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Bucs Release CB Butler, Add DL Help With Sidbury

2 comments 📅December 17, 2014 12:55 pm

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday that they have released cornerback Crezdon Butler and signed defensive lineman Lawrence Sidbury. The team also signed defensive back Varmah Sonie to the practice squad.

Sidbury (6-3, 269) originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round pick (125th overall) of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2009 NFL Draft. Sidbury spent four seasons with Atlanta (2009-12), playing in 48 games and tallying 14 tackles, 5.0 sacks and one fumble recovery. He also played in the Falcons’ 2011 Wild Card Playoff game against the New York Giants, tallying one tackle. In 2013, Sidbury signed with the Indianapolis Colts, but spent the season on the Injured Reserve. He spent the 2014 preseason with the Houston Texans. Sidbury – who played collegiately at Richmond – will wear No. 77 for the Buccaneers.

Sonie (5-9, 166) joins Tampa Bay after spending the 2014 season with the Portland Thunder of the Arena League, where he earned first-team All-Arena honors after logging nine interceptions and a franchise record 86 tackles in 17 games. Sonie played collegiately at Northern Iowa, and was named second-team All-Missouri Valley following his senior season. He will wear No. 23 for the Buccaneers.

 

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Bucs Send Three To IR, Add New Players To Roster

2 comments 📅December 16, 2014 12:35 pm

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Monday that they have placed defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (knee), wide receiver Louis Murphy (ankle) and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back) on Injured Reserve. The team has promoted wide receiver Tavarres King, tight end Evan Rodriguez and defensive tackle George Uko from the practice squad to the active roster.

King (6-1, 210), who has spent the past seven weeks on the Buccaneers’ practice squad, originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick (161st overall) of the Denver Broncos in the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent time with Denver and the Carolina Panthers in 2013 and was with Carolina for this past offseason and preseason before joining Jacksonville’s active roster where he was inactive for five games prior to being waived. King played collegiately at Georgia.

Rodriguez (6-2, 239), who signed with Tampa Bay’s practice squad on November 25, originally entered the league as a fourth-round draft selection (111th overall) by the Chicago Bears in 2012. After spending the 2012 season with the Bears, Rodriguez played for Buffalo in 2013 and spent this offseason and preseason with the Bills. In his three-year career, the Temple product has played in 19 games with five starts, catching four passes for 21 yards

Uko (6-3, 284) originally entered the league this season as a college free agent with the New Orleans Saints. Uko, who played collegiately at USC, spent the 2014 offseason and preseason with New Orleans, before being waived on August 26. Uko has spent time on the Buccaneers practice squad throughout the 2014 season.

The team also announced they have signed wide receiver Chandler Jones to the practice squad.

Jones (5-9, 185) originally entered the league as a college free agent this past offseason with the Cleveland Browns, before being waived on August 4. Jones, who played collegiately at San Jose State, has spent time on the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad this season. Jones will wear No. 85 for Tampa Bay.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they have placed defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (knee), wide receiver Louis Murphy (ankle) and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back) on Injured Reserve. The team has promoted wide receiver Tavarres King, tight end Evan Rodriguez and defensive tackle George Uko from the practice squad to the active roster.

King (6-1, 210), who has spent the past seven weeks on the Buccaneers’ practice squad, originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick (161st overall) of the Denver Broncos in the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent time with Denver and the Carolina Panthers in 2013 and was with Carolina for this past offseason and preseason before joining Jacksonville’s active roster where he was inactive for five games prior to being waived. King played collegiately at Georgia.

Rodriguez (6-2, 239), who signed with Tampa Bay’s practice squad on November 25, originally entered the league as a fourth-round draft selection (111th overall) by the Chicago Bears in 2012. After spending the 2012 season with the Bears, Rodriguez played for Buffalo in 2013 and spent this offseason and preseason with the Bills. In his three-year career, the Temple product has played in 19 games with five starts, catching four passes for 21 yards

Uko (6-3, 284) originally entered the league this season as a college free agent with the New Orleans Saints. Uko, who played collegiately at USC, spent the 2014 offseason and preseason with New Orleans, before being waived on August 26. Uko has spent time on the Buccaneers practice squad throughout the 2014 season.

