Category: Tampa Bay Buccaneer

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.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Add Valuable Pieces

During the 2016 NFL season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked like one of the most exciting young teams in the NFL. Behind the continued development of quarterback Jameis Winston, the team took a big step forward and finished the season with 9 wins and 7 losses, which was good for second place in the NFC South. As we continue to approach the 2017 NFL season, the Bucs appear ready to take another step forward and compete for the division title (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/desean-jacksons-game-changing-speed-is-already-on-display-at-buccaneers-otas/).

 

One of the main reasons for excitement for the Bucs will continue to be the talent added to the offense. The team was already one of the most dynamic in the NFL, but has added a bunch of players that will make them tougher to stop. The team recently signed wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who is one of the top deep ball threats in the league. He should be able to open up the offense a lot and create more running lanes for the team’s running backs.

 

Another big addition for the Bucs will be tight end OJ Howard. Howard previously played for the University of Alabama and was considered one of the top players in the draft. Surprisingly, he ended up dropping all the way to pick 18 in the draft, and could have found a great fit with the Bucs. Howard will likely fill a big void on the team and will greatly open up the center of the field and will be a big target for Winston. He recently signed his official contract, which means that he will be available for the team during all parts of the offseason, including OTAs and the eventual preseason practices.

 

While the Bucs have clearly added some big pieces to their team, the very tough NFC South division will be hard to compete in as all four teams will compete. The favorite for the division will likely be the Atlanta Falcons, which won it in 2016 and lost a heart breaking game in the Super Bowl. Also in their division is the Carolina Panthers, which won the division in 2015 and lost the Super Bowl that year. The fourth team, the New Orleans Saints, will continue be led by Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees.

A Boy Diagnosed With Cancer Gets To Announce First-Round Pick For Ravens

NFL, the National Football League, is always using its draft phase of the games to raise awareness of issues and favor individuals with health problems. This event happened in April 2017, in a draft announcement of football that got its draft phase shared with a 14-years old boy named T.J. Owuanibe, who was diagnosed with brain cancer.

 

 

He always dreamed of sharing the stage with his favorite NFL team, the Ravens. It all began when the young boy told the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic that he always wanted to meet the team and participate in the announcement of their draft picks.

 

 

And so his wish came true.

 

 

The boy is in the eighth grade of the McDonogh School in, Baltimore, the same school he was in when he got diagnosed with the disease two years ago.

 

 

The kid happily steps in the stage as the announcer of the Baltimore Ravens’ selection for this year of football.

 

 

Standing next to no one else than Commissioner Roger Goodell, the boy, dressed up in a gray suit, was smiling. He knew that his dream came true because of his dedication in perceiving his long-lasting dream.

 

 

When it came to Baltimore to announce its next picks, on a Thursday night it was published that they would take Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey with the 16th pick. T.J. would not miss his opportunity to contact the team and try to fulfill his dream.

 

 

And it happened.

 

 

“For him, football is the one thing that makes him excited,” said T.J.’s mother, Chioma, who gave an interview about the kid’s reaction when Coach John Harbaugh informed T.J. that the team would allow him to announce the team’s first round of selection. His mom concluded that the Ravens were part of his life already, and finally meeting his wish, in the hardest period of his life, was a miracle.

 

 

For more information about the first-round pick and the announcement, please read http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/sports/article.html/content/news/articles/ap/2017/04/27/Young_cancer_survivor_gets_his_wish_at_NFL_draft.html, a website that specifically covers news from Florida and Tampa.

 

 

The biggest sports league in North America accounted for a significant audience when T.J. had the honor to get up on the stage and announce the first-round pick.

 

 

Nothing would’ve been possible though, without the help of a non-profitable organization named the Casey Cares Foundation.

 

 

  1. had the honor of meeting the coaching staff, a few of the players, and see the training camp with his own eyes.

 

 

Tampa Bay Gets Juices Flowing With O.J. Howard

It looks like the Buccaneers found some great refreshment with their 19th draft pick when they selected Alabama tight end O.J. Howard.

 

The 6’6″, 251-lb. Howard is described by nfl.com as an “exceptionally gifted athlete” nfl.com. Howard can put a lot of pressure on a defense. He has speed and acceleration and can create separation. He can catch balls that are badly thrown or contested and can line up anywhere on the field. He’s a huge target and also proficient at blocking. Whew!

 

Because he’s a total package, Howard was expected to be the rare tight end who went in the first 10 picks. The Bucs were a little surprised that he lasted until number 19 and were considering a trade up to get him. But they decided to see how it went, and their patience paid off. GM Jason Licht said, “We’re beyond excited about him.” He added that, “it was a little bit of a pipe dream…I have a feeling a lot of teams were probably after him.”

