1:41 AM EST, Sat January 19, 2019
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Cameron Brate played through significant injury in 2019

Cameron Brate played through significant injury in 2019

Dirk Koetter wasn’t lying when he eluded to this weeks ago Cameron Brate didn’t really look like himself during the 2018 season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, especially in the second half. Some were wondering what’s wrong with Brate and now we have an explanation. Source tells me that Bucs tight end Cam Brate spent the majority of last season playing with a torn labrum (with bone fragments) in his hip. Details here: https://t.co/v8J8nAJZGo— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) January 18, 2019 Playing through a major hip injury and still gutting it out every week, shows the type...
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New Offensive Coordinator Byron Leftwich Ready To Get To Work

New Offensive Coordinator Byron Leftwich Ready To Get To Work

Byron Leftwich spoke with the media on Friday during his introductory press conference There’s something to be said about experience in the NFL especially when it comes to coaching. New head coach Bruce Arians has it by the boatload. Same with defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. As for offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich? Not so much. However, everyone has to start somewhere. For Leftwich, that was under Arians in Arizona where Arians saw the potential in him and nudged him into coaching. Last year Leftwich took over as the offensive coordinator and play caller for the Arizona Cardinals...
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Bang for their Bucs: Wide Receiver, Mike Evans

Bang for their Bucs: Wide Receiver, Mike Evans

A numbers-to-numbers look at key Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2018 When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed Mike Evans in March of 2018 they made him the second-highest paid receiver in the NFL, and the highest paid player on roster in 2019. With Antonio Brown restructuring his contract to convert a lot of his base salary to bonuses, Evans carried the heaviest cap hit of any receiver in the league for 2018. Did he live up to the salary? Let’s take a look. 2018 CAP EXPENSE: $18.25M TEAM COMPARISON: 1st LEAGUE COMPARISON: 17th POSITION COMPARISON: 1st Being the most expensive player on your...
15 hours ago
The Crow’s Nest: Leftwich comparisons, playoffs, and Carson Pamer speaks

The Crow’s Nest: Leftwich comparisons, playoffs, and Carson Pamer speaks

Web links on the Buccaneers. Carson Palmer Talks About Jameis Getting A Technical CleanupFormer No. 1 overall pick quarterback Carson Palmer was a 33-year-old living an NFL hell of three consecutive four-win seasons when Bruce Arians brought him to Arizona to lead his team in 2013. Bryon Leftwich Compared To Jason GarrettTwo things about Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett are often overlooked. The stars just kind of aligned: Bruce Arians on coming out of retirement to coach the BucsBruce Arians realized he missed coaching as early as the production meeting before the Browns-Steelers season...
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DeSean Jackson says he hasn’t talked to Arians

DeSean Jackson says he hasn’t talked to Arians

TMZ was able to get some words out of the receiver. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians was reportedly trying to reach out to wide receiver DeSean Jackson in what was an attempt to keep him in Tampa Bay. But as you can see and hear in the video below, Jackson says he hasn’t spoken to Arians. TMZ caught up with Jackson at LAX where he was asked a few questions including if he wants to return to the Bucs where he said that’s what he has an agent for. And as for the “situation” being fixed in Tampa Bay, Jackson responded by saying, “I don’t know. We’ll see.” Check out the video...
Jan 17, 2019
Bucs Look Offensive in Mel Kiper’s First Mock Draft

Bucs Look Offensive in Mel Kiper’s First Mock Draft

ESPN’s resident gelled draft expert weighs in on the upcoming NFL Draft It’s not draft season until Mel Kiper weighs in with his first 32-picks of the year following college football’s bowl season. Well, he’s done just that and with their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will select Alabama offensive lineman, Jonah Williams. This isn’t the first time Bucs fans have seen Williams mocked or connected to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Williams has been a major part of Alabama’s success over the past three seasons after starting at right tackle in his freshman...
Jan 17, 2019
Who is Donovan Smith as a football player?

Who is Donovan Smith as a football player?

A big decision lies ahead for Buccaneers with free agent to be, Donovan Smith. Seven months ago as the team prepared for the 2018 season I wrote about the Buccaneers Iron Man, Donovan Smith. The 2018 season was a big one for Smith who now will be entering free agency for the first time. Little has changed over the last 7 months for the left tackle. Smith continued his Iron Man ways, starting every single game for the Buccaneers for the 4th straight year. Before getting into whether or not the Buccaneers should bring back Smith, let’s take a look at what transpired this past season. As...
Jan 17, 2019
The Crow’s Nest: Reactions to staff hires, attack mode, and a retirement

