Tony Dungy attemped to clarify his remarks regarding Rams defensive end Michael Sam. In a statement released Tuesday by Pro Football Talk, Dungy said, "I was asked whether I would have drafted Michael Sam and I answered that would not have drafted him. I gave my honest answer, which is that I felt drafting him would bring much distraction to the team.''
The interview took place sometime in May, based on Dungy's recollection that at the time of the interview, the Oprah Winfrey reality show had announced it would chronicle Sam's first pro season....
TAMPA — There are so many new faces for the Bucs that players from last year's team might feel like they've walked into the wrong locker room when they report to training camp Thursday.
Coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht made sweeping changes with the Bucs coming off a 4-12 season. Most of the additions came on offense, which ranked last in the NFL in 2013. A number of borderline prospects survived the initial purge, but there's still plenty of cutting to do to reach the 53-man roster....
The last weekend before the start of training camp can create some anxious moments for NFL coaches and executives as players enjoy their final freedom before the grind of the season. Things can get out of hand.
As Da'Quan Bowers tweeted Sunday morning, "What a crazy night...''
Bowers, the Bucs defensive end, flew former Destiny's Child singer Farrah Franklin to Myrtle Beach to spend the weekend with him and Texans linebacker Ricky Sapp, a teammate of Bowers' at Clemson....
Only seven projected starting quarterbacks this year are ranked lower than the Bucs' Josh McCown by ESPN analyst and passing guru Ron Jaworski.
McCown comes in at No. 25, ahead of the Browns' Brian Hoyer (26th), the Jaguars' Chad Henne (27), the Bills' EJ Manuel (28), the Titans' Jake Locker (29), the Jets' Geno Smith (30), the Texans' Ryan Fitzpatrick (31) and the Vikings' Matt Cassel (32)....
What: Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp
When: Players report Thursday
Where: One Buc Place
Workout dates (Open to the public, admission is free. Schedule and times subject to change): July 25, 4:30-7 p.m.; July 26, 4:30-7 p.m.; July 27, 2-4:30 p.m.; July 28 1-3:30 p.m.; July 31, 2-4:30 p.m.; Aug. 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium; Aug. 3, 4:30-7 p.m.; Aug. 4, 4:30-7 p.m.; Aug. 5, 4:30-7 p.m.; Aug. 10, 2-4:30 p.m.; Aug. 11, 4:30-7 p.m.; Aug. 12, 4:30-7 p.m.; Aug. 14, 2-4:30 p.m....
TAMPA — The biggest change in the NFL over the years is that it mirrors our Instagram society. The picture can change in a hurry.
Since January, the 4-12 Bucs have hired coach Lovie Smith, installed new systems on offense and defense and changed the roster, so much so that half of the players on the 53-man squad for the regular season could be making their first appearance in a Tampa Bay uniform....
TAMPA — Lovie Smith is going soft. As he sits in his spacious office at One Buc Place overlooking three empty emerald practice fields, his sturdy veneer shatters, cracking open a smile.
The new Bucs coach is talking about spending face time with his youngest grandchild, 18-month-old Jackson. The cooing and drooling can get completely out of hand. Not by Jackson, by Lovie.
"There probably isn't a more doting grandfather in the world than him," says his son Matthew, 27, the middle of Smith's three sons, who lives in Chicago....
TAMPA — It's overcast, and Louis Murphy is shying away from any contact. Actually, he's avoiding talking about his contacts, which are normally blood red and give his eyes the appearance of a wolf's caught in headlights.
"It's not all fashion," the Bucs receiver said. "It's just my little secret. I don't want to say (what it does) so my opponents can't find out what they are. I just started using them two months ago, and it's helped out a lot."...
TAMPA — Having missed all the Bucs' voluntary offseason practices because "they're not mandatory," injured G Carl Nicks was a spectator at the first minicamp practice Tuesday but said he will be ready for training camp in six weeks on a modified schedule.
"God, I hope so. I mean, honestly I think I'll be ready to play," Nicks said. "It's just the waiting game and trying to get back out there."...
Having missed all the Bucs' Organized Team Activities because 'they're not mandatory,' injured guard Carl Nicks was a spectator at the first minicamp practice Tuesday but said he will be ready for training camp in six weeks on a modified schedule.
They don't have to become a legendary legion of pass rushers, the Pewter People Eaters or even comparable to the best defensive fronts in NFL history. But if the Bucs are going to have any success under coach Lovie Smith in 2014 — on either side of the ball — lay it all on the defensive line.
The quartet of Gerald McCoy, Clinton McDonald, Michael Johnson and Adrian Clayborn have to affect opposing quarterbacks using a four man rush. If they don't hold up, the season will collapse as well....
TAMPA — They say a man's eyes are the windows to his soul, but Jeff Tedford isn't going to let you peek into his windows.
Tuesday, the Bucs offensive coordinator's eyes were obscured by black tint and hiding behind Nike sunglasses. Only the structure of Tedford's offense has undergone more concealment since he was hired in January.
Although the workouts during organized team activities have been open to the media one day per week as mandated by NFL rules, there has been an element of secrecy surrounding certain aspects of the offense Tedford brought from Cal....
They say a man’s eyes are the windows to his soul, but Jeff Tedford isn’t going to let you peek into his windows.
On Tuesday, the Bucs’ offensive coordinator’s eyes were obscured by black tint and hiding behind a pair of Nike sunglasses. It was fitting. Only the structure of Tedford’s offense has undergone more concealment since he was hired in January.
Although the Bucs workouts during Organized Team Activities have been open to the media one day per week as mandated by NFL rules, there still has been an element of secrecy surrounding certain aspects of the offense Tedford brought with him from Cal-Berkeley to the NFL....
TAMPA — For years, before Malcolm Glazer's health problems took him away from the team he so proudly owned, Bucs players looked forward to a warm, personal greeting from him each Sunday before kickoff.
"You would always see him come into the locker room, the legendary handshake and well wishes before the game and the celebrations afterward," former linebacker Derrick Brooks said Wednesday. "He was always one to respect our space and yet let us know how proud he was of our work."...