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Bucs play their best game in years in drubbing Philadelphia

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For a long time – and you can measure it in seasons, in coaches or in quarterbacks – the Tampa Bay Bucs have waited for a day such as this one. A day when the quarterback was superb. A day when the running back could not be stopped. A day when the defense flustered the opposition. The Bucs have rarely had a day such as this one, when they bashed the Philadelphia Eagles 45-17 on their home turf in an…

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Bucs WR Mike Evans aims to redeem himself against Cowboys

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Mike Evans grew up in Texas, but was never much of a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. So when Tampa Bay’s second-year receiver faces “America’s Team” for the first time Sunday, it’ll be special for him in a different way. He’s eager to make the most of an opportunity to atone for a sloppy performance the former Texas A&M star feels cost the Buccaneers (3-5) a victory last week. Evans matched a personal best with eight receptions for 152 yards,…

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Bucs, Dolphins, Jags already falling short of expectations

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Things were supposed to be different in the Sunshine State this season. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted quarterback Jameis Winston with the top pick, getting a Heisman Trophy winner and collegiate national champion. — The Miami Dolphins signed defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a six-year, $114 million contract, landing the top free agent on the market. — The Jacksonville Jaguars completed a three-year overhaul that included a burgeoning roster and nearly $180 million in free agency upgrades. But already…

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Young QBs give Jaguars, Buccaneers hope for future

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Blake Bortles doesn’t have to watch a lot of film to know what Jameis Winston is going through. Young quarterbacks tend to be wildly inconsistent early in their careers, even those deemed to have as much talent and potential as Bortles and Winston. “I honestly haven’t seen a ton (of Winston) … but I do catch some clips every now and then,” said Bortles, the third overall pick in the 2014 draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. “After going through it…

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Saints won’t judge Bucs’ Jameis Winston on rough debut

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After top overall draft choice Jameis Winston flopped in his NFL debut, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith decided his rookie quarterback could benefit from a history lesson. Some elite NFL quarterbacks of today had rough days of their own early in their careers. Saints all-time leading passer Drew Brees, whom the Bucs will see Sunday in the Superdome, was benched more than once during his first couple seasons in San Diego. Peyton Manning threw 28 interceptions during his rookie…

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Saints secondary a primary concern against Jameis Winston, Bucs

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The Saints’ battered secondary has become a primary concern for New Orleans as it prepares to host the NFL’s top overall draft pick, Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston. After losing their season opener in Arizona without starting cornerback Keenan Lewis or starting free safety Jairus Byrd, the Saints now must replace Byrd’s replacement — veteran Rafael Bush, who tore his pectoral muscle Sunday. New Orleans had to finish the game with veteran strong safety Jamarca Sanford playing free safety for…

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Tampa Bay linebacker Kwon Alexander didn’t have a great debut, either

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The rookie of the Tampa Bay Bucs wasn’t good enough, either. Not in his first game. His coaches had hoped he would arrive fully prepared. They were hoping he would make an impact. They would hope his play-calls would be the right ones. No, the subject is not quarterback Jameis Winston. It’s middle linebacker Kwon Alexander. Alexander struggled, too, in his first day in the NFL. Despite all the high hopes, despite the skill set, he was not as good…

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