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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to terms with popular former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Tampa Bay Times reported. No terms of the deal were disclosed for the 35-year-old Fitzpatrick, who appeared in six games with the Buccaneers last season and went 2-1 as a starter in place of Jameis Winston. Fitzpatrick started all 16 games for the New York Jets in 201…

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The Bills ended the longest postseason drought in American professional sports by making the playoffs for the first time since 1999, ending a span of 17 consecutive seasons without a playoff berth. Who owns the longest playoff drought now? No, it's not the Buffalo Sabres, although they're on the list. That sad title now belongs to the Seattle Mariners, who have gone …

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By Mike Jones Tampa Bay Times They can’t tackle. They can’t cover. They can’t pressure the quarterback, let alone sack him. They can’t stop the run. They can’t stop the pass. They can’t protect leads. They can’t get off the field on third down. So what can the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense actually do? Well, they can blow football games. They sure as heck ble…

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It took six weeks, but LeSean McCoy finally found his way into the end zone. It was a score he desperately needed, but also a much-needed touchdown for a Bills team engaged in a field-goal battle with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throughout the opening quarter. But it was McCoy’s late-game miscue that almost helped seal the Bills' fate -- that is, until he scored for the se…

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The Ryan Fitzpatrick reunion will have to wait. Jameis Winston will start Sunday for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coach Dirk Koetter said Friday. Winston had not thrown all week in practice after suffering a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder in Sunday's loss to Arizona. "Jameis threw the ball well today," Koetter said. "He'll be our starter. Jameis is our start…

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Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston is scheduled to take reps with the first team Friday to see whether his injured shoulder will be ready for Sunday's game against the Bills. Should he play, Winston will be familiar with the defense used by Bills coach Sean McDermott, because the Bucs faced the Carolina Panthers twice each season in the NFC South. McDermott is the for…

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Play to Watch: Back-shoulder pass to Cam Brate Who leads all NFL tight ends in touchdown catches since the start of 2016? Rob Gronkowski? Travis Kelce? Antonio Gates? No. It's Tampa Bay's Cam Brate, who has 12, including four this season. The third-year Harvard product is 6-foot-5 with a big wingspan. This was an 18-yard TD catch for Brate (84) against New Englan…

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Here are the transcripts from Thursday's meeting with reporters in Tampa Bay. HEAD COACH DIRK KOETTER (On if quarterback Jameis Winston threw at practice today) “Jameis did not throw today. We made a decision to hold him for another day from throwing. He did everything else. I would fully expect that Jameis takes all of the snaps tomorrow.” (On if he will take al…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNBlitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNBlitz.com. The Bills catch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an optimal role this week, according to the betting trends. The Bills are 7-0 ATS (against the spread) at home after a bye week following a loss to non-division opponents. They also are 6-0-1 ATS in their l…

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HEAD COACH DIRK KOETTER (On the status of quarterback Jameis Winston) “He was limited today.” (On Winston not throwing throughout the practice) “That is correct.”   (On if it can be assumed that since the Buccaneers have not signed an additional quarterback that Jameis Winston will be available in some capacity on Sunday) “I’ll let you guys draw your own conclus…

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has not missed a start in his NFL career, with 37 consecutive starts. He has finished all but three, including Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals after he suffered a right shoulder injury on the first series. According to an NFL Network report, Winston has an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder. Coach Dirk Koetter…

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Among the many injuries Sunday, one in particular bears watching for Bills fans. Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston left the game against the Arizona Cardinals in the first quarter with a right shoulder injury and is listed as doubtful to return. That could mean former Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick might be leading the Bucs into New Era Field next Sunday. https://tw…

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There is relief on the horizon for the Buffalo Bills' struggling offense. No, receiver Jordan Matthews and tight end Charles Clay will not be healthy for Sunday's home game against Tampa Bay. Onetime receiving savior Anquan Boldin shows no signs of coming out of retirement. The next eight Bills opponents have defenses that all entered Week Six ranked in the bottom 10…

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Here's a look at stories from around the league on Tuesday, Sept. 5. 1. Hurricane Irma could affect Dolphins-Bucs game NFL officials are monitoring the tropical storm’s path in the southeast Atlantic and making contingency plans to move Sunday’s season opener between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium to another day or location. The A…