 

In fact, the Bucs got pretty nervous between the 11th and 18th picks, expecting Howard to get plucked from their grasp any time. There was a collective sigh of relief after the Titans made the 18th pick. Licht explained how the Buccaneers determine which players to focus on. “We don’t set our boards based on the mocks,” he said. “Before the draft we have a lot of meetings where we say, ‘Which players have to be there you’re not even going to consider trading back? Which players would you consider moving up for?’…He was obviously one guy that we weren’t going to trade back for” www.buccaneers.com.

 

Howard was a big playmaker at Alabama, especially in 2015, where he caught 38 passes for 602 yards. In the 2016 national championship game, he was named Offensive MVP, with 208 receiving yards and two touchdowns on five catches. Even so, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter thinks he was underused by the Tide.

 

But not now, since, along with Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and Cameron Brate, the Bucs have some O.J. to pour on the yardage.

 

Bucs Beef Up Offense in 2017 Draft:

Jameis Winston certainly performed better in his sophomore season, connecting for 28 touchdown passes, 12 of them to Mike Evans. That helped Tampa Bay to a 9-7 record, its first season above .500 since 2010. However, they still missed out on the playoffs, as they have every year since 2007.

 

Despite the success of Winston and Evans, the Buccaneers offense overall was lackluster. Their 354 points scored was the fewest in the NFC South Division. Only five other teams in the entire conference put up fewer points in 2016.

 

But Tampa Bay coaches and staff believe this year’s draft helped them bring in the players needed to give their offense a much needed boost. It all starts with the team’s first selection (19th pick overall) in O.J. Howard. While Alabama came up short in the national title game against Clemson, Howard did all he could for the Tide cause with 106 receiving yards and a touchdown. Considered the top tight end in this year’s draft, he is not only an excellent receiver, but a top notch blocker.

 

Another target Tampa Bay got for Winston is Penn State receiver Chris Goodwin in the Third Round (84th overall). Some might wonder how other teams passed over him as he garnered over 2,400 receiving yards in three seasons with the Nittany Lions along with 18 touchdowns, 11 of them last season. Bucs coaches like Goodwin’s maturity and the way he can adjust on the fly. He also shined in every bowl game he played in for Penn State, with more than 130 yards in the 2014 Pinstriple Bowl, the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl, and last season’s Rose Bowl, where he recorded 187 receiving yards and two touchdowns against USC.

 

With their Fifth Round pick, the Bucs got a running back, they hope, can compliment Doug Martin. Jeremy McNichols of Boise State scored 43 rushing touchdowns over the past two seasons. Along with a great ground game, McNichols also has great hands, reeling in ten touchdown catches and recording 934 receiving yards in two seasons for Boise State.

 

Should all these picks pan out, coupled with quality returners in the backfield, the Bucs could have one of the top offenses in the league.

 

 

 

Bucs Address Some Team Needs in Draft’s First Three Rounds

If the Tampa Bay Bucs want to springboard into the playoffs are a 9-7 campaign in 2016, the franchise needed to address some major needs.

 

So far, through two days and the first three rounds, the Bucs have used four picks to fill in some areas, but other positional need spots are still open and the Bucs don’t have many chances in the way of filling them.

 

With Jameis Winston throwing for over 4,000 yards and 28 touchdowns, the team is seems to have its quarterback. However, it could be on the other side of the ball where the most pressing need. Some say that safety could be the biggest need for Tampa Bay.

 

Tampa Bay was fortunate on the first day when Alabama tight end O.J. Howard fell into their laps with 19th overall selection in the first round. Howard was considered by many as a top-10 pick, so the Bucs got very good value and filled a need. Howard is said to be the most complete tight end who can block as well as catch passes, then show off his 4.51 speed.

 

On the second day, Tampa Bay picked Texas A&M safety Justin Evans in the second round with the 50th overall pick. Evans is better in run support, though he can drop back into coverage well enough. Given the incredible depth at defensive back, the Bucs were wise to make sure they at least got one safety to help shore up the secondary.

 

In the third round, Tampa Bay had two picks and went with one on either side of the ball. Penn State receiver Chris Godwin was the 84th selection and brings in 4.42 speed as well as the ability to make plays (11 touchdown catches in 2016). However, then Tampa Bay sent a 4th-rounder and a 6th-rounder to the Jets to move up to No. 107 and the last pick of the day. The choice was LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith who is recovering from an ACL injury. When healthy, Beckwith is versatile enough to help out both at inside and outside linebacker.

 

However, the trade meant that Tampa enters the final day with only two more picks: a fifth-rounder (No. 162) and a seventh-rounder (No. 237). There are still needs at running back, cornerback, and guard.

 

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.