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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 badly need draft picks to start turning into stars

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    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.
  2. 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.
  3. Williams, Alstott picked for Bucs Ring of Honor

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    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, Dec. 6 induction) and Mike Alstott (Oct. 4) are the first two-man Ring of Honor class.
  4. 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."...

  5. 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.
  6. 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....

  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.''...

  10. Bucs Smith said Winston counter-suit not a distraction

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    Jameis Winston's filing of a counterclaim against his accuser won't be a distraction for the Bucs quarterback, coach Lovie Smith said Saturday.

    The No. 1 overall NFL draft pick and former Florida State star filed a counterclaim Friday against Zephyrhills' Erica Kinsman, alleging her rape accusations are "false, defamatory … and have maliciously and impermissibly interfered with Mr. Winston's business and personal relationships."...

  11. Jameis Winston makes solid first impression on Bucs

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    After staying up until 1 a.m. studying his playbook, Jameis Winston was among the first to arrive at One Buc Place on Friday. He individually greeted his rookie teammates as they got off the bus with a warm smile, firm handshake and stern challenge.

    "Get better," Winston told them. "We can't be 2-14 again."

    Winston spread excitement and sprayed footballs during his first rookie minicamp practice. His passes weren't always perfect, but his message hit the mark. Overall, it was a good start for the NFL's No. 1 overall pick....

    Jameis Winston says he is more anxious than nervous on his first day as an NFL player.
  12. Winston spreads excitement, footballs at Bucs rookie camp

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    After staying up until 1 o’clock in the morning studying his playbook, Jameis Winston was among the first to arrive at One Buc Place Friday. He individually greeted his rookie teammates as they got off the bus with a warm smile, firm handshake and stern challenge.

    “Get better,’’ Winston told them. “We can’t be 2-14 again.’’

    Winston spread excitement and spayed footballs during his first rookie minicamp practice. His passes weren’t always perfect, but his message hit the mark. Overall, it was a good start for the NFL’s No. 1 overall pick....

  13. Bucs allay Tony Dungy's fears over Jameis Winston

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    TAMPA — Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston received maybe his biggest endorsement since becoming the team's No. 1 overall draft pick — from a former coach who pitched the other guy.

    Tony Dungy said Wednesday that he ''feels good'' about the team's decision to draft Winston, even though the former Bucs and Colts coach did his best to sell Marcus Mariota to current Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith....

    Tony Dungy
  14. Dungy 'feels good' about Winston

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    Tony Dungy said he 'feels good,' about the Bucs decision to draft Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.

    Dungy said did his best to sell Bucs coach Lovie Smith on Marcus Mariota. His son, Eric, was a teammate of Mariota's for three years at Oregon and now works in the Bucs data systems department. But Dungy is convinced the Bucs thoroughly researched both quarterbacks and chose the one that best fit their team and the offense....

    Tony Dungy said he 'feels good,' about the Bucs decision to draft Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.
  15. Bucs WR Mike Evans likes what he sees from Jameis Winston

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    TAMPA — Bucs WR Mike Evans says he preferred new teammate Jameis Winston to Marcus Mariota because he delivers the ball from the pocket, though Evans caught passes from scrambling QB Johnny Manziel while the two were at Texas A&M.

    "Out of him and Mariota, I liked Winston more," Evans said Tuesday. "He doesn't run as much. With that being said, I think he'll come in and do well for us. He can sit in the pocket and deliver the ball. That's more opportunities for the receiver. Mariota can play ball as well."...

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) fends off Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (23) and Atlanta Falcons strong safety Kemal Ishmael (36) for a first down in the third quarter during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 in Tampa, Fla. The Falcons won 27-17. (Brendan Fitterer/Tampa Bay Times/MCT)   1159811