Proving “He’s Not A No. 1 Draft Pick Bust”

May 28th, 2015
Jameis Winston's teammates are talking. (Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Jameis Winston’s teammates are talking. (Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Hey, George Johnson, you played with Matthew Stafford last season, a real franchise quarterback.

So what’s the QB vibe from Jameis Winston, and how is it affecting the Buccaneers? [read more]

“Marked Improvement” For Jameis

May 28th, 2015

Glowing words from Lovie.

No, Bucs fans, there was no sighting of “America’s Quarterback,” Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston at OTAs today. That was because Jameis is attending a mandatory function for top NFL draft picks. [read more]

Pamphile And Edwards Take Center Stage

May 28th, 2015
Logan Mankins and Kevin Pamphile were attached at the hip today

Logan Mankins and Kevin Pamphile were attached at the hip today

Yes, your Buccaneers’ first team left tackle right now in spring practice is second-year man Kevin Pamphile. The right guard with the first unit is fellow 2014 fifth-round pick Kadeem Edwards.

Joe dubbed these two “milk cartons” last season. [read more]

Practice Notes & Observations – Day 3 OTAs

May 28th, 2015


Underwear football is back, and Joe was able to take in a couple hours of practice on the sweltering fields of One Buc Palace today. In sort of an ode to Raheem Morris, 1980s rock music filled the air throughout practice. No rap, so apologies to Raheem.

Here’s what Joe found worth sharing: [read more]

Mike Evans “Tweaked” Right Leg

May 28th, 2015

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Today was eerily similar to last year, in that 2014 first round pick Mike Evans pulled a hamstring very early in OTAs and was limited until training camp. [read more]

The Dirk Koetter Difference

May 28th, 2015
Bucs OC Dirk Koetter talks schemes and blocking.

Bucs OC Dirk Koetter will smooth over the rough edges

In case no one noticed, the offense was a hot mess last year, from a sieve of an offensive line to inconsistent (at best) running backs — not one ran for 500 yards, not one! — and turnover-prone Josh McCown too often played like a scared Labrador puppy.

It wasn’t all the players’ fault (a lot was, though). Joe remembers interviewing former NFL quarterback and FOX game analyst Brady Quinn, who all but said the Bucs offense was as disorganized as a firehouse run by The Three Stooges. [read more]

Cornerbacks Unit Wowing In OTAs

May 28th, 2015
New Bucs cornerback Sterling Moore

New Bucs cornerback Sterling Moore

Via covert drones and ground operatives, Joe brought word yesterday that former Pro Bowl cornerbacks Alterraun Verner and Mike Jenkins were early standouts through the first two days of Buccaneers OTA practices.

But another guy is wowing even more. [read more]

The Turnstile That Was Anthony Collins

May 28th, 2015

Bucs QBs were terrorized last season — no thanks to the ole’ blocking of left tackle Anthony Collins.

Yes, Joe has concerns about the offensive line and had concerns about it last season.

But never did Joe’s wildest dreams foresee the complete and total jailbreak it morphed into. It really was something to behold, and not in a good way. [read more]


May 28th, 2015


Joe isn’t sure where this concept of “mentoring” started, that rookie quarterbacks have to be so babied they need a teammate that is more wet nurse than backup quarterback. [read more]

Morning Cup Of Joe From

May 28th, 2015

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Start your day with the Morning Cup of Joe from And don’t forget to visit for the 2015 calendar, amazing videos, pictures and cool gifts. It’s Joe’s second favorite website.

Bucs news forthcoming.

Texans will be featured on “Hard Knocks.” [NFL]

The notorious Ray McDonald got locked up (again) last night. [SFGate]

Mike Zimmer: Either Adrian Peterson plays for the Vikings or he won’t play at all. [NFL]

Will AM Radio be dead in five years? Not so fast my friend. [TheBigLead]

Throwing Molotov cocktails at a gas pump sounds explosive. [WTSP]

Matt Silverman is getting tired of talking attendance, too. [RaysIndex]


Former Stars Shine At Day 2 Of Bucs’ OTAs

May 27th, 2015

VernerThe Cowboys are using drones to film their OTA practices, and Joe is using similar tactics to gain intelligence from the Buccaneers’ sessions, which were closed to media yesterday and today. [read more]

Trust Your Valuables To Craters & Freighters Of Tampa

May 27th, 2015

Got oversized, expensive stuff to ship? How about a small office with sensitive equipment?

Joe advises you to use the best in town, Craters & Freighters.

Vegas Days Are Over At Defensive End

May 27th, 2015

Jacquies smith 1119Joe’s perspective regularly differs from his Bucs media peers.

Sometimes, the contrast is so drastic that it drives Joe to repeatedly bang his head against a wall. [read more]

“Keep Their Mouths Shut”

May 27th, 2015

lovie smith 0729There’s rabid panic, nausea and teeth-grinding at world headquarters when the topic turns to warm beer the Buccaneers’ offensive line.

But it’s all sunshine and daisies inside the posh media confines of One Buc Palace. [read more]

Rocked Up And Ready

May 27th, 2015

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Joe caught up with Doug Martin a few weeks ago when he was volunteering with the Buccaneers at a community youth event in Clearwater. It was then that Martin shared some info on his changed body. [read more]

Mike Glennon Day Is Thursday

May 27th, 2015


Nothing gets the Mike Glennon Mob more excited than knowing their guy is the Buccaneers’ No. 1 quarterback.

Well, they also get all hot in the pants for the new “29-and-15″ bumper stickers, representing Glennon’s touchdown-to-interception ratio. [read more]

Jameis With The Highlight

May 27th, 2015
Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Buccaners

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Yes, the Bucs began flag football OTAs yesterday with the full complement of all 90 on the roster.

No, no one outside of a Bucs employee saw this as the practice was closed. [read more]