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Monday, Sep 22, 2014

Roy Cummings

Tribune Staff

Smith confident return of injured players will help

- Josh McCown may have to sit out Sunday's game at Pittsburgh, but the Bucs are confident that other injured starters will be back and ready to play at a high level.

Winless Bucs searching for way to overcome adversity

- Ready to put some distance between themselves and one of the most humiliating losses in franchise history, the Bucs couldn't get out of Atlanta fast enough on Thursday night. On this night, however, they couldn't even get t...

Falcons hand winless Bucs one of their worst defeats

- The Bucs gave the ball away five times and tied a team record by allowing 35 points in the first half in a 56-14 loss that nearly ranked as the most lopsided in team history.

Bucs will be without DT McCoy, RB Martin against Falcons


— Gerald McCoy’s broken left hand will indeed keep the two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle out of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the Falcons tonight at the Georg...

McCown's mistakes not what Buccaneers bargained for

- Entering tonight's game at Atlanta, normally reliable Bucs QB Josh McCown is on the verge of losing the reputation he built for being a polished, sound decision maker.

Bucs DT McCoy might play Thursday with broken hand

- Gerald McCoy has made a habit of reaching out to Hall of Famer Warren Sapp for playing advice. He’s doing so again now that he’s contemplating playing Thursday with a broken left hand.

Hot Reads: Bucs look forward to indoor climate

- As harsh as it is, the heat the Bucs are feeling from their 0-2 start is nothing compared to the heat they’ve endured while opening their season with two late-afternoon home games.

Bucs’ Smith ‘disturbed’ by NFL’s domestic violence issues


— Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said Tuesday he is “disturbed’’ by the domestic violence issues plaguing the NFL, but has not yet addressed his own...

McCoy, other injured Bucs have little time to heal

- Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy’s status for Thursday’s game at Atlanta is uncertain, but the Bucs are not yet ready to rule him out because of a broken hand

Bucs let another one slip by in 19-17 loss to Rams

- This one hurts. After seemingly being in position to win, the Buccaneers end up starting the season 0-2 with another loss at home.

Four Bucs starters sitting out game against Rams


— Cornerback Mike Jenkins and defensive ends Michael Johnson and Adrian Ciayborn won’t be the only Tampa Bay Buccaneers starters sitting out today’s game against t...

The Bucs Pulse: Buccaneers vs. Rams


Five questions with ... LS Andrew DePaola

Bucs win is almost a must


— Funny thing about the NFL. Everyone in the league swears the 16-game regular season is a marathon, but woe to those who don’t break away from the starting blocks like a...

Bucs’ depth tested by loss of two defensive starters


— The NFL season has always been a battle of attrition, a test of the depth of every team’s roster. Only a week into the 2014 season, Tampa Bay’s is already being ...

Bucs DE Clayborn goes on IR, lost for season

- The Bucs’ defensive front suffered a major loss when starting left end Adrian Clayborn was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a biceps injury.

Bucs notes: G Mankins, RB Martin return to practice

- While LG Logan Mankins (knee) and RB Doug Martin (knee) returned to work a day after sitting out practice because of injuries, coordinator Jeff Tedford missed a second straight day of work. Tedford is expected back today.

Bucs Hot Reads: Smith says RB Martin not pulled for poor blocking

- Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith on Thursday vehemently denied RB Doug Martin was pulled from the Sunday’s opener for providing poor pass protection, rather than because of a knee injury.

Bucs OC Tedford misses second day of work Thursday


Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford is missing a second straight day of work at One Buc Place today as he continues to seek medical clearance to return to ...

Lighter Lane sets Bucs’ mark with 54-yard run


— When he came out of college at Texas A&M a few years back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Jorvorkie Lane weighed 277 pounds. He’s down to 258 now, but he still want...

Bucs lose CB Jenkins for season with torn pectoral


Veteran CB Mike Jenkins, a former standout at the University of South Florida, will miss the rest of the season after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed him on injured reserve with a...

Bucs notes: Tedford, still recovering, misses practice


Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford was not present at One Buc Place on Wednesday, two days after head coach Lovie Smith said the 52-year-old play caller was back working full time.

Owusu wants to change story as Bucs’ No. 3 receiver

- You have no doubt read Chris Owusu’s story before. It is the oft-told tale of a pro football prospect awash in skill and ability whose career becomes derailed by an uncontrollable rash of injuries. Owusu’s story...

