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Friday, Aug 01, 2014

Kaufman, Ira

Tribune Staff

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.

Revis driven to show he has market cornered

- Darrelle Revis joked that “a lot of us got fired’’ when Lovie Smith and Jason Licht took the Bucs' reins. Now, Ira Kaufman says, Revis is eager to resume his place atop the NFL’s cornerback hierarchy...

Arizona’s Fitzgerald a fan of McCown

- Larry Fitzgerald says take it from one who knows: quarterback Josh McCown, a former teammate with the Cardinals, is a heck of a pickup by the Bucs.

Cobb’s struggles continue as Pirates pound Rays, 8-1

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— Before Monday night’s game, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon marveled at the depth of Pittsburgh’s batting order, pointing out that the Pirates had slu...

Bucs’ Evans blogs from NFL Rookie Symposium

- Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans, selected seventh overall in last month’s draft, is attending the NFL Rookie Symposium in Aurora, Ohio.

Rays notes: Sands on DL with wrist injury

- A week after slugging a game-winning pinch-hit homer against the Orioles, Rays utilityman Jerry Sands finds himself on the shelf.

Bucs CB Verner eager to create turnovers in Tampa 2

- The Buccaneers feel like they got a free-agent bargain. Alterraun Verner agrees.

Local sports stars hotfoot it to Sneaker Soiree

- The fourth annual Sneaker Soiree was filled with some serious moments Wednesday night — and highlighted by a few memorable quips.

GM Licht excited to see results of Bucs’ overhaul

- New Bucs General Manager Jason Licht has worked closely with head coach Lovie Smith in overhauling a Tampa Bay roster that finished 4-12 last season.

Bucs' Jackson, wife support military families

- Vincent Jackson, a self-described “military brat,’’ is intent on sharing his experiences as a child being raised by parents in the armed forces.

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 sign top pick Evans, third pick Sims

- Second-round choice Austin Seferian-Jenkins became the only Bucs draft pick still seeking to finalize an NFL contract following the signings of WR Mike Evans and RB Charles Sims.

Bucs sign third-round draft pick RB Charles Sims

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— Hours after signing top draft pick Mike Evans, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reached agreement Thursday on a contract with third-round cho...

Bucs’ Martin plans to regain rookie form

- After an injury-plagued 2013, former first-round pick Doug Martin says he's ready to fend off questions about his role and carry the load again this season.

Bucs notes: WR Murphy, CB Gorrer catch coach’s eye

- As the Bucs opened their three-day mandatory minicamp, two players emerged from the back of the depth chart. Former Gators standout WR Louis Murphy caught everything in sight, while reserve CB Danny Gorrer excelled as an in...

Pats owner Kraft mourns death of Malcolm Glazer

- The passing of Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer hit Robert Kraft particularly hard. The owner of the Patriots had grown close to Malcolm and other members of the Glazer family since 1995, when they purchased the team for $192 mill...

Bucs' line has much to prove

- George Warhop might not have settled on his starters yet, but the new offensive line coach of the Bucs has a definitive vision for the collective responsibility of his group.

Rays snap losing skid, shut out Mariners 4-0

- With some small ball at the plate and a mammoth effort by Erik Bedard on the mound, the Rays ended a 10-game losing streak Friday night with a 4-0 victory against the Mariners.

Bucs shave heads for pediatric cancer fundraiser

- More than a dozen Bucs players shaved their heads in support of Cut for a Cure, and the organization donated $10,000 to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation to promote research.