ON THIS DAY IN BUC HISTORY22 Aug 1987 Perkins just wanted to winTampa Bay Buccaneers 29 New York Jets 27Ray Perkins was determined to change the attitude of the franchise when he took over in 1987 and certainly did that. Just ask some of the former players about what they thought about three-a-day practices in pads and then stand back for their replies.But Perkins did an amazing job on the draft with his front office team totally rebuilding a receiving corps and offense left decimated by two years of Leeman Bennett.And he relied on a pair of holdovers to win this pre-season game against the Jets at Tampa Stadium. Perkins put Steve DeBerg back into the game in the fourth quarter and the IceBerg threw a seven-yard scoring pass to WR Phil Freeman to give the Bucs victory.
BUC BIRTHDAYS - AUGUST 22Only one member of the all-time Tampa Bay roster has a birthday today and that is Sandy LaBeaux who played just three games during the 1983 season.He was originally an undrafted free agent who missed the entire 1982 season through injury but returned the following season, mainly on special teams. He was originally cut in the 1983 pre-season but was re-signed in October due to injuries, only to suffer a knee problem himself that saw him end the year on Injured Reserve. He also played part of the 1985 USFL season with the Houston Gamblers alongside Jim Kelly but never played in the NFL again.
THE 2019 TAMPA BAY ROSTERThere are currently nearly 90 players in camp with the final cuts to the 53 man not due until after the 4th pre-season game. Players do not get a profile page on BUCPOWER.COM until they have been on the roster for at least one regular season game. Click here for the updated 2019 roster
A HISTORY OF BUCCANEER PRE-SEASON FOOTBALLRyan Griffin passed for 330 yards in the 2019 season opener in Pittsburgh making him the first Buc QB ever to surpass the 300-yard mark in exhibition play. This of course is hardly surprising based on the format of multiple substitutions on offense but no Tampa Bay passer had even reached 250 yards before then in the previous 179 games. Time to look at the memorable and not-so-memorable moments from games that do not matterClick here for the full feature article
ROSTER MOVES18 Aug - Signed DL Elijah Qualls. Waived injured DL Shane Bowman.13 Aug - Signed S Darian Stewart. Claimed WR Emanuel Hall on waivers from Chicago. Waived S Micah Abernathy.11 Aug - Placed WR Bryant Mitchell on Injured Reserve. Released OL Evan Smith. Signed DL Shane Bowman and S Micah Abernathy.
THE BUCS LIFE GROUPWith nearly 7,000 members, the Bucs Life Facebook page is a great source of information and a chance to discuss Buccaneer football. Run by Scott Bradford, there is also a range of merchandise available so you can show your support for this great group all year round.
THE BUCS AND THE BROWNS ON FRIDAY NIGHTThis will be the 11th time that the two franchises have met in exhibition play with the series currently standing at 5-5. The main point of the game will be for the starters to play all the first half so we can see the likes of Jameis, Mike, Peyton actually for more than a cup of coffee. The final pre-season game in Dallas will be for all the back-ups as teams do not have to reduce from the 90-man limit until after that game. To think that back in the 1970s, teams used to play SIX pre-season games.