By simple logic, any player picked up on waivers while NFL rosters are at 90 players will have long odds to stick around once rosters are cut to 53, and it's easy to dismiss a late-July NFL signing with "last in, first out" rationale. Having said that, there's reason to think Jonathan Krause -- claimed by the Bucs off waivers from the Eagles on Saturday -- could join what is already a deep and wide-open competition for the team's final receiver jobs....
Bucs preseason training camp
One Buc Place; players report Wednesday
Cost: Admission and parking are free
Public practices: There are 11 open to the public (8:45 a.m. to 10:50 a.m., unless noted): Saturday, July 31, Aug. 1, Aug. 3, Aug. 4, Aug. 6, Aug. 8, Aug. 9, Aug. 13, Aug. 15, Aug. 24 (9:45-11:50, practice with Browns)
Kids day: The Bucs open Thursday's practice to kids 14 and under who register for the Bucs Squad youth program. Get more information and sign up at bccn.rs/BucsSquadCamp....
TAMPA -- Two days before rookies report for training camp, the Bucs have waived guard Dominique Robertson, who was shot twice in the leg last month while visiting relatives in California.
Robertson, 22, who had gotten a $7,500 signing bonus as an undrafted rookie, was waived with a nonfootball injury designation. The Bucs filled the opening by claiming receiver Jonathan Krause, who had been waived by the Eagles....
Here are five story lines expected between now and the start of the regular season. We'll get some answers with the first practice, with others not resolved until final roster cuts in September.
1. Is anyone still injured?
The biggest concern might be G J.R. Sweezy, who hasn't practiced since he was signed in March, due to a still-undisclosed "procedure." He's expected to take over for the retired Logan Mankins at left guard, so having one of the Bucs' biggest additions healthy is important....
TAMPA — Moments into a kickball game, Bucs tackle Donovan Smith stepped away from the crowd of youths gathered with teammate Jameis Winston behind a makeshift home plate, raised his hand and gently called out: "Officer!"
The Tampa Police officer nodded, smiled and walked over, taking his place in line. He would end up popping up for an out, but at the same time, the at-bat was successful....
Five worst losses
1. Rutgers 30, USF 27 (Oct. 18, 2007)
Ranking the coaches
Okay, so the Bulls have had only three, and ranking them required nary a brain cell, but we did it anyway.
1. Jim Leavitt (1997-2009)
Career record: 95-57
Five biggest wins
1. USF 21, West Virginia 13 (Sept. 28, 2007)
All-time USF team
(The offense is a conventional pro-style alignment, but the defense is a genuine Jim Leavitt 4-3.)
QB Matt Grothe (2006-09): Amassed 7,000-plus total yards during 2007-08 heyday
Marking the highs and lows of USF football:
Oct. 22, 1991: USF president Francis Borkowski names a 37-member task force selected to study the feasibility of adding football
July 12, 1993: Former Buccaneer Lee Roy Selmon named to the newly created position of associate athletic director for external affairs. His main duty: fund-raising for a possible football program...07/21/16 Blog
TAMPA -- Moments into a kickball game, Bucs tackle Donovan Smith stepped away from the crowd of kids gathered with teammate Jameis Winston behind a makeshift home plate, raised his hand and gently called out: "Officer!"
The Tampa Police officer nodded, smiled and walked over, taking his place in line. He would end up popping up for an out, but at the same time, the at-bat was successful....07/21/16 Blog
As the Bucs' 2016 season fast approaches, one of the more interesting debates among fans is whether Austin Seferian-Jenkins or Cameron Brate will be more productive at tight end for Tampa Bay.
Seferian-Jenkins was a second-round pick in 2015 who has missed 16 of 32 career games with assorted injuries; Brate was an undrafted rookie cut by the Bucs in both of the last two seasons, only to return to the roster and play well in Seferian-Jenkins' absence in each season. Seferian-Jenkins made things more interesting this spring when he was kicked out of an OTA practice, though Dirk Koetter was careful to try to downplay the issue....07/21/16 Blog
Training camp has nearly arrived for the 2016 Bucs -- rookies report Monday, veterans on Wednesday, and the team's first practice is Thursday morning, with only two weeks then until Tampa Bay's preseason opener at the Eagles on Aug. 11.
With that in mind, here are five storylines we're expecting to unfold between now and the start of the regular season. We'll write plenty about Jameis Winston's improvements and Mike Smith's new defense, but there are other compelling questions. We'll get some answers with the first practice, with others not resolved until final roster cuts in September....07/21/16 Blog
We're wrapping up a summer stretch of nearly six weeks without general media access to Bucs players ahead of the start of training camp, so any player interviews are interesting to hear, even if they echo the sentiments from minicamp and OTAs.
Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald was on the radio Wednesday with Fox Sports Arkansas, and he continues to show great optimism for what the Bucs can do if healthy in 2016. McDonald was limited to just six games in 2015 before a season-ending pectoral injury, but he piled up 31 tackles in those six games....07/19/16Bucs
Robert Ayers and Noah Spence, the oldest and youngest of the Bucs' defensive ends, are lined up a few feet apart, each in a decidedly nontraditional three-point stance.
Their hands are on the floor in front of them, and each has one foot planted and the other leg outstretched high behind in the air in what is called the "three-legged dog" position. In a room full of NFL players, they hold the pose for a moment, sweat dripping....