7:20 PM EDT, Thu May 24, 2018
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Opinion: Donald Trump and the NFL are masking ruthless corporatism with patriotism - and it needs to stop

Opinion: Donald Trump and the NFL are masking ruthless corporatism with patriotism - and it needs to stop

The President’s latest comments are adding more unnecessary fuel to the NFL and national anthem protest fire. When news broke early Wednesday morning concerning the NFL’s new policy about the national anthem, it was presented as a compromise between owners and players. Roger Goodell declared that the decision was ”unanimous” amongst owners and everything seemed to be finally simmering down. However, we know that the NFL didn’t consult the NFLPA about the decision. Also, 49ers’ CEO Jed York stated that his team abstained from the vote — rendering Goodell’s statement false....
2 hours ago
PFF rates Lavonte David one of the top linebackers in the NFL

PFF rates Lavonte David one of the top linebackers in the NFL

Much deserved recognition for the veteran Bucs linebacker. Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David has been shafted often on Pro Bowls. There is always much debate among fans when comparing David to Carolina’s Luke Kuechly and who’s better. The both of them are good in their own rights. They each have different responsibilities as they play different linebacker positions. But one thing that everyone can agree on is that they both are among the NFL’s best linebackers. The stat geek warriors over at Pro Football Focus agree with that statement, as their ratings systems places David and...
3 hours ago
Vea signs his Buccaneers rookie contract

Vea signs his Buccaneers rookie contract

Bucs ink their first-round pick. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team has signed defensive tackle Vita Vea, Tampa Bay’s first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Vea (6-4, 347) was chosen 12th overall, out of Washington, where he played in 40 career games, totaling 100 tackles (15 for loss), 9.5 sacks, six passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks. In 2017, Vea won the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year Award, as well as the Morris Trophy, given annually to the top defensive lineman in the Pac-12, as voted on by the conference’s offensive...
9 hours ago
These two positions must improve for the Buccaneers to win in 2018

These two positions must improve for the Buccaneers to win in 2018

After a solid offseason, Tampa Bay still has some lingering questions on their roster. So far during the offseason, there really hasn’t been anything negative said about the moves Tampa Bay has made thus far. There has definitely been a wide-ranging discussion about what could’ve happened and what should’ve happened, but at the end of the day, most will agree that they are happy with this team so far in 2018. But not everything in life is sunshine and puppy dogs. Tampa Bay fans should know this all too well. Despite some of the better offseason moves seen around One Buc Place in...
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The Crow’s Nest: OTA no-shows, Ryan Jensen’ bad-assery, and reactions to anthem protest rule.

The Crow’s Nest: OTA no-shows, Ryan Jensen’ bad-assery, and reactions to anthem protest rule.

Web links on the Bucs and the rest of the NFL. No Issue With No Shows - JoeBucsFan.comNo reason to be concerned. Grooming Benenoch To Start? - JoeBucsFan.comThis would not be a bad decision. Winston: Bucs’ Ryan Jensen ‘one of the toughest, meanest, baddest centers’ - Tampa Bay TimesIt's hard to miss new Bucs center Ryan Jensen at OTA workouts this week, with his long red hair visible from across the field even when he's wearing a helmet. Cover 3: Godwin's Rookie Year In Review; Is He Ready For A Starting Role? | Pewter ReportDiving deep into Godwin's rookie campaign. What will the NFL...
May 23, 2018
The league overstepped their power in anthem protest rule

The league overstepped their power in anthem protest rule

This isn’t going to go over well. Whether you agree with the decision or not, the NFL took a totalitarian approach to how to handle anthem protests. The NFL and its owners passed a rule Wednesday where it’ll fine a team if their personnel on the field does not stand for the national anthem. The league also gives the clubs power to decide on their own anthem policy — deciding how to discipline the player protesting. And in an attempt to be fair, the league is allowing players to stay in the locker room if they want to protest. Hey, the league can do whatever they want. It’s their...
May 23, 2018
YAC remains a challenge for Mike Evans

YAC remains a challenge for Mike Evans

The Buccaneers’ veteran receiver vows to rack up yards after catch. Some label Mike Evans a possession receiver. That’s something he wants to change. The Buccaneers’ 2014 first round pick has been a reliable target for the offense and quarterback Jameis Winston. But his “throw it up and bring it down” style needs to evolve to picking up extra yardage after hauling in passes. Evans will work to get to that point. “As far as YAC, it wasn’t my worst year playing, maybe my second worse, but YAC, my yards after catch wasn’t as good,” said Evans. “I don’t know what it was....
May 23, 2018
The Crow’s Nest: OTAs, major rule change, and Gruden doing Gruden things.

The Crow’s Nest: OTAs, major rule change, and Gruden doing Gruden things.

