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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’ 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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Demar Dotson’s reason for ending holdout? He likes his money

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The reason that Demar Dotson ended his holdout with Tampa Bay Bucs was the same reason he started it. Money. Dotson, the starting right tackle, had held out of part of the Bucs’ OTAs. But he realize that a holdout was a good way to lose money, not just make it, he said. “I didn’t want to lose any money,” Dotson said from Bucs’ minicamp. “It’s like $100,000. I got some good advice that you don’t want to lose $100,000.…

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Bucs draft linemen to protect Jameis Winston

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TAMPA As of now, they are his two best friends. They are supposed to protect his back. They are supposed to keep him safe. They are supposed to block out the sun. They are Jameis Winston’s new offensive linemen. This time, you can only hope that the Bucs  and coach Lovie Smith got it right. The Bucs, hours after signing Winston to a contract, spent second-round choices on offensive tackle Donovan Smith from Penn State and guard Ali Marpet of…

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