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  • NFL sends memo reminding clubs of game day protocols; team under investigation

    NFL.com "Ahead of Sunday's slate of NFL games, the league issued a memo Friday reminding clubs about game day protocols. The memo, obtained by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, included another emphasis on face covering requirements and the NFL's intention to continue to impose..." September 25

  • Contender or fool's gold? Separating NFL's best 2-0 teams from the rest

    USA Today "A total of 11 NFL teams have jumped out to 2-0 starts, tying the league record for the most in a single year. While it’s still early, a hot start normally bodes well for postseason implications. Since 1990, of the 244 teams that have opened the year with 2-0 records, 151 of..." September 25

  • Rob Gronkowski: I’m enjoying myself, I know what I signed up for

    The Spun "It probably wasn’t realistic to expect Rob Gronkowski to return to his Hall of Fame form, after a year away from the NFL. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end hasn’t been a huge factor so far this year, even given his existing chemistry with Tom Brady. Through two games,..." September 25

  • Top Free Agents Who Can Help Desperate NFL Teams

    Bleacher Report "As expected, NFL free agency isn't slowing down as the calendar turns to Week 3.  With injuries piling up and expanded practice squads a part of this year's proceedings, notable names such as Blake Bortles, Ezekiel Ansah and Devonta Freeman have..." September 25

  • Is Bruce Arians’ criticism of Tom Brady and the Bucs justified?

    Sportsnaut "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are off to a mediocre 1-1 start to the season with new quarterback, six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, under center. Tampa Bay started the season with an ugly loss to the New Orleans Saints before defeating a winless Carolina Panthers squad..." September 24

  • Cam Newton, Dak Prescott among 15 players in contract year to keep an eye on

    CBS Sports "A flurry of signings took place as the start of the regular season was approaching. Multiple players who would have been highly sought after in free agency or franchise tag candidates were taken off the market. Some of the more notable signings of players heading into a contract year..." September 24

  • NFL Season Off To Highest-Scoring Start Ever

    Pro Football Talk "More points and more touchdowns have been scored in the first two weeks of this season than in any opening two weeks in NFL history. So far this season, NFL teams have scored a combined 1,611 points. That breaks the previous record of 1,556 points scored in the first two weeks of the..." September 23

  • NFL players express disappointment in Breonna Taylor grand jury decision

    NFL.com "A number of NFL players expressed disappointment and frustration regarding Wednesday's news that a Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for their role in the death of Breonna Taylor. The one indictment brought by the grand jury was three..." September 23

  • Bruce Arians won't let Bucs overlook reeling Broncos: 'We haven't done s***'

    The Score "Bruce Arians won't allow the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to look past the Denver Broncos, who are 0-2 and depleted from injuries entering Week 3. "I don't think we can let our guard down. We haven't done shit," the head coach said Wednesday, according..." September 23

  • Bucs promote a tight end, add Ross Cockrell

    MSN.com "The Buccaneers promoted one of their own to the 53-man roster, and added a veteran cornerback to the practice squad. The team announced that tight end Tanner Hudson was promoted the 53-man roster from the practice squad. " September 23

  • Bucs line loved Leonard Fournette asking for “an inch”

    JoeBucsFan.com "Now before Joe gets rolling, let’s make is perfectly clear that Joe doesn’t think for an instant the Bucs offensive line was not putting out for Ronald Jones. Speaking in a Zoom conference call today, Bucs left guard Ali Marpet seemed to hint that a combination of Leonard..." September 23

  • Bruce Arians offers big hint on Rob Gronkowski's role

    Yardbarker "There’s been some disappointment that Rob Gronkowski hasn’t been the huge offensive weapon for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that he was in his Patriots prime. Based on what coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday, it doesn’t sound like that’s going to change. Gronkowski..." September 22

  • 2021 Draft QB Class Has NFL Teams Thinking About Losing in the 2020 Season

    Bleacher Report "Some teams acquire their franchise quarterbacks through luck, and solid draft scouting—such as the New England Patriots with Tom Brady or the Seattle Seahawks with Russell Wilson. Other teams make moves in free agency (Drew Brees). Rarely are starting-level quarterbacks acquired via..." September 22

  • NFL announces no players tested positive for COVID-19 from Sept. 13-19

    Sportsnet "The NFL and NFL Players Association announced Tuesday that no players were positive for COVID-19 during the testing period from Sept. 13-19. " September 22

  • NFL hoping for full stadium at Super Bowl, but prepared for no fans

    Yahoo! Sports "Most NFL stadiums have been empty this season, and those with fans at all are operating at significantly reduced capacities. The NFL isn’t sure whether that will still be the case on Super Bowl Sunday. NFL event planners toured Raymond James Stadium this morning as part of the..." September 22

  • Roger Goodell on fining coaches for mask violations: 'You can't let up'

    USA Today "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has no qualms about harshly penalizing coaches who violate the NFL’s protocols mandating that they wear facemasks while roaming the sidelines. The NFL on Monday fined three coaches – San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan,..." September 22

  • Should NFL abandon the mask rule for coaches?

