NFL

Can Winston satisfy the observers in Year Three?

August 3, 2017 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. On every play, every eye watches every move. His fans. His teammates. His coaches. The media. The concession workers. All of them. Jameis Winston moves, and eyes go with him. He is a tennis ball. When the ball is in the hands of Winston, you cannot look elsewhere. You cannot talk about […]

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Ask the expert: Jerry Angelo

August 3, 2017 general

Jerry Angelo is a former personnel director for the Bucs and former general manager of the Bears. Each week, Angelo answers your questions regarding the NFL. Send your questions to GarySheltonsports@gmail.com with “ask the expert” in the subject line. The most interesting questions will be selected. Thursday, 4 a.m. As teams begin their training camps, […]

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Gruden’s energy led the Bucs’ biggest win

August 3, 2017 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. Before the trophy, before the firing, before the clashing of swords, Jon Gruden was energy. If anything was going to define his stay in Tampa Bay, that should be it. Gruden entered by pushing, prodding and poking a pretty good Bucs’ team. He put a clock on his practices, and he tried […]

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10 questions the Bucs must answer in ’17

August 2, 2017 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. You can measure a training camp by the drills. There are endless drills, endless groups of moving around the field in the name of a regular season more than a month off. You can measure a training camp by the beads of sweat, those relentless beads dripping down an athlete’s body. It […]

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So far, Jackson has had the impact the Bucs wanted

August 1, 2017 general

Tuesday, 4 a.m. Mike Evans is the best player. Chris Godwin is the flashy newcomer. Adam Humphries is the kid with the dependable hands. Tight end O.J. Howard is the one with the solid future. DeSean Jackson? He’s the fast one. And so far in the Bucs’ training camp, he’s the one who, so far, […]

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Martin hopes suspension doesn’t cost him further

July 31, 2017 general

Monday, 3 a.m. For a man with nowhere to go, Doug Martin seems to be in a hurry. The players around him go through their paces quickly. They have less than two weeks before the preseason begins, some six weeks before the start of the regular season. There are places, like the end zone, to […]

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Random Thoughts: Clearing clutter from the HOFs

July 30, 2017 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Here on induction weekend, when the Halls of Fame get more crowded, here are five guys who shouldn’t be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Former Cardinals’ owner Charles Bidwill, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Pittsburgh receiver Lynn Swann, Packers running back Paul Hornung (on the Pete Rose ticket) and Bills’ running […]

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Bucs’ linebackers want to be among league’s elite

July 30, 2017 general

Sunday, 4 a.m. Batman had Robin. Starsky had Hutch. Thelma had Louise. The best performers, it seems, come in pairs. For every force, there is a counter-force. For every right fist, there is a left one. There is thunder, and there is lightning. It is that way with a lot of positions in the NFL. […]

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Ask Gary: On a crooked hat and a climbing ERA

July 29, 2017 general

(Each week, the readers take over GarySheltonsports.com and play Ask Gary. They send in a question, or a couple, on Thursday night or Friday morning and we all talk about the world of sports.  Think of it as a radio show where you don’t have to be on hold. Join us and ask a question, make a comment […]

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Winston sees promising season waiting for Bucs

July 29, 2017 general

Saturday 3 a.m. Day One, and Gerald McCoy ran into The Franchise. Yikes. The Bucs were going through their paces in the broiling morning – a morning so hot you could see the birds sweat. Being McCoy, of course, he sliced through the Bucs’ offensive line and rushed toward the quarterback. The team was only […]

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