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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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Bucs WR Mike Evans inactive against Titans with hamstring injury

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are opening the season against the Tennessee Titans without one of Jameis Winston‘s top receivers, second-year pro Mike Evans. Evans, who had 68 receptions for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns as a rookie, has a sore left hamstring. He practiced Friday for the first time since the Bucs’ second preseason game and had been listed as questionable. Cornerback Jason McCourty is out for the Titans with a groin injury. Cornerback Mike Jenkins, running back Mike James,…

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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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