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Williams: "I'm Not A Quitter"
The Bucs' fourth-round pick, Syracuse wide receiver Mike Williams, addressed the Tampa Bay media on Saturday and discussed his excitement to play with QB Josh Freeman and his angst over him being mislabled as a quitter and a player with bad character in this Q&A.
   
New Blood Means Big Trouble For Bucs Veterans
Tampa Bay's drafting of two defensive tackles and two wide receivers in the first four rounds has put familiar veteran players such as Chris Hovan, Ryan Sims and Michael Clayton in jeopardy of losing their roster spots as the Bucs look to get younger and better on both sides of the ball.
   
Bucs Close To Signing Snead, Rico McCoy
The Buccaneers are close to signing some undrafted free agents and Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead was one of the first additions. Snead, a junior entry, has a great arm but struggled with accuracy and interceptions in 2009. Another rumored player about to sign with the Bucs is Tennessee LB Rico McCoy.
   
Bucs Take Punter Brent Bowden
With their sixth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Virginia Tech punter Brent Bowden. The Bucs cut Josh Bidwell and Dirk Johnson in the offseason, and had only Sam Paulescu on their roster at the position. Bowden was an All-ACC selection last year when he averaged 43.8 yards per punt.
   
Bucs To Release DT Hovan, FB Askew
The Bucs' youth movement continues as the team is expected to release DT Chris Hovan just days after drafting two DTs – Gerald McCoy and Brian Price – in the first two rounds of the draft. Hovan, who will turn 32 in May, was scheduled to make $4 million in 2010. NFL.com is reporting the Bucs will also cut FB B.J. Askew.
   
Bucs Release 6 Players, Including Sears, Hovan & Askew
In addition to releasing veteran nose tackle Chris Hovan and fullback B.J. Askew on Monday, the team parted ways with four other players, including 2007 second-round pick Arron Sears, and punter Sam Paulescu. Sears, a two-year starter at left guard, continues to battle personal problems.
   
Render Eyes Backup Guard Spot
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved quickly to sign Virginia Tech guard Sergio Render after he went undrafted. Render was told that he could compete immediately at backup guard. Render spoke with Pewter Report about going up against the best of college football and why he went undrafted.
   
Bucs Conclude Rookie Mini-Camp
Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris and QB Josh Freeman weighed in on what they saw in the rookie mini-camp on Sunday. Morris said a few of the try-out players would stick with the team. Freeman likes his new receivers Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams, and the young wide outs have bonded together quickly.
   
Snead Has No Regrets, Excited To Be A Buccaneer
New Bucs quarterback Jevan Snead discussed his decision to skip his senior year at the Bucs rookie mini-camp on Friday. The Ole Miss product Snead said he doesn't regret the decision after going undrafted, and is happy to be in Tampa Bay. He had different offers, but Snead chose to sign with the Buccaneers.
   
Price Survives Tragedy
Bucs rookie DT Brian Price has lofty goals, after dealing with the tragedy of having two older brothers murdered. Price talks about his upbringing and how he wants to form the best duo of tackles in the NFL with teammate Gerald McCoy. Plus notes on WR Mike Williams and QB Matt Grothe in this mini-camp notebook.
  
Inside Bucs Rookie Mini-Camp: 4/30
Go inside Bucs rookie mini-camp with this 2,100-word Pewter Inside report. Find out which draft picks shined on Friday and which try-out players also made a surprise favorable impression. Want to know which rookies struggled? Let Pewter Report be your eyes and ears with this in-depth report.
   
PewterReport.com Has Record Traffic In April
Thanks to you, and over 88,000 Bucs fans, PewterReport.com was able to have a record-setting month in terms of traffic this April. In addition to setting a record for the most visitors in one month, PewterReport.com had two of the top five highest traffic days in history and over 400,000 visits and 2.2 million page views.
   
Price Latest Among Injured Buccaneers' Draft Picks
Nearly half of the Bucs' much celebrated 2010 draft class have been slowed by injuries during the team's rookie mini-camp. On Saturday, a hamstring injury sidelined defensive tackle Brian Price just moments into practice. Three other notable Bucs rookies were also held out of practice due injury.
  
Inside Bucs Rookie Mini-Camp: 5/1
The Bucs held their second practice of the rookie mini-camp on Saturday, and this pewter insider story profiles who looked good and who struggled. How did first-rounder Gerald McCoy look? How well did rookie receivers Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams perform? Which quarterback had a solid day? Find out here.
   
Williams And Benn Ready To Become A Force
Tampa Bay's newest wide receiver duo of Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams made a strong impression during the rookie mini-camp. Both Benn and Williams picked up the offense quickly and have a strong desire to become the future starting wideouts for the Buccaneers and quarterback Josh Freeman.
  
Inside Bucs Rookie Mini-Camp: 5/2
Pewter Report's final Insider report from Bucs rookie mini-camp details which rookie receiver other than Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn stood out on Sunday with three tremendous plays? Which QB picked up his game on Sunday and shined above the others? Find out in this Insider report.
   
Bucs Sign 5 Try-out Players, Release 2 Others
The Buccaneers signed five try-out players to contracts, including 270-pound fullback Rendrick Taylor, following the team's rookie mini-camp over the weekend. Tampa Bay released two players that had previously signed with the team as undrafted free agents in late April.
   
Chat Session Today
PewterReport.com's next chat session will take place from 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. ET today. Bring your NFL questions and get ready to talk Bucs football. Pewter Report Bucs beat writer Charlie Campbell will be on hand to provide answers and inside scoop in this 30-minute chat session.
   
Bucs Sign Clifton Smith
The Buccaneers have signed return specialist Clifton Smith to his tender offer. Smith was an exclusive rights free agent due to being originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Fresno State. Smith made the Pro Bowl for his rookie campaign in 2008 when he returned a punt and a kick for a touchdown.
   
Carlson: Benn & Williams Change Bucs Offense
Pewter Report contributing writer Jeff Carlson discusses how the Bucs offense is much more dynamic with the additions of Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams. Carlson discusses how the Buccaneers can now match up against nickel and dime coverage to have a potent passing attack.
 
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