The new year has started off with a bang as the speculation of what the Bucs will do with the overall No. 1 draft pick in the NFL Draft has created a major buzz on and other media outlets. Besides the draft talk, there was other Bucs news covered, and in this weekly feature, we will recap and provide links to all of our stories from the previous week.

2015 Senior Bowl Defensive Prospects For Tampa Bay
Leading up to this past weeks Senior Bowl in Mobile, Pewter Report took a look at 10 players to pay attention to during the week of practices at Ladd-Peeble Stadium. To see the story on the defensive prospects, click here.

2015 Senior Bowl Offensive Prospects For Tampa Bay
Leading up to this past weeks Senior Bowl in Mobile, Pewter Report took a look at 10 players to pay attention to during the week of practices at Ladd-Peeble Stadium. To see the story on the offensive prospects, click here.

Inside The Senior Bowl Weigh-In: Impressions And Observations
Scouts and talent evaluators watched closely to see the body types and measurements of the prospects in attendance at the Senior Bowl. As usual a number of players players came in listed much smaller than their actual measurements, and some end up weighing more than their listing, making the weigh-in a very important part of the evaluation process for NFL teams. To read’s thoughts, click here.

NFL: OCT 16 Saints at Buccaneers

Dominik Says Mariota, Winston Will Go 1-2 Overall, Prefers Mariota
Former Bucs general manager and current ESPN NFL analyst Mark Dominik went on record as saying that if he were still calling the shots in Tampa Bay he would select Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. To read the full story, click here.

Inside The Senior Bowl Practice Reports
For the 12th year in a row, was in attendance at the Senior Bowl practices and reported on what we saw. Each day the two teams practiced for two hours and you can read out thoughts and details from each workout by selecting the links below.
Bucs OL George Warhop watched the North O-line practice on Wednesday - Photo by:
Tuesday North Squad
Tuesday South Squad
Wednesday North Squad
Wednesday South Squad
Thursday North Squad
Thursday South Squad

Lovie Smith Talks The Dirk Koetter Hiring
Bucs head coach Lovie Smith spent 30 minutes talking with’s Mark Cook and Scott Reynolds and also Tampa Bay Time beat writer Greg Auman in the stands at Ladd-Peebles Stadium following Wednesday’s Senior Bowl practice, and shared his thoughts on the addition of new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. To read what Smith had to say, click here.

Bucs head coach Lovie Smith believes Tampa Bay is poised for a turnaround in 2015 – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Lovie Smith Believes Bucs Are Very Close To Turning Things Around
In Part II of the interview with Smith, the Bucs head coach said, despite finishing 2-14 last season, he believes the Bucs aren’t far from turning their record around and thinks it can be done fairly quickly. To read Smith’s thoughts, click here. Friday Chat
Each week hosts a live chat and then puts up the transcript of the answers. This week it was publisher Scott Reynolds turn to host the event. To read the chat transcript, click here.

The departure of Mason Foster, Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers decimates the Bucs' 2011 draft class - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

SR’s Fab 5: Foster, Clayborn Done In Tampa Bay; Deep OL Draft For Bucs, Raheem Morris Goes Off On Reynolds
Scott Reynolds wrote another informative Fab 5, and talked about the upcoming roster turnover, the Bucs needs in the upcoming draft and shared a story of former Bucs coach Raheem Morris calling him one evening and blasting him. to read the full article, click here.

In addition to all of the feature articles, don’t forget to check out the daily blogs of shorter more precise Bucs news. This week we posted blogs on former Bucs GM Mark Dominik talking more on the Winston-Mariota debate, the NFL’s response to Deflate-Gate and the hiring of a new quarterbacks coach.

To read all of the latest blogs, click here.

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at
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6 years ago

Lovie Smith Believes Bucs Are Very Close To Turning Things Around!

This wasn’t news. This was wishful thinking!

6 years ago

Mark, I really appreciated the Senior Bowl information because I hadn’t looked past the ACC and SEC much at all this past season. I believe Pewter Report has done a good job in getting more information from this Coaching Staff because you know when to protect your sources and also when to not release information that they have asked you not to. Thanks again for all your efforts. Go Bucs!

6 years ago

Good to see Dominik prefers Mariota. So that means the Bucs go for Winston RIGHT?

6 years ago

So now I’m hearing that mariota has a sprained joint in his shoulder and isn’t throwing at the combine. I want the bucs to have nothing to do with this guy. I believe he’s doing this to fall to the Eagles.