Category: Tampa Bay Buccaneer

Former Tampa Bay Player Attacked By A Shark

If you are familiar with the movie Jaws, then you probably know how dangerous sharks can be if they bite you in the water. One former Tampa Bay Buccaneers football player had an encounter with a shark that can be said to be taken out from the Jaws movie. In case you are wondering, he did survive to tell the tale.

Warren Sapps, who played as a defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Bucanners, got bit by a shark while he was lobstering in the waters off Florida. Fortunately for Sapps, the bite was relatively minor. The incident occurred near the Florida Keys while Sapps was lobstering or catching lobsters.

Sapps is an NHL hall of famer who Tampa Bay Bucanners fans will remember and respect through time. Despite getting bit by a shark, the former NFL player did not let the incident bring him down or stop his lobster hunting adventure. Warren put gauze on the bite and even laughed it off. He even posted a photograph of the shark bite on twitter joking the shark got a piece of me. Sapps, who was in good spirits, then posted a photograph of himself catching lobster. The shark may have gotten a piece of him, but he had caught some delicious lobster for dinner he continued to joke!

I don’t think I would be able to continue diving after getting bit by a shark. It takes a lot of guts and grits to keep going after that. Then again, I am not a former NFL defensive tackle player. Warren Sapps showed that even when the going gets tough or you get bit by a shark, it pays off to have some humor and to make light of the situation.

So why did the shark bite former NFL player Warren Sapps? It seems the sharks also prey on the lobsters in that area. Another more hilarious theory is that the shark was coming in to tackle Warren Sapps but failed and managed to only bite him instead.

Tampa Bay Looks For a Miracle as Winston Returns

The Tampa Bay Buccanneers have had a disappointing season so far. As with every year, hopes were high but a 4-7 record going into December has put a damper on the team’s morale. Their most recent loss was to the Atlanta Falcons, next week the Bucs play Green Bay. The good news is that quarterback, Jameis Winston will likely be returning to his starting position after missing three games to recover from a shoulder injury. It has been less than a month since he was out and coaches are hoping that it was enough time for Winston to properly heal. During his absence, backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick took the reigns and came up with an impressive 2-1 record. In contrast, Winston went 2-2 before his shoulder injury then 0-4 until doctors finally decided to pull him out to be treated and heal properly.

It has been an entire decade since the Buccaneers went to the playoffs. The team is hoping for a better wrap up this season and a possible wildcard slot in the 2017 playoffs. The team’s upcoming schedule offers some significant challenges playing against teams with better records. They will be playing Green Bay, Atlanta, Carolina, Detroit, and New Orleans in their final five games of the regular season.

It is uncertain whether or not the Tampa Bay Bucs will be able to grab a coveted spot in this years’ playoffs. The team will have to perform nearly perfect and hope for a lot of errors from their opponents. Head coach Dirk Koetter is likely already plotting his team’s plan of attack, encouraging his players, and testing out Winston’s arm in practice. Even if the post-season doesn’t include the Bucs their loyal fans won’t change allegiance because you know what they say, “Once a Buc, Always a Buc”.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Feeling Better

During the past two weeks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston went two weeks without throwing a ball until Friday according to http://www.tampabay.com/sports/football/bucs/Bucs-Jameis-Winston-feeling-better-will-benefit-from-full-practice-week_162224203. Due to a shoulder injury, Winston was unable to participate in a number of team activities. However, with his injury subsiding, he will now be in position to practice and begin throwing again. While he is still sore, he is feeling much better and may be in position to start the team’s next game. He is scheduled to return to practice on Wednesday and begin getting involved in a number of passing drills as well as speak to the media about his progress.

Prior to injuring his shoulder, Winston played well in his last game against the Buffalo Bills. He passed for 384 yards and three touchdown passes with only one interception. This game would prove to be one of the best performances of his career. One of the things that made this quite an accomplishment is that he did not throw a ball until the Friday leading up to the game. Despite not having much time to practice and prepare, he was able to perform at a high level on gameday. By recovering from this injury, Winston should be in position to help his team win its next game and get back in the win column soon.

