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Bucs’ backup Mike Glennon might face former team this year

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Mike Glennon may be leaving for a greener field. Still, he might not go far. Glennon, the Tampa Bay Bucs’ backup quarterback, has been offered a nice contract to remain the backup quarterback for Tampa Bay. However, with Jameis Winston running the huddle, playing time is the one thing the Bucs can’t offer to Glennon. That leaves, according to NFL Network, the Jets and the Bears in the lead for Glennon’s services. Both teams play the Bucs this season at…

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Bucs’ quarterback Jameis Winston leads huge victory over Chicago

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You may debate where you think Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston is among NFL quarterbacks. It’s pretty clear, however, that he’s better than Chicago’s Jay Cutler. Winston had one of his better games Sunday in a 36-10 victory over Chicago, and Cutler had one of his worst. Winston threw for 312 yards, completing 19 passes to players other than Mike Evans. Cutler, on the other hand, threw two interceptions, had two fumbles and took four sacks, including a safety. The…

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Florida’s bear population abundant, robust and growing, officials say

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There now are an estimated 4,350 bears in Florida with dramatic increases in some areas of the state, wildlife officials said Thursday. That number, included in a new state bear census, led the officials to describe the population as abundant, robust and growing. That Florida black bear census reflects the state’s population before last fall’s controversial first bear hunt in a generation. The bear population estimates will change with numbers from the hunt, said Thomas Eason, habitat and species conservation director for…

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Chuck Pagano’s fake punt vs. Patriots heads list of worst calls

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With Andrew Luck watching from the sideline, special-teams ace Colt Anderson lined up under center and took the snap at a critical point during the much-anticipated rematch between the Colts and Patriots. It was easily the worst play of the 2015 season. Indianapolis trailed New England 27-21 late in the third quarter and faced a fourth-and-3 at its own 37. Obviously, it was a punting situation. But Colts coach Chuck Pagano had other ideas. Wide receiver Griff Whalen played center.…

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What else is new? Bucs find another way to lose a game

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The Bucs lost again Sunday. Of course they did. The Bucs lost because, pretty much, that is what they do. They have lost nine times this season, 23 over the last two and 75 times over the last seven seasons. Why? Because they aren’t good enough to avoid it, that’s why. The Bucs struggled on both offense and defense in a 26-21 loss to Chicago that wasn’t as close as it seemed. The Bucs scored on a 43-yard Hail Mary…

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Bucs’ Jameis Winston has to learn to control his emotions

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For rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, the next hurdle is to control his emotions. Winston, an impact player in his first season with the Bucs with 20 touchdown passes and 3,422 yards through the air, is one of the most frequently mentioned players for Rookie of the Year. Half of his six wins have come via a fourth-quarter comeback or a game-winning drive. Against the Rams, however, Winston was obviously amped-up until his emotions boiled over. “I apologized to the team,…

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Even in a down year, Mike Evans sees a bright future for Bucs

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Mike Evans admits it’s been a down season for him. The future, he says, is looking up. Evans had his second straight 1,000-yard season, one of six players to gain that much in his first two seasons. But he has dropped an inordinate amount of passes along the way, tying for the league lead with 10 drops. Nevertheless, Evans can’t help but be excited about the future of him and Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston. “Jameis is going to…

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