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Strong Pro Day Performance Bolsters Stock of Jameis Winston

March 31st, 2015 at 9:39 PM
By Michael Compton

Jameis Winston likely bolstered his stock ahead of this year’s NFL draft with an impressive performance at Florida State’s annual pro day March 31.

In front of representatives from all 32 NFL teams, Winston, widely considered the No. 1 pick in the draft, threw a whopping 102 passes, completing 91 of them (five were dropped by receivers). The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner delivered accurate passes in all ranges and exhibited nice touch on deep balls down the sidelines.

"Nothing to disappoint you," Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith told USA TODAY Sports. "It's kind of who he is. He's a good football player. When he gets on the stage, he normally looks like that."

The Buccaneers, who own the No. 1 overall pick in the draft and are expected to select Winston, were well represented in Tallahassee. Along with Smith, general manager Jason Licht, director of player personnel Jon Robinson, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian attended FSU’s pro day.

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Jameis Winston Will Be Center Stage at Florida State’s Pro Day

March 31st, 2015 at 8:45 AM
By Michael Compton

With the eyes of NFL scouts and executives watching today, Jameis Winston is slated to participate in Florida State University’s pro day, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in Tallahassee, Fla. Winston’s performance is likely to be especially important to the Tampa Buccaneers, who own the first overall pick in the upcoming draft.

The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, Winston concluded his collegiate career with nearly 8,000 passing yards in two seasons. He went 26-1 and led the Seminoles to a national championship. While his on-field play has caught the eye, Winston’s off-the-field behavior has led to questions about his character.

From all indications, the Buccaneers, who have done extensive homework, are not concerned about Winston’s character off the field. Winston worked out at the NFL combine in February and paid a visit to One Buc Place in early March. He is expected to have a private workout with the team later this month.

"This isn't anything new on players that had some issues in college," Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith told USA Today Sports at the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix last week. "I feel like I've been in it long enough to have guys come in with some issues, and we feel like we have a handle on if we select them on how to deal with them."

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bolster Defense in Free Agency with Signing of Sterling Moore

March 28th, 2015 at 9:46 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued to reshape their defense through free agency in March, signing cornerback Sterling Moore.

Moore, who spent the last 2 ½ seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, is the fourth free agent to sign with the Buccaneers this month; Tampa Bay also agreed to terms with defensive tackle Henry Melton, safety Chris Conte and linebacker Bruce Carter.

Moore first entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Oakland Raiders in 2011, but he was taken off the Raiders practice squad by the New England Patriots. Moore played half of the 2012 season for the Patriots before being moved to the New England practice squad. The Cowboys signed him several weeks later. Moore played in all 16 games for Dallas last year, making seven starts.

All told, Moore has played in 40 games with 10 starts and recorded 70 tackles, three interceptions, 22 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

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Brandon Magee Seeks New Direction After Being Released by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

March 25th, 2015 at 8:26 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have waived linebacker Brandon Magee. The rarely-utilized defender and special teams player didn’t take long to latch on with another team, indicating to the Tampa Bay Times that he was headed to spring training with the Boston Red Sox.

While not pursuing a career in the NFL, Magee is interested in trying in his hand at baseball as an outfielder. Magee played both football and baseball in college at Arizona State and was drafted by the Red Sox in 2012. He was with the Red Sox through spring training last year before joining the Bucs.

Magee played in nine games for the Buccaneers in 2014 before going on injured reserve in December. He tallied one tackle on defense and six on special teams.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity they gave me at the time. Right now, I'm focused on spring training," Magee told the newspaper.

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Chicago Bears Sign Former Buccaneers Linebacker Mason Foster

March 24th, 2015 at 8:27 PM
By Michael Compton

After four solid seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, free-agent linebacker Mason Foster agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday.

A starter since joining the Buccaneers in 2011, Foster fought through an injury-riddled season in 2014. He separated a shoulder early in the season, but returned to the lineup after missing three of the first six contests. He subsequently missed three of the last four games of the season with a strained Achilles.

A third-round draft pick out of Washington, Foster enjoyed his best season in Tampa Bay in 2013, recording 92 tackles. He also had three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns, that year.

All told through four seasons with the Buccaneers, Foster had 343 tackles, six sacks and five interceptions.

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