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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Bucs Report

A Pro Football Blog by Roy Cummings and Ira Kaufman

Go behind the scenes with Buccaneers beat writers Roy Cummings and Ira Kaufman as they offer their insights on the latest happenings with the team.

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Bucs Bonus podcast: Training camp battles

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In this week’s Bucs Bonus Podcast, Olivia Stacey and Tampa Tribune’s NFL writer Ira Kaufman break down four key training camp battles and answer fan questions.

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Bucs: LT Smith elevated game against better competition

Published:   |   Updated: May 14, 2015 at 10:19 AM
By Roy Cummings

— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have big plans for second-round draft pick Donovan Smith this season. A Penn State product, the 6-foot-6, 325-pound Smith is expected to take over as the Bucs’ starting left tackle.

That’s no small chore, especially for a rookie, but the Bucs believe Smith is ready for those duties, in part because they believe he has a knack for elevating his game when the level of competition improves.

“When you watch his college tape, when he played against the good players, he played better than good,’’ Bucs offensive line coach George Warhop said. “I mean he played really well.

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Mike Alstott reflects on being named to Bucs’ Ring of Honor

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By Olivia Stacey

The Buccaneers named two offensive players for induction into its Ring of Honor on Wednesday.

Doug Williams and Mike Alstott will be honored during separate ceremonies next season, joining Hall of Famers Lee Roy Selmon, Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp, in addition to John McKay, Jimmie Giles and Paul Gruber.

Mike Alstott, known to fans as the A-train, still holds the franchise record for touchdowns.

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Doug Williams talks about joining Bucs’ Ring of Honor

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers broke from tradition on Wednesday when they announced they will induct two players into their Ring of Honor for the first time in 2015.

Doug Williams, the first quarterback to lead the Bucs to the playoffs, and Mike Alstott, the fullback who still holds the franchise record for touchdowns

In this one-on-one interview, Olivia Stacey talks with Williams following the announcement at One Buc Place.

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Bucs’ rookie Smith will have to earn starting job at left tackle

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By Roy Cummings

— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers spent the 34th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft on Penn State tackle Donovan Smith with the idea Smith would step in immediately as their starting left tackle.

That plan hasn’t changed, but instead of just handing Smith that starter’s job, the Bucs are making him earn it.

When Smith took the field for the first time with his new Bucs teammates on Monday, he was playing second-team left tackle behind Kevin Pamphile, a 2014 fifth-round pick of the Bucs.

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Bucs Bonus Podcast: Draft recap and rookie mini-camp

Published:   |   Updated: May 11, 2015 at 09:24 PM

In this week’s Bucs Bonus Podcast Olivia Stacey talks with Tampa Tribune’s NFL Writer, Ira Kaufman about his impressions of Tampa Bay’s draft picks and to recap rookie mini-camp.

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With Bucs’ drafting of Smith, Dotson set to return to RT

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By Roy Cummings

— Demar Dotson started the last three games of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2014 season at left tackle, and until last weekend he was planning to start the 2015 season there as well.

Dotson’s plans changed when the Bucs spent the first of their two second-round draft picks on Penn State lineman Donovan Smith, who appears to be slated to take over as the Bucs’ new left tackle.

“When I left (at the end of the 2014 season) there was an indication that I was going to come back and start off at left (tackle),’’ Dotson said Tuesday during a break in offseason workouts at One Buc Place.

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Jameis Winston talks about becoming a Buccaneer

Published:   |   Updated: May 5, 2015 at 11:26 AM
By Olivia Stacey

Jameis Winston is officially a Buccaneer.

Less than 24 hours after being selected as the No.1 overall pick by Tampa Bay, Winston signed a four-year contract with the team.

In this video, Winston addresses the media in his introductory press conference on Friday from One Buccaneer Place.

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Bucs fans react to Tampa Bay drafting Jameis Winston

Published:   |   Updated: May 1, 2015 at 06:54 AM
By Olivia Stacey

For the fifth time in franchise history, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were on the clock first.

After months of speculation, Tampa Bay selected former Florida State Quarterback and 2013 Heisman Winner Jameis Winston with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Many Bucs fans showed their support for Winston Thursday night at the team’s draft party, from custom jerseys, to a cardboard cutout of Winston’s head. In this video, several fans share their thoughts on the Bucs selecting Winston.

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Bucs Bonus Podcast: Draft Edition

Published:   |   Updated: April 30, 2015 at 09:57 AM

In this edition of the Bucs Bonus Podcast Olivia Stacey and Ira Kaufman discuss Tampa Bay’s biggest needs in the 2015 NFL Draft, the likelihood of Jameis Winston becoming a Buccaneer and how the team might fill holes in the offense.

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