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2014 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

June 30, 2014
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2014 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014 - Pres) 

HEAD COACH: LOVIE SMITH, FIRST SEASON

RECORD: 81-63

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: JEFF TEDFORD

DEFENSIVE COORDIATOR: LESLIE FRAZIER

2013 STATS:

OFFENSE PPG: 18.0

RUSHING: 100.8

PASSING: 176.2

TOTAL OFFENSE: 277.0

DEFENSE PPG: 24.3

RUSHING: 110.1

PASSING: 237.9

TOTAL DEFENSE: 348.0

2013 RECORD: 4-12

 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014 - Pres)

The Buccaneers went 4-12 in 2013 and knew they needed to make a change. Former Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith was hired to make Tampa Bay’s football team relevant once again.  Smith will inherit an offense that was last in the NFL in total offense and a defense that has a great upside.

New GM Jason Licht and Smith went to work on re-hauling the Bucs offense by improving the offensive line.  Tampa got rid of tackle Don Penn, guard Davin Joseph and center Jeremy Zuttah. The Bucs then signed free agent OT Anthony Collins from Cincinnati and Green Bay center Evan Dietrich-Smith.  They will be joined by holdovers OT Demar Dotson and OG Carl Nicks. Draft pick Kadeem Edwards (Tennessee State) is scheduled to take over one of the other guard spots.

With such a bad offense, Coach Smith needed a new QB so he went out and got former Bears signal caller Josh McGown.  McGown threw 13 TD’s filling in for Jay Cutler in 2013. Mike Glennon will be the back-up despite throwing for 2,608 yards and 19 TD’s last season.

The receiving corps will be one of the biggest in the NFL.  Veteran Vincent Jackson (6-5) will be joined by rookie Mike Evans (6-5) and rookie TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (6-5).  Evans played at Texas A&M with Johnny Manziel and caught 151 passes in two seasons with the Aggies.

The running game could be solid by committee. Doug Martin is back after suffering a shoulder injury in October. He will be joined by Bobby Rainey (532 yards) and Mike James.  Rookie Charles Sims will get plenty of chances to play in the fall after having an excellent career at Houston and West Virginia.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014 - Pres)

Tampa’s defense may be the strength of this football team until the offense finds a way to deploy all of their weapons.  Coach Smith will employ the Tampa-2 with All-Pro DT Gerald McCoy and LB Lavonte David leading the way. Tampa added Bengals free-agent DT Michael Johnson and Seattle free agent DT Clinton McDonald to help the front seven.  DE Adrian Clayborn will move from the right side to the left side and LB Jonathan Casillas re-signed in the off-season and should start at strong side LB. The Bucs released DB Darrelle Revis and replaced him with free agent Alterruan Verner (Tennessee) who made the Pro Bowl in 2013. Safeties Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson are the strength of the defense. Tampa’s defense will have to get better in the NFL South when facing the likes of Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton.

The good news in Tampa is Lovie Smith will bring identity back with the Tampa-2 defense.  They brought in defensive help through free-agency the offense should be better with QB Josh McGown and OC Jeff Tedford.  The draft also brought in some much needed weapons including WR Mike Evans, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, OL Kadeem Edwards and RB Charles Sims.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014 - Pres)

DRAFT REVIEW:

Lovie Smith might be in danger of losing his reputation.

Minutes after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled the trigger on their final pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the team's first-year head coach approached the press conference podium and cautioned the crowd against assuming "that people are a certain way." And by "people," Smith meant himself.

The joke played off both Smith's stern-looking demeanor and his reputation as a coach invested far more heavily in defense than offense. Smith said, "I do believe in offensive football, and you can't win by just playing defense," and of course the evidence was right there on Tampa Bay's draft board. With the selection of Wyoming wide receiver Robert Herron in the sixth round, the Buccaneers had finished the first-ever all-offense draft in franchise history.

Herron was the second receiver selected by the Buccaneers over the three days of the draft, joining first-round selection Mike Evans of Texas A&M. In between, the team added a very promising two-way tight end (Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins), a running back with outstanding skills in the passing game (West Virginia's Charles Sims) and two enormous offensive linemen possessing loads of raw talent waiting to be developed (Tennessee State's Kadeem Edwards and Purdue's Kevin Pamphile). Evans and Seferian-Jenkins even represented the highest picks the Buccaneers had ever made at their respective positions.

It's clear the Buccaneers' offense still needed work after an aggressive run through free agency (and particularly after trades of wide receiver Mike Williams and interior lineman Jeremy Zuttah), but the team didn't specifically mean to make this year's draft all about that side of the ball.

