Bucs Cut 12, Will Have 10 More By Saturday

August 29th, 2014

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Updated: 2:29 p.m. Highlighting this latest round of slicing is one of the chosen three, Jamon Meredith, one of only three unrestricted free agents the Bucs re-signed this offseason. Another was Danny Gorrer, who was released with an injury settlement earlier this week. [read more]

“Kind” Incognito Impressed Bucs Rookie

August 29th, 2014

It’s great to know Richie Incognito has multiple personalities. That can come in handy on a job interview.

Last night, Bucs general manager Jason Licht told Bucs fans how Incognito “impressed” him this week during their meeting. And earlier, a Bucs rookie shared his tender offseason moments with Incognito. [read more]

“To Me, He Looks Like A Starter”

August 29th, 2014
Ronde Barber talks cornerback play

Ronde Barber gives a reference

Lovie Smith signed inconsistent veteran cornerback Mike Jenkins this offseason and has never once wavered on the importance of Jenkins, who was atop Lovie’s cornerbacks depth chart all summer.

But the problem is Jenkins hasn’t been on a field since July because of an undisclosed leg injury. [read more]

The Starting Right Guard

August 29th, 2014

Lovie Smith weighs in

Well, that sieve of an offensive line sure got fixed in a hurry, didn’t it? With the trade for Logan Mankins, it is clear who will be the starting left guard when the Bucs host the Stinking Panthers a week from Sunday.

But what about right guard? Some believe Patrick Omameh is the default starter. He couldn’t be worse than Oneil Cousins, could he? [read more]

Murphy Injury Could Guarantee Six Receivers

August 29th, 2014
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Louis Murphy didn’t return after a nasty hit last night. (Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Wide receiver Louis Murphy took an ugly hit on the sidelines in the second half of last night’s game. He didn’t return and was classified as having a lower back injury.

That probably locked up a roster spot for Chris Owusu, and possibly another receiver. [read more]

Lovie Not Happy With Linebackers

August 29th, 2014
Bucs coach Lovie Smith is not happy with his stable of linebackers.

Bucs coach Lovie Smith is not happy with his stable of linebackers.

Joe thinks he can go on record saying the Bucs’ first-team defense is strong. From the day Lovie took over, Joe has not been concerned about the defense.

But, like many football teams, you are only as strong as your bench. When injuries mount — and there will be injuries – a stinky bench is exposed pretty damned quickly. [read more]

Morning Cup Of Joe By HootersCalendar.com

August 29th, 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 the 2014 calendar, amazing videos, pictures and cool gifts. It’s Joe’s second favorite website.

Recreational weed shop ads cover the Denver Post website. [DenverPost.com]

Jaws clamps down on RGIII throwing mechanics. [Washington Post]

New York claims its teachers are doing the job, except most kids can’t read properly. [New York Times]

Oil boom keeps on rolling in North Dakota. [Bismark Tribune]

Drew Smyly is way outpitching David Price. [Rays Index]

Lansanah Seems Like He Made It

August 28th, 2014

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It’s going to be awfully hard to keep linebacker Danny Lansanah off the final 53-man roster. The bell tolls at 4 p.m. Saturday, but that may not stop the Bucs from releasing guys as early as Friday.

Whenever Lansanah is on the field, he doesn’t just make plays, he makes big plays, whether it is a crushing tackle or forcing takeaways, a fetish of Bucs coach Lovie Smith. [read more]

Jeff Demps Now Waits

August 28th, 2014
Bucs RB Jeff Demps (32) take a handoff from QB Mike Kafka in the second half Friday. Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com.

RB Jeff Demps (32) takes a handoff from Mike Kafka in the second half Thursday. Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com.

Before the preseason began, the Bucs pounded their chests that they helped coerce Olympic track star and part-time football player Jeff Demps to give up track and play football full-time.

Specifically, play football for the Bucs full-time. [read more]

Looks Like The Bucs Will Have A Fullback

August 28th, 2014

Jorvorskie Lane gets high praise

The fullback position has become a dinosaur in the NFL. Perhaps the Bucs should nickname Jorvorskie Lane “Stegosaurus.”

Lane seems an absolute lock for the 53-man roster. [read more]

Tedford Clarification Still A Little Fuzzy

August 28th, 2014

Tedford rightOffensive coordinator Jeff Tedford had some sort of medical procedure following Saturday’s preseason game in Buffalo. Since then, the Bucs have provided little information on Tedford’s condition and timetable for return.

General manager Jason Licht offered a hazy but positive update during tonight’s TV broadcast of the preseason finale against the Redskins. [read more]

Fourth Preseason Games Are Garbage

August 28th, 2014
Yes, Joe wanted to stick his tongue out last night's fourth preseason game was awful. The vast majority of players who logged time in the second half hope to land a job with Gene Simmons' arena league team next week.

Yes, Joe wanted to stick his tongue out at tonight’s  fourth preseason game. It was awful. The vast majority of players who logged time in the second half hope to land a job with Gene Simmons’ arena league team next week.

It was barely the second quarter and Joe, fighting a very minor sickness and running on about five hours of sleep, found it nearly impossible to focus on the Bucs’ fourth and (thankfully) last preseason game of the season.

(It might surprise you how many locals were watching the Texas A&M-South Carolina game and completely and totally ignored the Bucs. It was as if the Bucs game was background noise or static on the radio to these folks.) [read more]

Redskins 24, Buccaneers 10

August 28th, 2014

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What’s to say about this mess of a game? It might have been the worst preseason game Joe can remember.

Kudos to wide receiver/returner Solomon Patton for a nice catch and score from Mike Kafka, who Joe sure hopes never sees a real game.

A couple of picks by bottom-of-the-roster guys Nate Askew and Keith Lewis, and that’s a your highlight reel. New guard Rishaw Johnson didn’t show much at all.

Did Jeff Demps do enough to make the team? It sure didn’t sound that way listening to general manager Jason Licht during the broadcast.

Stick with Joe for plenty more out of this game and the locker room.

Jason Licht: Bucs “Were Impressed” With Incognito

August 28th, 2014

richie incognitoEmbattled out of work NFL guard Richie Incognito appears to be very much on the minds of the Bucs front office.

General manager Jason Licht joined the WFLA-TV broadcast in the fourth quarter of tonight’s game and shed the first real light on his and Lovie Smith’s meeting with Incognito this week. [read more]