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The Crow’s Nest: Bucs react to Kobe’s death, looking up to Evans, and more Jameisby Gil Arcia on January 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Photo by John Babiak/Bucs Nation Web links on the Buccaneers. Current, Former Bucs React to Tragic Deaths of Kobe Bryant, Daughter GiannaBucs legends and current players alike were shocked by Sunday's tragic news. Lynch Relives Bucs And 49ers Super Bowl Run | Pewter ReportNearly 17 years from the day John Lynch hoisted the Lombardi Trophy as a Super Bowl champion with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the now 49ers general manager is in position to reach that pinnacle again, this time as a member of San Francisco’s front office. NFL Pro Bowlers Weigh In On Winston's Future With Bucs | Pewter ReportPewterReport.com polled a handful of Pro Bowl players on what the Bucs should do with Jameis Winston regarding his future in Tampa Bay. Senior Bowl WRs Say Bucs' Evans A Player They Look Up To | Pewter ReportMike Evans had Peyton Manning and Randy Moss as his favorite players growing up, but now Evans is the WR that college players look up to. Major Investment Time - JoeBucsFan.comThere’s a big man lurking out there who might solve a big problem for the Bucs. "The Best Thing They Had Going" - JoeBucsFan.comAfter eight years playing linebacker in the NFL, and several years in broadcasting, Kirk Morrison has a very balanced view of America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston. Why Winston returning to the Bucs is the only logical thingSee why Dan Parr of NFL.com thinks Jameis Winston returning to Tampa Bay makes the most sense for both sides. Where does Brad Johnson fall on the All-time Super Bowl QB rankings?Find out where former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Brad Johnson is listed among Super Bowl quarterbacks.
Pro Bowlers talk Bucs and Jameisby Gil Arcia on January 27, 2020 at 3:00 am
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Players feel Winston should return to Tampa Bay. Quarterback Jameis Winston wasn’t at the 2020 Pro Bowl. But that doesn’t mean the young signal caller wasn’t a topic of some conversations. Pewter Report’s Mark Cook spoke to several players at the Pro Bowl, including Colts linebacker Darius Leonard who ripped the media for never giving Winston enough credit. “You know what you didn’t say? All of his touchdowns. He is a great quarterback and a lot of you all (in the media) don’t give him enough credit. Yes, he throws interceptions, but what quarterback doesn’t? You can look at a lot of the Hall of Fame quarterbacks and they had years where they threw 25 or more interceptions. He is a great quarterback and has been nothing but great since coming into the league. You all need to give him his respect.” Defensive lineman Calais Campbell, who played for Bruce Arians in Arizona, mentioned that Winston’s accomplishment of throwing over 5,000 yards and 30-plus touchdowns this past season was “incredible.” He also added if he were the Buccaneers general manager he would bring him back. Darius Slay, Dalvin Cook, and Budda Baker felt the same way. But the respect didn’t stop there. NFC South rivals Drew Brees and Cameron Jordan also weighed-in on Jameis Winston in the video below. Bress said he talked to Winston just the other day and wished him the best while Jordan said a player as competitive as Winston is is a “dangerous thing.” Perhaps it’s Winston’s 19:1 touchdown to interception ratio in the red zone that earned the respect of his peers. Maybe it’s just his competitive nature. Bottom line, Winston seems to be gaining respect around the league and will undoubtedly play successfully in the years to come. We just don’t know where. (h/t JoeBucsFan on the video from Fox 13)
Free-Agent Watch from the 2020 Pro Bowlby David_Harrison on January 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Which stars could be switching helmets next season? The NFL’s Pro Bowl isn’t exactly the most exciting All-Star game among the pro sports leagues. Something which might add a little excitement to it, is the idea some of the guys playing in this year’s game could be playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. With somewhere around $90M in projected cap space this off-season, the Bucs will certainly have money to spend if they choose to. So, let’s take a look at some of the guys who could be seeking out new contracts this spring. AFC FREE-AGENTS Tennessee Titans QB, Ryan Tannehill Tennessee Titans RB, Derrick Henry Baltimore Ravens OLB, Matt Judon New England Patriots WR, Matthew Slater FREE-AGENT FOCUS: RAVENS OLB, MATT JUDON Mitchell Layton-USA TODAY Sports Ryan Tannehill doesn’t fit the typical Bruce Arians quarterback. I don’t see any way the Tennessee Titans let Derrick Henry leave Nashville. And Matthew Slater is good for what he does with the New England Patriots, but doesn’t fill any real need for the Buccaneers. So Matt Judon is the only guy left here, and the one most likely to leave his current franchise, the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore is no stranger to losing Pro Bowl caliber players, having watched C.J. Mosley and Za’Darius Smith both leave town for other teams in 2019. Speaking to NFL.com during the build up to the Pro Bowl, Judon himself said, “I don’t know where I’ma be at next year, man, I don’t know. It’s a lot of organizations represented out here. Baltimore got the most. I don’t know, I honestly don’t know. That’s really