"[We got] three guys that we’re very excited about [on Saturday] and once again, we targeted and it happened to fall to us," said General Manager Jason Licht, also enjoying his first draft with the Buccaneers. "We’re excited about the overall class. Obviously an all offensive draft, I don’t know if that’s some sort of record, but it wasn’t the plan, I can tell you that. It just fell that way. The plan was to go get the best players and we were lucky to get the guys that we did."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014 - Pres)

SCHEDULE:

2014 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Football Schedule

Date   Opponent Time/TV Tickets
Friday
Aug. 8
Jaguars at Jacksonville Jaguars (Preseason)
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
7:30 p.m. ET
WFLA-TV
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Aug. 16
Dolphins Miami Dolphins (Preseason)
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
7:30 p.m. ET
WFLA-TV
Buy
Tickets
Saturday
Aug. 23
Bills at Buffalo Bills (Preseason)
Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, NY
4:30 p.m. ET
WFLA-TV
Buy
Tickets
Thursday
Aug. 28
Redskins Washington Redskins (Preseason)
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
7:30 p.m. ET
WFLA-TV
Buy
Tickets
Sunday
Sept. 7
Panthers Carolina Panthers
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
4:25 p.m. ET
FOX
Buy
Tickets
Sunday
Sept. 14
Rams St. Louis Rams
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
4:05 p.m. ET
FOX
Buy
Tickets
Thursday
Sept. 18
Falcons at Atlanta Falcons
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
8:25 p.m. ET
CBS/NFLN
Buy
Tickets
Sunday
Sept. 28
Steelers at Pittsburgh Steelers
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
1:00 p.m. ET
FOX
Buy
Tickets
Sunday
Oct. 5
Saints at New Orleans Saints
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
1:00 p.m. ET
FOX
Buy
Tickets
Sunday
Oct. 12
Ravens Baltimore Ravens
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
1:00 p.m. ET
CBS
Buy
Tickets
Sunday
Oct. 19
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Sunday
Oct. 26
Vikings Minnesota Vikings
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
1:00 p.m. ET
FOX
Buy
Tickets
Sunday
Nov. 2
Browns at Cleveland Browns
FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
1:00 p.m. ET
FOX
Buy
Tickets
Sunday
Nov. 9
Falcons Atlanta Falcons
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
1:00 p.m. ET
FOX
Buy
Tickets
Sunday
Nov. 16
Redskins at Washington Redskins
FedEx Field, Landover, MD
1:00 p.m. ET
FOX
Buy
Tickets
Sunday
Nov. 23
Bears at Chicago Bears
Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
1:00 p.m. ET
FOX
Buy
Tickets
Sunday
Nov. 30
Bengals Cincinnati Bengals
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
1:00 p.m. ET
CBS
Buy
Tickets
Sunday
Dec. 7
Lions at Detroit Lions
Ford Field, Detroit, MI
1:00 p.m. ET
FOX
Buy
Tickets
Sunday
Dec. 14
Panthers at Carolina Panthers
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
1:00 p.m. ET
FOX
Buy
Tickets
Sunday
Dec. 21
Packers Green Bay Packers
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
1:00 p.m. ET
FOX
Buy
Tickets
Sunday
Dec. 28
Saints New Orleans Saints
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
1:00 p.m. ET
FOX
Buy
Tickets
Note: Game times/dates for weeks 5-17 are subject to change.