The Crow’s Nest: Reactions to staff hires, attack mode, and a retirement

Web links on the Buccaneers. Want Grimes? Meet Miko’s DemandsJoe thought surely cornerback Brent Grimes was done with the Bucs. Bucs’ defense shifts into ‘attack’ mode under Todd BowlesBig changes are coming to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense in 2019. Bucs Move Quickly to Fill Out Bruce Arians’ StaffThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers set a new course for the franchise last week by hiring Bruce Arians, and they wasted no time in giving him the help he needs to turn the team around. Bucs tight end Alan Cross retires from playing to pursue coachingCross will return to alma mater, Memphis,...
Jan 16, 2019
Bucs announce additions to Arians’ coaching staff

Bucs announce additions to Arians’ coaching staff

There are some familiar names on the list. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today the hiring of Byron Leftwich as the team’s offensive coordinator, along with 17 additional assistants, to the coaching staff. The team previously announced Keith Armstrong as special teams coordinator, Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator, and Harold Goodwin as assistant head coach/run game coordinator. The following were added to the coaching staff: Tim Atkins Defensive Quality Control Chris Boniol Specialists Mike Caldwell Inside Linebackers Mike Chiurco ...
Jan 16, 2019
How key Buccaneer defenders going into 2018 compared to their career averages

How key Buccaneer defenders going into 2018 compared to their career averages

Outisde of JPP, it wasn’t all that pretty For most of the season, outside of a handful of games, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were one of the worst defenses in the league. In fact, it was so bad early on that they were forced to fire Mike Smith, who announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday. Yes, they had some good stretches later on in the season under interim defensive coordinator Mark Dufner, but those were mostly against the bottom feeders of the NFL and the defense still wasn’t good enough. Now, the Buccaneers have to adjust to their new defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles, who...
Jan 16, 2019
The Crow’s Nest: Arians talks health, a diva, and Mike Smith is done

The Crow’s Nest: Arians talks health, a diva, and Mike Smith is done

Web links on the Buccaneers. Bruce Arians on receiving ‘C’ grade from Bucs physical: ‘The best news I had in 10 years’Bruce Arians seems to be feeling pretty good lately. The Arians-Glazer Postseason SummitIn less than a year, Bruce Arians and the Glazers will go behind closed doors for an open dialogue. Bucs HC Bruce Arians says there’s ‘too much diva’ now with Antonio BrownBruce Arians hasn’t shared a locker room with Antonio Brown in nearly a decade, but he apparently isn’t liking what he sees from his former receiver recently. Bucs hire Antwaan Randle El and Cody Grimm...
Jan 15, 2019
Positions of need heading into the offseason

Positions of need heading into the offseason

Tampa Bay has some holes on its roster that need to be addressed this spring. Plenty of Buccaneer fans were frustrated when general manager Jason Licht was retained by the organization. Nowadays, it’s clear that keeping Licht around paid off in terms of bringing in a proven coach. Bruce Arians cited his relationship with Licht as the biggest reason he considered taking the job in the first place. That’s great, as it brought in a good head coach and a solid staff. But now, Licht has more work to do. With the coaching staff now in place, Licht’s next job is fixing and adjusting the...
Jan 15, 2019
Bang for their Bucs: Defensive Tackle, Gerald McCoy

Bang for their Bucs: Defensive Tackle, Gerald McCoy

A numbers-to-numbers look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2018 campaign. Should players be paid for what they’ve done, or what they will do? Well, if you’re Le’Veon Bell, you want to paid for what you’ve done. If you’re a first-round draft pick, you’d like to be paid for what people think you will do. The right answer? There isn’t one. It’s a balancing act of rewarding past behavior and securing future contributions. Every situation is unique. Get it wrong, and a general manager not only puts the future of their franchise at risk, but their own career. Every year, the Tampa Bay...
Jan 15, 2019
The Crow’s Nest: Dawn of the regime, Shrine Game updates, and the 2018 draft class

The Crow’s Nest: Dawn of the regime, Shrine Game updates, and the 2018 draft class

Web links on the Buccaneers. Winners & Losers At Dawn Of The Arians RegimeThe Bucs have decided that Route 66 is the preferred path to the playoffs. East-West Shrine Day 1 Standouts: OffenseDay one of practice is in the books as we got our first opportunity to look at the talent that will be participating in the East-West Shrine Game. Shannon Sharpe: Jameis Winston ‘is equally as talented as Ben Roethlisberger’The difference? The Steelers QB had Bruce Arians working with him. And now, so does the Bucs’ signalcaller. NFL playoffs AfterMath: Football announcers gone wildNo, Troy...
Jan 14, 2019
Winston looking forward to playing under Arians

Winston looking forward to playing under Arians

Buccaneers’ franchise quarterback opens up about his new head coach. Many have said all Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston needed was different coaching to finally hit his ceiling. Well, after the hiring of head coach Bruce Arians, he will have just that. Speaking to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Winston says he’s excited about the opportunity to play for Arians. “I was very excited,” Winston said. “It’s funny how things come around full circle. This is the man that introduced me to the Super Bowl ring, so I definitely want to get one with him. ”It’s just neat that...