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Are Bucs the trade partner for Redskins to vault up tonight?

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With the first round of the draft getting underway later on Thursday night, reports and speculation continues to swirl that the Washington Redskins are looking to leap up into the top five to grab a quarterback. And a team, like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, seem to be a logical trade partner.

First, we know that Washington owner Daniel Snyder (above) is simultaneously aggressive and at times, blatantly willing to disregard the risks and overpay on trades in first round. The proof is the 2012 deal the Skins did with the then, St. Louis Rams, to grab Robert Griffin the third with the second overall pick.

In that case, Washington gave up two additional #1 picks and two more #2 picks, just to move up four spots.

Tonight, the Skins, who are still searching for a long-term solution at quarterback, are picking 15th. And, if they truly want someone like Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins, Duke’s Daniel Jones or Missouri’s Drew Lock, they’re probably going to have to be in the top 10. And, to have their choice of all of those three, be in the top five.

The other critical part for the Skins is to get in front of the New York Giants, who are very likely looking for a quarterback with the 6th pick, themselves.

That’s where the Buccaneers come in at number five overall, currently,

Tampa Bay has already demonstrated with GM Jason Licht that they are willing to move down in the opening round, as they’ve done two of the last three drafts. And, the Redskins are more than likely going to have to part with a massive amount of picks like seven years ago, to move up 10 spots in this example.

For the Bucs, that trade would have to include at least one more and possibly two more, premium picks for this year and then, more premium in next year’s draft, and possibly 2021, too.

You further take into account that Redskins team president Bruce Allen and his right-hand, personnel executive Doug Williams, both have long relationships with the Buccaneers and the Glazer family that owns the team. Factor in that Jay Gruden is a former assistant under his brother Jon with the Bucs and he very much would want a pocket style passer like one of the those being mentioned above. And, you can see where this could get done.

Now, who’s to say the Redskins aren’t willing to wait on what the Giants do or don’t do, and then, make a trade later in the top 10 (after 5-6) and part, with less in return?

They could.

Still do not be surprised if Jason Licht’s phone is ringing again from the “202 Washington D.C. area code” tonight trying to gauge, whether the Bucs will swap spots with the Redskins in what would be a massive sequel to what they did in 2012 years ago to get RGIII.

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Bucs Evans got respect from LeBron James Saturday night

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The new present day cliche’ for respect among athletes/opponents in sports is: “Game Recognizes Game.” And, there was a neat example of that Saturday night, as the Houston Rockets of the NBA hosted the L.A. Lakers. That’s when iconic NBA star LeBron James of the Lakers came over to acknowledge Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans in the seats behind him.

As you probably know, James is arguably the most recognizable and successful NBA hoops player worldwide in the last 10+ years. He’s a 15 time All Star, a four time MVP, and helped the Miami Heat win two World Championships. And, then came back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who originally drafted him out of high school, and led them to the city’s epic first professional title in any sport in over 50 years back in 2016.

And, LeBron has the Lakers rolling at 34-8 with another win in Houston last night.

As for Evans, he is a Tampa Bay Buccaneers biggest offensive weapon and was having a tremendous 2019 season statistically until it was cut short with a hamstring injury in the Bucs early December win over the Indianapolis Colts.

That’s when Evans suffered a severe hamstring injury on a 61 yard touchdown catch from Jameis Winston and did not play another down in 2019. Still, he joined teammate Chris Godwin, as they both went over 1,000 yards for the season, which was the first time in Tampa Bay history that that happened.

Evans is also only the second player in league history, besides Randy Moss, to have 1,000 or more yards receiving in a season in his first six years in the NFL.

Further, it’s also well-known that Evan is a huge fan of the NBA and he’s originally from Galveston, Texas and play in college at Texas A&M. So, it’s only fitting that he would be courtside during the off-season and the Rockets game against the Lakers.

Evans has made mention earlier in his career that he had met and talked to LeBron James on previous occasions. One reason that Evans brought that up during the season, was his touchdown celebration dance when Tampa Bay outgunned the L.A. Rams in late September.

In that 48 – 40 win Evans caught this clinching fourth-quarter bomb touchdown from Winston and then, celebrated with LeBron James’s signature dance move

James has previously and frequently used that on the court after a big moment, a big win or a championship.

Again “Game recognizes Game,” and clearly James wanted to give some recognition to the Bucs star whiteout Saturday night courtside at his own game.

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Several Bucs and Jaguars make PFWA All Rookie Team

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The Pro Football Writers Association unveiled their 2019 All-Rookie team Tuesday, and there were four state NFL players on the list.

The PFWA selected 22 total players for offense and defense, plus skill position players for special teams.

For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two of their defenders made the 11-person defensive list. First round pick outside linebacker, Devin White, who was named the Rookie of the month by the NFL for both November and December is there. White came on strong in the second half of the season, including scoring two defensive touchdowns on fumble returns down the stretch.

Also on the list was Buccaneers rookie defensive back Sean Murphy-Bunting, who’s play improved as the season went on. Murphy-Bunting also recorded a game-clinching interception return for a touchdown against Detroit in December.

For the Jaguars, their first-round pick Josh Allen is also part of the all-defensive unit. Allen recorded 10.5 sacks and had another 11 tackles for loss in his inaugural season in Jacksonville. The PFWAA also placed Jaguars right tackle Jawaan Taylor on their all rookie offensive team. Taylor was solid as a starter on the right side of the Jags line.

Although it’s not surprising is that the writers selected former number one overall pick Kyler Murray of Arizona, as their top rookie quarterback, there was an argument to be made for Jaguars rookie Gardner Minshew at that position.

Minshew won six games as a starter, including leading the Jaguars to three different last-minute victories, which was one more than what Murray had this season despite him having better stats and more starts.

PFWA did not place a Dolphin on any of their all-rookie teams. Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, whom they took in the first round, could have received some consideration as he played solidly this season.

The writers selected defensive end  Nick Bosa of the 49ers, not only at their Defensive player of the year, but their overall Rookie of the Year for 2019. They did choose Oakland running back Josh Jacobs, as their offensive Rookie of the Year.

The NFL will announce its own all-rookie teams and Rookies of the year prior to the playing of Super Bowl 54 in Miami next month.

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