ON THIS DAY IN BUC HISTORYAugust 24th 1998 - Buccaneers 41 Raiders 7As part of their five-game road tour in the 1998 pre-season whilst Raymond James Stadium was being completed, the Bucs went on the road to the West Coast and laid an absolute hammering on the Oakland Raiders.This was one of two touchdown passes for Trent Dilfer as he connected with Karl “The Truth” Williams early in the third quarter. Then it was the Rabih Abdullah show as the undrafted rookie back earned a spot on the team with a 100-yard second half including two fourth quarter touchdown runs.Also on this dayThe Bucs are 6-2 on this day including last year’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals. One of the victories was a 30-28 decision over the Patriots in 2012.
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ROSTER MOVESThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that the team has signed defensive tackle Ishmaa’ily Kitchen and waived safety Elijah Shumate. Kitchen (6-1, 330) originally entered the league with the Cleveland Browns in 2012, as a college free agent out of Kent State. Kitchen spent three seasons with the Browns (2012-14), appearing in 40 games, with three starts, totaling 78 tackles, two quarterback hits and two tackles for loss. Last season he played in one game with the Detroit Lions and one game with the New England Patriots. He will wear No. 66.
THE JAMEIS JUMPThe excellent Robert Mays has moved from ESPN to join Bill Simmons’ new writing network and his superb analysis has gone with him. This piece looks at the Tampa Bay offense from 2015 to 2016 and what we can expect to see when the Bucs have the ball over the next few months.Click here for more on this story
THE PRE-SEASON WIN ON SUNDAY“It doesn’t count but it does matter”. Probably the best quote I have ever heard about pre-season play and really sums up the four games. Yes the Bucs won on the scoreboard in Jacksonville but were there more positive thoughts than negative ones?The Twitter universe almost went into meltdown when Roberto Aguayo missed a fieldgoal attempt and in spite of making two more and three PATs, a second miss caused goats to be sacrificed, a plague of locusts and multiple other disasters. I would rather a rookie miss kicks in pre-season than when they really count, or in other words, a reverse Kyle Brindza.Click here for the in-depth BUCPOWER game screen