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Bucs already shuffling roster on short week

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Off a humbling lost to the mediocre-at-best 49ers team Sunday, the Bucs are now scrambling to make roster moves, as they prepare on a short week to travel and play Carolina Thursday night. And the team, is moving on from two of its starters a year ago in the process.

First Tampa Bay is placing safety Justin Evans on injured reserve due to his lingering foot and achilles problems. Buccaneers beat reporter for The Athletic, Greg Auman, had details on the corresponding move the Tampa Bay would be making:

Evans, a former second round pick, has been plagued with foot injuries, as this is his third in the just two seasons. At the end of his rookie season, the Bucs put him Injured reserve after injuring his ankle against the Atlanta Falcons after making six combined tackles. He started 10 games a year ago and has 19 starts in his two seasons.

In Week 10 of the 2018 season, Evans injured his toe, and missed the next two games. In his first game back in Week 13, he was carted off the field in the second quarter after aggravating the toe injury. He missed two more games before being placed on injured reserve.

The Buccaneers have two other young safeties they’ve been counting on with Evans injured during preseason in Jordan Whitehead, who led them in tackles with eight in Sunday’s loss and 2019 third round pick, Mike Edwards. Auman further reported Tuesday morning that the team will bring back veteran safety Andrew Adams to help with depth at the position.

Adams was not re-signed as a free agent in the offseason and hooked on with the Lions. They cut him at the end of preseason and now the veteran can come back to the Bucs at cheaper cost after week one. This is because under CBA rules, players on the roster in the first week have their 2019 salary guaranteed.

It’s unlikely that Adams will play Thursday night in Charlotte, but if he were to be out there, he did have a three interception game late last season against Cam Newton and the Panthers.

Meanwhile, the addition of Wells, a former Jaguars tackle, is also motivated by the Buccaneers unhappiness with their offensive line.

That was further magnified when it was reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport later on Monday evening that the Bucs were cutting last year’s starting right guard, Caleb Benenoch.

Benenoch was originally drafted as a tackle out of UCLA in the fifth round of 2016, but played every game a year ago at right guard. He struggled mightily and was regarded as one of the worst interior lineman in football on a team that went 5 – 11.

The new coaching staff led by Bruce Arians and his offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich elected to keep Benenoch on board, as he was in the final year of his rookie contract and he made the 53 man roster. He was active Sunday, but saw no action on offense sitting behind second year guard, Alex Cappa.

Wells is a four-year veteran, who started seven games a year ago and 15 games in 2017 but did not fit into the Jaguars 2019 plans.

The Buccaneers offensive line had issues with the 49ers front for pass-rush Sunday, including multiple penalties, sacks and quarterback pressures of Jameis Winston allowed during pass protection. Tampa Bay’s offense scored only one touchdown, but had four turnovers in the defeat.

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Bucs coach Arians again non-committal Tuesday on QB Winston

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It’s become increasingly apparent, that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ready to move on from potential free agent quarterback Jameis Winston. And Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, coach Bruce Arians gave the latest example that he and the Buccaneers front office will look at the other options available first.

Arians spoke at a podium on numerous subjects, but the most prominent is what Tampa Bay will do in the coming days with Winston?

Arians was asked directly about potential for a franchise tag for his starter a year ago and what the Bucs might proceed to do? But, he refused to endorse that option on the former number one overall pick Winston. And, the Bucs coach maintained that the team will possibly us the franchise tag for defensive end Shaq Barrett.

Further, Arians gave a pointed specific answer on Winston’s poor play last December as the team finished 7-9 and that has the team looking at other options,

Arians has consistently refused back Winston since the off-season began. This included at an NFL coaching seminar earlier this month in Tampa. He said to the media at that time:

“Really nothing has changed,” Arians said. “What’s Door No. 2? You know? Can we make the one we have better? All those things you go through right now.”

“You’re just sitting there waiting to see is there someone available? … Is he a better option? 

The Buccaneers faltered in the middle of the season to drop to 3-7 and then, Winston and Co. blew its final two games to finish 7 – 9 with Winston throwing a career-high 30 interceptions.

After their final loss at home to Atlanta in overtime, where Winston threw the game losing “pick six,” Arians was candid after the final game by saying about Winston’s play that it would have to be evaluated pass by pass and game by game in the off-season. Further, he told the media then, that there “was some great and some terrible…. and you have to decide, if the great outweighs the terrible.”

While Winston did throw for a career-high 5000 + yards in 2019, his interceptions and total turnovers continued to be his downfall throughout the season. The Buccaneers finished 1 – 6 in games against teams with winning records and Winston had 17 total turnovers in those seven games. He finished with the 30 picks that included 10 of them in the Bucs final four games.

Tampa Bay obviously will have the opportunity to go after a free agent quarterback or two, as there is much speculation about the likes of Tom Brady with the Patriots. Plus, Philip Rivers will not be re-signed by the Chargers and is available come March. And, now that Drew Brees has announced he wants to play at least one more year for the Saints, their backup Teddy Bridgewater will be in demand on the market.

The Bucs are also continuing the evaluating the QB class for the Draft the next few days in Indy, which could have some interesting names still available in the second and third rounds and beyond.

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Bucs confirmed Monday they will have new uniforms in 2020

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On Monday, the Bucs confirmed what they have been hinting at, they will have new uniforms in 2020. But the real question is: what does “new” mean in this instance?

First, the team released another video with clues about them intending to change their uniform and potentially alter their logo:

The Bucs also released a statement through their website confirming that April will be the unveiling of the new uniforms, as well as, potential new color scheme, logo, etc. and had these comments from co – owner, Ed Glazer:

“We have heard the feedback from our fans loud and clear and have been working with the NFL and our league partners at Nike to usher in a new look as we enter this next decade of Buccaneers football. We look forward to revealing more details in the near future about our official unveiling event which will take place later this spring.”

As we wrote earlier this month, the Buccaneers have been hinting at trying to enhance their uniforms and there is some belief there will be more orange, the original color of the franchise. There is also educated speculation that the team may go back to a white helmet, which will enable them to have “throwback uniform games” that they’ve not been able to have for the last seven seasons.

This is because under league concussion protocol, players must have the same helmet all season and the Bucs primary one has been pewter in color since their chance in colors and logo in 1997,

The Bucs last altered their uniforms in 2014 by brightening the color red and slightly changing the logo and making it bigger on their pewter helmet. Teammates Ryan Jensen and Mike Evans are shown in the current color scheme, etc. above.

NFL teams have to submit changes in their colors and logos a year in advance. So obviously, this has been in the works for the Glazer family that owns the team for some time.

It should be noted that the Buccaneers NFC South Rivals, the Atlanta Falcons, have already made mention that they are changing their uniforms and color scheme. And, it’s believed that they will go back in 2020 to their original base color of red including possibly red helmets and potentially, primarily gray pants that they wore for over twenty years.

The Falcons have had black helmets for the better part of 30 years going back to Jerry Glanville changing the color scheme to primarily black jerseys in his days at the Falcons coach in the early 1990s.

Back to the Bucs. There is no other team in the NFL that has orange as their primary jersey color. The Bengals Broncos and Browns have occasionally worn orange “alternate jerseys” but not full time.

So, if the Glazers are again embracing a change to mostly orange jerseys, it will be unique. The video Monday showed a red jersey on a sewing machine, which could be a clue or could be misdirection of what the team actually intends to unveil in April.

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