Progress Reports: Completion Percentage

As we begin a review of some of the key areas in which the Buccaneers strived to improve in 2016, we begin with an issue that was not a strength for the 2015 on either side of the ball.
Via Buccaneers.com
2 hours ago

Bucs Had NFL's Most-Improved Pass Defense

According to ESPN, the Buccaneers had the NFL's most-improved pass defense in 2016.
Via Buccaneers.com
3 hours ago

Headlines: Looking Ahead to the Shrine Game

A sampling of media reports on the Buccaneers today.
Via Buccaneers.com
4 hours ago

Cover 3: Bucs Search For A Dynamic RB; Toledo’s Hunt Is A Gamebreaker

Cover 3 is a weekly feature column written by PewterReport.com’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat writer Trevor Sikkema published every Tuesday. The column, as its name suggests, comes in three phases: a statistical observation, an in-depth film breakdown, and a “this or that” segment where the writer asks the reader to chose between two options. SIKKEMA’S […] The post Cover 3...
Via Pewter Report
4 hours ago

The Buccaneers have a lot of cap space, but not a lot of options

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to have over $70 million in cap space this offseason, and that’s before making some cuts to free up more space. Alterraun Verner and his $6 million salary are prime targets there. All that salary cap space doesn’t mean the Bucs can actually spend that, though. They may want to extend Mike Evans, and they’ll likely bring back a few players...
Via Bucs Nation
5 hours ago

Buccaneers snubbed on 2016 PFWA All-Pro team

It’s the season for awards, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are getting snubbed in the latest one. The Pro Football Writers of America announced their yearly All-NFL team, and not a single Bucs player made the list. No, not even Mike Evans, who certainly had a top-five and arguably a top-two year as a receiver. He wasn’t named an AP First-Team All-Pro either, though, so I guess...
Via Bucs Nation
21 hours ago

PewterReport.com’s 2016 Buccaneers MVP Awards

The 2016 season saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers turn the corner and post a winning record for the first time since 2010. The Bucs improved their win total by three, going from 6-10 in 2015 to 9-7 last year thanks in part to PewterReport.com’s 2016 Bucs MVPs. These players and this Tampa Bay assistant coach […] The post PewterReport.com’s 2016 Buccaneers MVP Awards appeared first...
Via Pewter Report
1 day ago

Tampa Bay Buccaneers extend Mike Smith, could lose him after next season

Despite receiving interest from a couple of teams as a head coaching candidate, Mike Smith opted to stay with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend. Smith signed a multi-year extension on Friday, withdrawing his name from coaching consideration. The final opening Smith was being considered for closed soon after he made the announcement. It seems pretty likely that he was informed...
Via EndZoneScore
1 day ago

Top 10 Bucs’ Targets At 2017 East-West Shrine Game: Offense

Yesterday on PewterReports.com, we took a look at which 10 defensive players the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be keeping their eyes on during East-West Shrine Week. Now it’s time for the offense. With the need to get quarterback Jameis Winston some weapons being the most pressing one, this list is going to be filled with […] The post Top 10 Bucs’ Targets At 2017 East-West Shrine...
Via Pewter Report
2 days ago

Buccaneers sign defensive coordinator Mike Smith to extension

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Mike Smith says he's committed to helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers realize their potential, not trying to become a head coach again.The Bucs signed their defensive coordinator to a contract extension on Friday, ending speculation about where the former Falcons coach might wind up next season.Smith spoke with the Jaguars and the Chargers about head coaching vacancies...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs sign defensive coordinator Smith to contract extension

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Mike Smith says he's committed to helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers realize their potential, not trying to become a head coach again. The Bucs signed their defensive coordinator to a contract extension on Friday, ending speculation about where the former Falcons coach might wind up next season. Smith spoke with the Jaguars and Chargers about head coaching vacancies...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2016 season in review

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed a lot of promise during the 2016 season. The team finished with a 9-7 record and fell just short of making the playoffs. The year had plenty of bright spots, but it also had several bad bits too. Finishing just one game over .500 will do that to a team. Now that the year is over it’s time to review the season. Rather than break things up into right...
Via EndZoneScore
4 days ago

Three positions Tampa Bay Buccaneers found answers at in 2016

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have needs all over their team just like every other NFL squad. Obviously the fewer needs a team has, the better they are. The good teams are constantly developing players to fill their needs without spending assets in the off-season. This is the best way to build a team. It is also what the Buccaneers have done all year. Tampa Bay had several breakout players...
Via EndZoneScore
6 days ago

Bucs defensive end Noah Spence having shoulder surgery

Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence had a solid end of the season. The fact he did it with one good arm makes it even more impressive. According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Spence is having surgery today to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. The injury happened early in the…
Via Pro Football Talk
6 days ago

Dirk Koetter takes shot at critical Buccaneers fans

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers improved vastly this season compared to last and finished with a 9-7 record. This was enough to see the team finish in second place in the NFC South. All of this is quite impressive considering it was the Bucs’ best finish since 2007 and that it is just the second season for quarterback Jameis Winston. This unfortunately has not stopped critics from complaining...
Via Sportsnaut
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Winning season without playoffs bittersweet for Buccaneers

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren't playing the ''what if'' game. The team's first winning record in six years wasn't good enough to get them into the playoffs, however coach Dirk Koetter isn't spending a lot time lamenting what might have been if a play or two had gone differently during a 9-7 finish. Instead, he and general manager Jason Licht are focused on continuing...
Via Associated Press
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers blast Buccaneers’ ‘bush-league’ video boards

Ask the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take home-field advantage a bit too far. The Panthers took a one-point loss on the road against the Buccaneers to close the season and came away with two key complaints about Tampa Bay’s video boards. Kicker Graham Gano, who missed three of his four attempts, talked about how the video board showed a live shot of himself, while...
Via The Sports Daily
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans seems disappointed with his performance

Third-year Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is in the midst of a breakout 2016 campaign. The former top-10 pick has put up 91 receptions for 1,256 yards and 11 touchdowns in 15 games. Those surely are tremendous numbers. They also led to his first Pro Bowl selection. But if you ask Evans, he doesn’t seem to be terribly impressed with what he accomplished for a surprising...
Via Sportsnaut
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Buccaneers RB Doug Martin suspended four games

It’s now all starting to make sense. Shortly after it was reported that Doug Martin was leaving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for personal reasons, said departure could have to do with the fact that he’s apparently been suspended four games by the NFL. Bucs RB Doug Martin failed a drug test and is being suspended four games starting now, per league sources. — Adam Schefter ...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers are still ‘mathematically’ alive in playoff race

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one path to making the postseason, with the chances of everything happening currently standing at less than one percent. According to ESPN Stats and Information, the Buccaneers need seven exact results in Week 17 to sneak into the postseason as the NFC’s final wild card. Here are the seven things that need to happen: – Buccaneers win over Carolina...
Via The Sports Daily
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Doug Martin to be inactive again, could be finished with Bucs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is once again going to be inactive for Week 17, and it’s fair to wonder if he has played his last game for the team. Martin was inactive for last weekend’s game against the New Orleans Saints despite being healthy. Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said Monday that keeping Martin off the active roster was a “coach’s decision.” Martin...
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs call Doug Martin’s late scratch for Week 16 a ‘coach’s decision’

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was a surprise inactive for Week 16 against the New Orleans Saints, and the team didn’t provide very many details as to why. The Bucs said Martin’s eleventh-hour scratch was not because of any sort of injury but rather due to a “coach’s decision,” per Brett Martel of the Associated Press. The #Buccaneers apparently have...
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

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