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Sunday, Aug 31, 2014

Kaufman, Ira

Tribune Staff

Real McCoy: There’s so much more to Bucs star

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— At the University of Oklahoma, he arrived at a men’s basketball game dressed as Cupid on Valentine’s Day, complete with wings on his back.

Mankins says trade surprised him, but he'll be ready to play

- The oppressive Tampa heat hit Logan Mankins as soon as he walked off the plane Thursday. Two days earlier, he had been reminded of the cold reality of the NFL when the Patriots traded their 6-time Pro Bowl guard to the Bucs...

Bucs vs. Washington: 5 Things to Watch

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It has been an eventful week for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers heading into tonight’s preseason finale against Washington at Raymond James Stadium.

G Mankins will bring smarts, physical play to Bucs

- The Bucs bypassed controversial Richie Incognito and addressed their concerns at guard by acquiring six-time Pro Bowler Logan Mankins from New England in exchange for second-year tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round draf...

Bucs offensive coordinator Tedford has medical procedure

- Jeff Tedford underwent a medical procedure Monday and might not return to work in time for Thursday night’s preseason game against the Washington Redskins.

Bucs LB Casillas: Didn’t make trip after ‘I made a mistake’

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— Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Jonathan Casillas participated in practice Monday and said he didn’t expect any lingering effects after violating an unspecified team ru...

Bucs notes: First two foes may start backup QBs

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TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could face reserve quarterbacks the first two weeks of the season as they play host to the Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams, respectively.

Bucs hot reads: Defense building chemistry

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The Buccaneers are 1-2 heading into Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Washington Redskins, but Tampa Bay’s starting defense already has established itself as a unit to be reckoned with.

Defense realizes Smith’s vision of ‘Buc Ball’

- In building a 24-0 halftime lead at Buffalo on Saturday, the Bucs excelled at all the touchstones Coach Lovie Smith will look for when the games start to count Sept. 7 against Carolina.

Buccaneers cut return specialist Page, 11 others from roster

- Wide receiver Eric Page, who handled almost all of the kick return duties last season for the Bucs, was one of 12 players cut Sunday.

Smith, Dietrich-Smith forge bond over classic cars

- The new head coach of the Buccaneers and Tampa Bay’s free-agent center share a passion for vintage automobiles and physical football.

Bucs notes: Scorching heat a home-field advantage

- With Wednesday afternoon’s heat index topping 102 degrees at One Buc Place, coach Lovie Smith explained why he prefers having the team practice in the oppressive heat that is likely to accompany the first two regular-...

Bucs defense not ready to relax

- The unit knows it will be a key to success, and that there is work to do before the start of the regular season.

Bucs notebook: Omameh learned from some of best

- Opening Saturday night’s preseason game against Miami at right guard, Patrick Omameh might have solidified a starting spot on a Bucs offensive line that came under scrutiny after a poor performance at Jacksonville.

Former Bucs OL Zuttah fitting in with Ravens

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— In their haste to overhaul a leaky offensive line, the Buccaneers might have jettisoned a keeper.

Bucs aim to play well for home crowd

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— When the Buccaneers open their 2014 regular season Sept. 7, few fans will remember the particulars of tonight’s exhibition mat...

Bucs add former first-round pick, DE English

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The Bucs continued to tweak their roster, signing DE Larry English and waiving injured DT Jibreel Black.

Lovie, Glazer, McCoy get soaked in ice challenge

- The Ice Bucket Challenge arrived at One Buc Place in a big way on the final afternoon of training camp.

Bucs rookie Seferian-Jenkins wants to be difference-maker

- Coach Lovie Smith is generally reticent to gush over the progress of rookies during training camp, but it has become increasingly obvious Austin Seferian-Jenkins is turning helmets at One Buc Place.

Bucs sign DE Fatinikun

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— The Buccaneers signed defensive end T.J. Fatinikun on Tuesday.

Bucs putting extra emphasis on nickelback position

- The Bucs have tabbed veteran assistant coach Larry Marmie to tutor nickelbacks exclusively, and he is working closely with former Largo High star Leonard Johnson.

