Category: Tampa Bay Buccaneer

Tampa Bay Courting Adrian Peterson

During the 2016 NFL season, one of the most intriguing teams in the league were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After a strong 2015 season, they seemed well-positioned to take the next step forward and make the NFL playoffs. However, during the 2017 NFL season, the Buccaneers were not quite able to get over the hump as they finished with 9 wins and 7 losses and finished just outside of the playoff hunt.

 

Now that the season is over, the Buccaneers have the chance to reflect on their team needs and find ways to improve. One weakness that the Buccaneers had was a lack of wide receiver depth. The team quickly made an effort to confront this issue when they signed DeSean Jackson, who is a former Pro Bowl wide receiver. The team is also hoping to fill in some additional holes on the roster during the upcoming NFL draft.

 

While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have already made some big moves and have a lot of plans for the NFL draft, there are rumors out there that they could be making another big move (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000796316/article/adrian-peterson-jameis-workout-intrigues-bucs-coach). According to some experts, the Buccaneers could be courting Adrian Peterson. Peterson is a future Hall of Fame running back who has spent his whole career with the Minnesota Vikings. However, in two of the past three seasons he has been very unproductive due to either suspension or injury.

 

A lot of the rumors around Peterson circulate around the fact that Peterson and star quarterback, Jameis Winston, were recently spotted working out together. While nothing is formal about the relationship yet, many believe that the addition of Peterson could be very productive for the team. With Doug Martin already in the backfield, it could give the team a chance to take a lot of pressure off the quarterback, which could greatly open up the passing game.

 

Rays Ready to Climb Out of AL East Basement:

Is a playoff appearance in the cards for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2017? Perhaps a return to the World Series?

 

In all likelihood, the answer to both questions is no. The American League East looks to remain one of baseball’s toughest divisions with Boston, Toronto, and Baltimore expected to battle for the title. But even without a trip to the post-season, there are reasons for Rays fans to be excited. The team appears on the cusp of rebounding from its dismal 2016. One indication for hope is the performance of Chris Archer this spring. The opening day starter went 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA, 17 strikeouts, and four walks in 13 innings in the pre-season. Any Rays resurgence will hinge on Archer recovering from a 19-loss season in 2016. Despite a 4.91 ERA in the spring, look for Jake Odorizzi to be a big factor in the starting rotation. Last year he was Tampa Bay’s best starter at 10-6 with a 3.69 ERA and 166 strikeouts. If he ups those numbers in 2017, the Rays will have a solid one-two punch in the rotation. Your text to link…

 

Offensively, the Rays will still have Evan Longoria banging out hits and driving in runs. Despite a .239 spring batting average, the All-Star third baseman is always good for 20-30 home runs and 80-90 RBIs a year. If Tampa Bay can get more production out of Logan Morrison and Kevin Kiermaier, they could have a pretty potent lineup. The big key that will be missing for much of the first half is Wilson Ramos. The former Washington catcher who had 22 home runs and 80 RBIs last year is on the disabled list with a knee injury. He is expected to return in June. In his place is former San Diego catcher Derek Norris, who has done well at the plate this spring.

 

There may be no playoffs for Tampa Bay this year, but if they can play .500 ball, it will be a step in the right direction.

 

 

Adrian Peterson Has Workout With Tampa Bay QB Winston

Adrian Peterson was a star for the first 10 years of his NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings. During that time, he established himself as the best running back of his generation. However, the Vikings opted not to pick up Peterson’s hefty $18 million option for the 2017 season. This immediately made Peterson a free agent for the first time in his career. Many people are wondering which team he will sign with. This is why the national sports media went into a frenzy when they learned that Peterson has been working out with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jaemis Winston.

 

There are only a handful of teams that have the right schematic fit for Peterson at the present time. Tampa Bay is one of those teams. The Buccaneers management has said very little about the possibility of the superstar running back signing with them. Tampa Bay head coach Dirk Koetter said that he was very surprised to find out that Peterson and Winston had been working out together. However, he downplayed the significance of it. Koetter said that it does not mean that Peterson signing with the Buccaneers is imminent. He also was skeptical if the Tampa Bay ownership would be willing to pay the large salary that Peterson is looking for.