Last week, Winston kept his same routine but was unable to perform at a high level against the Carolina Panthers. His performance was quite shaky as he completed 21-38 passes for 210 but threw two interceptions with no touchdown passes. Winston also lost a fumble which proved to be a costly turnover. Despite the drop off in performance, Winston looks to bounce back and help his team win its next game. Winston and the coaching staff believe that the timing of his recovery has led to his drop off in performance last week. With more practice reps, Winston should be in better position to play at his best in the coming weeks. The team will play the Saints in New Orleans and face a team that has one of the best offenses in the league. As a result, Jameis will need to play well in order to help his team defeat the Saints and get back into the NFC South division race.

Tampa Bay Struggles Continue

The NFL is one of the most competitive and popular professional sports leagues in the world. Each year, fans and experts from around the world try to predict who will be in contention for playoff spots and a trip to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately for many, predicting the NFL can be very challenging as teams seem to rise and fall in the overall rankings very quickly. One team that has continued to be evidence of this so far this year have been the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Heading into the 2017 NFL season, many people expected that the Buccaneers would be one of the top teams in the NFC. This came after a very good 2016 season that saw the team finally reach the .500 level and play some of the best competition in the league. Along with that, the Buccaneers continued to see positive growth from young stars on the team, including quarterback Jameis Winston and wide receiver Mike Evans.

Due to the continued growth and success of the team in 2016, many predicted that Tampa Bay would end up winning the very challenging NFC South division. This was despite the fact that the division is also the home to the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers, which are the past two NFC Champions, and the New Orleans Saints, which is always a good team. While there were a lot of positive predictions for the team, it does not appear that this will be the year for the Buccaneers (http://www.espn.com/blog/tampa-bay-buccaneers/post/_/id/18926/buccaneers-free-fall-continues-with-fourth-straight-loss).

As the league continues to approach the midway point of the season, the playoff picture is beginning to take form and the Buccaneers appear to be well out of it. Through their first seven games, the Bucs have a record of 2 wins and 5 losses. Furthermore, they seem to be heading in the wrong direction by losing their last four games. At this point, they are several games behind the first place Saints and are losing ground behind the other divisional teams as well. Also, if they are going to compete later on this year, it could be without Winston. Winston reportedly is suffering from a sprain in his shoulder and the team is considering putting him on the sideline for the next few games to allow it to recover.

Tampa’s Teams Joining Hands To Fight For A Noble Cause

At the front side of the Hillsborough County Courthouse there sits a monument that constantly reminded people of the Charlottesville tragedy. Recently in Tampa, Florida, three teams came together and decided to join efforts in assisting to get rid of the monument that they all did not think agreed with their culture. The three teams that were involved were MLB’s Rays, NFL’s Buccaneers and NHL’s Lightning. These teams came to together as they made their statement of joining hands in walking together past the tragedy that occurred in Charlottesville. They so a need to be united in the midst of diversities so that they could heal. They volunteered to contribute their own money as they raised funds towards moving the monument.

None of the teams revealed how much they had contributed towards this cause. The Hillsborough County Commissioners Board had suggested that the monument could be moved to a different city and stored on private property. There was, however, need to raise 150 thousand dollars from private sources or individuals so that they could cover the costs that were to be incurred in moving the monument. A sort of campaign began to raise these funds. Tony Dungy, the former Buccaneers coach, together with his wife contributed five thousand dollars and went public with it on Twitter. His contribution triggered a further contribution from other local teams and individuals. Bob Buckhorn, Tampa’s Mayor, donated a thousand dollars towards this cause because he believed it was morally right to move the monument.

As much as some people in the region are against this monument’s move, it has gained enormous support from the politicians and business leaders locally. Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s President gave a donation of 70 thousand dollars towards the campaign. The joint effort from individuals, teams and the Chamber of Commerce, it is almost correct to affirm that the move was going to happen. The amount of money raised in the campaign would go a long way. Tampa is one of the cities that managed to get rid of the Confederate monument. The constant reminder of the Charlottesville tragedy will no longer be there. It was a great win for the teams and Florida as a whole.