The team also announced they have signed wide receiver Chandler Jones to the practice squad.

Jones (5-9, 185) originally entered the league as a college free agent this past offseason with the Cleveland Browns, before being waived on August 4. Jones, who played collegiately at San Jose State, has spent time on the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad this season. Jones will wear No. 85 for Tampa Bay.

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Smith: Collins Was Benched On Sunday; Dotson Now Starter At LT

3 comments 📅December 14, 2014 5:10 pm

Bucs free agent tackle Anthony Collin has been a disappointment in his first season as Tampa Bay’s starting left tackle, frustrating Bucs fans who watch his inconsistent play this year. It appears the Bucs coaching staff has also seen enough for now, as following Tampa Bay 19-17 loss to the Panthers,  head coach Lovie Smith made a revelation that was a bit of a surprise, saying the team wanted to play their best offensive tackle, Demar Dotson, on the left side and bench Collins.

“I thought it worked out okay,” Smith said. “We made that move at Wednesday’s practice that you all were at. We put him [Demar Dotson] over there. We just thought that first off, for him in general as our best tackle – can he play the left side? We’re trying to win football games, but thought he would be able to handle that. We felt like it was the perfect time to do it. Our initial thought is that he did a decent job.”

Smith was asked if Dotson would continue to start on the left side.

“You can’t think that far ahead,” Smith said. “We know right now he’s it and that’s all we can say.”

Smith also commented on why Collins was made inactive against the Panthers.

“Coaches’ decision. He was, just like he was listed last week. Coaches decision to keep him down.”

Collins suffered an elbow injury two weeks ago that might have kept him out of action last week, but he participated in practice all week and was a healthy scratch.

Oniel Cousins replaced Dotson at right tackle and got abused by Carolina defensive end Charles Johnson, who had four tackles, two tackles for loss, two QB hits, half a sack and a forced fumble that led to a third quarter touchdown to give Carolina a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

Collins signed a five-year, $30 million dollar free agent last March, a large sum for a player who came to Tampa Bay with just seven career starts. Collins has missed four games this season, notching 10 starts in the Bucs’ 14 games this season. Collins, although is still believed to be owed $3 million in guaranteed money, could end up being released as Tampa Bay is expected to make an overhaul of the offensive line this season. It is also possible Collins could be moved to guard or right tackle this offseason.

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McCoy Has Hyperextended Knee, According To Smith

2 comments 📅December 14, 2014 2:15 pm

For the second week in a row Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy went down with a first half injury to his right knee. Last week at Detroit, McCoy suffered what the Buccaneers said was a knee bruise, disputing a report from Pro Football Talk that claimed that McCoy suffered a dislocated kneecap.

In the first quarter against the Panthers on Sunday, McCoy’s right knee appeared to give during a pass rush, and McCoy was in obvious pain staying down on the turf for a considerable amount of time before walking off gingerly under his own power.

After the game Bucs head coach Lovie Smith talked about McCoy’s injury.

“Gerald McCoy hyperextended his knee,” Smith said. “It was the same knee but it’s not related [to last week’s injury at Detroit]. Totally different injury. We hung in there, but we’re different without him.

McCoy, who leads the Bucs with 8.5 sacks is just one away from tying a career high and the Bucs’ $98 million star appeared destined to hit the double-digit sack benchmark before the latest setback.

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Report: Teford Close To Becoming Head Coach Of B.C. Lions Of The CFL

7 comments 📅December 11, 2014 10:27 pm

The Buccaneers and former offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford “mutually” agreed to part ways less than seven days ago. Now it appears he may not be unemployed for long.

