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Sunday, Apr 19, 2015

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A Pro Football Blog by Roy Cummings and Ira Kaufman

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Kiper projects Bucs staying in state for top three picks

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By Roy Cummings

— Are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the verge of asking a Florida Gator to protect a Florida State Seminole when the 2015 season begins? One well-known NFL draft analyst thinks so.

Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN came out Friday with a three-round projection of the draft for each team, and he has the Bucs staying in state for each of their first three picks.

Kiper is sticking with his long-standing prediction that the Bucs will take FSU quarterback James Winston with the first pick. He then has the Bucs taking UF tackle D.J. Humphries with their second pick.

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Win chance to attend Bucs’ draft pick news conference

Published:   |   Updated: April 16, 2015 at 06:44 AM
By Roy Cummings

— Most everyone has an opinion on what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should do with the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, and three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy wants to hear yours.

McCoy is the Bucs’ front man in a joint promotion with Publix stores and P&G that is offering fans a chance to win a VIP draft experience through the NFL’s Tackle Everything Sweepstakes.

The grand prize includes an invitation for two to attend a news conference where the Bucs will introduce one of their drafted players.

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Bucs to host Bengals (on ‘MNF’), Browns in preseason

Published:   |   Updated: April 10, 2015 at 06:48 AM
Tribune staff

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open the 2015 preseason at Minnesota, followed by home games against Cincinnati and Cleveland and a trip to Miami, the league announced Thursday.

Familiar faces will be the theme.

The Week 1 game at the Vikings (Aug. 13-17) will mark Bucs defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier’s return to Minnesota, where he coached for seven seasons, include three as head coach.

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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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TBO.com Staff

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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