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NFL Network’s Brooks Discusses Winston And Why He Is A Fit For Bucs

11 comments 📅January 28, 2015 11:09 am

Seminoles QB Jameis Winston is entering the 2015 NFL Draft - Photo by: Getty Images
As the debate on who the Buccaneers should take with the first overall pick in next April’s NFL Draft, opinions continue to be varied. While it is almost certain the Buccaneers will go quarterback with the first pick, will it be Jameis Winston, or Oregon’s Marcus Mariota?

One guy who has been in the Winston’s corner for a while is NFL Network’s Bucky Brooks.

Read Brooks’ mock draft, and watch the video of Brooks talking about Winston and why he thinks he is the best quarterback in the upcoming draft by clicking here.

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SI.com Has Bucs Going With Mariota; Winston Falling

17 comments 📅January 27, 2015 3:07 pm

The Bucs will have the chance to draft Oregon QB Marcus Mariota with the No. 1 pick – Photo by Getty Images
The NFL offseason means draft blogs galore and SI.com’s Chris Burke put up first earlier this month. Burke has the Buccaneers selecting Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota over Jameis Winston, who he has falling in the draft.

In his mock draft, Burke noted when talking about Mariota, “The pro-Mariota crowd will point to the number of plays that came from him moving the pocket, all while keeping his eyes downfield, as well as the times he made rapid work of his progressions.

The current scouting report lies somewhere in between, though certainly closer to the positive end of the spectrum. He remains the No. 1 pick here because of the near-complete package of pure talent coupled with his advancements as a passer and a leader.”

To see the compete mock draft and see how far Winston falls, click here.

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Seminoles OG Jackson Is On Bucs’ Radar

16 comments 📅January 27, 2015 12:07 pm

While most of the Bucs and Florida State connection talk in the upcoming draft revolve around Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston, the polarizing QB isn’t the only Nole on the Bucs radar. FSU guard Tre’ Jackson met with a number of NFL teams at last week’s Senior Bowl in Mobile and told PewterReport.com that Tampa Bay was one of those teams.

We asked Jackson, who earned Outstanding Player honors following last Saturday’s game, how difficult it was this season with the Seminoles under the national microscope.

“Coach Fisher has been preaching since I got there my freshmen year, to eliminate the clutter,” Jackson said. “That is something he really harped on. But we never really had to deal with it as we did this past year. But the way we were able to lock in on our opponent every week is something you don’t find that at many schools.”

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Jackson was complimentary of his quarterback’s ability to deal with the outside adversity.

“When we saw the things he was going through, the things he was fighting and still come out and play his best game, continue to do things that Jameis Winston does, it drives you to eliminate the clutter and be the best.”

When asked who was the best quarterback in the upcoming draft, the obvious biased guard was quick with his answer.

“No question (he is the best quarterback),” Jackson said. “I think he is the best player in (all) of college football.”

Jackson said the thought of reuniting with Winston in Tampa Bay would be just fine with him.

“It would be a great feeling (to play for the Bucs),” Jackson said. “I never really thought about it until I started talking to Tampa out here this week. It would be a great feeling playing with Jameis Winston again.”

Unfortunately for Tampa Bay, Jackson’s stellar play may have pushed his stock out of the Bucs range. Coming into the Senior Bowl most felt Jackson was a third-round pick, but some, including Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke, think Jackson could find himself being selected in the late first round after a great week in Mobile working with Jags line coach Tony Boselli.

Boselli talked to Seminoles.com last week at the Senior Bowl.

“He worked great at practice and did a good job of everything that was thrown at him,” Boselli said. “… He’s a good football player.”

 

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Brugler’s Top 50 NFL Draft Board Is Out

1 comment 📅January 27, 2015 11:08 am

It is that time of the year for mock drafts, big boards, draft rumors and everything in between. With the NFL Draft just over three months away, everyone is getting their opinions and thoughts out there, including NFLDraftScout.com’s Dane Brugler, who released his Top 50 draft board on Tuesday. Here are Brugler’s top five overall rated players and to see the full 50, click the link at the end of the story.

