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Bruce Arians assembles the NFL’s biggest coaching staff

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has lots and lots of assistants in his return to the sidelines. Arians, hired this year to take over in Tampa Bay, has hired a whopping 28 assistant coaches. Peter King writes in Football Morning in America that he believes the Buccaneers have set an NFL record for the biggest [more]

Shoulder healed, Jerry Tillery makes the rounds before the draft

Notre Dame defensive tackle Jerry Tillery had shoulder surgery last month, and he’s now healed and ready for the draft. Per a league source, Tillery’s recent return to Indianapolis for a medical recheck went well. He had played eight games last year with a torn labrum. His pre-draft visits include the Saints, Bucs, Eagles, Colts, [more]

Get your Stanley Cup playoffs highlights right here

If you’re familiar with PFT Live, you’re aware that shows broadcast during the Stanley Cup playoffs include highlights from Stanley Cup playoffs games. Thursday’s show covered in less than three minutes the five games played on the opening night of the 2018-19 postseason. So from Penguins-Islanders to Blue Jackets-Lightning to Blues-Jets to Stars-Predators to Golden [more]

Miles Sanders drawing lots of interest

Penn State running back Miles Sanders is a popular man. He has visits with five teams and workouts with eight others. He has traveled to or will travel to Philadelphia, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Buffalo, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Sanders also will workout for the Bears as well as the Texans, Cowboys, [more]

Bucs hire Larry Rose as officiating consultant

TV networks have officiating consultants, so why shouldn’t NFL teams? The Buccaneers announced Wednesday that they have hired Larry Rose as the team’s officiating consultant. Rose will assist Bucs’ coaches and players with knowledge and interpretations of the rules and in-game strategy, including assistance with replay challenge decisions on game day. Rose, an official for [more]

Jameis Winston: Moon is the limit for O.J. Howard

Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard had 34 catches for 565 yards and five touchdowns in the first 10 games, putting him on pace for 54 catches, 904 yards and eight touchdowns. But foot and ankle injuries kept Howard sidelined the final six games, leaving the unknown of how he would have finished. Quarterback Jameis Winston [more]

Which teams failed to meet expectations most spectacularly?

With the Lake Show unexpectedly becoming a sh-t show for 2018-19, capped by Magic Johnson resigning from his job with the team by telling reporters before telling his boss, Wednesday’s PFT Live became obvious: Which NFL teams failed to meet expectations in the most memorable way? Plenty of good examples of unexpectedly bad seasons are [more]

Colts, Buccaneers, Lions, Giants among teams meeting with Brian Burns

The pass rushing skills that Brian Burns showed at Florida State have put him into a group of defensive players generally expected to be selected in the first round of the draft later this month. He’s probably not going to go as high as Nick Bosa or Josh Allen, but he said on Chris Simms [more]

Chris Godwin “not really big” on preseason talk

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians set a high bar for wide receiver Chris Godwin when he said at the league meetings that Godwin “is going to be close to a 100-catch guy” during the 2019 season. The departures of Adam Humphries and DeSean Jackson certainly have Godwin set for a bigger role in the offense [more]

Jameis Winston to fans: “Get excited”

The offseason is the season of unbridled enthusiasm, and every NFL team has one or more Billy Mumphreys. In Tampa, quarterback Jameis Winston sees the glass as half-or-more-full. The first press conference of his contract year consisted of plenty of big talk from a guy who has yet to prove that he’s a short-list franchise [more]

Nick Bosa not meeting with Jets after all

There were previous reports that Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa was visiting with the top six teams in the draft order, which makes sense because he’s one of the very best players available this year. But he’s actually only meeting with five of the top six. According to Albert Breer of SI.com, Bosa’s itinerary [more]

Jameis Winston says faith and family have changed his perspective

As Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston embarks on a make-or-break season, he says he has someone more important than Bruce Arians on his side. Winston went deep into the importance of his young family and faith in a recent Sports Spectrum podcast interview with Jason Romano, and said he’s a much different person now than the [more]

Quinnen Williams visits Buccaneers

Former Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams may not make it to the fifth pick of the first round later this month, but the Buccaneers want to be prepared in the event he is on the board when it is their time to pick. Williams shared video on Instagram of a trip to the Buccaneers facility [more]

Former Bucs OL Leonard Wester meets with Falcons, Jaguars

Offensive lineman Leonard Wester spent the last three seasons in the Buccaneers organization and he’s spent some time with a couple of his former coaches from Tampa this week. Greg Auman of TheAthletic.com reports that Wester met with the Falcons on Wednesday and the Jaguars on Thursday. Former Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter is now [more]

Buccaneers sign defensive tackle Nick Thurman

The Buccaneers added some defensive line depth, giving a former Texans camper a shot. The team announced the signing of defensive tackle Nick Thurman. Thurman went to camp with Houston last year, after playing at the University of Houston. The 6-foot-4, 293-pounder was released in final cuts by the Texans last year.

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