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  • Buccaneers second-round pick Ronald Jones a healthy scratch again

    Pro Football Talk "When the Buccaneers spent the 38th overall pick in the draft on running back Ronald Jones, they thought he could make an instant impact on their offense. It hasn’t worked out that way. Jones is inactive for tonight’s game against the Steelers, just as he was inactive..." September 24

  • Which NFL teams might actually trade for Le'Veon Bell? Here are 7 that could take risk

    USA Today "The Steelers are apparently ready to divorce Le'Veon Bell rather than be held hostage for two more months or allow him to walk away next March for nothing. Pittsburgh is prepared to deal its absent all-pro tailback, per ESPN, despite its 0-1-1 start. But this..." September 24

  • Bucs QB Jameis Winston hires agent Joel Segal

    Tampa Bay Times "Jameis Winston has hired agent Joel Segal, one day before he is set to return from a three-game suspension. In July, shortly after suspension was announced, Winston fired representatives Greg Genske and Kenny Felder, a pair of baseball agents who had limited football experience. They..." September 24

  • Bucs Unlikely To Make QB Change In Week 4 No Matter How Ryan Fitzpatrick Plays On Monday

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Jason La Canfora, the Buccaneers are planning to start Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback in Week 4 no matter how he fares against the Steelers on Sunday. La Canfora says that team officials have not met to make a formal decision on the matter, but..." September 23

  • Vita Vea out for Buccaneers vs. Steelers

    Pro Football Talk "Buccaneers first-round draft pick Vita Vea has still not played a snap in his NFL career, and that won’t change on Monday night. Vea has been declared out for this week’s game against the Steelers. Vea suffered a calf injury during the first contact practice of training..." September 22

  • Bucs PK Chandler Catanzaro insists he’s curse-free

    Tampa Bay Times "When placekicker Chandler Catanzaro missed a 44-yard field goal in the fourth quarter at New Orleans and a point-after attempt last week against the Eagles, he left the door open for a possible comeback by the Saints and Eagles. The Bucs won both games, fortunately, and overall..." September 22

  • Vita Vea returns to practice, finally

    Pro Football Talk "He suffered a calf injury during the first padded practice of training camp, and he finally has returned to practice, nearly two months later. Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea practiced on Thursday, via JoeBucsFan.com. The first-round pick could play on Monday night, when the Bucs..." September 20

  • When players went on strike for better benefits, Eric Dickerson undermined them

    Pro Football Talk "Eric Dickerson is now speaking out for the idea that Hall of Fame players should be paid $300,000 a year in retirement. But when Dickerson was an active player, supporting the retired players was not his concern. In 1987, the NFL players went on strike, and among the key pieces of..." September 20

  • Minkah Fitzpatrick: If Bucs QB wants FitzMagic moniker, he can take it

    Miami Herald "“FitzMagic” should only be used for good, not evil. So when the dark forces of the internet came for his mom Tuesday, Minkah Fitzpatrick did not take it lightly. News that Fitzpatrick had trademarked the “FitzMagic” nickname irked Buccaneers fans..." September 19

  • Uber Driver Sues Jameis Winston Over Sexual Assault

    Deadspin "Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is currently serving out the end of a three-game suspension set by the NFL for groping an Uber driver. The league’s investigation over the offseason concluded that Winston had “violated the Personal Conduct Policy by touching..." September 19

  • Eric Dickerson: NFL should pay each Hall of Famer $300,000 a year

    Pro Football Talk "When Eric Dickerson released a statement calling for an annual salary for Hall of Famers, he didn’t say what that salary should be. But now he has given a dollar amount of $300,000 annually. “If it was up to me, I think every Hall of Famer would get about..." September 19

  • Browns, Cardinals the betting favorites to land Antonio Brown, if he’s traded

    Pro Football Talk "The best thing about gambling is that you can gamble on pretty much anything. Case in point: Odds have been crafted for receiver Antonio Brown‘s team upon the passing of the trade deadline. Via Bookmaker.eu, the Steelers remain the overwhelming favorite, at -2000. But if Brown..." September 18