a decision between me, my GM and my agent.” What we know is spotrac.com projects Judon to fetch about $16.3M in annual salary in his next contract. A heavy price tag for Tampa Bay to even consider given the fact they’re trying to secure Shaquil Barrett and have a quarterback situation to deal with. But, if the Bucs don’t invest in Jameis Winston long-term, they could decide to pursue Judon while allowing Jason Pierre-Paul and Carl Nassib to leave in free-agency as well. Signing a cheaper veteran than what Winston would cost, or perhaps playing with a new first-round quarterback in 2020, would be easier to do with Barrett and Judon teaming up with Lavonte David and Devin White in the middle of their defense. Just a thought. Not a prediction. NFC FREE-AGENTS Dallas Cowboys WR, Amari Cooper Atlanta Falcons TE, Austin Hooper New Orleans Saints QB, Drew Brees Minnesota Vikings FB, C.J. Ham Tampa Bay Buccaneers OLB, Shaquil Barrett FREE-AGENT FOCUS: BUCCANEERS OLB, SHAQ BARRETT Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Bruce Arians said in December Shaquil Barrett wouldn’t be going anywhere. Which is great. However, Barrett isn’t under contract for 2020, and the team hasn’t stated publicly they’ll be using the franchise tag on their prized free-agent find from 2019. I firmly believe the team will have to use their franchise tag on Barrett to keep him off the open market, and then spend the remainder of the off-season negotiating a multi-year deal. However, they could also chose to have Barrett play under the one-year tag, and see how the landscape looks entering 2021. Either way, like Arians said, Barrett is a Buc in 2020. So, why are we watching him? Well, the short answer is, because he’s the only member of the Buccaneers playing in Orlando this weekend after Mike Evans and Chris Godwin both had to bow out due to hamstring injuries. Amari Cooper is too expensive to play third receiver in Tampa Bay. Austin Hooper fills a need the Bucs don’t have. And Vita Vea is a solid fullback for the Buccaneers on the rare occasion they decide to use one. The only other NFC candidate is Drew Brees, and while it’s not completely certain he’s returning to New Orleans (he is) it’s highly unlikely he’ll go to Tampa Bay if he leaves (which he’s not). Are there any other guys on this list you want the Buccaneers to pursue, who you feel may actually become available? Let us know your thoughts, in the comments!
Players every Buccaneers fan should know from the 2020 Senior Bowlby David_Harrison on January 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports The standouts who could fit a need in Tampa Bay The 2020 Senior Bowl game is the final step in the first leg of what Charles Davis referred to as the “Triple Crown” of the lead-up to the NFL Draft this April. College All-Star games, comprised of mixed rosters from the Senior class entering the league in 2020, coached by NFL coaches for the first time. With the advancement in fan intelligence surrounding the draft prospect and player evaluation, these games have become more and more popular. What was once discussed through the lens of highlights, favorite players and school allegiance, is now commonly referred to through verbiage indicative of evaluation. Fans used to talk about who won the game. Now, a lot talk about who won an individual rep. So, let’s showcase a few players from each roster fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to want to keep an eye on. Whether it’s to evaluate them, themselves, or just to get a feel of what their team might be looking for in April. SOUTH TEAM PLAYERS TO KNOW 1. S, Antoine Brooks Jr. (Maryland) Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images The Buccaneers’ depth at safety is thin. Dangerously thin. Of course, they could use free-agency to boost this area of their roster with some one-year contracts. Or, they could look for a versatile player who plays with a lot of intensity and is known for making plays. Antoine Brooks Jr. has shown ball skills and took reps as a linebacker. He’s a hybrid player, which is something the Bucs have shown interest in before, and would be a solid special teams contributor out of the gates. Groomed properly, Brooks is the kind of prospect who could quickly turn into a guy Todd Bowles will want to get on the field as much as possible. 2. DT, Javon Kinlaw (South Carolina) Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images If you’re just hearing bout Javon Kinlaw, then I’d like to welcome you to draft season! Hope you enjoyed your time under that rock. Enjoy the sunshine and some fresh air. Seriously, everyone has been hearing about Kinlaw, watching Kinlaw, and the thought of Kinlaw, Vita Vea, Ndamukong Suh and William Gholston playing along the same defensive front is the stuff of offensive coordinator nightmares. Will he last to pick fourteen? Will the Bucs have their quarterback situation figured out when pick fourteen rolls around? Those are the real questions. 