Archive for the ‘Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Category

Blake Bortles put on alert, Jaguars coach says starting QB job is up for grabs

Friday, August 18th, 2017

The Jacksonville Jaguars can’t dance around it anymore: They have a quarterback issue. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone couldn’t ignore what everyone tuning into ESPN on Thursday night could plainly see, which was Blake Bortles misfiring on passes any NFL quarterback simply has to make. After the game, Marrone declared the Jaguars’ starting quarterback job up for grabs.

Chad Henne takes snaps with Jags’ first team; Blake Bortles struggles

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Backup quarterback Chad Henne got snaps with the Jacksonville Jaguars' first-team offense late in the first half of the team's game against Tampa Bay on Thursday night at EverBank Field. Though the team says the move was planned before the game, it does nothing to end the speculation that Blake Bortles' starting job could be jeopardy, especially in the wake of his performance against the Bucs. Bortles was an unimpressive 8-for-13 for 65 yards in four drives against the Bucs, all of which ended in punts. He also was sacked once. He has completed 11 of 18 passes for 81 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions in two preseason games. Henne threw two passes in his one drive

Tony Dungy and Tampa Bay Rays, Buccaneers, and Lightning are donating to help cover the cost of relocating Confederate statue

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Tony Dungy and the sports franchises of Tampa Bay are all chipping in to help pay for the relocation of a Confederate statue that currently sits outside a local county courthouse. According to a local Fox affiliate, the move was initially planned after a commission voted 4-2 that the Florida Daughters of the Confederacy could relocate the monument to the Brandon Family Cemetery, with the key note that no public funds could be used in the process. The move is estimated to cost $280,000 and efforts to fundraise had not been very successful until former Buccaneers coach and current Tampa-area citizen Tony Dungy stepped up and brought some attention to the issue, pledging $5,000 to the cause and challenging the Rays, Lightning, and Buccaneers to help out with funds as well.

Buccaneers, Rays, Lightning help efforts to relocate Confederate monument from Tampa

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers joined the NHL’s Lightning and MLB’s Rays to contribute to an effort Thursday that will relocate a Confederate monument from downtown Tampa. After a white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend descended into chaos, citizens in Tampa asked Hillsborough County on Wednesday to relocate a monument from their city. The citizens were tasked with raising the money themselves for the statue to come down and just one day later, a $140,000 goal was reached. Among the donations was $5,000 from former Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy, who challenged the Buccaneers, Rays, and Lightning to help the cause. On Thursday, the three teams answered Dungy’s call and released

Tampa Bay Bucs, Rays, Lightning help fund moving Confederate statue

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

The Tampa Bay area's three major professional sports franchises announced Thursday that they would help fund moving a Confederate memorial statue out of downtown Tampa. In a joint statement issued via social media, the teams said they have "dedicated funds" to assist in moving the statue from the public space in front of the old Hillsborough County courthouse. The drive to move the statue comes amid heated rhetoric — from both defenders of such statues and those who seek to remove them from civic spaces — following violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., when white nationalists clashed with counter-protesters, purportedly over the city's statue of Robert E. Lee.

Bucs’ O-line gives $26,000 dinner bill to rookies as a joke

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued the tradition of their annual rookie dinners Wednesday night in Jacksonville, Florida. For the Bucs' offensive line, that meant hitting up Ruth's Chris Steak House. The tradition calls for the rookies of each position to foot the bill for the group meal. As you can imagine, things got a little dicey when a $26,000 bill showed up for the offensive linemen and two rookies -- Korren Kirven and Cole Gardner -- were told they had to pay for it. That was, until the group revealed it was a prank. The dinner ended up costing $3,000. If you follow any of these guys on social media, you'll see posts about the bill. Starting left tackle Donovan Smith posted a video on

Tampa Bay pro sports teams join effort to move Tampa Confederate statue

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Hillsborough County, Florida had reached an agreement last month to move Memoria in Aeterna, a statue commemorating the Confederacy, from its current location in downtown Tampa to a family cemetery in Brandon, Florida. Shortly after Dungy’s tweet, the Tampa Bay Times reported that Bob Gries, the former owner of the Tampa Bay Storm arena football team, would be donating $50,000 to the effort.

Fantasy Football Preseason Week 1 Review: Rookie tight ends

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports A look at the most notable tight end performances of preseason Week 1. Week 1 of the preseason usually is slow going. However, it is also the rookie showcase as many new talents make their career debut. We cannot

Hard Knocks Episode Two: Roberto Aguayo Finally Learns His Fate

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Last spring, when HBO announced that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be featured on this season of Hard Knocks, it was clear that the kicker battle between 2016 second-round draft pick Roberto Aguayo and veteran Nick Folk would be one of the main storylines throughout the season. A missed extra point and field goal in the Bucs’ first preseason game in Cincinnati (a loss) was all that head coach Dirk Koetter and general manager Jason Licht needed to make up their minds on their 2016 second-round draft pick .

Buccaneers player tries out several celebration dances in front of refs to test what he can get away with in great ‘Hard Knocks’ clip

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

The rules on what is and isn't allowed while celebrating on the football field have always been up for interpretation. While some players are exceedingly good at expressing themselves after a great play, referees will often throw flags almost arbitrarily depending on the who is celebrating and what their celebration consists of. This year, the NFL attempted to combat that, loosening restrictions on rules meant to penalize players putting on a bit of razzle-dazzle.