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Buccaneers | Dashon Goldson reps to be limited
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:42:30 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers FS Dashon Goldson (ankle) is being brought along slowly at the start of training camp, as the team is limiting his reps. "We want to get him incorporated into everything, but we limited his reps,'' coach Lovie Smith said. "We had him start off and that was pretty much it. We'll be able to progress a little bit with his reps. But I was impressed with his movement.''
Buccaneers | Mark Barron still mending
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:59:15 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Mark Barron (knee) said he's not 100 percent after arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee in January.
Buccaneers | Rashaan Melvin twists ankle
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:15:39 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Rashaan Melvin (ankle) twisted his left ankle in practice Saturday, July 26.
Buccaneers | Mike James running with twos
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:36:15 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Mike James is working with the second-team offense Saturday, July 26.
Buccaneers | Two LBs asked to lose weight
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:57:43 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LBs Mason Foster and Dane Fletcher were asked by head coach Lovie Smith to lose weight this offseason so they can become quicker, and both players did lose some weight.
Buccaneers | Part ways with Carl Nicks
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:03:20 -0700
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and OG Carl Nicks and the team have mutually agreed to part ways Friday, July 25.
Buccaneers | Carl Nicks excused for personal reasons
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:31:02 -0700
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks has been excused from practice Friday, July 25, due to personal reasons.
Buccaneers | Carl Nicks not expected to practice
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:00:42 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) is not expected to practice Friday, July 25.
Buccaneers | GM has high expectations
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:37:31 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said he expects the team to compete for the NFC South title in 2014. "It's crazy," Licht said. "We'll look back at what we've added and … I'm legitimately excited and feel like we have a chance to compete for the division title. I really do. You would think, with a first-year head coach and a first-year general manager … we would both have a pass if we wanted to say, you know, I think we need some more time to turn this thing around. But that's not what we think. We think we can make a run at this thing this year. We feel we've got some major pieces in place to do that."
Buccaneers | Da'Quan Bowers called out by GM
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:34:04 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Da'Quan Bowers has been rumored for some time to be on the bubble, and general manager Jason Licht said Bowers' job is on the line this training camp. "I (don't) mean to sound too harsh, but it's a matter of fact that he needs to prove that he wants to make an impact with this football team and I expect that he will," Licht said.
Buccaneers | Akeem Spence working hard
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:28:05 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Akeem Spence proved to be one of the team's better players through their offseason workout program. Spence could hold off competition from DT Clinton McDonald with a strong training camp. General manager Jason Licht praised Spence's work ethic. "He just hasn't let up on the gas. It was fun watching that competition between him and Clinton during our OTAs and our mincamps, and I expect it to continue in training camp."
Buccaneers | Carl Nicks to be brought along slowly
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:21:02 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) will be slowly worked back into the mix, according to general manager Jason Licht. Nicks missed all but nine games over the past two seasons.
Buccaneers | Ron Talley placed on NFI
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:29:11 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Ron Talley (undisclosed) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Thursday, July 24.
Buccaneers | Acquire Brandon Magee from waivers
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:15:19 -0700
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed free-agent LB Brandon Magee (Browns) off waivers.
Buccaneers | Mark Barron ready to take the field
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:19:13 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Mark Barron (undisclosed) is ready to take the field, according to head coach Lovie Smith.
Buccaneers | Dashon Goldson ready to take the field
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:13:06 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers FS Dashon Goldson (foot) is ready to take the field, according to head coach Lovie Smith.
Buccaneers | Carl Nicks excused from practice
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:12:16 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) was excused from practice Thursday, July 24, according to head coach Lovie Smith. Smith is not sure when Nicks will return to the team.
Buccaneers | More on Carl Nicks
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:52:47 -0700
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) has been cleared to practice, but will need to pass a physical Thursday, July 23. Nicks also needs to work on his conditioning, according to general manager Jason Licht.
Buccaneers | Three to compete for No. 3 wide receiver job
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:52:07 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Robert Herron, WR Louis Murphy and WR Chris Owusu will all compete for the No. 3 WR job, according to general manager Jason Licht.
Buccaneers | Continuing contract talks with Gerald McCoy
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:34:49 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy is continuing to talk contract extension with the team, but there is no timetable to get a deal done.
Buccaneers | Several players may be on bubble
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:31:02 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey, OG Carl Nicks and DE Da'Quan Bowers may be fighting for roster spots once training camp begins, due to increased competition for their jobs. TE Luke Stocker and S Kelcie McCray were also mentioned.
Buccaneers | Mark Barron healthy, ready for camp
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:37:49 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Mark Barron (undisclosed) is healthy and ready for training camp to open.
Buccaneers | Dashon Goldson expected to report to camp
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:34:55 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers FS Dashon Goldson (foot) is expected to participate in training camp, according to head coach Lovie Smith.
Buccaneers | Carl Nicks cleared to play
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:30:33 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) has been cleared to practice.
Buccaneers | Release D.J. Moore
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:17:54 -0700
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released CB D.J. Moore.
Buccaneers | Sign two
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:17:02 -0700
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed free-agents LB Jeremy Grable (Valdosa St.) and OT J.B. Shugarts (Lions).
