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Bucs Coach Bruce Arians Says Drafting for ‘Need’ Gets You Fired

Best Player Available is a tried a true method of stockpiling the top talent possible in the NFL draft.

Teams that worry less about “need” and select the best player available give themselves the greatest chance of nailing the selection, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

New Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians believes BPA is the only way to go. If that player lines up with your “need,” so be it.

“You can’t draft for need,” Arians said this week, via the team’s official website. “You draft for need, you get fired. Draft the best player, and if you’ve got two of them now you’ve got three of them. Just take the best players available for you. Now, if you’ve got four players right there together and one of them is a need, that’s the home run. That’s the home run.”

The Bucs own the No. 5 overall pick and have been linked almost exclusively to defensive players — like linebacker Devin White or rusher Josh Allen — a huge need. It’s also a draft loaded with defensive talent.

There is a good chance the best player available when the Bucs are on the clock tonight will fill a massive need.

And while there have been some rumors about teams trying to move into the top five for a QB — i.e. the Washington Redskins — Arians suggested the Bucs won’t be moving from their pick unless they get bowled over by an offer.

“It would have to be some hellacious picks, because there are five guys on the board I love,” he said. “You’d have to throw the bank and open a vault for me and Jason to probably move back. That’s not saying that we wouldn’t…just looking at the guys that are there. Really, [it’s] six guys that are once-in-a-generation type players. I feel great about this draft.”

Video: Buccaneers Taking LB Devin White in Latest NFL Mock Draft

The NFL Draft is now 48 hours away, and in the latest video on ESPN, their latest Mock has the Bucs going QB in round one, taking LSU’ Devin White.

Former Buccaneers RB Reggie Cobb Passes Away

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Reggie Cobb has passed away.

The team put out a tweet about his passing. Cobb was a scout for the San Francisco 49’ers.

The running back died of a heart attack at 50 years old. Cobb played for Tennessee from 1987-1989 and accounted for 2,360 yards and 26 touchdowns on the ground.

He later played for a handful of NFL teams, most notably the Buccaneers, with whom he rushed for over 1,000 yards in 1992.

Check out the Complete 2019 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Schedule

The 2019 NFL Schedule is out – and Bucs fans you can start to look at what trips you want to take and days off as well!

Here it is – the complete 2019 Bucs slate!

Sept. 8 San Francisco 49ers 4:25
Sept. 12 at Carolina Panthers (Thu) 8:20
Sept. 22 New York Giants 4:05
Sept. 29 at Los Angeles Rams 4:05
Oct. 6 at New Orleans Saints 1:00
Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers (London) 9:30 AM
Bye
Oct. 27 at Tennessee Titans 1:00
Nov. 3 at Seattle Seahawks 4:05
Nov. 10 Arizona Cardinals 1:00
Nov. 17 New Orleans Saints 1:00
Nov. 24 at Atlanta Falcons 1:00
Dec. 1 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00
Dec. 8 Indianapolis Colts 1:00
Dec. 15 at Detroit Lions 1:00
Dec. 21 or 22 Houston Texans TBD
Dec. 29 Atlanta Falcons 1:00

Bucs Signing of WR Breshad Perriman a Deal That Should Pay Off in 2019

The Buccaneers helped out their wide out core following the deal to trade unhappy receiver DeSean Jackson to the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this week, as the team inked former first-round pick Breshad Perriman.

Perriman comes to the Bucs on a one-year, $4 million deal, and if you check any New York sportsbook you can see that this type of signing should help the team’s chances in the NFC South.

It was thought that Perriman was going to be back in Cleveland with the Browns in 2019, but with Cleveland making a mega deal on Tuesday with the Giants for wide out Odell Beckham Jr., the team no longer needed Perriman’s services, which helped him land with the Bucs.

Perriman was basically nowhere when the Browns inked him to a deal on October 13th, as he was a free agent sitting out a few weeks into the year, and the Browns needed some help at the receiver spot with the team making a deal with the New England Patriots for the services of Josh Gordon.

Instead Perriman played well, so well in fact that he worked his way into the long term picture for the Browns until they made the deal to get Beckham, and then everything at that point was basically off the table.

Expectations were low. Perriman, 25, was the No. 26 overall pick in the 2015 draft by the Baltimore Ravens, but he was released in September after training camp. He briefly signed with Washington, but again was released amid his reputation for dropping passes.

The former first-round pick last season was very good with Cleveland after coming over from the Baltimore Ravens, catching 16 passes for 340 yards and a pair of scores, and he averaged 21.3 yards per catch.

His best season was his rookie year with the Ravens in 2016, catching 33 passes for 499 yards and three scores. That’s more of what the Bucs will be looking for as he’s likely slotted to be the second receiver on the team opposite of Mike Evans.

Adam Humphries last season pulled in 76 catches for 716 yards and five scores, while Evans had 86 catches for 1524 yards and eight scores.

