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Posted on: October 27, 2011 3:15 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 3:34 pm

Bucs give Tanard Jackson contract extension

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Posted by Ryan Wilson

After being out of football for 13 months, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Buccaneers safety Tanard Jackson two weeks ago. Jackson started a few days later, and in the two games since, he's recorded two interceptions, two passes defended and six tackles. He's also upgraded Tampa's secondary after Cody Grimm (who, incidentally, replaced Jackson last season) was placed on injured reserve last month.

Just how important is Jackson to the Bucs? The team signed him to a contract extension Thursday, after he missed the first five games of 2011 as part of his suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Details via Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times:
The Bucs saw fit to make sure they kept Jackson around longer, approaching him with the contract extension last week. The new deal calls for Jackson to make a base salaries of $1.454 million this season and $2 million in 2012, according to figures from the NFL Players Association. Before now, Jackson's contract was scheduled to expire at the end of this season and he previously was on the books for $600,000 in base salary for 2011.
"The Bucs have been tremendously supportive of him all along," agent Peter Schaffer said, via Holder. "Tampa Bay believes he's made a positive change in his life and that he's taken every possible step to go in a positive direction. No one's ever out of the woods, but they really believe in him and I believe in him."

A 2007 fourth-round pick out of Syracuse, Jackson was suspended for four games in 2009 for the same issues that got him the year-long suspension last year. He has 48 career starts, all with the Bucs, and the only games he missed were due to the aforementioned suspensions.

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Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:40 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2011 2:43 pm

Tanard Jackson will play Sunday

JacksonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Buccaneers safety Tanard Jackson hasn’t played a game since Week 2 of last season after he was suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s substance abuse policy for the third time.

But on Tuesday, after he worked out with his teammates during the lockout, the league reinstated him.

And since he was in such good shape and because the coaches were impressed with him, the Buccaneers, according to Rapid Reporter Scott Purks, have signed him to the active roster and will play him Sunday.

As the Tampa Tribune points out, another reason for his quick activation is that Tampa Bay really needs him after losing safeties Cody Grimm and Devin Holland to season-ending injuries.

In order to make room for him on the roster, the Buccaneers released rookie running back Allen Bradford on Thursday, meaning they have only two healthy running backs (Earnest Graham and Kregg Lumpkin).

But to Tampa Bay, that’s a risk worth taking to have Jackson on the field.

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Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:52 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2011 3:53 pm

Report: NFL reinstates Bucs S Tanard Jackson

Jackson should help the Bucs secondary. (US PRESSWIRE)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Thirteen months ago, the NFL suspended Buccaneers safety Tanard Jackson indefinitely for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

At the time, Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik said “Tanard is a talented young man whom we hope is able to use this year to put his troubles behind him and ultimately return a stronger man and player. It's up to Tanard whether the team and our fans eventually realize his considerable promise.”

Tuesday, Jackson, who worked out with teammates during the lockout, was reinstated, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Jackson, a 2007 fourth-round pick out of Syracuse, was suspended for four games in 2009 for the same issues that got him the year-long suspension last year. Jackson has started 46 career games, all with the Bucs, and the only games he missed were due to the aforementioned suspensions.

Tampa Bay's defense could use Jackson, too. Cody Grimm, who replaced Jackson last season, was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury last month. And Sunday in San Francisco, the Bucs suffered a 48-3 throttling at the hands of the resurgent 49ers.

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Posted on: August 26, 2011 12:39 am

Bucs transition playbooks onto iPads

Posted by Will Brinson

Back in June, we wrote about teams like the Ravens and Falcons utilizing iPads in order to streamline information to players. Well, count the Buccaneers among the technology-savvy teams in the NFL as well.

That's because Tampa Bay, according to Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times, has turned Apple's iPad 2 into a full-blown playbook and video-study tool. That means that players no longer have to be on location in order to study film, and sifting through the insanely thick playbooks that NFL teams utilize just became a little more enjoyable.

"It's crazy how much technology has changed the game," safety Cody Grimm said, via Stroud. "Back in the day, I think probably the whole team had to sit down with a projector and a reel, and watch the film together. They'd have the whole offense in the same meeting room. Now we all have our own iPad. Stuff that we used to come in here to see, we can sit on our couch at home and have access to it 24-7. It's awesome.

"It's convenient. It's fast. I was snacking out on the couch and watching some film, and realized I was, like, two quarters through (a) game already."

And, of course, it doesn't require hacking up an acre of the Everglades in order to provide a playbook for someone who'll be washing dishes by September anyway.

Plus, it just makes way more sense for teams. Players get video and playbooks all in one compressed, electronic form. They're a hell of a lot less likely to lose them because, well, it's an iPad.

And as we noted a few months ago, recovering a playbook is much more difficult than simply deleting all the data on an iPad.

"You've got a way to wipe [everything] off with the push of a button," Morris said.

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 2:06 pm

Hot Routes 12.1.10 holidays mean fighting injury

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Jerry Jones does not believe (publicly) that Marion Barber’s time with the Cowboys is nearing an end.

The Packers now have 13 players on Injured Reserve after shutting down LB Brandon Chillar and TE Spencer Havner for the season.

