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Bucs add QB Mike Kafka to mix

February, 10, 2014
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It’s not the big move many are hoping will come in free agency or the draft, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added a quarterback.

The Bucs have signed Mike Kafka, agent Mike McCartney said via Twitter.

Kafka was a fourth-round pick by Philadelphia in 2010 and spent two seasons as a backup with the Eagles. Kafka was out of the NFL last season after being released by Jacksonville.

Kafka, 26, has appeared in four NFL games and attempted 16 passes. Kafka isn’t a threat to beat out Mike Glennon for the starting job. Dan Orlovsky, last year’s backup, is scheduled to become a free agent and the Bucs could bring in someone to compete with Glennon. Kafka is likely to compete for the third quarterback spot. In other transactions, the Bucs announced they have released quarterback Jordan Rodgers, offensive lineman Gabe Carimi, defensive tackle Derek Landri and running back Michael Hill.

Looking at playing time: Offense

January, 17, 2014
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TAMPA, Fla. -- It’s time to take a look back at playing time for the 2013 season.

We’ll start with the offense and will have a separate post on the defense at another time. Tampa Bay’s offense ran 1,036 plays. Here is the breakdown by position with my quick take below each one.

QUARTERBACKS: Mike Glennon 842, Dan Orlovsky 4.

Quick take: Josh Freeman started the first three games before Glennon took over. Glennon got plenty of experience and has been selected to most of the All-Rookie teams.

RUNNING BACKS: Erik Lorig 383, Bobby Rainey 327, Doug Martin 304, Brian Leonard 291, Mike James 155, Spencer Larsen 35, Michael Hill 18, Jeff Demps 10.

Quick take: The Bucs were forced to use a lot of players in the backfield due to injuries. Martin was the opening-day starter, but he went down early with a season-ending injury. James was his replacement, but he also suffered a season-ending injury. Rainey finished up the year as the feature back. The good news here is the Bucs now have several backs with experience.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Vincent Jackson 969, Tiquan Underwood 563, Mike Williams 363, Chris Owusu 263, Skye Dawson 99, Russell Shepard 32.

Quick take: Jackson was the iron man in this group. Williams suffered a season-ending injury and was replaced by Underwood in the starting lineup.

TIGHT ENDS : Timothy Wright 608, Tom Crabtree 214, Nate Byham 113, Luke Stocker 105, Kyle Adams 64.

Quick take: This is another position where the Bucs had to do some juggling due to injuries. Wright, an undrafted rookie, wound up getting most of the playing time as Crabtree, Byham and Stocker all landed on injured reserve.

OFFENSIVE LINE: Demar Dotson 1,035, Donald Penn 1,033, Jeremy Zuttah 1,015, Davin Joseph 1,010, Jamon Meredith 475, Ted Larsen 361, Gabe Carimi 210, Carl Nicks 145.

Quick take: Dotson, Penn, Zuttah and Joseph were at least durable. Nicks played in only two games due to injuries. Many of Carimi’s snaps came as an extra tight end.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Back when Tony Dungy took over as coach of the Buccaneers, one of his first acts was to release wide receiver Lamar Thomas, who had gotten into some legal trouble.

Will new Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith, who was an assistant to Dungy at that time, react the same way to off-field problems? We might find out very quickly.

Running back Michael Hill reportedly was arrested after an incident at a Missouri bar Thursday. Hill, who began last season with the Green Bay Packers, joined the Bucs in November and carried nine times for 23 yards.

Buccaneers add more depth at RB

November, 13, 2013
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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have turned to Green Bay to add some depth in their offensive backfield.

The Bucs signed rookie running back Michael Hill off the Packers’ practice squad to take the roster spot that opened when Mike James was placed on injured reserve. Hill likely will start off in a backup role behind Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey.

Hill spent two games on Green Bay’s 53-man roster before being re-signed to the practice squad. He also opened the season on San Diego’s practice squad before being signed away by Green Bay.

Hill played at Missouri Western State, where he was the school’s all-time leading rusher with 4,969 yards.

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