BUCCANEER BIRTHDAYSThere 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 8San FranciscoH4.25pmSep 12CarolinaA8.20pmSep 22NY GiantsH4.05pmSep 29LA RamsA4.05pmOct 6New OrleansA1.00pmOct 13CarolinaLon9.30amOct 27TennesseeA1.00pmNov 3SeattleA1.00pmNov 10ArizonaH1.00pmNov 17New OrleansH1.00pmNov 24AtlantaA1.00pmDec 1JacksonvilleA1.00pmDec 8IndianapolisH1.00pmDec 15DetroitA1.00pmDec 21/22HoustonHtbdDec 29AtlantaH1.00pmAll 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 TIMEThe 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 1Pick 55th OverallRound 2Pick 739th OverallRound 3Pick 670th OverallRound 4Pick 5107th OverallRound 5Pick 7145th OverallRound 6traded to Arizona CardinalsRound 6Pick 36208th Overallobtained from Philadelphia EaglesRound 7Pick 1215th Overallobtained from Arizona CardinalsRound 7traded to Pittsburgh SteelersThe 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 LONDONI 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for the London Bucs guide