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Record-setting University at Buffalo wide receiver Anthony Johnson was among 20 players released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday in advance of the NFL's roster cutdown. Johnson, signed as an undrafted free agent in April, made five catches for 57 yards on 10 targets in the preseason. Johnson was part of a deep group of wide receivers attempting to make the Bucs…

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PITTSBURGH — Demone Harris will never forget how he got to the NFL. And he will never settle just for being in the NFL. The former University at Buffalo linebacker is in his second training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Harris, a 2013 Bishop Timon-St. Jude graduate, has already seen a change in his on-field demeanor as he plays for a spot on the 53-man roster. …

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By nature, Brandon Beane loves any opportunity to make a deal. “I think I’ve always had that in me,” the Buffalo Bills’ general manager said in a recent conversation with The Buffalo News. How far back does this trait go? We’re not talking about someone who, as a kid, would work the cafeteria in search of someone who wanted to swap lunches. Beane will tell you he can…

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Greg Schiano, who was named the New England Patriots' defensive coordinator last month, has unexpectedly resigned. Schiano, 52, replaced Brian Flores, who was named head coach of the Miami Dolphins after the Super Bowl. Schiano was a former head coach at Rutgers and went 11-21 in two seasons as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012-13. In a statement rele…

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The bedtime stories Kyle Smith would hear as a little boy were quite a bit different than those of other kids. The son of former Buffalo Bills scout and personnel director A.J. Smith, Kyle would drift off to breakdowns of Buffalo’s upcoming opponents. “A lot of kids would get Berenstain Bears books read to them at night, and he’d have his Miami Dolphins AFC East adva…

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to terms with popular former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Tampa Bay Times reported. No terms of the deal were disclosed for the 35-year-old Fitzpatrick, who appeared in six games with the Buccaneers last season and went 2-1 as a starter in place of Jameis Winston. Fitzpatrick started all 16 games for the New York Jets in 201…

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The Bills ended the longest postseason drought in American professional sports by making the playoffs for the first time since 1999, ending a span of 17 consecutive seasons without a playoff berth. Who owns the longest playoff drought now? No, it's not the Buffalo Sabres, although they're on the list. That sad title now belongs to the Seattle Mariners, who have gone …

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By Mike Jones Tampa Bay Times They can’t tackle. They can’t cover. They can’t pressure the quarterback, let alone sack him. They can’t stop the run. They can’t stop the pass. They can’t protect leads. They can’t get off the field on third down. So what can the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense actually do? Well, they can blow football games. They sure as heck ble…

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It took six weeks, but LeSean McCoy finally found his way into the end zone. It was a score he desperately needed, but also a much-needed touchdown for a Bills team engaged in a field-goal battle with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throughout the opening quarter. But it was McCoy’s late-game miscue that almost helped seal the Bills' fate -- that is, until he scored for the se…

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The Ryan Fitzpatrick reunion will have to wait. Jameis Winston will start Sunday for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coach Dirk Koetter said Friday. Winston had not thrown all week in practice after suffering a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder in Sunday's loss to Arizona. "Jameis threw the ball well today," Koetter said. "He'll be our starter. Jameis is our start…

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Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston is scheduled to take reps with the first team Friday to see whether his injured shoulder will be ready for Sunday's game against the Bills. Should he play, Winston will be familiar with the defense used by Bills coach Sean McDermott, because the Bucs faced the Carolina Panthers twice each season in the NFC South. McDermott is the for…

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Play to Watch: Back-shoulder pass to Cam Brate Who leads all NFL tight ends in touchdown catches since the start of 2016? Rob Gronkowski? Travis Kelce? Antonio Gates? No. It's Tampa Bay's Cam Brate, who has 12, including four this season. The third-year Harvard product is 6-foot-5 with a big wingspan. This was an 18-yard TD catch for Brate (84) against New Englan…

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Here are the transcripts from Thursday's meeting with reporters in Tampa Bay. HEAD COACH DIRK KOETTER (On if quarterback Jameis Winston threw at practice today) “Jameis did not throw today. We made a decision to hold him for another day from throwing. He did everything else. I would fully expect that Jameis takes all of the snaps tomorrow.” (On if he will take al…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNBlitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNBlitz.com. The Bills catch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an optimal role this week, according to the betting trends. The Bills are 7-0 ATS (against the spread) at home after a bye week following a loss to non-division opponents. They also are 6-0-1 ATS in their l…

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HEAD COACH DIRK KOETTER (On the status of quarterback Jameis Winston) “He was limited today.” (On Winston not throwing throughout the practice) “That is correct.”   (On if it can be assumed that since the Buccaneers have not signed an additional quarterback that Jameis Winston will be available in some capacity on Sunday) “I’ll let you guys draw your own conclus…