Saturday, May 26, 2018

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Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

Rick Stroud covers the Bucs and the NFL for the Times. He joined the paper in 1983 after graduating from Arkansas St., where he played baseball. He has reported on national sporting events including more than 20 Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball playoffs. While working as the beat writer assigned to the University of Florida at the Times, Stroud's stories documented NCAA rules violations by the football and basketball programs. He began covering the Bucs in 1990. Since then, the team has undergone seven coaching changes, the death of owner Hugh Culverhouse and the sale of the franchise to billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer and a stadium referendum and a Super Bowl XXVII victory. He co-hosts a sports talk show weekday mornings from 6-9 on WDAE 620-AM, 95.3-FM. Radio talk show (620-AM, 95.3-FM): Listen live



Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) runs in a drill during Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice at One Buc Place on May 22, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times

Bucs’ Gerald McCoy welcomes Vita Vea to his rookie school

TAMPA — Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has always been generous with his time, staying after practice to work with younger players. That should be a real added benefit for first-round pick Vita Vea.
Published: 05/25/18
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans discusses his new contract extension with the football team during a press conference at One Buc Place on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times

The Bucs’ Mike Evans is among the NFL’s best receivers, except when it came to this

TAMPA — Only three players in NFL history have posted 1,000-yard receiving seasons in each of his first four years seasons: Randy Moss, A.J. Green and the Bucs' Mike Evans.
Published: 05/25/18
Cornerback Carlton Davis III (33) blocks wide receiver Justin Watson (17) during a drill at Buccaneers rookie minicamp on May 11, 2018 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice facility in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times

Why interceptions are up at One Buc Place

TAMPA — If the first few days of OTAs are any indication, the Bucs secondary could be much improved.Completions may be down, interceptions should be up.RELATED: More...
Published: 05/25/18
Bucs wide receivers Mike Evans (13) and DeSean Jackson (11) kneel during the national anthem before a game against the Minnesota Vikings in September at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. (Times file)

Bucs’ Ali Marpet: NFL flip-flopping on anthem policy ‘a little bit odd’

TAMPA — This much is clear: The National Football League is focused on getting rid of kneeling players.That was the league's announcement Wednesday in requiring players to stand during the national anthem before games or possibly...
Published: 05/24/18
MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesDefensive tackle Vita Vea (50) talks to the press during Buccaneers rookie minicamp on May 11, 2018 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice facility in Tampa, Fla.

Bucs sign defensive tackle Vita Vea, cornerback Carlton Davis to four-year deals

Two high draft picks that could earn starting jobs signed four year contracts with the Bucs Thursday.The team signed Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea, the team's first-round pick.Terms of the deal were not released, but...
Published: 05/24/18
Bucs wide receivers Mike Evans (13) and DeSean Jackson (11) kneel during the national anthem before a game against the Minnesota Vikings in September at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times ]

Bucs union rep Ali Marpet questions legality of the NFL’s new anthem policy

Bucs offensive lineman Ali Marpet questioned the legality of the NFL's new  policy that requires players to stand for the national anthem if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker...
Published: 05/24/18
Lightning center Yanni Gourde (37) drives to the net during the second period of Game 7. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Scoring drought brings Lightning season to a close

The Lightning will miss out on the Stanley Cup final after being shut out by the Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final. The Bolts were the highest-scoring team during the regular season but failed to score in almost all of the...
Published: 05/24/18
Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) blocks a shot during Game 6 as Tampa Bay defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) comes in to assist. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Stanley Cup final berth at stake tonight in Game 7

Game 7. Need we say more? The Lightning faces the Capitals tonight with a berth in the Stanley Cup final on the line. Tom Jones joins Rick Stroud to discuss the biggest game to this point of Tampa Bay's season.Plus, the Rays fall to...
Published: 05/23/18
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) runs in a drill during Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)

Gerald McCoy appreciates help on D-line, but knows it will take more than names on paper

TAMPA — He's 30."I know. I'm getting old," Gerald McCoy said Tuesday, shaking his head.He's still a young man, of course. But in football years, McCoy has finally reached a black balloon birthday. This is his ninth season...
Published: 05/22/18
Lightning center Brayden Point (21) knocks the puck out of the crease as defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) center, and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) try to find the puck. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Lightning squanders chance to close out Capitals

The Lightning misses an opportunity to close out the Capitals in Washington, so there will be a Game 7 in Tampa on Wednesday night with a berth in the Stanley Cup final on the line.Andrei Vasilevskiy was fantastic, but the Lightning...
Published: 05/22/18