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Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014

Cummings, Roy

Tribune Staff

Lovie Smith, Bucs go into game mode as opener approaches

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Buccaneers revamped offensive line has week to prepare for Panthers

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— An offensive line that has yet to take its first practice snap together has just six days to figure out how to control a defense that ranked second overall while leading the l...

Bucs re-sign Demps, Patton and others to practice squad

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— One day after letting them go as part of their final roster cut down to 53 players, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday re-signed Jeff Demps and Solomon Patton to their practic...

Pattton, Demps, Kafka among Bucs hopefuls cut

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— Even after scoring a touchdown in the Buccaneers final preseason game last Thursday night, rookie wide receiver/return man Solomon Patton was a little nervous about the roster...

Barth among 14 Bucs let go

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— Connor Barth had long since shaken off the effects of a season lost to an Achilles tendon injury and was preparing again Friday for what he is sure will be a comeback season i...

Bucs cut kicker Connor Barth

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— After missing all of last year with a torn Achilles tendon, place kicker Connor Barth was preparing for a comeback season in 2014.

Bucs shave 12 from roster, including OL Meredith

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— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reduced their roster to 63 players on Friday.

Bucs QB coach remains uncertain for season opener

- Offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford continues to recover from an unspecified medical procedure performed this week and his status for the Bucs regular-season opener Sept. 7 against Carolina remains uncertain.

Players make case to start in Bucs loss to Redskins

- During an otherwise unspectacular and tedious 24-10 Bucs loss to the Redskins, linebacker Danny Lansanah put on a clinic on how to make a football team.

Bucs starters unlikely to get many snaps tonight

- While Bucs coach Lovie Smith did say that some Bucs starters could see some playing time, he all but ruled out the possibility of any projected starting offensive linemen getting into the game.

Incognito remains Bucs option; no signing imminent

- GM Jason Licht classified Monday’s meeting with controversial guard Richie Incognito, who remains an option to join the Bucs, as a good one.

Controversial Incognito visits Bucs, expected to work out

- Bucs GM Jason Licht says Monday’s visit with controversial free-agent guard Richie Incognito, enbroiled in a bullying scandal last year, was just that — a visit.

For Bucs starters, win an effort to build on

- Before the second-team defense allowed the Bills to make the game interesting in the second half, the Bucs built what proved to be an insurmountable 24-0 halftime lead.

Buccaneers rookie wide receiver Evans expresses regret for fighting video

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BUFFALO – Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie wide receiver Mike Evans expressed regret late Friday over the distraction caused by a fracas he was involved in that was caught on video and published on the internet.

Bucs o-line is eager to prove its worth

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— Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith was nearing the end of his daily post-practice news conference one day this week when he jokingly wondered out loud why no one had yet asked a que...

Video shows Bucs rookie WR Evans in brawl

- A video posted on the internet by TMZ Sports shows Bucs rookie wide receiver Mike Evans involved in a brawl outside a Miami nightclub.

Bucs notes: Injury putting Bowers' roster spot in jeopardy

- One day after coach Lovie Smith suggested defensive lineman Da'Quan Bowers could be cut as a result of a nagging groin injury that has robbed him of a chance to compete for playing time, Bowers agreed his future in Tampa mi...

Bucs trade for G Rishaw Johnson

- The Bucs are making good on their promise to continue trying to build their talent base at the guard position, trading safety Kelcie McCray to the Chiefs for guard prospect Rishaw Johnson.

Bucs notes: WR Evans must learn to change hands with ball

- When he was catching passes from Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M, rookie wide receiver Mike Evans almost always lined up and caught them on the right side of the field. As a result, Evans never got into the habit of switching t...

Bucs' players rave about Tedford's offense

- It's wait and see for Bucs fans who have been shown little of offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford's playbook. The players, though, like what they've seen so far.

Bucs Wright may be struggling in new role

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— Luke Stocker was the first Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end to have a pass thrown his way against Miami on Saturday night. Brandon Myers was the second and rookie Austin...

McCoy happy with extra weight ... on his shoulders

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— While most of his teammates were taking weight off this past offseason, Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was putting weight on. Not a lot, re...

Lovie likes what he saw from Bucs-Dolphins game

- Lovie Smith walked into his press conference the day after Tampa Bay's preseason opener against Jacksonville 10 days ago wearing a frown. On Sunday, that frown was gone.

Bucs lose to Miami, but progress is made

- Combining defensive takeaway and quick-strike scoring gave the Bucs their first lead of the preseason, and though it didn’t hold up, it was an indication of what the Bucs are capable of.

Bucs rookie RB Sims to have ankle surgery

- Rookie running back Charles Sims, a third-round draft pick, is expected to miss 12-14 weeks because of a right ankle injury that occurred Tuesday and requires surgery, the team announced.