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53 Askew, Nate LB 6-4 235 22 R Texas A&M
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23 Barron, Mark S 6-2 213 24 3 Alabama
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39 Bigelow, Brendan RB 5-10 180 21 R California
91 Bowers, Da'Quan DE 6-4 288 24 4 Clemson
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33 Carr, Deveron CB 5-11 190 23 2 Arizona State
52 Casillas, Jonathan LB 6-1 227 27 6 Wisconsin
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75 Cousins, Oniel G 6-4 315 30 7 Texas-El Paso
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64 Daniels, Jace T 6-4 300 24 1 Northern Michigan
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48 DePaola, Andrew LS 6-2 230 26 1 Rutgers
62 Dietrich-Smith, Evan C 6-2 308 27 5 Idaho State
69 Dotson, Demar T 6-9 315 28 6 Southern Miss
71 Edwards, Kadeem G 6-4 313 23 R Tennessee State
13 Evans, Mike WR 6-5 231 20 R Texas A&M
50 Fletcher, Dane LB 6-2 245 27 5 Montana State
68 Foster, Jason G 6-3 300 25 1 Rhode Island
59 Foster, Mason LB 6-2 242 25 4 Washington
  Gettis, David WR 6-3 220 26 4 Baylor
92 Gholston, William DE 6-6 281 22 2 Michigan State
58 Glaud, Ka'Lial LB 6-2 220 23 2 Rutgers
8 Glennon, Mike QB 6-6 232 24 2 North Carolina State
38 Goldson, Dashon S 6-2 200 29 8 Washington
36 Gorrer, Danny CB 6-0 180 28 5 Texas A&M
15 Hawkins, Lavelle WR 5-11 194 27 7 California
14 Herron, Robert WR 5-9 193 22 R Wyoming
83 Jackson, Vincent WR 6-5 230 31 10 Northern Colorado
25 James, Mike RB 5-10 223 23 2 Miami (Fla.)
24 Jenkins, Mike CB 5-10 197 29 7 South Florida
29 Johnson, Leonard CB 5-10 202 24 3 Iowa State
90 Johnson, Michael DE 6-7 270 27 6 Georgia Tech
3 Kafka, Mike QB 6-3 225 26 3 Northwestern
9 Koenen, Michael P 5-11 198 31 10 Western Washington
46 Lane, Jorvorskie FB 5-11 258 27 2 Texas A&M
51 Lansanah, Danny LB 6-1 255 28 2 Connecticut
41 Lewis, Keith CB 6-1 190 25 R Virginia-Lynchburg
22 Martin, Doug RB 5-9 223 25 3 Boise State
65 Masifilo, Matthew DT 6-3 280 24 2 Stanford
12 McCown, Josh QB 6-4 213 34 12 Sam Houston State
93 McCoy, Gerald DT 6-4 300 26 5 Oklahoma
35 McCray, Kelcie S 6-1 205 25 3 Arkansas State
98 McDonald, Clinton DT 6-2 297 27 6 Memphis
49 McDougald, Bradley S 6-1 209 23 2 Kansas
96 Means, Steven DE 6-3 260 24 2 Buffalo
28 Melvin, Rashaan CB 6-2 193 24 2 Northern Illinois
79 Meredith, Jamon T 6-5 312 28 6 South Carolina
76 Miller, Andrew G 6-4 296 24 R Virginia Tech
30 Moore, D.J. CB 5-9 190 27 6 Vanderbilt
57 Munoz, Damaso LB 5-11 219 27 1 Rutgers
11 Murphy, Louis WR 6-2 200 27 6 Florida
7 Murray, Patrick K 5-7 182 23 1 Fordham
82 Myers, Brandon TE 6-3 256 28 6 Iowa
77 Nicks, Carl G 6-5 349 29 7 Nebraska
66 Omameh, Patrick G 6-4 305 24 2 Michigan
80 Owusu, Chris WR 6-0 196 24 3 Stanford
17 Page, Eric WR 5-10 180 22 2 Toledo
70 Pamphile, Kevin T 6-5 315 23 R Purdue
78 Patchan, Matt T 6-7 300 24 R Boston College
86 Patton, Solomon WR 5-9 177 23 R Florida
16 Payton, Quintin WR 6-4 212 22 R North Carolina State
26 Pointer, Quinton CB 5-9 194 26 3 Nevada-Las Vegas
45 Pryor, Lonnie FB/RB 6-0 229 24 2 Florida State
43 Rainey, Bobby RB 5-8 212 26 3 Western Kentucky
87 Seferian-Jenkins, Austin TE 6-5 260 21 R Washington
89 Shepard, Russell WR 6-1 195 23 2 Louisiana State
34 Sims, Charles RB 6-0 211 23 R West Virginia
60 Solomon, Scott DE 6-3 262 25 2 Rice
97 Spence, Akeem DT 6-1 307 22 2 Illinois
88 Stocker, Luke TE 6-6 253 25 4 Tennessee
85 Streeter, Tommy WR 6-5 215 25 2 Miami
56 Sutton, Chaz DE 6-5 263 24 R South Carolina
45 Swaim, Mycal S 6-4 215 23 R Eastern Michigan
72 Talley, Ronald DE 6-3 286 28 4 Delaware
37 Tandy, Keith S 5-10 205 25 3 West Virginia
4 Tanney, Alex QB 6-4 220 26 2 Monmouth (IL)
49 Thompson, Ian TE 6-4 234 23 R Louisiana-Lafayette
21 Verner, Alterraun CB 5-10 187 25 5 UCLA
31 Wright, Major S 5-11 204 25 5 Florida
81 Wright, Timothy TE 6-4 220 24 2 Rutgers



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