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Friday, Nov 27, 2015

Roy Cummings

Tribune Staff

Playoff relevance brings upbeat mood to Bucs’ locker room


TAMPA — Come the end of November, NFL players and coaches want just one thing: to still be relevant in the playoff race. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers under second-year coach Lovie Smith have achieved that objective.

Bucs notes: Improvement on defense a matter of trust

- The Bucs went into their Week 8 game against the Falcons in Atlanta earlier this month surrendering an average of 29.8 points per game, which was tied for 31st in the league at that time.

Bucs Hot Reads: RB Martin hopes to stay with Tampa Bay

- Though he still spends a part of his offseason near his hometown of Stockton, California, Martin recently built a house in Tampa and he says staying with the Bucs will be his first priority.

Bucs LB Alexander gets suspension notification, will appeal

- The Bucs received official word from the NFL of the suspension it levied against LB Kwon Alexander for his violation of its policy on performance enhancing drugs. He will play against the Colts on Sunday.

Rock concerts, fashion shows — and now football — all in Bucs G Ali Marpet’s family

- Bucs rookie guard Ali Marpet’s family is diverse and driven, and that has helped shape him into the man he is.

DE Brown returns to Bucs after being claimed off waivers


TAMPA — Kourtnei Brown is back for another stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bucs’ Martin, Winston nominated for NFL awards after win over Eagles

- Bucs running back Doug Martin and quarterback Jameis Winston may soon be reaping the rewards of the record-setting days they had against the Eagles on Sunday.

Bucs notes: Keeping hot RB Martin off free-agent market a priority


The Bucs had a $4.3-million decision to make regarding RB Doug Martin last offseason, and at the time it was an easy one.

Despite pending suspension, LB Alexander could play at Indy

- The Buccaneers could have rookie LB Kwon Alexander at their disposal for Sunday’s game at Indianapolis.

Lengthy TD drive shows how far Bucs have come

- For many in the Bucs locker room, nothing exemplifies their recent resurrection more than the lengthy drive they put together to start the second half of Sunday’s 45-17 victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Winston, Martin have record days in Bucs’ 45-17 win over Eagles

- Jameis Winston ties a rookie record with five scoring passes, Doug Martin runs for 235 yards, and the Bucs get back to .500 after a resounding win over the Eagles.

Bucs LB Kwon Alexander faces 4-game PED suspension

- Kwon Alexander is expecting to receive a letter from the NFL office today informing him of a four-game suspension for violating of the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.

Patience pays off as Bucs’ Lavonte David gets 2 picks, score


— First, LB Lavonte David did some soul-searching. Then, he went back to work and did some film study.

Bucs WR Vincent Jackson will play versus Eagles


PHILADELPHIA - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have wide receiver Vincent Jackson back in the lineup when they take on the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field today.

Bucs add LB Keyes to active roster


TAMPA - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today promoted linebacker Josh Keyes to their active roster.

Bucs give newcomers opportunity to calm down once-chaotic corner spots

- Tampa Bay, desperate to shore up a struggling secondary, turned to Sterling Moore and Jude Adjei-Barimah, undrafted free agents once forgotten in the bowels of the depth chart. Since then, the defense has started to play th...

Bucs-Eagles Pulse: A capsule preview of this week’s game


Here’s a quick look at Sunday’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles.

WR Jackson (knee) to be game-time decision for Bucs

- Sidelined by a knee injury the last three games, Vincent Jackson spent a little extra time working out after practice Friday, possibly in preparation for a return to the lineup Sunday at Philadelphia.

Fast-paced Eagles offense to test Bucs’ stamina

- From a physical standpoint, the Buccaneers believe they’re in pretty good shape. They’re going to have to be if they hope to beat the Eagles on Sunday.

Winston threatens to sue if CNN airs college rape documentary

- An attorney for Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has threatened to take legal action against CNN if the cable news network airs a documentary about rape on college campuses.

Bucs Hot Reads: Rookie QB Winston becoming more vocal


TAMPA — Until just recently, rookie Jamies Winston was content to sit back and be a relatively quiet quarterback, one who left the pre- and post-game speeches to someone else.

Bucs notes: QB Winston grew up wanting to play for Eagles

- Bucs QB Jameis Winston grew up hoping that if he ever made it to the NFL, he'd be a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Bucs Hot Reads: Defending spread offense starts with the run


— When football fans think of a spread-option offense such the Eagles run under coach Chip Kelly, many probably think pass first, run second.

Bucs won’t change plans while facing another backup QB


TAMPA — Nothing changes.

Bucs’ scoring decrease parallels Martin’s recent slump


Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has stumbled into a bit of slump in recent weeks. Though he still ranks fifth overall in the NFL in rushing he has gained just 165 yards on 52 carries (3.1 yards per carry) ...

Eagles’ Chip Kelly explains 2012 rejection of Bucs’ coaching offer


It is no doubt hard for fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to imagine what could have been.

