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Aguayo’s expertise with ‘mortar kicks’ factor in Bucs’ draft decision

- Roberto Aguayo’s ability to kick off deep, and kick high to take advantage of new kickoff rules, was a factor in the Bucs moving up 15 spots to draft him in the second round.

After K Aguayo drafted, Barth to ask Bucs for release

- For the third time in three years, the Buccaneers have kicked the most accurate kicker in franchise history to the curb. This time, though, it came at the kicker’s request.

Bucs DE Ayers could move inside with addition of Spence

- The Bucs chose not to add a defensive tackle during this year’s draft, opting instead to stand pat on what some believe to be an area of need.

Draft over, Glennon remains as Bucs continue to fill needs

- When the three-day-long NFL draft finally reached its conclusion on Saturday afternoon, one of the more notable players wearing the pewter and red of Tampa Bay was not a player the Buccaneers added over the course of the we...

Bucs take UCLA offensive lineman Benenoch in fifth round

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TAMPA — When Nigerian-born Caleb Benenoch first asked his mother to sign him up for football, she was all in favor of it because she thought she was signing her son up for soccer.

Bucs draft CB Ryan Smith in fourth round

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TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued to makeover their secondary on Saturday when they invested their fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft on cornerback Ryan Smith.

Vitale impressed with Winston’s transformation

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TAMPA — Add ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale to the growing list of coaches, players and fans impressed with the physical transformation Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has made this off...

Bucs draft DE Spence, K Aguayo in second round

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued to spend the NFL Draft shoring up its defensive ranks Friday, using its No. 39 pick to get DE Noah Spence from Eastern Kentucky.

Bucs' second-round pick Spence says party days are behind him

- “I felt like I had nothing else left,'' Noah Spence said of a four-game exile he served and the banishment from the Big 10 that came with it. “After that, I knew I had to turn my life around."

Hargreaves III has happy homecoming at One Buc Place

- The Hargreaves' family tradition of football took a big step Friday as the newest Buccaneer was introduced to the public.

NFL scouts praise Bucs’ decision to draft Hargreaves

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TAMPA — The great debate over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ decision to spend the 11th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft on Florida cornerback Vernon Hagreaves is on.

Bucs’ Koetter compares Hargreaves to Grimes

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TAMPA — Everybody loves a comparison. So who does Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter compare cornerback Vernon Hagreaves, the Bucs first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft to?

Bucs select Tampa native Vernon Hargreaves III in first round of NFL draft

- After trading down two spots to No. 11, the Bucs made a move aimed at improving their pass defense by selecting home-grown cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, a Tampa native who played at Wharton High and the University of Fl...

Bucs’ Koetter: Familiarity with scheme helped offense

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TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ decision to promote Dirk Koetter from offensive coordinator to head coach means the players on the offensive side of the ball won’t have to spend the offseason learn...

Bucs end minicamp on defensive high note

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TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wrapped up their first minicamp under new coach Dirk Koetter on Thursday with safety Keith Tandy picking off a Mike Glennon pass during an 11-on-11 drill.

Stellar 2015 draft class set tough standard to beat for Bucs

- Entering tonight's NFL draft, the Bucs know duplicating last year's success with four rookie starters will be a difficult feat.

Lightning need more from Hedman if they are to advance

- Through six games, including the Lightning’s 5-3 loss to the Islanders in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, Victor Hedman has yet to produce at the pace he did a year ago when he contended for the C...

Bucs notes: QB Winston focused on body and mind

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TAMPA — Jameis Winston’s transformation into a leaner, stronger, more physically fit quarterback is the talk of the Buccaneers offseason workout program.

Bucs WR Jackson: Evans shows maturity, better controlling emotions

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TAMPA — The perpetrator of five offensive pass interference penalties last year, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is hoping to do a better job of controlling his emotions during the upcoming season.

New Bucs DE Ayers would welcome young competition

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TAMPA — After focusing almost exclusively on the offensive side of the ball during the last two drafts, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to focus largely on defense during this year’s selection process...

Bucs’ Evans focus of ESPN special tonight on family tragedy

- Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans is the subject of an ESPN E:60 special that airs tonight and focuses on the tragedy he suffered through as a youth when his father was murdered during an altercation with his mother’s bro...

Bucs’ defense has much to learn with new scheme, DE Ayers says

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved into Phase II of their offseason workout program Tuesday, taking the field for the first time under new head coach Dirk Koetter, who is conducting his first voluntary mini-camp.

Bucs’ Evans says Winston sporting ‘six-pack’ after grueling offseason

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TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are seeing a different Jameis Winston this offseason, a Winston some barely recognize.

Bucs seeking defensive linemen who can rattle QBs

- In examining what the Broncos did to unnerve Cam Newton in Super Bowl 50, he found defensive tackles Malik Jackson and Sylvester Williams were as critical as pass-rushers Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware. The could impact his s...