Arash Madani of Sportsnet.ca is reporting that Tedford is close to becoming the head coach of the B.C. Lions in the Canadian Football League. Tedford played quarterback in the CFL from 1983-89 and then coached in the league before moving to the coaching ranks of the NCAA in 1992.

Tedford was hired by Lovie Smith to be the Bucs offensive coordinator last January soon after Smith took the Tampa Bay job following the firing of Greg Schiano. Tedford fell ill during the preseason and after a heart procedure was placed on an indefinite leave of absence.

Last Friday the two agreed to move on, and Tedford was released from his contract by the Buccaneers.

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Week 15: Bucs Fantasy Football Preview – Sponsored By FanDuel

0 comments 📅December 11, 2014 6:04 pm

osh McCown struggles continued in the Buccaneers’ week 14 matchup with the Detroit Lions. The veteran signal caller threw for 250 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, which totaled less than 15 fantasy points in most formats. Over the last three weeks, McCown’s fantasy totals have been 15, 14 and six. This week he gets the Carolina Panthers on the road. Owners should stay away from Buccaneers quarterbacks for the remainder of the season.

Mike Evans bounced back from a poor week 13 performance against the Bengals and scored caught two touchdowns against the Detroit Lions, one of the league’s best defenses. Evans has been phenomenal this season and is an every week starter in fantasy.

Vincent Jackson had his best fantasy performance of the season against the Lions in week 13. The veteran was targeted a whopping 17 times and he caught 10 of those for 159 yards. It was a positive sign for fantasy owners, but everyone knows the true fantasy threat for the Buccaneers’ passing game is Mike Evans. Jackson is just a WR3 moving forward.

Doug Martin reverted back to his old fantasy ways just one week after a nice performance against the Bengals. The third-year back ran for just 22 yards on five carries against one of the league’s best defenses. The Tampa Bay running game has been a disaster all season long and doesn’t look like it is going to be fixed by seasons end. Martin, Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims are not recommended fantasy starts as the fantasy playoffs move forward.

Rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins missed the last two game with a back injury, but he looks to be on track to start against the Panthers this week. However, the second-round pick isn’t a recommended fantasy start. The rookie has totaled just 221 yards and two touchdowns this season and hasn’t had enough targets to warrant any fantasy consideration.

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Newton Injured In Auto Accident; Status For Bucs Game Is Up In The Air

1 comment 📅December 9, 2014 4:05 pm

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was involved in serious automobile accident earlier on Tuesday in Charlotte, but early reports are there are no life-threatening injuries. His status is still unknown for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers.

Charlie Dayton, a Panthers spokesman said on Tuesday afternoon, Newton is in fair condition and will remain hospitalized overnight in Charlotte.

“Cam does have two transverse process fractures in his lower back but no other internal injuries,” Dayton said. “He’ll stay overnight but there are no more tests scheduled, and that’s it.”

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered the same type of injury in a game against the Redskins earlier this season, missing one start.

If Newton can’t go, Panthers backup quarterback Derek Anderson is expected to start. Anderson started Week 1 against the Buccaneers leading the Panthers to a 20-14 win in the season opener, going 24-of-34 for 230 yard and two touchdown passes.

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Smith Disputes PFT Report, Says McCoy Did Not Have Dislocated Kneecap

3 comments 📅December 8, 2014 4:34 pm

Early in Sunday’s 34-17 loss to the Lions, Tampa Bay defensive tackle went down with an injury that caused more than a few Bucs fans to hold their breath. McCoy was eventually helped off the field and later reemerged back in the game and played the majority of the remaining snaps.

Gerald McCoy said the time for excuses are over – Phot by: Cliff Welch/PR
Soon after the game was over a report from PFT.com cited a league source saying McCoy had suffered a dislocated kneecap against Detroit, but continued to play with it.

On Monday Bucs head coach Lovie Smith vehemently denied the report.

“Dislocated your kneecap and went back into the game,” Smith said. “This is that sources guy again? Citing a league source? There’s no truth to that. Gerald bruised his knee and stayed out a few plays and then went back in. We would not put Gerald McCoy back into the game…Gerald McCoy would not go back into the game if he could only play with one leg. So that’s not the case.”