Bucs prefer high-flying QB Winston keep his feet closer to the ground

- Jameis Winston admits his goal-line leaps aren’t the smartest moves, but the Bucs’ rookie quarterback says he’ll “never stop trying to compete.”

Bucs notes: Passing game gets lift from unheralded targets

- The Bucs’ pass-catching trio of WR Mike Evans, WR Vincent Jackson and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been on the field together for only three quarters this season.

Cornerbacks letting Bucs defense be more aggressive

- Midway through his first season as the primary play caller on defense, Lovie Smith appears to finally have the right combination of cornerbacks and safeties.

Postgame video shows Winston emerging as Bucs’ leader

- The Bucs have once again allowed fans to take a peek inside a winning locker room, and the latest glimpse offers yet another example of how rookie quarterback Jameis Winston is emerging as the leader of his team.

With defense stepping up, Bucs secure a beautiful ugly victory


— This one brought back memories. The good kind. And not just for the hundreds of charter season-ticket holders who were recognized throughout the day for their undying loyalty....

Seferian-Jenkins, Jackson, Marpet officially out versus Cowboys


TAMPA - It will be at least another week before Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins makes his return to the Bucs lineup.

Bucs LB David not making splash plays needed to join elite ‘55 Club’

- After Lavonte David signed a $50,5 million contract extension this offseason, his coach issued a challenge: get the Bucs five interceptions and five sacks a year. Three months later, the star linebacker has a long way to go...

Bucs-Cowboys Pulse: A capsule preview of this week’s game


Here’s a quick look at Sunday’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys.

Bucs TE Seferian-Jenkins nearing return, listed as questionable

- Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins may be just one step away from making his long-awaited return from a shoulder injury. That step is a big one, though.

Loyal Bucs fan from Scotland rewarded with long-distance trip


Bellshill, Scotland, native Andy Findlay was just having some fun when he decided to plant a red Tampa Bay Buccaneers flag on top of Ben Lomond in the Scottish Highlands one day this past ...

Lovie, Marinelli bonded as assistants on Dungy’s first Bucs staff


One came from Ohio State, the other from Southern Cal. That alone could have prevented Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith from developing a bond with Rod Marinelli, now the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive coo...

Bucs’ Martin not benched vs. Giants due to fumble, Koetter says


TAMPA — Some Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans thought running back Doug Martin was benched after he fumbled the ball away during the Bucs’ third series against the Giants on Sunday.

Bucs TE Seferian-Jenkins can’t say when he’ll return

- Bucs tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is tired of talking about the shoulder injury that’s kept him out of the lineup for the past six games. He still can’t say, though, when he’ll return to the game-day ...

Bucs’ penalty issues continue to frustrate Lovie Smith

- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers surrendered the league lead in penalties to Buffalo last week, but that hasn’t reduced Bucs coach Lovie Smith’s frustration level with his team’s struggles to avoid yellow flags.

Bucs’ Mike Evans leads NFL with 10 dropped passes


TAMPA - The official tabulations have been done and the results are in.

Bucs offense coming up short in red zone

- Red-zone woes continue to haunt the Bucs during their 3-5 start, a situation offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is striving to rectify.

Bucs sign S McFadden, release DE Sidbury

- In an effort to bolster a safety position depleted by the loss of three players to injury, the Bucs signed safety Kimario McFadden.

Bucs’ McCoy frustrated, vows to do more

- The source of Gerald McCoy’s great frustration, which might have reached a peak late Sunday when he left the Bucs locker room without speaking to reporters after Tampa Bay’s 32-18 loss to the Giants, is a thre...

Notebook: Bucs release CB Jennings, activate RT Dotson

- Cornerback Tim Jennings, who started three games before being benched, was released on Monday, when the team activated RT Demar Dotson from the Injured-Reserve/Designated for Return list.

After dropping several passes, Evans says Bucs loss is ‘on me’

- With at least five dropped passes scarring his performance, Mike Evans will be the first to tell you he didn’t take advantage of all the opportunities he had to make plays during the Bucs’ 32-18 loss to the Gian...

Bucs drop passes, stall in red zone in 32-18 loss to Giants

- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers let another winnable game get away. Despite a solid effort from rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, the Bucs made myriad mistakes in a 32-18 loss to the New York Giants.

Seferian-Jenkins, Jackson officially out for Bucs versus Giants


TAMPA - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without starting tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins for their game against the Giants at Raymond James Stadium today.

Bucs’ Winston making strides each week, growing into leader

- Transformations into a true leader are seldom spontaneous in football, and so it goes with Jameis Winston. But observers notice an outgoing confidence, fewer turnovers and adjustments during a play in recent weeks. Mostly,...

Bucs-Giants Pulse: A capsule preview of this week’s game


Here’s a quick look at Sunday’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants.