Posts From Mark Cook

Winston Has An Ankle Sprain But Says “Pain Is Temporary”

6 comments 📅August 31, 2015 12:21 pm

To anyone who watched Jameis Winston’s ankle get buckled under last Monday night against the Bengals on a sack, it didn’t take medical doctor to say it wasn’t going to be 100 percent the next day. And while it could have been much worse, the lingering effects are something the rookie quarterback is still dealing with.
The team released little information, nor did Winston in the days following the injury, but on Monday offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter confirmed it was an ankle sprain and it is still bothering Winston somewhat.

“A little bit,’’ Koetter said. “It’s affecting him a little bit. But he’ll be ready to go. He’ll be full speed by Tennessee (in the regular-season opener). It’s not anything he can’t play on. Even in practice, Jameis, you can’t keep him out. (Quarterbacks coach) Mike (Bajakian) is trying to slow the drills down on the side field and Jameis won’t come out. We’ll get him healthy. He’s got a sprained ankle. If you’ve ever had one and you have to move around and cut, it can be painful.’’

Ankle injuries are nothing new for Winston, who struggled with lingering effects on one for part of his final season in Tallahassee. Winston downplayed in the injury when speaking to the media following Koetter’s press conference.

“Pain is temporary,” Winston said. “I really don’t focus on that at all. I played last year at Florida State with a sprained ankle. That’s the least of my worries. My job is to go out there and play quarterback and fight for the team.”


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(Podcast) Pewter Report’s Cook Joins The Bucs Brief Podcast

3 comments 📅August 26, 2015 1:22 pm’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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Winston Talks To Booger And Zig On Sirius XM About Life As A Rookie (AUDIO)

1 comment 📅August 20, 2015 3:15 pm

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.

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Bucs’ Spence Suspended One Game

2 comments 📅August 17, 2015 4:04 pm

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.

NFL: JUL 26 Buccaneers Training CampAccording 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, “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


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(Video) Winston Front And Center Signing Autographs For Young Bucs Fans On Friday

0 comments 📅August 7, 2015 7:05 pm

JameisigningFullSizeRenderThe 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.”

Click the link below to watch the video.

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Bucs Add LB To The Mix

2 comments 📅August 6, 2015 10:08 am

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

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Bucs Add Three DBs, Waive Everett And Wells

2 comments 📅July 29, 2015 4:13 pm

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.

Bucs GM Jason Licht knows how important this draft is for the future of the franchise – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PRMcFadden (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


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Winston, Bucs Rookies Battle Tampa Fire Rescue Rookies

1 comment 📅July 28, 2015 3:52 pm

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 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’s video of the presentation by clicking the link below.


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Bucs Bring Back Bowers

16 comments 📅July 27, 2015 4:05 pm

In the words of the great former Yankees captain Yogi Berra, “It’s deja vu all over again.”
NFL: SEP 22 Buccaneers at Patriots
On Monday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have signed defensive end Da’Quan Bowers.

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.

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Cook Talks Bucs Training Camp With ESPN 980 AM in Washington D.C. (AUDIO)

1 comment 📅July 27, 2015 3:01 pm
Bucs DE TJ Fatinikun - Photo by Getty Images

Bucs DE TJ Fatinikun – Photo by Getty Images’s Mark Cook joined 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.

ESPN 980 in D.C. can be heard on 980AM, 92.7FM & 94.3FM. Radio home of the Redskins.

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