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Bucs place three players on under-25 offensive football team

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Does tomorrow belong to the Tampa Bay Bucs? Tampa Bay placed three players on the recent 25-and-under team as picked by NFL.com, all on offense. Leading the way was quarterback Jameis Winston, who was selected over Dallas’ Dak Prescott and Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota. Also picked was Pro Bowl wide receiver Mike Evans, who led the NFL in being targeted last year. The third member of the Bucs to be picked was guard Ali Marpet, who has started every game since…

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Bucs to host Dallas in “Desperation Bowl” on Sunday

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Yes, the Dallas Cowboys are a desperate football team. But Bucs’ coach Lovie Smith doesn’t think they’ll be the only desperate team on the field. “I never quite understood that one team [is] more desperate than the other,” Smith said. “They have six losses, we have five. You would be hard-pressed to find someone in our locker room that didn’t feel like this is a must [win] game. That’s how we’re looking at it. “What’s going on at their place…

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Bucs won’t blame rookies for problems with offensive line

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This was where you came in, right? The Bucs had a bad night on the offensive line. It spread to the quarterback. It led to a lopsided victory at Raymond James Stadium. Again. For the Bucs, it might as well have been 2014. The Cleveland Browns caved in the Bucs’ line, and Tampa Bay never had a chance to get rolling. “We had some bad plays last night,” Bucs’ coach Lovie Smith said. “It’s like that most games though. You…

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After last year, Bucs hope their offensive line can become a unit in a hurry

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The patchwork offensive line for the Tampa Bay Bucs still hopes to be improved on last year. If so, it will take players from different positions to make it so. Two are rookies. Two are second-year players who earned their reputations elsewhere. One is just off of an airplane. None of them have been here as long as head coach Lovie Smith, who enters his second season. Together, they are responsible for keeping rookie quarterback Jameis Winston upright. The Tampa…

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Bucs look for rookie Jameis Winston to get off to a good start in preseason

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Keep this in mind. Once, another quarterback took the field for the first time, and once, his team thought he was going to be lights-out. Once, he looked smart and poised, and everyone would have thought he was a coming star. He was Ryan Leaf, and his career went downhill from there. Perhaps that is why it is not wise to rely too heavily on whatever good or whatever bad you might see from rookie Jameis Winston of the Tampa…

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Bucs are impressed with how quickly Jameis Winston picks up things

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He is big enough to play. He is strong enough to play. He throws the ball well enough to play. Evidently, Jameis Winston is also smart enough to play. Although Winston threw another interception in Friday’s practice, Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Lovie Smith praised the mental sharpness of his quarterback. For a team that didn’t always play especially smart last year, that’s welcome news. “He gets it,” coach Lovie Smith said. “Since him coming out, we’ve talked a lot…

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Bucs’ rookie guard Ali Marpet is promoted to first team

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Rookie guard Ali Marpet is a first-teamer. Marpet was promoted before Thursday’s practice to right guard by the Tampa Bay Bucs, leading to hope that perhaps the team can rebuild its offensive line, after all. Marpet was a second-round draft pick, and being moved to the first time less than a week into camp is a good sign. “Just like we talk about Jameis or any of the young players, that’s a part of it,” said coach Lovie Smith. “For…

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