BUCCANEER BIRTHDAYS There is just one former Tampa Bay player with a birthday on April 25th and that is Matt Lehr who celebrates turning 40 today. He played in every game in 2007 but really only on kick protection and coverage units but did get play on the offensive line in the final game of the season. He moved on to New Orleans in 2008 and played one more season before leaving the NFL for good. Originally entered the NFL as a 5th round pick of the Cowboys in 2001 who also played for Atlanta before signing with the Bucs in April 2007
THE 2019 SCHEDULE The official NFL schedule was released with all the usual leaks and previews being totally wrong and of course the Bucs were discriminated against by the NFL.  Some things never change. The Carolina game will be played in London at Tottenham Hotspur’s new ground which opened last month. The Bucs’ two previous games in the UK were both played at Wembley Stadium. The Bucs do go five weeks without a home game at Raymond James Stadium due to the London trip which counts as one of their eight regular season home games this season. Sep 8 San Francisco H 4.25pm Sep 12 Carolina A 8.20pm Sep 22 NY Giants H 4.05pm Sep 29 LA Rams A 4.05pm Oct 6 New Orleans A 1.00pm Oct 13 Carolina Lon 9.30am Oct 27 Tennessee A 1.00pm Nov 3 Seattle A 1.00pm Nov 10 Arizona H 1.00pm Nov 17 New Orleans H 1.00pm Nov 24 Atlanta A 1.00pm Dec 1 Jacksonville A 1.00pm Dec 8 Indianapolis H 1.00pm Dec 15 Detroit A 1.00pm Dec 21/22 Houston H tbd Dec 29 Atlanta H 1.00pm All games on Fox Sports except the home game with the Colts which will be on CBS and the Thursday night game in Carolina which will be on the NFL Network.  The Houston home game could be switched to the Saturday otherwise it will be a CBS game on the Sunday.
IT IS ALMOST DRAFT TIME The first round takes place tonight in Tennessee and most mock drafts have the Bucs taking DE Josh Allen (Kentucky) or LB Devin White (LSU) with their 1st round pick but you can certainly see the opportunity for a trade down if a team wants one of the QBs at the top of the round.    The Buccaneers currently have seven selections in the 2019 draft, the details being as follows:- Round 1 Pick 5 5th Overall Round 2 Pick 7 39th Overall Round 3 Pick 6 70th Overall Round 4 Pick 5 107th Overall Round 5 Pick 7 145th Overall Round 6 traded to Arizona Cardinals Round 6 Pick 36 208th Overall obtained from Philadelphia Eagles Round 7 Pick 1 215th Overall obtained from Arizona Cardinals Round 7 traded to Pittsburgh Steelers The trade with the Eagles was part of the DeSean Jackson deal and they have since passed the 7th round pick on to the Steelers.  The trade with the Cardinals was part of compensation agreed for Coach Bruce Arians.
THE BUCS COMING TO LONDON I have been asked by many people for advice on travelling to the UK to watch the Buccaneers playing the Panthers on October 13th.    I have put together a guide on this for Bucs Life News and the Bucs London Bound Facebook pages which you can also find at the link below.   Travel tips, accomodation, tourist attractions and the game itself -  any other questions can be addressed through those Facebook pages or directly to me at editor@bucpower.com. Click here for the London Bucs guide