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Tuesday, Mar 31, 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’ safety Chris Conte willing to risk it all for football

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By Roy Cummings

— Fearful that continuing to play football might some day reduce his quality of life or even shorten it by a few years, former 49ers LB Chris Borland retired on Monday at the age of 24 after just one NFL season.

Buccaneers S Chris Conte wouldn’t think of doing such a thing.

We know because Conte has thought of doing such a thing.

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Bucs Bonus Podcast: NFL free agency recap

Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2015 at 08:44 AM

In this week’s Bucs Bonus Podcast Olivia Stacey talks with Tampa Tribune’s NFL writer Ira Kaufman to recap the first three days of free agency

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Bucs, seemingly set at RB, could target Murray

Published:   |   Updated: March 10, 2015 at 12:24 PM
By Roy Cummings

— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will go into the start of the free agency signing period today needing fixes at several position groups across the field.

On the face of it, running back would not seem to be one of them, yet reports have surfaced suggesting the Bucs may become players for Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray should he reach the open market.

Why?

Here are three reasons why the Bucs, who appear to have both depth and talent at running back with Doug Martin, Charles Sims and Mike James under contract, might be interested in the NFL’s top 2014 ground gainer.

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Bucs GM Licht on Winston: ‘The process isn’t over’

Published:   |   Updated: March 6, 2015 at 11:46 AM
By Roy Cummings

— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers kept Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston to themselves when they had him in for a visit of One Buc Place earlier this week.

The media was not allowed in to talk with Winston, or with either Bucs coach Lovie Smith or general manager Jason Licht about the visit or their impressions of Winston.

The Bucs did, however, allow Scott Smith of its in-house website, buccaneers.com, a chance to speak with both Winston and Licht. The biggest takeaway probably came from Licht.

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Podcast: NFL Combine over; what’s next?

Published:   |   Updated: February 25, 2015 at 06:27 AM
By Ira Kaufman

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.

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NFL Combine: Are Bucs leaning toward Winston or Mariota?

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are among the 32 teams in Indianapolis this week for the NFL Scouting Combine.

In this video, Tampa Tribune’s Bucs beat writer Roy Cummings gives an update on the latest news from the combine.

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15 minutes with Winston won't provide much, Lovie Smith says

Published:   |   Updated: February 20, 2015 at 06:56 AM
By Roy Cummings

INDIANAPOLIS — Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith will meet Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston for the first time here at the scouting combine this week.

It will be a brief introduction.

Interviews with prospects at the combine are limited to 15 minutes, which is why Smith doesn't plan to make it an integral part of his overall evaluation of Winston.

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Bucs may address middle linebacker in draft

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By Roy Cummings

Unhappy with Mason Foster’s lack of ideal foot speed, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will probably allow the middle linebacker to move on to another team through free agency this year.

That means the Bucs will spend the early portion of the offseason looking for a quarterback to run their defense as well as a quarterback to run their offense.

No one should be surprised if they find both in the NFL draft.

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Glazers involved but won’t dictate Bucs’ draft pick, Mark Dominik says

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By Roy Cummings

— With the first overall pick in the draft, the Buccaneers are in a position to make what many believe will be a franchise-altering decision this year.

But who will actually make that decision?

Some have speculated that the Glazer family, which owns the team, will have a big say in the matter and may even take the decision out of the hands of general manager Jason Licht and coach Lovie Smith.

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Mayock: QB-needy Bucs in tough spot at No. 1

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By Roy Cummings

— Arguably the best football analyst in America, Mike Mayock of the NFL Network is slated to do a conference call later this afternoon in which he’ll discuss the 2015 draft ahead of this week’s start of the NFL Scouting Combine.

Mayock has already spilled the beans, though, regarding his feeling about that which matters most to most fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Speaking to Peter King of NBC Sports and Sports Illustrated in King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column on SI.com, Mayock all but says the Bucs’ seemingly desperate need to fill a hole at quarterback comes at a bad time.

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