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Rick Stroud, Times Staff Writer

Rick Stroud

Rick Stroud covers the Bucs and the NFL for the Times. He joined the paper in 1983 after graduating from Arkansas St., where he played baseball. He has reported on national sporting events including more than 20 Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball playoffs. While working as the beat writer assigned to the University of Florida at the Times, Stroud's stories documented NCAA rules violations by the football and basketball programs. He began covering the Bucs in 1990. Since then, the team has undergone seven coaching changes, the death of owner Hugh Culverhouse and the sale of the franchise to billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer and a stadium referendum and a Super Bowl XXVII victory. He co-hosts a sports talk show weekday mornings from 6-9 on WDAE 620-AM, 95.3-FM.

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  1. Winston still doesn't appear to be cleared to throw down field

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    Offensive coordinator Todd Monken said he thought the Bucs would know more about the status of Jameis Winston for Sunday's game at Buffalo following practice today.

    But if the portion of practice open to the media Thursday is any indication, Winston probably isn't playing.

    Winston was limited to one throw to a running back during individual drills and pretty much avoided any making any significant passes for the first 30 minutes of practice....

  2. Jameis Winston to start throwing, wants to play but admits 'it's a long season'

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    Injured Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will attempt to throw some passes in practice today, according to offensive coordinator Todd Monken.

    But no decision is expected until later in the week and could go as late as game time Sunday at Buffalo.

    “We’ll see today. I think Jameis feels better today,’’ Monken said. “We’ll know a lot more after today’s practice.’...

  3. Bucs' Vernon Hargreaves: 'I'm not making any plays'

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    TAMPA — Eli Manning gathered his receivers together on the sideline during the Giants' Week 4 game against the Bucs and told them he planned to target the weakest link of the secondary all afternoon.

    "Hey, we're attacking '28' all day," an emotional Manning said to Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard.

    No. 28 is cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, a 2016 first-round draft pick out of Florida. ...

    Patriots receiver Chris Hogan gets position in front of Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves for a 5-yard touchdown pass in New England’s win on Oct. 5.
  4. NFL gives Tampa Bay final approval to host Super Bowl LV

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    TAMPA – Start celebrating. Finally, it’s official. The biggest Super Bowl LV party will be held on the streets of Tampa Bay.

    NFL owners granted final approval today for Tampa Bay to host Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium after determining all the league’s requirements had been met.

    The game was awarded to Tampa Bay in May by a vote of the owners pending specifications being submitted and met. The Super Bowl advisory committee reviewed the bid and agreed their demands had been satisfied Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings in New York....

    NFL owners granted final approval today for Tampa Bay to host Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium.
  5. Quarterbacks, head coach targeting Vernon Hargreaves; 'I'm not producing,' he says

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    Eli Manning gathered his receivers together during the Giants' Week 4 game against the Bucs and informed them of the weakest link of the secondary he planned to target that afternoon.

    "Hey, we're attacking 28 all day," an emotional Manning said on the sideline to receivers Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard. "Goin' after his a--, alright?"...

    Quarterbacks this season have a 128.7 rating when targeting Vernon Hargreaves. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  6. Under attack by QBs and coach, Bucs' Vernon Hargreaves says 'I'm not producing'

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    Eli Manning gathered his receivers together during the Giants Week 4 game against the Bucs and informed them of the weakest link of the secondary he planned to target that afternoon....

  7. Good news for Bucs: Jameis Winston shoulder injury isn't long-term issue

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    TAMPA — Fingers were crossed all over Tampa Bay. Toes, too. Candles were being lit. Prayers whispered.

    Bucs fans who cursed quarterback Jameis Winston under their breath can stop holding it now.

    For 37 straight games, even with all the interceptions and missed passes, Winston gave his team hope. Then came the injury to his right throwing shoulder that forced him to leave Sunday's 38-33 loss at Arizona....

    The shoulder injury that Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston sustained in Sunday's loss to Arizona is an AC joint sprain. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  8. Jameis Winston injures throwing shoulder, Bucs concerned

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    Jameis Winston knew something was wrong with his right throwing shoulder. He was hit by linebacker Chandler Jones trying to complete a pass on third down in the first series of the game in the Bucs’ 38-33 loss to the Arizona Cardinals....

  9. With Jameis Winston hurt, Bucs suddenly find themselves in crisis mode

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    GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jameis Winston is hurt. Let's start with those four words that can change a game. They can change a season. They can lead to other changes.

    For 37 consecutive starts, the Bucs quarterback is the one thing the team and the town could count on.

    The defense is a yo-yo. It goes up and down each week, and on Sunday, allowed the Bucs to fall behind 31-0. Adrian Peterson, at 32 and playing his first game for the Cardinals, rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Carson Palmer hit his first 14 passes....

    Jameis Winston is pressured by Arizona's Chandler Jones. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  10. Winston hurts throwing shoulder, Bucs fall 38-33

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    Quarterback Jameis Winston hurt his right throwing shoulder and was forced to leave the game in the second quarter of the Bucs’ 38-33 loss to the Arizona Cardinals Sunday.

    Suddenly, a Bucs season so drunk with promise showed signs of withering in the dry Arizona desert.
    ...

  11. Bucs' offensive line is playing like one of NFL's best

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    TAMPA — When Ali Marpet is not strumming his ukulele under a palm tree on the beach, he's in the film room studying the defensive fronts of the Bucs' next opponent. His move from guard to center has been the singular biggest change to the offensive line, which has played in near perfect concert with Marpet.

    Next to Marpet is right guard J.R. Sweezy, who spent last season on injured reserve recovering from a herniated disc. In this band of brothers, if Marpet does the strings, Sweezy is in charge of the percussion as a thumping run blocker....

    Bucs tight end Cameron Brate (84) is congratulated by center Ali Marpet (74) after his touchdown catch against the Giants. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  12. Could the Bucs rediscover their identity in the desert?

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    TAMPA — The Bucs' ground-breaking moment came against New England, when Doug Martin took a deep handoff and ran into the line behind tight end O.J. Howard. He made a jump cut to his right and sliced left away from Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, slipping the tackle and dragging cornerback Stephon Gilmore and safety Devin McCourty a half yard shy of the end zone....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) celebrates his touchdown in the second quarter of an NFL game between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.
  13. Bruce Arians hoping Adrian Peterson will 'jump start' the run game

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    The Cardinals hope Adrian Peterson can jump start the NFL's worst rushing attack, and he will get a chance to do that Sunday against the Bucs.

    Peterson, who was traded from the Saints this week for a conditional late-round pick, will get the football often on Sunday despite only having a few days of practice with the Cardinals, coach Bruce Arians indicated....

    Adrian Peterson, playing for the New Orleans Saints, prepares for a game against the Miami Dolphins last month in London.  [AP photo]
  14. Arians hoping Adrian Peterson will 'jump start' the run game

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    The Cardinals hope Adrian Peterson can jumpstart the NFL's worst rushing attack and he will get a chance to do that Sunday against the Bucs.

    Peterson, who was traded from the Saints this week for a conditional late-round pick, will get the football often on Sunday despite only having a few days of practice with the Cardinals, coach Bruce Arians indicated.

    "He's run our style of offense for awhile and it's just learning terminology,'' Arians said. "But we plan on getting him the football and see if we can get our running game started.''...