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A Pro Football Blog by Roy Cummings and Ira Kaufman

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So far, 3 Bucs on list of NFL’s 100 influential people of 2015 season

Published:   |   Updated: June 22, 2015 at 12:41 PM
By Roy Cummings

— What do football-related websites do when football goes into hibernation, which it did last week with the completion of the NFL of offseason workout programs?

Well, some of them make up lists. You know, the top 100 players in the league, the top 10 quarterbacks of all time, that sort of thing.

The MMQB, a sister site of Sports Illustrated led by Peter King, has gone that route, compiling a list of what King and his staff believe will be the NFL’s 100 most influential people of the 2015 season.

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Bucs rookie QB Jameis Winston gets head shaved for cancer research

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By Olivia Stacey

Tampa Bay Buccaneer quarterback Jameis Winston was one of 13 players who had their heads shaved to raise money and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation on Tuesday.

The team donated $20,000 to support the “Cut for a Cure” charity challenge, but defensive tackle Gerald McCoy came in at the end of the event and donated a personal check of $10,000 to increase the total donation to $30,000.

Winston, along with Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford, Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet, Jared Koster, Lavonte David, Andrew DePaola, Will Gholston, Mike James, Michael Koenen, Patrick Murray, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Evan Smith, Akeem Spence and Keith Tandy had their heads saved by pediatric cancer patients and survivors.

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Lovie Smith: New talent will help Bucs improve

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By Roy Cummings

— After posting a league-worst 2-14 record last year, the Buccaneers have nowhere to go but up in 2015. And an upward jump is precisely what coach Lovie Smith expects from the Bucs.

Now, predicting a rise out of the league’s basement is precisely what you would expect Smith to forecast for his team. But there is a very good reason why Smith believes that will happen.

“The talent level is better,’’ Smith said last week during a break in offseason workouts at One Buc Place.

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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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TBO.com Staff

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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