Bowers’ ability on full display

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— It was a tale of two trenches for the Buccaneers on Friday night in Jacksonville.

Bucs sign USF DE Giddens, Ruffin

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— The Buccaneers continued to shuffle their training camp roster Tuesday, signing defensive ends Ryne Giddins and James Ruffin.

Bucs Hot Reads: Dad and daughter haven’t missed a day of public practice

- A Brandon family has not has not missed one public practice since camp began July 25, including the night workout at Raymond James Stadium last week.

Brooks soaks in moment during Hall induction

- Derrick Brooks, who always arrived to the football in a hurry during a glorious 14-year career with the Buccaneers, took his sweet time with his induction Saturday night.

Gathering with Bucs family kicks off Brooks’ induction day

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— Hours before he addressed the Hall of Fame fraternity in his enshrinement speech, Derrick Brooks spoke emotionally to his Buccaneer family.

Fire is burning inside Brooks to tackle next assignment

- Derrick Brooks hardly needs a new endeavor, but the newest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame just embarked on yet another mission.

NFL’s Goodell defends 2-game suspension for Rice

- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reacted Friday to critics who suggest he was too lenient toward Ray Rice, saying the two-game suspension levied against the Baltimore running back is consistent with league policy.

Brooks has many points to make in Hall speech

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Batting leadoff at the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony Saturday night, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker

Derrick Brooks gave Bucs a new attitude

- For 14 NFL seasons, whether he was garbed in Creamsicle or pewter, Tampa Bay’s iconic weakside linebacker showed up for every game and left behind a legacy that is untouchable.

For Bucs and Brooks, 4-22-95 changed history

- The Bucs traded up to take Derrick Brooks 16 spots after Warren Sapp in the 1995 NFL draft, altering the course of the struggling franchise.

Bucs CB Banks remains confident

- His mentor has moved on, but don’t think cornerback Johnthan Banks feels like a lost soul at training camp. He expects to start in his second season with the Bucs.

CB Williams’ induction to hit home for Bucs’ Byrd

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— When Aeneas Williams steps to the podium Saturday night for his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech, Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant coach Gill Byrd will have a difficult...

Derrick Brooks elected to Hall of Fame

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EDITORS NOTE: This story was originally published Feb. 1, 2014

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.

Bucs hot reads: Throw Dotson the darn ball

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers RT Demar Dotson, who played basketball at Southern Miss, is proud of his athleticism. He showed his teammates just how versatile he can be during Monday’s practice when he caught a pass from h...

Expectations high for new Bucs DE Johnson

- Two years removed from registering 11½ sacks for the Bengals, free-agent defensive end Michael Johnson is expected to provide heat off the right edge.

Camp draws faithful - and optimistic - fans

- Lightning bolts and booming thunder greeted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday afternoon as they took the field for the opening practice of training camp.

Revis reports to Patriots in ‘best shape of career’

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— Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis, whose one season in Tampa was hindered by his recovery from knee surgery, declared himself in the best shape of his career on Friday.

Derrick Brooks hired to hear NFL player appeals

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— On the brink of entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks is branching out yet again in his professional career.

Bucs Hot Reads: G Nicks is only player absent

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The gang’s all here (almost)

Bucs’ rookie pass-catchers eager to get started

- Two new targets for veteran QB Josh McCown reported to camp at the break of dawn Thursday, eager to showcase their skills in front of a fan base hungry for a winner.

Dungy clarification: Sam deserves chance

- Regarding his remarks on Michael Sam, Tony Dungy says his drafting philosophy has been to minimize distractions, but a player’s sexual orientation should never be a factor.

Bucs Training Camp: Five key returning players

- The arrival in January of Lovie Smith as Bucs coach led to significant roster changes for 2014. Here is a look at five key returning players.

NFL holding players to higher standard

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— Just another day at the office won’t quite cut it at the National Football League anymore.

Ex-Buc Tanard Jackson gets another chance with Redskins

- Tanard Jackson won’t be in the spotlight with the Redskins, and that’s all right because you don’t need extra scrutiny when you’re trying to save a once-promising career now in shambles.