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Morris Addresses OTA Absences
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris commented on players missing from Wednesday's organized team activity. Morris touched on a variety of topics including the quarterback competition, and he said fullback Byron Storer has an injury that will cause him to miss a significant amount of time.
Winslow To Host Youth Football Camp In June
Bucs tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. will host a youth football camp at One Buc Place from June 19-21. The three-day camp is for football players ages 8-18 and will include coaching from Winslow Jr. and some of his teammates. Visit KellenWinslow.com to pre-register.
PI Quick Hits
Which veteran Bucs quarterback -- Luke McCown or Byron Leftwich -- sounds like a long shot to win the starting spot? Head coach Raheem Morris reveals which player is the first-team right defensive end right now. Plus, does Morris think DE Gaines Adams' slow finish to 2008 was due to double teams? Find out here.
Pick Your Seat At Ray-Jay This Weekend
The Buccaneers are hosting a season ticket Pick-A-Seat event at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. Fans have the opportunity to pick their seat for the 2009 season and beyond. Click on this story for more details.
Gruden To Call Monday Night Football
Former Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden will replace Tony Kornheiser in the Monday Night Football booth in 2009. Gruden, who coached the Bucs from 2002-08, will call Monday Night Football games with play-by-play man Mike Tirico and analyst Ron Jaworski.
Bucs Place FB Storer On IR
The Buccaneers have placed reserve fullback Byron Storer on injured reserve. Storer was recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in 2008, but suffered "a major setback" in his rehabilitation, according to Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris.
Freeman Joins Veterans At OTAs
Bucs rookie quarterback Josh Freeman joined his veteran teammates at One Buc Place as the team resumed organized team activities on Tuesday. How did Freeman fare? Find out in this article.
Ruud A No-Show At OTAs Due To Contract
PewterReport.com is reporting that Barrett Ruud's absence from OTAs (organized team activities) is contract related, and that he is deserving of a contract extension. Ruud, who has missed the last three voluntary workouts, is in the final year of his deal.
Clayton Loves New Offense
Bucs WR Michael Clayton touched on a wide array of topics on Wednesday. Clayton said that Jeff Jagodzinski's new offense is wide receiver-friendly. Find out Clayton said about the QBs and rookie WR Sammie Stroughter. PLUS Union head DeMaurice Smith was at One Buc Place and talked about Derrick Brooks.
Talib and Penn's Fight Injures Cox
Bucs CB Aqib Talib and LT Donald Penn got into a fight during practice on Wednesday. CB Torrie Cox was inadvertently hit in the face with Talib's helmet, causing Cox to have some lacerations that were attended to by medical staff. UPDATE: GM Mark Dominik and Penn have issued statements on the incident.
Bucs Practice "We-fense" After Skirmish
Bucs head coach Raheem Morris commented on the fight that took place between CB Aqib Talib and T Donald Penn. Morris said the team would handle the incident internally, but put his players through a "we-fense" practice that came as a direct result of the fight, which Talib regrets. UPDATE: Bucs call about Plaxico Burress.
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.