Bucs sign former UCF running back Johnson

- The Bucs beefed up their running back corps just ahead of the start of the 2016 NFL draft on Monday when they signed former Central Florida back Storm Johnson.

Tribune/TBO final 2016 Bucs mock draft: Hargreaves fills a needs

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Tribune/TBO final 2016 Bucs mock draft: Hargreaves fills a need

- The Bucs addressed three of their most glaring needs during the first three days of free agency, signing defensive end Robert Ayers, cornerback Brent Grimes and left guard J.R. Sweezy. What direction will they take in the d...

Bucs take closer look at defensive end Spence

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TAMPA — Unlike a year ago, when they publicly celebrated the arrival of quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota to their campus, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have remained quite mum this spring regarding the pr...

Bucs could still be in hunt for Josh Norman

- If you’re wondering if the Bucs have the salary cap space available to sign free agent cornerback Josh Norman away from the Panthers, the answer is yes.

Bucs could still be in hunt for Josh Norman

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TAMPA - If you’re wondering if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the salary cap space available to sign free agent cornerback Josh Norman away from the Carolina Panthers, the answer is yes.

Bucs RB Martin, LB David ready to prove doubters wrong

- Despite their detractors, Lavonte David and Doug Martin think this could finally be the year the Bucs, who have not been to the playoffs since 2007, get back to the postseason.

Bucs add ex-Jaguar LeFevour to QB mix

- In a move that might presage a trade of backup quarterback Mike Glennon during next week’s NFL Draft, the Bucs signed former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Dan LeFevour.

Personal trainer helps Bucs’ Winston become more fit, stronger

- Jameis Winston’s transformation is a result of spending two days a week for a month working out with Michael Jordan’s former personal trainer, Tim Grover, and doing a lot of what Winston called “grind w...

Licht hoping to uncover more ‘deep tracks’ in NFL draft

- Bucs general manager Jason Licht loves rock and roll. His favorite band is AC/DC and he’s anything but a casual fan. Along those lines, Licht believes there are a few “Night Prowlers’’ lurking in eve...

Bucs GM: Most draft busts related to issues ‘above the neck’

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NFL teams have all the tools necessary to measure a player’s physical talents. What they don’t have are the tools necessary to accurately measure a player’s mental capabilities.

Bucs LB Alexander says key to success is ‘heart’

- You gotta have heart. That’s how second-year Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander sees it. To make it in the NFL, Alexander said last week, a player needs to have heart, and lots of it.

Despite inactivity, Stamkos still has presence with Lightning

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TAMPA — Since undergoing surgery to treat a blood clot two weeks ago, Lightning C Steven Stamkos hasn’t just disappeared from the Lightning lineup. He has all but disappeared from public view.

Bucs’ new LB Smith: Winston is ‘legit’

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TAMPA — Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Daryl Smith knows his new coaches a lot better than he knows his new teammates.

Bucs invite 23 local prospects for workout

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TAMPA - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have mostly kept under wraps the names of the draft prospects they have entertained at One Buc Place this offseason.

Stadium work will limit Bucs draft party to season pass, suite holders

- The multimillion-dollar renovation of Raymond James Stadium will force the Buccaneers to scale back their annual draft party later this month.

LB Alexander: Bucs’ defense will be more ‘aggressive’ in 2016

- Speaking to the media during a break in offseason workouts at One Buc Place, middle linebacker Kwon Alexander suggested Bucs fans are in for a defensive treat this coming season under new coordinator Mike Smith.

Bucs' 2016 schedule: Monday night game and back-to-back Super Bowl foes

- The Bucs, who will open the season in Atlanta, will make their first appearance on "Monday Night Football" since 2013 when they face the reigning NFC champion Panthers in Carolina in a Week 5 matchup.

Bolts’ Johnson hopeful of playing, will be game-time decision

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TAMPA — Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson walked off the ice following an optional morning skate on Wednesday feeling good about his chances of playing in his team’s playoff opener tonight.

Despite numbers, Bucs WR Evans calls sophomore season ‘disappointment’

- After catching 68 passes for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns as a rookie, Evans caught 74 passes for 1,206 yards and three touchdowns last year. But he also dropped nearly a dozen catchable balls.

Bucs QB Winston, WR Evans working on chemistry

- Jameis Winston and MIke Evans know their ability to connect on the field is critical to any success the Bucs might have, so they also are working hard this offseason to form a tighter bond off the field.

Koetter plans to ‘refine’ offense as Bucs begin offseason workouts

- Dirk Koetter said his primary objectives for the offseason program are to install the team’s new defense and special teams schemes and “refine’’ an offense that set a franchise record, gaining 6,014 ...

Bucs back on field for start of offseason workout program

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TAMPA — They’re baaaack.