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Monday, Mar 30, 2015

Ira Kaufman

Tribune Staff

Making right NFL draft pick difficult to project

- Guessing on an SAT test might cost you a few points. Guessing in the NFL draft might cost you your job.

NFL meetings notes: Excitement for draft’s new site

- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is excited about staging the draft in Chicago next month, even if the potential No. 1 pick doesn’t show up.

Bucs’ Smith thinks Winston’s mistakes are behind him

- Jameis Winston received a powerful endorsement from Bucs coach Lovie Smith, who said the organization’s “unprecedented’’ research suggests the polarizing quarterback will not repeat the lapses in jud...

Bucs co-owner: 'We've got to solve the problems going forward'

- In a wide-ranging discussion on the state of the Bucs, co-owner Joel Glazer touched on topics ranging from fan support to his confidence level in head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht following a 2-14 season.

NFL meetings: Franchise QBs valuable, but rare


PHOENIX -- Some NFL observers have likened the skill set of Florida State QB Jameis Winston to Ben Roethlisberger, who has led the Steelers to a pair of Super Bowl victories since being selected in the first round of the...

GM Licht: Bucs ‘already better’ with offseason moves

- Jason Licht, speaking at the NFL owners meeting in Phoenix, said the Bucs are in better shape than last season, even with the release of three starters over the past six weeks.

Bucs' signing of punter Wilder could end Koenen's run

- Andrew Wilder, 24, handled both punting and kicking chores at Northern Arizona, where he led FCS punters in 2012 with a 46.3 average. In 2013, Wilder ranked fifth with a 44.5 average.

Bucs sign CB Sterling Moore

- The Bucs made their fourth free-agent signing of the offseason Thursday, coming to terms with former Cowboys defensive back Sterling Moore.

Rays' Archer bolsters pitching arsenal with changup

- Chris Archer already has shown he can be a rotation mainstay by relying on a 95 mph fastball and a slider that handcuffed hitters in 2014. He now is becoming more confident with a changeup that he believes will round out an...

Rays Triple Play: Roll with it


Tampa Bay RHP Chris Archer was cruising along at Bright House Field before two of Philadelphia’s veteran mainstays teamed up to spoil his second outing of the spring.

Rays notes: Cash, Longoria off to good start

- It appears the new manager of the Rays and the face of the franchise have formed a quick rapport.

Plant High product keeps dream alive at Rays camp

- Plant High product Corey Brown, with four hits in six spring at-bats, is making the best of his opportunity to make a name for himself for the Rays.

Bucs have mixed results during free agency over past 3 years

- The Bucs have been quite active in free agency each of the past three years, with disappointing results overall. For every success story like productive wide receiver Vincent Jackson, there’s Eric Wright, Anthony Coll...

Experience is young QB’s best education

- Those with the most snaps have a better chance to play to their ceiling.

You be the Bucs GM: Offensive Line


The NFL calendar officially flips to 2015 with the start of free agency. A three-day negotiating period begins today, allowing teams and prospective free agents to begin the matchmaking process. On Tuesday, contracts can...

You be the Bucs GM: Linebackers


The NFL calendar officially flips to 2015 with the start of free agency. A three-day negotiating period begins Saturday, allowing teams and prospective free agents to begin the matchmaking process. On Tuesday, contracts ...

Winston, Mariota to attend Gruden QB camp

- Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota of Oregon will spend time on and off the field with former Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden later this month in Orlando as part of his annual Quarterback Camp.

Lightning can’t overcome early deficit in 4-3 loss to Panthers

- The Panthers took control in the second period and held on for a 4-3 triumph, less than 24 hours before today’s 3 p.m. deadline.

Defenseman tops Yzerman’s wish list

- For Lightning players, today’s matchup against the Florida Panthers represents a final chance to convince general manager Steve Yzerman that standing pat at the NHL trade deadline might be the smartest move.

NFL Beat: Kelly-Mariota tie makes Eagles a draft focal point


It’s rare when a team holding the No. 20 pick commands this much attention heading into the NFL draft.

Podcast: NFL Combine over; what’s next?


In this week’s Bucs Bonus Podcast, Olivia Stacey talks with Tampa Tribune’s NFL writer about the NFL Scouting Combine and the upcoming draft.

Bolts take it to Ducks early in 5-3 win

- In sharp contrast to Saturday night’s first-period doldrums against the Kings, Tampa Bay assumed control from the start en route to a 5-3 victory against Anaheim, which began the day with an NHL-high 75 points.

Stunning comeback solidifies Brady, Belichick legacies

- Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are back on top with the Patriots after topping the Seahawks in a Super Bowl for the ages.

Super Bowl: For Seattle, New England, it’s been there, done that


— Legacies on the line, dynasties to be determined.

Lynch, Dungy shut out of Hall; Seau, Bettis voted in

- Safety John Lynch and coach Tony Dungy were turned away at the Pro Football Hall of Fame doorstep Saturday for the second consecutive year.

John Lynch, Tony Dungy to learn Hall of Fame fate today

- After years with Lee Roy Selmon as the Bucs' lone representative in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the team is suddenly on quite a roll with the inductions of Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks. Will Lynch or Dungy make it thr...

RBs Lynch, Blount will do talking on field during Super Bowl

- One caused a stir by not talking. The other made waves by what he said. Let’s see who gets the final word on Super Bowl Sunday: Seattle's Marshawn Lynch or New England's LeGarrette Blount.

Ex-Buc Joseph: Team has to learn how to win


— Davin Joseph was as shocked as Buccaneers fans when Tampa Bay went 2-14 under first-year coach Lovie Smith.