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Bucs' Glazer: More points, fewer blackouts in store

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Published:   |   Updated: July 27, 2013 at 07:37 PM

TAMPA - Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer addressed the media before Saturday night's practice at Raymond James Stadium and vowed more home games will be televised locally this fall.

Nineteen home games have been blacked out in the Tampa Bay area during the past three seasons.

"There has been improvement in ticket sales,'' Glazer said. "We still have a way to go, but things are better. We're confident there will be a lot more games on TV than last year.''

Glazer also talked up an offense that finished No. 9 in the NFL last season, despite major injuries to Pro Bowl guards Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks.

"We have an offense that can keep up with anyone in the league, and that has not been seen in Tampa in a long time,'' Glazer said. "On defense, we've added great players. We have a very good football team.''

Four years after a veteran purge that included the release of Derrick Brooks, Glazer said the trade for Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis indicates the club's rebuilding phase is over.

"This is the right place at the right time,'' he said, referring to the April deal that sent a No. 1 draft pick in 2014 to the Jets for Revis. "You don't have the opportunity to get a player who could be the best player of his generation at a position at a young age (28). If this were three or four years ago, I don't know it would be the right fit.''

Glazer said the organization expects "great things'' from fifth-year quarterback Josh Freeman, whose rookie contract expires at the end of the season.

Although the NFC South is very competitive and the NFC appears stacked, Glazer remains confident the Bucs, who haven't made the playoffs since 2007, will make noise this year.

"You can't predict other teams,'' he said. "Every year, teams that are supposed to be good don't turn out to be good ... they have injuries. If we take care of our business and play solid football, we'll be just fine.''

On Aug. 3, Glazer will be part of a Buccaneer contingent on a charter flight to Canton, Ohio, to see former Tampa Bay defensive tackle Warren Sapp enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

"It will be a great moment for me,'' Glazer said. "My first official act the year we bought the team (1995), I went with my father to Canton to see Lee Roy Selmon inducted. To now see the first draft pick under our ownership make the Hall of Fame, we're really proud of him.''

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