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Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gerald McCoy Agree to Seven-Year Contract Extension

October 25th, 2014 at 2:29 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to a seven-year contract extension with defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. The deal, which was first reported by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, is reportedly worth $98 million with $51.5 million guaranteed.

“From the moment Lovie (Smith) and I arrived here, we knew it was vital for us to keep Gerald in Tampa Bay long term as one of the cornerstones of our franchise,” said Jason Licht, general manager of the Buccaneers. “With the backing of the Glazer family, we were able to accomplish that. On the field, Gerald is one of the best players in the National Football League, who has been extremely productive and will be for years to come.”

The extension will pay McCoy, 26, an average salary of $14 million, making him the highest-paid defensive tackle in the NFL. In five games this season, McCoy has logged 17 tackles, including six for loss, and two sacks.

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Expect the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Be More Physical in Week 8 Test Vs. Minnesota Vikings

October 25th, 2014 at 1:08 PM
By Michael Compton

Coming off a 48-17 blowout loss at home that defied explanation in Week 6, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear to have taken advantage of a well-timed bye week and are as healthy as they've been all season heading into Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings at Raymond James Stadium.

If they want the home crowd sticking around past halftime this week, the Buccaneers, still in search of their initial home win of the season, will have to match their play on the field to their words off of it.

Having struggled in establishing the running game with Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey through the first six games, the Buccaneers must control the line of scrimmage to spring their ball carriers if they are going to entertain any hopes of a turnaround. Head coach Lovie Smith expects the 1-5 Buccaneers to be more physical at the line of scrimmage.

“As a football team, we – as we came back from our bye week, it’s about us being more physical,” Smith said on Friday. “And that starts with our line upfront on the offensive side. We say we’re a running football team – we have to establish that. So yes, it goes on both sides of the ball. I’m talking about receivers blocking [defensive backs], cornerbacks tackling, all of the above. In order for us to make our climb, we’ll need that to happen.”

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Need Improved Effort from Running Game, Defense to Right the Ship

October 24th, 2014 at 9:56 AM
By Michael Compton

It’s safe to say that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ first season under head coach Lovie Smith hasn’t gone as expected. The Buccaneers have an opportunity to get back on track on Sunday when they host the Minnesota Vikings at Raymond James Stadium.

Through the first seven weeks of the season, the Buccaneers are in the NFC South cellar with a 1-5 record. Even more surprising is the fact that the Buccaneers rank last or near the bottom in all of the key statistical categories. Injuries haven’t been kind to the Bucs, but the “next man up” maxim hasn’t translated to results on the field for Tampa Bay.

The Bucs are last in points allowed (34), total yards (422.8), and passing yards (294.5), and only a few notches from last in rushing yards allowed (128.3). The Bucs have plenty of work ahead to execute cleanly on defense.

The offense hasn’t fared much better. The Bucs average 20 points a game (26th in the league), 306.8 total yards per game (30th), 217 passing yards (24th), and just 89.8 yards per game (28th) on the ground. The rushing game has been nearly nonexistent with Doug Martin hampered early on by an injury. Bobby Rainey has stepped in and performed admirably: he leads the team in rushing with 262 yards on 54 carries.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Gerald McCoy: ‘We’ve Just Got to Be Tougher’

October 23rd, 2014 at 7:15 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers return from a bye week eager to host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. In an attempt to light a fire under his teammates, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said on Thursday that the Buccaneers must toughen up on defense.

“If you look out there on tape and you see a bunch of guys sitting on blocks, are you not earning the title of being soft?'' McCoy said Thursday. "I mean, guys get so sensitive around the league but we have to be men.”

McCoy put the responsibility on the players and not head coach Lovie Smith.

“He prepares us well every day,” McCoy said of Smith. “He comes in optimistic regardless of what happened, every day. You don't ever hear him raise his voice but when he speaks everybody listens and you feel what he's saying. For us as players, we just have to have a much more of a killer mentality. When that whistle blows and you step across those white lines, you've just got to turn into something else and we've got to do it across the board.''

Smith responded to McCoy’s comments at his afternoon press conference.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign Wide Receiver and Kick Returner Trindon Holliday

October 21st, 2014 at 10:40 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced the signing of wide receiver/kick returner Trindon Holliday.

Holliday originally entered the league as a Houston Texans' sixth-round draft pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. After spending his rookie season on Injured Reserve, Holliday spent the 2011 season and part of the 2012 season with Houston before being waived and signing with Denver, where he played the remainder of the 2012 and the 2013 seasons. This past offseason, the former LSU Tiger signed with the New York Giants, who placed him on Injured Reserve on Aug. 30 prior to releasing him on Oct. 6.

In 31 regular season games, Holliday has returned 80 punts for 752 yards and two touchdowns. He also has 49 kick returns for 1,327 yards and two touchdowns.

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