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Bucs’ interceptions lead the way to victory over Jacksonville

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Worst start: Bucs’ quarterback Jameis Winston missed on his first six passes to start the game. He finished hitting only three of 10 passes for 28 yards, although he did throw a touchdown pass to Mike Evans in the Bucs’ 27-21 victory. Flag day: The Jags had 13 penalties for 121 yards…in the first half. Best start: In two weeks, Blake Bortles has hit 14 of 18 passes for 190 yards and four scores. Best Gator: In a game dominated by…

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Tampa Bay Bucs to face Jaguars without Doug Martin tonight

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One of the key elements to the Tampa Bay Bucs won’t make an appearance in tonight’s preseason game. The Bucs will hold out running back Doug Martin, who has sore ribs, as a precautionary measure against the Jacksonville Jaguars when the teams meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. Martin figured to be a central figure for both teams. Last season, in a 38-31 victory, Martin ran for 123 yards against the Jags. But in the Bucs’ preseason opener against Philadelphia, the Bucs ran only for…

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FSU fans should pay attention to Bucs-Jags preseason game

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Now, this is an NFL game made for Jimbo Fisher. Just imagine Fisher, the FSU football coach, kicking of his shoes and turning up the volume. Imagine him taking a break from the films for once. Imagine him making popcorn. Here it is, the football version of All My Children. Playing there for the Bucs is Jameis Winston, the former Heisman winner. He was the No. 1 draft pick and had a great rookie season. Playing over there for the…

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Bucs’ offense more crisp in second workout vs. Jags

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Tampa Bay Bucs coach Dirk Koetter was happier with his team’s second day of practice against the Jacksonville Jags. Koetter had thought his team lacked energy in the first day of practice against the Jags, but picked it up on Thursday. “I thought we got really good work,” Koetter said. “Now again, I’m only seeing one field until we watch the tape. It was good. That was really good two-minute work, where we got four drives, two on each side.…

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Bucs sluggish in first practice against Jacksonville Jaguars

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Playing against a different team was supposed to make the Tampa Bay Bucs energized Wednesday. It had the opposite effect. The Bucs were sluggish, according to head coach Dirk Koetter, in their first practice against the Jacksonville Jags. The teams practice against each other again today before playing in Saturday night’s exhibition game. “I thought offensively, we were a little bit sluggish,” Koetter said. “But maybe that’s due to Jacksonville playing good on defense. I’ll know when I watch the tape.…

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Bucs hold of Jags to finally add another victory at Raymond James

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Nelson Mandela had just died. There were storms on the East Coast. Jay-Z had led the Grammy nominations. And the Tampa Bay Bucs won a home game. Whee! It was long ago, back when TV was in black-and-white. At least, it seems that way since Dec. 8 of 2013. Greg Schiano was the head coach. Mike Glennon was the quarterback. And the Bucs improved all the way up to 4-9. The Bucs beat Buffalo that day, and then fell into…

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If anyone can feel for Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston, it’s the Jags’ Blake Bortles

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If there is someone in this state who knows what the young quarterback from this side of the state is going through, it’s the young quarterback from that side of the state. Like the Bucs’ Jameis Winston, the Jags’ Blake Bortles was a draft pick (third overall).< Like Winston, he went to a pro team in Florida (Jacksonville). Like Winston, he played at a college team in Florida (UCF). Like Winston, he threw seven interceptions in his first four games. Now,…

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