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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.
Tampa Bay Inks WR Stroughter To 4-Year Deal
The Bucs signed another draft pick Friday, inking wide receiver Sammie Stroughter to a four-year contract. Stroughter missed Tampa Bay's mandatory mini-camp practices with a hamstring injury. To make room for Stroughter, the Bucs released WR Amari Jackson, as well as LB Jamall Johnson and CB Evan McCollough.
Bucs Sign Moore, Biggers To 4-Year Contracts
The Buccaneers signed two more draft picks Tuesday, inking fourth-round pick Kyle Moore and seventh-round selection E.J. Biggers to their rookie deals. Both players signed four-year contracts. The Bucs have just two picks -- DT Roy Miller and QB Josh Freeman -- unsigned.
Former Players Rave About Bates' Ability To Teach
Pewter Report recently spoke with a few of Bucs defensive coordinator Jim Bates' former players. In addition to deeming him a great teacher, what insight did Bates' former players provide to Pewter Report? Find out in this installment of Flynn's Focus.
PI Quick Hits
Did Donald Penn's absence from OTAs upset Buccaneer officials? Why is this a make-or-break year for Cadillac Williams? What on-field improvements did Williams make prior to his second injury? How is rookie Roy Miller handling a transition to playing a completely different technique at tackle? Find out here.
Ruud Reports For Bucs' Mandatory Mini-Camp
Bucs middle linebacker Barrett Ruud participated in Tampa Bay's mandatory mini-camp practices Tuesday. He acknowledged that his absence from voluntary organized team activities was related to his desire for a long-term, lucrative contract, but said progress hasn't been made on that front.
Bucs Excuse Sears' Absence, But Not Griese's
Pewter Report has news and notes from Tampa Bay's mandatory mini-camp practice at One Buc Place, including injury and status updates on LB Angelo Crowell and QB Brian Griese, among others. The absences of Griese and Sears were not excused by the team. The Bucs' afternoon practice was cancelled due to inclement weather.
Bates' Former Players Share Insight Into Scheme
What was required of the linemen, linebackers and cornerbacks in Jim Bates' defensive scheme in Miami? How does Zach Thomas feel Barrett Ruud's decision to skip OTAs will impact his play in the new defense? Bates' former players provide insight on Bates' 4-3 defensive scheme in this installment of Flynn's Focus.
Bucs Ready For Camp, QBs All Fighting
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers concluded their on-field mini-camp practices on Wednesday. Head coach Raheem Morris discussed the upcoming weeks and this year's training camp. Morris, offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski, and QBs coach Greg Olson weigh in on rookie QB Josh Freeman and the starting competition.
Cadillac Confident He'll Be Ready For Training Camp
Tampa Bay running back Cadillac Williams isn't participating in the Bucs' mandatory mini-camp, but he does expect to be ready to go when the team holds its first training camp practice on Aug. 1. Williams' past two seasons have ended prematurely due to torn patellar tendon injuries in both knees.
Inside Bucs Mini-Camp 6/16
What was the big emphasis of the Buccaneers first mini-camp practice? Which veteran quarterback between Byron Leftwich and Luke McCown was close to throwing a number of interceptions? Find out those answers and much more in this Insider practice report.
Inside Bucs Mini-Camp - 6/17 AM
The Bucs held a mandatory mini-camp practice at One Buc Place on Wednesday morning. Why did Raheem Morris kick DE Jarriett Buie out of practice? How did the special teams portion of practice go? Which unit dominated the team's 11-on-11 session? Find out in this Pewter Insider article.
Inside Bucs Mini-Camp - 6/17 PM
Tampa Bay held its final mandatory mini-camp practice at One Buccaneer Place on Wednesday. How did the quarterbacks fare in practice? Who looked good? Who didn’t? Find out in this Pewter Insider article.
Who Will Start At QB, RB?
Now that Tampa Bay's organized team activities and mandatory mini-camp practices have come to an end, Pewter Report's Jim Flynn uses this week's column to share some random information and thoughts on the 2009 Buccaneers, including a few predictions.
Bucs Enjoy Paintball Outing
Tampa Bay wrapped up its three-day mandatory mini-camp Thursday with a morning outing of paintball. The Bucs have officially concluded their mandatory mini-camp and are not scheduled to meet together again as a team until July 31, which is when the team reports to training camp.
Bucs Offensive Starters Heading Into Training Camp
PewterReport.com has followed the Bucs all offseason, witnessing firsthand the OTAs and the mini-camp, and gathering insight from Tampa Bay coaches, scouts and players. Who does PR project as offensive starters heading into training camp? Find out in this Pewter Insider article.
Bucs Defense & Special Teams Starters Heading Into Training Camp
PewterReport.com has followed the Bucs all offseason, witnessing firsthand the OTAs and the mini-camp, and gathering insight from Tampa Bay coaches, scouts and players. Who does PR project as defensive and special teams starters heading into training camp? Find out in this Pewter Insider article.
Winslow Camp Takes Over One Buccaneer Place
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow held a three-day football camp at One Buc Place over this weekend. Special guests at the camp included quarterback Luke McCown, quarterback Josh Freeman, and agent Drew Rosenhaus.
Bucs Targeting Packers Game For Throwback Uniforms
Although there has been no official announcement from the team regarding which home game will see the Buccaneers donning their old orange and white Bucco Bruce uniforms, PewterReport.com has learned that Tampa Bay is targeting the Green Bay contest on Nov. 8 as a throwback game.
Chat Session - 1PM Wednesday
PewterReport.com will host a 30-minute chat session on Wednesday afternoon. Get your Bucs questions answered in this chat session, which will be hosted by Pewter Report Bucs beat writer Jim Flynn at 1:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
Chat Transcript - 6/24
Which Bucs performed well at the mandatory mini-camp? Which ones need to fare better in training camp to make the team? Bucs beat writer Jim Flynn answers your questions in this PewterReport.com chat session, which was held Wednesday afternoon.
Mahan Restructures Contract
Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup offensive lineman Sean Mahan restructured his contract for the 2009 season. Mahan was scheduled to make $3 million in base salary, but is now slated to make $1.6 million next season. Mahan originally signed the five-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers before the 2007 season.
PI Quick Hits
What is a criticism of Josh Freeman from inside One Buc Place? What is the drawback of the Buccaneers zone-blocking scheme? Could the preseason games this year be the best ever for Bucs fans? Find out in the latest PI Quick Hits.
Pewter Report Chat Session - 1PM Tuesday
PewterReport.com will host a 30-minute chat session on Tuesday afternoon. Get your Bucs questions answered in this chat session, which will be hosted by Pewter Report Bucs beat writer Jim Flynn at 1:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
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