Tampa Bay Buccaneers News
12-28-15: Jameis Winston’s rookie season has hit a rough patch as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost their last three games are siting at 6-9. They’ll be fighting to avoid the basement of the NFC South with their game against the Carolina Panthers, who may not be playing all of their starters.
12-22-15: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have two chances to reach .500 (8-8) in quarterback Jameis Winston’s rookie season. They path to .500 begins with a home game against the Chicago Bears and a home game against the Carolina Panthers, who may not have to play their starters based on this week’s results.
12-7-15: Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston led his Tampa Bay Buccaneers down the field on the team’s final drive to push past the Atlanta Falcons for a four-point win. Still alive in the NFC playoff picture, the Bucs host the New Orleans Saints next Sunday.
11-23-15: Jameis Winston will be around the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a long time after showing off an array of NFL throws that resulted in five touchdown passes that tied the rookie record. The Bucs take on the Colts on the road without Andrew Luck after this past Sunday’s beat down of the Eagles.
11-16-15: It wasn’t pretty, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers found a way to earn a 10-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys with a Jameis Winston touchdown run in the final minute. One game under .500, the Bucs have back-to-back road games against the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts.
11-9-15: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been alternating wins and losses for the past four weeks and the trend continued into a fifth week. If the theory holds, the Buccaneers should have no problem winning against the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday at home at Raymond James Stadium.
10-20-15: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hope their positive vibes from their bye week carry over into their game against the Washington Redskins, as rookie quarterback and No. 1 overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft Jameis Winston looks for his first two-game winning streak.
9-29-15: Jameis Winston kept it mostly together for the second week in a row, but ultimately just didn’t make enough plays in a 19-9 loss to the Texans in Houston. Winston managed to put up 261 yards and a touchdown, but completed just 47% of his passes in Tampa’s second loss of the year. The ground game didn’t do him any favors, as Doug Martin struggled to just 46 yards on 11 carries and the Bucs didn’t score a single point after the break. Houston’s running game had a lot to do with that, as the Texans controlled the clock for 36 minutes thanks to Alfred Blue careering to the tune of 139 yards on 31 carries. Tampa Bay’s defense wasn’t terrible despite the loss, as they sacked Ryan Mallett once and got a pick. The Buccaneers hope to find a way to get to 2-2 in week four, when they battle the NFC South-leading Carolina Panthers.
9-22-15: Jameis Winston did a much better job taking care of the football in week two, as he lost one fumble but didn’t throw any picks in a big 26-19 road win over the New Orleans Saints. Winston was light years ahead of his awful week one performance, as he completed 66% of his passes and accounted for two scores (one on the ground). Doug Martin got more opportunities with Tampa Bay ahead in this one, ending week two with a solid 78 yards on 21 totes. The Buccaneers were especially impressive on defense, as they kept the Saints in check, both on the ground and through the air. Tampa Bay is tough to gauge after two very different games to start the year, but they’ll definitely want to play closer to the week two version of themselves when they take on the Houston Texans this week.
9-15-15: Jameis Winston’s pro debut went about as bad as possible in week one, as he took four sacks and had two ugly turnovers in a horrifying 42-14 home loss. Winston had a nice touchdown to Austin Seferian-Jenkins to keep the game from getting completely out of hand early on, but then caved under immense pressure. Winston regrouped late in the game to connect with Seferian-Jenkins for one more score, but by then the game was very much decided. Running back Doug Martin was anticipating a favorable matchup and he ended up performing well initially, but the Bucs were forced to abandon the run game before the break. Tampa Bay’s defense was especially appalling in this one, as they got abused by rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota to the tune of four touchdowns. Tampa Bay has nowhere to go but up in week two, when they’ll try to turn things around against the hated Saints.
9-8-15: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are dealing with numerous injuries as they prepare for their first regular season game, the biggest of which being star wide receiver Mike Evans. Evans’ hamstring issue is not believed to be overly serious, but he has missed practice time and could be in danger of missing the team’s week one showdown with the Tennessee Titans. If Evans sits out, Vincent Jackson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be called upon far more in the passing game. Evans will at least be back at some point in the next couple of weeks even if he does miss time, but the same can’t be said for the likes of Demar Dotson, Kenny Bell, Garrett Gilkey or pass rusher Larry English. Dotson (knee) was placed on designated for return/IR and should be able to return to the lineup in 6-10 weeks. The same cannot be said for Bell, Gilkey and English, unfortunately, as all three players had their seasons ended after being placed on injured reserve.
