Friday, November 17, 2017

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Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

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. Radio talk show (620-AM, 95.3-FM): Listen live



Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) at midfield after an NFL game between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. The New England Patriots beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-14. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times

Jameis Winston accused of groping Uber driver

TAMPA — The NFL is investigating an allegation that Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston groped a female Uber driver in Arizona in March 2016.Winston called the allegations "false" and contested the unnamed female driver’s assertion that he was her...
Updated: 1 hour ago
LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 
Outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) is overcome with emotion on the sidelines after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense allowed yet another New Orleans Saints score and the game turned into a blowout during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.

Lavonte David is the Bucs’ quiet force

TAMPA — Lavonte David is a private, almost shy man whose goal each week until game day is apparently to remain invisible by NFL standards.Off the field, the Bucs linebacker doesn’t often raise his voice. But when he was called to do so by coach...
Published: 11/16/17
LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) leaves the locker room for the start of an NFL game between the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. Seen behind him is Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Griffin (4).

Bucs journal: Ryan Fitzpatrick confident in Bucs, self

TAMPA — Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will try to make it two wins in a row against AFC East teams when he faces the Dolphins on Sunday.Fitzpatrick said he didn’t play as well as he can in a 15-10 win over the Jets last weekend. But with WR Mike...
Published: 11/16/17
LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) is pushed out of bounds in the air for an incomplete pass by New Orleans Saints free safety Marcus Williams (43) during the first half of an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.

Bucs’ Mike Evans: I need to be better in mind, effort

TAMPA — Mike Evans had not watched a football game on television in years. So when he tuned into the Bucs-Jets game Sunday from his home in Texas, he was not shocked by what he saw, but by what he heard."The commentators are kind of hard on...
Published: 11/15/17
Former Bucs coach Jon Gruden speaks during a news conference Wednesday  in Tampa. Gruden will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor during their game against the Atlanta Falcons Dec. 13 in Tampa. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]

Gruden season has begun, and it could get awkward

TAMPA — One week before Christmas, Jon Gruden will walk out of the ESPN broadcast booth during Monday Night Football and onto the 50-yard line at Raymond James Stadium.The man who was responsible for winning the Bucs’ only Lombardi Trophy with...
Published: 11/13/17
Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) greets New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) at midfield following the Bucs' win. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]

Bucs-Jets: The beauty of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s first Bucs start

TAMPA — Ryan Fitzpatrick is the first to tell you there are no ugly wins. Not when your team has lost five straight games. Not when you are 34 and wearing your seventh NFL uniform while keeping the seat warm for the injured franchise...
Published: 11/12/17
Bucs-Jets: How Ryan Fitzpatrick keeps finding his way onto the field

Bucs-Jets: How Ryan Fitzpatrick keeps finding his way onto the field

TAMPA — Ryan Fitzpatrick knows that no matter how far he travels, he will eventually bump into his past.That’s what happens when you play for seven NFL teams.What he didn’t anticipate was getting his first Bucs start against the Jets,...
Published: 11/11/17
Updated: 11/12/17
LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws deep and incomplete during the first half of an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.

Bucs journal: Injured trio of offensive linemen could return Sunday

TAMPA — The Bucs left open the door to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick having all three injured starting offensive linemen to protect him Sunday against the Jets.Tackles Demar Dotson (hamstring) and Donovan Smith (knee), who did not practice Wednesday or...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/11/17
LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) slides at the end of a scramble during the second half of an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.

Bucs the latest team hit by the curse of Ryan Fitzpatrick

TAMPA — It’s too late to reverse the curse of Ryan Fitzpatrick, which has officially befallen the Bucs.Wherever Fitzpatrick shows up, the starting quarterback will go down. Fitzpatrick will get to experience the joy of hex again Sunday against...
Published: 11/09/17
Updated: 11/10/17
Jameis Winston downplays visit to top surgeon for shoulder injury

Jameis Winston downplays visit to top surgeon for shoulder injury

The visit was only a consultation and there’s no indication that new damage was found in his injured right throwing shoulder, Winston said.
Published: 11/08/17
Updated: 11/09/17