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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014

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Tribune Staff

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...

Bucs notes: DTs McDonald, Spence driving each other

- The Bucs believe they have strengthened their interior defense significantly with the addition of free-agent DT Clinton McDonald, who sports a Super Bowl ring from the Seahawks.

Competition open for both Bucs’ guard spots

- If there is one position group the Bucs’ hierarchy admits it is a little anxious about, it’s the guard spot. And their anxiety was in place even before two-time Pro Bowl left guard Carl Nicks retired a day into ...

Cornerback Gaitor re-signed to replace disabled Melvin

- That left ankle injury that has left cornerback Rashaan Melvin in a walking boot appears to have forced the Bucs into dipping back into their past for a replacement.

Despite weather threat, Bucs like afternoon workouts


— Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith raised both eyebrows and concern when he announced he would hold the majority of his team’s training camp workouts in the mid- o...

Bucs’ practice today opened to fans


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ training camp workout today, originally scheduled as a closed practice, will be open to the fans. It begins at 1 p.m. at One Buc Place and offers young fans yet another chance for a specia...

Bucs hot reads: Barron's knee still not 100%

- Almost a year removed from a collision that left him with cartilage damage in his right knee, S Mark Barron says he's still not 100 percent despite having surgery to correct the problem in January.

Bucs notes: Doug Martin welcome contact

- Doug Martin, whose 2013 season ended early, is a happy camper now that he seems to be back in form.

Nicks, Bucs part ways after two years

- Unlike the threat of lightning and thunderstorms, which briefly derailed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers first training camp workout under new coach Lovie Smith, Carl Nicks never arrived at One Buc Place on Friday.

Lightning puts Bucs workout on hold


— It didn’t take long for the threat of thunderstorms to derail the Tampa Bay Buccaneers plans for training camp.

Nicks still hasn’t reported to Bucs camp


— Two-time Pro Bowl left guard Carl Nicks didn’t report for the starting of training camp along with the rest of his Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates on Thursday and he won&#...

Nicks situation could provide reps for others


Two-time Pro Bowl left guard Carl Nicks didn’t report for the starting of training camp along with the rest of his Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates on Thursday and he may not be with them when workouts begin today.<...

Bar set high as McCoy, Bucs report to training camp

- Gerald McCoy arrives at One Buc Place in comfortable attire but says he doesn’t expect things to be easy once the team hits the practice field.

McCown: Bucs ready to deal with any adversity

- Optimism reigns for NFL teams this time of year. But what makes the Bucs different from some teams, quarterback Josh McCown said, is their ability to deal with the adversity that is sure to follow.

Bucs’ Bowers: ‘It’s about time’ I reach potential

- On Wednesday, just hours ahead of the start of training camp, Bucs GM Jason Licht issued a challenge to beleaguered defensive end Da’Quan Bowers.

Bucs’ players arrive for training camp

- As camp opens at One Buc Place, change is only thing certain for Tampa Bay, with a new coach and many new faces bringing renewed expectations.

Spence fending off rivals for starting nose tackle


— The arrival through free agency last spring of veteran Clinton McDonald seemed to signal the end of 2013 rookie Akeem Spence’s brief run as the Tampa Bay Buccan...

Bucs’ Nicks set to start comeback try

- The Bucs are expecting Carl Nicks to report to One Buc Place for the start of their first training camp under new coach Lovie Smith right along with everyone else today.

Veteran Moore squeezed out of Bucs’ CB competition


— The decision by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday to release veteran cornerback D.J. Moore came as a bit of a surprise, and not just to Moore.

Bucs tweak roster, sign LB Grable before opening camp

- The Bucs tweaked their roster just ahead of the start of training camp, signing linebacker Jeremy Grable and offensive tackle J.B. Shugarts.

Why practice in late afternoon? Bucs’ Smith has reasons


— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open the 2014 season with two home games, one against Carolina that has a 4:25 p.m. kickoff and a second against St. Louis that has a 4:05 p.m. ...

