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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

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A Pro Football Blog by Roy Cummings and Ira Kaufman

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Jameis Winston talks about becoming a Buccaneer

Published:   |   Updated: May 5, 2015 at 11:26 AM
By Olivia Stacey

Jameis Winston is officially a Buccaneer.

Less than 24 hours after being selected as the No.1 overall pick by Tampa Bay, Winston signed a four-year contract with the team.

In this video, Winston addresses the media in his introductory press conference on Friday from One Buccaneer Place.

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Bucs fans react to Tampa Bay drafting Jameis Winston

Published:   |   Updated: May 1, 2015 at 06:54 AM
By Olivia Stacey

For the fifth time in franchise history, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were on the clock first.

After months of speculation, Tampa Bay selected former Florida State Quarterback and 2013 Heisman Winner Jameis Winston with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Many Bucs fans showed their support for Winston Thursday night at the team’s draft party, from custom jerseys, to a cardboard cutout of Winston’s head. In this video, several fans share their thoughts on the Bucs selecting Winston.

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Bucs Bonus Podcast: Draft Edition

Published:   |   Updated: April 30, 2015 at 09:57 AM

In this edition of the Bucs Bonus Podcast Olivia Stacey and Ira Kaufman discuss Tampa Bay’s biggest needs in the 2015 NFL Draft, the likelihood of Jameis Winston becoming a Buccaneer and how the team might fill holes in the offense.

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Winston in Tampa for Brooks’ charity golf tournament

Published:   |   Updated: April 27, 2015 at 12:59 PM
By Roy Cummings

— Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is back in Tampa today, participating in former Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks’ charity golf tournament at Avila Country Club.

With Winston’s agent, Kenny Felder, accompanying him, it might seem like a perfect time for Winston and the Bucs to start talking contract if indeed the Bucs plan to take Winston with the first overall pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft.

Not so, says Felder.

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GM Licht: Bucs already have a ‘face of the franchise’

Published:   |   Updated: April 21, 2015 at 01:50 PM
By Roy Cummings

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht has made it clear that he and coach Lovie Smith would be comfortable making quarterback Jameis Winston the face of their franchise.

But that doesn’t mean Winston or any other quarterback they might draft with the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft will automatically become the face of the Bucs.

Licht said Monday that the Bucs franchise already has a face, and if Winston or any other newcomer wants to replace that face with their own they’ll have to wait and work before forcing that change.

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Kiper projects Bucs staying in state for top three picks

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

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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