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Sunday, Jul 05, 2015

Roy Cummings

Tribune Staff

No night practices as Bucs announce training camp schedule

- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers open their 2015 training camp on Sat., Aug. 1, with their first of 11 public workouts.

So far, 3 Bucs on list of NFL’s 100 influential people of 2015 season


— What do football-related websites do when football goes into hibernation, which it did last week with the completion of the NFL of offseason workout programs?

Bucs Beat: Plenty of intrigue awaits in training camp


Next stop, training camp. And what an interesting camp it should be for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bucs DE Smith ready to set down roots

- Jacquies Smith remains one of the NFL’s lesser-known players. It might not be long, though, before everyone knows his name. After all he’s about to spend a season playing one of the game’s premier positions.

Bucs notes: Rookie O-linemen working for first-team reps

- Bucs QB Jameis Winston isn’t the only projected starter from the team’s 2015 draft class splitting time between the first and second teams during mandatory minicamp workouts.

Jameis splitting reps at minicamp, but coaches are impressed

- Jameis Winston has long had a flair for the dramatic on the field, and he displayed a new side of that Tuesday during the first day of the Bucs’ three-day minicamp at One Buc Place.

Kucherov now the big mystery for Lightning

- Less than 24 hours after suffering a neck/shoulder injury that knocked him out of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov flew with the team to Chicago on Sunday. But whether he will be well enough to ...

Bolts’ Bishop at morning skate, but no word on status


Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper is convinced that ailing goalie Ben Bishop will play another game in his team’s Stanley Cup Final series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Bucs’ Dotson will report for minicamp; TE Wright returns

- Right tackle Demar Dotson has apparently concluded that skipping offseason workouts won’t get him the new contract he wants.

Bolts notes: Power play not slumping, but can improve


— The best power play units in the NHL score only once every four times they have a man advantage, so Lightning coach Jon Cooper isn’t all that concerned about what man...

Sources: Bucs RT Dotson’s absence hinders contract talks

- Two years since he signed a four-year, $7.5 million contract extension back in the spring of 2013, Demar Dotson has to stay away from voluntary offseason workouts in what appears to be contract holdout.

Bucs sign second-round pick G Marpet

- The Bucs completed the task of signing their 2015 draft class in signing guard Ali Marpet, a second-round selection, to a four-year contract, according to Bucs general manager Jason Licht.

Winston among 13 Bucs to get heads shaved for charity

- Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston has faced a lot of adversity in his young life but nothing like the adversity that 6-year-old Joshua Fisher has faced.

Lovie Smith: New talent will help Bucs improve


— After posting a league-worst 2-14 record last year, the Buccaneers have nowhere to go but up in 2015. And an upward jump is precisely what coach Lovie Smith expects from the B...

Bucs Beat: Winston shows teammates he can make variety of throws


— Rookie QB Jameis Winston came to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a reputation for being able to make every throw necessary — and when scouts said every throw, they meant ...

Bolts’ Cooper coy over playing time for Stamkos, Drouin


— On Friday, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos one more shift per game

Dwindling ice time questioned for Bolts’ Stamkos

- For the final 51 seconds of the Lightning’s 2-1 loss to the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night, Steven Stamkos sat on the bench.

Slap Shots: Ex-Bolts G Manon Rheaume back in Tampa


The Lightning’s return to the Stanley Cup Final has sparked the return to Tampa of the one of the franchise’s most celebrated, if not controversial, players.

Winston described as ‘quiet’ during offseason workouts

- Jameis Winston has seldom, if ever, been described as the shy, quiet type. Inside the Bucs locker room, however, that’s exactly how the rookie quarterback is being described.

NHL boss says he’s OK with Lightning ticket restrictions


— The Tampa Bay Lightning’s attempts limit the number of Blackhawks fans attending their Stanley Cup Finals home games have drawn lots of criticism, but the commi...

Slap Shots: Bolts’ Cooper chews good-luck gum


— Many hockey players and coaches have pre-game rituals or good-luck charms they refuse to let go of because they believe they’re tied into their success.

Bucs sign Donovan Smith, leaving one unsigned draft pick

- The Bucs reduced the number of unsigned draftees to one when they signed Penn State tackle Donovan Smith, the first of two players selected by Tampa Bay in the second round.

Bucs Beat: Tampa is home for Doug Martin


Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has no desire to leave Tampa. He considers the area his home, having recently completed the move from Oakland, California, where he grew up.

Record NBCSN audience in Tampa area watches Bolts’ Game 7 win


The Tampa Bay Lightning didn’t just make NHL history during their Game 7 Eastern Conference finals victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night. They also made television history.

Double duty helps Bucs’ Winston make up for missing workout

- Jameis Winston missed Thursday's workout to attend the NFL Rookie Premiere, a four-day event in Los Angeles devoted to teaching the NFL’s top young players how to build their personal brand.

