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Chemistry between Jameis Winston, Mike Evans is working already

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The grand chemistry experiment between Jameis Winston and Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Bucs is off to a flying start. Stop them if you can. The duo was deadly Friday night against the Cleveland Browns in a 31-13 preseason victory. Winston hit 16 of 25 passes for 259 yards and two scores in the first half.  Evans caught five passes for 115 yards. “I think there’s a little bit of a misnomer out there that there’s not a lot on…

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Jameis Winston, Roberto Aguayo shine as Bucs beat Browns

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This is the Tampa Bay Bucs that Dirk Koetter had hoped to see. Everyone else, too. In the all-important third preseason game (the starters play longer than any other game), the Bucs beat up the Cleveland Browns, 30-13. And most of Koetter’s checklist responded. Jameis Winston played well. And Roberto Aguayo. And Mike Evans. And the offensive line. And the defensive line. And Adam Humphries. And on and on. “We went no-huddle the whole first half, and it worked,” Koetter…

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Bucs’ quarterback Jameis Winston wants faster start

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When the Tampa Bay Bucs play in their home stadium for the first time Friday night against Cleveland, quarterback Jameis Winston wants to start fast. So far, he hasn’t. He fumbled early against the Eagles and missed his first six passes against the Jags. This time, he wants to hit the field in a hurry. “Every rep matters, so it’s something that we want to do,” Winston said. “We know that if we do start off fast or we start…

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Bucs prepared to work against Cleveland’s 3-4 defense

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The Cleveland Browns, like the Tampa Bay Bucs, have struggled in recent seasons. So what can the Browns offer the Bucs in this week’s shared practices? Start with alignment. The Browns use a 3-4 defense, which will be a new sight for the Bucs. The 3-4 is a different defense to block, and different for a quarterback to read. “Cleveland is a 3-4 defense and we’re going to see like eight 3-4 teams over the course of the year, so…

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Slow starts bothering Tampa Bay Bucs after two games

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Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter’s team needs to be better at the start. That goes for quarterback Jameis Winston. And for kicker Roberto Aguayo. Heck, for the Bucs in general. Oh, make no mistake. The Bucs had their share of good glimpses for the season to come in Saturday night’s 27-21 victory over the Jags. The secondary had four interceptions, and there were fewer penalties and fewer dropped passes. There was good. There was bad. The Bucs won. But the…

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Super Bowl rematch: Panthers-Broncos opens season

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Super Bowl rematch. Minus Peyton Manning, of course. The NFL season will begin the way the last one ended, with the Denver Broncos playing the Carolina Panthers. Denver beat Carolina 24-10 in February in the Super Bowl, Manning’s final game. The rematch will be on Thursday night, Sept. 8 in Denver. “We’re glad that it’s out,” Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said. “We knew who we were going to play and now we know when we’re…

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Browns play Ravens in one of worst Monday Night matchups

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This is Monday Night Football? Really? A 2-8 Cleveland team against a 3-7 Baltimore team? What? Is there going to be a lot of talk about the upcoming NFL draft? No, this won’t be one for the Greatest Hits albums, will it? Cleveland, which just promoted, and then demoted, quarterback Johnny Manziel, against Baltimore, which has lost quarterback Joe Flacco to injury. That leaves Jon Gruden and company to talk about Josh McCown vs. Matt Schaub. It’s the third-worst Monday…

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