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Rick Stroud - Bucs Reporter

Bucs Reporter

I’m glad we don’t change beat writers the way the Bucs change coaches. My first season was Ray Perkins’ last. He called me to ask if he was getting fired that day. He was. I’m in Tony Dungy’s book, Dirk Koetter’s phone and can sound like Jon Gruden’s voice. Covered the Gators, pinch hit on the Rays beat. Listen to my podcast SportsDay Tampa Bay M-F and you’re set. Dixie Hollins, SPJC, Arkansas State. Played baseball for all of them. St. Pete native. Married to Valerie. Three kids, grown son and two elementary school girls. I love this job. It’s taken me around the world. I’ve stood in the Oval Office, but One Buc Place is my White House.

  1. Rays starter Jeffrey Springs pitches during the first inning Sunday against the Blue Jays.
  2. The Rays' Manuel Margot can only watch Sunday against the Blue Jays. Before the game, Margot is placed on the 10-day injured list with a hamstring strain.
  3. Wide receiver Jerreth Sterns runs on the field during rookie minicamp Friday at AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa. The undrafted free agent out of Western Kentucky is trying to win a spot on the team.
  4. Bucs head coach Todd Bowles presides over rookie minicamp at AdventHealth Training Center on Friday.
  5. Bucs rookie running back Rachaad White certainly has the size and speed to play in the NFL, and figures to see time spelling Leonard Fournette in his first season.
  6. With Ronald Jones signing as a free agent with the Chiefs, the Bucs have room for another pass-catching back such as third-round pick Rachaad White, pictured.
  7. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, left, and Bucs quarterback Tom Brady haven't met on the field since the 2020 season's NFC Championship Game.
  8. Bucs quarterbacks Tom Brady (12), left, and Blaine Gabbert (11) talk during training camp in August at AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa. Brady and Gabbert participated in Phase 2 of the team’s offseason workout program on Tuesday.
  9. Then-Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer, left, talks with place kicker Josh Lambo after Lambo missed a field goal against the Broncos during a September game last year.
  10. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady has a future in football even after his playing days are over.
  11. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12), pictured before the division-round playoff game against the Rams in January, already has started preparing for his 23rd NFL season and third in Tampa Bay.
  12. Then-Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) loses the ball after being brought down by the Raiders' Charles Woodson, right, while Greg Biekert (54) moves to recover the ball in the fourth quarter of their AFC division playoff game. The play was appealed, and the Patriots retained possession. And the Tuck Rule was born.
  13. Bucs linebacker Devin White (45) and free safety Jordan Whitehead (33) celebrate White’s sack on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts during a game in January in Tampa.
  14. Tight end Cameron Brate pulls in a pass during the Bucs' 37-26 loss to the Panthers in 2019 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
  15. Jerreth Sterns of Western Kentucky runs with the ball during the first half of the East-West Shrine Bowl in Las Vegas earlier this year.
  16. Bucs vice president of player personnel John Spytek addresses media at the conclusion of Day 3 of the NFL draft on Saturday.
  17. Cornerback Zyon McCollum of Sam Houston State impressed the Bucs with his 4.33 40-yard dash at the combine.
  18. Jake Camarda averaged an impressive 46.7 yards per punt during his senior season with national champion Georgia.
  19. Houston defensive tackle Logan Hall (92) breaks through the line as he splits between Temple offensive linemen C.J. Perez (62) and Wisdom Quarshie (79) last season. Hall was selected by the Bucs in the second round of the NFL draft Friday.
  20. Central Michigan offensive lineman Luke Goedeke, a former Division III walk-on, was taken by the Bucs with the 57th overall pick Friday night.
  21. Turns out Day 1 of the draft was pretty uneventful for the Bucs. But thanks to a trade, they now own the Jaguars’ first pick in the second (33), fourth (106) and sixth rounds (180).
  22. Houston defensive lineman Logan Hall, in white, battles Temple offensive linemen C.J. Perez (62) and Richard Rodriguez (76) during a game in November in Philadelphia.
  23. The Bucs picked up the fifth-year option on Devin White's contract Wednesday, ahead of Monday’s deadline.
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