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Defense, QBs Gabbert and Griffin Help Buccaneers Squeak Past Browns 13-12

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston looks for a target in the pocket while the Bucs defense protect him at Raymond James Stadium Friday. Photo: Willie David/Florida National News.

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced the Browns at Raymond James for preseason game 3. As we all know preseason games are just a sneak peak into what we can potentially see from our favorite teams this season, depending on what the head coaches need to evaluate in each game.

As excited as both Bucs and Browns fans were for Friday night’s match-up, Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens didn’t play his first string guys much, especially once the first quarter wrapped. On the other hand, Bucs coach Bruce Arians had quarterback Jameis Winston in the whole first half of the game before bringing in Blaine Gabbert. Winston was sacked five times during his time on the field. Two of those sacks Winston took personal fault for in the post-game press conference, stating that he needs to get out of the pocket faster and faster decision making, adding, “what is pre-season for if not to learn and move forward?”

In quarterback action, the ball began moving when quarterback Blaine Gabbert hit the field in the second half of the game, creating progression for the Bucs offense before he suffered a minor shoulder injury. Details on Gabbert will be released later this week. This put Griffin in Gabbert’s place and quite frankly, we finally started to see some football, starting with the Bucs getting into the end zone. There is an undeniable connection between Griffin and up-and-coming tight end Tanner Hudson. Hudson’s name has come up a lot in preseason because he has proven himself to be a key situational player for this Bucs offense, making some impressive catches against the Browns defense.

Speaking of defense, everyone’s watching the Bucs young and developing defense with anticipation and curiosity of whether they’re headed in the right direction. Friday night, the Bucs defense kept them in the game, especially the secondary. Standouts included cornerback Carlton Davis III and safety Jordan Whitehead. Tampa Bay’s defense let the Browns know there was no margin for error in the red zone and the endurance these players showed in 3rd down situations is what Bucs fans have been waiting for.

Heading into next week’s game, the final pre-season game versus the Cowboys, the Bucs hope to continue progressing their offense and applying coach Arian’s new tempo. As excited as everyone is to see new strides in the Bucs defense, we need to see more strides in the offense, beginning with pass protection. Stay tune as the Bucs head to AT&T Stadium August 29th.

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Kasey Hudson is a Florida National News sports contributor. | social@floridanationalnews.com

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Jaguars Wide Receiver Calvin Ridley, Previously Suspended for Violating the NFL’s Gambling Policy, Reinstated

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Calvin Ridley. Photo: USA TODAY Sports.
Calvin Ridley. Photo: USA TODAY Sports.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Wide receiver Calvin Ridley was reinstated to the Jaguars’ active roster, the National Football League announced today.

Acquired via trade by the Jaguars on Nov. 1, Ridley, 28, has 248 career receptions for 3,342 yards and 28 TDs in 49 games spanning four seasons with the Falcons.

The Jaguars and Ridley offered the following statements regarding the reinstatement:

STATEMENT FROM THE JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

“The Jaguars organization is aware of the NFL’s ruling to reinstate Calvin Ridley. We look forward to building a relationship with Calvin as both an individual and as a player. Calvin is a proven playmaker and we are excited to see him compete among and with his new teammates, first during our Offseason Program in April and ultimately into the 2023 season, as we collectively pursue a championship for Jacksonville.”

STATEMENT FROM CALVIN RIDLEY

“Today’s reinstatement by the NFL brings an end to a challenging chapter of my professional career, one that was self-inflicted and began with an isolated lapse in judgement. I have always owned my mistakes and this is no different. I have great respect for the game and am excited for the opportunity to restart my career in Jacksonville. I look forward to showing my new coaches, teammates, and the entire Jaguars organization exactly who I am and what I represent as a player and person.”

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Tom Brady: ‘I’m Retiring for Good’

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Tom Brady announces his retirement again, this time with a recorded video posted on Twitter instead of a written statement or tweet. Image: Tom Brady (Twitter, screen capture).

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Is it finally the end of an era for Tom Brady? The greatest quarterback of all-time announced on Twitter, Wednesday morning that he is retiring from football and didn’t mince words.

“Good morning guys, I’ll get straight to the point, I am retiring for good,” Brady said. “I know the process was a pretty big deal last time so when I woke up this morning I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first. I won’t be long winded, you only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year.”

“I really want to thank you guys, to every single one of you for supporting me, my family, my friends, my teammates, my competitors, I could go on forever, ” he added as the emotions clearly kicked in. “There are too many. Thank you guys for allowing me to live my dream. I wouldn’t change a thing, I love you all.”

Brady’s 23rd season didn’t exactly go as planned with a career-ending 31-14 loss to Dallas in the NFL Wild Card round. His sentiments to the media following the game, seemed like Brady would be gone in Tampa, but many were unsure if it would be the last time we’d see him on a field.

His storied career is the best ever.* 7 Super Bowl Wins

* 5 Super Bowl MVP Awards
* 3 NFL MVP Awards
* 15 Pro Bowls
* Most Career Wins
* Most Career Passing Yards
* Most Career Touchdown PassesAs a starter, he made the playoffs in 20 of 21 seasons. Now that Brady is hanging up his cleats, he will make a new start in the NFL world. As the lead analyst for Fox Sports NFL broadcasts. A 10-year deal reportedly worth $375 million.

So we may see Brady at Super Bowl LVII in Arizona after all, but it will be in the Press Box, not under center this time.

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Jacksonville Jaguars WR Jamal Agnew Named to the 2023 Pro Bowl Games

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Sep 30, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jamal Agnew (39)runs during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Jacksonville Jaguars // WR Jamal Agnew was named to the 2023 Pro Bowl Games as a return specialist to replace Ravens WR Devin Duvernay, who is unable to participate due to injury, the NFL announced today. Agnew is the first Jaguars Pro Bowler since 2019 and the 31st Pro Bowler in franchise history. Agnew is the first return specialist to make the Pro Bowl in team history and the fourth specialist, joining punters Bryan Parker and Chris Hanson and kicker Mike Hollis.

Agnew returned 21 kickoffs for 547 yards (26.0 average) and 25 punt returns for 205 yards (8.2 average). Agnew’s 26.0 kick return average was the second-highest in the AFC (min. 20 kick returns) and he had two kick returns of at least 50 yards in the regular season, including a 54-yard return in Jacksonville’s Week 18 victory against Tennessee.

In the postseason, Agnew returned seven kickoffs for 265 yards (37.9 average) and three punt returns for 23 yards (7.7 average). Agnew’s 37.9 return average is the second-highest in a single NFL postseason by any player with a minimum of five kick returns. Agnew had four kick returns for 134 yards with a long of 52 yards against the Chargers and three kick returns for 131 yards with a long of 63 yards against the Chiefs.

The 2023 Pro Bowl games will take place in Las Vegas beginning on Thursday, February 2 with the Pro Bowl players competing in skills challenges. The Pro Bowl Games competition culminates with a seven versus seven NFC action-packed Flag football game at Allegiant Stadium.

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