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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Roy Cummings

Tribune Staff

Bolts’ center Paquette listed as questionable for Game 6

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— 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

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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

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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

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— 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

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— 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

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— 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

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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

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— 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.

Mock drafts indicate Bucs didn’t reach for OL Marpet

- Did the Bucs reach too far, too soon as many have suggested when they traded up to select Hobart offensive lineman Ali Marpet? Maybe not.

With Bucs’ drafting of Smith, Dotson set to return to RT

- Demar Dotson, a six-year pro who started 44 straight games for the Bucs at right tackle before moving to the left side late last year, said he’s glad to be back where he’s been the majority of his career.

Bucs’ Evans prefers Winston over mobile Mariota

- Considering the success he had with Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M, you would think Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans might prefer Marcus Mariota over Jameis Winston as Tampa Bay’s new quarterback.

Bucs decline fifth-year option on RB Martin

- The Bucs decided not to exercise the fifth-year option on Martin’s rookie contract, Bucs general manager Jason Licht told The Tampa Tribune.

Winston’s Bucs contract prohibits him from playing baseball

- Jameis Winston, who spent two years pitching in relief for FSU, often has talked about his desire to one day be a professional baseball player. That can't happen under his four-year deal with Tampa Bay.

Buccaneers add 14 players to roster

- The additions included former Ohio State tackle Reid Fragel, who was claimed off waivers from the Falcons, and 13 undrafted free agents.

Bucs use NFL draft to get faster, tougher

- With the Bucs picks, they are suddenly a faster, tougher and far more athletic team than they were when the draft started.

Bucs add LB Alexander in fourth, WR Bell in fifth

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— It took a year and nine selections before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ regime run by general manager Jason Licht and coach Lovie Smith invested a draft pick in a defensiv...

Bucs add OLs Smith, Marpet on draft’s second day

- A night after investing the first pick in the draft on who they believe is a franchise quarterback, the Bucs turned their attention toward protecting their investment by selecting Penn State tackle Donovan Smith and guard A...

Bucs notes: Smith stuck with Penn State after Sandusky scandal

- Tampa Bay's second-round draft pick, tackle Donovan Smith, faced a tough decision before he ever played a down for Penn State. But while other players applied for transfers, Smith remained in Happy Valley.

Winston signs 4-year, $23M contract with Bucs

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— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t waste any time getting quarterback Jameis Winston signed to a contract.

Bucs could target linemen in Day 2 of NFL draft

- Now that the Bucs have chosen their franchise quarterback, they figure to spend at least one of their picks in the second or third round on an offensive lineman, while possibly adding depth at defensive line and safety.

Bucs take Jameis Winston with No. 1 pick, as expected

- The Bucs kicked off the NFL draft by spending the first overall pick on Jameis Winston, the former Florida State quarterback who became arguably the most polarizing figure in his draft class.

Risks aside, Bucs expected to take Winston tonight

- The Bucs own the first pick in the NFL draft for the first time since 1987. In a move they hope will alter their fortunes for decades to come, they are expected to spend that pick on former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston.

David: Bucs’ vets would ask Winston to tone it down

- Should Jameis Winston become the new Bucs quarterback, some of his new teammates may suggest he tone that cockiness down a bit. So says Bucs linebacker Lavonte David.

Winston in Tampa for Brooks’ charity golf tournament

- Jameis Winston is back in Tampa today, participating in former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks’ charity golf tournament at Avila Country Club.

Buccaneers did extensive vetting of Winston off the field

- The Bucs asked about Jameis Winston’s relationships — with family, teammates and coaches — his upbringing, his support system, his work ethic. Their list likely was even longer.

Buc Beat: Tampa’s pursuit keeps Johnson’s NFL dream alive

- George Johnson had had enough. Enough of the roller-coaster ride low-level prospects usually find themselves on if they’re lucky enough to make it to the NFL in the first place.

Bucs will try to buck bum first-pick QB trend

- In the past 20 years, 12 quarterbacks were drafted first overall, yet only five — Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Matthew Stafford, Cam Newton, and Andrew Luck — have had the type of career that justifies their sta...

Winston says crab legs were given to him, not stolen

- Jameis Winston says those "stolen" crab legs came as part of an agreement he had with a Publix employee who promised to hook him up with free food “anytime” he came to the grocery store.

Bucs to partner with FanDuel fantasy sports website

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— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are getting into the fantasy sports business.

Bucs schedule: Winston vs. Mariota possible for opener

- No matter which side of the great quarterback debate they fall on, Buccaneers fans may get to see both Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota when the Bucs open the 2015 season.

GM Licht: Bucs already have a ‘face of the franchise’

- The Bucs’ GM says the team already has a face of the franchise in Gerald McCoy and if Jameis Winston or any other newcomer wants to replace that face they’ll have a lot of work to do.

Bucs put 2-14 in past with start of offseason program

- Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy showed up for the start of the team’s offseason workout program with a red streak in his hair and a chip on his shoulder.

Licht would be ‘comfortable’ making Bucs’ top pick today

- The 2015 NFL draft is still more than a week away, but Bucs General Manager Jason Licht says he’d be comfortable making the first pick in that draft today.

Rays swept by Yankees with 5-3 loss

- For the second time in as many starts, Matt Andriese failed to make it through the fourth inning, allowing eight hits and four runs in what became a 5-3 Rays loss at Tropicana Field.

Bucs Beat: McCoy turns up heat on offseason training

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There’s not much a player like Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy can do to prevent the broken hand that cost him one game and limited him in others early last season.