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A Pro Football Blog by Roy Cummings and Ira Kaufman

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Video shows Bucs’ new QB coach’s approach

Published:   |   Updated: January 29, 2015 at 04:06 PM
By Roy Cummings

— A lot of Buccaneers fans are wondering just what it is the Bucs got in new quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian.

Well, here’s a chance to find out.

Bajakian was mic’d up for practice one day last year while working as the offensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee.

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Kiper re-evaluates, downgrades Bucs’ 2014 draft ... slightly

Published:   |   Updated: January 28, 2015 at 06:57 AM
By Roy Cummings

— The Buccaneers did a good of finding new and potential impact players during the 2014 NFL Draft. They just didn’t do as good a job as one notable draft analyst initially thought.

In a fun bit of busy work, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper recently updated the grades he gave out to each of the league’s 32 teams for the work they did during last year’s draft.

The Bucs were one of 17 teams deemed to have done worse than originally thought, but their grade suggests they didn’t do that much worse as their efforts were downgraded from a B+ to a B.

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Thin QB crop could mean high demand for Bucs’ Glennon

Published:   |   Updated: January 27, 2015 at 06:48 AM
By Roy Cummings

— The growing consensus among NFL scouts and draft analysts is that no position group runs out of top-level 2015 draft prospects sooner than quarterback.

The 2015 class of free-agent quarterbacks isn’t any deeper. With Mark Sanchez, Brian Hoyer and Shaun Hill expected to lead the way, it too seems to be lacking both star and starter quality talent.

All of which could prove to be good news for the Bucs.

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Kiper: Mariota NFL-ready ... in the right system

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By Roy Cummings

— Contrary to an opinion that appears to be growing across the league, NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper says he believes Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is indeed NFL ready.

But the number of teams Mariota is ready to play for is limited, Kiper said, perhaps to just one.

Speaking Wednesday on a draft-related conference call, Kiper said Mariota could step in and play right away for the Philadelphia Eagles but a team like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would likely have to wait a year or two for him.

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Bucs Bonus: Super Bowl, Deflate-Gate

Published:   |   Updated: January 21, 2015 at 04:56 PM

In this week’s Bucs Bonus Podcast, Tampa Tribune’s NFL writer, Ira Kaufman joins Olivia Stacey to preview the Super Bowl and discuss the allegations that New England used overly deflated footballs in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. Kaufman also talks about a few familiar faces Bucs fans will see on Super Bowl Sunday.

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No increase in Bucs season-ticket prices for 2015

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For the seventh consecutive year, the cost of a Tampa Bay Buccaneers season ticket will remain the same, the team announced today.

Season tickets will be available starting at $30 a game for adults and $15 for children.

“There is a heightened sense of excitement and anticipation throughout our community as we enter this offseason with the first overall selection in the upcoming NFL draft,” Bucs Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford said.

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Could Rod Marinelli be coming back to Bucs?

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Rumors of Dallas Cowboys’ defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli joining the Bucs have been circulating for several weeks. Tampa Tribune’s Bucs beat writer Roy Cummings discusses the speculation in Monday’s Sports Flash.

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Bucs Bonus Podcast: It’s all about the QBs

Published:   |   Updated: January 6, 2015 at 04:02 PM

In this week’s Bucs Bonus Podcast, Tampa Tribune’s NFL writer Ira Kaufman joins Olivia Stacey to discuss takeaways from wild-card weekend and give a look ahead to Sunday’s divisional round matchups.

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Bucs Bonus Podcast: Battle of the Bays

Published:   |   Updated: December 17, 2014 at 05:11 PM
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In this week’s Bucs Bonus Podcast, Tampa Tribune’s NFL writer Ira Kaufman joins Olivia Stacey to discuss the Bucs 19-17 loss to the Carolina Panthers and this week’s home game against the Green Bay Packers, who are tied atop NFC North standings with Detroit. Kaufman also offers his predictions for who will clinch playoff spots around the NFL.

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Bucs’ LT Collins believes benching was due to health not play

Published:   |   Updated: December 15, 2014 at 10:14 AM
By Roy Cummings

CHARLOTTE – Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said the surprise benching on Sunday of starting left tackle Anthony Collins was a coach’s decision.

Collins believes Smith’s decision was prompted by his health, not his play on the field.

“I guess he feels like I’m not healed up all the way, that my strength is not all the way there,’’ Collins said in the wake of the Bucs 19-17 loss to the Panthers at Bank of America Stadium.

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