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2018 Bucs’ Opponent in Question: Baltimore Ravens

How’d they do in 2017? The Ravens finished the season 9-7 and second in the AFC North behind the Pittsburgh Steelers. Things seemed to click after the team’s Week 10 bye. Baltimore was decidedly better down the stretch, going 5-2 during Weeks 11-17 versus 4-5 in Weeks 1-9. The Ravens had different

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2018 Bucs’ Opponent in Question: Carolina Panthers

How’d they do in 2017? The Panthers were one of three in the division to make it to the postseason – eking in during the wildcard round only to lose to the rival and NFC South-winning New Orleans Saints. It was the third loss Carolina suffered at the hands of New Orleans in 2017. While the Panthers

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2018 Bucs’ Opponent in Question: Pittsburgh Steelers

How’d they do in 2017? The short answer is: well. They finished 13-3, good enough to earn them a playoff berth, complete with a first-round bye, after winning the AFC North. However, they would succumb to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the divisional round during a 45-42 shootout that contradicted the

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Who’s First? Four Potential Opening-Day Foes

On Wednesday, the NFL revealed its 2018 preseason schedule, which includes a nationally-televised game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That appetizer heralded the imminent arrival of the main course: the full, 256-game regular-season schedule, which is l…

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4 Fast Facts About the Bucs’ 2018 Preseason Schedule

1. The preseason provides a first look at new faces. The Bucs have been busy adding to their roster this offseason, even before the 2018 NFL Draft where they will add a few more. Their big splash signing came in the form of a trade for New York Giants’ Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. He

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A Look at the NFL’s Rule-Change Proposals

The NFL Rulebook is a constantly-evolving document. Every offseason brings some revisions; last year, the biggest change was shortening the overtime period from 15 minutes to 10. In 2016, centralized oversight from the league office was added to replay…

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Running Backs Jockey for Position at the Combine

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to make some additions at running back, even though they are bringing back their starter from the end of the 2017 season. There are a number of ways the team could approach that task, and one of them was in motion – at lea…

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Quenton Nelson Could Break the Mold

If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were to draft Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson in this year’s NFL Draft, Nelson would inherit ample opportunities to go one-on-one in practice with Gerald McCoy, the Buccaneers’ six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle. However, it’s exactly because of players like McCoy

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Buccaneers’ 2018 Opponents Finalized

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won’t spend much time outside the Eastern Time Zone in 2018. The end of the 2017 NFL season means the finalization of 2018 opponent lists for all 32 teams. Those are determined by the annual rotation of matchups between divisions, as well as two games per team decided by

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Alexander Knows One Speed for Pro Bowl

The last time it looked like the Pro Bowl could be turning a corner away from its ever-mounting offensive explosions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks was the game’s MVP. That trend reversal didn’t hold, as it turned out, but maybe it will this year, and Brooks could once again

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Pro Bowl Rewind: Bucs’ Killer Bs

Last January, the NFL’s Pro Bowl left Hawaii for Orlando, Florida, relocating nearly 5,000 miles from its home for 35 of the previous 37 years. In a way, however, that game was more of a departure in style than location. Amid concerns that the league’s annual all-star game had become a glorified

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Practice Squad Pays Off for Bucs

In 2016, just after Thanksgiving, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were looking for an answer at cornerback. Jude Adjei-Barimah, the team’s nickel back for much of the season, had been suspended, former second-round pick Johnthan Banks had been released and former starter Alterraun Verner was away dealing

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2017 Player Recap: Gerald McCoy

It may seem that defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had a down year in 2017 production-wise, but upon further examination he undoubtedly had himself a Pro Bowl-worthy season, which, you know, might be the reason he was selected to his sixth straight Pro Bowl this year. It’s true that McCoy didn’t

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2017 Player Recap: Brent Grimes

The Tampa Bay defense finished the season with 26 takeaways, tied for the seventh-most in the NFL. Since the start of the 2016 season, the Bucs have 55 takeaways, which is tied for fourth-most in the NFL during that span. Thirty of those takeaways have…

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2017 Player Recap: Lavonte David

The exclamation point on linebacker Lavonte David’s 2017 season is the multiple forced fumbles and fumble recoveries he had this season. He had five of each. David’s five forced fumbles tied for the second-most by any player this year in the NFL. His five fumble recoveries led the league. His

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2017 Player Recap: Kwon Alexander

Despite only playing 12 of the team’s 16 games in 2017 due to injury, Kwon Alexander finished the season with 70 solo tackles, cracking the top 20 among all linebackers this season. Whittle that down to just inside linebackers and Alexander moves up even more. Alexander recorded 97 combined tackles

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