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Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Charles Sims Eyeing Week 9 Return

October 30th, 2014 at 7:10 PM
By Michael Compton

Rookie running back Charles Sims, who has missed the first half of the season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to an ankle injury that required surgery, may make his NFL regular-season debut in Week 9 against the Cleveland Browns. The third-round pick flashed promise in training camp and he could be the answer to the Buccaneers’ stagnant running game.

“There’s no doubt. When he’s ready to go, he’ll give us a spark,” head coach Lovie Smith said this week. “I feel pretty confident saying that. He’s making progress. I know that’s some broad and general term, but he’s been out a long time and it takes a while. You can run on the side, but when you have to make cuts and you have to push off when you have big defensive linemen yanking the ball away from you every snap – he’s getting back into the flow. I don’t know if he’ll be able to go this week. We’ll talk on those things a little bit later on, maybe right up until Sunday.”

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Part Ways with Mark Barron and Jonathan Casillas

October 28th, 2014 at 9:00 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that safety Mark Barron was traded to the St. Louis Rams and linebacker Jonathan Casillas was sent to the New England Patriots. Both players were traded for future undisclosed draft picks.

Taken by the Buccaneers in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Barron (pictured) has started 37 games and is credited with 224 tackles and three interceptions. The former Alabama standout started all 16 games for the Bucs as a rookie, 14 last year and all seven this season.

Tampa Bay signed Casillas as a free agent in 2013. He has appeared in 17 games and has made seven starts over two seasons with the Bucs, recording 34 tackles. Casillas has nine tackles for the Bucs this season.

Casillas spent four years with the New Orleans Saints before signing with the Bucs as a free agent in 2013. According to reports, the Patriots will also receive a 2015 sixth-round pick from the Bucs in exchange for a 2015 fifth-rounder as part of the deal.

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Takeaways from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Week 8 Loss

October 27th, 2014 at 9:33 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had hoped to parlay their Week 7 bye into a home win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The plan didn’t materialize, as the Bucs dropped to 1-6 following a gut-wrenching 19-13 overtime loss at Raymond James Stadium.

“Ideally, that’s not how we wanted to start it and it’s as simple as that,” head coach Lovie Smith said. “Yeah a fresh start, it said home game, home win, and we let one slip away.”

The offense failed to establish the running game yet again with Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey combining for just 52 yards rushing between them. The Bucs have struggled all season in the rushing attack and rank near the bottom of the NFL, averaging just 86.4 yards per game.

“We need more production from the running game, period,” Smith said. “But we played more than one guy. It’s just not on Doug. Doug is a part of it and we’d like to have more, but in order for Doug to get more yards, we need to get a lot more touches.”

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fall to Minnesota Vikings in Overtime

October 26th, 2014 at 6:04 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had two weeks to prepare for the visiting Minnesota Vikings, and despite a close game throughout (mostly thanks to a stout effort from the defense), the Buccaneers squandered an opportunity to make up ground in the NFC South, losing to the Vikings 19-13 in overtime and remaining winless at home this season.

Rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from Mike Glennon with just 2:02 remaining in regulation to give the Bucs their first lead of the game at 13-10. It was the 27th touchdown pass of Glennon’s career, the ninth-most in Buccaneers history.

Behind the composure of Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who orchestrated the two-minute offense to perfection, the visitors moved the ball into Tampa Bay territory almost at will and kicked a field to tie the game as time ran out.

Bucs cornerback Johnthan Banks had a chance to seal the victory with a potential interception that he wasn’t able to secure when Bridgewater underthrew Cordarelle Patterson with :46 left in the game. Bridgewater went on to complete three passes for 32 yards to put the Vikings in position to hit the game-tying field goal to force overtime.

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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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