Slimmer Clayborn hopes playing left DE is right move

- Tampa Bay has moved Adrian Clayborn to left end, a position NFL scouts thought he'd never play well because of his right-side limitations. It looks like he could prove doubters wrong.

Bucs add new weapon to arsenal: the fade

- With at least three 6-foot-5 pass catchers of their own, the Bucs are making the back-shoulder fade a big part of their offense.

One solution to Bucs’ guard issue? 49ers’ holdout Boone

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— Concerned about the status of his team’s guard play, Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht has made no secret of his willingness to look outside of the orga...

Bucs’ Smith: No interest in ex-Dolphins OL Incognito

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One game into the preseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not sure who their starting guards will be. One thing that seems certain, though, is that free agent Richie Incognito will...

Bucs notebook: Rain brings much-needed relief

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— With only a couple of days left before they move into more of a regular-season-like practice schedule, the Buccaneers appear to have won the training camp battle they waged wi...

No blackouts: All Bucs games to be televised in 2014

- The Bucs are lifting the local TV blackout for every home gamer, including the two preseason games, determining they will pass the NFL’s threshold of 85 percent tickets sold each week.

Bucs fullback fights to resurrect his career

- Ex-tailback Jorvorskie Lane has spent the past five years trying to land and keep an NFL job — and plays like that might finally allow him to achieve his objective with the Bucs.

Lovie Smith: Don’t overreact after first preseason game

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— There was no game planning, no double teaming. In their preseason opener against Jacksonville on Friday night the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive linemen simply lined up and bl...

Excitement, nerves for Bucs’ new coach, QB

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— There comes a time in every NFL training camp, usually about 10 or 12 days in, when the players become so fed up with hitting teammates that the practices start to get a littl...

Bucs lose preseason opener to Jaguars

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— It is not just outside the organization where concern has been voiced about the strength of Buccaneers’ revamped offensive line. Concern has been voiced from ins...

Bucs at Jaguars: Five things to watch

- Ignore the scoreboard during the Bucs' preseason opener at Jacksonville tonight and focus instead on these five areas of play.

Bucs to honor Malcolm Glazer with uniform patch

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will honor late owner Malcolm Glazer by wearing a memorial patch on their uniforms this year.

Some surprises as Bucs release first depth chart

- Veteran Mike Jenkins is listed as a starter ahead of second-year pro Johnthan Banks at one cornerback spot, and Da’Quan Bowers is now listed as a defensive tackle instead of a defensive end.

Bucs Jackson has sights set on biggest prize

- Entering his 10th season, receiver Vincent Jackson's desire to win increases with each year.

Bucs Hot Reads: Rookie TE appreciates coach’s experience

- Bucs tight ends coach Jon Embree didn’t have a long playing career in the NFL. But his other experience was enough to give Embree credibility with rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

With Smith at helm, there’s a new vibe at One Buc

- Some have said Lovie Smith is a coach they want to play hard for and win for, at least in part, because they don’t want to let him down. Others say they appreciate his quiet, controlled demeanor on and off the field.

Wright ready to play big part in Bucs’ offense

- Despite an impressive rookie season, the Bucs provided converted wide receiver Tim Wright with plenty of competition during the offseason. That has just provided the tight end with even more incentive to surprise.

Bucs WR Streeter represents legacy of success

- Down in Miami, on the edge of the Little Haiti district a couple of miles west of Biscayne Bay, Northwestern Senior High School has long been one of the country’s most noted football factories.

No. 55 was The Godfather to Bucs teammates

- Any Bucs player who wanted advice or guidance knew they could seek Derrick Brooks’ wisdom.

Touchdowns made Brooks a game-changer

- Derrick Brooks not only had a knack for making big plays, but he had a nose for the end zone. It was that ability to score after a turnover that helped set him apart.

In Brooks, Bucs’ defense found perfect weapon

- Though it took a couple of years, or until Tony Dungy came aboard as coach and altered the defense, Derrick Brooks eventually proved himself to be the ultimate foil for what offenses around the league were trying to do ...

Leaner MLB Foster adjusts to Bucs’ new defense

- Fourth-year pro Mason Foster hopes to join the list of big-name middle linebackers to excel in Lovie Smith’s scheme.

Logjam at tight end? Bucs’ Smith says it’s not a problem

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— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers devoted a lot of resources to their tight end position during the offseason, adding veteran free agent Brandon Myers and second-round draft pick Aust...

Bucs officially release Nicks, add CB Edwards

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— It was almost a week ago that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers parted ways with projected starting left guard Carl Nicks.

Speedy Bucs RB Demps has football fever again

- Somewhere between Gainesville and Moscow, the fire that once burned in Jeff Demps’ belly for the game of football went out. Winning an Olympic medal will do that to you. It will douse your passion for one sport and ki...