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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign Rookie Tackle Donovan Smith

June 1st, 2015 at 4:38 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today the signing of tackle Donovan Smith, the first of their two second-round selections in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Smith (6-6, 338) was picked 34th overall out of Penn State, where he started 31-of-32 career games he played in. Smith was part of an offensive line that helped block for 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, quarterback Christian Hackenburg, who set 12 school records. That season, Smith earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors.

A native of Owings Mills, Maryland, Smith played prep football at Owings Mills High School, where he earned first-team All-State and was a first-team All-Met selection.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Mike Glennon Impressed with Dirk Koetter’s Offense

May 28th, 2015 at 6:05 PM
By Michael Compton

Quarterback Mike Glennon is learning his third offense in as many years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During his media availability at One Buc Place on Thursday, Glennon, who played in six games for the Bucs in place of injured starter Josh McCown last year, offered Bucs fans reason for optimism ahead of next season.

Following a disappointing 2014 season in which the Buccaneers struggled to hit their best stride on offense, Glennon is among those with confidence in the offense being implemented by new coordinator Dirk Koetter. A veteran coach in the NFL, Koetter accepted the post with the Buccaneers after three seasons in the same role with the Atlanta Falcons.

“My third (offense) in three years and so far I’d say I think it’s the best one I’ve been part of, it fits me really well,” Glennon told the press. “We have great direction under Dirk. It’s been really nice having him; he’s got a lot of knowledge. What he’s done in this division, the past three years he’s been in Atlanta, they’ve been one of, if not the best in our division and the top of the league (on offense). He knows our division. He is a great coach. He has a great system. I’ve really enjoyed it. I’m still getting used to it out on the field, but I feel like the more I’m with him and the more he is around the offense, the better we are going to be.”

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Jameis Winston to Miss Thursday’s OTA Session at One Buc

May 27th, 2015 at 7:59 PM
By Michael Compton

Jameis Winston will miss Thursday’s team OTA, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie will be in California at the NFLPA’s Rookie Premiere Event.

Winston participated in drills on Tuesday and Wednesday, but is scheduled to fly Wednesday night to the event in California, which is slated to include a photo shoot for trading cards and meetings with NFL sponsors.

The Buccaneers have OTA sessions the next two weeks, followed by a three-day mandatory minicamp June 16-18. Preseason training camp is set to begin July 31.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Begin Organized Team Activities

May 26th, 2015 at 9:25 PM
By Michael Compton

On Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicked off their Organized Team Activities, or OTAs. The entire team is expected to participate in the non-contact practices, which will run through June 14 at One Buc Place in Tampa.

Rookies, including potential franchise quarterback Jameis Winston, have a serious shot to crack the starting lineup for the Buccaneers come opening day. Winston, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, is already being viewed as the Day 1 starter under center.

Winston’s leadership ability was on display during rookie minicamp earlier this month, and the Heisman Trophy winner is proving a quick study in the playbook as well. A key for Winston this season will be to get the ball out of his hands quickly as the Buccaneers work to retool an offensive line that struggled in 2015.

The Bucs possesses plenty of weapons for Winston. With Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, and a healthy Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Winston will have three large targets to throw to down field. If Doug Martin and Charles Sims are able to resurrect the running game, Winston can be effective in his initial season in the NFL.

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Leslie Frazier Confident in Defensive Unit Buccaneers Will Field Next Season

May 21st, 2015 at 7:46 PM
By Michael Compton

Leslie Frazier, defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, addressed the media this week, saying he believes that the defensive line Tampa Bay will field next season could be one of the best in the NFL.

“Any time you have Gerald McCoy on your team, you have to brag,” Frazier said. “He’s a special athlete and then when you add a Henry Melton to the mix that should really improve our defensive line. If we can get Jacquies (Smith) or T.J. (Fatinikum) or Larry (English) or one of those other guys to really come along and help us with our pass rush, we think we have a chance to have one of the best defensive lines in the league across the board.”

When asked who the two starting defensive ends would be if the season were to start right now, Frazier said, “That would be a tough one. You would have to go back and look at last season and see how Jacquies came along. Take a look at some of the things T.J. did for us and Larry when he got in the spot-duty situations. Will Gholston did some good things as well. To say today which one of those guys would be the starters would be a tough one. We need a little bit more time with them and just see if the cream rises to the top.”

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