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The Bucs new and improved special teams

Earlier in the offseason I wrote that the Bucs needed to dramatically improve their special teams unit in order to make the playoffs in 2016. Well, mission accomplished. A second round kicker. A third round punter. A rookie that averaged 28.8 yards per return in college. A new coordinator. In one fell offseason swoop the …

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Numbers assigned to Bucs rookies

After a successful draft that addressed some of the Buccaneers major needs, the rookies have chosen the numbers they will wear in Tampa Bay. Vernon Hargreaves, CB: #28 Hargreaves joins Bucs legend, Warrick Dunn, as one of the players to wear #28. If he lives up to his potential then he could be the greatest …

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Bucs release kicker Connor Barth

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team has released kicker Connor Barth. “Connor has been a productive and efficient kicker in the league over the years and I know he still has plenty of kicks left in his career,” said Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht. “This past weekend we drafted Roberto Aguayo because …

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Licht, Bucs made the best decision in the draft

General managers who are successful around the league make ballsy moves year-in and year-out. They can make decisions that make or break their careers and for Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht, Friday night’s third selection puts him in that category of general managers who take risks and later get rewarded for it. The Buccaneers traded …

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Grading The First Two Days Of The Bucs’ Draft

Round 1: Vernon Vernon Hargreaves, CB, University of Florida. B+ Vernon is a very good pick. Only reason it isn’t an A is because we had a chance to get the best OL in the draft in Tunsil. Loved getting the 4th round pick by trading back. Vernon has already shown that confidence and he’ll …

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Bucs gamble paid off

Many people, myself included, expected the Bucs to use their first pick on an asset for their defensive line. Jason Licht instead stayed true to his board and picked the highest rated player available in Vernon Hargreaves. The Bucs gambled a bit here in assuming that quality defensive line help would still be available in …

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Bucs played it safe with Hargreaves selection

Picking high in the first round of the NFL Draft should land you a sure-fire, guaranteed impact type of starter on either side of the ball. That could have been the case for the Buccaneers Thursday night but instead went the safe route by trading down and selecting Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III. Let me start …

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After trading down in the 2016 NFL Draft, Bucs select Hargreaves

Mock draft season was a boring disaster with the constant repetitiveness of seeing Vernon Hargreaves III, Sheldon Rankins and for a while there, Noah Spence mocked constantly to the Buccaneers at number 9. Anyone that had watched these guys and knew the backgrounds could see the potential fits here and there but ultimately it came …

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Buccaneers Draft Day Rumblings: 2016 NFL Draft

The 2016 NFL Draft is hours away. Later on this evening, the Bucs will wait their turn for the ninth overall selection as they watch potential targets fall off their boards ahead of them — much different from last year’s first overall pick. Here are some rumblings you need to know on draft day Thursday. (Will be updated throughout …

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Mike Evans opens up to E:60

Mike Evans has been a warrior on the field for the Tampa Bay Buccaneer for two years, but until Tuesday night, many people were unaware that he was a warrior off of it as well. The 22-year-old Evans opened up to ESPN’s “E:60” about the tragic night that his father was murdered by his uncle …

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