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Bucs Fans Light Up the Stadium in Throwback Spirit Despite Defeat

Cedric Donaldson

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Tampa Bay was transported back in time as they squared off against the Detroit Lions in a throwback encounter that left the Buccaneers tasting a bitter 20-6 defeat. This setback wasn’t just a stumble; it was a full-team struggle, with the Bucs battling to find their groove.

However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom at Raymond James Stadium. As the fans entered the arena, they brought a wave of excitement and nostalgia with them, dressing up in their finest throwback “creamsicle-themed” gear. The vibrant sea of orange and white in the stands painted a vivid picture of the Bucs’ illustrious history, and their unwavering support added a layer of electric enthusiasm to the day’s game.

 

Having emerged from a well-deserved bye week, the Bucs’ offense appeared noticeably rusty in the opening quarter. The first drive of the game held promise initially but ultimately saw the Bucs punting the ball after gaining just one first down. The second drive took an unfortunate turn, concluding with an interception deep within Bucs territory, resulting from a tipped pass thrown by our quarterback, Baker Mayfield.

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The initial stages of the game were a defensive showdown, with the Bucs’ defense allowing just one touchdown in the first half. They held Detroit to a mere 130 passing yards and a mere 22 rushing yards. The Bucs managed to put points on the board with a well-executed 33-yard field goal in the middle of the second quarter.

Despite a few glimpses of brilliance, the Bucs’ offense struggled to gain momentum in the second half. The Lions dominated the ball, running 69 plays compared to the Bucs’ 54, and time of possession favored the Lions at 36 minutes and 30 seconds, against the Bucs’ 23 minutes and 30 seconds. The Bucs’ defense displayed resilience, akin to a “bend but don’t break” mentality, but eventually succumbed. The Detroit Lions methodically marched down the field, capitalizing on the Bucs’ defensive lapses. One of the biggest highlights of the game came from the Lions’ receivers Jameson Williams sensational 45-yard touchdown pass that closed out the third quarter. The final score could have been even more lopsided if not for a missed field goal and several pivotal defensive stops by the Bucs.

Surprisingly, despite the Sunday setbacks for every team in the NFC South, the Bucs, now 3-2, still hold the reins in the division. The team is gearing up for a rebound in the upcoming week as they host their division rivals, the Atlanta Falcons, who find themselves at 3-3 after a disappointing loss to the Washington Commanders.

The Bucs have their sights set on a redemptive performance, ready to ignite the home crowd. Go Bucs!!

 

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Bucs host 10th annual “Cut and Color Funds the Cure”

Robert Brumfield

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Thursday at AdventHealth Training Center saw some staff and players take part in one of the most fun yearly rituals here in Tampa, the “Cut and Color Funds the Cure” benefit. The event, held for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF), is in it’s tenth year, and it brought out a huge group of Bucs legends.

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During the event, Buccaneers current and former players, staff, and even hall of famers have their heads or facial hair shaved or colored red by pediatric cancer patients . This year even brought out Buccaneers COO Brian Ford to take part in the festivities.

In the ten year tradition, the team has raised over $700,000 for the NPCF and created many more priceless memories. For the first time this year, the event was open to the public, with seating access and signed photos going to fans that donated at least $100 to the cause.

Current or former staff members in attendance this year were GM Jason Licht, Head Coach Todd Bowles, former coach Bruce Arians, Assistant General Managers Mike Greenberg and John Spytek, and others. Players like Mike Evans, Jamel Dean, Antoine Winfield Jr., Cade Otton, and Yaya Diaby sat while patients sheared or died their hair while the press took photos and fans interacted with staff and members of the NPCF.

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Former players notably involved this year included Rob Gronkowski (of course), Mike Alstott, Ronde Barber, Barry Smith, Dave Moore, Richard “Batman” Wood, Jimmie Giles, Martin Gramatica, Michael Clayton, and Dexter Jackson.

Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford was quoted, “Every year we try to give an afternoon to some very courageous children and their families to forget about what they are up against, and you just see smiles all around.”

The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a non-profit based right here in Tampa. The purpose of the organization is to raise awareness and fund research to try to eliminate childhood cancer. It uses research initiatives to combat cancer early on in some cases and fund targeted treatments in collaboration with the nation’s leading hospitals. Cancer is the number one disease based cause of death to children in the U.S. and everyday, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer in this country.

