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Date d'inscription: 27-11-2018
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Bucs’ strength found in unity amongst teammates

If you’re reading this Tampa Bay Buccaneers T-Shirt , then it’s safe to assume that not only are you a Bucs fan, but a football fan in general. Therefore, I don’t need to get into excruciating - and repetitive - detail about how football is the ultimate team sport, nor explain how important it is for a team to click. But when it comes to the Bucs, things are a bit different. There isn’t any other team in the league that plans to start off the season - barring injury - without their starting quarterback. Even Carson Wentz is looking like he’ll be ready to suit up on September 6th, after participating in team contact drills on Saturday and avoiding the PUP list during training camp.Winston’s suspension isn’t the only issue. If this team falls flat like they did in 2017 then you can bet that the entire staff, front office, and a lot of players will be looking for new homes next season. Several key areas of the team are in dire need of drastic improvement and if they don’t develop properly then it will be another long season. So where do the players find the inspiration and motivation to come out on top in 2018?It’s easy, within themselves and with each other. And that’s exactly what has shown up more consistently than any other theme so far in training camp - these players like each other and they want each other to succeed. We’ve seen the evidence from star players like Gerald McCoy lugging around pads and working with teammates after practice. We’ve seen it from Jameis Winston staying late after practice and working with the younger receivers. Gerald McCoy coaching rookie Vita Vea - credit Evan Winter, Bucs NationNow, we’re starting to hear about it too. “I thought I had seen and been through it all, but another year, another different situation. I think the biggest thing in all of this is just we’re all professionals and we’re just communicating as well,” quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said after Thursday’s practice, later adding, “I think leaning on plenty of that past experience not just on the field, but in how you treat guys or how you deal with guys whether it’s up front or receivers or the different personalities, that’s some of the good experience I have and why I still love playing the game.”For Fitzpatrick, it’s another season during a 13-year career that has seen multiple stops throughout the NFL, some successful and some not. Other players - like McCoy - haven’t tasted much success at all and he knows the onus is on not only the team, but himself to get better. Fortunately for McCoy and the Bucs, they have plenty of help in the form of new teammates.“Well we brought in four new guys that have all played in a Super Bowl, and three of them have won it. That’s a lot of experience. Guys who know what to do and how to do it; do it the right way,” McCoy said at the podium. “We have a new D-line coach who played in three I believe, and had numerous opportunities to go back as a coach. Just the room overall is different Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hats , a lot of experience, and a lot of knowledge. Guys bouncing ideas off of each other, things you’ve never heard before, I’m helping him, they’re helping me. Its only just going to make us great in the long run. But we’ve got a lot of work to do.”McCoy has always held the reputation as a great teammate and leader, but this year he seems to be taking it up a notch. Then you have players like running back Peyton Barber, who finished last season as the team’s no. 1 back just to watch the Bucs draft Ronald Jones II in the second round out of USC. He’ll also have competition in veterans Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims. That doesn’t phase Barber, however, he looks at it as a positive. “I get the best of both worlds,” he told me after practice as we walked off the field. “I get a vet to teach me everything and I get a rookie who I can teach things. But at the same time, both of them are going to push me.”This team-first, work-together attitude was something that was missing last season. This became clear with players such as Chris Baker. After kicking him out of the Bay, it’s safe to say that this year’s crop of free agents have a much different thought process.