13 The first punt return touchdownIt took the Bucs nearly two decades to have such a score and hence Vernon Turner goes down in the lore of Tampa Bay memorable players and moments. It was Week 5 of the 1994 season when he took a punt back 80 yards for a score. The kick return would have to wait another 13 years however.
Two former Bucs will be celebrating as we reach the 1st of August but do you remember either of them? TE Casey Crawford leads the way with four appearances during the 2002 season whilst RB Fred Lester was briefly on the roster seven years earlier. And it would have been LB Randy Gill’s birthday today but he sadly passed away in 2002 at the age of 46.
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What to expect from training campIt has been seven months since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last took the field in a competitive game, the unfortunately memorable loss to the Saints which saw both sets of fans cheering for New Orleans' scores. Because it ultimately led to the Bucs having the first overall pick in the 2015 draft and Jameis Winston becoming the newest saviour of the franchise.So now read Jameis where it used to read Josh. And before him Trent and Vinny and Doug. Another top pick on a quarterback and another time of promise and expectation of what could transpire. But for the next month all we want to see is a good start from the ex-Seminole, saying and doing all the right things and not looking like a rabbit caught in the headlights when he sees NFL defenses for the first time. Click here for the full article
Reporting to training camp No more daily drives up I-4 to Disney World as some fans will remember where training camp was held for a few seasons. Camp is held at One Buc Place with many practices open to the public with free admission.And as the players reported back to officially begin the 2015 season, the Bucs placed WR Louis Murphy (ankle) on the Non Football Injury List and DT Akeem Spence (back) on the Active/PUP list. Outside of that, all 88 other players reported healthy and ready to go for the 40th season of Tampa football.Click here for the full article
The Tampa 2 defenseThere were moments during the 2014 season that the Bucs defense looked a reasonably good unit. Unfortunately the offensive woes meant that even holding a team to 21 points did not mean success as happened five times in the final 10 games of the year.The “bend don’t break” philosophy moves into Year 2 under Lovie Smith and there are a pair of players ready for breakout seasons based on their play during the 2-14 campaign endured a year ago.Click here for the full article
The need to reclaim the townThe Tampa Bay Lightning reached the Stanley Cup finals a few months back. The Rays continue to over-achieve in the big-money AL East. And then there are the 2-14 Buccaneers a lifetime away from their Super Bowl victory, some 13 years ago. Martin Fennelly of The Tampa Tribune, king of the Tampa sports columnists, looks at what the Bucs need to do to regain their swagger, not just in their own town but also in the NFL in general. They have the local hero QB, now they need the fans too.Click here for the full article
Winston is the starterSo much for the quarterback competition. Lovie Smith ended all speculation regarding the most important position on the field Friday when he named rookie Jameis Winston the starting quarterback. “He’ll take the first reps tomorrow,’’ Smith said, referring to Saturday’s first training camp workout, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at One Buc Place. “We’re excited about that. We brought him here to be our quarterback and we feel like he’s ready to take this next step. He needs to move into that role and we all feel good about him going there.’’