If the Bucs can get 500-600 yards out of Perriman and he can be a solid third down wide out, he will be worth the four-million the team gave him this past week.

The Bucs have had a solid first week of free agency, as they signed punter Bradley Pinion (4 years, $11-million) and Perriman to solid deals and also on Saturday the team brought in offensive lineman Earl Watford with a one-year deal.

The team will likely now look to add some depth and some backup players as well, as quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is likely leaving, as is safety Brent Grimes, two players that will have to be replaced at some point in the 2019 campaign.

Buccaneers Agree to Trade WR DeSean Jackson Back to the Eagles

The Buccaneers are sending wide out DeSean Jackson back to where his career began, as they are trading him to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Reports from NFL.com state that the Bucs are moving Jackson and a 2020 seventh-round pick to the Eagles for a 2019 sixth-round pick.

Jackson, who had one year remaining on his contract, took to social media earlier Monday to say farewell to Buccaneers fans, offering a hint that something was in the works behind the scenes.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to trade Jackson and a 2020 seventh-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2019 sixth-round pick, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport reported Monday, via sources informed of the situation.

Jackson, who had one year remaining on his contract, took to social media earlier Monday to say farewell to Buccaneers fans, offering a hint that something was in the works behind the scenes.

Are the Buccaneers a Darkhorse to Win Super Bowl LIV Next February?

The Bucs were not very good in the NFC last season after a solid start to the season, but many think that they will once again be able to make their way back to the top of the list in 2019.

NumberFire today came out with an interesting piece entitled “3 Value Bets to Win Super Bowl LIV,” and along with the Colts and Browns, the Bucs are on the list.

Here’s what they had to say about Tampa and their chances to win the big game next year.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers +6000

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2018 season was an utter disappointment, as were many of the seasons under then-coach Dirk Koetter. Koetter was shown the door, and fresh out of retirement the Bucs hired offensive guru Bruce Arians. In his first head coaching job, Arians took the Arizona Cardinals to three straight playoffs from 2013 to 2015 and he will look to do so in Tampa in 2019.

Arians was able to resurrect Carson Palmer in Arizona, and will aim to do similar things with Jameis Winston. Winston has struggled with turnovers in his young career (58 interceptions in 56 games). Palmer was very much turnover-prone; before playing for Arians he had a 1.45 touchdown-to-interception ratio, but under Arians that turned into 1.84.

The play on the Buccaneers’ super bowl odds is really just a bet on the talent level and the addition of a proven head coach in Arians. The offense that the Bucs put on the field week in and week out is arguably one of the most skilled and talented groups across the NFL. It just didn’t seem like Koetter was able to get the most of the young talent.

In the past, Arians got a 1,000-yard and 10-touchdown season out of John Brown in 2015, and helped David Johnson have arguably one of the greatest statistical running back seasons (2,118 rushing and receiving yards & 20 touchdowns) in 2016.

One of the biggest questions will be who will play that Johnson role for Tampa? It might be a position they have to address in the offseason because currently the roster lacks a guy who can excel in both the run and pass game out of the backfield.

As for the defense, it actually showed some signs of improvement over the last six games of the 2018 season. Over that span, they allowed opponents to score 22.5 points per game and had 11 takeaways. That is something that they could potentially build off of heading into 2019.

Having finished 2018 with a 5-11 record, the Bucs will be picking fifth in the 2019 NFL draft and should draw a weaker schedule. In terms of the NFC South division, Drew Brees will be another year older and there is plenty of question marks surrounding Cam Newton and his injured shoulder. And as for the Atlanta Falcons, they have been very up and down in the Dan Quinn era, failing to capitalize on the talent of guys like Matt Ryan and Julio Jones.

Look for the Bucs to be rejuvenated heading into next season, and with all of the talent on the offense side of the ball paired with a proven offensive wizard at head coach the 60/1 odds seem like a nice longshot to take a chance on.

Bucs WR DeSean Jackson Hasn’t Chatted with Bruce Arians, Doesn’t Know About Future

There’s been no chatter as of yet between new Bucs coach Bruce Arians and wide out DeSean Jackson, as TMZ Sports reports that Jackson doesn’t know what is going to come of him with a new regime coming to Tampa.

DeSean Jackson says he has yet to talk with new Bucs coach Bruce Arians … and tells TMZ Sports he has no idea where he’ll play next season.

The Tampa wideout was reportedly disgruntled with his role on Dirk Koetter’s team throughout this past season … and even reportedly requested a trade.

But … per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport — Arians wants to keep D-Jax on the team — and is trying to get in touch with him.

Jackson says that conversation has yet to go down … and when we asked about his football future at LAX — Jackson wasn’t so sure about a return to Florida in 2019.

“That’s what I got an agent for, bro. I don’t know, I just go play, bro. That’s all I worry about.”

Jackson does have one year left on his deal in Tampa … but the Bucs can cut him this offseason without any salary cap ramifications.

Could that mean DeSean plays somewhere else in 2019??

“We’ll see,” he tells us.