9-1-15: Jameis Winston continued his up and down summer, as he completed just 40% of his passes and threw a pick in an ugly 31-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Winston lost any momentum he had gained over the first two weeks, as he took a staggering four sacks and didn’t look comfortable in the pocket. It was a bad enough performance to potentially force the Bucs to push him back out onto the field in their preseason finale, where they’ll take on the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night. Tampa Bay at least looks good on the ground, as starting running back Doug Martin impressed in the loss with 40 yards and a score on just nine touches. Wide receiver Mike Evans won’t be one of the Buccaneers players that plays in week four to prove themselves, as a lingering hamstring injury will keep him out. Evans admitted he’s not concerned with the injury, however, and figures to be 100% for the start of the regular season.
8-25-15: Jameis Winston was much more consistent in his second preseason game, as he scored with his legs for the second week in a row and helped the Buccaneers to a 25-11 home win against the Cincinnati Bengals. Winston wasn’t the only bright spot for Tampa Bay, as fourth-year running back Doug Martin continued his strong summer with 59 yards on just six carries. The Muscle Hamster did most of his damage on Tampa Bay’s opening drive, as he added a nice 30-yard jaunt and looked as good as ever. Primed to start the year as Tampa Bay’s feature back, Martin could be ready to blow up after dealing with injuries and inconsistency the past two years. Mike Glennon won’t be seeing much time on the field with Winston in town, but it was nice to see him have a nice outing, as the former starter put up 121 yards and a score in the win. Tampa Bay will look to have another strong outing in their week three dress rehearsal, which pits them against the Cleveland Browns.
8-18-15: Jameis Winston was shaky in his NFL debut this past week, as he completed just 9 of 19 passes in a 26-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Tampa Bay’s preseason opener didn’t go quite as planned, as Winston took two sacks and tossed an interception. It wasn’t all bad for the first year passer, however, as he scrambled for a nice rushing score and also hooked up with Vincent Jackson on a pretty 40-yard play. While Winston may be somewhat a work in progress, Tampa Bay’s running game showed early signs of life in their first real action. Doug Martin worked his way to 19 yards on five carries, Bobby Rainey put up 20 yards on five attempts and Charles Sims had 11 yards on two totes. Linebacker Kwon Alexander has impressed on the defensive side of the ball, as he was recently promoted to the starting lineup over Bruce Carter, who the team signed in March and is reportedly not happy with thus far. Winston, Carter and the rest of the Bucs should have ample opportunity to prove their worth in their second preseason game next Monday night, when the Bucs host the Cincinnati Bengals.
8-12-15: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers locked up star outside linebacker Lavonte David recently, as the two sides agreed to a five-year, $50 million extension. David has been the biggest bright spot in a lackluster defense, but with Lovie Smith leading the way and David locked up for the long-term, the Bucs can now focus on getting better around their star defensive player. Tampa Bay also beefed up their interior defensive line depth recently, as they added former Seattle defensive tackle Tony McDaniel to help their rotation stuff the run. Offensively, running back Doug Martin has been given full support as the team’s leading rusher and will look to start the preseason off with a bang. His first chance comes on Saturday night, when the Bucs travel to Minnesota to battle the Vikings.
8-5-15: The Jameis Winston era officially started this past week, with the new franchise passer reportedly “creating a buzz” and looking solid in his first few practices. The talk of Tampa begins and ends with Winston, who fit some sharp throws into tight windows and overall looked every bit the franchise passer he’s been pegged as. While the entire organization has clearly fallen behind Winston with full support, the coaching staff isn’t leaving running back Doug Martin out to hang, either. Head coach Lovie Smith committed to the fourth-year back as the early down starter, suggesting Martin’s struggles are in the past. The door is still wide open for Charles Sims to have a big role out of the backfield, of course, as the West Virginia product is fully expected to take over for Martin in clear passing situations.
