Gerald McCoy has been selected to five consecutive Pro Bowls and is generally regarded as one of the best – if not the finest – defensive tackles in the NFL. ''Sometimes he (has) the inevitable comparisons to Warren Sapp,'' Koetter said.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has not been assured that he will be the team's starting running back when he returns from a drug suspension, general manager Jason Licht told ESPN. Martin has three games remaining in his suspension and will return in Week 4 against the New York Giants. "Look, he has done everything we've asked him to do, and he looks reminiscent of 2015 when he was playing for his contract," Licht said.
NAPA — As the Raiders lined up for their first team session of training camp, there was a big hole where Donald Penn should be. Of course, it wasn’t a hole, it was instead projected right tackle Marshall Newhouse. The Raiders were carrying on as football teams do, adhering to the time-honored “next man up” philosophy when a key player is either injured or goes AWOL. Yet make no mistake, Newhouse is not Penn, and Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie’s first public contract issue since he came aboard in 2012 is potentially a big problem. The Raiders need to make things right with Penn, and they need to do it quickly. As expected, Penn was a no-show Saturday and wants a considerable bump in pay
Reynolds interviewed him in advance of Gruden’s name being added to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor in December, and Gruden’s quotes were almost startling in their transparency. Gruden said he loves ESPN.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are embracing heightened expectations created by the team's first winning record in six years. Veterans reported for the start of training camp on Thursday confident the Bucs not only have what it takes to end a decade of non-playoff seasons but also challenge for supremacy in the NFC South. ''Hopefully, it's our turn, but it's not that simple,'' receiver Mike Evans said, reflecting on the recent success of the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers.
You can’t put a guy on the “Madden” cover and not give him a great rating in the game. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who is battling the “Madden” curse by appearing on the cover of this year’s edition of the popular video game, got a perfect 99 rating from EA Sports. Go ahead Patriots haters, get the angst out of your system now.
It’s certainly been trying times for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this decade. They haven’t made the playoffs since 2007 and are on their fifth head coach in nine seasons. If Dirk Koetter, who is headed into his second season as head coach, makes it to a third year, he’ll eclipse the tenures of his two predecessors, Lovie Smith and Greg Schiano. It sounds like a dysfunctional mess, but things are looking up for the Bucs thanks to having the one thing that’s eluded this franchise for decades: a legitimate franchise quarterback. Jameis Winston took some noticeable steps forward as an NFL sophomore, and the Bucs were one of the league’s hotter teams once the second half of 2016 came around, winning