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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Place C.J. Wilson on Reserve/Retired List

July 26th, 2015 at 4:13 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Friday that they have placed cornerback C.J. Wilson on the Reserve/Retired List. Wilson suffered a severe hand injury in a Fourth of July accident, losing two fingers.

“We know this process has been difficult for C.J. and respect his decision to step away from football,” Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht said. “We are grateful for the contributions he has made to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and wish him the best as he focuses on his health and recovery.”

A statement from Joel Turner and Justin Turner, agents for C.J. Wilson:

“On behalf of C.J. Wilson, he has decided to step away from the NFL at this time to focus on his immediate needs in recovery which are the foundation of his long-term health. When C.J. is fully healed and able to return to the game, he will then continue his career at that time. We would like to send out our sincere appreciation to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization, especially the Glazer family, Coach Lovie Smith, GM Jason Licht and so many others who've provided support and encouragement these last few weeks along with their continued efforts to assist C.J. in his recovery. C.J. is in good spirits and is continuing to focus on his rehab and the healing of his hand. Thanks to so many people who have sent calls and messages of concern for him. He is a very strong willed young man with great work ethic and character. We look forward to seeing him play again in the future.”

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Utilize Virtual Reality Technology at Training Camp

July 22nd, 2015 at 8:53 AM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will begin using the SIDEKIQ simulator football software developed by EON Sports VR as a supplement to their on-field work for quarterbacks when the team reports back for training camp beginning on Aug. 1.

“We are excited to be coming in on the front end of this new wave of technology that is designed to supplement the on-field and classroom work that our quarterbacks are already doing,” said Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht. “Obviously, there is no real substitute for being on the field when it comes to getting our players ready for game action. However, this virtual reality technology allows us to enhance the learning experience for our quarterbacks without requiring them to put in additional time on the practice fields.”

As the use of virtual reality technology continues to grow among college and professional sports teams, the SIDEKIQ simulator is the first computer modeling product that allows the user to input a playbook and an opposing team’s playbook seamlessly into the software. The system is portable, requires only a specially-designed lightweight headset that works in conjunction with proprietary software, and can be used with any smartphone"

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Buccaneers’ Gerald McCoy Expects Defense to Hit the Ground Running

July 14th, 2015 at 10:36 AM
By Michael Compton

With the addition of key veterans this offseason and with one year of experience under his belt in Lovie Smith’s system, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy expects the defensive unit he leads to hit the ground running this season.

The Bucs struggled mightily in the initial year under Smith’s Tampa 2 scheme in 2014. The unit’s well-chronicled woes last year prompted an overhaul in the personnel department over the offseason. The addition of new faces at key positions combined with the experience of last year has McCoy feeling confident progress is on the way.

“Definitely, if anything mentally, just knowing what coach expects. The big part of last year was trying to do it the way coach wanted it,” McCoy said. “He brought in guys this offseason that have played in this system that know how he wants it done.

“Then you have guys that have a year under their belt with Coach (Lovie) Smith’s system, how he likes to do it,” McCoy added. “I think coming in we can hit the ground running. The rookies we brought in and the younger guys they can just get on board. We know how to lead them now. Last year we didn’t know how to lead them because we were learning it ourselves, but I think in that aspect we’ve grown.”

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Buccaneers’ C.J. Wilson Injured in July 4th Accident

July 8th, 2015 at 3:42 PM
By Michael Compton

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul wasn’t the only NFL player severely injured in a July 4th accident over the weekend. Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson also suffered a similar injury, reportedly losing two fingers.

Wilson (pictured in a game against the Saints last year) appeared in two games for the Buccaneers a season ago, and was set to compete for a spot on the team in training camp next month. It is unclear if the hand injury is going to prevent Wilson from taking part in training camp or the preseason.

The Buccaneers released the following statement on Wilson: “We are aware that C.J. was involved in an accident that occurred over the July 4th holiday. It is our understanding that the injury occurred to one of his hands and our primary concern at this moment is for his long-term health. We have been in contact with C.J. and are continuing to monitor the situation.”

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Rookie Linebacker Josh Keyes Makes Positive First Impression on Tampa Bay Buccaneers

July 2nd, 2015 at 10:17 AM
By Michael Compton

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie linebacker Josh Keyes, an undrafted free agent out of Boston College, turned heads during the team's recently concluded mini-camp at One Buc Place.

Judging by his performances in offseason drills, Keyes isn't likely to fly under the radar much longer.

Following an interception in camp, head coach Lovie Smith said of Keyes (rhymes with wise), “It’s good to kind of validate what we’ve seen with a play like that, but, just his movement. He came in as an undrafted free agent and, again, we didn’t know how to pronounce his name at first, but now K-E-Y-E-S is ‘Keis’ to me. We are anxious to see. You have to hold on a little bit with linebackers, like you do with linemen. We haven’t seen him in pads – anxious to see that.”

Among those taking notice toward the end of mini-camp was Gerald McCoy, who shared a telling a moment in a recent film session.

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