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Tampa Bay Bucs place three players on AP All-Pro team

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Three members of the Tampa Bay Bucs — Mike Evans, Lavonte David and Gerald McCoy — have been named to the second team All-Pro squad, says the Associated Press. It is the second selection for David, after earning first-team honors following the 2013 campaign. He is one of only four linebackers in team history to earn multiple AP All-Pro selections, joining Derrick Brooks, Hugh Green and Hardy Nickerson. This season, David tied for the league lead in tackles for loss with…

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Bucs win their fourth straight game, tie for lead in NFC South

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The Tampa Bay Bucs, who have spent the better part of a decade learning to lose, may have finally figured out how to win. The Bucs won their fourth straight game Sunday and pulled into a tie with Atlanta for the NFC South lead. Tampa Bay beat San Diego, 28-21, after outscoring the Chargers 21-7 in the second half. For the Bucs’ defense, it was the fourth straight impressive start. The Bucs have allowed only 53 points in those four…

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Bucs’ linebacker Lavonte David thinks defense will be improved

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When people talk about the Tampa Bay Bucs, they usually concentrate on the offense. Second-year quarterback Jameis Winston, or running back Doug Martin, or wide receiver Mike Evans get a lot of discussion. But if the Bucs are going to be a better team than last year’s 6-10 record, it will be because of a fortified defense. The Bucs’ defense was only the 26th best scoring defense in the league last year, allowing 26.1 points per game. Good news, then,…

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Linebacker Lavonte David thinks the Bucs’ defense will be legendary

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He expects them to be better than the Steel Curtain. He expects them to be better than the Doomsday Defense. He expects them to be better than the Monsters of the Midway. He expects them to be better than the Purple People Eaters. He expects them to be better than the Fearsome Foursome. Better than the Killer Bs. Lavonte David expects this season’s Tampa Bay Bucs’ defense to be better than the one in 2002 with Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp,…

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Bucs’ Lavonte David thinks this year’s team will be a special one

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He has heard the expectations. He has seen the prognostications. And, frankly, they kind of tick off Tampa Bay Bucs‘ linebacker Lavonte David off a bit. Which is why, on an afternoon in the middle of the off-season, you could find him screaming to his teammates. ” ‘We still have doubters. Nobody believes in us.’” David remembers yelling. “When they come out with the schedule, all of the analysts put out wins and losses and we were one of the teams…

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Pro Bowl adds Bucs’ Lavonte David, Logan Mankins to game

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For a team that fired their coach, the Tampa Bay Bucs are threatening to take over the Pro Bowl. The Bucs added three players as Pro Bowlers in recent days, bringing their total to five. Considering that the Bucs won only six, that’s not a bad haul. Quarterback Jameis Winson became the first rookie quarterback in history to make the team from the Bucs. Also, linebacker Lavonte David and guard Logan Mankins are Hawaii-bound. The two will join running back Doug Martin…

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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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