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Bucs prepared to absorb ‘Hard Knocks’ during training camp

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The Tampa Bay Bucs have scheduled a press conference for Wednesday, and the reports are growing that the team has been selected to participate in HBO’s Hard Knocks show. The show, which has often been described as a distraction, will present a new challenge for Tampa Bay. “I’ve said it before, I feel good about our team and the maturity, especially for being a young group,” general manager Jason Licht said Monday. “I know we have some great personalities on…

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Move to Orlando seems to have bailed out annual Pro Bowl

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Did the move to Orlando save the NFL Pro Bowl? Maybe. The Pro Bowl was more competitive than in most seasons, and it was played in a sold-out stadium. The AFC won 20-13 after an interception by Washington’s Kirk Cousins late in the game. Tampa Bay Bucs’ defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had four tackles, two of them solo, and one of the NFC’s seven sacks. Everson Griffen had three sacks, and former Buc Michael Bennett had two. But the NFC could…

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Tampa Bay Bucs place three players on AP All-Pro team

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Three members of the Tampa Bay Bucs — Mike Evans, Lavonte David and Gerald McCoy — have been named to the second team All-Pro squad, says the Associated Press. It is the second selection for David, after earning first-team honors following the 2013 campaign. He is one of only four linebackers in team history to earn multiple AP All-Pro selections, joining Derrick Brooks, Hugh Green and Hardy Nickerson. This season, David tied for the league lead in tackles for loss with…

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Bucs hope to move Brees out of the way of their playoff dreams

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No quarterback has beaten the Tampa Bay Bucs as much as Drew Brees. Now, he has a chance to do it two times in three weeks in an effort to derail the team’s playoff hopes. Brees, the quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, is 14-7 against the Bucs and has won eight of the last nine meetings. Lifetime, he has a 96.1 rating against Tampa Bay. “Me and Drew (Brees) have a little personal rivalry because we train together, so…

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Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay defense hope to keep the pressure on Philip Rivers

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The defense of the Tampa Bay Bucs has evidently awoken. Whether it keeps up its excellent play against San Diego Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers, however, will be another challenge. The Bucs, who have won three games in a row, and allowed only three touchdowns while doing so, travel to San Diego to face Rivers, tight end Antonio Gates and running back Melvin Gordon. “It’s a new week,” said Bucs’ defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. “We’ve got to bring something all new…

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Patchwork defensive line playing well for Tampa Bay Bucs

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They are not exactly the Fearsome Foursome, but the Tampa Bay Bucs are getting production from an under-appreciated defensive line. The Bucs have had to patch and spackle lately, but they’ve still won two games in a row. During that time, defensive ends William Gholston and Noah Spence and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy have played well. “I think Gerald gets a bad rap sometimes,” said Bucs’ coach Dirk Koetter. “People don’t appreciate what he brings to the table. Having coached against him, you’ve got to double team him or…

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Tampa Bay’s defense is off to a slow start after three games

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No one in the National Football League has given up more points in three games than the Tampa Bay Bucs. And guess what? Here come the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. The Bucs are the only team that has given up more than 100 points (101) through three games. The Bucs are giving up 370 yards a game, 19th in the league. “I think we’re dead average, to be quite frank,” said defensive coordinator Mike Smith. “We’re not rushing the…

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