Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles runs into the end zone for a fourth quarter touchdown against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Central Florida defeated Baylor 52-42. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Updated: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hold Second Meeting with UCF QB Blake Bortles


Update: Greg Auman would later correct his statement, and say that the Bucs hadn’t actually met with Bortles again:

The article will remain as it was, as the points about the quarterback position remain the same.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have spent most of the offseason filling needs across the roster, meaning they’ll be able to take the best player available when they are on the clock in this summer’s NFL Draft, regardless of position.

And given the importance of the quarterback position, and the Buccaneers (and Lovie Smith’s) poor history at the position, the Bucs may be preparing to add a top quarterback from this year’s rookie crop. Their decision to meet with certain prospects certainly lines up with that hypothesis.

According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, the Bucs met with UCF QB Blake Bortles ahead of his Wednesday Pro Day.

This would be the Bucs’ second meeting with Bortles, after previously meeting with him at the Combine, according to Walter Football.

The Buccaneers have also met with Johnny Manziel, and held multiple meetings with Eastern Illinois product Jimmy Garoppolo. And while they haven’t been reported, the team has almost certainly met with Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr, as well.

I’ve provided my thoughts on some of the top quarterbacks already, and believe that Bortles and Bridgewater come out ahead of Carr, who is ahead of Manziel. But the Buccaneers will do their own scouting, and may see any of the four players as being worthy of the seventh pick (or a trade up or down in the first round).

Either way, it’s encouraging to see the team doing their homework at the QB position, as Josh McCown is not a long-term answer, and Mike Glennon doesn’t seem to have the trust of the current regime.

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  • victorbarney

    SHOW THEM LOVIE!!! They were all talking about you being a “defensive,” not an “offensive” mind-guy, obviously not knowing that WINNERS ARE WINNERS…WATCH FANS!!! Again, since becoming a Buc’s fan when my friend Greg Spires played for them, fans we finally have the RIGHT MANAGEMENT TEAM for the very FIRST TIME IN BUC’S HISTORY! Just WATCH FANS…

    • joe f.

      AGREE, Lovie Smith is a great H.C. and even though he is known for a defensive coach believe me he knows how to put a offense together. The BUCCANEERS are back. Lets play some football.

      • victorbarney

        joe f. Aren’t you just loving it? This is real this time! I’ve been a Bucs fan since a friend of mine at work was the mother of Greg Spires and became a Bucs fan at that time, although the management didn’t turn out as I expected and was crap! Finally though the Bucs have GREAT MANAGEMENT and I am just ABSOLUTELY LOVING IT! I’m just saying…

  • joe f.

    victor I couldn’t have said it better myself!!! It’s about time… Get that quarterback then with so mant W.R. out there pick one up equal or close to Vincent Jackson. Then maybe a slot receiver/ T.E. That should sure up the offensive side. there looking pretty good on defense and special teams. Add a few back up’s in case of injury’s and we should be good to go. I am so looking forward to football season to start. I think with this team providing they can all work together we have a play-off team. And any coach that puts a team together like Lovie is other then just talent coach’s are going to try to make sure he can not just get the best players but the best players that can get along well with each other. That is just as important as picking great players. You can go out and get the best player you can but if they can’t get along it’s just wasted time and money. ” GO BUCCANEERS “