TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady is back for a 23rd season, his third with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
But that’s hardly the only major storyline for the defending NFC South champions as they begin training camp.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (14-5)
CAMP SITE: Tampa, Florida
LAST YEAR: Coming off winning the Super Bowl in Tom Brady’s first season outside New England, the Bucs set a franchise record for regular-season victories with 13 and captured their first NFC South title since 2007.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted as well as they think they did, Tom Brady’s supporting cast will be better next season.
While the defending NFC South champions once again figure to be a veteran-laden team not counting on rookies to shore up glaring weaknesses, vice president of player personnel John Spytek believes this year's draft class can help make a difference.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are determined to give Tom Brady everything he needs to pursue an eighth Super Bowl title.
That includes versatility and depth on the defensive and offensive lines, which the defending NFC South champions addressed by taking Houston's Logan Hall and Central Michigan's Luke Goedeke with their first two picks in the NFL draft on Friday night.
27. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (14-5)
LAST SEASON: With Tom Brady leading the league in completions, attempts, passing yards and touchdowns, the Bucs followed up winning their first Super Bowl victory in nearly two decades by setting a franchise record for regular season wins and capturing their first NFC South title since 2007.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to give Tom Brady everything he needs to compete for another championship.
Free agent receiver Russell Gage and guard Shaq Mason, acquired in a trade from the New England Patriots on Friday, are the latest additions to a revamped roster that’s taken form since Brady ended his brief retirement.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Carlton Davis weighed his options, then followed his heart.
It helped that Tom Brady decided to return to Tampa Bay last weekend, but Davis felt all along that the Buccaneers are a perfect fit for him.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen was simultaneously celebrating his daughter’s birthday and contemplating his future in the NFL when he got a phone call from Tom Brady, who was about to announce he was returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady’s retirement lasted 40 days.
Brady said Sunday he’s returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his 23rd NFL season.
The seven-time Super Bowl champion announced his decision on Twitter and Instagram, saying he has “unfinished business.” The news stole the spotlight from the NCAA’s Selection Sunday.
Reaction from social media and elsewhere after Tom Brady announced his retirement. Brady won seven Super Bowls and set numerous passing records in an unprecedented 22-year career. He made the announcement in a long post on Instagram.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — While it would be nice to get Tom Brady and Tampa Bay’s other healthy starters some rest, coach Bruce Arians isn’t counting on it when the defending Super Bowl champions close the regular season against the Carolina Panthers.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Now that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won the NFC South, the defending Super Bowl champions are turning their attention to getting healthy while also pursuing the highest seed possible for the playoffs.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt Rhule heard the “Fire Rhule” chants from fans during the game, as well as the boos as he left the field Sunday following the Carolina Panthers' sixth straight home loss and and 10th defeat in the last 12 games.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians watched Antonio Brown go through practice last week, he could tell the veteran wide receiver was in great shape and had some fresh legs.
Brown felt it too, telling his coach “Whatever you need, I’m there.”
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Barring a total collapse over the final three weeks of the regular season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to win the NFC South.
What coach Bruce Arians is more concerned about right now is the health of the reigning Super Bowl champions.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay’s path to its first Super Bowl championship in nearly two decades didn’t include winning the NFC South. However, the Buccaneers hope ending a 14-year division title drought will enhance their chances of getting back to the NFL’s biggest game.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have 10 wins and are on the brink of clinching their first division title since 2007.
Still, the reigning Super Bowl champions don’t feel they’re playing nearly as well as they’re capable.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady became the NFL’s all-time completions leader and threw his 700th touchdown pass for the winning score as the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers got a 33-27 overtime victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It’s December, Tom Brady is playing well and barreling toward another division title.
Even though the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback’s no longer ruling the AFC East, what Brady's accomplishing after switching uniforms looks awfully familiar to the struggling Buffalo Bills.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The game plan for the Carolina Panthers heading into an NFC South matchup against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday is pretty simple: run the football.
The Panthers (5-7) did that effectively in the previous meeting on Oct.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers know how difficult the road to the Super Bowl can be. That’s why the defending champions are determined to give themselves a better shot at repeating by earning home-field advantage for the playoffs.
ATLANTA (AP) — Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski teamed up for more history Sunday.
Rarely have two guys had such a connection.
Brady threw for 368 yards and four touchdowns — two of them to his longtime favorite target — and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved to the brink of clinching the NFC South title with a 30-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Moving on from a quarterback with the combination of skill, leadership ability and hyper-focused work ethic Drew Brees displayed throughout his record-setting tenure with the New Orleans Saints was never going to be easy.
ATLANTA (AP) — Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are cruising in the NFC South.
