Pewter Report Articles Archive
Midseason Review Now Available
The Pewter Report Midseason Review issue is now available in PDF format and has been mailed to subscribers. Pewter Report dishes out midseason awards and grades to the Bucs, conducts interviews with Earnest Graham and Jeremy Trueblood, and offers a must-read feature story on head coach Jon Gruden.
NFC Playoff Watch
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 6-3 and a half game behind the 6-2 Carolina Panthers in the NFC South division. PewterReport.com will keep Tampa Bay fans updated on how the Bucs fit into the NFC playoff picture over the last seven games of the season.
Why have Tampa Bay's come-from-behind wins been so impressive this season? How has the Bucs red zone offense fared after nine regular season games? How many big plays has the defense allowed this year? Read about this and more in this Pewter Insider column.
Smith Earns Special Teams Player Of The Week Award
The NFL named Tampa Bay rookie running back Clifton Smith the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday for him performance vs. Kansas City. Smith returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown en route to the Bucs' 30-27 overtime win over the Chiefs.
PI Quick Hits
What do the Bucs need to do to make the playoffs? Who is the best cornerback on the team? What free agent will be worth watching over the next month? What is a great draft matchup to watch this week? Find out the answers to these questions in this Pewter Insider article.
SR's Fab 5
Do the Bucs have to win a playoff game for 2008 to be considered a success, or is making the playoffs good enough? Is Jon Gruden an unpopular coach? Which big college WR has caught SR's eye? Get the answers plus inside scoop and analysis on Clifton Smith, Barrett Ruud, John Gilmore and Cadillac Williams.
Graham, Smith Miss Practice
Bucs RB Earnest Graham and TE Alex Smith did not practice on Wednesday. WR Maurice Stovall was to undergo surgery on his left hamstring, and was placed on injured reserve. RB Warrick Dunn, FB B.J. Askew, and WR Ike Hilliard did practice. Plus QB Jeff Garcia spoke about his relationship with coach Jon Gruden.
NFC Playoff Watch
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 6-3 and one game behind the 7-2 Carolina Panthers in the NFC South division. PewterReport.com will keep Tampa Bay fans updated on how the Bucs fit into the NFC playoff picture over the last seven games of the season.
Cadillac Poised To Return
The Bucs must decide by Wednesday whether to activate running back Cadillac Williams or place him on injured reserve. Bucs head coach Jon Gruden suggested Monday that Williams would become part of the team's 53-man roster this week. Plus, other injury news from One Buc Place.
Gruden Dispels Tennessee Rumors
Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden shot down rumors of his candidacy in the coaching position at the University of Tennessee. While dismissing those rumors, he discussed his team and where it stands in the playoff chase after their bye week.
Pewter Report Tuesday Night Chat - 9PM Tonight
PewterReport.com's weekly chat session will take place from 9:00 - 9:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Bring your NFL questions and get ready to talk Bucs football as they prepare for the Seahawks. Pewter Report Bucs beat writer Scott Reynolds will be on hand to provide answers and inside scoop in this 30-minute chat session.
Chat Transcript - 11/11
Did you miss Tuesday night's chat? Not to worry. PewterReport.com provides a transcript of the 30-minute chat session in this article. You don't want to miss what the Pewter Report staff said about the Bucs during the chat session.
Cadillac Is Back
Tampa Bay activated running back Cadillac Williams to the 53-man roster Wednesday. The Bucs also promoted WR Brian Clark to the active roster. In addition, Tampa Bay released RB Michael Bennett and placed WR Maurice Stovall on injured reserve.
Bucs Prepare For Critical Showdown With Vikings
Tampa Bay is preparing for a critical NFC showdown with its former NFC Central division rival, the Minnesota Vikings. Both teams are in first place in their respective divisions. The Bucs talked about what they need to do to defeat the Vikings on Sunday in this article.
