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Pewter Report To Discuss Draft On Bright House Sports On Friday
Watch Pewter Report on Bright House Sports Network’s “The Lineup” show (Cable Ch. 47) at 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday. Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds and Jim Flynn will be guests on Bright House Sports Network as they talk about the Buccaneers and the 2009 NFL Draft.
  
Pewter Report's Bucs' 7-Round Mock Draft - FINAL
Will the Bucs draft Georgia Tech DE Michael Johnson in the first round? Which players will Tampa Bay be targeting at 19? Which DT will the Bucs select according to Pewter Report? Will Tampa Bay add another WR? Get Scott Reynolds' insight in Pewter Report's final version of the Bucs' 7-round mock draft.
   
First-Round Mock Draft
With the NFL Draft hours away, Pewter Report produces its final first-round mock draft. Who is projected to be the newest Buccaneer? What will NFC South rivals New Orleans and Atlanta do with their first-round choices? Which player could prompt the Bucs to trade down? Find out in this mock draft.
  
PI Quick Hits
What is a concerning stat regarding Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman? What stat is a strong indicator of wins and losses in the NFL? How do the safety responsibilities change in the new Bucs defense? Find out these answers and much more in this Pewter Insider article.
   
Bucs Select QB Freeman In First Round
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up and selected Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman with their first pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Freeman played for head coach Raheem Morris in 2006, and becomes the first quarterback the Bucs have taken in the first round since Trent Dilfer. The Bucs gave up a sixth-round pick.
   
Freeman Believes He Was Best QB In Draft
He was the third quarterback taken in the 2009 NFL Draft, but Kansas State QB Josh Freeman believes he is better than Matt Stafford and Mark Sanchez, and he plans on proving it with the Bucs, who traded up with the Browns to select him with the 17th overall pick in the draft on Saturday.
   
Morris Might Have Drafted Freeman No. 1 Overall
Raheem Morris said he got "his guy" when the Bucs traded up with the Browns to select Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman. Morris said Freeman, whom he would have considered taking with the first pick in the draft, is Tampa Bay's franchise QB, and the first QB taken by the Bucs in the first round since 1994.
   
Morris, Dominik Recap Bucs' 2009 Draft
Tampa Bay wrapped up the 2009 NFL Draft on Sunday. Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Domink discussed the the team's draft picks with the media on Sunday evening. Read their comments on the newest Bucs in this Q&A session from their press conferences.
   
McCown Welcomes Freeman
Projected Buccaneers starting QB Luke McCown spoke with Pewter Report about the Bucs drafting QB Josh Freeman with their first-round pick. McCown said he expected Tampa Bay to select Freeman and welcomes him to the team. McCown said he would help mentor Freeman, and still do all he can to beat out the rookie.
  
Inside The Freeman Pick And Bucs' Plans On Day 2
What went into the drafting of QB Josh Freeman? Which opinions were solicited in the decision-making process? How does Tampa Bay's QB situation shake out now? Which QB could be traded on Day 2? Which players will the Bucs be targeting on Day 2? Get the answers and inside scoop in this Pewter Insider article.
   
Tampa Bay Drafts DT Miller In Third Round
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used their third-round pick to draft Texas defensive tackle Roy Miller on Sunday. The 6-foot-1, 310-pound Miller adds a big body and exceptional run-stuffing ability to Tampa Bay’s defensive line. He recorded 138 tackles and 10 sacks in 19 starts at Texas.
   
Bucs Draft DE Moore In Fourth Round
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up three spots in the fourth round with the Dallas Cowboys to select USC defensive end Kyle Moore. He notched 30 tackles and five sacks in 2008. Tampa Bay traded one of its seventh-round picks to Dallas to move up and select Moore.
   
Tampa Bay Drafts OT Fulton In Fifth Round
The Bucs invested their fifth-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft in Illinois offensive tackle Xavier Fulton. The 6-foot-4, 302-pound Fulton began his collegiate career as a defensive lineman before moving to the offensive side as a sophomore. He started 25 games at left tackle for Illinois, but could serve as a swing tackle for the Bucs.
   
Bucs Draft CB Biggers In Seventh Round
The Buccaneers used their first of two seventh-round draft picks on Western Michigan cornerback E.J. Biggers on Sunday. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Biggers, who visited the Bucs in April, logged seven interceptions during his collegiate career.
   
Bucs Use Final Pick On WR Stroughter
With their final pick in the 2009 NFL Draft the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Oregon State wide receiver Sammie Stroughter. The 5-foot-9, 187-pound Stroughter caught 164 passes for 2,653 yards and 14 touchdowns while excelling as a return specialist in college.
   