7-28-15: Training camp got off to a rough start for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who witnessed cornerback C.J. Wilson walk away from the game due to a fireworks accident this summer. Wilson could still attempt a return down the road, but the rookie is expected to miss at least the 2015 season after losing two fingers. While losing Wilson is a morale blow, the Bucs otherwise appear ready to turn the corner in head coach Lovie Smith’s second season at the helm. July 27th marked the debut for Tampa Bay rookies in training camp, with the Jameis Winston era officially beginning, as well. Winston should look to have full command of the offense by the time preseason rolls around and figures to be the unquestioned starter under center. Defensively, Tampa Bay continues to search for answers at safety, where D.J. Swearinger hopes to be a gem of a free agency pickup.
7-22-15: It’s all about Jameis Winston as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gear up for training camp. Rookies hit the field on July 27th, where Winston will start his legacy for the Bucs and later continue to build his chemistry with top targets Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans when vets return to action on July 31st. Second-year tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins could quickly become the talk of camp on offense, as he’s coming off of an OTAs showing that rendered him “uncoverable”. The running game could yield Tampa Bay’s top position battle, though, with Doug Martin and Charles Sims fighting for carries. Head coach Lovie Smith’s biggest job may come on the defensive side of things, where the team still has serious questions at safety. In some unfortunate news, defensive back C.J. Wilson lost two fingers in a summer fireworks accident and his already long odds to make the team’s final roster greatly decreased.
5-4-15: Tampa Bay’s choice at the top of the 2015 NFL Draft was an easy one. They badly needed a franchise passer and they went out and got one in Jameis Winston. With a stud supporting cast in place, the Bucs could now easily turn things around in just one offseason. Of course, the Bucs knew they had more issues than just the quarterback position, and they showed that by attacking a shaky offensive line. The Buccaneers also nabbed bruising Penn State tackle Donovan Smith in round two and took a major leap of faith with D-III prospect, Ali Marpet, with their second choice in round two. Marpet hails from a small school, but has big time strength and talent. If these two early picks pan out for the Bucs, their running game could be vastly improved. Tampa Bay lacked any huge picks for the defensive side of the ball, but appeared to still get markedly better on offense in this draft. Take a look at the rest of their picks:
Round One - Pick 1: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Round Two - Pick 34: Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State
Round Two - Pick 61: Ali Marpet, C, Hobart & William Smith
Round Four - Pick 124: Kwon Alexander, OLB, LSU
Round Five - Pick 162: Kenny Bell, WR, Nebraska
Round Six - Pick 184: Kaelin Clay, WR, Utah
Round Seven - Pick 231: Joey Iosefa, FB, Hawaii
4-9-15: Lovie Smith has been active in his second offseason with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with most of his focus on improving Tampa Bay’s defense. The Bucs are prepared to say goodbye to overpaid safety Dashon Goldson after bringing in Chris Conte, while the defensive line gets some more muscle via the signing of defensive tackle Henry Melton. Smith did a solid job of retaining Tampa Bay’s key free agents, as Lawrence Sidbury, Larry English and Major Wright will all be sticking around. Bruce Carter is another key signing, who should be able to kick outside and compete for a starting gig in Smith’s defense. Tampa Bay is in line to upgrade the quarterback position, too, as they’ll enter April’s draft with the #1 overall selection.
3-9-15: Lovie Smith’s first season didn’t go quite as planned with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but much of that can be explained away due to shaky play under center. The team bid Josh McCown adieu and will likely part ways with Mike Glennon, setting them up to take either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota with the top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Tampa Bay has avoided any serious turnover in the meantime, and has thwarted off Vincent Jackson trade rumors. With a solid defense already in place, the Bucs could be competent quarterback play and some depth adds away from making a run in what looks to be a weak NFC South in 2015.
12-29-14: The No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft will go to the Buccaneers. Although Tampa Bay
scored 20 of the first 27 points of Sunday’s game against the visiting New Orleans Saints, the Buccaneers did not score another point the rest of the game, as they lost, 23-20. On the bright side, Doug Martin racked up 108 rushing yards and Mike Evans scored another touchdown.
12-23-14: The Buccaneers had difficulty hanging with the Green Bay Packers, as Tampa Bay fell to 0-7 on the season at home. Josh McCown completed just 12 of his 26 passing attempts in the 20-3 loss. Doug Martin struggled on the ground, as he picked up just 17 yards on 10 rushes in the Buccaneers’ fifth straight loss.
12-17-14: Although the Buccaneers fell to 2-12 on the season with their 19-17 loss to the Panthers in Carolina on Sunday, there were some impressive parts of the game for Tampa Bay fans. In the first quarter, Mike Evans made a difficult catch for his 11th touchdown reception of his rookie campaign. In addition, Doug Martin ran for 96 yards on 14 carries.
