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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Announce Team Captains

September 2nd, 2014 at 1:47 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers named the team’s five captains on Monday, six days before the season opener against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium.

On offense, the team voted for quarterback Josh McCown and wide receiver Vincent Jackson (pictured). The defense is represented by defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David. Punter Michael Koenen is the captain of special teams.

“As we vote for captains, this is how we do it. We all get a vote, I got one vote, just like every practice squad guy got one vote and we added it up,” said head coach Lovie Smith. “I’ve kept tracked of them too, just in case someone wants to check them. On the offensive side of the ball Josh McCown and Vincent Jackson; We had others, but you can see why [they were chosen]. They’re both two professionals that have done it since day one and this about what the players have seen. Of course, all of the offensive guys vote for the offensive guys.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Offensive Coordinator Jeff Tedford Uncertain for Opener

September 1st, 2014 at 6:33 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be without first-year offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford for the regular season opener Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Tedford, the former California coach, was hospitalized last week following an undisclosed surgical procedure. He has been released from the hospital and stopped by One Buc Place over the weekend, according to head coach Lovie Smith.

“He’s getting better,” Smith said of Tedford on Monday, “and he stopped through this weekend. We’re taking our time with him. Again, he’s getting better each day. When he’ll be back here full-time, I don’t know. When he’ll be available full-time, whether he’ll be able to go this week for the game and all those questions, we don’t have answered right now. Just know he’s getting better and we’ll see how that all plays out. In the meantime, the rest of our offensive staff will pick up for Jeff similar to how we did the last week, with all of the guys really kind of pitching in.”

Smith refused to reveal who will call plays against the Panthers if Tedford is unable to attend the game.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fill Out 10-Man Practice Squad

September 1st, 2014 at 1:27 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they have signed cornerback Derrius Brooks (pictured), cornerback Brandon Dixon, linebacker Carlos Fields and safety Kimario McFadden to the team’s practice squad.

Brooks (5-10, 192) originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012 before playing in the Canadian Football League for the Calgary Stampeders in 2013. The former Western Kentucky Hilltopper spent the preseason with the New Orleans Saints and was part of their final round of cuts. He will wear No. 36 for the Buccaneers.

Dixon (5-11, 203) was a sixth-round pick by the New York Jets in the 2014 NFL Draft, spending his preseason with them before being waived in the final cuts. Dixon played collegiately at Northwest Missouri State and will wear No. 39 for the Buccaneers.

Fields (6-1, 238) joins Tampa Bay after spending the preseason with the Oakland Raiders, who signed him as a college free agent out of Winston-Salem State and waived him in their final cuts. Fields will wear No. 58 for the Buccaneers.

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Buccaneers Claim Garrett Gilkey Off Waivers from Browns; Sign Six to Practice Squad

August 31st, 2014 at 6:51 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they were awarded offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey off of waivers from the Cleveland Browns.

Gilkey (pictured No.65) originally entered the league as a seventh-round pick of the Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft. Last season, Gilkey played in six games, with one start for Cleveland.

The team also announced they have waived offensive lineman Josh Allen and signed six players to the practice squad.

Signed to the practice squad were: tight end Cameron Brate, running back Jeff Demps, quarterback Mike Kafka, linebacker Brandon Magee, defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo and wide receiver Solomon Patton.

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New-Look Tampa Bay Buccaneers Aim to Rise from NFC South Cellar; Host Panthers in Week 1

August 31st, 2014 at 9:54 AM
By Michael Compton

Expectations are high for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers heading into the 2014 season. The Bucs haven’t made the playoffs since 2007, but with a host of new faces teaming with the likes of defensive leader Gerald McCoy and offensive stars Vincent Jackson and Doug Martin, Tampa Bay appears poised to rise from the NFC South cellar and possibly contend for its first playoff run in seven years.

New head coach Lovie Smith, the team’s third coach in five years, brought in Jeff Tedford to run the offense and former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier to install Smith’s Tampa-2 defensive scheme.

With the regular season opener against the defending NFC division champion Carolina Panthers a week away and rosters settled at 53 players, Smith and the coaching staff should get a good idea which direction the team is headed with a stern Week 1 test. The Panthers swept the Bucs last season.

“To a man on our starting lineup, we like what we’re going into the game with and we’ve come a long way in setting this roster up,” Smith said. “We’re going into this Carolina game feeling like we’re going to be playing very good football and the arrow is pointed in this (upward) direction. I feel like we’re a good football team and the players that we line up with next week, we feel good about our chances.”

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