 

The reality is that Peterson is 32 years old and coming off a season that saw him only play in three games because of an injury. NFL history shows that the productivity of running backs goes down significantly after their 30th birthday. Therefore, Peterson’s age and recent history of injuries make him a very big financial risk for the team that eventually ends up signing him. Tampa Bay’s current running back is Doug Martin. However, he will be suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season. Therefore, there have been rumors about the Buccaneers signing Peterson as a very big upgrade at that position.

 

Peterson has said that he likes working out with Winston because they both keep the same pace. However, it remains to be seen if the two Pro Bowl players will ever wear the same uniform.

 

 

 

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.

Bucs Are Looking to Buck Up Their WR Roster

This year, teams are looking for wide receivers, especially big playmakers with explosive speed. The Bucs are no exception, and they’ll be carefully checking out the 60 wideouts invited to the Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.

 

Head coach Dirk Koetter will not only be scouting the Combine, but also free agent wide receivers that will be coming onto the market. He said he feels that Tampa Bay could have advanced into the playoffs with more options for Jameis Winston to throw to. “Not to say that we don’t like the players that we already have,” he said, “but you can always have more.”

 

Although the Bucs have Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, Cameron Brate and Adam Hayward, Tampa Bay is not a bad place for a wideout to land. Jameis Winston has thrown 50 touchdowns and totaled 8,000 yards in two seasons, and he’s only 23 years old. He’ll be a career maker for some receivers. Besides, he needs more targets to take pressure off the receiving corps and slow and confuse defenses. Last year, Tampa Bay ranked 29th in the league in overall yards after catch and 31st in average yards after catch per reception.

 

Mike Williams from Clemson, John Ross from Washington and Corey Davis from Western Michigan are all players the Bucs might be interested in. All three are expected to be drafted in the first round. The Bucs might also reach out to some wide receivers that are listed among the NFL’s top 25 free agents this year. The Bears’ Alshon Jeffery, the Giants’ Victor Cruz, Washington’s DeSean Jackson and the Jets’ Brandon Marshall may all be testing the market spotrac.com.

 

What about Tampa Bay’s own free agent wide receiver Vincent Jackson? Koetter said he has a right to look elsewhere like anyone else. But both he and Tampa Bay GM Jason Licht made it clear they would be happy if Vincent Jackson stayed. Licht said, “We’ll always want Vincent to be around the organization.”

 

There’s more reason for optimism because Tampa Bay’s receiving corps is young. “Guys improve, and we believe in player development,” Koetter said.

 

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Evaluate NFL Free Agents

After a 2016 season that was not very convincing to local football fans, the ampa Bay Buccaneers are weighing their options with regard to available free agents. According to Cameron DaSilva of Fox Sports, the Buccaneers have more than $65 million in salary cap space, which means that they have the means to develop a competitive roster for the upcoming season.

 

DaSilva has proposed five free agents that could be a good fit in Tampa while Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Bay Times has mentioned a few names that the Bucs should steer clear from. One big name that Fennelly believes would not be a good fit is superstar running back Adrian Peterson, who is getting up there in terms of age, and that the team is better off investing in players who can hold the offensive line and safety spots.

 

Here are the names proposed by DaSilva:

 

Martellus Bennett, Tight End

 

Here is a player who has matured and vastly improved in just two seasons with the New England Patriots, a team that proved the importance of the tight end position in the last Super Bowl. The NFL is once again a passing league who needs strong catchers.

 

William Gholston, Defensive End

 

He has played well with the Bucs, why not resign him? The grapevine on this veteran is that he feels comfortable in Tampa and may not ask for a big contract as long as he is paired with good incoming rookies.

 

Tony Jefferson, Safety

 

Here is a safety who has played extremely well with the Cardinals and who may be looking to boost his career with the right signing. Jefferson plays the safety position with the mind of a playmaker; should the Bucs venture into signing him, they will have to make an attractive offer.

 

Kenny Stills, Wide Receiver

 

The Miami Dolphins had a great season thanks in part to this wide receiver who is looking for a new team that can make him a franchise player.

 

Prince Amukarama, Corner Back

 

Defense can always be improved in Tampa, and this is one of the best free agents the Bucs could hope for.

 

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Runningback Doug Martin Returns To Action This Sunday

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hope to get a boost on offense this Sunday when they welcome back Runningback Doug Martin to the lineup. Martin had been sidelined for almost the entire first half of this season due to a hamstring injury suffered in week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals. His status was listed on this week’s injury report as questionable since his recovery was a day-to-day process, but Buccaneers’ head coach Dirk Koetter says he’ll be cleared to play by this Sunday’s game. Filling in for Martin had been Mike James and Peyton Barber, the latter of which had led the team in rushing last week in their loss to Atlanta.

