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  • Donald Trump thinks Tom Brady ‘is going to surprise a lot of people’ in Tampa Bay
    by Evan Winter on August 11, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    President Donald Trump gave his thoughts on Brady’s move to Tampa Bay. | Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images Apparently, the President is a believer as well. Anywhere Tom Brady goes, eyes are sure to follow. Count President Donald Trump among the following. Brady and Trump share a friendly history, so it’s not much of a surprise when the POTUS comments on his career as a NFL quarterback. Trump did just so on Tuesday. He came on to Clay Travis’ Outkick The Coverage for an interview and Travis asked him about his thoughts on Brady’s move to Tampa Bay. “I think he had plenty of teams to go to, and he picked one with – from what I understand – a good offensive line and very good receivers,” Trump said. “He looked at that closely. I think he probably had other choices where they had players.” “I think he’s gonna do well in Tampa Bay, I think he’ll do well,” he continued. “I don’t know why it would be a surprise, but perhaps it will be. But I think he’s gonna surprise a lot of people, I think he’s gonna do great.” One thing’s for certain and that’s when the President speaks, people listen. Don’t be surprised if even more eyes are on Brady and the Buccaneers after Tuesday’s comments. Here’s the full @outkick interview this morning with @realDonaldTrump. I think you guys will enjoy it: https://t.co/lVtIroSpG5— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 11, 2020

  • And we are live!
    by SB Nation NFL on August 11, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images Welcome to Coral. Hello, all. Today, we’ve launched our new commenting platform, Coral, on this site. You can try it out below, or on any article here. As the pre-launch article said, we know it’s missing a few key pieces that might be important to you, and we’re continually evolving and improving it. Just like when we launched the previous platform, on day one it wasn’t perfect (in fact, almost everyone told us they hated it), and so we’re asking for a little patience as we grow. We’re launching here first to learn what matters most to you, to help us learn and develop the next set of features. We already have a bunch of improvements in the pipeline, which will be released before the season begins. And do keep tell using what you like and what you want to see more of (respectfully, please) – we’re here and we’re listening. There are a bunch of new things we think you’ll like: you can change the default sort across articles (Newest, Oldest, Most Recs, Most Replies), ignore annoying commenters (just click on their name), you can embed Twitter and YouTube really easily (just drop in the URL, no need to find the embed code), and we even allow you to Rec yourself (be sure to check yourself first.) This is all part of a big investment in SB Nation communities, and we will continue to evolve the platform over the coming months and years to support you, the best fan communities on the internet. We’ve written an FAQ to cover most of the common questions about how the system works, and we know you’ll let us know below what you think. Also, here’s an update on the features and improvements we’re already working on. This site is great because you are. Thank you for being here.

  • Super Bowl 55 Host Committee and NFL unveil the Super Bowl Experience
    by Jason_Curtis on August 11, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    The Super Bowl trophy that the Bucs won with John Gruden as head coach is displayed during the “Ring of Honor” ceremony for John Gruden. | Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images “We are glad to be bringing the Lombardi back to Tampa.” - Mayor Jane Castor The Super Bowl 55 host committee, the NFL and the City of Tampa unveiled the Super Bowl Experience and their 6 key social legacy pillars in a press conference today. Prior recorded videos were notably presented by NFL Executive Vice President, Peter O’Reilly, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, Hall of Fame linebacker and Co-Chairman, Derrick Brooks, along with other community leaders from across the Tampa Bay area. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Tampa Bay Buccaneers former linebacker Derrick Brooks at the NFL Experience at the George R. Brown Convention Center in preparation for Super Bowl LI The Host Committee unveiled the Super Bowl experience to be the first ever free event to the public, which spans 2.7 miles of Tampa’s Riverwalk. Main events will be held at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park as well as Julian B Lane Riverfront Park where fans will be able to take pictures with the Lombardi Trophy. Super Bowl Experience will span 2.7 miles including the @tampariverwalk! This signature event will take place within waterfront parks along the Riverwalk and feature concerts, food and beverage, sponsor activations, and other family-friendly activities. #TampaBayLV // #SBLV pic.twitter.com/GNcKJGQKMK— Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee (@TampaBayLV) August 11, 2020 Among the key pillars that Derrick Brooks unveiled as part of the “Forever 55” social commitment, he was mainly passionate about the sixth pillar that he fought for to include. Brooks stated that the committee was only going to have 5 pillars signifying the five championships that Tampa has hosted, but he felt it was important to include a sixth pillar of systemic justice called, “Tampa Resolve.” This is more than just words. This is an action plan. - Derrick Brooks Today, we unveiled our social legacy initiative, Forever 55!This $2 million investment by the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee and the @NFL will focus on leaving an eternal legacy beyond #TampaBayLV!Forward. Forever. Together. pic.twitter.com/BUUGIFkL4d— Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee (@TampaBayLV) August 11, 2020 Health and wellness was another key pillar discussed at today’s presser. Peter O’Reilly of the NFL stressed that they will continue to work with their partners including the CDC. We’re very confident in our protocols and we’re very focused on a Super Bowl and a season that end on February 7th and starts and ends as scheduled. O’Reilly was asked about the potential of positive test cases occurring, leading up to and during the Super Bowl scheduled events: As long as this virus is endemic to society, there will be positive tests. So it’s really around how we continue to react to that. We feel very confident on the football side of that.... We’ll learn a lot in the months ahead and we’re confident in our protocols and are laser focused on February 7. Details were not provided by the NFL nor the Host Committee about what those protocols will look like exactly, however they did mention the Super Bowl Experience will be held completely outdoors for the first time ever, which could only be assumed to be one of the major protocols they referred to in order to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus. #TeamTampaBay is officially ON THE CLOCK! Together, we are embarking on a movement that will take us FORWARD. FOREVER. #TampaBayLV // Forward. Forever. pic.twitter.com/rOp8bSxgKZ— Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee (@TampaBayLV) February 3, 2020 Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon SMI/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer after Super Bowl XXXVII that the Buccaneers won by the score Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor as well as the Hillsborough County Commissioner, Les Miller, spoke in their videos about the Buccaneers being the first team to be in the Super Bowl hosted by their own city. The Mayor also spoke of all the upgrades being done at Raymond James Stadium, as well as many other areas across the city. We are glad to be bringing the Lombardi back to Tampa. - Mayor Jane Castor Among the other videos presented, we got to see a message from Bryan and Darcie Glazer as well as Will Weatherford, Co-Chair of the host committee along with Rob Higgins, President/CEO of the Tampa Bay Super Bowl host committee. There was a resounding sense of optimism and showcase of all the hard work already put in, and continues to be, to ensure Tampa remains the hosting city and has a successful Super Bowl Experience for fans.

