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Bucs top pick Devin White shows off baseball arm

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There will be a lot of eyes on Buccaneers number one pick middle linebacker Devin White, when training camp and the preseason roll around upcoming this July. An example of that was White showing off his baseball arm (or not) at the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday night match up with the L.A. Angels of Anaheim.

The rookie out of LSU, who the Bucs took with the 5th overall pick in April, was invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before game one of the four-game series at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg Thursday night.

Take a look at how White did under the glare of the baseball spotlight:

Yes, it was a one-hopper to the plate, but still credit White for the attempt.

And, there will be a much brighter lights on White come, when the Buccaneers, under the new coaching staff led by Bruce Arians and new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, get ready to put the team through training camp preparation.

Bowles wasted no time shortly after White was taken in explaining why White became a favorite in their “War Room” and an obvious choice, when the Buccaneers were on the clock in round one. Bowles said to the media then, that White made the decision easy when they evaluated and interviewed him:

“It was impressive. Obviously, he’s a bright kid, lights up a room when he walks in. The film speaks for itself and to have a player like that, we’re just happy to get him in and to get to work.”

And, on White assuming a leadership role by essentially “quarterbacking the defense,” the former Jets head coach of the last four years, Bowles added,

“It’s important, because you really want a quarterback at every level of the defense: up front, in the middle and in the back. And have one in the middle. Not that Lavonte (David) wasn’t, because he is and he’s a heck of a player. So, we got to him in the middle right now, and that makes me comfortable.”

White was the leading tackler in the SEC in 2018 and will be heavily counted on to see significant playing time and learn from and work in tandem with perennial Pro Bowl linebacker Lavonte David.

One other remaining variable is that White is one of five first-round picks, who, as of Thursday, has yet to sign his deal. Still,  in the present day with the rookie salary cap and wage scale, it’s something that should get done before the Bucs begin to practice in late July.

And, at least the Bucs organization apparently doesn’t have to worry about White trying to pull a Russell Wilson and play baseball for a living.

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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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