Freeman Ready To Be Franchise Quarterback
Buccaneers first-round pick QB Josh Freeman introduced himself to Tampa Bay on his first day at One Buc Place as a member of the team. Freeman discussed his new team, the journey to becoming a Buccaneer, his expectations for playing time, and competing to be the starting quarterback.
   
Bucs Sign 8 Undrafted Free Agents
The Buccaneers signed eight undrafted free agents Friday, including C Rob Bruggeman, S C.J. Byrd, T Andre Douglas, DT Rashaad Duncan, CB Marshall McDuffie, RB Josh Vaughan and CB DeAngelo Willingham. These eight players, along with 33 try-outs, will participate in Tampa Bay's rookie mini-camp, which starts today.
  
PI Quick Hits
After the 2009 NFL Draft which Bucs players and coaches are under the gun? Are the Buccaneers interested in acquiring Broncos DE Jarvis Moss? How do the best pass rushing teams in the NFL keep producing big totals? Find out in this Pewter Insider column.
  
Are The Bucs Interested In DE Taylor?
Are the Bucs attempting to sign free agent defensive end Jason Taylor? What does the drafting of quarterback Josh Freeman mean for Luke McCown? What positions are big question marks for the Buccaneers heading into the 2009 season? Find out in this installment of Flynn's Focus.
   
Bucs Trade TE Smith To Patriots
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded tight end Alex Smith to the New England Patriots on Thursday in exchange for an undisclosed pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Smith, 26, originally entered the NFL as a third-round pick in 2005.
   
Bates Says Bucs Have Discussed Taylor
Bucs defensive coordinator Jim Bates told the media Friday that the team has discussed the possibility of signing Redskins free agent defensive end Jason Taylor. Read Bates' comments regarding Taylor and his impressions from rookie mini-camp in this article.
   
Q&A With Raheem Morris
Bucs head coach Raheem Morris discussed the play of QB Josh Freeman during Tampa Bay's rookie mini-camp. What was Morris' assessment of Tampa Bay's first-round pick? How did WR Sammie Straughter fare during Friday's practice? Has Morris spoken to Brian Griese? Get the answers in this PewterReport.com article.
   
Jagodzinski Impressed With Freeman
Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski spoke about first-round pick Josh Freeman after his first day of practice with the Bucs new quarterback. Jagodzinski answered questions about Freeman primarily after the first day of practice during the three-day mini-camp.
  
Inside Rookie Mini-Camp: Friday
How did Josh Freeman look throwing the football? Did Sammie Stroughter stand out or disappoint in practice? Who are the Bucs' top four undrafted free agent signings? What will be the biggest transition for rookie Marshall McDuffie? Pewter Report has analysis and observations from rookie mini-camp in this PI article.
   
Rookie Class Makes Its Debut At One Buc Place
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held their first of three rookie mini-camp practices at One Buc Place on Friday. What was the players' first impression of life in the NFL? Find out in this article.
   
Miller's Memories Of Freeman Are Painful
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That's the approach Bucs DT Roy Miller takes when talking about rookie QB Josh Freeman, who led the unranked Wildcats to back-to-back upset wins over Miller's top 10-ranked Texas teams in 2006 and 2007. Needless to say, Freeman has earned Miller's respect.
   
Biggers Sees Big Opportunity In Tampa Bay
The success rate for seventh-round draft picks is quite low, but one player who could buck the odds is Tampa Bay cornerback E.J. Biggers. Not only do the Bucs think they have a seventh-round steal, but Biggers' chances of making the team are buoyed by the lack of experience at cornerback in Tampa Bay.
   
Griese's Status Unknown
Tampa Bay could be without a few players for its mandatory mini-camp, which begins Tuesday. That includes quarterback Brian Griese and center Jeff Faine. Griese has not participated in any OTAs and could be released or traded before training camp. Faine is feeling under the weather.
  
Inside Rookie Mini-Camp: Saturday
How did seventh-round wide receiver Sammie Stroughter look on his second day of practice? What drill did the Bucs do that was staple of Jon Gruden's practice sessions? What drills were the defensive backs working on? Find out in this insider story.
   
Rookie Mini-Camp Notebook: Saturday
Tampa Bay made some changes to its rookie mini-camp roster Saturday, adding four try-out players. Plus, other news and notes from Bucs rookie mini-camp, including a progress report on rookie Josh Freeman and DT Dre Moore, and a status report on QB Brian Griese.
 
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