12-9-14: Josh McCown and Vincent Jackson connected 10 times for 159 yards on Sunday in Detroit. The quarterback completed 20 of his 39 passing attempts for 250 yards and two touchdowns, but the Lions defeated the Buccaneers, 34-17. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson were too much for Tampa Bay, as Detroit scored in all four quarters.
12-3-14: The Buccaneers scored the first 10 points of their game against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Near the beginning of the second quarter, Doug Martin finished Tampa Bay’s 71-yard drive with a seven-yard touchdown run to give them the double-digit lead. However, the Buccaneers only scored three points the rest of the game as they fell, 14-13.
11-26-14: The Buccaneers jumped out to a 10-0 lead in Chicago in Lovie Smith’s return to Soldier Field. Early in the second quarter, Josh McCown found Mike Evans for a 19-yard touchdown. Vincent Jackson and Louis Murphy each accumulated more than 100 receiving yards, but Tampa Bay could not hold onto its lead and dropped to 2-9 on the season.
11-19-14: Josh McCown and Mike Evans dominated the Washington Redskins’ defense on Sunday, as the Buccaneers won, 27-7. McCown threw for 288 yards, 209 of which went to his favorite receiver. In addition, Evans caught both of the quarterback’s touchdown passes. The Buccaneers will take their 2-3 road record to Chicago in Week 12.
11-12-14: Tampa Bay just cannot seem to win at Raymond James Stadium. With their 27-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the Buccaneers fell to 1-8 overall and 0-5 at home this season. On the bright side, Mike Evans continued to play very well, as he brought in seven receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown.
11-6-14: With the Buccaneers at 1-7 on the season, they are going back to Josh McCown at
quarterback. Mike Glennon threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns, but he completed
only 17 of his 33 pass attempts as Tampa Bay fell to the Cleveland Browns, 22-17.
McCown hopes to end the team’s four-game losing streak.
10-30-14: The Buccaneers made a very impressive comeback on Sunday, as they turned a 10-0
deficit into a 13-10 lead in the fourth quarter. However, the Minnesota Vikings forced
overtime with a field goal as time expired, and they returned Austin Seferian-Jenkins’
fumble for a touchdown to win the game in overtime, 19-13.
10-21-14: Although the Buccaneers lost five of their first six games this season, they still have a chance to work their way up the NFC South standings. Tampa Bay was on bye in Week 7, and the team’s schedule lightens up for the end of October and most of November. The Buccaneers begin by hosting the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8.
10-14-14: It looks like the Buccaneers’ bye week could not come at a better time. They find themselves in the basement of the NFC South with a 1-5 record, and they moved to 0-3 at home on Sunday. On the bright side, Mike Glennon threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns. Louis Murphy caught seven passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.
10-8-14: The Buccaneers almost put together a two-game winning streak, but they allowed the New Orleans Saints to come back and win on Sunday. Vincent Jackson racked up 144 receiving yards, the first 100-yard day for a Tampa Bay receiver this season. Fortunately, the Buccaneers get to return home after playing three consecutive road contests.
10-1-14: Although the Pittsburgh Steelers were heavy favorites on Sunday, the winless Buccaneers were not intimidated. After missing the last two games, Doug Martin returned from his knee injury to play on Sunday in Pittsburgh. He scored the first points of the second half, which tied the game at 17. Then, Tampa Bay scored all 10 points in the fourth quarter, including Mike Glennon’s game-winning five-yard touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson.
9-25-14: The Buccaneers did not look good in Week 3, as they fell to the Atlanta Falcons, 56-14. Josh McCown’s thumb injury made matters even worse for Tampa Bay on Thursday night in Atlanta. Even with the extra days of rest, he is doubtful to play in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who defeated the Carolina Panthers this past weekend.
9-17-14: The Buccaneers’ Week 2 game against the visiting St. Louis Rams was delayed for more than hour due to weather. Bobby Rainey filled in admirably for Doug Martin, who sat out due to a knee injury. He gained 174 total yards on Sunday, but Tampa Bay fell, 19-17. There will be a quick turnaround for the Buccaneers who travel to Atlanta for Thursday’s game.
