TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't make much of splash on the opening day of NFL free agency.
The team needs helps in a number of areas — especially on defense — but doesn't...
AP sources: DeSean Jackson close to returning to Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to acquire wide receiver DeSean Jackson from Tampa Bay along with a 2020 seventh-round draft pick for a sixth-round pick this year, two people familiar with the...
Saints defending far better lately than last game vs Bucs
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — No matter how much New Orleans' defense may have improved since this season's opening week, linebacker Alex Anzalone doesn't see the benefit in dismissing as irrelevant the 48 points the Saints surrendered in a Week 1 loss to the Buccaneers.
Frustrated WR Jackson not giving up on Bucs playoff hopes
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — DeSean Jackson's frustration grows by the loss.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have dropped five of six games following a 2-0 start, and the veteran receiver doesn't want anyone to buy the notion that all it'll take to make him happy is to catch more passes Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
The Bucs (3-5) haven't made the playoffs since 2007, and the only way to change that trend is to start winning.
Browns missing CB Gaines vs. Bucs because of concussion
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Stopping the NFL's top-ranked passing offense got more daunting for the Browns.
Starting cornerback E.J. Gaines will miss Sunday's game at Tampa Bay because of a concussion, further challenging a Cleveland defense also without Pro Bowl linebacker Joe Schobert, who could be out several weeks with a hamstring injury.
Ball finally bounces their way, Falcons beat the Bucs 34-29
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons finally got the ball to bounce their way.
They hope that's the start of more good fortune.
After a hugely disappointing start to season, the Falcons snapped a three-game losing streak with a 34-29 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, the game ending on a wacky play that nearly worked.
Jackson bemoans missed opportunities in Bucs’ loss
ATLANTA (AP) — DeSean Jackson wasn't looking forward to the film review of Tampa Bay's third straight loss.
He already knew the missed scoring opportunities would be the most painful part of the Buccaneers' 34-29 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Too many times, the Buccaneers (2-3) whiffed when given an opportunity to keep up with the Falcons' scoring pace.
Bucs ready to showcase potent offense against Steelers
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — So much for struggling without Jameis Winston.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not only thriving in the suspended quarterback's absence, they're evolving into an offensive juggernaut that's set to perform on a national stage when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit Monday night.
FANTASY PLAYS: Sit Rodgers? Worth at least mulling for W3
Patrick Mahomes is good. 2018 David Johnson looks nothing like 2016 David Johnson. The Rams defense has not only replaced the Seahawks as the NFC's most dominant unit, but may be the best the NFL has to offer.
Week 3 will go a long way toward helping fantasy football owners decide how those clear early observations play out. Mahomes, Johnson and the Rams defense are certain starts, but the same can't be said for some others whose fate will hinge on the faith of their owners.
DeSean Jackson, surprising Buccaneers off to blazing start
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't the only reason the surprising Tampa Bay Buccaneers are off to their fastest start in eight years.
Speedy receiver DeSean Jackson is making a difference, too, finally beginning to deliver what the team has been expecting since signing him in free agency before last season.
Fitzpatrick shines again, Buccaneers stun Eagles 27-21
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Courtesy of DeSean Jackson, Ryan Fitzpatrick rocked a pair of sunglasses and a partially zipped warmup jacket revealing a couple of gold chains and a large pendant resting on his chest.
"It's nothing," the Tampa Bay quarterback said of the garb after throwing four touchdown passes and topping 400 yards for the second straight week, leading the Buccaneers to a 27-21 victory over the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Pederson: Self-inflicted mistakes undermine Eagles
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Doug Pederson summed up a hot, frustrating day for the Philadelphia Eagles.
"A lot of self-inflicted wounds," the coach said Sunday after the reigning Super Bowl champions stumbled to a slow start in the blistering Florida sun and never fully recovered in a 27-21 loss to the surprising Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Game-time temperature was 91 degrees, with a heat index of 105.
