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Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015

Ira Kaufman

Tribune Staff

Bucs notes: QB Winston going to be ‘somebody,’ Koetter says


— Heading into Sunday’s matchup at Indianapolis, Jameis Winston is a confident rookie quarterback coming off a record-setting performance.

Bucs Hot Reads: LB David earns weekly NFC honor


— Linebacker Lavonte David’s dynamic effort at Philadelphia was recognized Wednesday when he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Belichick and Brady add to their NFL-dominating legacies

- In the 96-year history of the National Football League, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady stand alone, resolute and driven to add to their legend.

Lynch, Dungy back on Hall of Fame’s semifinalist list

- For their third consecutive year together, coach Tony Dungy and safety John Lynch have made the list of 25 semifinalists vying for a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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-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.

Lightning win gives goalie Ben Bishop just reward

- When the glow of Thursday night’s dramatic victory against the Rangers faded, Tampa Bay players began thinking about what the win meant to Ben Bishop.

Bolts Notes: Another Crunch player gets chance in spotlight

- The Lightning’s pipeline to Syracuse is operating at full capacity. The latest youngster recalled from Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate is Joel Vermin, a 23-year-old winger who was selected in the seventh round of th...

Injury-plagued Bolts put end to Rangers win streak

- Undermanned but hardly overmatched, the Lightning emerged with a 2-1 victory Thursday night as goaltender Ben Bishop continued to torment the New York Rangers.

Bucs notes: Red-zone results hurt Eagles in close defeats

- The Eagles and Bucs are each 4-5 entering Sunday’s matchup, and Philadelphia has dropped three games by three points or fewer, including last week’s 20-19 home setback against Miami.

Bucs Hot Reads: Eagles’ up-tempo offense a challenge

- Chip Kelly’s up-tempo attack presents some unique challenges for the Bucs heading into Sunday’s matchup at Philadelphia.

New movie ‘Concussion’ delivers hard hit to the NFL

- “Concussion,” starring Will Smith, could spark renewed debate about the potential relationship between NFL collisions and brain damage that may not manifest itself in players until well after retirement.

A week after several drops, Evans responds in a big way in Bucs’ win

- Mike Evans dropped five passes last week in a loss against the Giants, but the 6-foot-5 wide receiver played big against the Cowboys with eight catches for 126 yards.

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 QB Winston playing with more purpose, poise since Week 4 loss

- After a rocky start, capped by an abysmal performance against Carolina in a Week 4 setback, Jameis Winston is generating national attention for his startling growth curve.

Bucs Hot Reads: Cowboys staff has Tampa Bay flair


— Two members of Jason Garrett’s staff in Dallas were assistant coaches for the 2002 Bucs, who won a Super Bowl under the direction of Jon Gruden.

Bucs OL Dotson says he was misled about starting Sunday

- Veteran offensive lineman Demar Dotson says he was misled by Bucs head coach Lovie Smith about his status for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.

Bucs Hot Reads: Cowboys endure rare losing streak

- A six-game losing streak has America’s Team bucking long playoffs odds as the Cowboys prepare for Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay.

Midseason report: The more things change, they stay same in NFL

- The NFL midterms are in, and it’s no surprise that scoring is on a record pace. Here are the midseason MVPs, top rookies, and other notable players and coaches.

Bucs loss had nothing to do with improving Jameis Winston, teammates say

- Although he didn’t win on the scoreboard Sunday, Jameis Winston continues to win over hearts and minds in the Tampa Bay locker room.

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.

Bucs C Hawley makes most of opportunity, stakes claim to starting job

- Evan Smith started 15 games at center for the Bucs last year and anchored the offensive line this season before injuring an ankle at New Orleans in Week 2. Now Smith is healthy and eager to regain a starting role that Joe H...

Bucs Hot Reads: Secondary to face Giants WR Beckham Jr.


— An embattled Bucs secondary faces another elite receiving threat Sunday when the NFC East-leading Giants visit Raymond James Stadium.

Bucs Hot Reads: Ex-OC Sullivan returns with Giants

- The last time Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan walked onto the field at Raymond James Stadium, he was a member of Greg Schiano’s Buccaneers staff.

Bucs notes: MLB Alexander dedicates season to slain brother


  Kwon Alexander’s dynamic performance at Atlanta, just a few days after the death of his younger brother, earned the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie middle linebacker NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Bucs Hot Reads: RT Dotson could return against Giants


TAMPA — Veteran T Demar Dotson says he’s ready to go Sunday against the New York Giants. All he needs is some encouraging words.

