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Rookie Linebacker Josh Keyes Makes Positive First Impression on Tampa Bay Buccaneers

July 2nd, 2015 at 10:17 AM
By Michael Compton

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie linebacker Josh Keyes, an undrafted free agent out of Boston College, turned heads during the team's recently concluded mini-camp at One Buc Place.

Judging by his performances in offseason drills, Keyes isn't likely to fly under the radar much longer.

Following an interception in camp, head coach Lovie Smith said of Keyes (rhymes with wise), “It’s good to kind of validate what we’ve seen with a play like that, but, just his movement. He came in as an undrafted free agent and, again, we didn’t know how to pronounce his name at first, but now K-E-Y-E-S is ‘Keis’ to me. We are anxious to see. You have to hold on a little bit with linebackers, like you do with linemen. We haven’t seen him in pads – anxious to see that.”

Among those taking notice toward the end of mini-camp was Gerald McCoy, who shared a telling a moment in a recent film session.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Announce Training Camp Schedule

June 24th, 2015 at 9:31 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced the team’s 2015 training camp schedule, which features 11 days that will be open to the general public. The first of these practices, which are free to attend, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 1, beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.

For the seventh consecutive year, the Buccaneers will host training camp at the team’s headquarters, One Buccaneer Place.

"This offseason has been one of the most memorable in recent years, fueled by the excitement of making the first overall selection in the draft,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. “Every year we strive to make training camp a great opportunity for our fans to visit our facility and enjoy an up-close and personal experience. With 11 practices open to the public, there will be plenty of opportunities for our fans to come out and get a first look at their team prior to the start of an exciting season of football.”

The available workouts offer fans a variety of opportunities to visit practice as the schedule includes morning, afternoon, evening, weekday and weekend options.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign Rookie Guard Ali Marpet

June 18th, 2015 at 8:08 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed rookie guard Ali Marpet, one of their two second-round selections in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Marpet (6-4, 307) was chosen 61st overall from Hobart College, the highest that any player from a Division III school has ever been drafted. He played in 41 career games at Hobart. As a senior, was an AFCA All-American, a D3football.com first-team All-American and Liberty League Co-offensive Player of the Year, becoming the first offensive lineman in league history to earn the distinction.

A native of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, Marpet attended Hastings High School, where he was a three-time varsity letterman, playing offensive tackle and defensive end. He earned second-team All-State honors and was a two-time All-League selection. Marpet also played basketball at Hastings, earning League honors twice.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Reunite with Tight End Tim Wright

June 12th, 2015 at 5:52 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they were awarded tight end Tim Wright off of waivers from the New England Patriots.

Wright (6-4, 220) originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Buccaneers in 2013, before being traded to the Patriots, where he spent the 2014 season.

In two years, Wright has played 32 regular season games, with 10 starts, catching 80 passes for 830 yards (10.4 avg.) and 11 touchdowns. The Rutgers graduate also played in three games for the Patriots during the 2014 postseason, culminating in a Super Bowl XLIX victory.

The team also announced that they have waived tight end Taylor Sloat.

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Buccaneers’ Vincent Jackson Picking up Dirk Koetter’s New Offense

June 7th, 2015 at 8:52 PM
By Michael Compton

Veteran wide receiver Vincent Jackson is looking forward to the 2015 season playing in new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter’s offense.

Jackson, a 10-year NFL veteran, managed a solid 2014 season, hauling in 70 receptions for 1,002 yards despite playing in one of the league’s worst offensives. Jackson is anticipating more positive results this year.

As for grasping a new offense, Jackson said during the second week of OTAs, “I don’t know if I would say it’s any more difficult than any other offense is. Everything is obviously a different language, you know what I mean? Most offenses carry a lot of the same schemes as far as routes go. Route concepts, spacing on the field, those things are very similar. But, again, you have a new language you have to learn, and sometimes the terminology will get you when you have to do a lot of stuff on the fly, and a lot of hand signals are being used as well. So I wouldn’t say it’s super difficult; we’re picking it up pretty well. I’m very pleased with the amount of progress we’ve made in this amount of OTAs, and it is exciting going into training camp feeling confident that we’re not starting to build something, we’re just going to polish up in training camp.”

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