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Thursday, Oct 02, 2014

Roy Cummings

Tribune Staff

Hot Reads: Bucs QB McCown not able to throw yet

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— Buccaneers QB Josh McCown continues to recover from an injury to his right throwing thumb, but isn’t ready to reclaim his starter’s job.

Bucs notes: QB Glennon wants better red-zone throws

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— The way he finished the game was what the Bucs liked most about QB Mike Glennon’s performace in the 27-24 victory over the Steelers last week.

Bucs QB situation will have to play out

- When it comes to judging his quarterbacks, Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith doesn’t concern himself too much with what they’ve done lately. He’s more concerned with what they do late.

Bucs notes: Defense steps up to the run

- Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell went into last weekend leading the league in total yards from scrimmage. A big afternoon for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense and a big night for Dallas Cowboys RB Demarco Murray ch...

Glennon’s late heroics could sway Smith’s decision

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— When it comes to judging quarterbacks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith doesn’t concern himself too much with what they’ve done lately. He’s more c...

Bucs notes: DT McCoy adjusts to broken hand

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— With his broken left hand wrapped in a protective cast that greatly limited its usefulness, DT Gerald McCoy had to modify his game a bit during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’...

Bucs stun Steelers to secure first victory of Lovie Era

- Quarterback Mike Glennon gets the start and the Buccaneers get their first win of the season, beating the Steelers 27-24 in Pittsburgh.

Mike Glennon will make first start of the season today

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PITTSBURGH — As expected, second-year quarterback Mike Glennon will make his first start of the season today when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Steelers at Heinz Field.

Smith, Tomlin bonded for life, foes on the field

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At first, John Lynch didn’t pay much attention to the packet of papers or the VHS tape his new position coach, Mike Tomlin, handed him that spring day back in 2001...

Bucs notes: MLB Fletcher making scheme transition

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— A backup for the majority of his five-year career, Bucs MLB Dane Fletcher has grown accustomed to being tossed into the fire with little or no prior notice.

Bucs notes: QB McCown says thumb surgery not needed

- Bucs QB Josh McCown is confident he won’t need surgery to repair his sprained right throwing thumb. In fact, he has yet to rule himself out for Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh.

Hot Reads: Bucs RB Martin eager to play again

- RB Doug Martin is eager to prove he’s still the player who churned out more than 1,900 all-purpose yards as a rookie three years ago.

Smith’s demeanor unchanged after Bucs’ 0-3 start

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— If there is even an ounce of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano inside the body of current Bucs coach Lovie Smith, this is the time when it would start to show.

Bucs add QB Kafka from practice squad to back up Glennon

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— The unlikelihood of injured quarterback Josh McCown starting or even dressing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday grew stronger Thursday when the team added quarterback Mi...

Bucs turn to QB coach Arroyo to call plays

- Marcus Arroyo wasn’t in the basement of Lovie Smith’s Chicago-land home last year when Jeff Tedford won over Smith with his doctrine for attacking NFL defenses.

Tedford’s absence will challenge QB coach Arroyo

- Jeff Tedford, 52, the Bucs’ rookie offensive coordinator, will take an indefinite leave of absence from the team in an effort to recover from a heart procedure performed last month.

Bucs coordinator Tedford takes leave of absence

- Jeff Tedford, who underwent a heart procedure during the preseason, brought an up-tempo offense to Tampa Bay but has barely had a chance to run it.

Slowed by injuries, Bucs' defensive line struggling to play with consistency

- Through their first three games, the Bucs have used three starting defensive line combinations. And from the looks of things, they might have to employ a fourth Sunday against the Steelers.

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

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— 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

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— 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

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— 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

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Five questions with ... LS Andrew DePaola

Bucs win is almost a must

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— 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

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— 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

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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

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— 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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— 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

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— 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

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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

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