9-10-14: Although the Panthers were without Cam Newton, the Buccaneers could not take advantage in front of their home crowd. Doug Martin suffered a knee injury and was unable to contribute, and Josh McCown did not look good for most of the game. He finished with 183 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
9-4-14: The Buccaneers made a big trade last week, as they acquired six-time Pro Bowler Logan Mankins from the New England Patriots in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and a 2015 fourth-round draft pick. Tampa Bay also released kicker Connor Barth and defensive end Larry English as a part of the team’s final cuts.
8-26-14: On Saturday, the Buccaneers went to Buffalo and beat the Bills, 27-14, to get their first win of the preseason. Tampa Bay jumped out to a 24-0 lead and prevented the Bills from scoring in the first two quarters of the game. On Thursday, the Buccaneers traded safety Kelcie McCray to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for guard Rishaw Johnson.
8-20-14: Although the Buccaneers lost to the visiting Miami Dolphins by six points on Saturday, Josh McCown was efficient. He completed five of his seven pass attempts and threw a seven-yard touchdown to Vincent Jackson. On Friday, Tampa Bay unfortunately lost Charles Sims for 12 to 14 weeks after he had surgery on his right ankle.
8-14-14: Offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford is excited about rookie Charles Sims, who is a strong pass-catching running back and is one of the fast players on the Buccaneers. Although he gained only 13 yards on six rushing attempts in Tampa Bay’s preseason opener, he caught three passes for 32 yards. The Buccaneers lost the game, 16-10.
8-5-14: On Saturday, linebacker Derrick Brooks, who spent his entire career with the Buccaneers and is the current owner of the Tampa Bay Storm in the AFL, was formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tampa Bay’s NFL team will be in Jacksonville for its preseason opener this upcoming Friday.
7-30-14: The talk about starting running back Doug Martin’s 2014 workload won’t stop. Tampa Bay remains adamant that Martin’s role will decrease, pushing the team closer to a true committee approach. While that could take the explosive off the field more, it should at least keep him fresher for the end of games and later in the year. Rookie Charles Sims is figuring to lock down a passing down role, while Bobby Rainey and Mike James could compete for direct backup duties. The team bid farewell to offensive lineman Carl Nicks, who lasted just nine games with the team despite signing a massive five-year, $47 million deal back in 2012. The two sides reached an injury settlement stemming from a potentially career-threatening toe injury. Nicks has decided to “step away” from football, but has not formally retired from the league.
7-15-14: A running theme in Tampa Bay this summer has been a lessened workload for star running back Doug Martin. The Muscle Hamster is fully expected to remain the team’s lead back and should see the bulk of the carries, but he also will be involved in some type of rotation. It isn’t yet clear just how much of a hit his total touches will see, but running backs Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey and Mike James could all be in the mix to help keep Martin fresh. While Tampa Bay looks to settle their pecking order in the backfield, there shouldn’t be any discussion as to who is under center in 2014. Josh McCown has been named the official starting quarterback and shouldn’t see any real competition for the job over the summer.
6-5-14: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had some unfortunate news in the past few weeks. Long time owner Malcolm Glazer passed away at the age of 85. Glazer purchased the Bucs in 1995 and oversaw their lone Super Bowl appearance and win in Super Bowl 37. On a lighter note, Tampa Bay is hoping to use rookie running back Charles Sims in a passing down role, while he could combine with the likes of Doug Martin, Bobby Rainey and Mike James to form a formidable committee approach in the backfield. Martin was a stud rusher as a rookie in 2012, but an injury-plagued season last year has prompted new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford to consider working away from the one-back system.
5-19-14: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers entered the 2014 NFL Draft with a new coaching staff and questions surrounding wide receiver and quarterback. Johnny Manziel to Tampa Bay was a popular rumor, but in the end the Bucs backed Mike Glennon as their long-term option under center and aimed to improve the roster around him. Here’s who they drafted:
Round 1. Pick 07 Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Round 2. Pick 06 Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Round 3. Pick 05 Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia
Round 5. Pick 03 Kadeem Edwards, OG, Tennessee St.
Round 5. Pick 09 Kevin Pamphile, T, Purdue
Round 6. Pick 09 Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
We didn’t know the Bucs were content with Glennon, but since they were, it has to be the grand opinion that this draft went just swimmingly. Tampa continued to add basketball player-type talent to their passing game, as they added absolute studs in Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins at wide receiver and tight end. Josh McCown will throw to them first for the next season or two, but long-term this is a deadly arsenal for Glennon.
