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Saturday, Oct 10, 2015

Roy Cummings

Tribune Staff

Intense offseason workouts paying off for Bucs RB Doug Martin

- Doug Martin pushed himself through “leg days,” challenging 90-minute routines that literally left him gasping for air. But after two disappointing seasons, he faces the Jaguars tied for eighth in the NFL in ru...

Bucs-Jaguars Pulse: A capsule preview of this week’s game


Here’s a quick look at Sunday’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Vincent Jackson: Bucs’ mistakes must stop

- Pro Bowl WR Vincent Jackson thinks Tampa Bay can turn its season around following a 1-3 start if it can just stop facing two foes each week: the opponent and the Bucs.

Bucs OG Mankins (groin) sits out, may miss Jaguars game


TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be forced into a changing of their left guard come Sunday.

Bucs hope Dye injects speed into WR corps


TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ wide receiving corps is a big one, but it’s not necessarily a fast one. The Bucs are hoping to change that with the addition of rookie Donteea Dye.

Bucs OC Koetter pleased with OL rookies Smith, Marpet


Buccaneers’ two rookie offensive linemen — LT Donovan Smith and RG Ali Marpet ...

Bucs Hot Reads: Padded practices good for young linemen

- Buccaneers rookie Jameis Winston is one of a dozen starting quarterbacks who has been sacked at least once every dozen times he’s dropped back to pass this season. That sack rate has some, including coach Lovie Smith,...

Bucs notes: Koetter pleased with rookie offensive linemen

- The Buccaneers’ two rookie offensive lineman — LT Donovan Smith and RG Ali Marpet — played at least as well as expected during the first quarter of the season, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said.

Bucs QB Winston focused on reducing turnovers

- Of the 10 giveaways the Bucs committed through their first four games, rookie quarterback Jameis Winston was responsible for eight.

Bucs bring back Barth to handle kicking, replacing Brindza

- Connor Barth, who connected on 84.3-percent of the field goals he kicked during a four-year stint with the Bucs, re-signed with the team Tuesday as the replacement for the recently deposed Kyle Brindza.

Bucs notes: Smith sees improvement despite 1-3 record

- Their record just keeps getting worse, but the Buccaneers are getting better with each passing week, Coach Lovie Smith said.

Bucs cut struggling K Brindza

- Less than a day after he missed two field-goal attempts and an extra point try in 37-23 loss, rookie kicker Kyle Brindza has been cut. GM Jason Licht said a new kicker will be in place by Wednesday.

Bucs’ K Brindza not only one struggling with field goals, extra points


TAMPA — Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie Kyle Brindza isn’t the only kicker struggling to split the uprights this season.

Winston, Bucs get sloppy in 37-23 loss to Panthers

- Jameis Winston threw four interceptions, and his regression is a big concern after a day full of gaffes as the Bucs extended their home losing streak to 11 games with a rainy 37-23 loss to the Panthers.

Bucs Pulse: Carolina at Tampa Bay

- A look ahead to today's matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers.

Bucs rookie LB Alexander tapping into his vast potential

- The Bucs drafted Kwon Alexander with the idea of making him a strongside linebacker, which in their defense is a player who usually comes off the field on obvious passing downs. With Lavonte David’s help, though, the...

Bucs RB Martin: Will play vs. Panthers, ‘nicked’ knee is fine


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers received a bit of a scare this week when running back Doug Martin sustained a knee injury that forced him to sit out Thursday’s practice at One Buc Place.

Bucs to start CB Jenkins ahead of Verner in place of injured Banks


The expected absence of Tampa Bay cornerback Johnthan Banks, who is likely to miss Sunday’s game against Carolina with a knee injury, will likely result in fellow corner Mike Jenkins making his first start as a Bu...

Bucs Hot Reads: QB Winston not working on TD celebration


TAMPA — Unlike Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who pretends to rip open up his shirt the way Superman did, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has yet to develop a signature touchdown celebration.

Bucs injury report for Thursday: RB Martin sidelined

- The Bucs added running back Doug Martin to the injury list Thursday, but coach Lovie Smith didn’t seem too concerned about the knee/quadriceps injury that kept Martin sidelined.

Bucs’ CB Verner says lack of takeaways led to diminished roll


TAMPA — Alterraun Verner walked into the Buccaneers locker room on Thursday and began tossing jerseys that weren’t his into lockers that don’t belong to him.

No signature touchdown celebration in works for Bucs’ Winston


TAMPA — Unlike Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who pretends to rip open up his shirt the way superman did whenever he reaches the end zone, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has yet to develop a sig...

In many ways, Winston following in Panthers QB Newton’s footsteps

- If anyone can say he’s walked a mile in Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston’s shoes, it is Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. It’s no wonder, then, Winston has sought out Newton for advice on what to ex...

Knee injury may sideline Bucs’ LT Donovan Smith against Panthers

- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be without rookie left tackle Donovan Smith (knee) for their game against the Panthers on Sunday.

Bucs Hot Reads: C Hawley claims winning whiskers


— In addition to becoming one of the best centers in the league, Bucs OL Joe Hawley also wants to have the best beard.