Web links on the Bucs and the rest of the NFL. Dirk Koetter Talks "Huge Load Off My Plate" - JoeBucsFan.comKoetter takes us inside Todd Monken's new assignments. HBO: Ex-Buc Scot Brantley battling Alzheimer’s, claim denied by NFLFormer Bucs linebacker Scot Brantley is battling Alzheimer's Disease and has had his concussion settlement claim rejected by the NFL, according to HBO. Rule Changes Will Challenge Bucs Lines - JoeBucsFan.comOh boy. This will certainly screw things up in the trenches. Photos: Bucs open OTA practices | Tampa Bay TimesPictures of Bucs OTAs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers...
May 22, 2018
Write the Ship: Will Ronald Jones start?

Write the Ship: Will Ronald Jones start?

An abbreviated version of the Bucs Nation mailbag. The running game has been non-existent for some time now and the Buccaneers hope to have addressed help in the NFL Draft. The selection of USC’s Ronald Jones II provides potential optimism out of the backfield but how he’ll be utilized remains to be seen. Below is a question asked for this week’s mailbag regarding Jones and whether or not he’ll replace Peyton Barber in the starting lineup. @Bucs_Nation Let’s say ROJO has an “average” preseason, doo you think ROJO will start week one over Barber, despite all the love for...
May 22, 2018
Quarterback of the future: Jameis Winston or Dak Prescott?

Quarterback of the future: Jameis Winston or Dak Prescott?

Colin Cowherd says Prescott is the only young QB with chance to be special. Last week in an episode of “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd, he ranked quarterbacks into tiers going into this season. The main discussion was around Dak Prescott and what he can become, but the statement he made was blasphemous and to Buccaneers fans, it was just another example of the national media giving Jameis Winston zero respect. The list of first tier quarterbacks was short, and it’s hard to disagree with any of the names on the list. Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers were the...
May 22, 2018
The Crow’s Nest: Winston’s engagement, kickball, and a Bucs foe speaks.

The Crow’s Nest: Winston’s engagement, kickball, and a Bucs foe speaks.

Web links on the Bucs and the rest of the NFL. Community Impact: Kwon Plays Kickball, A Bucs Babies Birthday Party and More - Buccaneers.comTake a peek at what the Buccaneers have been up to in the Tampa Bay community for the week of May 14-21. Bucs Jameis Winston gets engaged to long-time girlfriend Breion Allen who says, ‘Well, it’s about damn time’ - Tampa Bay TimesOn a day when the Royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was taking place across the pond, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston proposed marriage to his long-time girlfriend Breion Allen Saturday in New York...
May 21, 2018
The growing curiosity behind the Jameis Winston-Uber case

The growing curiosity behind the Jameis Winston-Uber case

The NFL’s silence is concerning for Winston and the Buccaneers. Last November, a report surfaced surrounding Buccaneers’ quarterback Jameis Winston where he was being accused of groping a female Uber driver. The allegations have since been at the league’s office being investigated. There has not been any updates and as of last month, Winston has not been interviewed by the league. Detroit Lions’ head coach Matt Patricia was investigated by the NFL for not disclosing sexual allegations against him from 1996. The league only took a little over week to clear him of any wrongdoing and...
May 21, 2018
The Crow’s Nest: Praise for Godwin, more Gerald McCoy love, and Barber questions.

The Crow’s Nest: Praise for Godwin, more Gerald McCoy love, and Barber questions.

Web links on the Bucs and the rest of the NFL. Gerald McCoy No. 2 - JoeBucsFan.comGMC touted as second-best DT in the game. Watching Chris Godwin - JoeBucsFan.comThe young wide receiver is expected to make a big leap in 2018. Are Bucs Coaches Still Confident In Barber After Drafting Jones? | Pewter ReportThe Bucs drafted a running back high in Ronald Jones in 2018. What does that mean for Peyton Barber? Terrance Williams arrested on intoxication charge - NFL.comDallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor public intoxication on Saturday after a car...
May 20, 2018
Three reasons Carlton Davis gives the Bucs’ defense hope in 2018

Three reasons Carlton Davis gives the Bucs’ defense hope in 2018

Can he help turn around a hapless secondary? The Bucs knew they needed to get bigger at cornerback in 2018, and they drafted Auburn’s Carlton Davis in the 2nd Round of the draft. Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith recently stated Hargreaves would get another chance on the outside this year. Rick Stroud wrote: ”We told everybody that we want everybody to come in with the mindset that they’re going to be the starter at their position,’’ defensive coordinator Mike Smith. “Vernon’s position is corner and nickel. Corner in base coverage and nickel in our sub package. And we...
May 20, 2018
O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate will become the best tight end duo in 2018

O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate will become the best tight end duo in 2018

After a promising and productive 2017, both players look to take the league by storm. Tight ends have always been valuable in the NFL, but in today’s game there is a premium placed on top-tier talent at the position. A big, athletic, fast tight end can be a matchup problem for defenses that will help an offense get to the next level. Fortunately for Tampa Bay, they have not only one, but two guys who can break a game open in Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard. Brate was second on the team in receiving touchdowns with eight in 2016. Both Brate and Howard tied for the team lead in receiving...