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Bucs Jameis Winston-Mike Evans combo needs to be ‘lethal’

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They are young. They have made mistakes. Still, the future is in their hands. If the Tampa Bay Bucs are to do anything, if they are to matter, it will be the quarterback and the receiver who must lead them. Jameis Winston and Mike Evans, a pair of 22-year-olds, are still the most talented players on the Bucs’ roster. They are the past — the last two No. 1 draft picks — and they are the future. And despite Winston’s…

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New Bucs’ offensive coordinator wants to incorporate a fight song

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New offensive coordinator Todd Monken has a vision for the Bucs’ offense. He’d like it to be fun. In most seasons, the Bucs’ offense has little to do with fun. But with the weapons and the growth of the team, perhaps it’s an operative word. At least, Monken, 49, hopes so. “It’s about having the talent first. Then, I like having fun. I don’t know why it has to feel like such drudgery – I just don’t. I’ve never understood…

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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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Bucs’ game plan omitted Doug Martin, Mike Evans in loss

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Not enough Doug Martin. Not enough Mike Evans. Not enough points or plays or third-down conversions. Looking back, that was the key for the Tampa Bay Bucs against New Orleans. Not enough. That was the thing about the Bucs’ 24-17 defeat at the hands of the New Orleans Saints. The Bucs simply couldn’t get enough offense going to make anyone happy. There was running back Martin, who touched the ball only 11 times despite a 7.4 average. There was wide…

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Bucs’ Jameis Winston leads his team to another comeback win

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The Bucs were weary. They were behind. Time was running out. They were near the goal. And then Jameis Winston grinned. “Who wants a touchdown?” he said to his huddle. “Me, me, me,” said Mike Evans. “All right,”” Winston said. And so it happened. Winston scrambled right, and he threw to a sliding Evans, and the Bucs beat the Atlanta Falcons 23-19 to even their record at 6-6 and remain a contender in the playoff race. “That’s how it happened,”…

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Once again, Bucs contribute toward their own demise with their miscues

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The team the Tampa Bay Bucs beat the most often? Why, it’s the Tampa Bay Bucs. The Bucs lost a 32-18 game to the New York Giants Sunday afternoon with the usual problems. They turned the ball over too much (three fumbles), they committed too many penalties (nine for 79 yards), they dropped too many passes (five by Mike Evans alone). But most of all, the Bucs kept turning touchdown opportunities into field goal attempts. Their red one performance against…

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Bucs determined to work Mike Evans into their offense more often

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A year ago, he took the NFL by storm. These days, the dark clouds are hovering over Mike Evans. Evans is off to a slow start for the Tampa Bay Bucs in 2015, partially because of injury and partially because of a new quarterback. But as he revisits Washington, the team he was toughest on as a rookie, it might be his time. Evans caught seven passes for 209 yards against the Redskins last year. It was part of his…

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