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Jason Pierre-Paul ready to prove a point to Giants

Whether it’s because he’s feeling snubbed or not, Jason Pierre-Paul is ready to prove a point Sunday. The Buccaneers defensive end made that clear in his conference call with New York writers, after the Giants traded him for a third-round pick this offseason. “Honestly, I had this game checked off since I left there, so [more]

Who will make a play for Le’Veon Bell?

With Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell not playing this year and, in turn, in play to be signed by the highest bidder in March, the question becomes who will the highest bidder be? Key football factors include needing a high-end tailback and having a willingness to let him be a workhorse. Significant cash and cap [more]

Lavonte David’s availability in question for Sunday

Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David sprained his MCL against Washington on Sunday, Jeanna Laine of ESPN reports. That has David’s status in question for this week’s game against the Giants. The team’s weakside linebacker underwent an MRI on Monday, which confirmed the diagnosis. The typical prognosis is a 2-4 week rehab. Tampa Bay signed Kevin Minter [more]

Bucs sign Kevin Minter, promote Dare Ogunbowale

The Buccaneers announced Tuesday that they signed linebacker Kevin Minter and promoted running back Dare Ogunbowale from the practice squad. They placed offensive lineman Evan Smith and running back Shaun Wilson on injured reserve in corresponding moves. Minter, 27, played 12 special teams snaps in Tampa Bay’s loss to the Bengals earlier this season. The [more]

Dirk Koetter took over offensive playcalling “to give our defense a little bit of time”

The Buccaneers had offensive coordinator Todd Monken call the offensive plays for the first eight games of the 2018 season, but head coach and former playcaller Dirk Koetter took the job back in Week 10. After the 16-3 loss to Washington, Koetter said only that he “had my reasons” for the change. He expanded his [more]

Bucs sign Cairo Santos

The Bucs signed kicker Cairo Santos to replace Chandler Catanzaro, the team announced. Santos, who worked out for the team on Oct. 26, becomes the Bucs’ 10th kicker since 2009, the most of any team in the league in that span. Tampa Bay cut Catanzaro after he missed two more field goals in Sunday’s loss [more]

Buccaneers on pace for worst turnover margin ever

The Buccaneers are threatening an old and ugly NFL record. Tampa Bay is -19 in turnover margin this season, which is not only the worst in the NFL but on pace for the worst in NFL history. If the Buccaneers continue their current pace through 16 games, they’ll finish with a turnover margin of -34. [more]

Buccaneers sticking with Ryan Fitzpatrick

After Sunday’s 16-3 loss to Washington, Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said the team would discuss “all personnel issues” when asked about who would start at quarterback against the Giants in Week 11. On Monday, Koetter announced there would be no change. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start for the third week in a row and the [more]

Report: Bucs release Chandler Catanzaro

The Buccaneers signed kicker Chandler Catanzaro to a three-year contract this offseason, but he reportedly won’t make it through the first year of the pact. Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports that the Bucs have released Catanzaro. The move comes a day after Catanzaro missed a pair of field goals in Tampa’s 16-3 loss to Washington. [more]

NFC playoff picture: Rams running away with the NFC West

The Rams’ win over the Seahawks on Sunday just about wrapped up the NFC West. Although Los Angeles hasn’t actually clinched the division, the Rams now have a 4.5-game lead and the head-to-head tiebreaker. There’s no realistic path to the division title for the Seahawks. However, the Rams actually don’t control their own destiny for [more]

Dirk Koetter on QBs: We’ll talk about all personnel issues

After the Buccaneers turned 501 yards of offense into three points in Sunday’s loss to Washington, head coach Dirk Koetter revealed that he took offensive playcalling duties back from offensive coordinator Todd Monken for the first time this season. He also faced questions about whether he’d be turning back the clock on another offensive decision. [more]

Dirk Koetter took back offensive playcalling duties on Sunday

Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter fired defensive coordinator Mike Smith earlier this season and he stripped offensive coordinator Todd Monken of one of his chief responsibilities on Sunday. In his press conference following Sunday’s 16-3 loss to Washington, Koetter said that he took offensive playcalling duties back from Monken during the game. Monken took over [more]

Washington closes strong in 16-3 win over Buccaneers

In Washington’s first eight games this season, the team that scored first never fell behind on their way to victory. That streak remains alive after Sunday’s game in Tampa. Dustin Hopkins opened the scoring with a field goal, Josh Doctson scored the game’s only touchdown early in the fourth quarter and the defense forced four [more]

Josh Doctson catches TD to stretch Washington’s lead to 13-3

It took more than three quarters, but we finally have a touchdown in Tampa. Washington wide receiver Josh Doctson caught a six-yard touchdown from Alex Smith 53 seconds into the fourth quarter. The score extended Washington’s lead to 13-3 over the Buccaneers. Doctson’s touchdown capped a 62-yard drive that started after the Bucs flubbed another [more]

Dustin Hopkins puts Washington up at halftime

The first half of Sunday’s game in Tampa has seen the Washington defense yield a lot of yards to the Buccaneers, but that hasn’t put their team in a hole on the scoreboard. Dustin Hopkins hit his second field goal of the game with 24 seconds left in the half and his team leads 6-3 [more]

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