Buccaneers Could Shelve Winston

Heading into the 2017 NFL season, there were many professional teams that appear to be full of Hope and promise. Of all these teams, it appeared that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have the most promise of all. During the 2016 NFL season, the Buccaneers took a big step forward and looked poised to be one of the top teams in the league during 2017. Much of this was due to the continued success and development of young players Jameis Winston and Mike Evans.

Wild Evans and Winston have continued to look like very talented players with a lot of potential for the future, it has not quite good enough to get the Buccaneers over the hump. While the Buccaneers won eight games in 2016, it looks like they will have a hard time exceeding or even meeting that level this year. Through their first seven games, the Buccaneers have two wins and five losses, which is good enough for last place in the very difficult NFC South Division. While the Buccaneers have had a hard start to the 2017 season, it now appears that there may be even more reasons to be concerned about the dimming playoff hopes of the team (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/10/31/are-the-bucs-thinking-of-shutting-down-jameis-winston/?utm_term=.139b405116e0).

During a very hard game last week against the Carolina Panthers, Jameis Winston took a number of difficult shots to his upper and lower body. These hits and a range of other factors made it very difficult for the Buccaneers to move the ball and a team ended up losing by a score of 17 to 3. Now that the game is over, it appears that the injuries sustained by Winston could be more problematic than initially thought. According to a recent medical report, Winston suffered a sprained of his AC joint in his throwing shoulder that will make it difficult for him to throw the ball as hard as before.

While it is believed that Winston would normally play through this type of injury, the fact that the team is falling behind in the standings already and that he is still so young could lead the Buccaneers to decide to have him rest for a few games and potentially even miss the rest of the season. This would all but eliminate any hopes that the team had for a playoff run this year.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Look to Take Next Step Forward

During the 2016 NFL season several teams took a step closer to the playoffs. One team that looked to make one of the biggest steps forward were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After having several years with poor records, the 2016 team ended up winning nine games and losing just seven. This record had them in contention for the playoffs all year, although they ended up finishing just shy of qualifying. While the 2016 Tampa Bay Buccaneers were very good and improved, some believe that they could take an even bigger step forward next year (http://www.inquisitr.com/opinion/4373853/tampa-bay-buccaneers-why-they-are-super-bowl-contenders/).

While many people believe that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still a few years away from making a deep playoff run, others believe that they have as good a chance as any NGC team of winning the conference and going to the Super Bowl. One of the main reasons why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are considered a favorite to make the playoffs and advance to the Super Bowl is that they will be returning their star quarterback Jameis Winston. In just his second year last year, Winston looked like a Pro Bowl player that had the ability to gain the respect of teammates and opponents.

Another reason why the 2017 Tampa Bay Buccaneers could take another step forward is that they have a much improved offense with several new key skill players. During the offseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were able to sign wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who previously had Pro Bowl seasons with the Eagles and Redskins. They also were considered one of the winners of the draft when they were able to grab OJ Howard in the middle of the first round. Howard was previously a dominant tight end for the University of Alabama. They also made a few key defensive improvements to help reduce opponent scoring.

Buccaneers Wrap Up Training Sessions

During the 2016 NFL season several different teams in the NFL took the next step forward and looked like they could soon compete for a Super Bowl. Of all of the most improving teams in the league, the most exciting seemed to be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During the 2016 season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended up finishing with 9 wins and 7 losses, which was good for second place in their division.

 

After a successful 2016 season, the Buccaneers are now going through a tough offseason campaign that is coming to a conclusion (http://www.buccaneers.com/news/article-smith/Mini-Camp-Math-How-Will-It-Add-Up/114a490e-e07a-466f-ac44-02ef84a1eabf). The offseason will be ending with a mandatory three-day training camp, which will be the last team activity before the summer workouts and preseason start in late July.

 

While the Buccaneers had a very good 2016 season, they have also made a lot of moves that will help to make them even better next year. One of the biggest moves they made was in the draft. The Buccaneers were considered one of the big winners in the draft by getting OJ Howard in the middle of the first round. OJ Howard last year was a top tight end playing for the University of Alabama. He was considered one of the best players in the draft, but took a very surprising fall to number 19 in the draft. Having Howard should help to open up the offense, which will help Jameis Winston continue to improve and evolve as a player.