With Le’Ron McClain (ankle) injured, the Ravens signed former Bears fullback Jason McKie. Safety Ken Hamlin was waived to make room for McKie.

The Ravens are 6-1 at home against the Steelers since 2003. Half of those six wins have come in overtime.

Drew Stanton is likely to start for Detroit against Chicago this Sunday. So much for a trap game upset.

Not that the rabid sports fans of Miami notice or care, but it’s a little ironic that the Browns play the Dolphins on the same week that LeBron returns to Cleveland.

Jaguars LT Eugene Monroe passed his concussion test (we hear he actually got an A- on the thing). The athletic second-year pro should return to the lineup this week.

Part of the drawback of Thursday games is that it leaves less time for injured players to get ready. That appears to be the case with Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel.

The Seahawks signed David Hawthorne to an extension through 2011. They got the underrated linebacker at a bargain price.

The Bucs chose to release Sabby Piscitelli rather than let him fill-in for injured starter Cody Grimm. Ouch – Piscitelli was a second-round pick in ’07. Looks like Corey Lynch will now get a chance to start.

The ratings for the Cardinals-Niners Monday night game were, as expected, awful. But would you believe that an awful rating for the NFL these days is still an 8.1? MLB and NBA playoff games don’t come close to pulling in that kind of number.

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 12:51 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 12:52 pm

Bucs lose starting safety for season

Posted by Andy Benoit
C. Grimm
Bucs starting safety Cody Grimm is out for the season. The seventh-round rookie broke his fibula while blocking on Aqib Talib’s interception return against the Ravens on Sunday. The diagnosis comes as no surprise to anyone who saw the way Grimm was carted off the field.

"He's our starter," Bucs coach Raheem Morris said afterwards, according to the Tampa Tribune. "You lose a starter in a game, the guy is playing well for you, and now you have to go out there with a guy who played limited reps (Sabby Piscitelli) and the guy who didn't have as much of an opportunity to play this week. That's always going to be hurtful, so you have to make up for it."

Morris was referring specifically to the defense’s struggles in the Ravens game, but he might as well been referring to the rest of the season. Piscitelli was a conspicuous weak spot in the lineup last season.

Grimm got his chance to start after Tanard Jackson was suspended for the year because of substance abuse. Grimm had been decent but nothing more. Frankly, his greatest asset was simply being slightly less mistake prone than Piscitelli.

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Posted on: October 28, 2010 9:40 am

Hot Routes 10.28.10: Why not try Kabletown?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- Jets owner Woody Johnson is trying to solve the Cablevision/Fox conundrum so New York's fans can, you know, actually watch the game. Yeah, good luck with that, Woody. By the way, the title of this post is in homage to 30 Rock. Kabletown doesn't actually exist. Or does it?

- George Atallah, the NFL Players Association’s assistant director of external affairs, plays off the Cablevision/Fox fight and says it’s similar to where the NFL owners and NFLPA labor dispute is headed.

- Tremendous news for a guy down on his luck. Seahawks RB Stafon Johnson – who had the whole crushed larynx thing last year and the terrible leg injury/reconstructive surgery in the preseason – is possibly only a few weeks away from beginning to run.

- Carl Johnson, the league’s vice president of officiating, told the NFL Network on Wednesday that the officials blew the Minnesota TE Visanthe Shiancoe touchdown catch/reversal from last Sunday. Yet, Vikings coach Brad Childress’ $35,000 fine will stand. No reversal on that.

- Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott might be in some trouble. With his job. Not with the law or anything.

- Armando Salguero thinks Sean Smith should be starting at CB instead of Jason Allen. He might get his wish this week.

- Cardinals QB Max Hall thinks he can be so much better than he played last week when he went (gasp) 4 for 16 for 36 yards and a pick. Arizona hopes so. Sounds like Hall is going to start this week, despite suffering a concussion last Sunday.

- Here’s how Cowboys WR Miles Austin is trying to correct his “drops” problem. By focusing more. That's a pretty good idea.

- Tampa Bay’s Cody Grimm will face off this week against his father, Russ Grimm. Well, Russ Grimm won’t be playing. He’s a coach now for the Cardinals. Hopefully, though, Cody can score a free dinner off his old man.

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Posted on: September 29, 2010 12:35 pm

Tanard Jackson to enter rehab

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

According to a report on NFL.com, Buccaneers S Tanard Jackson, who was suspended indefinitely (but, at the very least, for a year) after violating the league’s substance abuse policy and program for the third time, will check into a rehab center in the near future. 

Steve Wyche writes Tampa Bay will keep Jackson, even though his suspension hurt the Buccaneers last Sunday. In his place, they had to start rookie seventh-round pick Cody Grimm, and he didn’t play very well, allowing Pittsburgh’s Mike Wallace to catch a 46-yard TD pass from Charlie Batch.

Andy suggested last week that Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik might want to place a call to Ken Hamlin, but Hamlin re-signed with Baltimore today, so that option is out the window.

Coach Raheem Morris has said, though, the Bucs will continue to look for free agents who can help minimize Jackson's absence.

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