Teddy Bridgewater suffers apparent knee injury in loss to Buccaneers

By Erin Walsh | Last updated 11/15/20

The Carolina Panthers are praying that quarterback Teddy Bridgewater didn’t suffer a serious injury in Sunday’s 46-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Bridgewater was knocked out of the contest after a low hit on a sack by Buccaneers edge rusher Jason Pierre-Paul in the fourth quarter. He immediately went to the sideline to be checked out by the medical staff and never returned to the field. 

ESPN’s Adam Schefter notes that he suffered an apparent knee injury on the play.

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Tom Brady takes blame after Bucs’ loss to Saints: ‘It starts with me’

By Blake Harper | Last updated 11/9/20

Tom Brady had the worst game of his Tampa Bay tenure Sunday night, throwing three interceptions and generating almost zero offense in the Bucs’ 38-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints. After getting swept by their division rivals, Brady said the Tampa Bay offense has to play better, starting with him.

“So, I certainly have to play a lot better,” Brady said after the game. “Turning the ball over against good teams never helps. We just didn’t play the way we were capable of playing. Everyone’s got to do a lot better, and it starts with me.”

The Bucs were hoping to take command of the NFC South race and get some revenge on the Saints, who beat Tampa Bay in their Week 1 matchup as well. Since that loss, the Bucs had looked like one of the better teams in the NFC, going 6-1 while scoring at least 25 points in all but one game, their loss to the Chicago Bears. 

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Buccaneers RB Kenjon Barner receives four-game PED suspension

By Zac Wassink | Last updated 10/6/20

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers assumed they’d be without running back Kenjon Barner for Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Bears. 

Team officials probably weren’t fully aware of the reason at the start of the week. 

Tampa Bay disclosed on Tuesday that the NFL has suspended Barner for the next four games due to an undisclosed violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Barner will miss Thursday’s contest as well as matchups with the Green Bay Packers, Las Vegas Raiders, and New York Giants. 

He will next be available when the Bucs play the New Orleans Saints in Week 9. 

As Jenna Laine noted for ESPN, Tampa Bay elevated Barner from the practice squad the past two weeks. He suffered a concussion in last Sunday’s come-from-behind victory over the Los Angeles Chargers and was unlikely to take the field on Thursday. 

Both Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy carried ankle injuries into the midweek, but Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians told reporters on Tuesday that Fournette may be available against the Bears. 

“He has made some improvement,” Arians said. “We might run some tomorrow — we’ve been all walkthroughs up to this point — so we’ll see how he is tomorrow. He’ll probably be a game-time [decision] guy.”

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Watch: Tom Brady scores first Buccaneers TD on quarterback sneak

Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Matt Johnson | Last updated 9/13/20

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Tom Brady, they expected the greatest quarterback in NFL history to throw a lot of touchdown passes. While that will still happen, the future Hall of Famer found a surprising way to score his first touchdown with the Buccaneers.

In the NFL’s biggest game of Week 1, Brady was methodical on Tampa Bay’s game-opening drive. After throwing darts all over the field, paired with the benefit of two defensive penalties, the Buccaneers quickly moved to New Orleans’ 2-yard line. Just inches away from the goal line, Tampa Bay turned to one of Brady’s favorite plays from his days in New England.

The Saints evidently weren’t prepared for Brady to take it in himself. Instead of dropping back and throwing to Pro Bowl receivers Mike Evans or Chris Godwin, the 43-year-old quarterback lowered his shoulders and drove it in himself.

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Gronk: I told Tom Brady I wanted to play months ago

Earlier this week, five-time Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski came out of retirement and pushed the Patriots to trade him to the Buccaneers. 

Publicly, Gronkowski hid his intentions, but he says Tom Brady had known about his plan for a while now. 

“We rarely talked about what his decision was gonna be, where I’m at,” Gronkowski said Wednesday of his winter talks with Brady (via ESPN.com’s Jenna Laine). “But we did talk about (it) for one second. I told him that — we talked just real quick — like, ‘Hey, I’m kinda getting that fire underneath me again.’

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Originally posted on Pro Football Rumors | By Zach Links | Last updated 4/23/20

Patriots trade Rob Gronkowski to Buccaneers for fourth-round pick

It appears we haven’t yet seen the last in-game connection between six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady and future Hall of Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski

Gronkowski, who retired from football after the 2018 season and is currently performing for World Wrestling Entertainment, teased on Monday’s edition of “Watch What Happens Live” that he might not be completely finished with his NFL career. 

