PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook was a guest on the Bucs Brief podcast on Tuesday and discussed a number of subjects about the Buccaneers so far through the preseason and even took a look ahead to the regular season. Listen to Cook’s portion of the podcast by clicking below.
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Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston sat down with Zig Fracassi and Booger McFarland at Bucs Training Camp on Thursday as part of the SiriusXM NFL TCT 2015 and spoke about adjusting to the NFL, correcting his mistakes, and his role as a leader in Tampa Bay.
Below you can listen to Winston’s interview.
Akeem Spence of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2015 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse it was announced on Monday.
According to a statement from an NFL spokesperson, Spence will be eligible to return to the Buccaneers’ active roster on Monday, September 14 following the team’s September 13 game against the Tennessee Titans.
Spence is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
Spence was arrested in January 2014 for speeding according to a report by NFL.com, “The 22-year-old Spence was stopped by state troopers at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday on Alabama State Route 113 for traveling 100 mph in a 65 mph zone, according to a statement obtained by NFL Media from the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
Upon approaching Spence’s vehicle, troopers believed that illegal drugs might be present, the statement said. A law enforcement canine subsequently detected marijuana.
Spence was arrested and booked into the Escambia County Jail, where he later was released on a $3,000 signature bond. He was charged with second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.”
Spence has ben unable to participate in the Bucs training camp so far this season following back surgery last month.
– Part of this report from NFL Spokesperson
The Buccaneers practice on Friday was closed to the general public, but that doesn’t mean the stands were empty. The organization welcomed their Season Pass members to the afternoon affair, and the players spent a considerable amount of time following their 2-hour camp practice signing autographs, including rookie quarterback Jameis Winston who was showcased in the kids line on the field.
“I love it,” said Winston. “I have a seven-year old brother who is about to turn eight next week. I love just giving back and seeing the smile on their face. I know if I was a young buck I would love to come out here and get McCoy’s autograph, my autograph, Vincent’s and all the other guys autographs. It’s exciting.”
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Wednesday that they have signed linebacker Sammuel Lamur.
Lamur (6-5, 225) played quarterback collegiately at Kansas State, appearing in 15 games, completing 9-of-11 passes for 80 yards, with nine rushes for 37 yards and a touchdown. The West Palm Beach native transferred to Kansas State following three seasons at Joliet Junior College. Most recently, Lamur spent time with the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League.
Lamur will wear No. 48 for the Buccaneers.
– From the Buccaneers Communications Department
With training camp set to open in just three day, the front office and coaching staff of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are steadily tweaking their roster and on Wednesday announced that they have signed cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah, safety Kimario McFadden and cornerback Al-Hajj Shabazz.
Adjei-Barimah (5-11, 200) is a college free agent, who played collegiately at Bowling Green (2010-14), starting 20-of-52 games, totaling 150 tackles, 21 passes defensed, 8.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions, three forced fumbles and two interceptions. He will wear No. 38 for Tampa Bay.
McFadden (5-11, 197) originally entered the NFL as a college free agent with the Atlanta Falcons last season, before spending time on the Falcons’, Buccaneers’ and Carolina Panthers’ respective practice squads. The South Carolina State product also spent part of this offseason with Carolina. McFadden will wear No. 2 for Tampa Bay.
Shabazz (6-2, 185) comes to Tampa Bay after spending part of this past offseason with the Indianapolis Colts, where he signed as a college free agent following the 2015 NFL Draft. Shabazz played collegiately at West Chester, where he appeared in 47 games, tallying 151 tackles, 32 passes defensed, nine interceptions, five tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick. He will wear No. 41 for Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneers also waived safety Deshazor Everett and safety Derrick Wells. Wells had been placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury List yesterday, prior to being waived.
–Part of this report is courtesy of the Buccaneers Communications Department
The Buccaneers rookies reported to One Buc Place on Monday, and by Tuesday they were taking on another group of rookies. But in this matchup there was no grass, and the ball used was round and thrown down a waxed lane.