Brandon Magee suffered a season-ending injury against Detroit and Lavonte David had a concussion in the game, and will go through the league-mandated protocol according to Smith.

“For Gerald, Lavonte and any of our players, if there is anything that we need to do to protect our players, we would always do that,” Smith said. “They would never go back out on the football field until we’re all 100 percent certain that it’s okay for them to come back out there. We won’t take any chances, we never have and we never will. Yes, Lavonte has started that process and we’ll see how it goes this week.”

Earlier on Monday, Tampa Bay placed Magee was placed on injured reserve and signed linebacker Jason Williams to take his roster spot. Williams (6-1, 245), originally entered the NFL as a third round draft selection (69th overall) by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2009 NFL Draft. In his six-year career, Williams has played in 57 games, with four starts, totaling 31 tackles, two forced fumbles, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery, while also tallying 26 special teams tackles. He has also played in one postseason game.

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Bucs Jackson Admits This Season Has Been Rough; Praises McCown’s Toughness

3 comments 📅December 7, 2014 9:26 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Detroit Lions
Bucs wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who had his best game of the season with 10 catches for 159 yards, told the media following Tampa Bay’s loss to the Lions this season has been one of the toughest of his career.

“This is one of the roughest years that I’ve been a part of and the thing I can take out of it is the fact that our guys played hard,” Jackson said. “Guys are still fighting, nobody’s pointing fingers in this locker room, this organization and that’s saying something. It’s the quality of men that we have here.

“Lovie (Smith) said, when he closed us in after the game, ‘We’re not a good team right now and it’s unfortunate because we have great players.’ We need to find a way to just play the game better, play the game smarter, play a complete game. So, we’re going to go back, just like we’ve been doing since Week 1, we’re going to correct our mistakes tomorrow and come back ready to work on Wednesday.”

Expectations of the fans and coaches were high coming into the 2014 season. Jackson also has been surprised at the Bucs lack of success.

“Of course not, you never envision anything like this,” Jackson said. “You put in all of the work, you do things the right way, and I think we are still doing it the right way. For some reason, it’s just not transferring on to the game field, so it’s unfortunate.”

Several players talked about the toughness of quarterback Josh McCown who took a beating behind a poor offensive line. Jackson also appreciates his quarterback.

“I have so much respect for that man,” Jackson said. “It’s been a rough year for him, but he’s taking it. He gets up off of that ground and dusts himself off every time. So, I’m going to take him out for a nice dinner when we’re all down here this year. Maybe help him get some ice bags and have them sent to his house. He’s one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around.”

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Bucs Could Turn Offense Back Over To Glennon For Final Three Games

8 comments 📅December 7, 2014 8:30 pm

With the Bucs playoff chances now over, the team could decide to spend the next three games evaluating players, and one of those could be quarterback Mike Glennon.

Head coach Lovie Smith was asked about playing Glennon over the last part of the season following Sunday’s 34-17 loss to the Lions.

“We have these last three games, we’ll consider all things,” Smith said. “There’s a lot of things we want to do. But No. 1 is we want to win the football game. If there is someone we feel we need to see a little bit more of, we’ll do that. But right after a tough loss like this you don’t make those types of decisions. We’ll start that process.”

Starter Josh McCown has went 1-7 in his eight starts with nine passing touchdowns to go along with two on the ground, and 11 interceptions. Glennon also has just one win as a starter this season – and was proclaimed to the Bucs quarterback of the future last May by Smith – could find himself back under center next week at Carolina followed up by home games against the Packers and Saints to close the season.

With the Raiders winning against the 49ers on Sunday, Tampa Bay (2-11) now find themselves positioned to have the No. 1 overall draft selection in next May’s NFL Draft. Will the Bucs spend it on one of the top quarterback prospects like Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston? That may depend on Glennon’s performance over the last three weeks if inserted back in the starting lineup.

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