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Bucs finally back home leads our Sunday primer

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Two state NFL teams are in action with one finally back at home and the other in the heartland of America. This as the Bucs will play host to the Cardinals and the Dolphins will take on the Colts in Indianapolis.

First, in the early game in Tampa, it is the first time in seven weeks that the Buccaneers have played a game at Raymond James Stadium. In the interim, they have been in five different cities including in Europe (London) to play games away from home. In that time, Tampa Bay has gone on 1-4, including losing their last four games.

So, off of last week’s tough overtime loss to the Seahawks, which dropped their record to 2 – 6, it is not an over-exaggeration the Buccaneers season is now on the line with today’s game and next week’s game at home against the Saints.

As we wrote earlier this week, the Buccaneers pass-catching tandem of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin continue to be at the top of the league in terms of production. They will have a chance to feast on what has been a mostly bad Arizona pass defense. However, the Cardinals have welcome back Pro Bowl defensive back Patrick Peterson, recently off of a six-game league suspension for a PED violation.

Arizona comes in with first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury and number one overall pick quarterback Kyler Murray, who has actually played well at times. The game also features Bucs first-year coach Bruce Arians going against his old team, as he led the Cardinals to the playoffs on two occasions earlier this decade.

Meanwhile for the Dolphins, they will try to make it back-to-back wins for the first time since the middle of last season, when they take on Indianapolis later Sunday afternoon.

The Colts will be without starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who has played very well for them this season but suffered a sprained knee in the Steelers game last week and did not return. The Colts will go with backup Brian Hoyer in this one at home.

Miami is dealing with an significant injury themselves as one of their top receivers rookie free agent Preston Wilson suffered a torn ACL in the first half of last week’s win over the Jets. The NFL also suspended running back Mark Walton for four games earlier this week for his multiple off field arrest this past offseason.

That means that second-year running back Kalen Ballage and rookie Myles Gaskin will get a much stronger look for the next few weeks running the ball.

This game will also put to the test with the Dolphins are truly trying to win games or not, in the second half of the year and damage their draft position after an 0-7 start.

Miami has held a double-digit lead in the first half of each of the last two games and put the Jets away at home for their first victory of the season last week by creating turnovers and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick playing well

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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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