USC v Arizona

1. DT Leonard Williams, USC (6-4, 290, 4.88, JR)
Fast forward five years from now and if I had to guess the best NFL player from this draft class, it would be Williams with his combination of athleticism, power and versatility.

2. QB Jameis Winston, Florida State (6-4, 228, 4.83, rSO)
The maturity and off-field red flags are concerning, but Winston’s on-field play is impressive with natural traits and abilities that you don’t find often in 21-year old passers.

3. DE/OLB Dante Fowler, Florida (6-3, 266, 4.84, JR)
While he has some struggles against the run, Fowler has relentless energy and controlled explosion to disrupt the pocket and be a defensive difference-maker in a 3-4 scheme.

4. OG Brandon Scherff, Iowa (6-5, 315, 5.09, rSR)
A college left tackle, Scherff will be a tackle on some draft boards, but his best fit at the next level is inside at guard where he can dominate as a run blocker and pass protector.

5. WR Amari Cooper, Alabama (6-1, 205, 4.56, JR)
While not in the same conversation as AJ Green and Julio Jones as a prospect, Cooper is very detailed and well-rounded, making it tough to poke holes in his game.

To see the remaining 45 players on Brugler’s list, click here.

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Winston Accuser Speaks Out In New Documentary

17 comments 📅January 26, 2015 11:36 am

Erica Kinsman, the Florida State student who accused Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston of rape in 2012, has decided to come forward and tell her story on camera.

A documentary titled The Hunting Ground, premiered last Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, and takes a look at the epidemic of rape on college campuses and the lengths that some schools go to cover it up. The film, directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick, doesn’t center around Kinsman and Winston only, but their story is included.

Kinsman for the first time, described the details of the alleged assault that took place on December 6, 2012 when Winston and Kinsman met at on-campus bar in Tallahassee. Winston has maintained the sexual encounter was consensual, and no charges were filed after an investigation by State Attorney Willie Meggs. Winston also faced disciplinary action from the school, but after a Code of Conduct hearing performed by former Florida Supreme Court Justice Major Harding, it was ruled there was not enough evidence to support that Winston had violated the school’s code of conduct.

Winston, who led Florida State to a national championship as a freshmen, and an undefeated regular season as a sophomore, has declared for the upcoming NFL Draft and is projected as a top 5 pick by virtually all scouts and draft prognosticators. The Buccaneers hold the overall No. 1 pick in the draft and are thought to be strongly considering Winston.

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NFL Releases Statement On Deflate-Gate

6 comments 📅January 23, 2015 2:00 pm

 From the NFL, released on Friday afternoon:

Our office has been conducting an investigation as to whether the footballs used in last Sunday’s AFC Championship Game complied with the specifications that are set forth in the playing rules. The investigation began based on information that suggested that the game balls used by the New England Patriots were not properly inflated to levels required by the playing rules, specifically Playing Rule 2, Section 1, which requires that the ball be inflated to between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch. Prior to the game, the game officials inspect the footballs to be used by each team and confirm that this standard is satisfied, which was done before last Sunday’s game.

The investigation is being led jointly by NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash and Ted Wells of the law firm of Paul Weiss. Mr. Wells and his firm bring additional expertise and a valuable independent perspective. The investigation began promptly on Sunday night. Over the past several days, nearly 40 interviews have been conducted, including of Patriots personnel, game officials, and third parties with relevant information and expertise. We have obtained and are continuing to obtain additional information, including video and other electronic information and physical evidence. We have retained Renaissance Associates, an investigatory firm with sophisticated forensic expertise to assist in reviewing electronic and video information.

The playing rules are intended to protect the fairness and integrity of our games. We take seriously claims that those rules have been violated and will fully investigate this matter without compromise or delay. The investigation is ongoing, will be thorough and objective, and is being pursued expeditiously. In the coming days, we expect to conduct numerous additional interviews, examine video and other forensic evidence, as well as relevant physical evidence. While the evidence thus far supports the conclusion that footballs that were under-inflated were used by the Patriots in the first half, the footballs were properly inflated for the second half and confirmed at the conclusion of the game to have remained properly inflated. The goals of the investigation will be to determine the explanation for why footballs used in the game were not in compliance with the playing rules and specifically whether any noncompliance was the result of deliberate action. We have not made any judgments on these points and will not do so until we have concluded our investigation and considered all of the relevant evidence.

