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Buccaneers LB Jason Pierre-Paul Still in a Neck Brace

Bucs’ Jason Pierre-Paul posted a video to Instagram today and he’s still wearing a brace on his injured neck, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

The plan is to have his neck re-evaluated in two months.

Buccaneers Add Center Josh LeRibeus to Their Roster

The Buccaneers have added adding center/guard Josh LeRibeus, who participated in the team’s minicamp workouts earlier this month as a tryout player, Thomas Bassinger of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Tampa Bay’s roster now stands at 90 players. Ninety players is the maximum number of players an NFL team can have on its roster at this time of year.

LeRibeus played in 28 games for Washington from 2012 to 2015 and in 22 games for New Orleans the past two seasons.

RB Ronald Jones Ready to Have a Big Year Two for the Buccaneers

Second-year Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones is ready to put his disappointing rookie season behind him and get back on the “right track” according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times.

It would not be a stretch to label Jones’ 2018 season a disaster.

Taken with the No.38-overall pick out of USC, Jones showed virtually none of the talent that led the Bucs to reach for him in the second round.

He gained only 77 yards on 30 touches in nine games while struggling with injuries and took a back seat to journeyman backs Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers.

New year, new coaching staff, and seemingly new Jones. The 21-year-old has earned nothing but praise from Bruce Arians and his assistants and seems confident he can turn his NFL career around. “I’m definitely ready and I can’t wait to get the most of those opportunities,” Jones said, “but I’ve just got to showing them that I can be a dependable player and they can count on me in critical situations.”

The Bucs showed their faith in Jones’ potential by doing nothing at running back in either free agency or the draft aside from signing pass-catcher Andre Ellington, who was out of the league in 2018.

He and Barber currently sit atop the depth chart and, while nothing can be taken for granted given his dismal start, it appears that Jones is well on his way to earning the starting job in 2019.

Safety Justin Evans in a Walking Boot at Buccaneers Minicamp

Last season was a tough one for Buccaneers safety Justin Evans, as he ended the season on injured reserve because of a toe injury.

It appears that the toe has yet to full heal, as today Evans was wearing a protective boot at practice.

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that Evans had another procedure in hopes of fixing the problem once and for all. Arians didn’t provide a timetable for when Evans might be expected back on the field.

The 2017 second-round pick started 21 games over his first two seasons with 125 tackles and four interceptions.

Jordan Whitehead, Kentrell Brice, Isaiah Johnson and third-round pick Mike Edwards fill out the safety group for the Bucs.

New Buccaneers DT Ndamukong Suh Not Worried About His Reputation

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, formally introduced as a member of the Buccaneers on Friday, says his “dirty player” reputation has become “irrelevant” to his life and he believes people should get to know him before discerning what type of person he is, Jenna Laine of ESPN reports.

“I think when you look at people in general, you’ve got to get to know them, you’ve got to have face time with them, you’ve got to be able to have the opportunity to interact with them,” Suh said. “Before you pass judgment on somebody, always take the time to get to know them, meet them, have coffee with them, whatever it may be and then be able to go from there.”

“I think when people have seen blips of me … it’s been in a negative light, rather than a positive light and that’s due to outlets of media, social media, whatever it may be. I can deal with that because I know who I am as a person, I know who my parents are, what kind of child they brought up — it’s irrelevant in my life. I think the people that know me the best see me always in a good light and see the troubles and tribulations that I’ve gone through, as any human being goes through in their lives.”

Since he was drafted in 2010, Suh has accrued 71 accepted penalties, more than any other player in the league, and has been fined $336,098, not including lost wages from suspensions, according to ESPN Statistics & Information.

The most notable incident — when he stomped on the arm of a then-Green Bay Packers offensive lineman in 2011 — involved Evan Smith, who is now Suh’s teammate with the Buccaneers.

“I think that was in the past and it will remain in the past,” Suh said of the incident. “We’ve interacted with each other multiple times throughout [the years]. He was actually the second guy I got to speak to when I got here today, so I don’t see any issue with it. I think people want to make it bigger than what it is. I’ll leave it at that.”

