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Steelers simplifying defense, since the other way hasn’t worked

One of the sure signs that an offseason plan has gone wrong is when teams announce they’re “simplifying” things in the first month. The Cardinals are doing it on offense after their 0-2 start, and since the Steelers aren’t playing well on defense, they’ve decided to follow suit after giving up 31.5 points per game [more]

Steelers offensive coordinator: I want Antonio Brown to be passionate

Steelers receiver Antonio Brown was emotional on the sideline during Sunday’s game against Kansas City. Brown explained earlier Thursday it was because he was “pissed off” at not winning. The Steelers are 0-1-1 after a tie with the Browns and a loss to the Chiefs. Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, who has known Brown since high [more]

Vita Vea returns to practice, finally

He suffered a calf injury during the first padded practice of training camp, and he finally has returned to practice, nearly two months later. Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea practiced on Thursday, via JoeBucsFan.com. The first-round pick could play on Monday night, when the Bucs host the Steelers. Although Tampa’s offense has been phenomenal, the [more]

Brent Grimes thinks he’ll play this week

The Buccaneers have not had cornerback Brent Grimes in the lineup while going 2-0 to start the season, but it looks like there’s a good chance that he’ll be back on Monday night. Grimes popped up on the injury report the Friday before Week One with a groin injury and was listed as doubtful. He [more]

Minkah Fitzpatrick: If Bucs QB wants FitzMagic moniker, he can take it

Minkah Fitzpatrick and his family received backlash after word leaked that he seeks to trademark “FitzMagic.” Buccaneers fans expressed their displeasure, believing the moniker belongs to their quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick. “Some very unnecessary comments directed toward myself and my family,” Minkah Fitzpatrick said Wednesday, via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. “It is what it [more]

Jameis Winston still hasn’t hired an agent

As Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston prepares to return from a three-game suspension, Winston continues to not have an agent. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Winston is still deciding on his next representative. He interviewed five different firms prior to training camp. By the time his suspension began, Winston had narrowed the list [more]

Antonio Brown returns to work

Ordinarily, it’s not news when a football player shows up for a day that includes football practice. But when one of the highest-profile players in the sport didn’t show up for work on Monday, apparently without an excuse, his return becomes newsworthy. Steelers receiver Antonio Brown has indeed returned to the team on Wednesday. It [more]

Ryan Fitzpatrick wins NFC offensive player of the week again

You could make an argument that Ryan Fitzpatrick deserved the NFC offensive player of the week award for his postgame attire. Going to the podium wearing teammate DeSean Jackson‘s jacket and chains was a boss move, but it’s what Fitzpatrick is doing on the field that matters the most right now. Fitzpatrick was 27-of-33 for [more]

Uber driver sues Jameis Winston

The Uber driver who accused Jameis Winston of groping her has filed a lawsuit against the Buccaneers quarterback, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The driver, identified as Kate P. in federal court papers filed Tuesday, alleges that Winston grabbed her crotch as she drove him through a restaurant drive-through in March 2016 [more]

Bucs create Social Justice Fund with $1 million commitment

Earlier Tuesday, the Bears became the first team to announce they are maximizing the league’s social justice matching program. Now, the Buccaneers and more than a dozen players have announced a year-long, player-led social justice program that doubles the commitment of the Bears and their players. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation’s Social Justice Fund, a [more]

Mike Tomlin acknowledges Antonio Brown was a no-show on Monday

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin clearly would have preferred to say nothing about receiver Antonio Brown‘s absence from work on Monday. Instead, he said as little as possible. During his weekly Tuesday press conference, Tomlin was asked whether Brown showed up on Monday. “He was not,” Tomlin said. “I’m looking forward to visiting with him today [more]

Minkah Fitzpatrick files to trademark Fitzmagic

Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s eight touchdown passes through the first two weeks have launched countless headlines that make reference to Fitzmagic, but an NFL defensive back is trying to intercept the moniker. Dolphins rookie defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick has filed to trademark the phrase with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The filing was made [more]

DeSean Jackson: Ryan Fitzpatrick is on fire, you can’t take him out

Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson says taking quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick out while he’s playing so well would be a mistake. Jackson said on NFL Network he believes Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter and offensive coordinator Todd Monken should ride the hot hand after Jameis Winston returns from his three-game suspension next week. “He’s playing on fire [more]

Jameis Winston isn’t prohibited from texting teammates

Many have asked whether suspended Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston ran afoul of the terms of his suspension by texting teammates after Sunday’s win over the Eagles. The NFL says that it’s not a problem. “There’s to be no discussion of football strategy with club personnel or players but a personal message is permissible,” league spokesman [more]

Jameis Winston texts teammates after they win without him

It was another rollicking win for the Buccaneers, full of big plays and fun. And while quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was stealing the show on the field and off (by showing up for his postgame press conference wearing DeSean Jackson‘s clothes and jewelry), the guy who used to be the quarterback was sending messages of his [more]

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