Patton’s March Through Preseason

August 21st, 2014
A different type of Patton may be marching through NFL kick and punt teams this fall.

A different type of Patton may be marching through NFL kick and punt teams this fall.

When someone mentions the name “Patton,” Joe, being the history geek, immediately thinks of iconic World War II commander George Patton and his famous march through France, which became military lore for speed and efficiency.

Local Gators fans peppering Joe with Bucs questions have a different sort of Patton in mind. That would be receiver/returner Solomon Patton. [read more]

Morning Cup Of Joe From HootersCalendar.com

August 21st, 2014

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Start your day with the Morning Cup of Joe from HootersCalendar.com. And don’t forget to visit HootersCalendar.com for amazing videos, pictures and cool gifts. It’s Joe’s second favorite website.

Bucs news forthcoming.

Pittsburgh has already fallen in love with LeGarrette Blount. [Twitter]

Hey, drinking is healthy! [PSMag]

Bernard Gilkey, who hasn’t played for Arizona since 2000, is still getting an annual check in the mail from the team. [AZCentral]

Former Schiano Man/Rutgers quarterback Mike Teel quits big-time Manhattan financial gig to work as a grad assistant at Rutgers for $14,000. (Oh, and he didn’t care if his many millionaire clients were losing their shirts.) [NJ]

Christian Ponder is not asking for a trade, says Christian Ponder. [NFL]

Grant Ballfour goes all Jimmy Hart and doffs his cap to Rays fans as he is booed off the field. [RaysIndex]

Anthony Collins’ Eyes Are On Carolina

August 20th, 2014

collinsThe Bucs are preparing for their big Saturday “dress rehearsal,” as Lovie Smith calls it, when Tampa Bay will take on the Buffalo Bills and blade-in-the-thigh, mattress-in-the-yard Mike Williams in western New York.

New Tampa Bay left tackle Anthony Collins is getting ready, too, but he’s also staying busy with more pressing matters. [read more]

Joe Talks Edge Rush Fears, Offensive Expectations, Roster Options & More

August 20th, 2014

joemugshotAs always, Joe had fun tonight talking all things Bucs with the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620.

All kinds of Bucs topics were on the table, including plenty of talk about currently invisible Michael Johnson, magical Gerald McCoy, the Jeff Tedford offense, among others. [read more]

Lovie’s “Rabbit, Or Whatever That Thing Is”

August 20th, 2014

ClaybornRaheem Morris used to call Adrian Clayborn “Boydog,” as in half man half canine.

That wasn’t just wacky Raheem talk, the Bucs’ current head coach shared more animal talk for his left defensive end this afternoon. [read more]

EDS Hopes O-Line Set

August 20th, 2014
Bucs C Evan Dietrich-Smith hopes the current starting five on the offensive line remains intact.

Bucs C Evan Dietrich-Smith hopes the current starting five on the offensive line remains intact. Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com.

Joe can still hear shrieks from Bucs fans after watching the offensive line get tossed around like tackling dummies in the preseason loss to the Jags. It was an eye-opening scene, in a nightmarish sort of way.

Joe could and did understand the outrage. Not even Roger Staubach would have been able to operate an offense behind what was alleged to have been blocking that night. Poor Bucs quarterback Josh McCown was running for dear life on each play. [read more]

“A Sack Is A Sack”

August 20th, 2014
Gerald McCoy doesn't want to talk about pressures

Gerald McCoy doesn’t want to talk about pressures

Bucs fans have been told that big money defensive end Michael Johnson racking up just 3 1/2 sacks last season doesn’t represent his true performance or ability.

Johnson merely had some bad football luck, was asked to do different things, and he still got pressure and was a sound pass rusher with massive talent. [read more]

Joe Joins The Big Dog At 5 P.M. On WDAE-AM 620/95.3 FM

August 20th, 2014

Enjoy the “JoeBucsFan Hour” this evening with Steve Duemig, the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio on WDAE-AM 620. Joe lives diving into all kinds of Bucs topics, and your phone calls. You can listen online at 620wdae.com, or click on through below.

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Bucs Facing Ugly History

August 20th, 2014
The Bucs are on the verge of a Ray Perkins watermark.

The Bucs are on the verge of a Ray Perkins watermark.

Joe will be the first to tell anyone that preseason is largely pap. Garbage. Glorified practice — at regular season prices, no less!

Joe watches Bucs preseason games because it is his job. That is the only preseason football Joe will watch. [read more]

First-Team Stocker Turns Blocking Corner

August 20th, 2014

luke stockerYes, fan-favorite tight end Luke Stocker is still working with the first-team Tampa Bay offense. Joe confirmed that with Stocker today.

And much of that is about blocking. No matter how beastly rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins might be, it takes years to learn how to block consistently at the NFL level. [read more]

More Options Emerge For Bubble Players

August 20th, 2014
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Jeff Demps

Joe’s not an accountant and typically is bored by salary cap chatter and other football-business-related stuff. However, new changes to the NFL practice squad eligibility have a potential impact on the Bucs. So Joe’s paying attention. [read more]

“Buyer’s Remorse?”

August 20th, 2014

RTampa Bay will shovel $9 million into the vault of safety Dashon “Hawk” Goldson this season.

Joe’s raising a late-morning cold one in hopes Hawk has a phenomenal year, because that’s likely what it will take for him to wear Bucs colors next season. [read more]

Great Ticket Deals From TicketMonster.com

August 20th, 2014

August is here, and if you don’t already have your Bucs season tickets, you might be one of those fans who looks for terrific deals on the secondary market.

Enter Joe’s friends at TicketMonster.com. What a safe, secure way to buy tickets!

Giddy About Evan Dietrich-Smith

August 20th, 2014
Lovie Smith loves EDS.

Lovie Smith loves EDS.

Grousing has already begun about some Bucs free agents, but there is one free agent that has caught the eye of Bucs coach Lovie Smith. In a very good way.

His name is Evan Dietrich-Smith.

When most of the offensive line did its best to impersonate turnstiles in the first preseason game at Jacksonville, there were two players who escaped with their dignity intact. That would be right tackle Demar Dotson and starting center EDS. [read more]

Tim Wright Is Too Good To Bury

August 20th, 2014

TimWrightLovie Smith’s public flogging of Tim Wright could simply be a motivational tactic for the second-year tight end, perhaps even a bizarre smokescreen for the Panthers.

After all, Wright, as a rookie playing a brand new position, caught 54 balls and five touchdowns last season. He’s a valuable 24-year-old talent. [read more]