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Russell Wilson claims he healed a concussion with the miracle water he invests in -
He also thinks the Super Bowl interception was "part of God's plan."

Jonathan Martin posts powerful piece about his life and decision to retire from the NFL -
The former NFL offensive tackle didn't hold back explaining how difficult life in the league was for him.

Washington's Junior Galette out for the season with torn Achilles's tendon -
Talented and troubled pass rusher to miss entire season

Ray McDonald indicted on rape charges by grand jury, Ahmad Brooks charged with sexual battery -
A Santa Clara grand injury has indicted McDonald on one count of raping a drunk woman at a house party in December, and Brooks for committing sexual assault on the same victim.

'Hard Knocks' episode 3 recap: The Texans visit space -
The Texans take a field trip to NASA, a fan favorite emerges and coach Bill O'Brien politely requests his offense move at a faster pace before he names a starting quarterback.

A shorter NFL preseason isn't the cure for ACL injuries -
The number of players out for the year due to ACL tears continues to climb, but it's not an unprecedented level nor is it an easy problem to solve.

Russell Shepard Justifying His Job Title
Listed as a wide receiver, third-year man Russell Shepard has really been more of a special teams ace for the past two years, but that might be starting to change.

Buccaneers' Young Linemen Step Up
Wednesday Notes: The Bucs' confidence is growing in Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet, as youth is being served on the offensive line…Plus injury updates and more.

Buccaneers, Connor Barth Reunite
The Buccaneers will re-enact their kicking battle of a year ago with the two most accurate kickers in team history, bringing Connor Barth back to compete with Patrick Murray.

Jameis Winston needs to learn when to slide - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
The Buccaneers would like to see Jameis Winston learn to slide and stay out of harm's way, but they understand it will be a process.

Leaner Doug Martin thriving for Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
If Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin looks a little faster this preseason, it's because he is.

Jameis Winston fixed habit of staring down WRs, per Dre Kirkpatrick - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said Bucs rookie QB Jameis Winston improved dramatically from his first preseason start to his second.

Bucs Martin Regaining Rookie Form | Pewter Report
Heading into a contract year, Bucs RB Doug Martin appears to have regained his rookie form where her had 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.

Bucs Winston "I Know I Have To Protect My Body And Protect This Team" | Pewter Report
Jameis Winston spoke to the local media on Wednesday at One Buc Place.

Hard Work Paying Off For Bucs WR Shepard | Pewter Report
The hard work of Russell Shepard continues to slowly pay dividends for the Bucs' third-year wide receiver and special-teams specialist.

A year after getting cut, K Barth re-signs with Bucs | and The Tampa Tribune
Less than a year after losing his job to rookie Patrick Murray, the most reliable kicker in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history is being given a chance to win that job back.

Healthier, leaner Bucs RB Doug Martin flashes old form | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — It is only a few pounds. So few, in fact, you can barely even tell they’re gone. That’s why you wouldn’t think the loss would make that much of a difference.

Lovie's told-you-so on longer PATs: 'It's not automatic' | Tampa Bay Times
Last week, Bucs coach Lovie Smith warned that the NFL's longer extra-point attempts were "not a gimme now," and while NFL kickers have only missed five in 105 preseason attempts, one of those came from Bucs kicker Pat Murray.

Bucs coordinator says Martin shows 'pep in his step' in a contract year | Tampa Bay Times
Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter had high praise for running back Doug Martin on Wednesday, saying the burst he showed Monday night with a 30-yard run is what he's consistently brought in practice for the past month.

Bucs want Winston to play hard but protect himself | Tampa Bay Times
The Bucs know they need to improve their blocking for quarterback Jameis Winston. But he has to do a better job of protecting himself.

Jameis Winston Flashes Talent, Inconsistency Against Cincinnati Bengals | Bleacher Report
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was looking for a big display against the Cincinnati Bengals.

‘The Grantland NFL Podcast’: NFC South Preview "

Simeon Rice finds satisfaction in movie business after dark ending to NFL career | FOX Sports
The legednary pass-rusher has been able to put his less-than-ideal exit from football behind him.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preseason: Week 2 Stock Report | Bleacher Report
The preseason is now half over for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and with eight quarters of game time under their belt, the team is starting to see certain players rising to the occasion.