TAMPA — No player has been as linked to the Bucs in draft speculation as much as Florida State running back Dalvin Cook in recent months.
There are plenty of reasons for that. His talent and production jump out on tape. At FSU he was a teammate of quarterback Jameis Winston, who will put his hand on the scale. The Bucs' refusal to commit to running back Doug Martin, who is suspended for the first three games of next season for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy. ...
A robust quarterback market and a run on that position will give the Bucs their best opportunity to acquire more picks by trading down in the first round of Thursday's NFL draft.
Tampa Bay has discussed the possibility of moving down from the No. 19 overall pick with more than three teams. As many as four quarterbacks could go in the first round this year, although none are considered locks to become franchise passers such as Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota, who went 1-2 to the Bucs and Tennessee, respectively, in 2015....
TAMPA — When it comes to the NFL draft under Bucs general manager Jason Licht, the offense has played with too many men on the field.
The first two years, Licht took only one player on defense: LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander in the fourth round in 2015 — a terrific talent who already is among the league's best at his position.
In fact, only five of the Bucs' 20 draft picks under Licht have been used on defense, including four last year....
TAMPA — There is a running back for every occasion in the NFL draft this year. You have power backs (Leonard Fournette), slashing/three-down backs (Dalvin Cook) and even Swiss Army knife backs (Christian McCaffrey).
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has watched them all, and there is a chance his team will be lucky enough to grab one when Tampa Bay picks 19th overall Thursday.
But regardless of the position, what Koetter says is more important in the first round is finding a player who can single-handedly change the outcome of games....
TAMPA — Here comes the Lord of the Rings. Here comes Captain Comeback. Here comes Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
His first regular-season visit to Raymond James Stadium will be Oct. 5 for a Thursday night nationally televised game against the Bucs on CBS.
Brady is Leonardo DiCaprio with a chinstrap. Model wife. Drives a Brink's truck. He has won five Super Bowls, more than any quarterback in history. FBI agents deliver his shirts....
TAMPA — On the day Hard Knocks, HBO's NFL reality series, announced it was going to training camp with the Bucs, coach Dirk Koetter's reaction reflected that of most head coaches about the show.
"I like watching the show," Koetter said. "I wish I wasn't on it."
Quick to note "they picked us," Koetter nonetheless has accepted that the fans' pleasure may be worth his pain. For five weeks this summer, the Bucs will be the focus of the award-winning series that started in 2001 and is done in conjunction with NFL Films. The premier episode is 10 p.m. Aug. 8....
On the day that Hard Knocks, the HBO sports reality series, announced they were going to training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dirk Koetter’s reaction was reflective of most head coaches in the National Football League.
“I like watching the show,’’ Koetter said. “I wish I wasn’t on it.’’
But for five weeks, with the premier episode scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 10 p.m., the Bucs will be the focus of the award-winning series in conjunction with NFL Films....
It’s a Hard Knocks life for the Bucs.
All indications are that the HBO sports documentary series, in conjunction with NFL Films, has chosen to go to training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team has scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m. Wednesday for an undisclosed ‘major announcement.’
However, for the past several weeks, everyone from co-chairman Joel Glazer to general manager Jason Licht and head coach Dirk Koetter have been bracing – if not embracing – the inevitability that they would be chosen for Hard Knocks this year. Both Koetter and Licht will be available to the media Wednesday, the team said....
He heard it once. Then twice. Three different times. From three "credible sources" at the Pro Bowl in Orlando last January, Gerald McCoy was given a humbling critique of his career, which has included zero playoff appearances in seven seasons.
McCoy said he was told that he has not produced enough fourth-quarter sacks with everything on the line in order for the Bucs to win football games....
Gerald McCoy says in the Bucs defensive meeting room there is a quote from L.A. Clippers coach Doc Rivers: Average players want to be left alone, good players want to be coached, great players want to be told the truth.
McCoy explained that he learned the truth about himself from three unnamed ‘credible sources,’ at the Pro Bowl in January who told him separately that in effect he hasn’t done enough in his seven seasons to lead the Bucs....
The Bucs begin phase one of their voluntary off-season workout program today. For players, think of it as the official start of the 2017 season, one certainly to be filled with burgeoning expectations and exposure.
Some introductions will be made with the addition of receiver DeSean Jackson, defensive tackle Chris Baker, safety J.J. Wilcox and place-kicker Nick Folk.
General manager Jason Licht, quarterback Jameis Winston and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy will be available to the media this morning at 11:30 a.m....
TAMPA — A year ago at the NFL scouting combine, I wrote about only two players: cornerback Vernon Hargreaves and defensive end Noah Spence. They offered solutions at positions of need for the Bucs, and it figured the team might target one or both early in the draft.
The Bucs selected Hargreaves No. 11 overall, then nabbed Spence in the second round with pick No. 39.
Genius foresight? Hardly. When it comes to the draft — this year's is next week in Philadelphia — unless a team owns one of the top three picks, your guess about whom it takes is as good as Mel Kiper's. Besides, it's all a big game of liar's poker. Nobody wants to show his hand....
Christian McCaffrey is one of the top three running backs in the draft. But his pass catching and route running skills make him one of the best offensive weapons available. Saints coach Sean Payton compared him to Darren Sproles, but with a more physical running style....
It’s been a year of franchise movement in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers relocating to Los Angeles and the Raiders announcing plans to leave Oakland for Las Vegas, all due to poor stadium situations....
If you loved the Bucs' preseason schedule last season, you'll be at least very fond of the slate for 2017.
The Eagles are out and the Bengals are in. That's the only real difference.
The Bucs open the preseason with road contests against two familiar AFC teams and their exhibition schedule also features a nationally televised game on ESPN against the Jaguars....