Tampa even added a balanced running back in Charles Sims, who rounds out an extremely deep backfield behind starter, Doug Martin. Sims will specifically offer his expertise as a receiver out of the backfield, giving the Bucs another reliable third down option.
5-9-14: After trading away wide receiver Mike Williams to the Buffalo Bills, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a clear need at wide receiver entering the draft. Some thought they could just take the best player available or perhaps make a splash with a quarterback, but they ultimately wanted to make sure they had enough talent for Josh McCown to work with in the passing game. That’s where Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans came in, who will pair up with Vincent Jackson to give the Bucs one of the most imposing wide receiver sets in the game. Tampa Bay will look to add some defensive pieces and possibly a tight end moving forward in the draft.
4-28-14: Lovie Smith takes over as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014, which means at the very worst the Bucs will have great leadership and a clear direction. Tampa already has made some major moves, which have helped clear the draft picture up for them. They still have some needs on both sides of the ball, but few massive holes could easily lead them to drafting a franchise passer in round one. They’re clearly not high on Mike Glennon, while the 34-year old Josh McCown is a 1-2 year bridge starter. That could lead them to making a huge splash with a guy like Johnny Manziel. They probably won’t though, and instead they could grab a stud receiver like Mike Evans to pair with Vincent Jackson. Tight end could be attacked here, too, as Eric Ebron would be a dramatic upgrade over their current options. Tampa will also look to add a talented pass rusher at some point, while they’ll also search for depth in their secondary.
4-14-14: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep it inside the state in week one of preseason action, as they travel up to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. Week two is another date in Florida, albeit against stiffer competition, as the Bucs head back home to wage war with the Miami Dolphins. Tampa Bay will likely ease star running back Doug Martin in slowly this preseason, but if he’s ever going to see major action, it will almost certainly be in week three when Tampa takes on the Bills in Buffalo. The Washington Redskins will come to town one week later to help the Bucs close out a hopefully productive 2014 preseason.
Love Smith took over as head coach as the Buccaneers entered 2014 and wasted no time upgrading over Mike Glennon at quarterback by bringing in veteran Josh McCown. Part of Tampa Bay’s forward movement had to do with some loss, though, as they shed the troubling Mike Williams via trade and also let go of the costly Darrelle Revis due to schematic concerns. The Bucs did somewhat make up for the loss of Revis by bringing in Alterraun Verner and Mike Jenkins, however, and also beefed up their pass rush with former Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson.
3-21-14: New head coach Lovie Smith made it no secret that he wasn’t fully endorsing Mike Glennon as Tampa Bay’s quarterback of the future. What the Buccaneers did in free agency said it loud and clear, too. Smith dug into his pockets to pay former Chicago Bears passer Josh McCown to come to Florida on a two-year deal, quickly stating that McCown would be the unquestioned starter. The Bucs didn’t stop there when it came to retooling their offense, as they also upgraded at tight end with the addition of Brandon Myers. Things got a little interesting on defense, as the Buccaneers dropped arguably the game’s best corner in Darrelle Revis thanks to his salary and schematic issues, but successfully turned around and added another quality corner to take his place in Alterraun Verner. Tampa Bay needs to still plug a few holes on the offensive line and find some more pieces for their defense, but appear well on their way to turning things around in 2014.
12-31-13: Mike Glennon put up 219 yards and two touchdowns to help keep the Buccaneers close early, but nothing could slow down the New Orleans Saints with the playoffs on the line. Drew Brees put up four first half touchdowns and Tampa Bay never recovered in a 42-17 road loss.
12-24-13: Bobby Rainey scored a touchdown and Vincent Jackson put up 98 receiving yards, but it wasn’t enough as the Buccaneers fell to the Rams in St. Louis, 23-13. Mike Glennon had a Rams defender in his face all day, as he was taken to the ground seven times and lost a fumble in the loss.
12-17-13: Mike Glennon threw two touchdowns and had the Buccaneers in their week 15 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers late, but Tampa Bay couldn’t close in a 33-14 loss at home. Tampa Bay pulled within six points early in the fourth, but two field goals and a fumbled kickoff return doomed the Buccaneers in the end.