Saints’ Onyemata fined $40.1K for 2 roughing passer calls
NEW YORK (AP) — Two illegal hits cost David Onyemata more than he made for playing in New Orleans' season opener.
The Saints defensive tackle was fined $40,108 by the NFL on Friday for two roughing-the-passer calls — $20,054 for each of the penalties — in a 48-40 loss to Tampa Bay last Sunday.
FANTASY PLAYS: 49ers-Lions an attractive high-scoring stack
With all the excitement around the NFL last weekend, it was one high-scoring Saints-Buccaneers game that brought home all the money in daily fantasy contests.
Tampa Bay quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 400-plus yards and four touchdowns, while adding another 36 yards and a score with his legs. Two of Fitzpatrick's top weapons, DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans, cracked the 100-yard threshold and accounted for three of the receiving touchdowns.
Saints defense humbled by Buccaneers
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore sat on the turf with his hands on his knees, disconsolate as he watched Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans coast into the end zone after beating him for a 50-yard touchdown.
It was a stark contrast to last November, when Evans caught one pass for 13 yards and received a one-game suspension after blindsiding Lattimore during a scuffle in the Saints' 30-10 victory at the Superdome.
Fitzpatrick, Bucs stun Saints 48-40
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick backpedaled giddily for about 20 yards as he watched DeSean Jackson come down with a 36-yard touchdown pass over the middle. The journeyman quarterback then turned toward the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sideline and triumphantly thrust his arm in an upward arc.
Time will tell if the Bucs are on a similar trajectory this season, but there's no denying they're off to an encouraging start.
Buccaneers Preview Capsule
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-11)
New faces: DE Jason Pierre-Paul, DT Beau Allen, DE Vinny Curry, DT Vita Vea, RB Ronald Jones, C Ryan Jensen, DT Mitch Unrein, K Chandler Catanzaro.
Key losses: RB Doug Martin, DE Robert Ayers, Jr., G J.R. Sweezy, DT Chris Baker, DT Clinton McDonald, S T.J. Ward.
- The Washington TimesRedskins-Buccaneers: How to watch and what to watch forNovember 11, 2018
- Star Tribune10 to win: NFL's 10 most exciting players right nowSeptember 22, 2018
- The Washington TimesDeSean Jackson: Ryan Fitzpatrick should remain starter over Jameis WinstonSeptember 18, 2018
- Norfolk Daily NewsRyan Fitzpatrick-led Bucs improve to 2-0 with upset of EaglesSeptember 17, 2018
WR Jackson ready to shrug off disappointing year with Bucs
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — DeSean Jackson is eager to rebound from one of the least productive seasons of his career and help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers end a long playoff drought.
The Bucs struggled a year ago to incorporate the speedy receiver into an offense expected to be more potent after the three-time Pro Bowl selection was signed to a $33.5 million contract in free agency.
Titans’ Jackson flips after 2 interceptions against Bucs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee cornerback Adoree Jackson was flipping for joy after a couple of interceptions defending Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and the rest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay's DeSean Jackson is eager to put one of the least productive seasons of his NFL career behind him.
The speedy receiver joined teammates for the start of the Buccaneers' offseason conditioning program this week and reiterated one of his priorities is improving on-the-field chemistry between him and quarterback Jameis Winston.
Redskins sign speedy wide receiver Paul Richardson
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins signed former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson to a five-year deal in the hopes that he provides them the outside speed threat they lacked last season after the departure of DeSean Jackson.
Richardson had 95 catches for 1,302 yards and eight touchdowns in four seasons with the Seahawks after they drafted him in the second round in 2014. He had 44 receptions for 703 yards and six touchdowns last season.
When the Redskins let DeSean Jackson walk in free agency last year, they lost an element of speed. Without a blazing deep threat, the Redskins offense didn't have the same punch.
On Tuesday, the Redskins sought to solve that problem.