  • Group of NFL Hall of Famers demands an annual salary and health benefits

    Pro Football Talk "A group of Pro Football Hall of Famers are arguing that every member of the Hall of Fame should be paid an annual salary and given health insurance. In a letter sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, and Pro..." September 18

  • Jameis Winston isn’t prohibited from texting teammates

    Pro Football Talk "Many have asked whether suspended Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston ran afoul of the terms of his suspension by texting teammates after Sunday’s win over the Eagles. The NFL says that it’s not a problem. “There’s to be no discussion of football..." September 17

  • DeSean on Fitzpatrick: 'You can't take the hot man out'

    NFL.com "Despite his choice of postgame attire, Ryan Fitzpatrick is more NBA Jam than Grand Theft Auto Vice City right now. At least that's what DeSean Jackson indicated on NFL Total Access on Monday when he said the Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to stay with Fitzpatrick as their starting..." September 17

  • Koetter delays QB talk until Jameis Winston returns

    NFL.com "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a looming decision to make at the quarterback position. Jameis Winston is eligible to return from a three-game suspension after Week 3's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the Buccaneers are off to a 2-0 start with Ryan Fitzpatrick under..." September 17

  • Jameis Winston might not be Bucs' starter when he returns

    NFL.com "The Bucs still believe that quarterback Jameis Winston is huge part of their future. When he played in training camp, even throwing to second-stringers, he was their best option behind center. That said, sources say the Bucs might hold off installing Winston as the starter when he..." September 16

  • Bucs delay captain vote

    JoeBucsFan.com "Dirk Koetter changed course on his team-captains policy/mindset at some point this summer and feel free to speculate why. This evening, Koetter offered insight. Asked about captains by a fan, Koetter finally shed some light on a subject that appeared to give him agita when..." September 16

  • DeSean Jackson set to play Sunday

    Pro Football Talk "Wide receiver DeSean Jackson is set to play against one of his former teams on Sunday. Jackson suffered a concussion and a shoulder injury in last Sunday’s victory over the Saints, but was able to return to practice as the week unfolded. According to multiple reports, he’s..." September 16

  • 15 pounds lighter, Vita Vea could return to practice soon

    Pro Football Talk "Despite a big road win to start the season, the Buccaneers nevertheless gave up 40 points in the first game of the season. The team’s still-porous defense could be getting a bit of a boost. Via JoeBucsFan.com, Vita Vea could return to practice this week...." September 15

  • Eagles’ game plan for Sunday: Beat the heat in Tampa, and the Buccaneers

    Philly.com "It's going to be a scorcher Sunday in Tampa. The temperature at kickoff for the Eagles-Bucs game is expected to be 91 degrees, the humidity a sauna-like 72 percent. According to the people who calculate these things, it's going to feel like 104 degrees. When the..." September 15

  • Bucs receiver depth could be tested by the heat

    Tampa Bay Times "DeSean Jackson practiced Friday but was still under concussion protocol, so that's why the Bucs feel good about their wide receiver depth. Not just because of injuries, but to combat what is expected to be a very hot day. Sunday's high temperature is forecast to be 91 degrees..." September 15

  • Dirk Koetter: Percentages say go for it on fourth down, but if I fail I’m out of here

    Pro Football Talk "Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter says there are two choices on fourth down: Play the percentages, or play it safe. And he usually chooses to play it safe. The Buccaneers kicked on every fourth down in Sunday’s win over the Saints, and when Koetter was asked about that afterward, he..." September 15

  • Jameis Winston still the betting favorite to start Week Four

    Pro Football Talk "Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s big game on Sunday wasn’t enough to make him the Buccaneers’ permanent starting quarterback, at least according to the oddsmakers. The online betting site Bovada lists Jameis Winston as a -300 favorite to start the Buccaneers’ Week Four game..." September 13

  • Alabama had an NFL-high 44 players on Week One rosters

    Pro Football Talk "Alabama has been the top program in college football in recent years, so it’s unsurprising that the Crimson Tide have put more players into the NFL than any other college team. Alabama had 44 players on Week One rosters, the most of any college. After Alabama were a..." September 13

