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Bucs Winston And Titans Mariota Impressed After Visit To Pro Football Hall Of Fame

7 comments 📅July 2, 2015 2:33 pm
Photo courtesy of Pro Football Hall of Fame

Photo courtesy of Pro Football Hall of Fame

The 2015 NFC Draft Class made their way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame last Saturday after the NFL’s Rookie Symposium wrapped up. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website, Bucs rookie quarterback Jameis Winston came away impressed.

“I’ve been able to just sit back and see all of this history and see all of the things that happened before my time. [It] has just been amazing,” Winston said after touring the Hall of Fame.

Former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota was also impressed and gave an interview about what he learned.

Both Winston and Mariota have impressed their teams since being drafted with the first two picks back on April 30 in the NFL Draft. Will either one of them ever have a bust in the Hall? Only time will tell, but it is still great to see the two young quarterbacks showing their respect to the ones who paved the way.

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Small In Stature But Big In Confidence, Bucs Murray Seeking Perfection

1 comment 📅June 30, 2015 3:47 pm

When Bucs kicker Patrick Murray walks through shopping malls or is seated at his favorite local restaurant, he isn’t usually bothered – or even mistaken – for a professional athlete. At just 5-foot-7, and listed probably a bit generously on the Bucs roster at 182 pounds, Murray doesn’t stand out in a crowd.
NFL: AUG 08 Preseason - Buccaneers at Jaguars
And while his size isn’t one normally associated with a pro football player, talk to Murray for just few minutes and you are quick to see not many professional athletes possess the confidence of the former Fordham University star.

Murray recently caught up with Joe Kania of in a segment on the team’s website called, “Getting To Know.” In Murray’s feature he talks about his battle with last season’s incumbent placekicker Connor Barth, his time spent playing Gaelic football, and his closeness with his father among a number of other topics.

To check out the feature on Murray, click here.

Share this article: To Debut Behind The Scenes Winston Draft Feature Next Week

7 comments 📅June 29, 2015 8:25 am

How did the Bucs determine that Jameis Winston would be their first round draft pick last April and the overall No. 1 NFL selection? Next week senior writer Scott Smith will debut a look at the process, with unprecedented behind the scenes footage of the process.
The Bucs get an "A" for drafting QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR described the upcoming multi-media feature – “From the end of the regular season until the start of the NFL draft, all eyes were on the Buccaneers as the team prepared to select a player with the No. 1 overall pick, which was eventually used on quarterback Jameis Winston. The process for selecting Winston was exhaustive, to say the least. Throughout it all, was there documenting it, step-by-step, from beginning to end. 

Senior Writer Scott Smith was granted unprecedented access to the Bucs’ front office, including General Manger Jason Licht, during the draft process. Next week, fans will be able to read about everything that went into selecting Winston in Smith’s feature, “Four Months on the Clock: The Anatomy of a Franchise-Changing Decision.”

The feature will be released next week, but you can get a sneak peak at one of the videos that will be included by clicking here.

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Bucs Sign Marpet; All Draft Picks Now Under Contract

2 comments 📅June 10, 2015 11:06 pm

Ali Marpet listens to his coach during last month's rookie mini-camp – Photo: Mark  Lomoglio/PRThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Wednesday evening that rookie guard Ali Marpet has agreed to terms on a four-year contract. Marpet was the final Buccaneers’ seven draft picks to get sign his contract.

The 6-4, 307-pound Marpet was the second of two second-round draft picks made by the Buccaneers’last month, both aimed at the offensive line. Tampa Bay picked Penn State offensive tackle Donovan Smith with the 34th overall pick, then traded up to get Marpet at #61.

Marpet played his college football for tiny Hobart College and caught the Bucs, and other NFL team’s attention, while playing in last January’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. The Buccaneers are hoping both Marpet and Smith are able to step in and start Week 1 against the Titans.

Part of this report is courtesy of

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Thursday’s OTA Practice Soundtrack

4 comments 📅June 5, 2015 1:14 pm

Lil_Wayne_in_ConcertLast week during Thursday’s OTA practice at One Buc Place the loudspeakers were blaring hair band metal from the 80’s and 90’s courtesy of offensive guard Logan Mankin’s playlist. This week’s music was considerably different with a wide variety of current rap music. We couldn’t get confirmation on which player was responsible for the Thursday play list but below is a sample of some of the songs that were the soundtrack for Thursday’s latest OTA.

Only – Nicki Minaj, featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown
Commas – Future
No Flex Zone (Remix) – Rae Sremmurd, Nicki Minaj and Pusha T
Work – A$AP Ferg
10 Bands – Drake
Weekday Freestyle – Young Vaughn
Mind Right – TK-N-Cash
Till I Die – MGK
I Know – Yo Gotti featuring Rich Homie Quan
Energy – Drake
Best Rapper Alive – Iron Maiden featuring Lil Wayne
So Sophisticated – Rick Ross featuring Meek Mill
Type Of Way – Rich Homie Quan Feat featuring Jermaine Dupree
Hurt – T.I. featuring Alfamega and Busta Rhymes
I’m Me – Lil Wayne

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30 Interceptions For Winston?

4 comments 📅June 3, 2015 3:55 pm

NFL: MAY 09 Buccaneers Rookie MinicampBefore seeing new Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston even throw his first NFL pass, some are already making some bold predictions about his success – or in some cases his lack thereof. And not just fans, but members of the national media. NFL writer Will Brinson released his NFL predictions for wins in 2015 for every NFL team and doesn’t see the Bucs making a run at the NFC South this year. While fair, and a prediction I tend to agree with, Brinson, in his commentary on the Bucs, said he thinks Winston will struggle mightily tossing the pigskin to the right team.

