Day 1 Training Camp Notes & Observations

July 28th, 2016


Joe is your eyes and ears at training camp. The Bucs came out with loads of energy, though it was just an underwear football (no pads) session for Day 1. Here’s your need-to-know. [read more]

Uphill Fight Of Brandon Myers

July 28th, 2016
Bucs TE Brandon Myers fighting for a gig.

Bucs TE Brandon Myers fighting for a gig.

By and large, depending on who and when you speak with folks at One Buc Palace, your top three tight ends on the roster are Cameron Brate, Luke Stocker and tweety Austin Seferian-Jenkins. [read more]

Noah Spence Sheds Impressive Light On Offseason Workouts With Gerald McCoy

July 28th, 2016
What does Noah Spence say about offseason training with Gerald McCoy? Joe has the answer.

What does Noah Spence say about offseason training with Gerald McCoy? Joe has the answer.

Gerald McCoy spoke yesterday about training this summer with rookie defensive end Noah Spence. It was Spence who asked to train with McCoy, whose offseason regimen is well known and intense.

Today, Joe asked Spence about that time together. [read more]

No Trash Talk For Verner

July 28th, 2016
Had a helluva practice today.

Had a helluva practice today.

If there was a star of practice aside from Russell Shepard and Kenny Bell (yup, when Kenny Bell shines, you know the Bucs are still in underwear football), it was easily cornerback Alterraun Verner. [read more]

“Von Miller Who?”

July 28th, 2016
Rookie defensive end Noah Spence got an earful at One Buc Palace.

Rookie defensive end Noah Spence got an earful at One Buc Palace.

Bucs rookie Noah Spence is a very laid back kind of guy, at least what he’s shown to media and fans so far.

Joe talked to Spence after practice today for a while, with an interesting interruption mixed in. [read more]

“Next Man Up” Is A Fraud

July 28th, 2016



So you thought it was cool when Joe added the Custodian of Canton, eye-RAH! Kaufman, to the family full-time? Now Joe’s got another Pro Football Hall of Fame voter grinding away daily.

What other website has two members of the Hall of Fame selection committee in the mix? There are only 46 voters in the country!

His name is Howard Balzer, and he’s an iconic member in the world of NFL media. You hear him hosting at least weekly on SiriusXM NFL Radio, and Balzer has a 40-year history covering the league inside and out for all kinds of national outlets — print, TV and radio.

At the new, Howard will offer unique perspective daily on all things NFL, like only he can. Get your wall-to-wall Buccaneers coverage here from Joe, and then slide over to get diverse NFL takes from a polished observer like Balzer. Joe especially liked Howard’s offering this morning, calling out the popular “next man up” coachspeak as fraudulent.

Video: Touchdown!!!

July 28th, 2016
Big play from Bucs practice today caught on video. One of these cornerbacks was burned.

Big play from Bucs practice today caught on video.

Glass half full? Or glass half empty?

Welcome to training camp. Everyone’s on the same team. In the video below, shot by Joe’s A-list video crew, Johnthan Banks was tested. [read more]

Koetter Cuts Day 1 Practice Early

July 28th, 2016

Jacquies SmithLots of smiles on the One Buc Palace practice field about 10:30 a.m. today.

On Day 1 of training camp, head coach Dirk Koetter got the ball rolling early on his promise to keep things easy on his team this spring and summer. [read more]

Next Column Friday At 8:30 A.M.

July 28th, 2016


New columnist eye-RAH! Kaufman returns tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. Ira caught up to veteran newcomer linebacker Daryl Smith after practice today.

Catch up on all of eye-RAH’s work right here.

“I’m Going To Calm It Down”

July 28th, 2016
Time to chill.

Time to chill.

Last year, it seemed, gifted Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans was more interested in drawing flags than catching balls. [read more]

Dunkaneers Alive And Well

July 28th, 2016
Still have tall receivers.

BSPN has data

When Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht drafted Mike Evans in the first round in 2014, he quipped that the Bucs’ corps of wide receivers would be known as the “Dunkaneers.” [read more]

“Here You Go Jameis”

July 28th, 2016
GMC talks Jameis and Jameis' parents.

GMC talks Jameis and Jameis’ parents.

Joe was mesmerized yesterday when Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy talked about the sitdown he had with America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, regarding the direction of the team. [read more]

Toes On The Cones!

July 28th, 2016
Bucs WR Louis Murphy channels former Bucs commander Greg Schiano.

Bucs WR Louis Murphy channels former Bucs commander Greg Schiano.

When the Bucs were led by former commander Greg Schiano, the current defensive coordinator for the Ohio State Buckeyes was a stickler for details. [read more]

Morning Cup Of Joe From

July 28th, 2016

hooters 20160409Start your day with the Morning Cup of Joe from And don’t forget to visit for the 2016 calendar, amazing videos, pictures and cool gifts. It’s Joe’s second favorite website.

Warren Sapp chomped by a shark. [Instagram]

Would-be assassin John W. Hinckley, Jr. to be turned loose from prison. [Washington Post]

Mike Vick claims Cam Newton cannot outrun him. [NFL]

The animals of ISIS behead a priest in France. [CNN]

So iPhone sales are plummeting. Trend or hiccup? [AP]

Why many Democrats don’t like Hillary and it has nothing to do with e-mails or where she is getting her money. [New York Times]

Donald Trump swears he’s not working with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin to hack into DNC e-mail accounts. [CBS News]

Is the Mets’ record of 120 losses safe in Tampa Bay? [JoeRaysFan]


“We Always Come To Him”

July 27th, 2016

Lavonte David speaks

Lavonte David’s chat with assembled media today at One Buc Palace was reminiscent of Joe’s private discussion with Herm Edwards at the NFL Owners Meetings in March 2015.

The topic then was Lovie Smith and reviving the defense of a 2-14 team. [read more]