    Pro Football Talk "When the NFL developed its policy that coaches must cover their mouths and noses on the sidelines, the NFL planned eventually  to conduct COVID-19 testing on players and coaches three times per week. Now that the NFL is conducting, and likely will continue to conduct, COVID-19 testing on a..." September 22

  • Bucs aren’t switching up running back rotation

    Tampa Bay Times "Leonard Fournette ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s 31-17 win over the Carolina Panthers, marking just the fourth time since the start of 2017 that a Bucs running back eclipsed the 100-yard mark. But head coach Bruce Arians said he’s not planning to give..." September 22

  • Buccaneers' Chris Godwin out of concussion protocol, will play vs. Broncos

    The Score "Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin has passed the concussion protocol and will play in Week 3, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Godwin missed Sunday's matchup against the Carolina Panthers due to a concussion. " September 21

  • How rash of injuries could impact NFL trade deadline

    Sportsnaut "The biggest story to come out of Sunday’s Week 2 NFL action was myriad injuries suffered by multiple teams around the league. We’re talking game changers for contending teams and season-ending injuries to some of the game’s biggest stars.  All of this..." September 21

  • Bill Belichick says he hasn’t paid much attention to Tom Brady

    Yardbarker "Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked much better in Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers than they did in Week 1, but Brady’s former coach apparently didn't notice.  Belichick was asked during an appearance on WEEI Monday if he has any..." September 21

  • Rob Gronkowski off to slow start with Buccaneers

    CBS Sports "There's been a lot of attention paid to how Tom Brady is meshing with the Buccaneers as he goes through his first season in Tampa, but it's been relatively quiet -- both on and off the field -- for the other Patriot that made his way down south this offseason --..." September 21

  • NFL may discipline coaches for not wearing face coverings

    Yardbarker "After a Week 1 warning, the NFL may be about to get serious when it comes to coaches who did not properly wear face coverings on the sideline. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the NFL is reviewing footage from Week 2 games and may fine several coaches for not following the..." September 21

  • How much trouble are 0-2 NFL teams really in given expanded playoff setup?

    USA Today "There are 11 teams with 0-2 records following the NFL's second week of action.   The Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina..." September 21

  • Buccaneers’ Ryan Jensen frustrated after Brett Favre allowed at game

    Larry Brown Sports "Brett Favre made a surprise appearance at Sunday’s game between the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and one Bucs player isn’t thrilled about it. Like most NFL teams, the Buccaneers are not allowing fans to attend home games at this point. An exception was made..." September 21

  • Bruce Arians: Tom Brady was “outstanding”

    New York Post "Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians’ assessment of Tom Brady’s play was far less critical Sunday than it had been the week before. Brady followed up his two-interception loss in his debut with the Bucs by mounting four touchdown drives and throwing for..." September 21

  • Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey suffers injury against Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Charlotte Observer "Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey injured his ankle in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Bucs. McCaffrey injured his ankle around the 13:25 mark in the fourth quarter, when he scored on a 7-yard touchdown rush. " September 20

  • Tom Brady wins second start as Buccaneers quarterback

    Boston Globe "Tom Brady got his first win with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, throwing for 217 yards, one touchdown and an interception in a 31-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers. With another recent acquisition, Leonard Fournette, rushing for 103 yards and two TDs, Brady rebounded from a..." September 20

  • Buccaneers’ Leonard Fournette jokes about expectations of working with Tom Brady

    Clutch Points "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a few new additions on offense this year. Two of them are running back Leonard Fournette and superstar quarterback Tom Brady. According to Jenna Laine of ESPN on Twitter, Leonard Fournette spoke about his expectations of playing with..." September 20

  • NFL sends final warning to teams regarding COVID-19 sideline protocols

    CBS Sports "The NFL is very serious about enforcing all COVID-related measures on game days this season, as a strongly-worded memo to teams indicated last week. Troy Vincent, the NFL's vice president of football operations, told me that fines and other punishment will be forthcoming for those who do..." September 20

  • Tom Brady spotted walking the field early on home debut

    Clutch Points "Quarterback Tom Brady along with the rest of the new-look Tampa Bay Buccaneersare going to make their first appearance in the Raymond James Stadium as they match up against division rival Carolina Panthers. The veteran gunslinger took the time to get used to the new..." September 20

  • NFL received great coronavirus news following Week 1

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL had extremely low rates of positive COVID-19 tests throughout the offseason, but many were concerned about how travel would impact that once games began. Through one week, the travel appears to have had no impact at all. Zero players or coaches tested positive for the..." September 20

  • Rob Ryan Ethers Bruce Arians For His Public Criticism of Tom Brady

    Total Pro Sports "Bruce Arians made headlines for his public criticism of Tom Brady, and it did not sit well with one well-known former NFL assistant. Longtime NFL defensive coordinator Rob Ryan thinks the Tampa Bay Bucs should have taken the blame himself rather than publicly calling out Brady. " September 20

  • Bucs WR Chris Godwin ruled out for Week 2 vs. Panthers

    USA Today "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without one of their Pro Bowl wide receivers for Week 2. Chris Godwin has been ruled out of Sunday’s game due to concussion symptoms, after missing practice most of the week while in the NFL’s concussion protocol. " September 19

