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THE GREATEST BUCCANEER HISTORICAL PROJECT The 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a legendary team for all the wrong reasons. They were the first modern-day team to go winless in a season and some of the stories from the staff from that year are now part of NFL history. “What do you think of your team’s execution” a reporter asked Coach John McKay. “I’m all in favour of it”. Nearly 150 players were involved in that first season from the expansion draft to the selection of future Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon. From Tom Alward to Steve Young, every player has their story told here. All the games, pictures, reports and video clips as the word highlights probably is not applicable. Welcome to the expansion Buccaneers on BUCPOWER.COM. Click here for the full feature
ON THIS DAY IN BUCCANEER HISTORY August 18, 2018 - Tampa Bay 30 Tennessee 14 This was the day that the Bucs gave up 52 points in a pre-season game to Atlanta in 1984 and also scored 44 against the Patriots in 1990 but we have no coverage of those games so we will go back four years to a win over the Tennessee Titans. WR Justin Watson was a 5th round pick in 2018 who would go on to only catch 23 passes and two scores in his Buc career but he did have this one from Jameis Winston. He did become the only offensive player ever to record a sack when he stopped a fake punt in a win over the Panthers in 2020. This was the Bucs’ second straight win of the 2018 pre-season and the four Tampa passers racked up 378 yards with three scores. Blaine Gabbert had a touchdown pass in a back-up role for the Titans.
BUCCANEER BIRTHDAYS The only member of the all-time roster with a birthday on August 18th is Dan Orlovsky who is 39 today. He was a veteran quarterback who backed up for two seasons and saw action in only three games throwing all his Buccaneer passes in a 2012 blowout loss in New Orleans. Signed as a free agent having spent 2011 with the Indianapolis Colts where he started the final five games and led them to their only two wins of the season. He had previously spent four years in Detroit and two in Houston having originally been a 5th round pick of the Lions in2005. Returned to the Lions as a free agent after the 2013 season.
THOUGHTS FROM THE FIRST EXHIBITION GAME At least there are only three of them in 2022 but to maintain a level of fan excitement about a game like this is so hard - even I do not stay up all night to watch it live. But it went to the wire and gave Scott Bradford another new kicker to dislike. We asked a Gator fan for their opinion of Kyle Trask’s performance. “He was brilliant, a future star in the NFL”. We also asked a Seminole fan the same question. “Totally inept, the interception and fumble cost us the game”. And there you have why you rely on the coaching staff for their critique. But Trask is the No.3 behind Brady and Gabbert. It is pretty clear Ryan Griffin is in camp simply to throw balls whilst Brady is away and to save other arms. The football equivalent of Yu Chang pitching the 9th inning for the Rays. Other notables were the play of the rookie tight ends in the first half, Robert Hainsey did pretty well at center and both Chris Myers and Ronde Barber were in top form from the first play. But some of the hairstyles on the bench? Since when did the Bucs sign Sideshow Bob from the Simpsons?
BUCCANEER ROSTER MOVES Signed RB Patrick Laird (ex-Miami) and DE Carl Nassib (former Buccaneer), both unsigned free agents. Released DB Ross Cockrell. Waived TE Ben Baise, OL Curtis Blackwell and WR Kameron Brown. Released with injury settlements LB JoJo Ozougwu and OL Jonathan Hubbard.