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How Far Will Graham Run In New Offense?
Which area do the Bucs hope to improve with the addition of offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski? What does RB Earnest Graham think of Jagodzinski's offense and the addition of Derrick Ward? What role might Graham take on in 2009? Find out in this installment of Flynn's Focus.
  
PI Quick Hits
Why haven't the Bucs signed core players like Barrett Ruud to long-term contract extensions? Will the new defensive scheme allow the safeties to make more big plays? What asset of WR Sammie Stroughter has allowed him to generate a big buzz around One Buc Place? Find out here.
   
The Story That Started It All
The meteoric rise of Raheem Morris up the coaching ranks may have surprised some Bucs fans, but likely not Pewter Report readers, who were first tipped off to the fact that Morris - then the assistant defensive backs coach - was an up-and-comer in a story titled "Morris Is A Coach On The Rise" back in 2004.
  
Inside The Ruud Contract Negotiations
Did the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attempt to extend the contract of linebacker Barrett Ruud in 2008? What is Ruud scheduled to make in salary without a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, and what type of deal might he be looking for? Find out in this installment of Flynn's Focus.
   
Winslow Reports For Duty
Tampa Bay tight end Kellen Winslow joined his teammates for the Buccaneers' organized team activity at One Buc Place on Tuesday. Winslow discussed his absence from the previous five voluntary OTAs and said he plans to participate in the rest of the team's offseason workouts.
   
Campbell Trying To Make Most Of His "Last Chance"
Bucs wide receiver Kelly Campbell is trying to put his drug-arrest past behind him and parlay his success in the Canadian Football League to a last chance at living his NFL dreams in Tampa Bay. The Bucs hope Campbell can follow Antonio Bryant's footsteps, and use his 4.3 speed to become a playmaker.
   
Mangurian Emphasizing Intelligent Offensive Line Play
Bucs offensive line coach Pete Mangurian will help head coach Raheem Morris and offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski stress the physical style of play the team will have in 2009, but he won't stop there. Mangurian is emphasizing the importance of limiting penalties, among other things, as you'll read in this article.
   
Morris Discusses Plaxico, Jagodzinski Talks Offense
Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris addressed a number of topics on Thursday including free agent WR Plaxico Burress. Offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski talked about the development of the offense, the quarterback competition, and the run/pass ratio. Plus notes on LB Rod Wilson, QB Josh Johnson.
  
Inside Bucs OTAs: 5/28
The Buccaneers held a voluntary organized team activity at One Buc Place on Thursday. Although it was interrupted by rain, the Bucs conducted the entire workout. Which players fared well? Which ones didn’t? Find out in this Pewter Insider article.
  
PI Quick Hits
What is a great sign regarding the development of quarterback Josh Freeman? What are some of the advantages for guard Jeremy Zuttah in the battle for the starting left guard job? What was a potential astute money-saving move by the Glazers? Find out the answers in this edition of PI Quick Hits.
   
Sears Not Medically Cleared To Practice, Bucs Concerned
Buccaneers guard Arron Sears has not been medically cleared to practice and may not be ready for training camp due to a neurological issue from a concussion, a source tells Pewter Report. Jeremy Zuttah has taken Sears' place at left guard and is a candidate to keep the spot.
   
Zuttah Takes Over Left Guard
Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Jeremy Zuttah talked about taking over the starting left guard spot on Tuesday. Guard Arron Sears is out indefinitely, and offensive line coach Pete Mangurian said he hopes he will be back for training camp. After playing multiple positions as a rookie Zuttah is now exclusively at left guard.
   
Lynch To Serve As Color Analyst For Bucs Preseason TV Games
The Buccaneers have announced that former strong safety John Lynch will serve as the team's color analyst for three preseason games on News Channel 8 WFLA-TV in Tampa along with Fox's Chris Myers, who will serve as the play-by-play man. Lynch played 11 seasons for Tampa Bay.
   
More Questions Than Answers Regarding Sears' Absence
A second source has confirmed to Pewter Report that starting left guard Arron Sears had more than one concussion in Tampa Bay last year, but according to injury reports, the team only reported one. PR has learned that Sears has been away from the team for weeks, which has only led to more questions than answers.
   
Training Camp Practices Open to Public
On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers received approval from the City of Tampa to open training camp up to Buccaneers fans at the team's practice facility, One Buccaneer Place. Bucs head coach Raheem Morris was pleased to hear the news.
   
