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Will Smith Return To Form?
Why hasn't Bucs return specialist Clifton Smith been as productive this season? Is Bucs guard Marcus Johnson ready to play if needed? Which part of the team has been rebuilt, but can't be considered young and inexperienced? Find out in this installment of Flynn's Focus.
   
Pewter Report Radio Wednesdays At 5:00 PM On 1010 AM
Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds is back on the air each Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. talking Bucs football - this time with 1010 AM CBS Sports Radio afternoon host JP Peterson. Reynolds and Peterson join forces for Pewter Report Radio, an action-packed hour of intelligent Bucs talk, live from Channelside. Click here for more details.
   
Bucs Ready To Rally Around Johnson
Do the players in Tampa Bay's locker room believe in second-year quarterback Josh Johnson's ability to lead the team? Apparently so, based on their comments from One Buc Place on Wednesday. The players have offered Johnson advice and are rallying around him in hopes of recording their first win of the year.
   
Freeman Feels He's Ready To Play
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman reacted to having Josh Johnson chosen to start in place of Byron Leftwich. Freeman feels that he is ready to play and be successful, but will do anything to help the team win. Johnson responds to keeping the quarterback spot until Freeman is viewed to be ready.
   
Adams, Others Held Out Of Practice
The Bucs were without a few key players for Wednesday's practice, including DE Gaines Adams, who is nursing a groin injury. Plus, the Bucs re-signed LB Matt McCoy, LB Adam Hayward could see more playing time, K Mike Nugent seeks redemption and other news and notes from One Buc Place.
   
Johnson Adds To Offense
The Buccaneers discussed the changes in their offense with Josh Johnson replacing Byron Leftwich as the starting QB. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson and Johnson discussed their background together and why that facilitates a smooth transition. Olson and RT Jeremy Trueblood highlighted Johnson's mobility.
   
Bucs Still Confident In Bates' Defensive Scheme
Tampa Bay's defense ranks 31st in the NFL. It hasn't been doing a good job of defending the run or pressuring the quarterback. The Bucs know that must change, but despite their struggles the players still are confident in defensive coordinator Jim Bates' scheme.
   
Seeking New Contract, Penn Has Played Outstanding Football
The Bucs have gotten off to a dismal, 0-3 start to the 2009 season, but have received great individual play from LT Donald Penn. Penn, who has not allowed a sack this season and shut out both DeMarcus Ware and Osi Umenyiora in 2009, wants to be known as one of the best left tackles and paid like one, too.
   
Ward, Adams Miss Practice Again
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had some key players limited and not practicing on Thursday. Among them were: RB Derrick Ward, DE Gaines Adams, and QB Byron Leftwich. Head coach Raheem Morris updated the team's injury status after practice.
  
PI Quick Hits
Are young QBs Josh Johnson and Josh Freeman ready to play? Does Johnson have the tools to be a successful NFL signal caller? Is Freeman working hard enough? Could the Bucs get anything for Byron Leftwich? The answers are here. Plus, notes on DE Tim Crowder, and a draft prospect that has fans in the Bucs organization.
   
Ward, Adams Questionable For Redskins
The Buccaneers head into Sunday's game with a lot of game time decisions to key players due to injuries. DE Gaines Adams (groin), QB Byron Leftwich (hip), RB Derrick Ward (knee), and WR Antonio Bryant (knee) are all questionable. Ward and Leftwich were unable to practice the entire week.
   
Self-Inflicted Wounds Doom Bucs In 16-13 Loss To 'Skins
UPDATED: Tampa Bay fell to 0-4 on the season by losing on the road to Washington, 16-13. The Bucs saw a 10-0 halftime lead vanish after the Redskins outscored them 16-0 in a lifeless third quarter. Two missed field goals by Mike Nugent in the first half and two second-half turnovers doomed the winless Buccaneers.
  
Pewter Report Roundtable
Tampa Bay remained winless on the season by losing on the road to Washington, 16-13. Which players drew praise and criticism? Did Raheem Morris make the right call to go for the field goal in the fourth quarter? What did the Pewter Report editorial staff think of the Bucs' fourth loss of the season? They sound off in this article.
  
Game Grades: Defense
The Bucs were downed by the Redskins in Washington on Sunday, 16-13. Which defensive players stood out in the Bucs' fourth loss of the season? Which ones didn't? PewterReport.com dishes out grades to the Bucs defense, special teams and coaching staff in this article.
  
Game Grades: Offense
How did quarterback Josh Johnson grade out in his first NFL start? What were the grades for the rest of Tampa Bay's offense? Find out in this Pewter Insider article.
   
Bucs-Eagles Preview
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will clash with the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5 of the 2009 regular season. What happened the last time these two teams met? How did the Eagles fare last week? Pewter Report has a preview of Sunday's Bucs-Eagles game.
   
Pewter Report Staff Picks: Week 5
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will visit the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5 of the 2009 regular season. Which Pewter Reporters picked the Bucs to defeat the Eagles on the road? Get their picks for each of this week's games in this article.
  
Enemy Profile: Eagles
Pewter Report has scouted Tampa Bay's fifth opponent of the 2009 regular season - the Philadelphia Eagles. How do the Bucs match up against the Eagles at each position? Get answers to this question, a prediction and much more info regarding the Bucs-Eagles matchup in this Pewter Insider article.
   
Jackson Returns To Team After 4-Game Suspension
Safety Tanard Jackson returned from his four-game suspension Monday. Jackson missed the first four games of the year for violation of the league's substance abuse policy. Raheem Morris wouldn't commit to starting Jackson vs. the Eagles on Sunday.
 
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