If there's ONE player in the National Football League who absolutely despises to lose, it's Tom Brady. After losing his first game as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, he apparently put in the work this week in practice and is completely prepared not to lose this week. Or something like that.
This happens every year it feels like, right? The "Tom Brady is done" takes were out last week with a vengeance, but I know better than that. I refuse to fall for it. The second you start believing that Brady is done, the second he swoops in and wins the Super Bowl. We're not doing this anymore.
There are two people you never want to piss off: you dad and Bruce Arians. Unfortunately for Tampa Bay Buccaneers left tackle Donovan Smith, he has pissed off the latter.
While I can hardly hold back my laughter from Tom Brady's poor performance on Sunday, this was definitely one of the contributing factors. I am willing to give him some leeway with there being no preseason, but it's clear to the coaching staff that Smith is on a short leash moving forward.
All eyes are going to be on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season and are expected to have one of the most eye-catching offenses. Just Week One, they may without star wide receiver Mike Evans.
Evans is said to have a "soft-tissue" injury, and then failed to elaborate further. That could basically mean it could be anything, in football terms. Evans is someone you can't take lightly with injuries, as he ended last season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.
Getting out of Jacksonville for some players is a beautiful thing. And they have not been quiet about it, either.
Brand new Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette is happy to be playing behind QB Tom Brady (as anyone would), and he doesn't hesitate to tell us how he feels.
I love this kinda stuff. Anything that makes the NFL look like The Bachelor is right up my alley.
Fournette was a surprise release by the Jacksonville Jaguars last week and found a new home in the same state, where he is sure to have a substantial role in the offense.
Hey, everyone needs a change of scenery sometimes. It's up to Fournette to have production behind it.
One of the teams on everyone's radar as the NFL season nears is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. One of them is quarterback Tom Brady; the other is tight end, Rob Gronkowski.
Gronk had a few camp issues, which can be attributed to adjusting to playing professional football again. Because of this, head coach Bruce Arians said they would "play it by ear" when it comes to Gronk's snap count.
Translation: Don't worry about this for even a second.
I've said more than once that I think Gronkowski will do better than Brady in Tampa Bay, and I'm not willing to back down on that statement, just because he doesn't like being hot.
It will be tougher than ever to see players in game-like situations this offseason, because of there being no preseason games. However, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are doing something about it by having two sessions of "game" situations at their stadium.
This is smart, especially for those players who may be considered "bubble players." It also gives those special teams players a chance to create some in-game situations, as they don't necessarily translate to just drills.
I'd expect more teams to take part in a similar exercise as well.
I don't put this past Bruce Arians at all.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are planning to have a "voluntary bubble" situation for players during the regular season.
This should happen to every team, but while I realize you can't make all players do this, Tampa has one thing all other NFL teams do not - Tom Brady. All he has to do is tell them to all do it, assure them that they'll win a Super Bowl at the end of this season, and viola! A Tampa Bay Bubble. The one thing I can see players straying away from this one is if they have families, and/or children. It would be very hard to pick between the two. Can you imagine being away from a baby or small child and missing all of their milestones to play a game? I can't.
On the flip side, what if Brady does not elect to do this? How can he, as the 'leader' of the team, expect other players to do the same?
Veteran running back LeSean McCoy signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week, and there was an obvious reason why: Tom Brady is there.
I mean, duh. If you're asked who the best bet is to win you a ring, you're nine times out of ten either going to say Joe Flacco or Tom Brady.
McCoy told reporters on Tuesday, that while he continued to monitor the Philadelphia Eagles, and weigh other options, Brady and the Bucs eventually won out. The palm trees and sunshine nonstop can't really hurt either, I get it.
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