Morris Addresses Sears' Situation
After Thursday's OTA practice, Bucs head coach Raheem Morris addresses LG Arron Sears' situation, calling it a "personal" and "private" matter. Morris also discussed the play of LE Jimmy Wilkerson, rookie DT Roy Miller, WR Dexter Jackson and "Raheem Morris Day" on Friday in his hometown of Irvington, NJ.
  
Inside Bucs OTAs - 6/4
How did quarterbacks Luke McCown and Byron Leftwich look in practice on Thursday? Who had trouble catching passes on Thursday? Was kicker Mike Nugent accurate on his field goal tries? Find out the answers and get the inside scoop in this Pewter Insider article.
  
PI Quick Hits
What Bucs defender is switching positions to help the Bucs' pass rush? What rookie is on the first-team for a critical unit for the 2009 Buccaneers? Is Kentucky DE Jeremy Jarmon on Tampa Bay's radar for the supplemental draft? Find out the answers in this PI Quick Hits.
  
Top 12 First-Round Bucs Draft Prospects In 2010
With the start of college football season two months away, Pewter Report has compiled a list of the potential top 12 prospects Tampa Bay could target in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Which D-linemen and WRs could become Bucs? Get the inside scoop on these future NFL players in this Pewter Insider article.
  
Chat Transcript: 6-9
On Monday Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds and Charlie Campbell answered subscribers questions. Check out their answers regarding DE Gaiens Adams, G Arron Sears, QB Byron Leftwich, QB Luke McCown, K Mike Nugent, and P Josh Bidwell among others.
   
Sears' Situation May Be Similar To Howell's
Based on new information, Pewter Report now believes that LG Arron Sears, who has been missing from the OTAs, is dealing with a pyschological issue similar to what ex-Bucs FS John Howell dealt with in 2003, rather than a neurological issue stemming from concussions as first reported.
   
Bucs FanFest Saturday 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hosting their annual FanFest Saturday at Raymond James Stadium. Gates open at 9:30, and fans can get autographs, listen to coaches’ panel discussions, pick-a-seat for season tickets, interactive on field games, and watch a performance of the Buccaneers Cheerleaders.
   
Bucs Sign Fifth-Round Pick OT Fulton To 4-Year Deal
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed their first draft pick, fifth-rounder Xavier Fulton, from the 2009 draft class to a four-year deal on Wednesday. PewterReport.com has the contract details for the former Illinois left tackle in this report.
   
Q & A With QB Coach Greg Olson
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Greg Olson broke his silence on Thursday. Olson last spoke to the media in January. Olson is charged with developing first-round pick Josh Freeman, and helping to determine the winner of the starting quarterback competition between Luke McCown and Josh Freeman.
   
Leftwich Misses With Groin Pull
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Byron Leftwich was held out of practices this week with a slight groin pull. Leftwich and Bucs head coach Raheem Morris commented the injury was not serious, and Morris discussed the added reps that rookie quarterback Josh Freeman has gotten.
  
Inside Bucs OTAs - 6/11
How good did QB Josh Freeman look working with the first- and second-string in place of Byron Leftwich on Thursday? How did QBs Luke McCown and Josh Johnson fare? Which receivers stood out and which ones struggled? Get the inside scoop and insight from Pewter Report in the Inside Bucs OTA Pewter Insider story.
  
10 Players To Watch At Mandatory Mini-Camp
The Bucs are scheduled to conduct a mandatory mini-camp at One Buc Place next week. It is open to the media, but not to the public. Who are the top 10 players to keep an eye on at Tampa Bay's mandatory mini-camp? Find out in this installment of Flynn's Focus.
   
Will Ruud Report For Mandatory Mini-Camp?

Bucs MLB Barrett Ruud has skipped OTAs over his contract, but will he show up for Tuesday's mandatory mini-camp? Ruud has missed the installation of the new defense, prompting LBs coach Joe Barry to say, "I’d be lying to you if I said, ‘Oh no, Barrett didn’t miss anything. He’ll be fine.'"

   
Bucs Sign DT Miller
Bucs rookie defensive tackle Roy Miller signed his rookie contract Monday. The deal is for four years. Miller, who was Tampa Bay's 2009 third-round draft pick, played collegiately at Texas and will compete for playing time at defensive tackle in training camp. The Bucs released QB Brian Griese to make room for Miller.
   
Freeman Inks Rookie Deal
Tampa Bay signed first-round pick Josh Freeman to his rookie contract Friday. Freeman signed a five-year deal with the Bucs. Freeman, who was the 17th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, will report to training camp with his teammates today.
 
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