Bucs Training Camp: Five key position battles

- To get you ready for the opening of Bucs training camp, we will examine key issues for Coach Lovie Smith’s first camp. Today, a look at five key position battles.

Bucs DE Bowers involved in arrest of ex-Destiny’s Child member

- This past weekend — the final free weekend before players report for training camp — Da’Quan Bowers was involved in an incident that resulted in the arrest of Farrah Franklin, once a member of the R&B grou...

Rays' bullpen can't close, lose it in ninth

- Tampa Bay wastes a grand slam by Kevin Kiermaier as the Royals' Salvador Perez drives a three-run homer to snatch away a 5-4 victory.

Bucs Beat: Rookie G Edwards has will to succeed


— Buccaneers rookie guard Kadeem Edwards walked into One Buc Place earlier this offseason wearing a sizable chip on his shoulder. Already, it has prove...

Bucs tweak roster, sign ex-Cardinals DE Talley


— Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht is not afraid to tweak his roster. If he finds an available player whom he believes is better than a player on his roster, he'l...

McCoy’s treats help put minicamp on ice

- Gerald McCoy came up with a novel way of marking the end of the Bucs' three-day mandatory minicamp. The Pro Bowl defensive tackle treated teammates to free frozen treats, courtesy of an ice- cream truck parked on the sideli...

Bucs’ Omameh making familiar climb

- Bucs right guard candidate Patrick Omameh is no stranger to football’s big stages. He spent four years playing on one in college at the Michigan. Now, he’s gearing up for what could be a similar run on one of th...

Bucs notes: WR Evans taking cautious approach with hamstring


A hamstring strain suffered during his first full-team workout with the Bucs continues to limit WR Mike Evans’ workload and has put him far behind the pace the Bucs set for ...

McCown likes Tedford’s fresh ideas for Bucs’ offense

- Bucs quarterback Josh McCown says he’s already seeing things he’s never seen before with Jeff Tedford's offense, which has been kept under wraps. Even better, he says, they’re working.

Bucs G Nicks still aiming for training camp return

- Still recovering from a toe injury, left guard Carl Nicks intends to work straight through vacation in preparation for training camp and the season.

Bucs’ mandatory minicamp: Five things to watch


The voluntary portion of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offseason workout program is over. For the next three days, attendance is mandatory.

Ex-Bucs TE Becht holding football camp

- Aspiring Tampa Bay area football players will have a chance to learn the game first hand this summer from some of the greatest players in Bucs history.

Bucs Beat: Several backs will need to carry load

- Bucs coach Lovie Smith and offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford both believe in building an offensive attack around the ground game, and neither believes in giving an overwhelming amount of the work in that ground game to one...

Bucs hoping DE Bowers can get in shape


— No one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a more disappointing training camp last year than defensive end Da’Quan Bowers.

Experience gives D.J. Moore an edge at nickel corner

- Cornerback D.J. Moore’s career has been in a bit of a tailspin the last couple years. Now with the Bucs, Moore is making a bit of a comeback.

Bucs to honor Brooks with Sept. 9 bobblehead giveaway

- The Bucs will celebrate Derrick Brooks’ 2014 Hall of Fame induction and entry into the team’s Ring of Honor with a special giveaway during the team’s Sept. 14 home game against the St. Louis Rams.

Bucs-Packers single-game tickets sell out

- The Bucs haven’t officially declared their Dec. 21 home game against the Green Bay Packers a sellout, but they have moved past one of the key thresholds that must be crossed to reach that point.

Speedy WR Herron could contribute immediately

- Nothing defines draft value better than a late-round selection who can step in and contribute — or better yet, start right out of the box. Sixth-round pick Robert Herron might do just that.

Tedford: No big secrets with Bucs’ offense

- Little is known about the scheme new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford will run with the Bucs during his first season in the NFL.

Bright future predicted for Bucs’ Dotson


— The play of their since-dismantled offensive line was one of the biggest reasons the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ranked dead last in the NFL in total offense last year.

NFL scout expects big things from DE Gholston


— It’s one thing to hear Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith or general manager Jason Licht rave about their players, especia...