  • Mock Draft: Buccaneers make 2020 NFL Playoffs, add to offensive line in 2021
    by David_Harrison on August 11, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Photo by Christopher Mast/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Never too early to look at what the future might hold, right? Who says it’s too early to look at what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ future might hold? Certainly not Matthew Valdovinos of Pro Football Network, as he dropped a three-round 2021 NFL mock draft this past weekend. I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I landed on this article, the first thing I wanted to see was where the Bucs were picking according to Mr. Valdovinos. Some fans of the team will be happy to see Jason Licht and the Buccaneers selecting 26th. Others will be mad because picking 26th is not a sign of Super Bowl success. Either way, Valdovinos says the Bucs will play post-season football for the first time in the careers of Lavonte David, Mike Evans, and just about every other player on the 2020 roster. Of course, they also end up selecting one pick behind the Cam Newton led New England Patriots, so that should be a fun time period to cover. With their first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Valdovinos has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selecting offensive tackle Abraham Lucas, out of Washington State. “Yes, back-to-back offensive tackle selections is a tad boring,” writes Valdovinos. “But Donovan Smith will only have one more year on his deal after the 2020 season, and Lucas is one of my favorite tackle prospects in the class. Similar to Tristan Wirfs, Lucas is an elite athlete. His pass protection ability rivals that of Sewell, and for a coach like Bruce Arians, pass protection is vital. Lucas was made for Bruce Arians’ offensive attack.” Ok, I know it’s early. But given the fact Buccaneers fans have been yelling as loud as I can remember for the team to address the offensive line in the draft, going tackles in back-to-back years isn’t as crazy as it might seem on the surface. Add to this the fact the Bucs have Chris Godwin, Shaquil Barrett, and Lavonte David all entering unrestricted free-agency next year, and the $10M or so saved by letting Smith loose while drafting a new tackle in the first round sounds pretty likely at this point. For those curious, Valdovinos has the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs meeting again in the Super Bowl after this season, with the Chiefs winning their second-straight title. But, wait! There’s more! Remember, this was a three-rounder! In the second and third rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers also nab Michigan EDGE Aidan Hutchinson and Georgia linebacker, Monty Rice. Drafting two guys at positions with key Bucs free-agents lends some questions as to what the writer sees the franchise doing in the next off-season, but considering he drafted for all 32 teams, it’s unlikely he gave it the in-depth thought most fans of this one team would. Speaking of which, let us know in the comments what you thought of this mock draft and what it might mean for the future of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster!

  • Announcement: We have a new commenting system coming today!
    by SB Nation NFL on August 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Welcome to Coral! Today is a big day for Bucs Nation commenters: we’re going to be moving our comments to a brand new platform. This site is part of the first series of sites in the rollout. Yeah, we hate change too. Here’s why we’re doing it: we’ve been using the same commenting platform for more than a decade, and the tools from our earliest days aren’t built for the modern web. Making fixes and improvements to the original system gets tougher every year, and it’s not sustainable moving forward. And so we’re starting out with a new tool, called Coral. It’s not complete yet, but it does have many custom features that have been on many of our wish lists for years. We know it’ll take a bit of getting used to. We ask only that you give it a chance, try it on a few articles, and then tell us honestly what you think. This is a constant work in progress – we know it’s missing a few key pieces that might be important to you, and we’re continually evolving and improving it. Check out the latest about those coming improvements below. Just like when we launched the previous platform, ten years ago, on day one it wasn’t perfect, so we’re asking for a little patience as we grow. We’re going live now to learn what matters most to you, to help us learn and develop the next set of features. We already have a bunch of improvements in the pipeline. Tell us what you like and what you want to see (respectfully, please) – we’re here and we’re listening. This is part of a big investment in SB Nation communities, and we will continue to evolve the platform over the coming months and years to support you, the best fan communities on the internet. Some important information about the launch: Your old comment history won’t be migrated on day one, but we’ve kept it safe and will be bringing it back. We’ll be temporarily removing comments from FanPosts and FanShots, as well. We appreciate your patience through these changes. The new platform will be on all our articles on this site starting this afternoon, using the same login as always. Thanks as always for being here.

 

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