12-10-13: Bobby Rainey busted off an impressive 80-yard touchdown run to get things started in week 14 and the Buccaneers defense harassed Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel all day in a 27-6 win. Tampa Bay was dominant on defense, picking up an insane seven sacks and registering four interceptions in their fourth win in their last five contests.
12-3-13: Mike Glennon and the Bucs did their best to keep things tight with the Panthers in Carolina in week 13, but they simply were no match. Cam Newton had his way to three touchdowns and Mike Glennon coughed up two costly turnovers as the Panthers ran away with a 27-6 win at home to give them their eighth straight win.
11-26-13: Tiquan Underwood burned the Lions for over 100 yards and two touchdowns (one for 85 yards) in week 12, as they earned their third straight victory following an 0-8 start, 24-21. The road win was aided by Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, who helped make this a nice shootout, but also threw four costly interceptions.
11-19-13: Tampa Bay built a huge lead and never looked back in week 11, as they earned their second win in a row (and second of 2013) with a big win over NFC South rival, the Atlanta Falcons, with a 41-28 win at home. Backup running back Bobby Rainey carried the offense to the tune of 160+ yards on the ground, as well as an incredible three touchdowns.
11-12-13: Mike Glennon did what was asked for him and nothing more in week 10, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earned their first win of 2013 over the Miami Dolphins with good defense and hard running. Mike James was ripping off impressive run after impressive run on a steady opening drive, only to see an ankle injury force his exit. Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey joined together to make up for his departure, however, putting up 100+ yards and a score to help the Bucs get off a season-long schneid, 22-19.
11-5-13: The Buccaneers entered week nine still searching for their first win of 2013. Again an unlikely opponent, the Seattle Seahawks, it appeared they just might get it with a commanding 24-7 lead midway through the third quarter. The Seahawks responded with an offensive surge and stifled the Bucs on defense the rest of the way, however, as they forced overtime and knocked in a field goal in the extra period to take the win, 27-24 and keep the Buccaneers winless at 0-8.
The 2013 season continued to go exactly the opposite way the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wanted it to in week eight, as they couldn’t get the running game going and fell to the Carolina Panthers at home, 31-13. Head coach Greg Schiano got one step closer to being fired in his second season, while rookie quarterback Mike Glennon was highly ineffective through the first three quarters. Even the Buccaneers defense couldn’t put forth a passing grade in this one, as the Panthers did as they pleased in the dominant win.
10-22-13: Mike Glennon lost as fumble that was returned for a touchdown in week seven and the Buccaneers fell into an early 14-0 hole that they could never recover from in a 31-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. It wasn’t for a lack of trying, however, as Glennon targeted stud receiver Vincent Jackson an insane 22 times as they two made things interesting, hooking up for 138 yards and two scores. Unfortunately, Tampa Bay lost Doug Martin to a shoulder injury mid-way through this one and couldn’t muster enough offense late to complete the comeback.
10-15-13: It appears rookie quarterback Mike Glennon isn’t so inept, after all. A week after folding under the pressure with two bad picks in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Glennon responded with two touchdowns and kept the Bucs in contention until mid-way through the final period. Unfortunately, Glennon did throw an interception and Tampa Bay’s ineffective ground game didn’t do the offense any favors as it stalled in the final quarter of a 31-20 home loss.
10-1-13: A desperate quarterback change couldn’t keep the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from sinking further into an 0-4 hole in week four. Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon offered promise with an early touchdown strike to wide receiver Mike Williams, but was ineffective the rest of the way as Tampa Bay nursed a narrow 10-3 lead over the Arizona Cardinals. Tampa Bay tried feverishly all game to control the clock with running back Doug Martin, but found it incredibly difficult to find any success on the ground, with Martin gaining just 45 rushing yards on an incredible 27 attempts. With the Buccaneers in control late, Glennon showed his inexperience with two costly interceptions that lead to 10 unanswered Cardinals points and an eventual 13-10 home loss, sending the Buccaneers to 0-4 and the bottom of the NFC South division.
9-20-13: In what was hyped up as a high-scoring, explosive offensive affair, the division rival Saints and Buccaneers combined for just 30 total points in a game that was delayed for quite some time due to lightning and rain. Drew Brees and the Saints were the ultimate victors here, despite a terrific effort on defense by Tampa Bay. Despite throwing two picks and absorbing four sacks, Brees lead a final drive late in the game that was capped by kicker Garrett Hartley’s 27-yard field goal to steal the 16-14 win as time expired. Buccaneers running back Doug Martin put forth a valiant effort with 144 rushing yards on the day in this one, but Tampa Bay ultimately couldn’t overcome an ineffective and inaccurate Josh Freeman, who connected with his receivers on just nine passes on the day, while also being responsible for two costly turnovers. Next week, the Buccaneers head to New England to take on Tom Brady and the Pats.
