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Bucs face tough choices at final cutdown day approaches

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For the Tampa Bay Bucs, the final exams are important for the guys at the end of the roster. It’s the fourth preseason game, which means you won’t see much of Jameis Winston, Mike Evans or Doug Martin. Instead, the conversation will be on the fourth- and fifth-receivers, on the third running back, on the backup defensive backs and linebackers. Just like everywhere else. The Bucs will play the Washington Redskins at 8 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium Wednesday night.…

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Jameis Winston, Roberto Aguayo shine as Bucs beat Browns

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This is the Tampa Bay Bucs that Dirk Koetter had hoped to see. Everyone else, too. In the all-important third preseason game (the starters play longer than any other game), the Bucs beat up the Cleveland Browns, 30-13. And most of Koetter’s checklist responded. Jameis Winston played well. And Roberto Aguayo. And Mike Evans. And the offensive line. And the defensive line. And Adam Humphries. And on and on. “We went no-huddle the whole first half, and it worked,” Koetter…

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Browns bring solid passing offense to Tampa Bay

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The Cleveland Browns have had a rough go of it lately. Their last winning season came in 2007 when they posted a 10-6 record. Last year they were a dismal 3-13. Gone is the monstrously disappointing and self-destructive Johnny Manziel. Coming in to assume the quarterback position is Robert Griffin III. The Browns are hoping this former Heisman Trophy winner will help erase the memory of Manziel, the one who earned the award the year after Griffin. Tonight’s preseason game…

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Slow starts bothering Tampa Bay Bucs after two games

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Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter’s team needs to be better at the start. That goes for quarterback Jameis Winston. And for kicker Roberto Aguayo. Heck, for the Bucs in general. Oh, make no mistake. The Bucs had their share of good glimpses for the season to come in Saturday night’s 27-21 victory over the Jags. The secondary had four interceptions, and there were fewer penalties and fewer dropped passes. There was good. There was bad. The Bucs won. But the…

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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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Florida State defense hoping actions can back up swagger

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Florida State’s defense has never lacked for swagger or confidence under Jimbo Fisher. As the Seminoles continue preseason preparations for their Sept. 5 opener in Orlando against Mississippi, the defense is hoping its actions on the field are as boisterous as their words to opposing offenses. “I like how we’re savages this year. I know when it’s time to play, we’re going to be ready to play because we practice like that,” junior safety Tre Marshall said. Florida State returns…

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Quarterback Jameis Winston thinks the Bucs ‘did ok’ on offense

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Perhaps the problem here are expectations. Two days after the Tampa Bay Bucs opened their preseaon schedule with nine points, five turnovers, seven drops, 10 penalties and 31 yards rushing against the Philadelphia Eagles, quarterback Jameis Winston said he thought the Bucs “did okay” in their first effort. Is this the part where we say “congratulations.” To give Winston credit, he did say the team has to play better in the games to come. “We had a good game plan…

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