Pewter Report Articles Archive
Inside Rookie Mini-Camp: Sunday
How did Tampa Bay's rookies perform in the Bucs' third and final rookie mini-camp practice on Sunday? Did any players stand out at One Buc Place during the final day of rookie mini-camp? Find out in this Pewter Insider article.
Bucs Glad To Grab Bruggeman
Former Iowa center Rob Bruggeman was targeted by the Bucs in the seventh round. But when the team traded away one of its three seventh-round picks to move up in the fourth round to get Kyle Moore, Tampa Bay had to resort to signing Bruggeman as an undrafted free agent and the team thinks it has a steal.
Bucs Wrap Up Rookie Mini-Camp
The Bucs’ three-day rookie mini-camp is officially over. Pewter Report has news and notes from the last practice, as well as the draft pick the team received from the Patriots in exchange for tight end Alex Smith.
Bucs Sign 7 Try-Out Players To Roster
The Bucs signed seven try-out players to contracts Monday. The Bucs signed USF DE Jarriett Buie, OL Marc Dile, WR Amari Jackson, Louisville WR Pat Carter, Hofstra RB Kareem Huggins, James Madison CB Evan McCollough and Southern Miss T Demar Dotson. The team also released three players.
Pewter Report Chat Session - 1PM Today
PewterReport.com will host a 30-minute chat session on Tuesday afternoon. Share your thoughts on the Bucs and get Pewter Report's take on the Bucs in Tuesday's chat session, which will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Chat Transcript - 5/5
Did you miss the Pewter Report chat session on Tuesday afternoon? Not to worry. Pewter Report provides a full transcript of the 30-minute chat session, which was hosted by Pewter Report Bucs beat writer Jim Flynn. Get Pewter Report's thoughts on the Bucs in this chat transcript.
PI Quick Hits
Who is the Buccaneers' most valuable assistant coach in 2009? What new assistant inherits a unit filled with talent on the most important group for that side of the ball? Does running back Josh Vaughan have real potential to make the team? Find out the answers in this Pewter Insider article.
Change Has Come To One Buc Place
How much turnover has there been since Mark Dominik and Raheem Morris took over as general manager and head coach in Tampa Bay? Pewter Report breaks it down in this installment of Flynn's Focus.
Bucs Release WR Mix
The Bucs released WR Anthony Mix Wednesday just hours after a Fox television station in Mobile, Alabama reported Mix had been indicted for having sex with an underage minor by a grand jury. If convicted Mix could have a jail sentence of a year with a $500 fine. Mix signed with Tampa Bay in January of this year.
53-Man Roster Forecast
How might Tampa Bay's 53-man roster take shape when the Bucs kick off the regular season vs. the Dallas Cowboys in September? Which players will make the team? Which ones won't? Get an early 53-man roster prediction in this installment of Flynn's Focus.
Bucs Hire Director of Football Administration
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired a Douglas Daley to be their new director of football administration, and to assist general manager Mark Dominik. Daley is going to be a contract negotiator among other things for the Bucs. Daley takes over duties that were performed by Kevin Demoff and Mark Arteaga.
Sapp Sounds Off On Bucs, Winslow & More
Former Bucs DT Warren Sapp was a guest at Tampa Bay's organized team activity Tuesday. He met with the media and reflected on his playing days with the Bucs and sounded off on former teammate Keyshawn Johnson and new Bucs tight end Kellen Winslow, who did not participate in Tuesday's voluntary practice.
Leftwich, McCown Start Competition
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks Luke McCown and Byron Leftwich discussed the quarterback competition after the team's first organized team activity on Tuesday. Both players are happy about the opportunity to compete for the starting job.
Inside Bucs' OTAs: 5/13
The Bucs held an organized team activity at One Buccaneer Place Wednesday. Which wide receivers stood out during the voluntary workout and which ones didn’t? How did new quarterback Byron Leftwich fare? How is the Bucs' running game progressing? Find out in this Pewter Insider article.
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.