After last week was such a busy one because of the NFL Combine, it felt like football Twitter was a little more subdued this past week. Nonetheless, there was still plenty of chatter around Bucs Twitter, whether it was about mock drafts, new uniforms or the never-ending quarterback debate.
As for this weekly feature (which turns three weeks old today!), we’ll dive right into the best tweets of the week from Tampa Bay’s players, coaches, staff, official team account or just about anyone else, really.
It’s time to look back at some of the Twitter highlights from the week of March 1-March 7:
Relatable Donovan Smith back at it again
Smh my allergies are killing me !!— Donovan Smith (@DSmith_76) March 2, 2020
The first edition of this Bucs Tweets of the Week feature included a tweet from Donovan Smith about the ever-fluctuating weather. That week in Tampa, we saw temperatures in the 80s one day before experiencing 40s the very next day. So, what I’m saying is, that tweet from Smith was extremely relatable. As is this one from Monday... I don’t know about you, but my allergies have been a huge pain for a couple of weeks now. Big No. 76 is just tweeting what we’re all feeling. Donovan, if you’re reading this for some strange reason, I hope you know that you’re not alone in this. Zyrtec/Claritin/Flonase/all of those allergy meds are with us too.
There was a lot of talk at the NFL Combine... including small talk
Also in the tunnels of Indy during the Combine. https://t.co/g9G7pmZbTZ— Carmen Vitali (@CarmieV) March 2, 2020
A lot is made of the talking that goes on at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis each year. Teams meet with prospects, teams may have discussions with other teams behind the scenes and the media folks from different cities all over can hang out as well. But as Buccaneers.com’s Carmen Vitali tweeted, it’s not all deep talks and serious business. You get some awkward bro small talk as well. We’ve all been there!
2020 NFL Draft and OTA hat designs leaked?
Sneak peak at the official 2020 NFL Draft & OTA hats - pic.twitter.com/iiGfTlR6h2— Michael Kist (@MichaelKistNFL) March 2, 2020
Seems like it! Michael Kist from Bleeding Green Nation tweeted a thread on Monday that included the 2020 hat designs for the NFL Draft and OTAs. You can find the Bucs logo and accompanying phrase in the top left photo. To me, these are much better than the designs we’ve seen in the last couple of years. If you’re a hat guy or gal, this seems like it might be a pretty cool pickup. And in case you were wondering about any tweaks to Tampa Bay’s logo to go along with the uniform change, nothing appears to be different here.
The state of Florida had a birthday this week!
☀️ There's just nothing like the Sunshine State ☀️— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) March 3, 2020
Happy Birthday, Florida! pic.twitter.com/5LtQSdu5lG
Florida may not be known for good football these days (at least at the professional level), but there’s still plenty to love about this great state. The beaches, mixture of cultures, food, weather... It’s all pretty great! Just don’t pay attention to the news. Florida Man gives us a bad name, really. Happy belated birthday, Florida!
Anthony Nelson turns 23 years old!
The Bucs’ 2019 fourth-round pick just turned 23 this week, so we here at Bucs Nation would like to wish him a happy belated birthday! The former University of Iowa standout looks to figure heavily into the future of the Tampa Bay defense, especially if Carl Nassib—who he has often been compared to—leaves in free agency. In the glimpses we saw of Nelson throughout his rookie campaign, he flashed some promise. His 2020 will be all about health for the big man.
The Bucs have a little fun playing with emotions and testing fans’ patience
Hi, we're the Buccaneers.— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) March 4, 2020
You may know us from our greatest hits: pic.twitter.com/L28BYZA7pT
This just seems mean. Everyone is extremely anxious to see the Bucs’ new uniforms. It’s already bad enough that the team is prolonging the reveal and making folks wait until April. And now the social media team thinks it’s funny to tease and frustrate its followers leading up to the unveiling? Come on, now. Consider the children. How must they feel about your teasing, @Buccaneers? To make up for it, I think we should get to see those new threads a bit earlier. How about this week? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The Girls High School Flag Football Preseason Classic wraps up
"I grew up in the Tampa Bay area, and my dad's always been a big Bucs fan, so it's like a full circle thing getting to come and play here myself."— Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation (@BucsFoundation) March 4, 2020
Former @RavensFlagFB player Idalys Acosta caught up with athletes at the Girls Flag Football Preseason Classic ️ pic.twitter.com/MUEAcT003w
Following up on what was included in this feature last week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation posted a great video to wrap up the 2020 Girls Flag Football Preseason Classic, which was held at the team’s facility last weekend. We got to hear from some of the players from a few different teams participating, and the interviewer herself was a former Alonso High School flag player. That’s pretty cool, and it was even cooler to hear these athletes talk about what it means to them that the Bucs organization would put on an event like this and open up their facilities to so many teams across Tampa Bay. It’s just great stuff all around.
