BREAKING NEWS: WINSTON TO MISS A COUPLE WEEKS WITH SHOULDER INJURY

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Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR’s Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons’ Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com

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    Randy H.

    Nice game by the D-line, but did you see Adrian Clayborn in the ATL-DAL game? Six sacks, albeit against a back-up!! Another one that got away!! Does anyone remember why he was let go or not re-signed?

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      cgmaster27

      He’s had a combined 7 sacks the last two seasons I believe. This game was a large outlier for him.

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      Alldaway 2.0

      Bucs refuse to develop homegrown talent properly and are quick to take on other team reject players.

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        cgmaster27

        It wasn’t a refusal to develop talent in my opinion. He was put on IR his last year and missed a good chunk of games the prior year. He had one good game in the last three years and we want to act like we dropped Simeon Rice.

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        niko521

        If by ‘homegrown talent’ you mean draft picks and not picks from state colleges, you have to HIT on your draft picks when you take them. Not all players can be developed. You develop good players, all you have to do is look at the Bucs drafts its the same old story. I did a story on this on Bucstop.com last month, how the Bucs drafting is bad like under Dominik. Anyone can hit it big drafting Mike Evans, Jameis Winston. But where are the others? Stop taking chances with kickers and make the solid pick, but Im talking to a wall because the GM now, wont be here drafting in May.

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    Buc on the Move

    Clayborn was a JAG, we thought we could do better. Outside of this game, we aren’t missing much. If you are going to have an outlier, though, what a game!

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    Alldaway 2.0

    Clayborn was never a jag for the Bucs. He was stuck with really bad defensive coordinator play calling.

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    dotASC

    @Point 1: Glad to see Djax getting pissed, producing and keeping it “real” after the game. He’s absolutely right: this isn’t the time to celebrate. It’s the time to build off a good defensive performance, analyze what worked on offense with a simplified play calling due to a backup QB and missing WRs, and continue to grind like we did in this game.

    I’m happy this team didn’t fold after swimming in the port-o-potty for the last few weeks.

    People thought DJax was a locker room cancer. Despite not putting in the work this off season, he’s stuck with his commitment and shown no quit. It paid off for him today and I hope it pays off for him more in the next few. Glad to see he got his goat up, and is playing fiery. Maybe that spreads.

    15 to 10 isn’t a world beating score. We beat a mediocre team. BUT, we showed up as a team for the first time in awhile. And despite missing a lot of players, those on the field played with heart and focus.

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    htownbucfan03

    To answer about clayborn he just wasn’t healthy here he had a knee his 2nd year and a bicep or pectoral his last year with the team. And he had a decent rookie year but really nothing after so I’m happy for him today but he only had two sacks before it. I’m am pleasantly surprised by djax I hope he did light that fire and refocus the men with his words. I thought he wud get frustrated but he is a pro and I respect that and happy to have him

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    MWD

    Anyone else think that this was like watching a Junior Varsity Football game?

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      Scott Reynolds

      Yeah, it certainly felt that way to me.

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    MWD

    So now my real comment, Agree with DJax and his catches, Mike Smith, I don’t understand why it took so long to make two adjustments on defense. Fitz, though I applaud you stepping up and gutting out a win, you’re not the answer to the back up position unless we are playing the jets or the browns and even that has me shaking my magic 8 ball which just told me “doubtful” for winning two in a row in Miami next week.

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    scubog

    I’ve never put an asterisk beside a win in spite of the opponent. This team needed any kind of win to improve the psyche. I still think the loss to the Patriots, with Folk’s missed kicks, sent the mentality of the team spiraling downward. Then the loss to the Bills spun them even further into the depths of despair.

    So what happens next? Three road games. Win two out of three and we just might salvage something out of this season besides a top 5 Draft pick. Lose two out of three and folks will leave football season behind and start the holiday season. Bah Humbug!

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      Wright

      Lose two out of three, you start watching the only good team in Tampa, and start learning how a real professional franchise operates. Hell why wait, just start watching now as the Bolts are destroying the NHL right now.

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        chetthevette

        I’ve seen many a stinker Lightning game. But I’ll admit they are bad ass now.
        Stevie Y is a hockey genius.
        GO BUCS AND LIGHTNING

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    RootsCrew

    The defense shouldn’t give up 30 to the Fins if they play like they did against the Jets. What worries me is how we’re gonna score points because their DL is nasty & #5 ranked rush defense. We couldn’t run on the Saints or Jets & both of their run defenses are in the high 20’s. Our defense will have to find a way to score and harass smoking cutler all day if we’re gonna win.

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    martinii

    Any win is a good win. Hate critique’s of “Most disappointing and Most impressive.” It’s a team sport and to base team performance on a few players undermines the overall effort or lack there of. You win as a team and you lose as a team.
    It is obvious, however that we are on a one game at a time journey. Both Saints and Falcons looked really good yesterday. RB is the only skill position we need to focus on in FA and draft. Every other addition in 2018 on both sides of the ball needs to be lineman. Finally based on what I saw in the Jets game we are a minimum of 2 years away from play-offs. I think it will take that long to acquire and develop a team to compliment the basic components we have on hand today.

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    Buc76

    All you saw yesterday was a stay of execution. This team is going nowhere. 3 road games coming up will put the nail in the coffin. Don’t be dumb and let another team hire Gruden when you can get him. You won’t have another opportunity. There will be a thousand opportunities to get another Koetter or Sciano or Raheem Morris

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