Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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.
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TAMPA — It was almost a week ago that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers parted ways with projected starting left guard Carl Nicks.
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 kindle a new fire for another.
TAMPA — “I’ve known Derrick since fourth grade. Let me just start right there.”
EDITORS NOTE: This story was originally published Feb. 1, 2014
TAMPA — Natasha Spencer met him when she was 12. She dreamed of being a doctor, but didn't know how she'd get there, or even escape her crime-ridden Tampa neighborhood.
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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.
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 training camp.