3. QB, Justin Herbert (Oregon) Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports Speaking of the quarterback situation. With perhaps it’s best group of quarterbacks ever assembled in Mobile, the Senior Bowl has a projected first round draft pick on each sideline this year. Justin Herbert led the Oregon Ducks to the Rose Bowl, and defeated the Wisconsin Badgers to cap off his collegiate career. Now, he’s looking to kick start his pro career, and certainly did himself a lot of favors during practices this week. There are questions about whether or not he’ll even be in play when the Bucs select their first player of the 2020 NFL Draft, but future telling is not what we’re here for. Interest is. And the Bucs have to be interested in every first-round quarterback this year. Even if they don’t end up needing one in April. NORTH TEAM PLAYERS TO KNOW 1. CB, Troy Pride Jr. (Notre Dame) Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports Troy Pride Jr. out of Notre Dame may have made the most money for himself this week in Mobile. With the absence of some of the top corners who were expected to compete this year, this cornerback took the opportunity to step up, and did just that. What should interest the Buccaneers - and their fans - even more, is he did so in man coverage and in press. If this is what Pride Jr. can do with one week of NFL coaching, imagine what he might be capable of once he gets into the right pro system. One which uses a lot of man, prefers press coverage guys, and is known for teaching and developing young talent into professional playmakers. Sounds like a fit, right? 2. QB, Jordan Love (Utah State) Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports He wouldn’t be a Buccaneers draft prospect if half the fan base didn’t complain about him. So Jordan Love out of Utah State might be the best first-round prospect for this team since Devin White came out way back in one-year ago. Does it make sense to replace a five-year quarterback with a bad touchdown to interception ratio with a rookie, who has a bad touchdown to interception ratio? Some would say no. Some would say, the numbers don’t tell the whole story. No matter which side of the ‘Love-Boat’ you’re on, one thing is certain. This quarterback is getting plenty of day one attention, and after a fairly rough beginning to the week, had an overall strong showing during Senior Bowl practices. 3. WR, K.J. Hill (Ohio State) Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports Listeners of the Locked On Bucs Podcast will say K.J. Hill is on this list simply because he’s an Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver. But it’s not that simple. As much as James Yarcho hates the Buckeyes, he also admits - off air mostly - that he knows my bias for my favorite collegiate allegiance goes out the window when it comes to talking about players who could fit with the Buccaneers. Hill is talented. Period. He’s been talented in Scarlet and Gray, and he’d have been talented in yellow and blue. He just wouldn’t have had an offense worthy of his talents is all. Zing! Don’t believe me? Here’s a tweet praising one well-known play Hill made during practices from a guy in Denver with no ties to the Buckeyes (as far as I can tell). K.J. Hill, ladies and gentlemen pic.twitter.com/5Z6Ch1M584— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) January 23, 2020 Hill isn’t a day one guy. But this isn’t new for Ohio State receivers. Michael Thomas and Terry McLaurin are just two examples of receivers coming out of Columbus who out-performed their draft position by miles. Tampa Bay already has one Big-10 receiver on their roster in Chris Godwin (Penn State). Adding Hill on day two would give them another young receiver to go in and compete for the third spot behind Godwin and Mike Evans for 2020. Those six guys aren’t the only ones who have had good weeks in Mobile. Let us know if there are any other prospects you’re specifically watching as well!
Jameis Winston donates $50k to Miles Collegeby Evan Winter on January 25, 2020 at 5:30 pm
Winston is always helping out whenever he can. | Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images Another offseason, another charitable act performed by the sixth-year quarterback. Jameis Winston may be one of the most talented quarterbacks in the NFL, but his talents aren’t just limited to the blades of grass in-between the hashes. The sixth-year quarterback is well-known for helping others off the field, whether it be through charity or some other form of philanthropy. It’s an annual occurrence for Winston, who is usually always at the center of the events. He was at it again a few days ago when he donated $50k to Miles College, a HBCU school in Fairfield, Alabama. Winston’s mother is an alumnus and Hueytown - Winston’s hometown - is only about a 10-minute drive away. “I am so honored to support Miles College,” Winston said. “Although I did not attend Miles College, we’ve had a longstanding relationship that has allowed me to touch the lives of thousands of youth from Birmingham and around the country. Miles has always had a special place in my heart because my mom is an alumna of this prestigious HBCU.” - via WBRC-TV Winston has hosted his Dream Forever Foundation Football Camp at Miles College every year since 2016. Their relationship has grown over the years and the results have been beneficial for all involved, especially the students and kids, which is the most important aspect of all. “Having someone of Jameis’ stature selflessly contribute to our growth here at Miles gives credence to what we are trying to accomplish, which is to give our student-athletes the best collegiate experience possible.” - President Bobbie Knight, via WBRC-TV Miles College is a private liberal arts HBCU school located in metropolitan Birmingham within the corporate limits of the City of Fairfield. It was founded in 1898 and is the only four-year institution in historic Birmingham, Alabama designated as a member of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). You can read more about the school here.