Quarterback Jameis Winston, offensive linemen Ali Marpet and the rest of the Bucs rookie class met at Pin Chasers Midtown on North Armenia Ave. just a few miles from their headquarters to take on the latest rookie class of the Tampa Fire Rescue Department late Tuesday morning. According to Winston, the Bucs rookies were the victors in the first matchup that both Winston and TFR Captain Tom Forward said they hope becomes an annual event.
Following the friendly matchup, Winston, Marpet, Kenny Bell and Donovan Smith met with the media who were there to attend the event. Winston told PewteReport.com about his excitement level including playing in front of the fans for the first time in a Buccaneers uniform on Saturday when training camp officially opens.
“It’s very exciting, (because) usually at Florida State, our practices were closed, but now they’re open,” Winston said. “It’s good to have fan support, cheering for you after you make a good throw or a big catch. I’m elated.”
Bell, who was sporting his trademark afro hairdo, also talked about his excitement, and said while there is pressure on the rookies, he thinks the Bucs have a good mix of young players and veterans that will help the organization in the long run.
Following the bowling and media interviews, Winston huddled his teammates together with the rookie firefighters and presented them with an autographed ball.
You can watch PewterReport.com’s video of the presentation by clicking the link below.
Bowers (6-4, 288) spent four largely unproductive seasons in Tampa after Bowers originally entered the NFL in 2011 as a second-round selection (51st overall) by the Buccaneers. In four seasons with Tampa Bay (2011-14), Bowers played in 50 games, with 10 starts, totaling 70 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks, seven passes defensed and two fumble recoveries.
The Bucs are thin at the defensive end position, and Bowers does give them someone who is at least familiar with the system and does provide versatility to play both end and tackle.
In Bowers defense, the former Clemson All-American did have a number in injuries that prohibited his development, including a torn Achilles that happened during an offseason workout in 2012. But Bowers also contributed to his lack of development and success with poor offseason conditioning, admitting prior to the 2013 season that he wasn’t in prime shape during training camp.
It is reportedly a one-year deal with no guaranteed money, meaning unless Bowers makes the 53-man roster, the Bucs will not pay him any salary.
PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook joined ESPN980.com in Washington D.C on Monday to preview the upcoming training camp for Tampa Bay. Cook talked about the rookie class, Gerald McCoy and a number of other topics during his interview.
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At times it seemed this week would never arrive.
When the Bucs walked off the field last December against the Saints with their 14th loss off the season, the organization was at a crossroad. Fans were frustrated, the coaching staff and players were embarrassed and no one at that point had any idea what to expect during the offseason.
Tampa Bay had wrapped up the No. 1 pick with the loss to New Orleans, but seven months ago no one had any idea where the Bucs would go with that pick. Would it be defensive linemen Leonard Williams? Would Tampa Bay trade the pick to aquire multiple picks to try and rebuild the franchise? Or would general manager Jason Licht and Lovie Smith take one of the two best quarterback options, either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota?
The draft debate raged on over the next four months. Bucs fans had heated arguments. National writers and pundits weighed in on what the Bucs should do. The Bucs tried to throw curveballs. In the end, as we all know now, it was Winston. And from what Licht and Smith have said this offseason, it wasn’t ever really much of a debate.
For many Bucs fans the opening of training camp is much like a kid trying to sleep the night before Christmas. Even most in the media are eager for the Bucs to get on the field. Training camp doesn’t officially kick off until Saturday afternoon when the Bucs take the field behind One Buc Place for the first time, but don’t tell that to eager Bucs fans.For most, the season starts today when the rookies begin filtering into the team’s facility.
While the drafting of Winston has ignited the fan base, the former Noles QB needs to do his part to live up to the hype. Doug Martin, Mike Evans, Gerald McCoy, and Lavonte David have to do their part as well. Lovie Smith and his staff must be better. The front office still needs to be on the offensive, scouring the waiver wire over the next few weeks to find players that might help this football team.
But for now, like the other 31 teams in the NFL, optimism runs high. Every team is 0-0 and tied for first place and home field advantage through the playoffs.
The day has finally arrived. Rookies report later on Monday, and the veterans are due in town on Friday morning. The 2015 season is upon us. For many, PewterReport.com included, the last seven months have felt like seven years.
The world’s longest offseason is finally over and briefly all is right in the the football world.