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Bucs announce regular season roster

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced their 53-player roster on Saturday. There were no major surprises, but a few disappointments. Among the most disappointing, but expected, cuts was 2017 fifth-round selection Jeremy McNichols. The Bucs thought the former Boise State star had a chance to develop into a running threat like Doug Martin or Miami’s Jay Ajayi, both former Boise State standouts.

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Jeremy McNichols has a chance to be another fifth-round success story

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It has been one week since the NFL Draft. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been credited with pulling off a “steal” in tight end O.J. Howard from Alabama. Having a solid first round pick is great, but does not measure a successful draft. On the other hand, a first round “bust” often defines a disaster. Let us assume Howard will be the NFL force the Bucs and other pundits project. How did Tampa Bay do in the later rounds? That…

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Steelers send Dolphins home for the winter

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The Miami Dolphins’ stay in the NFL playoffs was brief, but at least they got there. On Sunday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Steelers had their way with Miami in a 30-12 rout at Heinz Field. Despite the score and the fact Steelers’ running back Le’Veon Bell set a franchise playoff rushing record with 167 yards, Miami had their chances. Three costly turnovers and a devastating penalty proved fatal, however. Early on, the Dolphins looked like they did not belong. If Bell…

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Drive to Super Bowl continues on Sunday

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Two teams took the first step toward the Super Bowl on Saturday. With Houston and Seattle moving on, two more games will set up the NFL’s Elite 8. Here are Sunday’s matchups. Miami (10-6) at Pittsburgh (11-5), Sunday at 1:05 p.m. (CBS) Miami is making its first playoff appearance since 2008 and is looking for its first postseason win since the wild-card round in 2000. Quarterback Matt Moore will make his first postseason start for the Dolphins with Ryan Tannehill…

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Dolphins fall to Patriots; prepare for playoffs

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The New England Patriots will not be traveling for the 2017 NFL playoffs. Thanks to their 35-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, the Patriots will host any playoff game in which they are involved. Future Hall of Famer Tom Brady showed why he earned that moniker. He completed 25 of 33 passes to seven different receivers for 276 yards and three touchdowns. Despite the fact New England had the Eastern Division of the AFC…

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Dolphins escape Buffalo with 34-31 OT victory

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It turned out closer than it should have, but the Miami Dolphins beat the Buffalo Bills 34-31 in overtime on Saturday in upstate New York. Andrew Franks tied the game at the end of regulation with a 55-yard field goal and won it with only 55 seconds left in the extra period. With the victory, the Dolphins moved to 10-5, the first time they have won that many games since 2008. That is also the last time Miami qualified for…

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Dolphins survive Arizona comeback bid; Ryan Tannehill injured

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On a rainy Sunday afternoon in south Florida, the Miami Dolphins were cruising to a victory over the Arizona Cardinals. In the end, Miami would need a last second field goal from Andrew Franks to escape with a 26-23 victory. The Dolphins bottled up Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson in the first half. Palmer had his worst half as a Cardinal, throwing for only 50 yards. Miami would take a 21-9 lead and appeared headed for an easy…

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