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TAMPA, Fla. Robert Nkemdiche Jersey . -- Josh McCown is excited to have another opportunity to prove hes a No. 1 quarterback. The 34-year-old has been a backup for most of his career and will enter his 12th NFL season as a starter with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after signing a two-year, $10 million contract in free agency. The move reunites him with new Bucs coach Lovie Smith, who is overhauling a team that finished 4-12 in 2013, missing the playoffs for the sixth straight season. "I understand why people would say this is kind of surprising," McCown, whos joining his eighth team since entering the league as a third-round draft pick in 2002, said Thursday. "But in my familys world, this is kind of par for the course to have something relatively unusual happen," he added. "I really feel like I played my best ball last year and look forward to building on that." McCown, who turns 35 in July, started five games as a replacement for injured Chicago starter Jay Cutler last season, going 3-2 and finishing with 13 touchdown passes and one interception. Because he hasnt played a lot over a decade that includes stops with the Bears, Cardinals, Lions, Raiders, Dolphins, 49ers and Panthers, the Bucs are counting on his body being a lot fresher than most quarterbacks his age. McCown played under Smith for two of the three seasons the quarterback spent in Chicago. Both are confident what hes learned as a long-time backup will be beneficial in settling into a role ahead of second-year pro Mike Glennon, who started 13 games for Tampa Bay as a rookie. "Josh is exactly what youre looking for in a leader to get that 4-12 taste out of our mouths," Smith said. McCown was joined at a news conference by new starting left tackle Anthony Collins, who agreed Thursday to a five-year, $30 million contract. The 28-year-old Collins replaces Donald Penn, who was released. Hes the sixth player to join the Bucs through free agency as Smith and new general manager Jason Licht reshape the roster. The team welcomed defensive end Michael Johnson, cornerback Alterraun Verner, defensive tackle Clinton McDonald and tight end Brandon Myers on Wednesday. "We talked a lot about defence (Wednesday), but (the NFLs) about scoring points," Smith said. "The game is more about offence these days. We feel like weve made strides." McCown started 13 games for the Cardinals in 2004, going 6-7 while throwing 11 TD passes and 10 interceptions. He was 2-7 in nine starts with the Raiders in 2007. Overall, hes 16-22 in 38 career starts. "The good thing is that Ive gone through an off-season as a starter when I was in Arizona, so I understand what comes with all those things," McCown said. Glennon was 4-9, taking over Tampa Bays offence after Josh Freeman struggled and subsequently was released. The third-round draft pick threw for 19 touchdowns and just nine interceptions as a rookie, but also was sacked 40 times while failing to demonstrate he was the teams clear-cut quarterback of the future. The signing of Collins, a part-time starter the past six seasons with Cincinnati, upgrades a porous offensive line that needs to do a better job protecting the quarterback. Like McCown, the 6-foot-7, 315-pound tackle is savoring the chance to show he can flourish as a full-time starter. "Im very ready," said Collins, who will step in for Penn, a 2011 Pro Bowl selection who had been scheduled to earn $7 million next season. "Patience is a virtue," Collins added. "Now is my time." Arizona Cardinals Jerseys . Forsman closed with a 3-under 69 in windy conditions Sunday for his third Champions Tour title. He beat Jay Don Blake by two shots. 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As a miniture malice broke out following Drummonds cheap shot on Johnson, Josh Smith got into a verbal altercation with a spectator in Raptor colours, his swan song as a Piston. His former club has gone 9-1 since letting him go. They remind me a lot of us from last year after the [Rudy Gay] trade, Casey said ahead of Mondays rematch, a 114-111 loss to Detroit. Theyre clicking on all cylinders both on offence and defence. The Pistons are the NBAs feel-good team of the New Year and no one can quite put their finger on the exact science behind it, although weve seen it before. There are some obvious similarities between these two abrupt turnarounds - last seasons Raptors and this years edition of the Pistons - both of them brought on by the removal of a high-usage player. Addition by subtraction. The basics are relatively straight forward. Without Smith, Stan Van Gundy has had 32 minutes and 14 shots to redistribute nightly, doing so in a way that better suits his desired style of play. Much of Torontos leftover shots, following the Gay trade, went to Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross. The Pistons - like Van Gundys old Magic teams - are shooting a ton of threes, theyre playing harder on defence and getting unusually consistent production from Brandon Jennings, Mondays hero. But theres more to it than that, evident in the way the visiting Pistons clawed their way back in the second half after the Raptors had roughed them up during the first 24 minutes. The Pistons resurgence, primarily on the defensive end, is difficult to explain. They entered Mondays contest allowing 95.7 points per 100 possessions since waiving Smith, which would rank at the top of the NBA this season. Casey attributes it to something he would know a thing or two about: chemistry. You see something that kind of jolts your system like that, he said. You waive a player that [has] the status of Josh Smith, it kind of jolts your system. And [Van Gundys] been a good coach. Hes proven that what he does works and now theyre buying in and its clicking. I dont know if theres a magic wand. You cant really put your finger on it but sometimes things like that just come together. They play harder, said Patrick Patterson, after the Pistons outscored Toronto 66-51 in the final two quarters to seal their come from behind victory. A lot more intensity, a lot more ball movement. Everyones more active and sharing. There seems to be a lot more trust out there. Its certainly not unprecedented. Often times after a losing team undergoes any major shakeup youll see an immediate spike in produuction. Deone Bucannon Jersey. . For players and coaches that feel they might be next it could serve as a wake-up call, for others its a moment of bonding, a cause to come together and defy the odds. The question always is: can they sustain it? More often than not, they dont. Eventually the adrenaline wears off and ordinary players, playing over their heads, crash back down to earth. Even with their improved defence failing them - Toronto shot 52 per cent, scoring 111 points Monday - the Pistons found a way to grind it out, a quality the Raptors had perfected back in 2014. Shooting just 43 per cent from the field themselves, Detroit grabbed 17 offensive boards, got to the line 31 times (compared to just 14 attempts for Toronto) and scored 22 points off 19 Raptors turnovers. We shot ourselves in the foot, Casey said after the Raptors squandered a 12-point halftime lead and career night from Jonas Valanciunas. If you commit that many turnovers against a good team like that, you shoot yourself in the foot and thats what we did. Thats all on us. Are these Pistons for real? Is this sustainable? Thats the million dollar quandary and something no one, even Van Gundy - the teams engineer - can know for sure. Masai Ujiri and the Raptors had no idea what they had created after shipping Gay off to Sacramento in early December last season. Even as the team started to win, as Lowry broke out and DeRozan became an all-star, it took a leap of fate to keep that group together long enough to prove they could sustain their unexpected success. But, until recently, they have. The Pistons find themselves in a similar situation. Jennings looked like a star on Monday, outplaying Lowry, who had an off night. The former Bucks point guard has been the biggest beneficiary of Smiths departure, scoring 34 points to go along with 10 assists and the game-winning steal against the Raptors. Has he turned a corner under Van Gundy, like Lowry did a year ago, or is this another mirage in what has been an erratic NBA career to this point? He made some tough shots, Casey said of Jennings. We double-teamed him, we put James [Johnson] on him, we put size on him, we went under the pick and rolls, we did a little bit of everything. Youve got to shake his hand, he had a great night. 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