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By Zac Wassink | Last updated 4/21/20

Could Rob Gronkowski come out of retirement and force his way to Bucs?

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have a very close relationship, and there has naturally been speculation about Gronk wanting to come out of retirement to join Brady in his new journey with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In order to make that happen, the star tight end would either need the Patriots to release his rights or trade him. And that may not be as far-fetched as it sounds.

As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk notes, Gronkowski’s $9 million salary would go back on the books for the Patriots if he unretired and the team chose to keep him. With Brady already carrying a dead cap hit of $13.5 million for New England in 2020, the team has barely any salary-cap space remaining. Therefore, it’s possible — if not probable — that the Patriots would have no interest in keeping Gronk on their roster even if he did decide to return.

In some sense, that gives Gronkowski leverage. He could probably find out fairly easily whether or not the Patriots would keep him on their roster. If the answer is “no” as many expect, he could come out of retirement with the assumption that they will cut him or trade him. Florio and his colleague Chris Simms recently speculated that New England might be interested in the idea of the Bucs trading them either tight end O.J. Howard or Cameron Brate for Gronkowski. While all of this seems unlikely, it certainly is not out of the question.

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Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports By Steve DelVecchio | Last updated 4/12/20

One stat that shows why Tom Brady is a massive upgrade over Jameis Winston

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers making an aggressive offer for the services of former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady turned out to work extremely well for them.

Brady signing a deal with the Bucs leaves Jameis Winston without a starting job in the NFL, and it wasn’t a hard decision for Tampa Bay to choose the six-time Super Bowl champion over a QB who has underperformed nearly his entire career. 

Winston threw 30 interceptions last season, while Brady has only thrown 27 in the past three years of his career.

That isn’t the only stat that jumps out when comparing the two.

If Brady throws interceptions on his next 171 pass attempts, he’d still have a lower INT rate than Winston had in five seasons with the Buccaneers, according to Josh Dubow of the Associated Press. And that’s not all.

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By Erin Walsh | Last updated 3/18/20

Tom Brady expected to sign with Buccaneers

It looks like the Tom Brady sweepstakes are coming to a close. The expectation is that Brady will sign with the Buccaneers, sources told Jeff Darlington and Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter  link). Tampa’s offer is “roughly” $30 million annually, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweets, although the duration is unclear.

Rapoport added that the Buccaneers have been confident all day about landing him. It’s not at all unexpected considering Tuesday’s developments, but it still is a wild conclusion to an unpredictable saga. A couple of years ago we got the first reports that Brady could want out of New England, but nobody at the time could’ve predicted it would end with him teaming up with Bruce Arians  in Tampa Bay. It became clear in recent months that Brady leaving was a very real possibility, and earlier this morning the legendary quarterback announced he wouldn’t be back with the Patriots in 2020.

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Originally posted on Pro Football Rumors By Andrew Ortenberg | Last updated 3/17/20

Winston’s Rookie Season by the Numbers

Written by Justin Kelly at The Sports Quotient

The first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft has proven himself worthy of the selection and the hype. Quarterback Jameis Winston has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who haven’t finished a season at .500 since 2010, in the NFC playoff hunt at 6-6. Just a few days ago, it was announced that Winston won November’s Offensive Rookie of the Month distinction. By the eye test, Winston seems to have the right stuff to be successful in the NFL. What do the numbers say on his rookie season so far?

1) Winston has been excellent for a quarterback drafted at #1. 

I took nine of the best quarterbacks ever drafted at number one (John Elway, Peyton Manning, Terry Bradshaw, Troy Aikman, Eli Manning, Andrew Luck, Carson Palmer, Drew Bledsoe, and Cam Newton) and averaged their rookie season passer ratings. Winston’s is 85.3. This group of great quarterbacks came in at 57.39. The highest of the group, and the only one to surpass Winston, was Newton (87.5).

Since Winston has only played 12 games, it’s difficult to compare averages on passing yards, touchdowns, and other cumulative statistics. However, against Newton, who has the highest passer rating of the group anyway, Winston compares pretty well through the first 12 starts.

Cam Newton Jameis Winston
3297 yards 2877 yards
13 TD 17 TD
14 INT 11 INT

 

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