“It’s been great. We just keep creating chemistry out there. Everybody pass rushes differently; everybody plays the run different,” new defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said. “As veterans on the team, we’re teaching the young guys how to come up and how to do things correctly. We were all once in their position, so we are having great chemistry together. That’s a great start for us.”Without a doubt, this mindset is becoming a contagious attitude seen on both sides of the ball and it’s an attitude that is developing more and more every day. The more this team bonds and develops their chemistry, the better they will get and that could be the key to not only surviving - but succeeding in 2018.Notes and highlights from the Buccaneers’ 30-27 loss to the Steelers - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick finished the game going 30-of-50 for 411 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.- Today’s game marked Fitzpatrick’s third consecutive contest with at least 400 passing yards. He’s the first player in NFL history to post three consecutive games of 400 or more passing yards.- Fitzpatrick has thrown for 1,221 passing yards through the first three games of the season. That is tied for the second-most passing yards through the first three games of a season in NFL history.MOST PASSING YARDS THROUGH FIRST THREE GAMES OF A SEASON(NFL History)1. Tom Brady (NE)2011 1,3272. Ryan Fitzpatrick (TB) 2018 1,2212. Kurt Warner (STL) 2000 1,2214. Drew Bledsoe (NE)1994 1,1665. Peyton Manning (DEN)2013 1,143- Fitzpatrick has 11 passing touchdowns through the first three games of the season. That is tied for the third-most passing touchdowns through the first three games of a season in NFL history.MOST PASSING TOUCHDOWNS THROUGH FIRST THREE GAMES OF A SEASON(NFL History)1. Patrick Mahomes (KC) 2018 132. Peyton Manning (DEN)2013 123. Ryan Fitzpatrick (TB) 2018 113. Tom Brady (NE)2011 115. Eight tied10NFL RECORDS- Per NFL Communications and Ellias Sports Bureau, Mike Evans (367 yards Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hoodie , three touchdowns) and DeSean Jackson(312 yards, three touchdowns) are the first pair of teammates in NFL history to each record at least 300 receiving yards and three touchdown catches through their team’s first three games of a season.- The Buccaneers now have 1,420 yards of offense this season, the seventh-most through the first three games of a season in NFL history.MOST YARDS THROUGH FIRST THREE GAMES(NFL History) 1. New England20111,6212. San Francisco19981,5993. St. Louis 20001,5184. Denver20131,4605. L.A. Rams19511,4566. Buffalo 19911,4237. Tampa Bay20181,4208. San Diego19841,4189. New England19941,38610. Philadelphia20131,385- The Buccaneers now have 1,202 passing yards this season, the second-most through the first three games of a season in NFL history.MOST PASSING YARDS THROUGH FIRST THREE GAMES OF A SEASON(NFL History) 1. New England20111,3132. Tampa Bay20181,2023. St. Louis 20001,2014. Denver20131,1845. New England19941,154- The Buccaneers have scored 102 points through the first three games, a team record for the most points scored through the first three games of a season.- Dating back to last season, the Buccaneers have totaled at least 425 yards of offense in each of their past four games, extending their franchise record. They join the L.A. Chargers (11/19/17-12/10/17) as the only two teams to post at least four consecutive games with at least 425 yards of offense since 2015.- The Buccaneers have totaled at least 390 net passing yards in each of their past three games. They join the Pittsburgh Steelers (11/8/15-11/29/15) as the only teams in NFL history to post three consecutive games with at least 390 net passing yards.GAME NOTES- After the two teams traded three-and-outs, the Buccaneers recorded an interception on Pittsburgh’s second drive of the game Customized Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jerseys , picking off Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger at the Tampa Bay 45-yard line, returning it two yards to the Buccaneers 47-yard line.