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Bucs, Gators seek improvement, face challenges on the road

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As college football heads into its third weekend and the NFL its second, one last reflection of last weekend provides a good preview to the next. Two games are worth noting. The Debacle on Dale Mabry tops the list. The Marcus Mariota vs. Jameis Winston rematch was every bit as exciting as last May’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight. Unfortunately, Jameis was cast in the role formerly played by Pacquiao. In both cases, the ballyhoo far exceeded the contest.…

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Several Bucs face final tests in trying to make the team roster

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It may not matter to you. It matters to them. It is the final argument, the last appeal to the head coach. For at least 22 members of the Tampa Bay Bucs, it is one last chance to show Lovie Smith and his staff why this football team cannot operate without you. It is an opportunity to make a play on special teams, to flash in the highlights. And then, after all the work, to hope that this team doesn’t find…

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Buccaneers hungry for success after disappointing season

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are eager to distance themselves from their worst finish in nearly three decades. They’re hoping Jameis Winston will lead the way, but coach Lovie Smith knows it’ll take a lot more than the top pick in this year’s draft to turn around a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2007. In addition to addressing their quarterback woes this offseason, the Bucs brought in help for a porous offensive line and added several players with potential…

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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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Mitch Perry Report for 5.11.15 — Weekend tales in Tampa

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There were two events in Tampa that took place this weekend worth noting. Let’s start with the local NFL franchise and the off-field drama that won’t be going away anytime soon. “We do not think it will be a problem for Jameis to be focused on playing football here,” Tampa Bay Buc head coach Lovie Smith said on Saturday, talking to reporters after Jameis Winston, his prized number one draft choice, finished up his first workouts as a paid professional employed by…

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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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