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Buccaneers Starters Unlikely to See Much Action in Final Preseason Game Against Redskins

August 28th, 2014 at 8:56 AM
By Michael Compton

Head coach Lovie Smith indicated this week that it is unlikely starters will see much action when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Washington Redskins tonight at Raymond James Stadium in the final game of the preseason. Game time is 7:30 p.m. (EDT).

The Buccaneers are fresh off their first win of the preseason, a dominating 27-14 win over the Buffalo Bills.

“As a general rule, we use the first three preseason games in order to get ready for the season,” Smith said. “The final one, I never have and don’t plan on [playing the starters]. We feel good about the group that we’re going with and for most of those guys it’s time to get ready for Carolina.

“To develop our football team this is an important game for us and for some of our backups that didn’t play a lot last week,” he added. “We weren’t pleased with how some of our seconds played. We want to get a good look at them, so there are a lot of things that we need to [look at]. During the course of the preseason, we want to get all of the situations in and we haven’t gone for two points, so there are a lot things that we need to do and of course evaluating our seconds is a part of that.”

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Blockbuster Trade for Logan Mankins Bolsters Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Offensive Line

August 27th, 2014 at 6:53 PM
By Michael Compton

Tuesday’s surprise trade with the New England Patriots that brought guard Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay in exchange for tight end Tim Wright adds some much-needed strength to the Buccaneers’ offensive line.

Much maligned early in the preseason, the Buccaneers’ offensive line is instantly improved with the addition of Mankins, a highly-decorated veteran and Pro Bowler.

Head coach Lovie Smith said at his Tuesday press conference that he hopes fans understand that the Bucs are not in a rebuilding mode.

“Well I should hope from day one that the fans thought it’s about us winning now,” Smith said. “Everything we’ll do every day is to win now.”

When asked if he feels better about the offensive line, Smith responded, “Do I feel better about adding a Pro Bowler to our offensive line? Yes I do.

“I’ve made the statement that we’re always trying to improve our roster,” he continued. “Constantly – it doesn’t stop. We felt good. I talked about how much our team had improved; of course, the offensive line was a part of that. But this is just a guy that we felt like you couldn’t pass on. Not only do we talk about the Pro Bowls that he’s gone to, but [he was a] team captain. Once you get a chance to know Logan, you’ll see what we’re talking about.”

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Acquire Six-Time Pro Bowl Guard Logan Mankins in Trade with Patriots

August 26th, 2014 at 6:59 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced the acquisition of guard Logan Mankins from the New England Patriots in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and an undisclosed draft pick. The trade comes one day after the Buccaneers visited with Richie Incognito.

“We have a responsibility to our team and of course our fans to put the best possible football team on the field that we can,” said Lovie Smith. “By adding Pro Bowler Logan Mankins to the mix, we feel like we’re definitely a better football team. New England got a good football player in Tim Wright also, so we feel like both teams benefited from it. It happened pretty quick. We’re just excited for him to become a Buccaneer.”

A three-time captain with New England, Mankins has earned six Pro Bowl berths (2007, 2009-13) and five All-Pro selections (2007, 2010-13) in his career. The California native was also selected to the New England Patriots All-2000s and 50th Anniversary teams. In 2012, he won the Ed Block Courage Award, given annually to players who are voted by their teammates as role models of inspiration, sportsmanship and courage.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Showing Interest in Guard Richie Incognito

August 25th, 2014 at 3:39 PM
By Michael Compton

Veteran guard Richie Incognito is visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today at One Buc Place. Incognito has not met with an NFL team since he was suspended by the Miami Dolphins last year for his actions in the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal.

Reaction from players on Monday appeared generally positive.

“I don’t make the decisions. I leave that to the guys upstairs,” defensive tackle Gerald McCoy told the Tampa Bay Times. “But as far as I’m concerned, as long as he can help the team, I’m all for it. I played against him a couple times, he’s a good player, a Pro Bowl guy, a vet and I think he can help.”

When asked about Incognito’s reported behavior off the field, McCoy added, “That’s fine, but he would be coming to my team so some stuff would have to change. There won’t be any issues. If we were to sign him, he could come in and help and that would be it. If there were any issues, it would be dealt with accordingly between us and then we would move forward.”

Bucs center Evan Dietrich-Smith also seemed to support the idea of adding some experience to the offensive line.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Part Ways with 12 Players; Three More Cuts Needed by Tuesday

August 24th, 2014 at 4:54 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced roster moves on Sunday, parting ways with 12 players. They have two more days to release three additional players to get the roster to 75 as mandated by the NFL.

The most surprising names on the list were wide receiver Tommy Streeter, who was sharp in training camp and caught a touchdown pass from Mike Glennon in Week 1 of the preseason against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Eric Page, the Bucs’ primary kick returner last year.

Streeter has had a tough time cracking a strong receiver corps that includes veteran Vincent Jackson and rookie Mike Evans. Page was unseated by undrafted rookie Solomon Patton, who has been steady throughout preseason action.

RELEASED
LS Jeremy Cain

WAIVED
DT Euclid Cummings
OL Jace Daniels
WR Skye Dawson
OL Jason Foster
DE Ryne Giddins
G R.J. Mattes
WR Eric Page
WR Tommy Streeter
DE Chaz Sutton
QB Alex Tanney
FB Ian Thompson

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