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Bucs notes: Ex-Bills kicker Lindell enters mix

TAMPA — It didn't take long for former Buffalo Bills K Rian Lindell to find a new home.
Released by the Bills on Monday, Lindell signed a one-year contract with Tampa Bay on Wednesday. The Bucs have been in the market for a kicker since veteran Lawrence Tynes became sidelined with an ingrown toenail.
The Bucs have relied on rookie Derek Dimke this preseason, and Dimke has performed well, making all five field-goal attempts and both point-after tries. Concerned about overworking Dimke, Tampa Bay added a veteran challenger in camp to push him.
“It's exciting,'' said Lindell, a 14-year NFL veteran. “Being released is never a fun ordeal, but to get a call just a couple of days later and to have a fresh start is exciting.''
Lindell, 36, is the most accurate kicker in Bills history, making 83 percent of his field-goal tries.
“He's an experienced guy who has been very effective in this league for a number of years,'' Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. “We're wearing Derek out. We're going to let it play out and make some decisions here in the next two weeks, but we want to make sure we have plenty of choices to make the right decision.''
Schiano was uncertain whether Lindell will kick in Saturday night's preseason matchup at Miami.
Home cooking
The upcoming exhibition game represents a homecoming for two young Bucs. Second-year LB Lavonte David grew up in Miami and rookie RB Mike James played 50 games at the University of Miami before the Bucs chose him in the sixth round.
“It feels good to go back home,'' said David, who paced the Bucs with 139 tackles last year. “There's a lot of people there who don't get a chance to see me play.''
In the 2012 preseason opener, David registered an interception and a tackle for loss at Miami as the Bucs won 20-7 in Schiano's debut on the NFL sidelines.
James, who leads the Bucs with 96 rushing yards through two preseason games, has accommodated 12-15 ticket requests from friends and family hoping to greet him.
“It'll be good to be back in South Florida,'' said James, raised in Haines City. “I've got a lot of family coming out Saturday night and I'm going to try and play my best. I played at Sun Life Stadium in college, so it'll be very familiar. Whether I get 15 carries or one, I'm just looking to put another good game together.''
David also is looking forward to more snaps Saturday as the Bucs prepare for the Sept. 8 season opener against the Jets.
“Our defense is doing lots of good things in practice and now we have a chance to put it out there on the field,'' David said. “This game will show what we can do.''
Revis update
Cornerback Darrelle Revis, recovering from October knee surgery, continues to progress, Schiano said. Revis was acquired from the Jets in a trade four months ago and has been on a strict timetable, limiting his activity.
“I think probably the best thing he's done is he's taking it truly day by day,'' Schiano said. “He just kind of plugs away and I think that's one of the reasons he's getting better. (Wednesday) he did more and it looked impressive.''
The Bucs expect the four-time Pro Bowler to be ready when the regular season begins. Asked whether Revis would suit up Saturday, Schiano didn't sound overly confident.
“I wouldn't say it's been eliminated,'' Schiano said, “but again, I'll just say I don't need to see it.''
Extra points
To make room for Lindell on the roster, the Bucs waived first-year LB Joe Holland. ...Miami leads the exhibition series 16-11, but Tampa Bay has won seven of the past 11 meetings. ...Starting WRs Vincent Jackson (0) and Mike Williams (1) have combined for one catch halfway through the preseason.
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