 

Beyond Howard, the Buccaneers have had a lot of questions answered during the last few months. While many of the training camp sessions are voluntary, most players on the Buccaneers chose to attend the sessions. This could be a very encouraging sign for a team that is looking to come together and compete with the rest of the division. The Buccaneers will have their hands full in their division, which includes the last two Super Bowl representatives from the NFC conference.

 

The Field Goal Kick That Landed a Win for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Monday’s night NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers started with both teams holding one and three records. By fourth quarter Business Insider reported the teams were tied 14 and 14 until Buccaneers’ rookie kicker, Roberto Aquayo kicked the football straight down the middle of the field landing a win for the team. It was the best play performance for the rookie who had missed two previous kicks in the second quarter and fourth quarter.

 

 

Aquayo never missed a kick while playing for Florida State University inside 40 yards, but is struggling on the Bucs team. His struggles turned into victory after his team players provided him support on the sidelines right before the winning kick of the day. Thus far Aquayo has a field goal kicking record of four of eight for the season.

 

 

Preseason was difficult for the rookie kicker in the beginning after missing two field goals and an effort to kick the extra point field goal in the first and second week. By the end of the final two weeks of preseason, Aquayo was five for five. He finished the preseason with eight of 10 field goals.

 

 

Buccaneers coach, Dirk Koetter spoke to ESPN and said that he has concerns about the rookie kicker when most kickers are able to make goals inside of 50 yards when the weather permits. The first missing kick Aquayo made was during the second quarter which was 33 yards out. This happened at Carolina 30-yard line after Russell Shepard recovered Ted Ginn Jr.’s punt. The second missed field goal happened in the fourth quarter after Brent Grimes made a touchdown interception in the end-zone.

 

 

Coach Koetter applauded the Buccaneers team players who encouraged Roberto Aquayo on the sideline before the field goal kick. The team support and power actions of defense to get the ball back and Jameis Winston leading the offense gave him another opportunity to make a field goal. Koetter continues to have concerns about the rookie after a loss to Los Angeles Rams two weeks ago. He missed a 41-yard field goal which would have given the Buccaneers the lead. Koetter is pleased with the overall performance of the NFL team and the winning field goal.

 

Four Tampa Bay Buccaneer Players Receive Injuries After Last Week’s Game Against the Cardinals

Last Sunday’s NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ad Arizona Cardinals left Buccaneer players Doug Martin, Robert Ayers, Cecil Shorts III and Donovan Smith with injuries. During the first half of last week’s game, Martin injured his right hamstring which will leave him sidelined over a three-week period. Other players received bodily injuries, including Ayers and Stocker ankle injuries and Smith injury to his hip. The players maybe injured but the Buccaneers Coach Dirk Koetter is confident in the team and believes they have what it takes to win this Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams. Yahoo Sports reported Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers are expected to replace Martin for the next three weeks or until he fully recovers.

 

 

Rodgers showcased his skills during the game against the Cardinals by breaking a 24-yard run and finishing with 29 yards on two efforts, the best for the Buccaneers. Sims also proved his abilities by rushing 529 yards and gaining another 561 yards on 51 receptions that gave the team a huge push. The Buccaneers worked hard the whole week to face the Rams on Sunday. Coach Koetter admitted he has some concerns involving offense now that Martin is sidelined for a few weeks.

 

 

Doug Martin received recognition as the NFL’s second leading rusher when he ran for 1,402 yards and scored six touchdowns. He recently signed a five-year contract in the amount of $35 million during off-season. While Martin heals from his hamstring injuries, it is obvious the Buccaneers may encounter some challenges during this Sunday’s game against the Rams.

 

 

Rodgers and Sims had to prove themselves during practice, but who will officially replace Martin is unknown. Coach Koetter is careful about disclosing information about the upcoming game against the Rams. The Buccaneers and Rams share the same record with one win and one lost each.

 

 

The Buccaneers and Coach Dirk Koetter are self-assured the team players are prepared to overcome challenges when playing against the Rams. The injuries of the leading rusher, defensive end, receiver and left tackle players will not leave the Bucs helpless. Other team players have their backs and plan to defeat the Rams this Sunday’s game.