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.
By Roy Cummings
TAMPA — 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.
By Roy Cummings
TAMPA — 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Ira Kaufman
Coming off another loss at home to the Cincinnati Bengals, the 2-10 Buccaneers prepare to go on the road to take on the 8-4 Detroit Lions. Olivia Stacey joins Tampa Tribune’s NFL writer, Ira Kaufman to discuss the issues facing the team as they prepare for Sunday’s match-up in Detroit.