Tampa Bay Buccaneers: What Went Right and Wrong in 2016?

Welcome to 2017 and our latest series on End Zone Score. With the conclusion of the 2016 campaign, we are already recapping the season for each of the NFL’s 32 teams. The focus here is on a club’s strong suit this past year, as well as a shortcoming that may be an issue to address this offseason. Hence, what earned a thumbs up and what went awry for the 9-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers...
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3 hours ago

Adrian Peterson says he could play for the Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers struggled with their running game this past season, in large part because Doug Martin regressed after getting a big, new contract. Martin is now suspended for the first three games of the 2017 season, and in a rehab facility. That leaves the Bucs with a hole at running back. They could patch it up by bringing back Jacquizz Rodgers, who should be good in...
Via Bucs Nation
16 hours ago

Adrian Peterson Names Buccaneers As A Team He Wants To Play For

This afternoon on ESPN’s television show First Take, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson named the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as one of three teams he’d potentially like to play for if he doesn’t return to Minnesota – the others being the Houston Texans and New York Giants. "I definitely have five strong more years. Without […] The post Adrian Peterson Names Buccaneers...
Via Pewter Report
21 hours ago

Daniel Jeremiah Mocks Charles Harris to Bucs

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes that the Buccaneers will select Missouri defensive end Charles Harris with their first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Via Buccaneers.com
23 hours ago

The Buccaneers’ special teams coach did surprisingly well

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Nate Kaczor as their special teams coach last year, I wasn’t exactly optimistic. In fact, I thought it was a downright terrible hire — because hey, his record was absolutely terrible: Kaczor was the Tennessee Titans' special teams coordinator the past three years, and didn't have a lot of success there. Football Outsiders had the Titans' special...
Via Bucs Nation
23 hours ago

Mel Kiper Releases First Mock Draft

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes that the Buccaneers will select a pass-rusher with the No. 19 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Via Buccaneers.com
23 hours ago

Headlines: Who to Draft at No. 19?

A sampling of media reports on the Buccaneers today.
Via Buccaneers.com
1 day ago

Free agency decisions: Should Tampa Bay Buccaneers bring back Vincent Jackson?

2016 was a breakout year for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unfortunately they had to go through most of it without Vincent Jackson. The team performed admirably in Jackson’s absence, but they clearly lacked a number two receiver all season. Having missed the better part of two seasons, many will wonder if he can still have a big impact in the NFL. That begs the question: Is Jackson...
Via EndZoneScore
1 day ago

Vernon Hargreaves makes PFWA All-Rookie Team

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one representative on the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team: cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, playing opposite Jalen Ramsey. Vernon Hargreaves didn’t have the best season, but he did play a lot. A whole lot. His 1114 snaps were fourth on the entire team, and his 1,036 defensive snaps were second by only five snaps to only Lavonte...
Via Bucs Nation
2 days ago

Cover 3: Bucs Search For A Dynamic RB; Toledo’s Hunt Is A Gamebreaker

Cover 3 is a weekly feature column written by PewterReport.com’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat writer Trevor Sikkema published every Tuesday. The column, as its name suggests, comes in three phases: a statistical observation, an in-depth film breakdown, and a “this or that” segment where the writer asks the reader to chose between two options. SIKKEMA’S […] The post Cover 3...
Via Pewter Report
3 days ago

PewterReport.com’s 2016 Buccaneers MVP Awards

The 2016 season saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers turn the corner and post a winning record for the first time since 2010. The Bucs improved their win total by three, going from 6-10 in 2015 to 9-7 last year thanks in part to PewterReport.com’s 2016 Bucs MVPs. These players and this Tampa Bay assistant coach […] The post PewterReport.com’s 2016 Buccaneers MVP Awards appeared first...
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3 days ago

Tampa Bay Buccaneers extend Mike Smith, could lose him after next season

Despite receiving interest from a couple of teams as a head coaching candidate, Mike Smith opted to stay with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend. Smith signed a multi-year extension on Friday, withdrawing his name from coaching consideration. The final opening Smith was being considered for closed soon after he made the announcement. It seems pretty likely that he was informed...
Via EndZoneScore
4 days ago

Buccaneers sign defensive coordinator Mike Smith to extension

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Mike Smith says he's committed to helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers realize their potential, not trying to become a head coach again.The Bucs signed their defensive coordinator to a contract extension on Friday, ending speculation about where the former Falcons coach might wind up next season.Smith spoke with the Jaguars and the Chargers about head coaching vacancies...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs sign defensive coordinator Smith to contract extension

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Mike Smith says he's committed to helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers realize their potential, not trying to become a head coach again. The Bucs signed their defensive coordinator to a contract extension on Friday, ending speculation about where the former Falcons coach might wind up next season. Smith spoke with the Jaguars and Chargers about head coaching vacancies...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dirk Koetter takes shot at critical Buccaneers fans

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers improved vastly this season compared to last and finished with a 9-7 record. This was enough to see the team finish in second place in the NFC South. All of this is quite impressive considering it was the Bucs’ best finish since 2007 and that it is just the second season for quarterback Jameis Winston. This unfortunately has not stopped critics from complaining...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers blast Buccaneers’ ‘bush-league’ video boards

Ask the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take home-field advantage a bit too far. The Panthers took a one-point loss on the road against the Buccaneers to close the season and came away with two key complaints about Tampa Bay’s video boards. Kicker Graham Gano, who missed three of his four attempts, talked about how the video board showed a live shot of himself, while...
Via The Sports Daily
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers unhappy about video board antics during loss to Bucs

Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano missed three of his four field goal attempts in Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Did the stadium video board operator have something to do with that? After the game, Gano complained about the Bucs showing live footage of his kicks on the video board behind the goal posts he was kicking. The board displayed a solid red background when...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans seems disappointed with his performance

Third-year Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is in the midst of a breakout 2016 campaign. The former top-10 pick has put up 91 receptions for 1,256 yards and 11 touchdowns in 15 games. Those surely are tremendous numbers. They also led to his first Pro Bowl selection. But if you ask Evans, he doesn’t seem to be terribly impressed with what he accomplished for a surprising...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Buccaneers RB Doug Martin suspended four games

It’s now all starting to make sense. Shortly after it was reported that Doug Martin was leaving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for personal reasons, said departure could have to do with the fact that he’s apparently been suspended four games by the NFL. Bucs RB Doug Martin failed a drug test and is being suspended four games starting now, per league sources. — Adam Schefter ...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers are still ‘mathematically’ alive in playoff race

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one path to making the postseason, with the chances of everything happening currently standing at less than one percent. According to ESPN Stats and Information, the Buccaneers need seven exact results in Week 17 to sneak into the postseason as the NFC’s final wild card. Here are the seven things that need to happen: – Buccaneers win over Carolina...
Via The Sports Daily
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Doug Martin to be inactive again, could be finished with Bucs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is once again going to be inactive for Week 17, and it’s fair to wonder if he has played his last game for the team. Martin was inactive for last weekend’s game against the New Orleans Saints despite being healthy. Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said Monday that keeping Martin off the active roster was a “coach’s decision.” Martin...
Via Larry Brown Sports
24 days ago  |  Discuss

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