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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cut Veteran Wide Receiver Lavelle Hawkins

August 21st, 2014 at 12:24 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released veteran wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins, according to Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune.

Hawkins signed with the Bucs following the team’s trade of Mike Williams to the Buffalo Bills in April. Hawkins played four games for the Chargers last year and previously played with the Tennessee Titans for five seasons.

In two preseason games for the Bucs, Hawkins had two catches for 25 yards, including one for a touchdown.

The move comes one week before rosters need to be cut from 90 players to 75.

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Center Evan Dietrich-Smith Expecting Improvement and Consistency from Offensive Line

August 21st, 2014 at 11:04 AM
By Michael Compton

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ center Evan Dietrich-Smith knows what it’s like to play on an accomplished offensive unit.

Dietrich-Smith earned a Super Bowl ring as a member of the 2010 Green Bay Packers, victors over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. Since taking over for Jeff Saturday in Green Bay in 2012, Dietrich-Smith, who started all 16 games for the Packers last year, has become one of the league’s top centers.

The California native played his college ball at Idaho State. He signed with the Bucs in March, agreeing to a four-year, $14.25 million contract, and his veteran leadership could play a key role in bringing together a largely inexperienced offensive line.

“For me, I played with a lot of good players up in Green Bay, I know how they go about their business, I learned how to watch film with them on my own and those kind of things,” Dietrich-Smith said this week. “ I’ve seen how we’ve been successful up there and from that standpoint I tried to bring that down here to these guys and show them some of those things, but for the most part once we get the five guys solidified I think that will definitely help as far jelling and then being able to move forward in that process."

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August 20th, 2014 at 10:48 AM
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Looking to Increase Tempo Against Buffalo Bills in Third Preseason Game

August 20th, 2014 at 9:25 AM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, much like most NFL teams in Week 3 of the preseason, view Saturday’s game against the Buffalo Bills as a key dress rehearsal in preparation for the regular season.

With starters expected to play two to three quarters Saturday, the coaching staff should see a clearer picture develop of where the team is as the Bucs continue to gear up for the regular season opener Sept. 7 against the Carolina Panthers.

Following Tuesday’s practice at One Buc Place, Lovie Smith explained why the third week of preseason is vital for players and coaches, alike.

“Carolina, I know who we play this week and that it’s a preseason game, but everything we do is to get ready for the Panthers—they’re coming up quickly,” Smith said, opening his daily press conference. “So there’s not a lot of room for mental mistakes and things like that now. We were patient early on; now we need to get it right. So, the tempo, of course is picking up.

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Pro Bowl Cornerback Alterraun Verner Returns to Team Drills; Expected to Play Against Buffalo Bills

August 19th, 2014 at 2:27 PM
By Michael Compton

Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner, who injured his hamstring on the third day of training camp and has missed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ first two preseason games, is expected to return to team drills today and see his first game action of the season on the road against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday.

Signed by the Bucs as a free agent this year after a breakout season in 2013 for the Tennessee Titans, Verner is determined to be 100 percent for the season opener Sept. 7 when the Bucs host the defending NFC South division champion Carolina Panthers.

"The concern is always for the regular season; that's the one that counts,” Verner said on Buccaneers.com. “But you always want to do something in the preseason, especially because this is a new environment, a new team for me, a new scheme. So you definitely want to get some taste of it but it's not going to be at the expense of being detrimental for the regular season. That's going to be the main thing, for all of us to be healthy going into that."

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