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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Move Practice Indoors to Tropicana Stadium

October 1st, 2014 at 7:19 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers practiced indoors on Wednesday, moving practice from One Buc Place to Tropicana Field in nearby St. Petersburg to emulate what players will encounter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

The Bucs (1-3) will return to Tropicana Field again on Thursday, and it’s a safe bet that head coach Lovie Smith is also simulating crowd noise inside the domed stadium.

“It was a good practice for us and playing on the turf is a different feel,” said Smith. “For a couple of reasons [we’re practicing at Tropicana Field], there’s a lot of rain here and our fields are drenched but it is a different feel inside. Catching the ball, looking in the lights, change of directions, all of those things were good and then it was just a change of pace to do something different for our players. It was a good productive day, no traffic issues, just an easy in-and-out day for us down there and I liked it so much that we’ll probably go back tomorrow.”

The Saints (1-3) are tough to beat on their home field and will be looking for their sixth win in a row against Tampa Bay on Sunday.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Louis Murphy Seeking Encore Performance Vs. New Orleans Saints

September 30th, 2014 at 8:26 PM
By Michael Compton

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Louis Murphy played a key role in Sunday’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, hauling in six catches for 99 yards. Murphy saved his best for last, however, with a 41-yard reception that put the Bucs in scoring position with just seconds remaining in the game.

Murphy was pleased with the victory, but is already looking ahead to taking on the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday.

“We’re focusing here on New Orleans, getting ready to go into a hostile environment against a division opponent,” Murphy said on Tuesday. “So that’s my main focus.

“All is well—that’s what Coach Lovie (Smith) has been telling us—if we just do our job,” he added. “My thing is make sure I look at myself in the mirror and make sure I make the plays that I need to make. I think everybody else is on the same page on doing their job. So I think we’ll be OK in New Orleans.”

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Back in Race for Supremacy in NFC South

September 29th, 2014 at 7:49 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers notched their first win of the season Sunday, defeating a tough Pittsburgh Steelers team in a hostile environment at Heinz Field.

With all of their division rivals—the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers—losing in Week 4, the Buccaneers (1-3) find themselves right back in the thick of the fight for NFC South supremacy.

“We tell our guys constantly that it’s how you finish later on,” said head coach Lovie Smith at his Monday press conference at One Buc Place. “It’s how you get yourself in position early on and hang in there, and in the first quarter [of the season], that’s what we’ve done. You want to still finish that first quarter strong, and that’s why there was so much of an emphasis placed on this game to go on the road.

“We got a lot accomplished,” he added. “Still, yes, 1-3 is disappointing. But in the big scheme of things, there’s a lot of disappointed teams in the league. And for us, we are one game away [from leading the division]. We have an opportunity to play another division [opponent-New Orleans Saints]. So what better position for us to be in? We are getting some of our injured players back and our guys can see where we can go.”

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Mike Glennon Leads Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Stunning Win Over Steelers

September 28th, 2014 at 6:36 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had 10 days between their embarrassing blowout loss to the Atlanta Falcons and their Week 4 test against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The extra time evidently did the Bucs a world of good as Tampa Bay stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 at Heinz Field for their first victory of the season.

The Bucs won the game behind the arm of Mike Glennon, who made his first start of the year in place of the injured Josh McCown. With only seven seconds remaining in the game and trailing 24-20, Glennon hit a diving Vincent Jackson (pictured) in the end zone from 5 yards out to put the Bucs up for good when it counted most.

“The guys have been real physical down the there all game,” Vincent Jackson said, describing the play on Buccaneers.com. “I just ran a little slant-and-stickout. I went in there, just ran the route as hard as I could, knew Mike was going to give me a chance at the ball on the outside and I just went out there and competed.”

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: What to Watch For

September 28th, 2014 at 12:50 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3) face a tall task today in attempting to halt a six-game losing streak dating back to last season when they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

Mike Glennon will get the start at quarterback, replacing the injured Josh McCown, who suffered a sprained thumb in a Week 3 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. With an 0-4 start to the season looming, it's gut-check time for the Bucs.

The Bucs, who have had 10 days to prepare for the road test and get starters Gerald McCoy (broken hand) , Doug Martin (knee) Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle) back in the lineup, will need to flash improvement on both sides of the ball to be competitive against the Steelers.

Facing an offense loaded with playmakers, the Bucs are likely to have their hands full this afternoon. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running backs Le ‘Veon Bell and former Buccaneer LeGarrette Blount are on a roll following an impressive win over the Carolina Panthers last week. The Bucs must neutralize Roethlisberger and limit Bell and Blount in the running game to be successful.

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