  • DeSean Jackson’s Week 2 status in doubt due to concussion, shoulder injury

    Clutch Points "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got the 2018 NFL season off on the right foot after toppling the New Orleans Saints 48-40 in Week 1 that has put them atop of the divisional standings in the NFC South. However, Bucs star wide receiver DeSean Jackson suffered a shoulder injury along with a..." September 12

  • Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul Says His Knee Is “Jacked Up”

    NFL Trade Rumors "Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul was asked about how he was feeling after sporting a large brace on his right knee Wednesday. “My knee is jacked up. Banged up,” Pierre-Paul said, per Rick Stroud. “Ask me if I can play Sunday, I don’t..." September 12

  • Vernon Hargreaves’ Bucs season in jeopardy

    Tampa Bay Times "Before Vernon Hargreaves left the locker room after Sunday's 48-40 win at New Orleans, Bucs trainer Bobby Slater fastened a harness on the left shoulder of the third-year cornerback. "Do I have to wear this?'' Hargreaves asked. Slater nodded. Now it looks as..." September 12

  • Buccaneers Sign CB Marcus Williams, Release OL Adam Gettis

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are signing CB Marcus Williams to a contract on Tuesday, according to his agency. Greg Auman adds that the Buccaneers are releasing OL Adam Gettis to make room for Williams. Williams, 27, originally signed on with the..." September 11

  • Buccaneers Meet With CB Bashaud Breeland

    Pro Football Rumors "The Buccaneers met with free agent cornerback Bashaud Breeland this week, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Tampa Bay was torched by Drew Breees, Michael Thomas, and the rest of the Saints’ passing attack on Sunday, so the club is looking for all the help it..." September 11

  • One helmet rule penalty was called through 14 games

    NFL.com "The offseason angst over the revised helmet-to-helmet hitting policy slowed to a sputter as real games began. Through 14 regular season games -- with two Monday night tilts to be played -- referees penalized one player for a use of helmet foul, per league..." September 10

  • Buccaneers rookie Ronald Jones a healthy inactive Sunday

    Sportsnaut "When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected running back Ronald Jones early in the second round of April’s NFL Draft, they were expecting immediate production from the uber-talented ball carrier. Unfortunately, that’s not going to come to fruition. After struggling big time..." September 09

  • Bucs cornerback Brent Grimes doubtful for Saints game with groin sprain

    Tampa Bay Times "The Bucs were dealt some bad news on defense Friday when cornerback Brent Grimes suffered a groin strain. Grimes, 35, is listed as doubtful for Sunday's season opener at New Orleans. The Bucs Pro Bowl player was not on the injury report until Friday. The injury to Grimes..." September 08

  • Bucs place cornerback De’Vante Harris on IR

    Pro Football Talk "A pair of Buccaneers cornerbacks popped up on the Friday injury report. One of them is heading to injured reserve. De'Vante Harris exits the roster due to a hamstring injury. He has been replaced by Javien Elliott, who was activated from the practice squad. The Bucs..." September 08

  • Trump continues crusade against Nike amid ‘Just Do It’ campaign

    New York Post "President Trump on Friday morning took a swipe at Nike, which aired its highly anticipated ad featuring Colin Kaepernick during the NFL season opener the night before. “What was Nike thinking?” the president wondered on Twitter shortly before 7..." September 07

  • Bucs rookie RB Ronald Jones listed 3rd on depth chart

    Clutch Points "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to wait a little longer to know what exactly they are getting from rookie running back Ronald Jones, but so far, the USC product has been among the biggest letdowns heading into the 2018 NFL season. Because if he is not, then he should not be wallowing behind..." September 05

  • Gerald McCoy: Defensive line ‘sets the tone’ for the Bucs

    Tampa Bay Times "Gerald McCoy's got some predictions for the upcoming football season. The Bucs are going to win the Super Bowl. And the defensive line is leading the path to victory, said McCoy, a defensive tackle. "We definitely plan on bringing the Lombardi (trophy) back to..." September 05

  • Buccaneers Interested In Extensions For LB Kwon Alexander, G Ali Marpet & LT Donovan Smith

