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Rick Stroud, Times Staff Writer

Rick Stroud

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.

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  1. Bucs' Vincent Jackson puts down firm roots in Tampa

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    TAMPA

    Vincent Jackson makes his living with his hands as one of the NFL's top receivers. But he wasn't afraid to put those large mitts to work dipping paint brushes and driving nails into walls with a hammer hours before the double doors swung open last week for a VIP event at his upscale restaurant, Cask Social, in South Tampa.

    "You should've seen me. I think I was over there at 3 o'clock hammering nails and putting touch-up paint on the walls," said Jackson, entering his fourth season with the Bucs. "You're literally getting the last chair and napkin set five minutes before you say, 'Come on in.' "...

    JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
  2. McCoy's advice to Bucs QB Winston: Just be a rookie

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    TAMPA — QB Jameis Winston is getting a lot of free advice these days, but there is some he really values.

    It's from DT Gerald McCoy, who knows how a highly drafted rookie can be swallowed by expectations.

    McCoy was the Bucs' third overall pick out of Oklahoma in 2010 but sustained a torn biceps in each arm during his first two seasons, playing in only 19 games and recording three sacks. Since then, McCoy has been named to three consecutive Pro Bowls and tallied 23 sacks....

    Jameis Winsto has received advice from DT Gerald McCoy, who knows how a highly drafted rookie can be swallowed by expectations. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times]
  3. Quarterback Jameis Winston received advice from defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who knows how a highly drafted rookie can be swallowed by expectations.
  4. Analysis: Expect Winston to start season opener for Bucs

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    TAMPA

    You would think by now that quarterback Jameis Winston would be taking every snap under center, the No. 1 overall draft pick playing exclusively with the Bucs' No. 1 offense.

    But there he was Tuesday, the first day of mandatory minicamp, throwing passes to undrafted rookie Adam Humphries and Robert Herron, a second-year pro with six career receptions, instead of Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans....

    Quarterbacks Jameis Winston (3) and Mike Glennon prepare for a drill during minicamp.
  5. Winston on No. 1 QB job: "I haven't earned it until I get it.'

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    Quarterback Jameis Winston spent much of Tuesday's mandatory minicamp throwing passes to undrafted rookie Adam Humphries, second year pro Robert Herron and Russell Sheppard, who makes his living primarily covering kicks.

    It was just another day of the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft taking reps with the Bucs' number twos, threes and fours on offense.

    When would Winston like to take over the huddle as the Bucs' starting quarterback?...

  6. Lovie Smith ready to take more control of Bucs defense

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The question to Bucs coach Lovie Smith was straightforward: Are you taking over the defensive play-calling duties this season?

    "Who told you that?" Smith said smiling. "Who. Told. You. That?

    "As a head football coach, I've always been involved in what we do defensively, and I'm going to be involved defensively this year."

    Smith would later admit that, yes, he will be "more involved" with the defense than he was in 2014, when the Bucs finished 25th overall in total defense and allowed 25.6 points per game, the eighth-most in the NFL....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith, left, talks to players, including Jason Williams, second from left, and  Courtland Clavette, second from right, during an NFL football organized team activity Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)  FLCO104
  7. Bucs badly need draft picks to start turning into stars

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    TAMPA

    The snap takers get snapped up pretty high. That's why the Bucs picked a good year to be awful, earning the No. 1 overall selection and QB Jameis Winston.

    That's a good place to start if you are GM Jason Licht and you're attempting to restock a roster that has a glaring lack of talent.

    There is no guarantee the players entering the NFL will have productive careers. There likely are as many busts as booms, and teams can sound a lot like snake oil salesmen pitching their picks....

     Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston practiced for the first time with the team Friday, May 8, 2015 at One Buc Place in Tampa.
  8. Lovie Smith defends Winston against Bowden criticism

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    TAMPA — Bucs coach Lovie Smith, known for stopping high-powered attacks, went on the defensive Wednesday for rookie QB Jameis Winston.

    Saying he was "disappointed" in legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden for calling Winston "an embarrassment" to Florida State fans and boosters, Smith said the Bucs' research heading into the NFL draft revealed the opposite was true....

