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Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2015 Regular-Season Schedule Announced

April 21st, 2015 at 10:56 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2015 regular-season schedule, released today by the National Football League, features matchups against the AFC South and the NFC East and includes home battles versus the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears.

The Buccaneers start regular-season play at home on Sept. 13, as the Tennessee Titans travel to Raymond James Stadium for a late afternoon kickoff, marking only the fifth time since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger that teams with the first and second overall picks in the previous draft have faced one another in the season opener.

In Week 2, Tampa Bay faces its first divisional game of the season, traveling to New Orleans on Sept. 20 to take on the Saints, followed by a road trip to the Houston Texans on Sept. 27. The two teams have faced one another only three times in the regular season, and a win would mark the Buccaneers’ first road victory against the Texans.

Tampa Bay returns home in Week 4 to battle the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 4 before welcoming the Jacksonville Jaguars to Tampa on Oct. 11. The Buccaneers are 1-4 against the Jaguars, but 1-1 when playing at home.

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Defensive End George Johnson Comes to Terms with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

April 17th, 2015 at 8:53 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially acquired defensive end George Johnson from the Detroit Lions in exchange for a fifth-round pick, the team announced this week. Johnson signed a three-year contract, which will keep him with the Buccaneers through the 2017 season.

Johnson spent the 2014 season with the Lions, playing in all 16 games. He recorded 26 tackles, had six sacks and one fumble recovery.

Johnson originally entered the NFL as a college free agent with Tampa Bay, spending time on the team’s practice squad and active roster from 2010-12. He appeared in nine games with the Buccaneers during that span, before being waived in 2012 and signing with the Minnesota Vikings. From 2012-13, Johnson spent time on the Vikings’ active roster and practice squad, playing in two games.

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Linebacker Larry Dean and Center Ben Gottschalk Sign with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

April 14th, 2015 at 9:41 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed linebacker Larry Dean and center Ben Gottschalk.

Dean (pictured) is entering his fifth NFL season, having previously played for the Minnesota Vikings (2011-13) and Buffalo Bills (2014). He entered the NFL as a college free agent out of Valdosta State and he has played in 61 career games, recording 36 special teams tackles, while adding one tackle on defense, a forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Gottschalk entered the league as a college free agent out of SMU and spent the 2014 offseason and preseason with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was also on the team’s practice squad during Week 1 of the regular season.

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Preseason Schedule Released for Tampa Bay Buccaneers

April 10th, 2015 at 10:37 PM
By Michael Compton

The National Football League has announced its 2015 preseason slate, featuring opponent matchups and weeks. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open on the road at the Minnesota Vikings, followed by consecutive home contests against the AFC North: Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals on ESPN’s Monday Night Football and Week 3 against the Cleveland Browns. The preseason concludes with a trip to face the Miami Dolphins.

Specific game dates and times will be released following the finalization of the national broadcast schedule.

Tampa Bay’s first preseason game of 2015 will be at Minnesota during Week 1,the fir st time that the two former NFC Central rivals will meet in the preseason.

Following the trip to Minneapolis, the Buccaneers will return home for two games, the first of which will be a Week 2 game against Cincinnati, nationally televised on ESPN’s Monday Night Football (August 24, 8:00 p.m.). This matchup will mark the first time the teams have met in the preseason since 2004. The Bucs have faced the Bengals in 12 preseason contests, and are 8-4 against them all-time.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Re-Sign Fullback Jorvorskie Lane

April 6th, 2015 at 5:44 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have signed tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi and re-signed fullback Jorvorskie Lane.

Lane played in nine games for Tampa Bay last season, starting four, rushing three times for 58 yards and catching one pass for three yards. A PED suspension and injuries limited his action in 2014 to nine games.

Ogbuehi originally entered the NFL as a college free agent with the Washington Redskins in 2013, before being waived prior to the start of the regular season. He was later added to the Miami Dolphins practice squad and spent part of the 2014 offseason with Miami, before being waived and being acquired by the Cleveland Browns.

Ogbuehi spent the 2014 preseason with Cleveland and spent time on the team’s practice squad, before being added to the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad.

A native of Buford, Georgia, Ogbuehi played collegiately at Georgia State, where he appeared in 28 games, finishing his career ranking third in school history in receiving yards (581) and fourth in receptions (47), while catching four touchdown passes.

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