  • Bruce Arians not too concerned about Leonard Fournette’s role

    Larry Brown Sports "Leonard Fournette did not have much of a role in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ season opener against the New Orleans Saints. Coach Bruce Arians isn’t making any promises that will change going forward. Arians said Friday that Fournette is working hard to earn more snaps, but..." September 19

  • Bucs TE O.J. Howard gives retired Luke Kuechly incredible compliment

    Yardbarker "One Tampa Bay Buccaneers player is looking forward to playing the Carolina Panthers in 2020 with the circumstances a bit different than in the past. Luke Kuechly retired during the offseason, and the Panthers will be without the man they’d relied on at the heart..." September 19

  • Rob Ryan: Bruce Arians and Tampa Bay Buccaneers grossly out-coached by New Orleans Saints

    Sky Sports "Former NFL coach Rob Ryan insists the Tampa Bay Buccaneers must "meet Tom Brady halfway" after the quarterback endured a forgettable debut in Sunday's defeat to the New Orleans Saints.  The six-time Super Bowl champion was picked off twice in the 34-23 loss,..." September 19

  • Chris Godwin at practice on Friday

    CBS Sports "Chris Godwin (concussion) was present at practice Friday with a helmet, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. " September 18

  • Buccaneers' Chris Godwin doubtful for Week 2, Mike Evans set to play

    The Score "Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin is considered doubtful for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers, head coach Bruce Arians told reporters Friday, including Greg Auman of The Athletic. Godwin was placed in concussion protocol..." September 18

  • Bucs place Antony Auclair on injured reserve

    Pro Football Talk "The Buccaneers placed tight end Antony Auclair on injured reserve Friday afternoon, the team announced. They already had ruled out Auclair for Sunday’s game with a calf injury. He becomes eligible to return after missing three games. " September 18

  • What's next for the NFL after getting through Week 1? Fans at games, other looming concerns

    ESPN "There really can be no debate: The NFL has aced its initial efforts to practice and play amid the coronavirus pandemic. Since training camp practices began in mid-August, only seven players have produced positive test results. There have been no team outbreaks, and the only scare was..." September 18

  • A new mark for Black quarterback matchups in the NFL

    The Undefeated "Sometime on Sunday afternoon in Long Beach, California, trailblazer Marlin Briscoe plans to settle into his sofa, put up his feet and grab a remote control. He’ll have a lot of football to watch. The first Black quarterback in the old American Football League, which..." September 18

  • Tony Romo on Tom Brady adjusting to Buccaneers

    CBS Sports "At this point, we've all heard this story a hundred times, and NFL on CBS analyst Tony Romo still isn't buying it. Tom Brady has a less-than-pleasant outing, and suddenly the wheels are coming off and he's washed up. But more often than not, the future Hall of Famer..." September 18

  • 2020 NFL Cap Space, By Team

    Pro Football Rumors "Cap management has been extra complicated in the NFL this year. After ~70 NFL players opted out of the 2020 season, teams were left with holes and plenty of available dollars to fill the gaps. At first, the ongoing uncertainty over next year’s salary cap had teams nervous about..." September 18

  • Truth is, NFL thriving while players take action on social injustice

    USA Today "Let’s save ourselves some headaches for the next two months and dispense with the nonsense. The NFL is not dying. Throngs of fans are not turning off their televisions – or phones or tablets or however else they’re watching – in disgust over the player protests..." September 17

  • Bruce Arians Follows Tom Brady Critique With Similar Rob Gronkowski Jab

    NBC Sports Boston "Bruce Arians wasn't kidding about being an equal opportunity critic. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach recently raised a few eyebrows by offering a blunt assessment of Tom Brady's poor play against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, then doubling down Monday..." September 17

  • Tom Brady mum on critical Bruce Arians: 'He's the coach, I'm a player'

    The Spun "If Tom Brady was expecting to coast through the 2020 season on his accomplishments, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians is giving him a rude awakening. After throwing two interceptions in the Bucs’ season-opening loss to the New Orleans Saints, Arians was critical..." September 17

  • The Best NFL Free Agent Still on the Market at Every Position

    Bleacher Report "NFL free agency remains a viable avenue for teams in need of a quick fix. While the market doesn't have a headline name like Jadeveon Clowney anymore, the fact that he's already putting on a show with the Tennessee Titans is a good indication of just how quickly the..." September 17

  • NFL Contract Guarantees, Explained

    Pro Football Rumors "Unlike in the NBA or MLB, players’ contracts in the NFL aren’t guaranteed by default. Typically, an NFL player will receive at least some guaranteed money when he signs a deal, but that money often comes in the form of contract bonuses, and in particular signing bonuses. While..." September 17

  • Seven positives in latest round of NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 testing

    NFL.com "In the latest weekly update on NFL-NFL Players Association testing results, there were seven confirmed positives, including two players, out of 40,479 tests from Sept. 6 through Saturday. It's one fewer positive test than the previous week's results. " September 17