Buccaneers | Da'Quan Bowers involved in off-field incident
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:38:43 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Da'Quan Bowers was involved in an incident that led to the arrest of another individual Saturday, July 19.
Buccaneers | Carl Nicks still a question mark
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:43:12 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) had yet to start running or cutting as of June minicamps. He said he expects to be ready for the start of training camping, but he admitted that there is permanent damage to his foot and he'll have to play through pain the rest of his career.
Buccaneers | Competition for Adrian Clayborn
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:58:40 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Adrian Clayborn will need a solid showing in camp to hold on to his starting job, according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com. DE William Gholston, DE Da'Quan Bowers and DE Steven Means are other candidates for the job.
Buccaneers | Dane Fletcher could push for starting job
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:12:02 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Dane Fletcher could push for the starting middle linebacker job if LB Mason Foster is not able to handle his increased duties as a pass defender.
Buccaneers | Austin Seferian-Jenkins expects to be ready for camp
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:45:15 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) said he expects to be ready for training camp. "I feel really good. My foot feels really good," Seferian-Jenkins said Wednesday from Arizona, where he's been training. "I've been running route, doing all the exercise and workout drills that they've asked me to do. I feel very comfortable and confident that I'll be ready to go when it comes to training camp."
Buccaneers | Austin Seferian-Jenkins wants to impress teammates
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:45:57 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins wants to show his commitment to his teammates in training camp. "I want to prove to the veterans that I care. I want to prove to the veterans that I know that they're older guys and they've figured it out, and I'm not going to be some rookie that's going to come around, messing around, and doing all this other stuff."
Buccaneers | Mike Evans wants to create relationship with QB
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:44:51 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans said he wants to come into training camp and develop a good relationship with QB Josh McCown and prove that he deserves to be a starter in the NFL. "In training camp I want to prove that I deserve to be a starter on the team and I want to create a great relationship with Josh [McCown]," Evans said.
Buccaneers | Mark Barron drafted to stop Jimmy Graham
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:14:32 -0700
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers special assistant to the head coach Butch Davis said the team drafted SS Mark Barron to stop New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham. "We took [safety] Mark Barron in the first round simply because of Jimmy Graham," Davis said of the team's decision with the eighth overall pick that year.
Buccaneers | Wide receiver corps slowly taking shape
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:06:52 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson and WR Mike Evans are expected to open the year as the starters, and WR Robert Herron, WR Chris Owusu and WR Louis Murphy are the frontrunners for the remaining spots, according to Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com. Smith also tabbed WR David Gettis as a player that could surprise and make the 53-man roster.
Buccaneers | Akeem Spence facing charges
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:17:33 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Akeem Spence faces misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana stemming from an arrest in January.
Buccaneers | Mike Evans getting into shape
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 07:21:37 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) is working out with Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall in Miami and said he has no lingering issues from a hamstring injury. He also said he needs to drop 7 to 10 pounds. "Physically, I'm not in tip-top shape. I'm getting back into my game shape," said Evans. "As far as injury-wise, I feel good. I've been running, and I feel 100 percent. I've got to lose more weight. I'm too heavy right now. But the workouts I've been doing, I'll be fine. I'll be ready."
Buccaneers | Offense had problems on third down last season
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:46:02 -0700
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers converted only 31.2 percent of their third-down chances last season, which ranked 31st in the NFL.
Buccaneers | Struggled getting extra yards in 2013
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:40:40 -0700
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers averaged only 4.0 yards after the catch last season, which ranked last in the NFL in that category.
Buccaneers | Teammate compares Josh McCown to Drew Brees
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:52:31 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Jonathan Casillas said QB Josh McCown reminds him of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, who Casillas played with when he was with the Saints from 2009 to 2012. "It's a strong comparison, but he reminds me of Drew (Brees), not just the way he throws the ball, but his approach to the game. The first one in, the last one out, he's always around. He's very communicable, very personable. And you can tell he's a born leader," Casillas said.
Buccaneers | Robert Herron flashes athletic ability
Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:34:27 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Robert Herron has made several standout plays in OTAs and minicamp practices. He displayed good body control and concentration on several leaping catches. He has worked with wide receiver coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker on releasing from the line of scrimmage and could make an impact in the future.
Buccaneers | Chris Owusu impressing
Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:31:44 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Owusu has impressed in organized team activities and minicamp practices. He earned the praise from head coach Lovie Smith multiple times.
Buccaneers | Louis Murphy stood out
Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:25:59 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Louis Murphy performed at a high level during organized team activities and minicamp practices. He spent a lot of time with the first-team offense with WRs Vincent Jackson (hamstring) and WR Mike Evans (hamstring) missing time with injuries.
Buccaneers | Josh McCown gets praise
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:42:33 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown was praised for his leadership skills by Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald and McCown were teammates in 2003-04.
Buccaneers | Alterraun Verner talks takeaways
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:16:15 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner expects to be a good fit in head coach Lovie Smith's Cover 2 defense, especially pertaining to generating turnovers. Creating takeaways is a priority in Verner's game. "I'm disappointed in any game where I don't find a way to hit the football," Verner said.