line, Tampa Bay should be able to fix the issue.  It’s tough to point at one single issue as being the problem for the team’s line struggles Friday night. Jacksonville’s...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Frustration resonated throughout Bucs’ locker room

The Buccaneers are just 60 minutes into the 2014 preseason but after their 16-10 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars Friday night the somber mood among the players in the locker room was apparent.  The first-team offense struggled early and often. It was nothing like how they have performed so far in training camp. Tampa Bay had a vision on how the night would go and it was clear it...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs’ lack of offense leads to a 16-10 loss in Jacksonville

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveiled their new uniforms on a football field Friday night in Jacksonville. Unfortunately for them, that was about the only thing that may have kept the fans glued to their television sets.  It was a lackluster performance by the Bucs who lost 16-10 against the Jaguars. The offense’s miscues were a result of...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

What to watch for during Bucs, Jags preseason opener

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hit the field for some live action Friday night in Jacksonville to face the Jaguars for their first preseason game of the 2014 season. While wins, losses, and the score are not huge focal points, the game still has some meaning — specifically for those fighting for a roster spot.  Here are a few things you should keep an eye on during the game...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Seferian-Jenkins has a fan in Lovie Smith

You hear people talk about rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins‘ size all the time. Once you see him in person, you’ll have an appreciation for his 6-foot-5 frame.  Buccaneers’ head coach Lovie Smith is one who truly appreciates the rookie. His size makes him a threat alone. But Seferian-Jenkins brings more to the table than just size. The University of Washington product...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs fine-tuned details in preparation for Jacksonville

Each and every detail is important for teams across the National Football League to be successful. It’s no different for Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The Bucs have prepared themselves for live game action this week for their first preseason game in Jacksonville against the Jaguars. From scrimmages to walkthroughs, Tampa Bay has gone over every possible detail this...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers will honor the memory of owner Malcolm Glazer

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team will honor the memory of late owner Malcolm Glazer by wearing a memorial patch on its uniforms during the 2014 season. The patch, which features the letters...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Bucs workout a veteran kicker

By now we have all seen the Buccaneers depth chart that didn’t have punter Michael Koenen listed as the kickoff specialist — something he has been doing regularly since signing with Tampa Bay in 2011. During training camp, we learned place kicker Connor Barth would work his leg out with kickoffs this preseason.  But now there is more fuel for the speculation as JoeBucsFan.com...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Camp Notes: Bucs’ quarterbacks tear up the defense

Offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford revealed Monday that almost all of the new offensive system has been installed. It showed on Tuesday when the Buccaneers offense had lots of success against their defensive teammates.  Quarterbacks Josh McCown and Mike Glennon followed up a bad Monday of practice filled with interceptions and incompletions with a practice on Tuesday filled with...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss
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