Buccaneers Agree to Terms with Veteran Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick

The Bucs have a solid veteran quarterback to help out and mentor Jameis Winston, as today the team has come to terms with former Bengals, Bills and Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Last season in 14 starts with New York Fitz threw 12 touchdowns and 17 picks as he and the young Jets struggled. He was solid two seasons ago, throwing 31 touchdowns and 15 interceptions as the Jets came within a game of making the postseason.

He’s played with six teams in his career, throwing a total of 80 touchdowns.

Sports Illustrated Gives Some Love to the Buccaneers for Their 2017 Draft Picks

While it could take years for the Bucs and the rest of the NFL to be able to give a grade to the teams’ draft class this year, it’s never early to start throwing out how teams did last week in the annual picking of players.

Chris Burke of SI has thrown out his grades – and he has the following to say about how he felt the Buccaneers did last week.

Not sure anyone expected TE O.J. Howard to be around at pick No. 19. The Bucs almost had to take him there—he’ll bolster their run game with his blocking, and his pairing with Cameron Brate will cause significant mismatch problems for opposing defenses. S Justin Evans (No. 50), an aggressive defender, should find his way onto the field early. Those are the main cogs of this class. WR Chris Godwin (No. 84) is interesting as a downfield threat, but he’s no better than the fifth or sixth option in the passing game. LB Kendall Beckwith (No. 107) is coming off an ACL injury and doesn’t really land at a spot of need. Pick No. 162, RB Jeremy McNichols, is one to file away for those fantasy drafts. He’s a sleeper option if he can win time. GRADE B+

A Rundown of All the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Bucs 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 1, Pick 19 (No. 19 overall)

O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama: Jameis Winston likely hoped the Buccaneers would draft Dalvin Cook, because he and Cook played together for a season at Florida State. The Tampa Bay QB should not have any complaints about how this played out, though. Howard has the type of mismatch-creating abilities as a receiver that’s perfect for the modern NFL, and he’s a blocker with an advanced skill set. The run game still is a bit unsettled, but Tampa Bay now has Howard and Cameron Brate to pair in two-TE sets, with Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson outside. Look for Winston to have a huge 2017 season. GRADE: A?

Round 2, Pick 18 (No. 50)

Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M: Evans slid a little bit under the radar within a deep and talented safety class, but he is not out of line here. Because of the way he clobbers people, he’s better playing closer to the line. He can drop back and play deep, though, so Tampa Bay can mix and match him with new addition J.J. Wilcox and incumbents like Chris Conte.? GRADE: B

Round 3, Pick 20 (No. 84)

Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State: Jameis Winston might not have to do anything other than drop back and heave it deep this season. Godwin is a go-and-get-it receiver on the outside, joining a pass-catching corps that already included Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and first-round pick O.J. Howard. GRADE: B+

Round 3, Pick 43 (No. 107)

Kendell Beckwith, LB, LSU: The Bucs sent picks 125 and 204 to the Jets for Beckwith, a former teammate of Kwon Alexander at LSU. It might be a redshirt pick, because a.) Beckwith tore his ACL in November, and b.) there’s not an obvious spot for him in the rotation, aside from adding depth.? GRADE: C

Round 5, Pick 18 (No. 162) Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State

Round 7, Pick 5 (No. 223, from Dolphins via Rams) Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, DT, USC

Buccaneers Get Alabama TE O.J. Howard With 19th Pick in 2017 NFL Draft

The Buccaneers selected Alabama tight end O.J. Howard with the 19th pick in the NFL draft, providing young quarterback Jameis Winston with another playmaker for an improved offense.

Winston threw for more than 4,000 yards each of the past two seasons, however the Bucs have struggled to score points.

General manager Jason Licht and coach Dirk Koetter are counting on him to be able to get the ball in the end zone with more regularity after adding Howard, as well as veteran receiver DeSean Jackson in free agency.

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.