Coach Bruce Arians added: “They were hugging coming down the hallway together so I don’t think there’s any problem. We’re all here to win, and once you’re in the same locker room you can forget all the past stuff. Some of that stuff happened a long time ago and I don’t really care. That doesn’t bother me. The way he plays football — I like that. So he’s a good fit for us.”

New Buccaneers WR Breshad Perriman Sidelined with Shoulder Injury

Buccaneers wide receiver Breshad Perriman has been sidelined at OTAs with a shoulder injury according to Greg Auman of The Athletic.

The injury reportedly happened about two weeks ago and Perriman has been out ever since. The good news is that Perriman has not been seen wearing a sling and has still been in attendance at OTAs despite being unable to participate.

Originally the No.26-overall pick in the 2015 draft by the Baltimore Ravens out of UCF in 2015, Perriman’s career in Baltimore was derailed by numerous injuries and frequent drops.

His tenuous NFL career finally clicked under Freddie Kitchens in Cleveland last season as he closed out the team’s final eight games with a total 15/334/2 receiving line and he parlayed that success into a one-year, $4 million contract to join the Bucs in March.

Still only 25 years old, it is far too early to give up on the speedy Perriman and he is tentatively penciled in as the No.3 wideout for the Bucs in 2019 behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. He should be a great fit in Bruce Arians’ offense but has to get and stay healthy as he is missing some valuable reps.

Ndamukong Suh Feels He Can Put the Buccaneers ‘Over the Top’

Ndamukong Suh has been a busy man. The star defensive tackle recently got engaged and signed a new contract with the Buccaneers.

Suh didn’t visit the Bucs before inking his deal, as he’s currently in France celebrating his engagement, but the 32-year-old spoke with coach Bruce Arians and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and likes with what Tampa is trying to build, Kevin Patra of reports.

Suh spoke to the Tennis Channel during the French Open about his new job — his first comments since signing his contract.

“I’m very excited,” Suh said. “I actually had the opportunity to talk very deeply with (defensive coordinator) Todd Bowles as well as Bruce Arians, two elite coaches that I’ve had great interactions with in years past. I like being part of things you can build and be able to put them over the top. Hopefully my talent, as well as all the other guys — former Nebraskans, Lavonte David — we can play together and change the game there, and get us to a winning situation.”

Tampa has a big hill to climb in the NFC South to get Suh back to the playoffs, but the defensive tackle could help boost a Bucs defense with plenty of holes to fill.

“This week was a big week,” Suh said. “I was very blessed to have the new contract and go to the Bucs and go down there, but I have a fiancée now. I proposed, and got down on a knee, and she’s here with me and we’re enjoying this great country. She’s a great woman. She’s been by my side for many, many years. We grew up together, to say the least, and I’m very, very blessed, to say the least as well.”

Ndamukong Suh Pumped About Playing for Bruce Arians and the Buccaneers

New Buccaneers defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh signed with the team without either visiting or working out as he is currently in France celebrating his recent engagement but nevertheless he says he is excited at the prospect of playing for defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and head coach Bruce Arians according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football

In attendance at the French Open, Suh talked to Tennis Channel, and he said he thinks he can be part of a change in the culture in Tampa.

“I’m very excited,” Suh said. “I actually had the opportunity to talk very deeply with coach Todd Bowles, as well as Bruce Arians, two elite coaches that I’ve had great interactions with in years past. I like being part of things you can build, and be able to put them over the top. Hopefully my talent, as well as all the other guys — former Nebraskans, Lavonte David — we can play together and change the game there, and get us to a winning situation.”

The 32-year-old Suh went t0o the Super Bowl as a member of the Los Angeles Rams last season but drew surprisingly little interest on the free agent market before signing his one-year, $9.25 million contract to join the Bucs on May 21. He should be a great fit for Bowles’ defensive scheme.