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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. In this file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) celebrates his sack on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in Atlanta. \
    Bucs-Lions: Barrett sacked David Blough in the first quarter to give him 16.5 on the season
  2. Rookie linebacker Devin White is starting to have the kind of impact in Tampa Bay as he had at LSU.
    Rick Stroud | Licht has virtually nothing left from his 2016 draft. But oh, those last two!
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive linebacker Ndamukong Suh (93) on the bench during the second quarter of the preseason game against the Miami Dolphins on August 16, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
    He’s not the same player who dominated in Detroit, but Suh did plenty of damage the last time he faced the Lions.
  4. Bucs receiver Mike Evans signs a Texas A&M jersey during his charity bowling event in Tampa on Monday night. Proceeds go to the Mike Evans Family Foundation, which provides college scholarships to low-income students.
    The Pro Bowl receiver helps develop and assist students from low income families with a foundation he started two years ago.
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Griffin (4) looks to pass against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Tampa, Fla.
    After finally taking his first NFL snap on Sunday, Griffin was back out there Wednesday, quarterbacking the Bucs’ first-team offense, and not getting his hopes up.
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston had a cast on his injured thumb during the Famous Jameis Jamboree at Raymond James Stadium on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 in Tampa.
    While backup Ryan Griffin takes first-team snaps Wednesday, Bruce Arians shares what he expects for Winston Sunday in Detroit.
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston smiles while greeting kids and posing for pictures during the Famous Jameis Jamboree at Raymond James stadium on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 in Tampa.
    The quarterback hosts 2,500 kids Tuesday with bouncy houses and a chance to visit an NFL stadium.
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) is injured after scoring a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts this past Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
    ESPN reports a hamstring injury will sideline the receiver. How will his absence impact the offense?
  9. Quarterback Jameis Winston (3) reaches across the goal line for a touchdown during the first half of the Bucs' 38-35 win over Indianapolis Sunday in Tampa.
    Linebacker Lavonte David lit into teammates at halftime Sunday and the Bucs rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit.
  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) celebrates as he runs off the field after an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
    The Bucs quarterback was examined by a hand specialist Monday as a precaution.