Upon being advised of the investigation, the Patriots promptly pledged their full cooperation and have made their personnel and other information available to us upon request.  Our investigation will seek information from any and all relevant sources and we expect full cooperation from other clubs as well. As we develop more information and are in a position to reach conclusions, we will share them publicly.

 

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NFL.com’s Brooks Releases Mock Draft, And With The First Pick Tampa Bay Selects…

6 comments 📅January 21, 2015 9:40 am

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks released his first mock draft earlier this week and offered up his opinion on who the Bucs will take, as well as the rest of the league. While most early mocks have had Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston going in the first two picks, Brooks doesn’t agree.

To view his first round mock draft, click here.

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Dominik Joins ESPN Radio To Discuss Mariota And Winston

21 comments 📅January 17, 2015 10:33 am

Oregon junior QB Marcus Mariota has declared for the 2015 NFL Draft - Photo by: Getty ImagesSeminoles QB Jameis Winston is entering the 2015 NFL Draft - Photo by: Getty Images

Former Bucs general manager Mark Dominik joined ESPN Radio recently to discuss the Bucs having the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft and debated the two quarterbacks – Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota – and what he would do if he were still in charge in Tampa Bay.

To listen to the full interview, click here.

Dominik later joined the Mike & Mike Morning Show and spoke about the two quarterbacks and also shared his thoughts on Cardale Jones.

To hear that interview, click here.

 

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Kiper Releases His First Mock Draft And Has The Bucs Selecting…

16 comments 📅January 15, 2015 11:16 am

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The season of NFL mock drafts is upon us and one of the most followed draft analysts Mel Kiper has put his first guesses on paper this week. ESPN’s televangelist-haired draft prognasitcator has the Buccaneers selecting Jameis Winston with the overall No. 1 pick in next April’s NFL Draft.

In his analysis Kiper wrote: “The bottom line is Winston is the most advanced on-field quarterback in the draft, and while the Buccaneers have a nice set of weapons for an emerging quarterback to utilize there’s little evidence they have a future franchise quarterback on the current roster. Questions about Winston’s maturity and off-field decision-making are more than fair and could have him written off some draft boards if he can’t convince teams he can be a franchise leader. But on the field you get a big, durable, mobile, strong-armed talent with a high football IQ and an ability to read, anticipate and process at a very high level what defenses are trying to do. I would not draft with him with the goal of starting him in Week 1 — his 2014 season proved there’s work to be done — but if Winston realizes his potential, he’s a possible superstar.”

PewterReport.com also mocked Winston to the Buccaneers but some other sites have the Buccaneers going in a different direction. CBSSport.com’s Rob Rang has Tampa Bay going defense with USC’s Leonard Williams and Dane Brugler mocked Marcus Mariota to Tampa Bay.

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Cowboys Lock up Marinelli According To Rapoport; Won’t Be Coming To Tampa Bay

5 comments 📅January 13, 2015 5:40 pm

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According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport Dallas defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has signed a new deal with the Cowboys and won’t be reuniting with Lovie Smith as several media outlets reported on Sunday.

Marinelli and Lovie Smith first coached together in Tampa from 1996 to 2000 under Tony Dungy. After  Smith accepted the Rams’ defensive coordinator job in 2001, Marinelli stayed in Tampa under Jon Gruden where he served as the defensive line coach, as well as assistant head coach from 2002-2005. And after a three-year stint (2006-08) as head coach in Detroit, Marinelli reunited with Smith in Chicago, where again he was the defensive line/assistant head coach from 2009 to 2012.

That relationship had many assuming that Smith and Marinelli would once again be on the same sidelines after Marinelli’s contract  with Dallas ran out following this season.

On Tuesday during a press conference, head coach Jason Garrett told the Dallas media he wanted Marinelli back and that Marinelli had told him that he would also like to return to the Cowboys.

The Cowboys are also in the process of locking up Garrett to a new contract before turning their attention to signing a number of their own free agents players.

 

 

 

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