Bolts notes: Off day key for players feeling ‘kind of sick’


— Lightning coach Jon Cooper doesn’t want to talk about all that might be ailing his team right now, but it’s apparent a malady of some sort is among the demons th...

Bolts’ center Paquette listed as questionable for Game 6


— The Tampa Bay Lighting may be without third-line center Cedric Paquette for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Rangers at Amalie Arena tonight.

Bucs Beat: Johnson’s Lions tape made coach take notice


George Johnson might not be a Buccaneer had his previous team, the Detroit Lions, not played Tampa Bay and its NFC South rivals last season.

Bolts notes: Yzerman a finalist for GM of year


The man who built the Tampa Bay Lightning into a Stanley Cup contender might soon be recognized for his efforts.

Bolts notes: Stamkos sets physical tone with hit


— Long before teammate Nikita Kucherov scored the winning goal in overtime, Lightning RW Steven Stamkos set the tone with a big hit early in Tampa Bay’s 6-5 victory over ...

Bolts notes: Stamkos regains touch after move to wing


— Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin is learning the hard way this postseason that if you want to play for coach Jon Cooper you have to be able to play in front of ...

Bolts notes: Power play surges with confidence, bounces


— A recent power surge with the man-advantage has catapulted the Lightning’s power play to within reach of the top spot in the Stanley Cup playoff rankings.

Bucs still sorting out options at defensive end

- Had their ends recorded six more sacks and only reached the minimum of 20 that defensive line coach Joe Cullen shoots for from that position, the Bucs would have ranked fourth overall in the league with 48 sacks.

Bucs Beat: Searching for right mix on offensive line

- The offseason is a time for experimentation around the NFL and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are spending at least the early part of their offseason experimenting with an offensive line in dire need of tweaking.

Bucs create Ring of Honor modified season-ticket plans

- New honorees Mike Alstott and Doug Williams will have their names on two new five-game ticket plans that are now available for public purchase, the Bucs announced.

Pamphile still part of Bucs’ plans for offensive line


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a couple of moves with regard to their offensive line last year that, in retrospect, they probably wish they had back.

Lightning players still hold ex-captain St. Louis in high regard

- Bolts coach Jon Cooper can speak only for himself and the players in his locker room, and as far as he can tell, no one there holds a grudge against the most popular and decorated player in Lightning history.

Bucs: LT Smith elevated game against better competition


— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have big plans for second-round draft pick Donovan Smith this season. A Penn State product, the 6-foot-6, 325-pound Smith is expected to take over as...

Williams, Alstott named to Bucs’ Ring of Honor

- For the first time, the Bucs will induct two players into the team’s Ring of Honor this season: Quarterback Doug Williams and running back Mike Alstott will be honored this year in two separate ceremonies.

Source: QB Doug Williams is Bucs’ next Ring of Honor member

- Today, the Bucs will name the teams first franchise quarterback as the seventh member of its Ring of Honor during a ceremony at One Buc Place, a team source told The Tampa Tribune.

Bucs claim two off waivers, sign four draft picks

- During a busy day in which they also signed four of their 2015 draft picks, the Bucs claimed off waivers safety D.J. Swearinger from the Texans and linebacker Khaseem Greene from the Bears.

Bucs’ rookie Smith will have to earn starting job at left tackle

- The Bucs spent the 34th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft on Penn State tackle Donovan Smith with the idea Smith would step in immediately as their starting left tackle, but he won't just be handed the job.

Bucs OC Koetter impressed by Winston's recall

- Though he’s nearly two weeks behind the veteran players in learning the offensive concepts offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is installing, Jameis Winston still managed to keep pace.

Bucs sign four who attended rookie minicamp

- The newcomers are receivers Donteea Dye (Heidelberg University) and Adam Humprhies (Clemson), offensive lineman Edawn Coughman (Shaw University) and linebacker Jared Koster (New Mexico Highlands).

Smith ready to step in, protect Bucs’ investment in Winston

- The Buccaneers were a little nervous heading into Day 2 of the NFL draft last weekend.

Jameis Winston files countersuit, denies raping woman

- Attorneys for Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston said in a court filing in Orlando that he did not rape the woman who is suing him and that she is motivated by greed.

Winston spotty in first workout at Bucs rookie minicamp

- Working with nearly a dozen wide receiver hopefuls, an admittedly “anxious’’ Jameis Winston struggled to throw the ball accurately. On many of the occasions when he did hit his target, his passes were drop...

Report provides details on Winston’s contract with the Bucs

- The Bucs have yet to commit to Jameis Winston as their starting quarterback. They have, however, committed to paying him like one.

Licht: Bucs haven’t ruled out re-signing RB Martin

- You wouldn’t know it from the contract maneuver they made this week, but it seems the Bucs may have some long-term plans for former Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin.