Last spring when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced an overhaul of their pewter and red uniforms it was met with skepticism by some fans. After they were released it went from skepticism to down right anger by a segment of Bucs fans and even other NFL fans across the country.
With a twice as big as before flag helmet logo, and what some said was a futuristic font for the numbers –alarm clocks or patterned after the FOX show “24″ some have said – the new Bucs uniforms weren’t an overwhelming smash as the ones in 1997 when the team moved away from the old orange and white.
Today most fans and uniform critics have accepted the new look, and as in my case, have kind of forgotten what the previous ones looked like unless I see an old photo or a slightly balding overweight guy in a No. 40 Alstott jersey trying to relive his youth ( How much you wanna make a bet I can throw a football over them mountains? –Uncle Rico in Napoleon Dynamite) playing catch with his kids during tailgates before Bucs home game.
This week on ESPN.go.com Paul Lukas @UniWatch decided to rank all 32 team’s uniforms from first to last. Where did the Bucs uniforms rank? Let’s just say you will need to scroll down pretty far to find out. Of course most people would agree the new Bucs uniforms would look a lot better on a playoff team rather than a 2-14 team. I suspect as the Bucs get better, so will people’s opinions of their uniforms.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Tuesday the signing of guard Antoine Everett.
Everett (6-3, 325) joins the Buccaneers as a college free agent, after playing collegiately at McNeese State. Following his senior season, the Richmond, Texas native was named first-team All-Southland Conference and first-team All-Louisiana, as selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, while also earning second-team FCS All-American honors from the Associated Press and The Sports Network.
The team also announced that they have waived (injured) tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi. Ogbuehi joined the team this offseason.
In a new :30 spot on Buccaneers.com former Seminole QB and Bucs’ first round pick Jameis Winston is featured and presented as the new face of the franchise. While some might say this is putting a ton of pressure on the young man’s shoulders, if you ask Winston you can almost guarantee he loves it. Say what you want about the former Heisman Trophy winner, but Winston loves being the person in the spotlight when it comes to football.
Winston detractors most likely will scoff, while fans of the Bessemer native will want to put a helmet on themselves after watching the video.
On Wednesday it was revealed that Doug Williams Sr. would be inducted into the Buccaneers Ring of Honor this fall, and now PewterReport.com has learned that Williams’ son, Doug Williams Jr. (who goes by the name D.J.), worked out for the Buccaneers on Friday morning.
Photo courtesy of Grambling Athletics
Sources tell PewterReport.com Williams showed off “a live arm” but the team has not offered the younger Williams a contract as of Friday afternoon. D.J. Williams, like his father Doug, played his college ball for Grambling State after playing high school football for Tampa Catholic.
In his time at Grambling, Williams completed 305-0f-645 attempts (47.3 percent) for 3,923 yards with 30 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.
Williams Jr. who is listed as 6-4, 197 pounds, much like his father, took a beating behind center but impressed his Dad with his toughness in college.
“I’ve seen a lot of toughness in him because he’s taken a lot of beating and he’s gotten up off the turf, which bodes well for me,” Doug Williams told NOLA.com. “He reminds me of his dad taking a beating and getting up off the turf.”
The Buccaneers currently have No. 1 draft pick Jameis Winston at quarterback along with 2013 third round pick Mike Glennon and Seth Lobato as quarterbacks on their roster.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveiled on Thursday a commemorative patch that the team will wear on its jerseys during the 2015 campaign in recognition of the organization’s 40th season celebration. The hexagonal patch features a “40 Seasons” banner, along with the current Buccaneers logo flanked by the years of the franchise’s inaugural and current seasons on a pewter backdrop with red outlines. The design also incorporates “Bay Orange” and white, as a tribute to the team’s original color scheme and uniforms that were worn from 1976-1996.
“The Buccaneers have a long and proud history in the Bay Area,” said Buccaneers Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer. “We look forward to wearing the special 40th season patch on our uniforms in 2015 as we commemorate our storied past and celebrate our franchise accomplishments over the previous four decades.”
The Buccaneers also announced their game themes for the 2015 season on Thursday, highlighted by two Ring of Honor inductions, a breast cancer awareness campaign and a Salute to Service appreciation.
DATE TIME OPPONENT THEME
September 13 4:25 p.m. vs. Tennessee Titans Back To Football
October 4 1:00 p.m. vs. Carolina Panthers Alstott Ring of Honor
October 11 1:00 p.m. vs. Jacksonville Jaguars A Crucial Catch
November 8 4:05 p.m. vs. New York Giants Salute to Service
December 6 1:00 p.m. vs. Atlanta Falcons Williams Ring of Honor
December 13 1:00 p.m. vs. New Orleans Saints PLAY 60
December 27 1:00 p.m. vs. Chicago Bears Thank You Fans
Who will the newest member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor be? Will it be a modern era player or do they go throwback?
Mike Alstott. John Lynch. Ronde Barber. Hardy Nickerson.
Doug Williams. Richard “Batman” Woods. Or even Ricky Bell. Or could they go with the franchise’s most successful head coach, Tony Dungy?
The Bucs announced on Tuesday that they will reveal the answer at a 2 p.m. Wednesday press conference at One Buccaneer Place. Whoever the newest member is, they will join Hall of Famers Lee Roy Selmon, Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks, the team’s first head coach John McKay, longtime left tackle Paul Gruber and the Bucs most prolific tight end, Jimmie Giles.
PewterReport.com will be there to bring you the announcement and reaction. Comment below on who you would like to see the Buccaneers honor.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Monday that they have signed offensive lineman Edawn Coughman, wide receiver Donteea (pronounced don-tay) Dye, wide receiver Adam Humphries and linebacker Jared Koster. All four players participated in last weekend’s Rookie Mini-Camp on a tryout basis.
Coughman (6-4, 313) originally entered the league as a free agent from the Canadian Football League, signing with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012 and being waived after spending time on the Seahawks practice squad. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys during the 2013 offseason and was waived at the end of the preseason. Coughman signed on to the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad and spent the 2013 season there. After being waived by the Bills during the 2014 preseason, Tampa Bay claimed him off of waivers, but waived him prior to the start of the 2014 regular season. Most recently, Coughman spent time on the Washington Redskins practice squad.
Dye (6-0, 190) played collegiately at Heidelberg University (2011-14). In his four-year career, the Fairfield, Ohio native caught 116 passes for 2,298 yards and 26 touchdowns. As a senior, Dye caught 57 passes for 1,022 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Humphries (5-11, 195) is a native of Spartanburg, South Carolina and played collegiately at Clemson. In 53 games played with the tigers, Humphries recorded 127 catches for 1,097 yards and three touchdowns, while also returning 69 punts for 476 yards and one touchdown. He ranks fourth in school history in games played and 10th in punt return yards.
Koster (6-1, 210) played collegiately at New Mexico Highlands, appearing in 31 games, totaling 338 tackles 39.5 tackles for loss, 12 passes defensed, 10.0 sacks, six fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown), five forced fumbles and three interceptions returned 51 yards with one touchdown. Koster set the NCAA Division II record for solo tackles in 2014, with 104, while earning Rocky Mountain Athletic First Team honors, second-team All-America honors by Daktronics and was a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award (given annually to the best non-Division I defensive player).
The team has also waived safety Shelton Johnson, wide receiver Chandler Jones, offensive lineman Matt Patchan, wide receiver Solomon Patton, wide receiver Josh Reese and linebacker Michael Reynolds.
Patton played in seven games with Tampa Bay last season, retuning 10 punts for 112 yards and 18 kickoffs for 416 yards.
New Bucs wide receiver Kenny Bell, affectionately known as “AFRO_THUNDER80″ on Twitter (the photo says it all), spent a few minutes with the media following Saturday’s rookie mini-camp practice and talked about the last two days of being on the field at One Buc Place. (On day two of rookie mini-camps)
“It was awesome, another day I get to play football. I can’t ever complain about that.”
(On chemistry with Jameis Winston)
“Jameis and I are I want to say good friends. It feels like we have been playing together for a while. He’s a good dude. Obviously chemistry is something that takes a while to build, but when you have a quarterback with that much talent it makes your job a lot easier.”
(On practice looking like he and Winston have been playing together for a while)
“When you have a quarterback with that much talent, he puts the ball on you. He threw another one today that I just dropped. He is making life easy to say the least.”
(On his impression of working with wide receivers coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker)
“Yeah, I didn’t finish here at the end of practice. He had every right to get on me about that. As far as having Coach Stoke, it’s an amazing experience. I loved my time in Nebraska, but it’s a whole new level – the level of coaching, the meetings and the amount of correction you go through is unbelievable and I wouldn’t want anyone else besides Coach Stoke doing it.”
(On what has been the biggest adjustment for him)
“It’s hard to say what has been the biggest adjustment for me because it has only been 48 hours. It’s football right now. It’s fast and it’s furious and I’m learning a new offense. I think the level and the amount of information in the past 48 hours is the biggest difference. I was at Nebraska for five years with the same offense. It kind of made it easy going into my third, fourth, fifth years, but here it’s been two days off install. It’s been fast.”
(On playbook terminology)
“Yeah, there are all types of words. They are definitely hard to keep track of.”
(On how much pride he takes in his ability to block downfield)
“It’s something I take great pride in. That’s why I am so blessed to be here with a group like Vincent (Jackson) and Mike (Evans) who just dominate guys on the perimeter. It’s something we took pride in when I was in college and it is something I will continue to take pride in now.”
(On lining up in the slot)
“Honest to God, I just want to make the club. If that means lining up on the inside, if that means making plays on punt, returning kicks, I just want to play football. I’ll do whatever it takes.”
Last December, Davis Cornwell, the attorney for Jameis Winston, stated that if Winston assault accuser Erica Kinsman filed a civil suit against Winston, his camp would countersue. Last month Kinsman’s attorneys did file a civil suit against the former Seminoles quarterback and on Friday Corwell kept his promise.
According to Patrick of Nohe of TomahawkNation.com, “Winston is countersuing Kinsman for defamation, defamation per se and tortious interference with prospective business advantage.
In the countersuit against Kinsman, who is a former FSU student, Winston claims that she has knowingly perpetuated a lie about him, slandered him in the press and damaged his reputation to the point where it has cost him substantially in terms of potential future earnings.”