    Jameis Winston poses for a photo with general manager Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smith during Winston's  first press conference at One Buc Place in Tampa on Friday, May 1, 2015. Winston was the NFL first round draft pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  9. Williams, Alstott picked for Bucs Ring of Honor

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    TAMPA

    After two messy separations from the Bucs, Doug Williams wasn't waiting by the telephone to learn if he had been named to the team's Ring of Honor. One of the franchise's most prolific passers is used to being passed over.

    Williams was the blood-and-guts quarterback who took the 2-26 Bucs from worst to first and within nine points of the Super Bowl before a contract dispute led him to leap to the USFL. He left the Bucs again as a disregarded personnel executive five years ago....

    Doug Williams, left, and Mike Alstott pose for photos after their introduction as Ring of Honor inductees. [MICHAEL BOU-NACKLIE | Times]
  10. Bucs Smith 'disappointed' in Bowden for calling Winston an embarrassment

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    Bucs coach Lovie Smith is known for stopping high-powered attacks and he went on the defensive for rookie quarterback Jameis Winston.

    Saying he was 'disappointed,' in legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden for calling Winston 'an embarrassment,'' to Florida State fans and boosters, Smith said the Bucs' research heading into the NFL draft revealed the opposite was true.

    Appearing on an Paul Finebaum's ESPN radio show Tuesday, Bowden said the 'consensus Florida State fans and boosters that he was an embarrassment, in a lot of ways, to the university."...

  11. Doug Williams to join Bucs' Ring of Honor

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    TAMPA — Doug Williams' place in NFL history is secure, and now his name will be a permanent fixture with the Bucs.

    Williams, a first-round pick of the Bucs in 1977 who led the expansion franchise to the playoffs three times in five seasons, will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor.

    A formal announcement by the team is scheduled for today during a 2 p.m. news conference at One Buc Place....

    Doug Williams, set to join the Bucs’ Ring of Honor in 2015, made the playoffs three times in five years — Tampa Bay’s only appearances in its first 21 seasons.
  12. Doug Williams to be elected to the Bucs Ring of Honor

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    Doug Williams' place in NFL history is secure and now his name will be a permanent fixture with the Bucs.

    Williams, a first-round pick of the Bucs in 1977 who led an expansion franchise to the playoffs three times in five seasons, will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor.

    A formal announcement will be made by the Bucs in a 2 p.m. news conference Wednesday at One Buc Place.

    Williams, 59, currently works as a personnel executive with the Redskins. He led Washington to a 42-10 victory over Denver in Super Bowl XXII, becoming the first African American to quarterback a team to an NFL title, and was named the game's Most Valuable Player....

  13. Bucs claim S Swearinger, LB Greene, sign three draft picks

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    Looking to add defensive help after drafting almost exclusively offensive players the past two years, the Bucs on Tuesday claimed Texans safety D.J. Swearinger and Bears linebacker Khaseem Greene.

    The Bucs also signed three more draft choices -- Louisiana State linebacker Kwon Alexander (fourth round), Nebraska receiver Kenny Bell (fifth round) and Hawaii running back/fullback Joey Iosefa....

    Playing mostly strong safety for the Texans, D.J. Swearinger recorded 140 tackles, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
  14. Bucs coach expects Jameis Winston to keep head in game

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    TAMPA — Jameis Winston's filing of a countersuit against Zephyrhills' Erica Kinsman, who has accused him of sexual assault, won't be a distraction for the Bucs quarterback, coach Lovie Smith said Saturday.

    "No, we do not think it will be a problem for Jameis to be focused on playing football here," Smith said at the end of a two-day rookie minicamp. "Not at all. We all have things that we're dealing with off the football field but guys know when it's time for football here and it's about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and doing our work here."...

    QB Jameis Winston appears more focused and accurate on Day 2 of rookie minicamp.
  15. Morris chose Bucs tryout over walking for diploma at Penn St.

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    Stephon Morris chose to try out for the Bucs rather than walk to get his diploma Saturday from Penn State, more than two years after he played his final game for the Nittany Lions

    "That wasn't a hard decision,'' Morris said. "I've been waiting so long. I had a couple of workouts last year that went well but didn't sign with a team and this call came out of nowhere. I just cried. Not only because I'm back on an NFL field but what a wonderful weekend. I'm about to get my degree in telecommunications and I'm out here with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.''...