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2018 Schedule
5-11, 4th in NFC South
Buccaneers in a tough spot with Winston (2:06)
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Friend: Winston was alone with Uber driver

A friend of Jameis Winston's who was with him the night the Buccaneers quarterback allegedly sexually abused an Uber driver says Winston left as the only passenger in the car.

Fitzpatrick a key part of Buccaneers' plans in '18 (1:19)
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Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs were generally pretty optimistic this offseason regarding the league's investigation of Jameis Winston. Now that a suspension looms, they'll turn go Ryan Fitzpatrick. Here's how that impacts the offense.

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Was The Mikal Bridges Trade Cold Blooded?

Bomani & Pablo recap the entire NBA Draft and discuss if the Sixers trading Mikal Bridges thirty minutes after drafting him was cold blooded. Plus, weigh in on the Jameis Winston suspension and much more.

Riddick: Antics surrounding Winston 'are getting tiring' (1:44)
Beadle not shocked by Winston suspension (0:46)

Doug Kezirian ESPN 

The Westgate has taken down betting for Tampa Bay's Week 1 game and season win total. Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston may face league suspension, per Adam Schefter.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Ryan Fitzpatrick is a combined 1-8 against the Bucs' first three opponents (Saints, Eagles, Steelers) who all made the playoffs last year. Much more ideal for the Bucs if Winston could somehow serve this in Weeks 7-9, where Fitzpatrick is a combined 7-3 (Browns, Bengals, Panthers).

Winston set to be suspended 3 games in 2018 (2:19)

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the NFL is planning to suspend Bucs QB Jameis Winston for three games in 2018 as a result of the league's investigation into allegations he groped a female Uber driver in the spring of 2016. Ryan Fitzpatrick will fill in for Winston, something the Bucs prepared for all offseason, which is why they made re-signing him such a huge priority. Fitzpatrick won 2-of-3 starts for the Bucs last season when Winston was out with a shoulder injury. The Bucs open the season at New Orleans, followed by home games against the Eagles and Steelers.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have waived (injured) defensive back Maurice Fleming, who had been featured on HBO's Hard Knocks last season before suffering a torn meniscus in his knee. He re-joined the Bucs in November as a member of their practice squad. He had been sidelined with an injury during the offseason program.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Little Isabelle couldn't wait to have her picture taken with Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston after the final minicamp practice.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

It's become somewhat of an annual tradition in Tampa that on the last day of Bucs minicamp, Gerald McCoy orders a Kona Ice truck for everyone. He's done it the last four or five years.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have officially signed second-round draft pick Ronald Jones. The team has now signed all of their 2018 draft picks.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs safety Chris Conte picked off Jameis Winston during red zone drills on a pass intended for Cameron Brate. Head coach Dirk Koetter said it's been a lot more competitive, offense versus defense, than the last two years.

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Good deed: Bucs make up for text message flub

Twinsburg (Ohio) High School senior Justin Deeds accidentally got a text message from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and in return he got a signed Mike Evans jersey.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter was asked what he learned after all the hype and letdown of last season. "I'm the wrong guy to talk to about that because I don't believe in hype either way. The lesson is that we were 5-11 and 5-11 didn't get it done. We were 3-7 in one-score games — that's all that matters."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Adarius Taylor forced a Cam Brate fumble (Taylor came down with Brate and knocked it out of his hands) and Vernon Hargreaves picked off Jameis Winston during a red zone period. Hargreaves' pick was on a pass intended for Bobo Wilson. Wilson did have a touchdown catch over the middle on a pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick during that same period.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has been getting reps at left defensive end with the first-team unit today. He said the biggest thing he's getting adjusted to is different terminology.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards272.94th
Rushing Yards90.627th
Points For20.918th
Points Against23.9Tied-22nd