A Look at the 2017 Buccaneers Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

The 2017 NFL Schedule is out, and here’s a look at the Buccaneers slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold:

Sep. 10 at Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM

Sep. 17 Chicago Bears 1:00 PM

Sep. 24 at Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM

Oct. 1 New York Giants 4:05 PM

Oct. 5 New England Patriots (Thu) 8:25 PM

Oct. 15 at Arizona Cardinals 4:05 PM

Oct. 22 at Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM

Oct. 29 Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM

Nov. 5 at New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM

Nov. 12 New York Jets 1:00 PM

Nov. 19 BYE

Nov. 26 at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM

Dec. 3 at Green Bay Packers 1:00 PM

Dec. 10 Detroit Lions 1:00 PM

Dec. 18 Atlanta Falcons (Mon) 8:30 PM

Dec. 24 at Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM

Dec. 31 New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM

What’s Good about this Schedule: After two road games against the Falcons and Packers to end November and start December, they will host the Lions and then the Falcons on a Monday night.

What’s Bad about this Schedule: Those two road games to end November and start December will be a tough test for a team that is going to be looking to make the postseason.

Buccaneers WR Josh Huff Agrees to Probation on Gun Charge

Bucs receiver Josh Huff has entered into a pretrial diversion program that will allow him to resolve a charge of unlawful possession of a weapon by completing six months of probation, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Huff, 25, was released by the Eagles in November after he was arrested in New Jersey on the gun charge. His attorney, Andrew Smith, said the gun was bought legally in his home state of Texas, where he has a permit to carry it, but he did not have a permit in New Jersey.

If Huff completes a six-month probation period without incident, the charge will be dropped; he entered into the program April 4. Huff still faces a DUI citation for suspicion of being under the influence of marijuana, Smith said, but that charge has yet to be heard in local court. News of the agreement was first reported by TMZ Sports.

Buccaneers Pick Up Fifth-Year Option on Wide Out Mike Evans

The Buccaneers have picked up the fifth-year option on wide receiver Mike Evans‘ contract, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

The seventh overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, Evans surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first three straight seasons, becoming just the fourth player in NFL history to accomplish that feat.

He’s been the biggest and best playmaker for the Bucs the last few seasons, so them picking up his option doesn’t come as a shock whatsoever.

Look for the Bucs to continue to try and get a long term deal with Evans done.

Buccaneers Quarterback Jameis Winston Tells School Kids That Girls Should “Be Silent, Polite”

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston made a comment that has most shaking their heads today talking to a group of kids at Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg, FL on Wednesday.

The Bucs starting QB seemed to give a LOT of love to the boys in the audience, but the girls – not so much.

“All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down,” Winston said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to. Now a lot of boys aren’t supposed to be soft-spoken. You know what I’m saying? One day y’all are going to have a very deep voice like this (in deep voice). One day, you’ll have a very, very deep voice.

“But the ladies, they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men (are) supposed to be strong. I want y’all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to. Scream it!”

Say what?

So basically the 23-year-old is telling all the young ladies of the world to just watch the world go by, while telling the males to be strong and scream.

Obviously Winston was trying to make a point, but clearly he needs to choose his words a little better.

Don’t Expect Bucs Coach Dirk Koetter to Give Up the Play Calling Duties in 2017

While he admitted there was a number of mistakes in play calls from a season ago, it doesn’t sound like Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter will be giving up calling plays anytime soon.

The Bucs coach led the team to a 9-7 mark and they were in the playoff hunt up until the last week of the season, and you could tell there was progress for the young team this past season. Many sites, like sbobetasia feel the Buccaneers are a team that can win 9-11 games in 2017.

Koetter can get some advice from others on staff like offensive coordinator/receivers coach Todd Monken and quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian, but at the end of the day, it seems more and more like he’s going to be the one that makes the calls on the field for the Bucs, win or lose.

The coach was recently asked how long he has till he makes the play calling decision. “Until Sept. 10 next year,” Koetter said. “I have that long.”

Despite stating that, he was also quick to say he’s going to try to learn from 2016 mistakes, and make improvements for this next season as the Bucs look to challenge the Atlanta Falcons for the top spot in the division.

“I made plenty of mistakes, and I’m going to do better next year, I promise you,” Koetter said.

Last season the Bucs ran 1066 plays, averaging 5.2 yards per play. Not bad, but the team will have to do better if they want to be at the top of the NFL.

Take for example the Falcons, the NFC representative in the Super Bowl, and this past season they put up 6.7 yards per play, the best in the NFC and the entire NFL for that matter.

With another season of growth for quarterback Jameis Winston, the team should be able to get that offensive number up to six yards per game, a number it seems they are going to need to get to in order to make a long playoff run.

They also need a better and injury free season from running back Doug Martin, who was given a contract before the start of last season, one that makes him one of the higher paid running backs in the league.

Let’s see if Dirk Koetter can indeed figure out his mistakes, and make sure that the team will be able to make those advances in order to be one of the best teams in the league.

Buccaneers Activate RB Charles Sims for Matchup Against Saints

Charles Sims

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have activated running back Charles Sims from injured reserve, meaning he is eligible to face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Sims, the team’s third-down running back, had been on IR since Oct. 10, after injuring his knee against the Broncos. He returned to practice prior to Tampa Bay’s Week 11 game, with his 21-day practice period concluding this week.

Before the injury, Sims had seen action in four games (starting two), rushing 41 times for 116 yards and a touchdown. A viable contributor in the short-passing game, Sims also caught 14 passes for 112 yards and a TD.

Last year, he had 1,090 combined rushing and receiving yards and four touchdowns.

What if the Buccaneers Logo Was Made in the Likeness of President Elect Donald Trump?

Donald Trump

Like it or not, next month Donald Trump will be the new President of the United States, and one thing that can’t be denied is it’s going to be an interesting four years in our country.

There’s been plenty of fun poked at the President elect, and one site – Uproxx, has taken it upon themselves to design every NFL logo in the make of our President elect.

Check out what they think the logo of the Bucs will look like made in the likeness of Trump!

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Buccaneers Win 4th Straight; Top Chargers in San Diego 28-21

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v San Diego Chargers

Jameis Winston threw a go-ahead, 12-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Brate midway through the fourth quarter and Keith Tandy intercepted Philip Rivers in the end zone with 2:56 left to give the Buccaneers their fourth straight victory, 28-21 victory against San Diego on Sunday.

Rivers had the Chargers on the move in the final minutes before Tandy got in front of a pass to Dontrelle Inman and picked it off.

Tandy’s momentum carried him into the end zone, giving the Bucs the ball on their 20. They were able to run out the clock.

The Bucs (7-5) pulled into a tie with Atlanta atop the NFC South.

Tampa Bay benefited from a short punt by Drew Kaser to start the winning drive on their 46. Winston found Brate for the TD on the fourth play of the drive, and then hit Mike Evans on a conversion pass for a 28-21 lead.

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