2009 Bucs Draft Prospect: Pryor
Do the Buccaneers have a need for a defensive tackle with some pass rushing skills? Could Tampa Bay use a pass rushing under tackle to line up next to Gaines Adams? Would Kentucky defensive tackle Myron Pryor be a good fit in the Tampa 2? Find out in this FREE 2009 Buccaneers draft prospect profile.
Bucs wide receiver Michael Clayton has established himself as a contributor on offense and special teams since entering the NFL in 2004. What new role has Clayton recently taken on? Find out by reading this Pewter Insider column.
2009 Bucs Draft Prospect: Hunt
Do the Buccaneers have a need for a defensive end with pass rushing ability and a quick first step? Would Houston defensive end Philip Hunt look good in red and pewter? How good of a sack artist is Hunt? Find out in this 2009 Buccaneers draft prospect profile.
Hilliard Sets Record Straight Regarding Concussion
A local newspaper reported earlier this week that the concussion Bucs WR Ike Hilliard sustained on Oct. 19 could force him to miss games and is threatening his career. However, Hilliard deemed the report erroneous on Thursday. In other news, Bucs RB Earnest Graham returned to practice, but TE Alex Smith was held out.
Smith Likely To Miss Sunday's Game
Tampa Bay tight end Alex Smith was held out of practice again on Friday. It is unlikely that Smith will play vs. the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday due to his ankle injury. Bucs running back Cadillac Williams likely will be inactive for Sunday's game as well.
Lynch To Retire In Tampa
Former Tampa Bay safety John Lynch is scheduled to hold a press conference at One Buc Place Monday to announce his retirement. A nine-time Pro Bowler, Lynch played with the Bucs from 1993-03 and was a member of Tampa Bay's Super Bowl XXXVII team.
PI Quick Hits
Which Buc sounds as if he is on borrowed time in Tampa Bay? What is going on with Brian Griese? How could a win on Sunday mark huge history for the Buccaneers franchise? Why have some of the Bucs rookies had so much success? Find out the answers in this Pewter Insider column.
Purple People Beaters
UPDATED: The Buccaneers defeated the Vikings at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, 19-13. Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was held to 85 yards on 19 carries and the Bucs sacked Gus Frerotte five times. Kicker Matt Bryant was 4-of-5 on field goal tries. Tampa Bay is 7-3 and plays at 0-10 Detroit next Sunday.
Game Grades: Offense
How did the Buccaneers offense grade out? What position earned a good grade despite unimpressive numbers on the stat sheet? How did Tampa Bay's offensive line fare? Find out in this FREE Pewter Insider article.
Game Grades: Defense
Tampa Bay defeated Minnesota at home on Sunday, 19-13. Which defensive players stood out en route to the win? Which ones didn't? PewterReport.com dishes out grades to the Bucs defense, special teams and coaching staff in this FREE article.
Pewter Report Roundtable
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Minnesota Vikings at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, 19-13. What did the Pewter Report editorial staff think of the Bucs' win over the Vikings? They sound off in this FREE Pewter Insider article.
Bucs Post-Game Quotes
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers gutted out a victory against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium 19-13. Matt Bryant provided four goals and B.J. Askew scored his first career touchdown in the win. Read what Coach Jon Gruden and the rest of the team said after the victory.
Pewter Pre-Game Show: Week 11
Watch the Pewter Pre-Game Show now! Pewter Report's editorial staff tackles Game Ten against the Vikings at Raymond James Stadium with "Keys To Victory," "Matchups To Watch" and three "Stats that are for Winners!" See predictions for the upcoming game as well!
SR's Fab 5
FREE SR's FAB 5: Which Buc is involved in Sunday's marquee match-up? Is Jeff Faine garnering Pro Bowl consideration? Which O-lineman is considered to be a hidden gem? Who is to blame for Tampa Bay's lack of shots to the end zone, Jon Gruden or Jeff Garcia? Get the answers plus more inside scoop right here.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will clash with the Detroit Lions in Week 12 of the 2008 regular season on Sunday. What happened the last time these two teams met? How did the Lions fare last week? Pewter Report has a preview of Sunday's Bucs-Lions game.