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Saturday, Oct 25, 2014

Ira Kaufman

Tribune Staff

DeBartolo shouldn’t wait any longer

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Eddie DeBartolo deserved better.

Bucs notes: QB McCown ‘questionable’ against Vikes

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Five weeks after suffering an injury to his right thumb, veteran QB Josh McCown is smiling once again on the practice field.

Hot Reads: David, Bridgewater former prep teammates

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TAMPA — Bucs All-Pro LB Lavonte David didn’t need to see film of Vikings rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater to realize Tampa Bay’s defense faces a challenge on Sunday.

Ready or not, Bridgewater leads Vikings against Bucs

- First-round draft pick Teddy Bridgewater was forced into starting role earlier than planned. With three pro starts behind him, he will try to help the Vikings end a three-game slide on Sunday.

Bucs notes: Banks returns to practice; Jackson, Goldson limited

- CB Johnthan Banks, who didn't dress against Baltimore before the bye week, participated fully in Wednesday's practice. Six Bucs practiced on a limited basis: McCown, WR Vincent Jackson (rib), LT Anthony Collins (knee), LB J...

Bucs sign Holliday to spark return game

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Looking for a spark in the return game, the Bucs signed Trindon Holliday and promoted defensive end T.J. Fatinikun from the practice squad.

Hot Reads: Vikings coach sees talented Bucs defense

- According to first-year Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, don’t read too much into the NFL statistics that show the Bucs at the bottom of the league in both yards and points allowed.

Smith downplays any Bucs QB controversy

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Although he declined to name his starter under center for Sunday’s home matchup against the Vikings, Bucs coach Lovie Smith rebuffed any notion of a quarterback controv...

Home not sweet to Bucs so far this season

- Since Tampa Bay ushered in a massive rebuilding plan in 2009, the Bucs have been the most inept home team in the National Football League.

Lookahead: Bucs vs. Vikings

- Coming off a bye week, the Bucs seek their first home win in four attempts Sunday against the Vikings, who have dropped three in a row following a 2-2 start. Here’s a closer look at the matchup.

Ira Kaufman’s Week 8 NFL power rankings

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Each week, 12 national media members — including The Tampa Tribune’s Ira Kaufman — rank teams in what is known as The Associ...

Bucs' Da'Quan Bowers suspended by NFL

- Bowers was suspended without pay for the team's next two games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Bucs notes: Vikings defense not flashy, but effective

- Bucs LT Anthony Collins has taken on some of the NFL’s most gifted pass rushers through six games, and Sunday’s matchup poses another daunting challenge.

Hot Reads: Bucs feel refreshed after bye week

- After six games marked by mistakes, injuries and defeat, the Buccaneers returned to the practice field Monday feeling rejuvenated after a welcome bye week.

Feaster back with Lightning to face new challenge

- Jay Feaster has already proven he knows how to construct a championship hockey team in Tampa Bay. Now, he wants to cultivate the next generation of Lightning fans.

Bucs notes: FB Lane says diet drug led to suspension

- Bucs FB Javorskie Lane was suspended two games without pay for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, the team announced Wednesday.

Hot Reads: QB Glennon paid price for poor protection

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The offensive line of the Buccaneers didn’t pass protect effectively in Sunday’s 48-17 loss to Baltimore, and QB Mike Glennon still has the bruises to prove it.<...

Ira Kaufman’s Week 7 NFL power rankings

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Each week, 12 national media members — including The Tampa Tribune’s Ira Kaufman — rank teams in what is known as The Associated Press Pro32 power rankings. Her...

McCoy takes responsibility for poor Bucs showing

- With the Bucs’ defense ranked last among all 32 NFL teams in points and yards allowed, captain Gerald McCoy summoned the media to his locker and said the blame starts and ends with him.

Bucs notes: QB Glennon kept getting back up

- Even in defeat, second-year quarterback Mike Glennon proved his physical and mental toughness to the Bucs coaching staff on Sunday.

Bucs' Glennon battered, bruised while Flacco goes unscathed

- The bruises on Mike Glennon's body were telling, and so were the shocking numbers on the final stat sheet.

Bucs notes: Zuttah, Means enjoy triumphant return to Tampa

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A couple of former Bucs were jubilant in the Baltimore locker room after a 48-17 rout that improved the Ravens to 4-2.

Buccaneers plagued by slow starts this season

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Slow starts have frustrated the Bucs and their supporters during a 1-5 getaway, and Sunday was certainly no exception. Opponents have outscored Tampa Bay 72-17 in the opening quarter and the Bucs have lost the past 15 ti...

Flacco takes advantage of Bucs’ injury-depleted secondary

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The Bucs were short a couple of starting defensive backs against the Ravens, and it showed.

Bucs LB David: Team didn’t have ‘fight’ in Ravens loss

- For the second consecutive week, All-Pro Bucs linebacker Lavonte David was credited with a game-high 14 tackles. And for yet another Sunday, it wasn’t enough.

