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Bucs have prime-time games against Patriots, Falcons in 2017

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They are coming up on their 10th year without a playoff game. Still, the Tampa Bay Bucs have to feel as if they’ll be playing with the big boys in 2017. The Bucs play a prime-time Thursday night game this year against the world-champion New England Patriots (Oct. 5), then later play a Monday night game against the Atlanta Falcons (Dec. 18). The Bucs also play two games against the Carolina Panthers, the Super Bowl runners-up of two seasons ago.…

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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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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’ backup Mike Glennon might face former team this year

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Mike Glennon may be leaving for a greener field. Still, he might not go far. Glennon, the Tampa Bay Bucs’ backup quarterback, has been offered a nice contract to remain the backup quarterback for Tampa Bay. However, with Jameis Winston running the huddle, playing time is the one thing the Bucs can’t offer to Glennon. That leaves, according to NFL Network, the Jets and the Bears in the lead for Glennon’s services. Both teams play the Bucs this season at…

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Should Jameis Winston be hammered for clumsy statement?

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Now that he has fumbled, are we to hammer Jamies Winston? Now that he has said the wrong thing, does it matter if he was doing the right one? Winston, the quarterback with the troubled past for the Tampa Bay Bucs, had good intentions. Really he did. On an off-day, he chose to speak to the children at Melrose Elementary School. He said later that he noticed one small boy who wasn’t paying attention, and he tried to get him…

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Tampa Bay Bucs increase ticket prices for the second straight season

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The Tampa Bay Bucs played better football in 2016. In 2017, fans will pay for it. The Bucs have announced a rise in ticket prices for the second straight season, even though they again failed to make the playoffs. This year, the Bucs will play against New England and Atlanta at home, the two Super Bowl teams from a year ago. Carolina, who made it two years ago, will also come to town. Other teams include New Orleans, the Giants,…

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Bucs stop two-point conversion to end with winning record

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With 17 seconds to play, the Tampa Bay Bucs’ defense came up with one final stop on their season, and it meant a winning record. The Bucs stopped a two-point conversion with 17 seconds remaining Sunday after three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olson slipped. Instead, the ball bounded off the facemask of Bradley McDougald, leaving the Bucs 17-16 winners. Tampa Bay finished at 9-7, their first winning season since 2010. The Bucs missed the playoffs, however, due to the…

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