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Speed Name of the Game for Buccaneers’ Potential All-Purpose Player Jeff Demps

July 30th, 2014 at 12:51 PM
By Michael Compton

Among the most intriguing players in camp this year for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is running back Jeff Demps.

Demps, who attended the University of Florida and is the only Florida Gator athlete to have won national championships in two sports with his 2009 BCS National Championship in football and multiple indoor and outdoor track titles, is also an Olympic silver medalist. At the 2012 London Olympics, Demps was a member of the U.S. Olympic 4×100 meter relay team.

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He signed with the Patriots as a free agent following the Olympics but was subsequently placed on injured reserve and missed the entire 2012 season.

He was traded to the Bucs in 2013 for running back LaGarrette Blount, but admittedly his mind was still on track and field. At least it was until he arrived at One Buc Place. That’s all changed now for the Groveland, Fla., native who is in his first full training camp since his senior year at Florida in 2011.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Hold Night Practice at Raymond James Stadium

July 30th, 2014 at 9:35 AM
By Michael Compton

Fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can catch the first live action of the season at Raymond James Stadium Friday, Aug. 1, as the team will hold its annual night practice from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

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Always popular with the fans, the night practice is expected to feature special drills, one-on-one battles and an intra-squad scrimmage. Admission and parking are free, and fans can enjoy discounted concessions, as well as autograph sessions with current and former Buccaneers players and appearances by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders. A fireworks show will follow at the conclusion of practice.

The remaining practices (at One Buc Place) open to the public are as follows:

Thursday, July 31 2-4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 3 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 4 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 5 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 10 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 11 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 12 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 14 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.

 

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Legend Derrick Brooks to Serve as NFL Appeals Officer

July 29th, 2014 at 9:23 AM
By Michael Compton

The NFL and NFL Players Association announced that 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and Tampa Bay Buccaneer legend Derrick Brooks will serve as an appeals officer beginning this season.

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Brooks will hear player appeals of on-field discipline and replaces Matt Birk, who was named NFL Director of Football Development earlier this month.

Brooks spent 1995-2008 as a linebacker with the Buccaneers, playing in every game during his 14 seasons with the club, earning Pro Bowl honors 11 times and helping Tampa Bay to a victory in Super Bowl XXXVII.

A longtime fixture in the Tampa Bay community, Brooks has served as the president of the Tampa Bay Storm in the Arena Football League since 2011.

"Derrick views this game with a very unique understanding as both a player and a team president,” NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent said in an NFL release. “His review of appeals will be informed by experience as a player and as an executive.”

Brooks will join former NFL player and coach Ted Cottrell as the appeals officers for 2014. 

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Making the Most of the Summer Heat in Training Camp

July 28th, 2014 at 8:36 PM
By Michael Compton

With the heat index flirting with 100 degrees in Tampa, Fla., on Monday at One Buc Place, Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers endured a healthy dose of Florida’s oppressive heat during the fourth day of training camp.

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Smith has scheduled a number of training camp practices late in the afternoon to coincide with the scheduling of the Buccaneers’ first two home games, giving the Bucs an opportunity to prepare for the high temperatures they are likely to experience during home games early in the season.

“The heat in Tampa is no joke,” Smith said, opening his daily press conference following practice. “We’ll be playing of course, at this time, so we have to practice along these lines. Hot days like today when the heat index is up there, we’ll never put the players at risk. We’ll take as many water breaks as we can to and kind of watch them. But the guys have been working hard getting used to this environment with the pads on.”

The Bucs have their first day off from the practice field tomorrow.

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Doug Martin Seeks a Return to Rookie Form for Tampa Bay Buccaneers

July 27th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Michael Compton

A healthy Doug Martin enters the 2014 season with a sense of purpose and is anxious for a return to his rookie form for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Statistically, that may prove a difficult challenge for Martin as he is likely to share carries this season with  Mike James, Bobby Rainey, Jeff Demps and rookie Charles Sims.

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The plan to rotate running backs means fewer touches for Martin than he received in 2012—a season that saw him rush for 1,454 yards (a Buccaneers rookie rushing record) on 319 carries—is not a knock against Martin. Head coach Lovie Smith and new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford simply want to take advantage of the team’s depth at the position.

“Doug’s a good football player. He knows that. You don’t see Doug complaining,” Lovie Smith told ESPN. “He knows what our plans are for him…Everywhere I've ever been, if you look at my history, we played more than one running back. We had a great running back (in Chicago) in Thomas Jones and we drafted Cedric Benson and played them both. One running back just can't make it through the season."

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