Washington Redskins free agency capsule
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (7-9)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: QB Kirk Cousins; WRs Terrelle Pryor, WR Brian Quick and Ryan Grant; LBs Zach Brown, Will Compton, Junior Galette, Trent Murphy and Chris Carter; CB Bashaud Breeland; G Shawn Lauvao; S DeAngelo Hall; TE Niles Paul; C Tony Bergstrom; DTs Arthur Jones and Phil Taylor.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: T Ty Nsekhe; G Tyler Catalina.
Police probe crash of vehicle registered to NFL player
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Police investigating a single-car accident found marijuana and hollow point bullets in an abandoned vehicle registered to Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver DeSean Jackson.
Officers responding to a crash last Sunday night at International Plaza shopping mall found a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado that appeared to have left the roadway and struck a tree.
Allen Park – Darius Slay keeps padding his resume, and in the process, the Detroit Lions cornerback is also padding his bank account.
Skrine fined $48K for illegal hit, Burfict not fined
NEW YORK (AP) — Jets cornerback Buster Skrine was fined $48,620 for his illegal hit on Tampa Bay receiver DeSean Jackson last week and Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict wasn't fined after his ejection against Tennessee for pushing away the arm of an official who tried to break up a sideline scuffle.
Burfict wasn't fined for his late hit out of bounds two plays earlier, either.
Kamara, Brees help Saints win 6th straight, 30-10 over Bucs
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore caused Tampa Bay's second-ranked passing game so much frustration that several Buccaneers lost their composure.
New Orleans rookie running back Alvin Kamara stirred the Superdome into a frenzy by turning a short catch into a serpentine, tackle-escaping touchdown.
FANTASY PLAYS: Setting lineups gets much tougher in Week 5
With four teams on a bye, setting your fantasy football lineup will be especially challenging in Week 5. Recent injuries and the continued use of running backs by committee are also making it hard to decide who should be in your starting lineup. We've analyzed this week's matchups and have several suggestions that could help you determine who to start in Week 5 of your Fantasy Football season.
Vikings players, owners lock arms in response to Trump
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With NFL owners and players around the league condemning President Donald Trump's recent remarks about national anthem protests, the Minnesota Vikings have put forth their own show of unity.
The Vikings stood along their sideline with arms locked together during the "Star Spangled Banner" on Sunday before their game against Tampa Bay. Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf and general manager Rick Spielman joined players in locking arms on the field.
Rusty or not, Buccaneers ready to start season against Bears
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston concedes it felt a little strange watching the rest of the NFL begin the season while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were scattered around the country for an unscheduled bye imposed by Hurricane Irma.
When the young quarterback finally takes the field Sunday in the team's delayed opener, Winston will not have taken a snap in a game in three weeks.
FANTASY PLAYS: Week 2 lineups tough given big injuries
Fantasy football defenses dominated in Week 1, while several usually dependable producers like Julio Jones and Le'Veon Bell underperformed. Setting a lineup will be challenging this week due to major injuries to early picks like David Johnson and Allen Robinson, but here are some suggestions that'll help you in Week 2.
Winston is confident Bucs can end long playoff drought
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston isn't content with re-energizing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The young quarterback is coming off leading the team to its first winning record in six years, however he cringes when reminded the Bucs haven't made the playoffs since 2007.
Winston is determined to end the drought this season.
Buccaneers Preview Capsule
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (9-7)
New Faces: WR DeSean Jackson, DE Chris Baker, TE O.J. Howard, S Justin Evans, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, K Nick Folk, WR Chris Godwin, S J.J. Wilcox.
Key Losses: QB Mike Glennon, WR Russell Shepard, LB Daryl Smith, CB Alterraun Verner, S Bradley McDougald.
Strengths: Bucs go as Jameis Winston goes. With additional playmakers — Jackson, Howard, Godwin — around young QB, coach Dirk Koetter is counting on offense being more explosive.
Redskins Preview Capsule
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (8-7-1)
New faces: WR Terrelle Pryor, DL Stacy McGee, DL Terrell McClain, LB Zach Brown, S D.J. Swearinger.
