Here are some things you should know about running back Jeremy McNichols and defensive tackle Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, the Buccaneers' final two selections of the NFL draft:
Day 2 in a word? Toughness.
With their first selection Friday night at the NFL draft, the Buccaneers added an aggressive safety in Justin Evans (50th overall), a competitive receiver and capable run blocker in Chris Godwin (84th), and a hard-hitting linebacker in Kendell Beckwith (107th). This team is going to be physical....
Fourth-round picks might seem like middling assets. There is more to their value, however, than meets the eye.
Every now and then, teams land a starter in the fourth round, as the Buccaneers did in 2015 when they drafted linebacker Kwon Alexander. Often, though, teams use the pick to move around the draft board.
Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht has done just that in each of the past three drafts. The one year he didn't — 2014 — he didn't have a fourth-round pick. That pick went to the Jets as part of the compensation for the Darrelle Revis trade that predecessor Mark Dominik executed. Late Friday night, Licht packaged the Bucs' 125th and 204th picks (fourth and sixth rounds) to move back into the third round to take LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith....
One of the biggest unexpected developments of the first night of the 2017 NFL draft was tight end O.J. Howard's fall out of the top 10 to the Buccaneers at No. 19. Here are some things you should know about Howard, some of which might surprise you:
1. Howard's high school headmaster told him he couldn't bring his white girlfriend to his prom: According to an al.com report, the Autauga Academy (Prattville, Ala.) headmaster said he was following instructions from the school's board of directors. Howard's parents confronted the board, but no one admitted to the discrimination. The headmaster later apologized at an assembly, and Howard ultimately took his girlfriend to the prom....
Good morning, and happy NFL draft day!
No more mock draft critiquing and big board tweaking. At last, we're about to learn what the Buccaneers will do with their No. 19 overall pick. In today's Tampa Bay Times, columnist Tom Jones listed 19 things they could do, from drafting Dalvin Cook to taking a … kicker?...
You can find a running back here.
Jordan Howard and Jay Ajayi in the fifth round.
You can find a running back there.
Alfred Morris and Latavius Murray in the sixth round.
You can find a running back anywhere.
Ahmad Bradshaw and Rashad Jennings in the seventh round.
It seems good running backs are easy to find in the NFL draft. In the fifth round. The sixth. The seventh. The nonexistent eleventh. Wave a magic wand! They appear, like coupons from Bed Bath & Beyond!...
2017 NFL draft: Of the top running back prospects, Dalvin Cook is the most explosive. Here are the numbers.04/22/17Bucs
It can be easy to overthink football.
Allow Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter to stop you.
"I've said many, many times that we believe — besides turnovers — explosive plays are the next biggest factor in winning and losing."
It's that simple: Make more big plays than the other team.
Tampa Bay didn't do that last season. The defense allowed more explosive plays than every team except the 49ers. The offense, which was expected to take a step forward, saw a 20 percent drop in such plays....
Some thoughts on the Buccaneers' 2017 schedule, which was unveiled last night:
Because Tom Brady and the Patriots need the help, the NFL schedule overlords have offered the Bucs as a Week 5 sacrifice in front of a national audience on Thursday Night Football.
The problem with this stretch of Tampa Bay's schedule isn't that it plays the Super Bowl champions just four days after it plays the New York Giants. It's that the game against the Giants is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. instead of 1 p.m....
HBO on Wednesday called Hard Knocks "the groundbreaking gold standard of sports reality TV."
But just how real is it? How much control over the content will the Buccaneers have?
At the official Hard Knocks announcement in Tampa, NFL Films director and producer Matt Dissinger cited the trust level his company has built with teams since it was founded 55 years ago. If there's sensitive material, NFL Films and the Bucs are going to talk about it, he said....
Gerald McCoy wanted the truth.
So at the Pro Bowl in January, the Buccaneers defensive tackle sought feedback from three "credible sources." He revealed Monday that those sources — which he wouldn't name —offered similar evaluations. The gist: He hasn't done enough to lead the team....
03/31/17 The Heater
Regret. Shame. You're sick over how much money you spent.
I'm not describing how you feel on Saturday mornings. I'm describing, of course, your last jersey purchase.
You tried to forget it. You don't want to talk about it. You know the one. The Josh Freeman. The Darrelle Revis....
UPDATE (4 p.m.): Owners have tabled a vote on a proposal that would have put a 10-minute time limit on overtime. It is not clear when they will reconsider the recommendation.
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NFL owners will vote today on a proposal that would limit overtime during the preseason and regular season to 10 minutes.
It'll be another six months before we see how the Buccaneers offense operates with deep threat DeSean Jackson in the fold. Until then, here's a look at some of the most memorable moments of his nine-year career:
Sept. 7, 2008: Rams vs. Eagles
During his first nine seasons as Eagles head coach, Andy Reid never started a rookie receiver in an opener. Jackson not only ended that streak but also made an immediate impact by catching six passes for 106 yards in a 38-3 win. He became the eighth rookie since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to rack up 100 receiving yards in his team's first game....
You might've heard: DeSean Jackson is fast.
But do you know how fast?
Let's say a brown bear approaches you and Jackson. You're dinner. Jackson? He stands a chance.
The Bucs' preference, of course, is that their new receiver continues to win foot races against beasts that weigh 200 pounds, not 400. That's why they promised this week to pay the free agent at least $20 million over the next two seasons....
Dec. 19, 2010. The Eagles, my hometown team, trailed the Giants 31-10 in the fourth quarter.
And I felt sad. Very, very sad.
I hated everything. The Eagles. The Giants. Football. Even the decorations Fox puts on its score bug during Christmastime. Stupid lights....