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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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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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Polian: Glennon ‘perfect bridge’ for Bucs until top pick ready

Published:   |   Updated: February 14, 2015 at 09:10 AM
By Roy Cummings

— The biggest question everyone is suddenly asking about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is: Who will start at quarterback when the 2015 season opens?

Former Indianapolis Colts executive and 2015 Hall of Fame enshrinee Bill Polian believes he has the answer.

Speaking on ESPN’s “NFL Insiders” show Thursday, Polian said he believes the Bucs will start 2013 third-round draft pick Mike Glennon in 2015.

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Koetter confident he’ll get most out of Bucs’ next starting QB

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By Roy Cummings

— With Josh McCown suddenly out on the street, there’s no telling who the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starting quarterback will be in 2015.

It could be Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota, if the Bucs use their first overall draft pick on one of them. It could be someone the Bucs pick up in free agency or a trade. It might even be holdover Mike Glennon.

Whoever it is, new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is absolutely certain he can get that player to play to his abilities.

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Browns’ apparent interest in Mariota fuels trade speculation

Published:   |   Updated: February 11, 2015 at 10:14 AM
By Roy Cummings

— The suggestion was made a week or so ago that the Browns’ seemingly never-ending search for quarterback help could result in a trade with the Buccaneers this spring.

Now there’s evidence to suggest just such a deal may be on the Browns minds.

The Hawaii Star Advertiser reported recently that Kevin O’Connell, who is expected to soon be named the Browns’ new quarterbacks coach, is currently coaching up quarterback prospect Marcus Mariota.

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Browns, in need of QB, could impact Bucs’ draft plans

Published:   |   Updated: February 4, 2015 at 12:52 PM
By Roy Cummings

— Brian Hoyer is on his way to the free-agent market. Johnny Manziel is in rehab. Add it all up and the Cleveland Browns are a team seemingly in need of a quarterback.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a team seemingly ready to give one up.

The decision to sit Mike Glennon for all but a few games last year has many believing the Bucs are ready to move him in a trade this offseason, and the Browns could emerge as a potential trade partner.

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