Tampa Bay TimesKwon Alexander hears voices. One is decisive and comes from defensive coordinator Mike Smith as the upcoming play is transmitted to his helmet receiver. That's when he turns and repeats the instructions to his teammates. Then he peers sideline to sideline to dissect the opponent.
Tampa Bay TimesTAMPA — If the Bucs have to play Saturday without their top two options at right tackle — Demar Dotson remains in concussion protocol and backup Gosder Cherilus hasn't practiced because of groin and ankle injuries — there is another option that could put the best five linemen on the field.
Tampa Bay TimesTAMPA — The statistics do not paint a good picture of Doug Martin, and yet his coaches and teammates reiterate how close the Bucs' running game is to clicking like it needs to, to be the catalyst of the offense.
Tampa Bay TimesLate-season additions to the practice squad can be a precursor to signing players to futures contracts after the season, and the Bucs made such a move Wednesday, signing former Tampa Bay Storm receiver Kendrick Ings to their practice squad.
Tampa Bay TimesThe Bucs' loss to the Cowboys on Sunday night means they no longer control their playoff destiny, but the Bucs are far from out of the playoff chase, both for the NFC South title or a wild-card berth for their first postseason appearance in nine years.
Tampa Bay TimesQuarterback Jameis Winston knows there are all kinds of scenarios, calculations and probabilities of the Bucs reaching the post-season. But he’s focused on division – as in beating NFC South rivals New Orleans and Carolina.
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