Week 8: Ira Kaufman’s NFL power rankings


Each week, 12 national media members — including The Tampa Tribune’s Ira Kaufman — rank teams in what is known as The Associ...

Bucs Lookahead: Tampa Bay vs. New York Giants


Coming off a 23-20 overtime win at Atlanta, the Bucs return home late Sunday afternoon to face the New York Giants, who yielded 36 first downs and 614 yards to the Saints in an epic 52-49 loss in New Orleans.

NFL coaches differ on how forthcoming they should be in injury reports


Born out of a gambling scandal almost 70 years ago, the NFL injury report has evolved into a weekly information packet full of half-truths, manipulation and outright deception.

Bucs notes: Offense displays balance in win over Falcons


ATLANTA — The Falcons entered the game with the NFL’s No. 2 rushing defense, but the Bucs found enough holes to keep Atlanta’s defense honest, finishing with a 117-101 advantage in rushing yards.

Bucs TE Brate takes charge the second time around


ATLANTA — Bucs tight end Cameron Brate has bounced around the NFC South this season, and he made himself right at home Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

Kwon Alexander's big game comes after tragic loss of brother

- Kwon Alexander's 17-year-old brother, Broderick Taylor II, was shot and killed during a fight Friday night in Alabama, the Anniston (Ala.) Star reported.

Bucs win over Falcons takes exhausting effort


ATLANTA – To a man, the Bucs were exhausted.

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


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

Bucs get key contributions from small-school gems


To succeed in the personnel department of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it helps to have an archaeologist’s mindset. No NFL team has turned over more rocks in an effort to find treasure...

Bucs Hot Reads: Koetter provides intel on Falcons players


— Three seasons in Atlanta gave Dirk Koetter an appreciation for the skills of Falcons QB Matt Ryan. It also gave Tampa Bay’s first-year offensive coordinator valuable in...

Now with Falcons, Adrian Clayborn knows why Bucs didn’t re-sign him

- Adrian Clayborn acknowledges that he didn’t give the Bucs a solid return on their investment.

Bucs Hot Reads: Raheem Morris finds home in Atlanta


TAMPA — Once Dan Quinn arrived in Atlanta, Raheem Morris wasn’t far behind.

Bucs notes: Top-three rushers Martin, Freeman square off

- While Bucs RB Doug Martin is back to the level of his stellar 2012 rookie season, Atlanta counters Sunday with Devonta Freeman, a second-year pro from Florida State who leads the NFL in rushing (621 yards), touchdowns (10) ...

Bucs notes: Effort undermined by franchise-record 16 penalties


LANDOVER, Md. — Once again, the Bucs were undermined by a flurry of flags, wiping out offensive gains and extending drives for the Redskins.

Bucs lean on Mike Evans with Jackson, Murphy out injured

- Returning to his record-setting rookie form, Mike Evans caught eight passes for 164 yards and reached the end zone for the first time this season, but the Bucs ultimately couldn’t protect a 24-point lead.

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


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

Bucs Hot Reads: Memories of 2012 Outback Bowl


TAMPA — Redskins QB Kirk Cousins has fond memories of Bucs DE William Gholston, who plans on making Cousins uncomfortable Sunday at FedExField.

Bucs S Conte stands out in secondary

- Amid the smoldering ruins of Tampa Bay’s secondary stands Chris Conte, a low-level signing who is starting to look like a free-agent steal.

Week 7: Ira Kaufman’s NFL power rankings


Each week, 12 national media members — including The Tampa Tribune’s Ira Kaufman — rank teams in what is known as The Associ...

Bucs Hot Reads: at 2-3, .500 record within reach

- After an opening-week debacle against Tennessee, the prospect of a .500 record after six games holds particular appeal for the Bucs.

Bucs notes: RT Dotson, DT Spence return to practice

- RT Dotson and DT Akeem Spence (back) returned to the practice field at One Buc Place for the first time since the regular season began.

Bucs lookahead: Week 7 at Washington


Seeking their first two-game winning streak under coach Lovie Smith, the Bucs (2-3) head into Sunday’s matchup at Washington refreshed from a bye week. The dysfunctional Redskins (2-4) have dropped three of their ...

Bucs starting to back up Smith’s proclamation

- In his second year on the Tampa Bay sideline, Lovie Smith appears to have the ammunition to support his weekly claims the Bucs are getting better. There are tangible signs of improvement from 2014 as Tampa Bay (2-3) prepare...