In his predictions released on Wednesday Brinson wrote, I think he’s the most “pro ready” quarterback in this class and will probably have more immediate success than Marcus Mariota, but I also think he’s going to throw 30 interceptions. Yes, THIRTY.”

The former FSU star certainly struggled at times last season with turnovers, particularly in the first half of games, tossing a total of 18 interceptions in 2014 for the Seminoles, and there is reasons to believe Winston’s interception total will be inflated at least the early in his career with his gunslinger mentality. But to say 30 interceptions? The only Buccaneer quarterback to eclipse the 30 mark was Vinny Testaverde who threw 35 picks in 1987.Vinny Testaverde

I see Winston throwing interceptions in 2015, but I would be hard pressed to believe it will approach 30. Time will tell, and I may eat my words come the January 1 after the regular season is over, but if I am a betting man (which I am not) I would certainly take the under.

You can read Brinson’s full NFL win total prediction and see his full commentary on the Buccaneers by clicking here.

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Paolantonio Comes Away Impressed With Bucs’ Winston

3 comments 📅June 1, 2015 10:14 am

Kansas City Chiefs vs Baltimore Ravens - October 4, 2004ESPN NFL reporter Sal Paolantonio was in California to cover the NFLPA rookie premiere event that was attended by Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.

Paolantonio told the Mike And Mike Morning Show he came away very impressed with Winston, saying “he has a natural leadership charisma” and was a “man among his peers.”

Will that translate into wins on Sunday next fall for the Bucs? No one knows for sure, but this is just another example of what prompted the Bucs to draft Winston with the first overall pick back on May 30.
To listen to the full interview which also covered other NFL topics, click here.
PN NFL reporter Sal Paolantonio covers the NFLPA rookie pr

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Glennon Says He And Winston Can Help Both Each Other

20 comments 📅May 28, 2015 1:56 pm

Mike Glennon met with the media on Thursday for the first time since the Bucs drafted Jameis Winston, who they hope is the team’s future. Despite being virtually demoted  for the second straight year (Tampa Bay handed the starting job to free agent Josh McCown before camp last season), Glennon is approaching this season as if he is the starter.

MIKEphoto“I think that is all there is to do,” Glennon said. “As a quarterback, you want to be the guy, work like you are going to be the guy and be the the best player you can be. Take it one day at a time and that’s all you can really do.”

But Glennon sees the attributes that attracted the Bucs to Winston.

“He is a sharp kid, he is intelligent, he throws the ball well and he is young,” Glennon said. “He has a bright future ahead of him.” asked Glennon on Thursday if he and Winston can benefit each other.

“I think you can always from the group – everyone brings something different to the table – some people are better at different areas that the others so you can watch each other’s game and learn from that. Every rep I am out there he can take from me and every rep he is out there I can learn from him. It is about getting those mental reps and every play just do that, and I think we can help each other.”

Despite the Buccaneers drafting what most likely is his replacement, Glennon told the media he has no desire to ask for a trade.

“I love it here in Tampa and this has been my home the last two years and I am happy to be here,” Glennon said. “I am happy to have Dirk (Koetter) around and I feel like I am going to learn a lot from him and continue to grow as a player and I have always wanted to be here in Tampa.”

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Smith Says Winston Is Right On Track Despite Missing Thursday’s OTA

1 comment 📅May 28, 2015 1:15 pm

Despite not being in the building or on the practice field Thursday at One Buc Place, new quarterback Jameis Winston was still the main topic of  conversation following Thursday’s OTA practice.
Jameis Winston was much improved on Saturday – Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR
Head coach Lovie Smith was asked about what he saw from Winston – who is attending a rookie premiere event in California – the two days of practice before the former FSU star left for the NFL commitment.

“We have seen marked improvement, like it should be, from the rookie mini-camp to now,” Smith said. “He is feeling more and more confident, in the pocket picking (things) up. There is lot you ask a rookie to do. Jameis is picking it all up just like we thought he would. Right on schedule.”

Smith was also asked if there have been any surprises with Winston early on.

“You don’t want to be surprised as much as anything,” Smith said. “You think you have something and you get something else. No, he has been everything – he is a football junkie. We knew that before hand, we have to kind of tell him when to leave. We expected to have to do (that). He takes coaching well. Yesterday was his best day. For him there has been a lot of individual work but having a chance this week for the first time to go against our best defense and things like that. But again, we have a long way to go but we like where we are at right now.”

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Winston To Be A No-Show At Thursday’s OTA, But Not By Choice

3 comments 📅May 27, 2015 5:09 pm

Local media members have been waiting nearly a month to see new Bucs QB Jameis Winston under center working with the full offensive roster. But the media – and fans – will have to wait another week, as it was announced on Tuesday that Winston will be flying to California on Wednesday evening to attend  the NFLPA’s Rookie Premiere event. The overall No. 1 pick in last April’s NFL Draft won’t be alone though, as 39 other high drafted rookies will also join the former FSU star.
Former Bucs QB Doug Williams has been mentoring QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
OTAs will continue over the next two weeks, where Winston will be in attendance and the media will be able to view the entire practice. Following the OTAs the Bucs have a mandatory mini-camp that will take place in June (16th-18th) then will be given a long break until the start of training camp which is expected to begin on or around July 31. No official dates and times have been announced, but camp will be held at One Buc Place like it has been the last several years since returning back to Tampa from Orlando where the team trained for a few years under former head coach Jon Gruden.

Despite Winston not attending on Thursday, will of course still be attending, and have full detailed practice reports later in the afternoon.


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