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Bucs finish up draft with role players you’ve barely heard of

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The Tampa Bay Bucs finished up their work in the NFL draft, evidently looking for backups and special team players. The Bucs picked up Ryan Smith of North Carolina Central, who will compete for playing time at nickel back, in the fourth round. They picked up tackle Caleb Benenock of UCLA in the fifth. In the sixth, they drafted Oklahoma linebacker and Northwestern fullback Dan Vitale in the depth part of the draft. Smith is the fourth cornerback the team has…

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Bucs add veteran linebacker Darryl Smith to their defense

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The Tampa Bay Bucs are hoping that familiar faces have a little left in the tank. The Bucs have signed linebacker Daryl Smith, who played for new defensive coordinator Mike Smith in Jacksonville. Earlier, the team signed Brent Grimes, who played for Smith in Atlanta. Smith, 34, is a bigger linebacker, which would suggest he will play on run downs. “We’re excited to add a player of Daryl’s caliber to our defense,” said General Manager Jason Licht. “He’s a smart,…

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Reasons why Bucs defense could improve start with Kwon Alexander

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Why is a Tampa Bay Bucs‘ fan to believe that his team’s defense will be better this year than last year’s 25th-ranked unit. Easy. Linebacker Kwon Alexander. At least, that’s where defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier starts when he talks about the improvement of the Bucs’ defense, with a fourth-round draft pick who quickly seized the position over free agent Bruce Carter. Last Saturday night, it was Alexander’s open-field tackle of quarterback Josh McCown that left Bucs fans talking. “I think…

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Now that Bucs’ Lavonte David is rich, he needs to win

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TAMPA In the moments after he became a rich man Sunday, the Bucs asked Lavonte David to take a few minutes to take a few photographs. David declined. “I need to get back to my meeting,” he said. And that story, told by Bucs’ general manger Jason Licht, illustrates as much as anything of why David will remain hungry despite achieving wealth. “Football matters more to me than anything,” David said. So David went back to work, and the Bucs…

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