Celebrating Women’s History Month with women that have made history
“You’re not looking at gender, you’re looking at somebody in front of you that can help you.”@Buccaneers coaches Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar discuss earning players' trust.— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) March 4, 2020
: NFL 360 | Sunday March 8 (9pm ET) on NFL Network | #WomensHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/wlDIa0Cw5l
The Bucs have the most diverse coaching staff in the league, but the best part about it is that it’s authentic. Bruce Arians didn’t just build the staff to be diverse just to be able to tout it as the most diverse. He truly believes in the coaches he has hired and like he has said in the past, he doesn’t care about their race, gender, or whatever. It’s about their coaching ability. So, while the coaches and Arians himself don’t draw attention to the fact that there are women on the full-time staff, it’s bound to be talked about. As it should be, of course!
Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar are being acknowledged during Women’s History Month because, well, they’re making history. The above tweet is a preview for a feature that will air Sunday night (which is International Women’s Day) on NFL Network, and it involves Locust and Javadifar. I love the quote from Locust at the beginning of the preview, as she talks about getting her players to transition from the “yes, ma’am”s to just calling her coach. Awesome.
Not even sure what to use as a headline for this
I’d like to urge all of you to make this picture your phone background, as I have pic.twitter.com/bgFgmU8ZAZ— Beau Allen (@Beau_Allen) March 5, 2020
I didn’t know how to headline this and I’m not even sure what to say about it. Bucs defensive tackle Beau Allen has been known to have a unique sense of humor, yet this still seems out there. I’m not sure whether I should be laughing hysterically or just sitting here confused. It’s kind of a mixture of both. Nonetheless, I thought I’d pass this along for Allen so that, if you feel so inclined, you can follow his urging and make this your background as well.
Jameis Winston is still hard at work amid questions about his future
We haven’t heard much from Jameis Winston since the end of the 2019 season. We’ve just gotten little glimpses at his offseason through social media, and that’s what we got again on Friday. The 26-year-old quarterback is still on the grind—knee brace and all—as he awaits the next chapter in his career. It won’t be too long before we finally know what’s in store for Winston’s future, but whether he ends up staying in Tampa or heads elsewhere, it’s certain that he’ll continue to display the same exceptional work ethic that he has impressed everyone with since he came into the league. The franchise tag deadline is just days away and free agency will follow soon after. Expect Famous Jameis to be putting in the work all the way up to (and through) those key dates.
Bucs Nation’s own is out here trying to cause problems in #BucsTwitter land
That house that, Teddy rebuilds? pic.twitter.com/nOf11jtKc5— Gil Arcia (@GilArciaBUCS) March 6, 2020
Some men just want to watch the world burn. That felt appropriate to say given Winston’s Batman reference in the tweet above, plus it would appear that our own site manager, Gil Arcia, is one of those men. The fan base is as split on Teddy Bridgewater as it is on Jameis Winston. Sooooo of course, Gil had to go and spark some reaction from Bucs Twitter on Friday morning. Good one, Gil. Good one.
Bigger things ahead for Chris Godwin?
It’s March. The XFL just isn’t the same. So, highlights from the 2019 NFL season will have to suffice for now. The league’s official Twitter account tweeted a Chris Godwin highlight video Saturday and it did plenty to fuel even more excitement about what’s to come for the 24-year-old receiver. He said it’s “time to elevate” in 2020 and if he can somehow go above the 86 catches, 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns he had in 2019, Bucs fans are in for a treat.
If you feel I missed any great Bucs tweets from the past week, feel free to send them my way! You can catch me on Twitter @BaileyJAdams22. And please, don’t hesitate to let me know what you think of this still-new weekly feature, even if you think it’s terrible and that we should never do it again.