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More than 95 percent of childhood cancer survivors experience significant health-related issues by age 45 due to the current treatment options, something the NPCF is trying to change. Sadly, only 4% of the billions of dollars allocated for cancer research by the federal government is specifically for treating childhood cancer.

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Buccaneers officially add Ryan Jensen to the Retired/Reserve list, marking end of an era

Robert Brumfield

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This week marked the official end of an era for former Buccaneers Center, Ryan Jensen, though it was mostly a formality at this point. Jensen had announced his intent to retire back on February 2nd after playing nine seasons as a professional.

Jensen was the centerpiece of an offensive line that dominated for most of his tenture in the Bay. Notably, the team’s four highest scoring seasons were from 2018 to 2021 with Jensen snapping the ball. He also anchored the line for Tom Brady in Super Bowl LV.

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The Baltimore Ravens drafted Ryan Jensen in the 2013 NFL Draft with the 203rd overall pick (Sixth Round) out of Colorado State (Pueblo). Jensen played four seasons as a Raven, with 2017 being his final season after starting all 16 games and being noticed by other teams around the League. That is when Tampa Bay entered the picture.

Jensen was signed by the Buccaneers entering the 2018 campaign. He immediately became the starter and one of the most dominant centers in the NFL. Throughout his five years played in red and pewter, Jensen was the linchpin for an offensive line that led the NFL in passing yards per game (305.0), as well as second ranked overall in third down conversion rate (44.5%), yards per play (6.1), first downs per game (23.2), points scored per game (28.6), and total yards per game (400.9). His offensive lines also yielded sacks at the fifth lowest rate of any team during this span.

Sadly, in a painfully ironic twist of fate, Jensen suffered a season ending knee injury during the Buccaneers last preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens of all teams. General Manager Jason Licht announced shortly after that Jensen would miss the entirety of the season. While the February announcement makes the retirement itself merely a formality, seeing Jensen’s name officially added to the retired list marks the end of a proud era for this offensive line that powered the Greatest QB of All-Time to a Super Bowl just a few short years ago.

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Jensen finishes his career with 100 games under his belt, including 90 starts. His 5,307 snaps played between the 2017 and 2021 seasons are the most played by any player. We as fans will now wait the mandatory five years and hope that in the distant future, Jensen will be named to the Hall of Fame in Canton. He sure has earned it.

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All-Pro Safety Antoine Winfield Jr. signs record breaking new deal

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Buccaneers GM Jason Licht placed the Franchise tag on Safety Antoine Winfield Jr. almost immediately during this off-season. Winfield Jr. had been voted First Team All-Pro after a stellar season and was as much of a priority to keep on the roster as Baker Mayfield or Mike Evans were. Franchise tagging a player doesn’t necessarily guarantee an extended stay, however. Ideally, a tag is a stop-gap measure to keep the player on until a contract agreement can be reached.

Bucs Nation can breathe a collective sigh of relief now after the team and Winfield Jr. reached an agreement this week to a four-year, $84.1 million contract that makes the 25 year old the highest paid defensive back in NFL history. This marks the first time a safety has held the highest paid slot at DB, usually reserved for cornerbacks. The deal includes a $20 million signing bonus with $45 million guaranteed, keeping Winfield Jr. in Tampa Bay through 2027. When he spoke to the media after the signing, Winfield said his best football was yet to come.

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The Buccaneers in recent years have a seemingly great rapport with their players when contract time comes up, due alot in part with the excellent management of Jason Licht and his staff. Twice in the past three years a franchise tagged player has signed a long-term extension with the Buccaneers, with the most recent example being in 2022 with wide receiver Chris Godwin.

Winfield Jr. was selected with the 45th overall pick during the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. After winning a Super Bowl during his standout rookie season, his play has continually improved and the statistics back it up.

In 2023, Winfield Jr. set new personal season records in tackles (122), sacks (6), forced fumbles (6), fumble recoveries (4), AND interceptions (3). Social media absolutely caught fire when Winfield was initially not chosen for the Pro Bowl, yet that was ultimately overshadowed by his First Team All-Pro selection, which is the gold standard of NFL personal season achievements. As he begins his fifth season as the star safety for the defending NFC South Champion Bucs, look for plenty of highlights from #31 in 2024.

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