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OTA Practice Notes -
Everything that happened at Thursday's OTA practice.

Buccaneers new center is meshing well with teammates - WFLA
An optional team practice complete with high energy and high humidity ruled the fields at One Buc Place on Thursday.

Bucs Face Heat, Refs in Practice -
OTA Notes: The presence of game officials and a blazing sun made for a good test of the Bucs' up-tempo work on Thursday…Plus, fallout from the new helmet rule, news of joint practices and more

The Bucs had the NFL’s worst pass defense, so why do they have the same safeties? - Tampa Bay Times
Safety first was not the theme for the Bucs this off-season.Even though the need existed, they didn't spend too many resources on the position.

Bucs' Defense Continues OTA Interception Parade On Thursday | Pewter Report
The Bucs held another OTA practice on Thursday and once again the defense stole the show with four interceptions off Bucs QBs.

Patriots players say they like winning more than having fun -
And that’s fine.

Behind the scenes on the NFL owners’ national anthem decision -
Why did the owners respond to their loudest critics? And where do they, and the players, go from here?

Which NFL teams could be interested in trading for Teddy Bridgewater? -
Bridgewater has drawn early praise at OTAs, and that could make him trade bait before the season starts.

Tomlinson: Chargers 'on paper' are SB title contenders -
After closing out 2017 with six wins in their final seven games, the Chargers are a trendy pick to contend in the AFC this year. In fact, NFL Network analyst LaDainian Tomlinson believes they have the talent to win it all.

Dont'a Hightower: Playing for Pats 'not for everybody' -
Working for Bill Belichick might not be for everyone, but Dont'a Hightower doesn't have any issues with what's demanded from him. "It's definitely harder than most places...that's part of it."