Bucs get extra week to regroup before Vikings

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Bye bye

Bucs Hot Reads: Ravens defense poses hefty test

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TAMPA — Baltimore’s defense lives life on the edge and the Buccaneers offensive line will have to be stout Sunday against yet another disruptive unit.

Bucs tight ends want fewer drops, more grabs

- Brandon Myers, Luke Stocker and rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins have combined on 21 catches for 211 yards. The Bucs are one of only seven clubs in a 32-team league still waiting for a tight end to score a touchdown.

Hot Reads: Ravens QB Flacco sorry to see Rainey go

- Ravens QB Joe Flacco is eager to renew acquaintances with Bucs RB Bobby Rainey on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

Bucs notes: LB Foster targets return vs. Ravens

- Middle linebacker Mason Foster fully participated in Wednesday’s practice and said his dislocated shoulder has improved to the point he is likely to play against the Ravens.

As Glennon improves, Bucs' confidence in him grows

- With each passing game, Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon is improving as the team's confidence and respect for him grow.

Ira Kaufman’s Week 6 NFL power rankings

- Each week, 12 national media members — including The Tampa Tribune’s Ira Kaufman — rank teams in what is known as The Associated Press Pro32 power rankings. Here is Kaufman’s ballot.

Bucs notes: Uncomfortable feeling with Brees in charge

- Although they led by 11 points at two different points in the second half, the Bucs couldn’t relax because they knew Brees was reloading on the New Orleans sideline.

Rainey, Martin fail to establish run against Saints

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Tampa Bay entered the game determined to establish a running attack that could take some pressure off QB Mike Glennon in a noisy venue while keeping Saints quarterback Drew Br...

Bucs’ 15 penalties against Saints have big effect

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The Bucs thought they had left their self-destructive tendencies behind them at Atlanta during an embarrassing 56-14 setback. But 17 days later, in a different dome on t...

Bucs loss spoils linebacker’s second pick-6

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— For the second time in three games, Danny Lansanah hasn’t been able to fully cherish a linebacker’s dream.

Bucs struggle to contain Saints’ pass-catching backs

- Saints quarterback Drew Brees needed 57 pass attempts to throw for 371 yards against the Bucs on Sunday, but he burned Tampa Bay’s defense repeatedly on flare passes and screens to his running backs.

Bucs defense knows it must brace for Saints best

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— Saints quarterback Drew Brees is masterful at looking defenders off and spreading the ball around, especially at the Superdome, but he’s not fooling anyone on the...

Bucs notes: Saints S Byrd out for season; injury report

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The Saints weren’t playing much defense with Pro Bowl free safety Jairus Byrd on the field. Now, they’ll have to make do without him.

Hot Reads: NFC South still up for grabs

- Despite an 0-3 start, the Bucs find themselves tied with the Saints after four weeks, only one game out of first place in the NFC South.

Surgery still an option for Bucs’ McCown

- Tampa Bay’s Josh McCown said his injured right thumb is steadily improving, but the veteran quarterback has not ruled out surgery.

Without delay, Bucs work on communication issues

- Heading into one of the most hostile environments in the league, the Bucs are determined to be vigilant and avoid some of the play clock issues that plagued them in Pittsburgh.

Ira Kaufman's Week 5 NFL power rankings

- Each week, 12 national media members — including The Tampa Tribune's Ira Kaufman — rank teams in what is known as The Associated Press Pro32 power rankings. Here is Kaufman's ballot.

Smith non-committal about Bucs’ starting QB

- Sensing a quarterback controversy brewing in the aftermath of a dramatic comeback victory at Pittsburgh, Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith declined to name his starter.

Column: Don’t hold your breath waiting on NFLPA

- Based on last year’s memorable soap opera in Tampa involving the Bucs and Josh Freeman, you might never hear another word about the union’s probe into the Ray Rice scandal.

Bucs Notes: McCoy’s return lights spark on DL

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Even playing with virtually one hand, Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy had a dramatic effect on the Bucs defense as he returned from a one-game absence.

Bucs’ Goldson, Evans injured in win at Pittsburgh

- Tampa Bay’s flurry of early-season injuries continued as S Dashon Goldson and rookie WR Mike Evans hobbled off at Heinz Field.

Murphy flourishes in his first game back with Bucs

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— All Louis Murphy could do was stay in shape, keep thinking positive thoughts and hope the Buccaneers brain trust didn’t forget about him.

Bucs WR Jackson comes alive in win

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PITTSBURGH — It hasn’t been the greatest of starts for Bucs WR Vincent Jackson, but he sure knew how to finish on Sunday.

Hot Reads: All players face same expectations

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TAMPA — Although Tampa Bay’s pass rush has been hampered by injuries to DT Gerald McCoy, DE Adrian Clayborn and DE Michael Johnson, defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier isn’t cutting their replacemen...