Bucs sign DE English, release DE Means


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t generate much of a pass rush during their 20-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Bucs hope to have Mankins, Tedford against Rams

- Lovie Smith was his typically guarded self on Monday, but sensing a fan base discouraged by a 20-14 opening-day loss to the Panthers was in need of some good news, he suddenly let his guard slip

Bucs notes: DE Johnson slowed by in-game ankle injury

- Defensive end Michael Johnson injured an ankle on the third play of the game, limiting his effectiveness throughout the afternoon, Bucs coach Lovie Smith said.

Discouraging start to Lovie era as Bucs lose opener

- After three mediocre quarters, Tampa Bay rallied to make a game of it. But the comeback fizzled in a way that all but defined the day.

Bucs Pulse: Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Where/when: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa/4:25 p.m. today TV: Fox, Ch. 13 Radio: 620 AM, 103.5 FM, 95.3 FM

Bucs won’t face Cam Newton in season opener today


— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open their 2014 season today against a Carolina Panthers teams that will be without quarterback Cam Newton.

Patton, Dixon added to Bucs roster from practice team

- Solomon Patton was added to the active roster from the practice squad along with cornerback Brandon Dixon, the team announced.

Bucs offensive coordinator Tedford back at practice


— Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, still recuperating from a medical procedure done early last week, took another step in his return to full-time duty wi...

Bucs Hot Reads: Captains selected for season


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers voted on their captains for the year this week, and the winners were quarterback Josh McCown and receiver Vincent Jackson on offense; tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David on defense...

McCoy: Opener a ‘statement game’ for Bucs


You only get one chance to make a good first impression. That point has not been lost on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Triple-team McCoy? Bucs’ DT says ‘go ahead’

- The Carolina Panthers did an exceptional job of neutralizing Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy last year.

Bucs want McCown to be decision-maker

- The athletic 35-year-old quarterback has the skills to be a playmaker, but that's not what the Bucs are asking him to do.

Bucs notes: OC Tedford’s debut might be delayed

- Offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford continues to show improvement from an undisclosed medical procedure, but head coach Lovie Smith offered no assurances the former Cal coach will be calling plays in the booth this Sunday.

Bucs re-sign DB Wright, place RB Sims on IR


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers bolstered their safety position Wednesday by re-signing veteran Major Wright to their 53-man active roster.

Bucs’ official depth chart holds few surprises

- The Bucs’ official depth chart looks a lot like the one released early in training camp. The most notable difference involves Patrick Omameh, who won the starting right guard job.

Bucs go into game mode as opener approaches

- The Bucs went to great lengths throughout the preseason to keep their new, supposedly more modern and up-tempo offensive attack under wraps. They aren’t giving up on that quest.

Buccaneers revamped offensive line has week to prepare for Panthers


— An offensive line that has yet to take its first practice snap together has just six days to figure out how to control a defense that ranked second overall while leading the l...

Bucs re-sign Demps, Patton and others to practice squad


— One day after letting them go as part of their final roster cut down to 53 players, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday re-signed Jeff Demps and Solomon Patton to their practic...

Bucs Analysis: A look ahead to season opener

- Tampa Tribune Bucs beat writer Roy Cummings shares thoughts on the Bucs preseason performance and looks ahead to home opener against the Carolina Panthers.

Pattton, Demps, Kafka among Bucs hopefuls cut


— Even after scoring a touchdown in the Buccaneers final preseason game last Thursday night, rookie wide receiver/return man Solomon Patton was a little nervous about the roster...

Barth among 14 Bucs let go


— Connor Barth had long since shaken off the effects of a season lost to an Achilles tendon injury and was preparing again Friday for what he is sure will be a comeback season i...

Bucs cut kicker Connor Barth


— After missing all of last year with a torn Achilles tendon, place kicker Connor Barth was preparing for a comeback season in 2014.

Bucs shave 12 from roster, including OL Meredith


— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reduced their roster to 63 players on Friday.

Bucs QB coach remains uncertain for season opener

- Offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford continues to recover from an unspecified medical procedure performed this week and his status for the Bucs regular-season opener Sept. 7 against Carolina remains uncertain.

Players make case to start in Bucs loss to Redskins

- During an otherwise unspectacular and tedious 24-10 Bucs loss to the Redskins, linebacker Danny Lansanah put on a clinic on how to make a football team.

Bucs starters unlikely to get many snaps tonight

- While Bucs coach Lovie Smith did say that some Bucs starters could see some playing time, he all but ruled out the possibility of any projected starting offensive linemen getting into the game.

Incognito remains Bucs option; no signing imminent

- GM Jason Licht classified Monday’s meeting with controversial guard Richie Incognito, who remains an option to join the Bucs, as a good one.

Controversial Incognito visits Bucs, expected to work out

- Bucs GM Jason Licht says Monday’s visit with controversial free-agent guard Richie Incognito, enbroiled in a bullying scandal last year, was just that — a visit.