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Bucs still waiting for Jameis Winston and Mike Evans to click

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On paper, the combination is lethal, dangerous, maybe even historic. So far, however, Jameis Winston and Mike Evans haven’t clicked. Before the season, Winston dared to compare Evans’ impact to that of Jerry Rice, the best receiver of them all. This season, in which Evans has been injured, they have only 13 completions in 33 attempts for no touchdowns and three interceptions. So what does Evans need to do to return to the form of his rookie season? “Just practice…

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For win at Raymond James, Bucs need fewer flags, fewer drops

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The Tampa Bay Bucs would like to try something new this week. They’d like to win at home. It’s been a while. The Bucs haven’t won at home since Dec. 8 of 2013, 10 games ago. Coach Lovie Smith has never won a game at Raymond James Stadium. “It would be great just for this city to have some wins behind it.” said quarterback Jameis Winston. “Unfortunately our only win was on the road this year, but it would be…

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Despite most recent defeat, coach Lovie Smith says Bucs are getting better

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Lovie Smith says his ballclub is getting better. The Bucs are 1-2, and they were beaten by Houston on Sunday, but Smith swears he can see an upturn in his team’s performance. “Our ball club is getting better,” Smith said Monday. “I know the record isn’t showing that right now, but that is going to change. Talking about yesterday though, offensively, the offensive line played well and it was a good front we were playing against. The offensive line played…

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Bucs plan to shut down receiver Mike Evans for the rest of preseason

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The preseason is over for Mike Evans before it really began. Evans, the second-year receiver of the Tampa Bay Bucs, does not have a catch in two games. But after tweaking a hamstring in a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, coach Lovie Smith announced he was shutting Evans down for the final two exhibition games. “I know right now that Mike probably won’t play anymore the rest of the preseason,” Smith said. “We’ll probably keep him out. Hamstring – you…

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Is Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans in line for a big payday down the line?

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Soon, the big money should thrown at Tampa Bay Bucs’ receiver Mike Evans, too. These days, what wide receivers seem to catch the most are paychecks. On Tuesday, for instance, both Dallas receiver Dez Bryant and Denver receiver DeMaryius Thomas signed contracts for five years and $70 million. When you factor in the contract that Detroit’s Calvin Johnson signed two years ago, and the ones that Atlanta’s Julio Jones and Cincinnati’s A.J. Green will get next year, it’s an impressive way…

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