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Buccaneers still have some long-term deals they would like to get done with players including G Ali Marpet, LB Kwon Alexander and LT Donovan Smith. According to Rapoport, agent Drew Rosenhaus was at the team’s..." September 05

  • NFL projected to make more than $2 billion a year from legalized gambling

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL has long been resistant to the idea of legalized sports wagering — at least when making statements in public. But privately, team owners and league executives must be licking their chops. ESPN’s Darren Rovell on Wednesday shared some of the results of a poll..." September 05

  • Buccaneers Work Out LB Corey Nelson

    Pro Football Rumors "Released by the Eagles after what amounted to an offseason stay with the defending Super Bowl champions, Corey Nelson auditioned for the Buccaneers on Monday, veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer tweets. Nelson did not fare well in Philadelphia’s competition to replace Mychal..." September 04

  • DeSean Jackson not a definitive starter on Bucs’ first official depth chart

    Sportsnaut "In 2017, DeSean Jackson was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to form, on paper, one of the league’s most formidable 1-2 punches with Mike Evans. One year later, we’re not even sure if he’s going to be starting for Tampa. The Buccaneers released a depth chart on..." September 04

  • Buccaneers put Mitch Unrein on injured reserve

    Pro Football Talk "The stashing of players who might come back from injury this season continues in Tampa Bay. The team announced that veteran defensive tackle Mitch Unrein was going on IR, which allows him to come back later this season. Unrein suffered a concussion early in camp. " September 03

  • Positions that might worry Bucs coach Dirk Koetter (other than QB)

    Tampa Bay Times "Shortly after the Bucs wrapped up the preseason, coach Dirk Koetter joked he was a little sorry to see it end. "I like preseason games. I sleep really well after preseason games,'' Koetter said. So what will keep Koetter up at night this week as the Bucs prepare..." September 03

  • Vita Vea not yet ready to play after calf injury

    Pro Football Talk "When Buccaneers first-round pick Vita Vea got hurt in late July, head coach Dirk Koetter said the injury wasn’t as bad as the team initially thought. It still cost the defensive tackle the entire preseason, however, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to make it back..." September 03

  • Bucs go to work without Jameis Winston. ‘It was a little bit strange,’ coach Dirk Koetter says

    Tampa Bay Times "It hit Mike Evans when he pulled his car into the AdventHealth Training Center on Monday morning and the parking space next to him was empty. "We park by each other and I forgot he was going to be gone this week and he just wasn't there and I pulled right in and I just..." September 03

  • Bucs claim 'Hard Knocks' star Carl Nassib off waivers from Browns

    USA Today "Even this year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won’t be escaping the reach of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series. Defensive lineman Carl Nassib, one of the stars of this year’s installment thanks to his financial advice segment, has been claimed by the Bucs after being..." September 03

  • Buccaneers Move Roster To 53

    Pro Football Rumors "The Buccaneers have made the following transactions as they move to 53 players: Waived: QB Austin Allen DT Nathan Bazata T Cole Boozer WR Donteea Dye CB Javien Elliott LS Drew Ferris DE Demone Harris LB..." September 02

  • Safety Keith Tandy released to highlight Bucs list of roster moves on their way to reaching 53-man limit

    Tampa Bay Times "Shortly after the Bucs final preseason game against Jacksonville Thursday, Keith Tandy stood at his locker inside Raymond James Stadium and talked about the anticipation of preparing for the start of the regular season. "We're excited to get to work and start on the Saints..." September 02

  • Jameis Winston may not start when he returns from suspension

    Clutch Points "Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston may not have his starting spot ready and waiting for him when he returns from his three-game suspension to start the season. Per Jenna Lane of ESPN, Bucs general manager Jason Licht said on the team’s TV broadcast on WFLA TV that..." August 31

  • What’s wrong with Bucs rookie running back Ronald Jones?

    Tampa Bay Times "Whenever a running back has more rushing attempts than yards, there's reason for concern. When that running back is Ronald Jones, the Bucs' second round pick from Southern Cal, it's bewildering. Jones had his most extended play in the Bucs 25-10 loss to the Jaguars..." August 31