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Bucs have prime-time games against Patriots, Falcons in 2017

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They are coming up on their 10th year without a playoff game. Still, the Tampa Bay Bucs have to feel as if they’ll be playing with the big boys in 2017. The Bucs play a prime-time Thursday night game this year against the world-champion New England Patriots (Oct. 5), then later play a Monday night game against the Atlanta Falcons (Dec. 18). The Bucs also play two games against the Carolina Panthers, the Super Bowl runners-up of two seasons ago.…

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Bucs prepared to absorb ‘Hard Knocks’ during training camp

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The Tampa Bay Bucs have scheduled a press conference for Wednesday, and the reports are growing that the team has been selected to participate in HBO’s Hard Knocks show. The show, which has often been described as a distraction, will present a new challenge for Tampa Bay. “I’ve said it before, I feel good about our team and the maturity, especially for being a young group,” general manager Jason Licht said Monday. “I know we have some great personalities on…

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Bucs’ G.M. Jason Licht certain his team can get help at No. 19

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If the Tampa Bay Bucs have taken controversial running back Joe Mixon off of their draft board, general manager Jason Licht isn’t saying. While a few teams have already stated they weren’t interested in Mixon, the running back from Oklahoma who committed assault on a woman three years ago, Licht prefers not to say. The Bucs did have Mixon in for a visit, which Licht says was “valuable.” Licht, addressing the media Monday in his pre-draft press conference, said he…

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Bucs’ Louis Murphy apologizes for loaded gun in his luggage

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The reason that Louis Murphy had a loaded gun in his luggage? He wasn’t going to be forced off of his United flight. The reason that Murphy had a loaded gun? When a man asks for extra peanuts, he wants them. The reason that Murphy had a loaded pistol? In case he signed with a team that used the shotgun, he was working up to it. The world is yucking it up this week over Murphy, the former receiver of…

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Bucs announce latest phase of Raymond James improvements

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The Tampa Bay Bucs are building off of the field, too. The Bucs announced another phase of improvements to Raymond James Stadium, including a redesigned West Stadium Club, a new team retail store, expansion of the Hall of Fame Club, and a new home team locker room. “These are exciting times for our organization, both on and off the field,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. “The redesigned West Stadium Club will be a game-changer for our fans that…

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Former Bucs’ running back Warrick Dunn gives away another home

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Once again, Warrick Dunn has scored. Dunn, the former Bucs’ running back who has devoted much of his life to charity, presented his 155th home Thursday morning to Keyona Thompson, the mother of six children – three of them with medical or mental disabilities. The home, in St. Petersburg, is a six-bedroom, two bath with wheelchair accommodations is the latest from a non-profit charity from Dunn. The home is furnished by Aaron’s. “I can’t find the words to describe how I…

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Could the Bucs still be a destination for runner Adrian Peterson?

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Are the Tampa Bay Bucs done with reeling in big names to help their offense? Maybe not. Speculation has returned to the Bucs after quarterback Jameis Winston worked out in Houston recently with former Minnesota Vikings’ great Adrian Peterson. The Bucs were linked with Peterson early in free agency, but due to his age (32), his injured knee and probably his price tag, things never materialized. Peterson remains a free agent. I’ve seen Adrian Peterson many times — one of…

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