 

The Buccaneers enter this week’s game at 3-5, tied for third in the NFC South with the Carolina Panthers and facing a 2-6 Chicago Bears team that is fourth in the NFC North. The offense was not the biggest issue in last week’s 48-23 loss to Atlanta, as their defense surrendered a net of 461 yards and 43 points, but still their offense overall only managed 70 rush yards while quarterback Jameis Winston dropped back 48 times. Thus far on the year, the Buccaneers have averaged 108 rush yards per game, good for 16th in the league, while the Bears have averaged about 96, good for 24th in the league.

 

Doug Martin adds quite a bit of power to a running game that despite having some decent statistics, has lacked the potency that Martin has provided over the last few years. Martin finished the 2015 season 2nd in total rushing yards with 1,402, surpassed only by Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, a huge step forward from two setback seasons in 2013 and 2014. Starting this Sunday he’ll look to get back to last year’s form against a Chicago Bears defense that has given up about 100 rush yards per game, and is ranked 12th overall against the run. The Bears themselves are coming off a big upset win against a stingy Minnesota Vikings defense, against whom they rushed for 158 yards as a team.

 

Will Mike Glennon Back Up or Back Out?

Jameis Winston is the quarterback of the future for Tampa Bay. But the Bucs have offered backup qb Mike Glennon a truckload of money to stay on.

 

Glennon, who’ll be a free agent soon, could make about $8 million a year if he remains Winston’s backup. The deal the Bucs offered him is expected to exceed the contract Chase Daniels got from the Eagles, which was three years and $21 million to back up Carson Wentz.

 

But Glennon seems to be weighing all his options, and might want a chance to be a starter somewhere else. The Jets have shown some interest. In 2015, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan wanted him before they acquired Ryan Fitzpatrick. Now ESPN reports that the team is once again considering Glennon, because he’s only 27, has shown potential, and besides, they’re “desperate for a quarterback” espn.com.

 

It remains to be seen if Glennon really has the stuff to be a starter, though. He hasn’t started a game since 2014. He entered the NFL in 2013, and in his first two seasons he started 18 games and went 5-13. His qb rating for those years was 57.6, and he had trouble with accuracy and often caved in to pressure. And some observers think there’s no market for Glennon bucsnation.com.

 

On the other hand, Glennon was 10 for 11 and 75 yards resulting in a touchdown last season against Atlanta. His lack of experience is largely due to Winston’s good health. And it appears that he’s looking carefully at the starting opportunities available, with no intention of joining a team he can’t succeed on. An unstable coaching situation is out, as well as no protection from a poor O-line.

 

So will it be money and security with the Bucs, or high risk, high reward as a starter somewhere else? It will depend on a few things, but mainly, on what opportunities come up.

 

Bucs Not Yet Ready to Commit to Doug Martin

Bucs May Not Keep Around Doug Martin for Much Longer

 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a lot to consider when it comes to their running back Doug Martin and his potential future.

 

There is a very strong feeling in the air that suggests that the Bucs are looking for someone else to become the starting running back for their team in the 2017 season, because they have readily admitted that they aren’t fully committed to him for this upcoming season.

 

Martin did not dress for the week 16 game at the New Orleans Saints and then found himself suspended for the next four games for violating an NFL policy. Because of this, the Bucs are no longer obligated to guarantee he plays for them next season when he is due for a $7 million salary. Head coach Dirk Koetter, who just finished his first season with the team, noted that Martin was in town the past week, stopped by the office and looked to be completely healthy. After that he is scheduled to go back to California to train until other players return in April.

 

What makes things easier for the Bucs in terms of what to do with Martin is the fact the NFL Draft this year is stocked with several impressive running backs, including Leonard Fournette out of LSU, Dalvin Cook from Florida State and Christian McCaffrey out of Stanford. The team will be looking at all possible options but it is very likely they’ll reach a final decision after the draft.

 

Martin has not been the same player over the course of his five year career. He was drafted out of Boise State in 2012 and ran for over 1,400 yards that year and scored eleven rushing touchdowns, earning a Pro Bowl nod at the end of the season. Since that time, he has struggled to stay healthy and at the end of the 2016 season he only played in eight games and had a career low of 2.9 yards per carry.