The Atlanta Falcons would like to put a little pressure on the defending Super Bowl champions.
After losing at Tampa Bay in Week 2, the Falcons get another crack at their division rival on Sunday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When Saints coach Sean Payton was asked about his team's inability to convert any of the five 2-point tries attempted this season, his response spoke to a more overarching issue for New Orleans' offense.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints’ first three game-skid since 2016 has cast doubt on their prospects for what once looked like a promising season.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Bruce Arians believes there’s nothing wrong with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that playing smarter and with more passion can't solve.
The Super Bowl champions have lost two straight games in which Tom Brady and a usually reliable defense haven’t been at their best.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints quarterback Trevor Siemian's fledging second stint as an NFL starter has been both promising and disappointing.
While New Orleans pulled out a victory over NFC South-leading Tampa Bay when Siemian replaced an injured Jameis Winston during the second quarter of a tie game, Siemian's first two starts have been losses.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Not one, but two missed extra points. A false start on a 2-point conversion. A fumble on the opening kickoff of the third quarter. Four sacks allowed and nine total penalties.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton described a frustrating session on Monday watching video of his team's latest loss.
Eight games into the season, Payton's team is failing to consistently mind fundamental details — such as avoiding pre-snap penalties or holding on to catchable, well-placed passes — that can help a team avoid beating itself.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — There were only so many mistakes the sloppy Saints could overcome.
And a new starting quarterback on the heels of Jameis Winston’s season-ending knee injury was the least of their problems.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — This past week was defined by bad news for the New Orleans Saints, who learned they'll have to manage for the rest of this season without starting quarterback Jameis Winston and top receiver Michael Thomas.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay’s bye week comes at a good time for the Buccaneers, who can use the rest to try to get healthier — especially on defense, where the reigning Super Bowl champions have not played up to expectations.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers appeared to have all of the advantages when Saints quarterback Jameis Winston left with a knee injury in the second quarter.
Instead, they beat themselves — done in by a trio of Brady turnovers and a slew of defensive penalties that aided New Orleans backup Trevor Siemian.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The often intense NFC South rivalry between Tampa Bay and New Orleans has taken on even more intrigue now that former Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has become Drew Brees' successor with the Saints.
TAMPA BAY (6-1) at NEW ORLEANS (4-2)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EDT, Fox
OPENING LINE: Buccaneers by 5 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
SEATTLE (AP) — Alvin Kamara and Jameis Winston were the happy beneficiaries of the Seattle Seahawks' many mistakes.
Then it was rookie Brian Johnson's turn to make sure the New Orleans Saints got the win they needed to keep pace in the NFC South.
ATLANTA (AP) — Five weeks into Arthur Smith's regime, the Atlanta Falcons are back where they ended last season.
They're last in the NFC South.
There's a difference, however. There are small signs of improvement that provide reason for encouragement.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton generally doesn't like to dwell on losses.
A new week brings a new game, new matchups and a new scheme that may emphasize some players and de-emphasize others relative to the previous week.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Sure, the New Orleans Saints were short-handed on Sunday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Zane Gonzalez thought there was a possibility he might wind up with the Carolina Panthers following a strong tryout with the team this past June in which he was “pretty much perfect” on his field-goal and extra-point attempts.
ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Evans endured four last-place finishes in the NFC South in his first six seasons with Tampa Bay before last season's breakthrough Super Bowl championship earned the Buccaneers long-awaited respect.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees made Atlanta pay for losing track of his inexperienced receivers, and New Orleans' defense halted several promising Falcons drives with forced fumbles they could not afford...
Back home for the first time since their Week 3 upset win over the Green Bay Packers, the Washington Redskins will want to recapture some of the good mojo from that game.
It's Week 6 in the NFL, and the Redskins play their second of three straight NFC South opponents Sunday when they host Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
The Carolina Panthers have already clinched a spot in the playoffs, but the team has one final test before postseason play begins — a trip to Atlanta to face the NFC South rival Falcons with plenty of playoff implications on the line.?
Last week, I said the Vikings weren’t good enough offensively to lose any turnover battles. This came after they did just that in a loss at Carolina. Last week, they won the turnover battle 2-1 while thrashing the Bengals.
A rivalry game between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons always carries weight.
This Christmas Eve showdown feels heavier than most.
Only one game removed from a heated, hard-fought thriller in Atlanta, the teams meet again in New Orleans with the NFC South title and the playoff hopes of both teams on the line.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons coach Dan Quinn likes his team's playoff chances heading into the final three games of the season.
At 8-5, Atlanta is one-half game behind Carolina for the second and final NFC wild-card spot.