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Will the heat block Vea’s progress?

May 12, 2018 general

Saturday, 2 a.m. One day in, and already, the heat is on Vita Vea. Vea, the massive defensive tackle drafted by the Bucs in the first round of the NFL, had criticism waiting on him when he stepped onto the field for the first time Friday afternoon at Tampa Bay’s rookie mini-camp. Already, former Bucs’ […]

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Dungy an asset to Bucs’ Ring of Honor

May 9, 2018 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. He is not the most accomplished coach in Bucs’ history. Tony Dungy never won a Super Bowl here. With the offensive staff he had, I’m not sure he ever would have. Only Jon Gruden won the Super Bowl here. He was not the funniest coach in Bucs’ history. He couldn’t crack you […]

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Can the Bucs’ defensive line be monstrous?

May 4, 2018 general

Friday, 3 a.m. They haven’t shared the same room yet, let alone the same huddle. Already, however, the legend of the rebuilt defensive line of the Tampa Bay Bucs has begun. The Monsters, anyone? What it lacks in subtlety, it gains in sheer force. The new defensive line of the Bucs — Jason Pierre-Paul, Gerald […]

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Licht hopes to lead the Bucs out of the darkness

April 26, 2018 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. In this particlular War Room, he is Mars. Jason Licht sits at the head of the table, and once again, he tries to steer the ship in the proper direction. He is the general manager, and he does his heaviest lifting in the off-season, in the free agency chase, in the draft […]

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Dissecting this year’s NFL draft

April 25, 2018 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. A look at the NFL draft: 5 Players the Bucs Might Draft 1. Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. 2. N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb 3.  Notre Dame guard Quenten Nelson 4. FSU safety Derwin James 5. Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick Guesswork (Who they might pick) Round one: FSU safety Derwin […]

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Mocking the concept of the NFL draft mocks

April 24, 2018 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. The first truth about NFL mock drafts is this: Everybody does one. The second truth about NFL mock drafts is this:  No one has any idea what they’re talking about. Between the truths, you will find the essence of the draft, the most hyped, talked about event under this (or any other) […]

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Random thoughts: Bucs rank among bad uniforms

April 22, 2018 general

1:30 a.m. In parting, let’s agree the New Jersey Devils were pretty good. They just couldn’t score. — Which makes you wonder if the Bolts’ defense was quite as good as it looked. — Something to worry about over the next few days. — I like Mike Mayock, and I find it interesting that he […]

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A look ahead at the Bucs’ upcoming schedule

April 20, 2018 general

Friday, 4 a.m. They hope to be different. They hope to be better. They hope to have a little bit of hope. But if this team of the Tampa Bay Bucs is going to be improved, it will have to do so with an imposing early-season schedule. The Bucs — who have the fourth-toughest schedule […]

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Bucs hope to add impact with 7th pick in draft

April 20, 2018 general

Friday, 2 a.m. A year ago Jason Licht sat in front of the room and smiled. At the time, he looked like the leader of a developing team, a team filled with promise, a team that would contend. Then the season came. And not so much. The Bucs dipped from their 9-7 season to 5-11, […]

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In which order would Bucs like draftees?

April 18, 2018 general

Wednesday, 3 a.m. Imagine they had the first pick. No Cleveland, No Giants, no nobody. Just the Bucs and a want list. Who would they take then? This is important, because for the thousands of mock drafters out there, no one has any idea. Have you seen the mocks? Unless you count Sam Darnold, the […]

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