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Video Surfaces of Buccaneers’ Mike Evans Involved in a Fight Outside of a Nightclub

August 22nd, 2014 at 8:46 PM
By Michael Compton

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie wide receiver Mike Evans was involved in a fracas outside of a bar in Miami, TMZ reported on Friday. According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, the incident happened in March, two months before the NFL Draft.

Evans, a first-round draft pick (No. 7 overall), reportedly was denied entrance to certain parts of Dream Nightclub in South Beach because he was 20 at the time, not 21, and was asked to leave. Evans’ agent Deryk Gilmore reportedly told TMZ Sports (that) the NFL knew all about Mike's involvement in a nightclub fight in Miami before the 2014 NFL Draft and says the teams ultimately deemed it a "non-issue."

On the TMZ website, Gilmore said Evans is a "great kid" — adding, "[He] loves football. He would never ever ever ever do something to show otherwise. Mike always wants to represent the NFL shield in the appropriate way."

Evans was unavailable for comment when the story broke on Friday as the Bucs were en route to Buffalo for Saturday’s game against the Bills. Both Evans and head coach Lovie Smith released statements late Friday night about the incident.

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Injury Threatening to Cost Da’Quan Bowers a Roster Spot with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

August 22nd, 2014 at 1:39 PM
By Michael Compton

Oft-injured defensive lineman Da’Quan Bowers continues to nurse a groin strain that appears to be hurting his opportunity to secure a roster spot with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bowers, who caught the eye in drills early in training camp, had three tackles in the preseason opener Aug. 8 against the Jacksonville Jaguars before sitting out last weekend’s game against the Miami Dolphins. He hasn’t practiced in more than a week.

“I think every day you don’t practice you’re hurting your chances [on making the team] and we’ve seen enough to like Da’Quan a lot, but the old reps that he’s not getting, someone else is getting them,” said head coach Lovie Smith. “The best way to beat your competition sometimes it’s just to stay on the field. You can’t get Walley Pipped. Da’Quan is trying to get back and again I think he has a future in the league whether it is as a defensive end outside or a more of a third down rush-guy inside.”

A second-round pick in 2011 out of Clemson, Bowers was ranked among the top players of that year’s draft. He missed the first six games of 2012 while recovering from an injury and missed three games last year with a knee injury. Bowers has just 5.5 sacks in his professional career.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Acquire Guard Rishaw Johnson in Trade with Kansas City Chiefs

August 21st, 2014 at 5:26 PM
By Michael Compton

In an attempt to add depth to the offensive line, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired guard Rishaw Johnson from the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday in exchange for safety Kelcie McCray

Johnson, 6’3” and 313 pounds, signed with Seattle as a college free agent in 2012. He spent 13 weeks on the Seahawks’ practice squad before being elevated to the roster for the final four weeks of that season. He joined the Chiefs’ practice squad in 2013 after he was waived by the Seahawks.

“As an offensive guard for us. He’s played a little bit of center also, so it gives us a little flexibility there. Just a big athlete – young, looked pretty good on video," said Lovie Smith of Johnson. "Don’t know a lot about him right now, but everything has checked out. Again, whenever you get a chance to add a big, young athlete, you have to be pretty excited about that. He has good video. It’s not like he’s some guy we’re trying to search for. Being on an active roster for a period of time with Seattle and Kansas City, we know those guys. And, of course, he’s a good player. Kansas City also got a good football player in Kelcie McCray. We like our safety position. We had a few guys there. So we feel like we got a good football player and they got a good football player also.”

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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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