Bucs’ WR Mike Evans calls his play ‘terrible’ in loss to Texans


TAMPA — Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter offered a simple answer Wednesday when asked how many passes his receivers dropped against the Texans on Sunday.

Bucs’ LB Kwon Alexander a Rookie of the Week candidate


TAMPA - For the second week in a row the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have an NFL Rookie of the Week candidate.

Buccaneers release third-year RB Mike James

- Released was running back Mike James, a Haines City native and sixth-round pick of the Bucs out of Miami in 2013 who had yet to dress for a game this year.

Even after loss, Bucs coach Smith sees improvement

- The Bucs are on pace for what would be their 28th losing season in 40 years. But :pvoe Smith, ever the optimist, believes the growing pains the Bucs have experienced will soon start to subside and give way to a more pleasin...

Bucs notes: QB Winston shows mobility in the pocket

- The ability to stand inside a collapsing pocket, keep his eyes downfield and deliver the ball accurately has long been considered one of QB Jameis Winston’s greatest strengths.

Plenty of blame to go around as Bucs lose 19-9 to Texans

- No one played a bigger role in the Bucs loss their kicker but he had help from a penalty-prone defense that didn’t stop the run and a receiving corps that let a half-dozen potentially game-changing passes slip throug...

Bucs-Texans Pulse: A capsule preview of this week’s game


Here’s a quick look at Sunday’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Houston Texans.

Bucs’ Smith gets another chance to beat odds against Texans

- Donovan Smith made it out of a gang-filled Long Island neighborhood, stuck with Penn State through the Sandusky scandal and ignored NFL experts advising him to not go pro as a junior. Somehow, things keep working out.

Bucs’ Jameis Winston voted NFL Rookie of the Week

- Winston, who won the award in fan voting on NFL.com, completed 14 of 21 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown in leading the Bucs to their first victory of the season last Sunday at New Orleans.

Bucs’ Lavonte David already on pace for productive season


TAMPA - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went into the 2015 season hoping to get more impact plays out of weakside linebacker Lavonte David. So far they’re getting exactly what they asked for.

Bucs injury report: C Evan Smith misses Thursday practice


—Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Joe Hawley did such a good job filling in for Evan Smith against the Saints last week, he was “almost’’ voted a game ball for h...

Ex-Bucs kicker Tynes’ MRSA lawsuit remanded to state court


 Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes scored a victory on Thursday when his $20 million lawsuit against the team was remanded to state court rather than remaining in federal court.

Bucs Hot Reads: RB Martin hears from fantasy fans


TAMPA — Bucs RB Doug Martin is not a big fantasy football fan. He knows the game has exploded in popularity in recent years, but doesn’t follow it and has no idea where he ranks among players.

Bucs DE Jacquies Smith had help with sacks


TAMPA — Bucs defensive end Jacquies Smith entered Week 3 on leading the league in sacks with four. Much of the credit for his success should go to his interior linemates, coordinator Leslie Frazier said.

Bucs QB Winston adept at reading defenses


— The ability to check out of a play that’s destined to fail and into one a better one is a skill most quarterbacks develop over time.

Bucs notes: Defense hopes to pressure Texans QB Mallett

- Houston's Ryan Mallett is the only ranked passer in the league who is completing fewer than half of his attempts.

Bucs QB Winston still excited to face J.J. Watt

- Jameis Winston still hadn’t taken his first snap in the NFL when he made what some consider a rookie mistake, saying the opponent he was most looking forward to playing was Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

Bucs’ Evans says he won’t be on ‘pitch count’ at Houston


One week after seeing limited playing time during his season debut, second-year WR Mike Evans said he won’t be on a “pitch count’’ when the Bucs take on the Texans on Sunday.

Bucs QB Winston among candidates for NFL Rookie of the Week


After a difficult debut, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston had a bounce-back day against the New Orleans Saints during his NFL encore at New Orleans last week.

Seferian-Jenkins Injury could impede Bucs' offense

- A shoulder strain he suffered during the Bucs’ 26-19 victory over the Saints on Sunday will sideline tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins for at least a month, a source with knowledge of the injury said Tuesday.

Source: Shoulder injury could sideline Seferian-Jenkins for a month


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are facing the possibility of being without second-year tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins for at least the next month.

For Bucs QB Winston, ‘game manager’ not a bad thing

- Some quarterbacks would rather throw an interception or take a sack than be labeled a game manager. At this early stage of his career, a game manager is precisely what Jameis Winston is striving to be.

Bucs notes: DE Jacquies Smith leads NFL with 4 sacks

- After recording three sacks in the 26-19 victory over the Saints on Sunday, Buccaneers DE Jacquies Smith woke up Monday leading the NFL in that critical category with four.

Despair quickly gives way to hope with Bucs’ 26-19 win over Saints

- Jameis Winston passed for a touchdown and ran for another, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held on to defeat the mistake-prone New Orleans Saints 26-19 on Sunday.

Stumbling Bucs’ defense tries for better effort against Brees, Saints

- Defenders often were out of position in the lopsided season-opening loss Tennessee. Some seemed as if they’d never taken a snap in Coach Lovie Smith’s scheme. That has to change at the Superdome for Smith to e...