Key losses: Offensive coordinator Sean McVay, WR DeSean Jackson, WR Pierre Garcon, DE Chris Baker, LB Trent Murphy (injured).
Martin placed on suspended list as Bucs trim roster to 53
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin is headed to the reserve/suspended list, and the Buccaneers waived receivers Josh Huff and Donteea Dye on Saturday while trimming their roster to the season-opening limit of 53 players.
Martin will sit out the first three weeks of the season while serving the remainder of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The two-time Pro Bowl selection also sat out last season's season finale.
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Kirk Cousins knew he recognized the guy at the Cleveland rest stop last summer who was trying to blend in with the crowd.
Even with his hood up, Terrelle Pryor sticks out.
"I was surprised at how big he was then, too, in the line at Starbucks," Cousins said.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made good on a promise to put more playmakers around young quarterback Jameis Winston, who's eager to use them to help an improved team fulfill its potential this season.
Free agent acquisition DeSean Jackson and draft picks O.J. Howard and Chris Godwin are among the newcomers the Bucs are counting on to give Winston a chance to end the franchise's long hiatus from the playoffs.
Buccaneers training camp capsule
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (9-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 28, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — DeSean Jackson isn't making any bold predictions about how good the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can be on offense.
With the start of training camp still six weeks away, the speedy receiver says it's way too early to draw any conclusions.
"It's a process, but everybody is dialed into wanting to get better and bettering themselves and working on the little things to come together as a team," Jackson said during a three-day mandatory minicamp that concluded Thursday.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Josh Doctson is confident his Achilles tendons are strong enough to carry the weight of his own expectations.
The Washington Redskins' first-round pick a year ago missed all of training camp and all but two games in his rookie season because of injuries to the Achilles tendon in each heel. The TCU product has declared himself 100 percent healthy during offseason organized team activities. That's good news for the Redskins, who are going to need his production.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tight end O.J. Howard has signed his rookie contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Howard, who was the 19th overall pick in last month's NFL draft, signed a four-year deal on Monday that includes a team option for a fifth season. He is the first of Tampa Bay's six draft picks to sign.
Over the last 10 NFL drafts, the Philadelphia Eagles have selected the franchise’s all-time leading rusher (LeSean McCoy, 2009), the most dynamic big-play receiver ever to wear Eagles green (DeSean Jackson, 2008) and the franchise quarterback of the present and future (Carson Wentz, 2016).
Redskins add size to receiving corps, sign Brian Quick
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Redskins have signed former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brian Quick.
The team announced the deal Friday morning after agent Patrick Dye posted a photo of Quick signing his contract on SportsTrust Advisors' verified Twitter account.
The signing adds depth to the Redskins' receiving corps after they lost DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — DeSean Jackson and Chris Baker had similar thoughts when it came to teams they wanted to play for.
As unrestricted free agents, the former Washington Redskins teammates had plenty of options, but chose to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because they wanted a chance to play with promising young players such as quarterback Jameis Winston and Pro Bowl receiver Mike Evans.
The Bucs introduced Jackson and Bakers as the newest members of the team on Saturday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Terrelle Pryor signed a one-year contract worth up to $8 million with the Washington Redskins on Friday as the team began the process of replacing two top receivers who left in free agency, Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson.
The 27-year-old Pryor spent the past two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, including a breakthrough 2016, his first year as a full-time wideout: 77 catches for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns.
Buccaneers land WR DeSean Jackson in free agency
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are intent on giving Jameis Winston everything a quarterback needs to be successful.
Armed with more than $66 million in salary-cap space and determined to make Winston and an improved offense even more productive, the Bucs didn't settle on the first day of NFL agency for simply adding a much-needed No. 2 receiver.
Redskins sign coach Jay Gruden to contract extension
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Amid an offseason of potential upheaval, the Washington Redskins have made an investment in continuity by signing coach Jay Gruden to a multiyear contract extension.
Gruden was going into the fourth year of a five-year contract. The team announced the extension after Gruden and other team officials returned from the NFL combine.