- Over the past three seasons (2016-18), Tampa Bay’s defense has been one of the best in the NFL at taking the ball away, ranking fourth in the NFL in takeaways during that span.NFL MOST TAKEAWAYS (2016-18)1.Baltimore Ravens 652.Kansas City Chiefs 613.Philadelphia Eagles604.Tampa Bay Buccaneers594.Los Angeles Chargers59- On the ensuing Buccaneers possession, QB Ryan Fitzpatrickdrove the team 53 yards in five plays, lasting 2:34, finishing with a four-yard touchdown pass from Fitzpatrick to TE Cameron Brate.- The touchdown reception was the 18th of Brate’s career, passing Gerald Carter and Keyshawn Johnson for the 10th-most in Buccaneers history (CHART BELOW)- Brate has 15 touchdown receptions since the start of the 2016 season, the third-most among NFL tight ends during that span.2016-18 NFL MOST TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS - Tight Ends1.Kyle RudolphMIN172.Jimmy Graham GB 163. Cam Brate TB154.Travis Kelce KC145.Zach Ertz PHI 125.Rob Gronkowski NE125.Hunter HenryLAC12- In the second quarter, the Buccaneers sacked Steelers QBBen Roethlisberger twice on the same drive. On first down, DE Vinny Curry and DT Gerald McCoy teamed up to drop Roethlisberger for a 10-yard loss. Then, one third-and-11, DEJason Pierre-Paul brought Roethlisberger down for a six-yard loss. Curry now has 1.5 sacks this season and 23.0 in his career. McCoy now has 1.5 sacks this season and 49.0 in his career.- McCoy has 41.5 sacks dating back to 2013, tied for the most among defensive tackles during that span.2013-18 NFL SACK LEADERS – Defensive Tackles1. Gerald McCoy (TB)41.52. Geno Atkins (CIN) 41.53. Aaron Donald (LAR)39.04. Jurrell Casey (TEN) 36.55. Kawann Short (CAR) 31.5- Pierre-Paul added his second sack of the game in the third quarter, bringing down Roethlisberger for a seven-yard loss on third-and-three, and forcing a fumble that was recovered by Pittsburgh. This marks Pierre-Paul’s 17th career game with multiple sacks and his first such game with the Buccaneers. The forced fumble was his first this season and the 14th of his career.- In the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick threw his second touchdown of the game, connecting with WR Chris Godwin on a four-yard score to end a 12-play, 63-yard, 5:00 drive.- Dating back to last season, Godwin has now caught a touchdown pass in each of the past four games, matching a franchise record for consecutive games with a touchdown reception.- Fitzpatrick’s third touchdown pass of the game came on Tampa Bay’s next drive, when he threw a 24-yard touchdown to WR Mike Evans to finish a nine-play, 92-yard drive lasting 2:57.- Evans finished the game with six catches for 137 yards and the touchdown reception. This is his 15th career 100-yard game, tying Mark Carrier for the most such games in Buccaneers history.- Evans now has three touchdown catches this season and 35 in his career. His 35 touchdown receptions are a new Buccaneers record www.authenticstampabaybuccaneers.com , passing Jimmie Giles.MOST RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS – Team History1. WR Mike Evans, 2014-Pres. 351. TE Jimmie Giles, 1978-86343. WR Kevin House, 1980-85 314. WR Joey Galloway 2005-07 285. WR Mark Carrier, 1987-92 276. WR Mike Williams, 2010-13 257. TE Dave Moore, 1992-01, 2004-06 248. WR Bruce Hill, 1987-91 239. WR Vincent Jackson, 2012-Pres. 2010. TE Cameron Brate, 2014-Pres.18- Evans’ now has 4,946 career receiving yards, passing Kevin House for the second-most receiving yards in franchise history.MOST RECEIVING YARDS - (Team History)1.WR Mark Carrier, 1987-92 5,0182.WR Mike Evans, 2014-Pres. 4,9463.WR Kevin House, 1980-86 4,9284.WR Vincent Jackson, 2012-20164,3265.TE Jimmie Giles, 1978-864,300- Evans’ 367 receiving yards are the most ever by a Buccaneers player through the first three games of the season. He currently ranks second in the NFL in receiving yards, while teammate DeSean Jackson ranks seventh.2018 NFL RECEIVING YARD LEADERS1. Michael Thomas (NO) 3982. Mike Evans (TB)3673. Juju Smith-Schuster (PIT)3564. Adam Thielen (MIN)3385. Brandin Cooks (LAR) 3366. Julio Jones (ATL)3297. DeSean Jackson (TB)3128. Tyreek Hill (KC) 3109. Alvin Kamara (NO)28910. Jarvis Landry (CLE) 2782018 NFL RECEIVING TOUCHDOWN LEADERS1. A.J. Green (CIN) 41. Calvin Ridley (ATL) 43. Mike Evans (TB)33. Chris Godwin (TB( 33. DeSean Jackson (TB)33. Davante Adams (GB)33. Stefon Diggs (MIN)33. Tyreek Hill (KC) 33. Tyler Lockett (SEA) 33. Kenny Stills (MIA) 33. Michael Thomas (NO) 33. Mike Williams (LAC)3

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