9-10-13: With the Buccaneers up 17-15 and under 40 seconds to go the Bucs had a win in their hands and wrapped up, but literally gave it away their week 1 game against the Jets with a silly penalty by linebacker Lavonte David, which helped the Jets get into field goal position. Josh Freeman was OK; completing 15 of 31 passes for 210 yards, a TD, and an interception. 154 of those yards went to WR Vincent Jackson who caught seven balls on the day. Doug Martin ran the ball 24 times for 65 yards and a score. Next week, Tampa hosts the 1-0 Saints in their home opener.
9-5-13: Here's a list of the Buccaneers final roster cuts: S Cody Grimm, DT Gary Gibson, WR Jordan Norwood, OG Roger Allen, S Sean Baker, CB Deveron Carr, OT Jace Daniels, LB Dom DeCicco, LS Andrew DePaola, WR David Douglas, LB Ka'lial Glaud, P Chas Henry, DT Lazarius Levingston, DT Matthew Masifilo, DT Andre Neblett, WR Chris Owusu, OT Mike Remmers, CB Mason Robinson, G/C Cody Wallace.
8-20-13: The Buccaneers traveled to New England to take on the Patriots. Tom Brady and company were just too much and defeated the Bucs 25-21. Josh Freeman didn't play much and completed two of only three passes thrown on the day for 8 yards. Rookie Mike Glennon took most of the snaps at QB and completed 12 of 22 passed for 121 yards and two touchdowns. One of the two TDs were caught by Kevin Ogletree and the other by 2nd year man David Douglas. The Bucs had an impressive day on the ground, racking up 158 rushing yards, 81 from rookie Mike James, and 73 from Peyton Hillis. Tampa will travel to Miami next week to face the Dolphins.
8-11-13: Tampa opened up their preseason schedule by getting hammered by the defending champion Ravens The Bucs turned it over 4 times en route to their 44-16 loss. Josh Freeman was 4 of 7 for 34 yards, while Doug Martin carried it just twice for zero yards. Former Cowboy receiver Kevin Ogletree caught 5 passes for a total of 65 yards, the most on either team.
Next Friday, the Bucs will travel to Gillette Stadium to take on Tom Brady and the Patriots.
7-10-13: While the lack of a backing for quarterback Josh Freeman is odd, the Buccaneers still boast a strong offense lead by Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson, and may have a defense that can match their talent level. They've vastly improved a terrible secondary as well. If Freeman can take care of the ball better and rely more on his ground game and defense, he just might earn a new deal, as well as help the Bucs get back to the playoffs in 2013.
6-25-13: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made some solid strides last year under rookie head coach Greg Schiano, but enter 2013 in a mixed bag of optimism and pressure.
Schiano has made it known that contract-year quarterback Josh Freeman needs to put up or shut up in 2013, while rookie passer Mike Glennon will be waiting in the wings if Freeman fails. On the flip-side, while the offense has it’s back against the wall, Tampa Bay’s young defense will have to make the leap from rising with optimism, to one that strikes fear into the opposition. The off-season additions of safety Dashon Goldson and cornerback Darrelle Revis should put the Buccaneers on the map, but it’s anyone’s guess if being back on the map will translate into a trip to the playoffs.
Buccaneers 2013 Draft Overview:
Round 2, Pick 11: Johnathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Round 3, Pick 11: Mike Glennon, QB, N.C. State
Round 4, Pick 3 (from Oakland): Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois
Round 4, Pick 29 (from New England): William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
Round 5, Pick 14: Steven Means, DE, Buffalo
Round 6, Pick 21 (from Minnesota): Mike James, RB, Miami
12-4-12: Two weeks ago the Tampa Bay Bucs were sitting at 6-4 under new head coach Greg Schiano. Since then they have lost two straight and are now a .500 team on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention. After a tough loss last week in Denver, the Bucs will come back home to face the reeling Eagles. This is definitely a must win situation for the Bucs. Currently in second place, the Buccaneers have a good chance if they can win three of their next four games.