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Bucs training camp: a golden opportunity for running backs not named Doug Martin

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With training camp fully underway, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are preparing for their first preseason game against the Bengals in Cincinnati just 9 days from now. As usual, starters will play only a few series before letting the backups and newcomers show their stuff. This year’s camp will provide two particular areas of interest on the offensive side of the ball. First will be the unveiling of tight end O.J. Howard, the team’s top draft pick, and newly acquired deep receiving threat…

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Buccaneers take O.J. Howard in 1st round; UF’s Jarrad Davis goes to Lions

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Alabama tight end O.J. Howard with the 19th pick in the NFL draft, providing young quarterback Jameis Winston with another playmaker for an improved offense. Winston threw for more than 4,000 yards each of the past two seasons, however the Bucs have struggled to score points. General manager Jason Licht and coach Dirk Koetter are counting on him to be able to get the ball in the end zone with more regularity after adding Howard,…

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After 2nd losing season, Bucs fire Lovie Smith in surprise move

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For the third time in five years, the Tampa Bay Bucs have decided the team needs a new head coach. In a surprise move, the Bucs fired head coach Lovie Smith late Wednesday night. Smith had tripled his wins in 2015, and his offense had risen to fifth in yardage. Still, the Bucs were 6-10 and lost their final four games. “This decision was difficult on a variety of levels,” Joel Glazer said in a prepared statement. “I am disappointed that…

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Confident Jameis Winston ready to take over Bucs’ offense

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The large billboard standing on a major thoroughfare a few blocks from the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers suggests an offensive explosion is on the horizon. Jameis Winston is preparing to lead it. “Cannons will fire,” reads the sign bearing an image of the top pick in the NFL draft presumably poised to throw a touchdown pass. “Whatever it is,” a television commercial implores, “he’s got it.” Coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht are banking on their…

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Buccaneers select Jameis Winston with top pick in NFL draft

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are counting on Jameis Winston to help them become relevant again. The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback was selected with the first overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night, instantly becoming the face of a franchise that missed the playoffs the past seven seasons and hasn’t won a postseason game since the club’s Super Bowl run in 2002. Coach Lovie Smith and Jason Licht made the call, concluding after months of interviews and exhaustive research that…

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Buccaneers expected to use No. 1 overall pick on Jameis Winston

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Selecting a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback won’t end the debate about who the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should take with the first overall pick in the NFL draft. In a sense, it’ll just be beginning if the offensively challenged Bucs – as expected – choose either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota to become the face of a franchise that hasn’t won a playoff game in more than a decade. “Both quarterbacks are excellent players and both are going to have a lot…

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Florida State’s Jameis Winston shows off for NFL coaches, GMs

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Jameis Winston dodged brooms and blocking pads. He threw over outstretched arms and tennis rackets. He completed passes from the pocket and on the run. Even when it was time for a brief break during Florida State’s pro day Tuesday, Winston grabbed the water bottles and served his teammates. No doubt, Winston put on quite a show for NFL coaches, general managers and scouts. The Seminoles star threw passes for nearly an hour, demonstrating arm strength, accuracy and stamina while…

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