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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Continue to Search for Answers as Losses Mount
November 12th, 2014 at 9:10 PM
Head coach Lovie Smith’s first season at the helm of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has gone awry in more ways than one, and the 1-8 Buccaneers are in the NFC South cellar as they prepare for their Week 11 test against the Washington Redskins. ***PHOTO1*** The reasons for the dismal record are...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gerald McCoy Agree to Seven-Year Contract Extension
October 25th, 2014 at 2:29 PM
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to a seven-year contract extension with defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. The deal, which was first reported by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, is reportedly worth $98 million with $51.5 million guaranteed. ***PHOTO1*** “From the moment Lovie (Smith) and I arrived here, we knew it was vital...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Gerald McCoy: ‘We’ve Just Got to Be Tougher’
October 23rd, 2014 at 7:15 PM
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers return from a bye week eager to host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. In an attempt to light a fire under his teammates, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said on Thursday that the Buccaneers must toughen up on defense. ***PHOTO1*** “If you look out there...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Gerald McCoy: ‘We’ve Got a Lot of Momentum Heading to New Orleans’
October 3rd, 2014 at 10:25 PM
Despite an 0-3 start to the season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints (1-3) on Sunday only one game out of first place in the NFC South. The Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers top the division at 2-2. “That’s the league. This year,...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Clinton McDonald: ‘We Have to Work Harder’
September 22nd, 2014 at 4:47 PM
Without ignoring what has transpired in the first three weeks of the season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3) believe they have the talent to turn things around. They’ll have to if they are going to come close to meeting expectations. It doesn’t get any easier for the Bucs in Week 4...

Gerald McCoy a Game-Time Decision for Tampa Bay Buccaneers
September 18th, 2014 at 11:47 AM
Gerald McCoy, who suffered a broken left hand in the loss to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday was in a cast on Tuesday and is being listed as a game-time decision for tonight’s matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. ***PHOTO1*** “It’s not a club,” Lovie Smith said in describing the type of...

Injury Threatening to Cost Da’Quan Bowers a Roster Spot with Tampa Bay Buccaneers
August 22nd, 2014 at 1:39 PM
Oft-injured defensive lineman Da’Quan Bowers continues to nurse a groin strain that appears to be hurting his opportunity to secure a roster spot with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ***PHOTO1*** Bowers, who caught the eye in drills early in training camp, had three tackles in the preseason opener Aug. 8 against the Jacksonville...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Vincent Jackson Readying for Big-Game Performances
August 4th, 2014 at 1:01 PM
At the conclusion of Sunday’s practice at One Buc Place, head coach Lovie Smith acknowledged that he has been remiss in not talking enough about wide receiver Vincent Jackson during his daily press conferences. [caption id="attachment_19018" align="aligncenter" width="465" caption="Vincent Jackson/Compton"][Michael Compton photo/Vincent Jackson] Jackson, the Bucs’ No. 1 wide receiver, received plenty...

Lovie Smith Pleased with Performance of Defensive End Da’Quan Bowers in Training Camp
August 1st, 2014 at 2:07 PM
Defensive end Da’Quan Bowers has made a favorable impression on Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coach Lovie Smith through the first week of training camp. ***PHOTO1*** Drafted in the second round (51st overall pick) of the 2011 NFL Draft, Bowers has been hampered by injuries and hasn’t quite lived up to expectations. Smith...

Gerald McCoy is Expected to Thrive Under Lovie Smith’s Defensive Scheme
July 13th, 2014 at 6:23 PM
Pat Yasinskas, ESPN’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter, says Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is the team’s best player in 2014. Citing McCoy’s fourth season in 2013 as the best of his career—McCoy led the team with 9.5 sacks and had 50 tackles while earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors—Yasinskas...

Three Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ranked Amongst NFL’s Top 100 Players
July 9th, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Three Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, outside linebacker Lavonte David and defensive end Michael Johnson -- cracked the list of Top 100 players in the NFL in a CBS Sports post that evaluated talent based on interviews with NFL general managers, coaches and offensive coordinators. ***VIDEO1*** McCoy, at 6’4,...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers not Showing Much Interest in Bringing Roy Miller Back
February 11th, 2013 at 12:27 PM
With free agency looming, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are no doubt looking for players that can help them improve upon their 7-9 season last year. And while the Bucs may be looking for another weapon or two on offense, it's the defensive side of the ball that needs the most...

Warren Sapp Becomes Second Buccaneer to Be Inducted into the Hall of Fame
February 2nd, 2013 at 9:09 PM
Since joining the NFL in 1976, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have only had one player elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That man is legendary defensive end Lee Roy Selmon, but he's not the lone Buc in Canton anymore. That's because the great Warren Sapp received enough votes on...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Part Ways with Another Assistant Coach
January 16th, 2013 at 9:21 PM
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the NFL's best rush defense in 2012. But that doesn't mean they played great defense. In fact, there were plenty of things wrong with Tampa Bay's defense last season. One of those was the pass rush, or lack thereof. The Bucs had just 27 sacks last...

Gerald McCoy Gets Deserving Pro Bowl Nod, Ronde Barber Gets Snubbed
December 26th, 2012 at 10:41 PM
It's not always about numbers. Sometimes, a player can't be judged simply by what's on the stat sheet. Instead, it's their hard work and excellence on the field that tells the story. That's the case with Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who was selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl as...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Add a Defensive Tackle, Waive DE Markus White
November 17th, 2012 at 4:57 PM
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a change along their defensive line on Saturday by waiving defense end Markus White and signing defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo to the 53-man roster. Masifilo comes to Tampa Bay from the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad. Masifilo entered the league as an undrafted free agent from Stanford, where...

Roster Shuffling Continues for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
September 1st, 2012 at 6:59 PM
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got down to the 53-man roster limit on Friday night, but it was easy to see that roster they trimmed down to would not be the team that took the field next Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. On Saturday, head coach Greg Schiano that the roster would...

Reports: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cut Amobe Okoye, Cody Grimm, and Keith Tandy
August 31st, 2012 at 11:26 AM
The cuts keep coming from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and some surprising moves have been made. According to multiple reports, the Bucs have released defensive tackle Amobe Okoye, safety Cody Grimm, and safety Keith Tandy, who was a 2012 sixth-round draft pick out of West Virginia. Okoye signed a one-year deal with...

Report: Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Davin Joseph to Land on Injured Reserve with Knee Injury
August 24th, 2012 at 11:34 PM
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers earned an impressive 30-28 victory over the New England Patriots on Friday night, but it came at a big price. Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph suffered a knee injury in the second quarter and had to be carted off the field. It looks as though the injury is season-ending...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Looking to Fix Troubles Along the Defensive Line
August 2nd, 2012 at 11:51 PM
To say that the Tampa Buccaneers have invested heavily in the defensive line in the past few seasons is an understatement. The Bucs spent two first- and second-round selections on defensive tackles (Gerald McCoy and Brian Price) and ends (Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers) in 2010 and 2011. But Tampa Bay's...