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Sunday, Sep 21, 2014

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.

Schiano sighted at Berkeley Prep practice

Published:   |   Updated: September 10, 2014 at 09:07 PM
BY NICK WILLIAMSTribune Staff

TAMPA — Wonder what former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rutgers University head coach Greg Schiano is up to these days? You might be able to ask him yourself if you stop by Berkeley Prep’s varsity football practice.

Schiano stopped by the ‘other’ Buccaneers afternoon practice Wednesday and chatted with head coach Dominick Ciao for a minutes until he became engaged in a drill and helped coach the players.

Schiano, who was fired by the NFL’s Buccaneers following two losing seasons in December of 2013, worked primarily with the high school team’s secondary Wednesday during a passing drill, instructing the players on proper ways to defend a receiver and cover deep passing routes.

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McCoy: Opener a ‘statement game’ for Bucs

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By Roy Cummings

You only get one chance to make a good first impression. That point has not been lost on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

As they prepared this week for their season opener Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, the idea of making a good first impression on everyone from their fans to the teams not on their schedule has been part of their mindset.

Bucs players say this first game gives them a chance to serve notice that they can and will be a team to be reckoned with.

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Triple-team McCoy? Bucs’ DT says ‘go ahead’

Published:   |   Updated: September 5, 2014 at 07:03 AM
By Roy Cummings

— The Carolina Panthers did an exceptional job of neutralizing Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy last year.

During two games against the Bucs, the Panthers limited McCoy to one tackle and never gave up so much as a quarterback pressure to him.

They did it, McCoy said, using triple teams against him, which McCoy wouldn’t necessarily mind seeing again Sunday during the Bucs’ season opener.

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Bucs defense’s top task: stop Cam Newton

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By Ira Kaufman

— The Buccaneer defense has one primary task in Sunday’s season opener against the Panthers.

Keep quarterback Cam Newton out of his comfort zone.

Newton had his way with Tampa Bay last year as Carolina posted two lopsided victories. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft completed 41-of-61 passes for 484 yards and four touchdowns against the Bucs, adding 118 yards and two scores on the ground.

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Bucs Wright may be struggling in new role

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By Roy Cummings

— Luke Stocker was the first Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end to have a pass thrown his way against Miami on Saturday night. Brandon Myers was the second and rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins was third.

So where was second-year pro Tim Wright?

His first chance to catch a pass came in the third quarter, and there was a reason for that. Though Wright’s place on the roster still seems secure, his chances of making an impact as a pass catcher may be in jeopardy.

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Bucs add former first-round pick, DE English

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By Ira Kaufman

The Bucs continued to tweak their roster, signing DE Larry English and waiving injured DT Jibreel Black.

English (6-foot-2, 255 pounds) originally entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick of the Chargers in 2009 out of Northern Illinois. In five seasons with San Diego, English played in 52 games with nine starts, recording 80 tackles, 11 sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

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Bucs Hot Reads: Cold, hard truth is ice 'Didn't feel too bad'

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— The Ice Bucket Challenge arrived at One Buc Place in a big way on the final afternoon of training camp.

Coach Lovie Smith, co-chairman Bryan Glazer and some notable players were doused by a bucket of ice water Thursday in an effort to draw attention to ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

The challenge offers two options: make a $100 donation to the ALS Association or submit to an ice bath, then call out three more people to participate.

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Bucs sign DE Fatinikun

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By Ira Kaufman

— The Buccaneers signed defensive end T.J. Fatinikun on Tuesday.

Fatinikun (6-2, 250) participated on a tryout basis in Tampa Bay’s rookie minicamp this past offseason. In 2013, Fatinikun had a tryout with the Chiefs following the NFL draft. Later that year, he was signed to the Portland Thunder of the Arena Football League.

Fatinikun, who played collegiately at Toledo, will wear No. 67.

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One solution to Bucs’ guard issue? 49ers’ holdout Boone

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By Roy Cummings

— Concerned about the status of his team’s guard play, Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht has made no secret of his willingness to look outside of the organization for a possible solution.

It should come as no surprise then that Licht has reportedly reached out to the San Francisco 49ers to inquire about the possible availability of holdout guard Alex Boone.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported Monday that, via a person informed of the Bucs’ thinking, Tampa Bay would have legitimate interest in working a trade for Boone, if they can get him for the right price.

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Bucs sign USF DE Giddens, Ruffin

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By Ira Kaufman

— The Buccaneers continued to shuffle their training camp roster Tuesday, signing defensive ends Ryne Giddins and James Ruffin.

Giddins (6-3, 253) is a free agent from the University of South Florida. He participated in the Buccaneers rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis this past spring.

Ruffin (6-4, 271) originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Buccaneers in 2010, spending the 2010 offseason with the team before being waived. He later signed with Cincinnati’s practice squad and spent the 2011 offseason with the team before being released.

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