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. Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans catches a touchdown from quarterback Tom Brady (his 600th career TD pass) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.
  2. Richard Sherman (hamstring) won't play today, but he will help coach the Bucs defensive backs.
  3. Bucs rookie linebacker Joe Tryon-Shoyinka has been impressive in his first season, so maybe it's time to lean on him a little more?
  4. Leonard Fournette is on pace to eclipse his single-season record of 1,674 total yards from his final season with the Jaguars in 2019.
  5. Bucs outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder/hand) did not practice during the portion open to the media Friday, but coach Bruce Arians indicated afterward he could play Sunday against the Bears.
  6. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12) scrambles on a broken play during a victory over the Miami Dolphins earlier this month at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
  7. Ronald Jones runs with the ball during Thursday's game in Philadelphia. The Bucs aren't listening to offers for the running back, coach Bruce Arians said.
  8. Bucs wide receiver Antonio Brown runs downfield during Thursday's victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia. Brown sprained an ankle during the game.
  9. Bucs tight end O.J. Howard goes to spike the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Eagles last Thursday.
  10. Quarterback Tom Brady seemed to lose track of downs at the end of the Bucs’ 20-19 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 5 last season.
  11. Richard Sherman was injured on the first defensive series in the Bucs’ 28-22 win over the Eagles Thursday night in Philadelphia.
  12. Bucs cornerbackJamel Dean (35) intercepts a pass intended for Eagles wide receiver Quez Watkins (16) during the second quarter of Thursday's game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
  13. Bucs tight end O.J. Howard (80) celebrates a touchdown reception during the first quarter Thursday in Philadelphia.
  14. Tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) is among three Bucs players out for Thursday night’s game against the Eagles.
  15. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12) was named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week after passing for 411 yards and five touchdowns in a 45-17 win over the Dolphins.
  16. Tom Brady is tops in the NFL with 1,767 passing yards, and the Bucs are on pace to have three, 1,000-yard receivers.
  17. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady isn't sweating an injury to the thumb on his throwing hand. "This is something hopefully I can work through pretty quickly. It’s a little bit sore but nothing I’m not used to."
  18. Dolphins quarterback Jacoby Brissett passes under pressure from Bucs linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul on Sunday.
  19. Bucs wide receiver Antonio Brown runs after his 900th career reception during the first quarter against the Dolphins on Sunday.
  20. “I think when you started to lose the guys we have, Ross adds even more value because he’s so smart,” John Spytek, the Bucs' vice president of player personnel, said of defensive back Ross Cockrell, pictured.
  21. Bucs cornerback Pierre Desir doesn't let the fact that he has yet to stick with a team long term get him down.
  22. The Bucs' Ryan Succop (3) connects for one of his four field goals in New England, this one in the fourth quarter Sunday.
  23. New Bucs cornerback Richard Sherman, who did not have the benefit of an offseason, training camp or preseason games, recorded a team-best seven tackles and recovered a fumble against the Patriots.