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Bucs’ believe win over Seahawks could have been even bigger

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A day after the Tampa Bay Bucs’ biggest win in years, Dirk Koetter wanted more. Perhaps that says something about Koetter, who has guided the Bucs to a 6-5 record so far. But after his offense scored on its first two possessions against Seattle, Koetter was disappointed that more points didn’t come. “Those first two drives were really good execution and we have a ton of respect for what Seattle does on defense, one of the best and they have…

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Bucs’ rookie Noah Spence still has the potential to make a difference

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It isn’t fair to say that Noah Spence is learning to play defensive end in the NFL. Rather, he’s learning to learn. Spence, the rookie defensive end of the Tampa Bay Bucs, has three sacks so far for Tampa Bay. But coaches and teammates praise how Spence has caught on so far. “He’s just preparing better,” teammate Gerald McCoy said. “Like I said, it’s a mental battle. Before it was just, ‘I’ll go to meetings when I have to go…

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Rookie Noah Spence could replace George Johnson on Bucs

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Goodbye, George Johnson. Hello, Noah Spence? The Tampa Bay Bucs lost Johnson to a hip injury he suffered Thursday, and he has been placed on injured reserve. It was a blow to Tampa Bay’s depth, because coach Dirk Koetter says that Johnson was playing well. However, rookie defensive end Noah Spence continues to impress, which may soften the loss. “Solid every day,” Koetter said. “Every day the kid flashes. For a rookie, he hasn’t hit any slump days so to…

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Ranking the Bucs’ top 10 offseason acquisitions going into 2016

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They’re better. Everyone agrees they’re better. They’re faster. They’re deeper. They’re better pass rushers. But are the Tampa Bay Bucs good yet? Ranking the team’s offseason acquisitions (returning players and coaches not included): 1. Vernon Hargreaves, cornerback: In an ideal world, the Bucs have drafted Ronde Barber all over again. He can play outside, he can play in the slot, and he’s instinctive. Yes, you can quibble that he could be a little taller. If he can cover, however, he…

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Bucs’ defensive end Noah Spence is starting to get some attention

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For Noah Spence, these are the first steps of the journey. Behind him is scandal and controversy and redemption. In front of him are the quarterbacks of the NFL. Spence, the Tampa Bay Bucs’ second-round draft pick, and his teammates are going through OTAs for the Bucs. It’s early, but already, the praise has begun for Spence, a defensive end from Eastern Kentucky. Teammate Robert Ayers has compared him favorably to all-pro Bronco Von Miller, a former teammate. “He’s looked…

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Tampa Bay Bucs expect their defense to be more efficient in 2016

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Think versatile. Think about a fiercer rush. Think about tighter coverage. Think about better tackling. Think about a better Bucs’ defense. That was the impression left Thursday as the Tampa Bay Bucs‘ defensive coaches met with the media. “What we’re trying to do is we’re trying to put together a defense that doesn’t have 11 starters,” said defensive end Mike Smith. “We’re trying to have somewhere between 15 and 16 guys that we consider starters on our defense. It’s a…

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Why does Laremy Tunsil seem riskier than Noah Spence?

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Ecstasy is worse than pot, right? We all agree with that. There aren’t states legalizing ecstasy. It isn’t a misdemeanor anywhere? Why, then, is Tampa Bay’s Noah Spence getting more forgiveness for his errors than Miami’s Laremy Tunsil is for his? Well, the timing, for one. The imagery. The surrounding controversy. All of it is working against Tunsil, at one time ranked as the top player in the NFL draft. Spence’s addiction is old news. He’s discussed it openly, repeatedly…

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