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A Bucs fan now faces them as a Jaguars DE

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Roots showing

Jaguars DE Ryan Davis grew up cheering for the Bucs, but he had to put that aside for a few hours during Wednesday's joint practice.

"Any time you get to go up against your favorite team growing up, it's always fun," said Davis (above). "And the aspect of not beating up on your teammates and beating up on someone else for a change, that's also fun. You get a realistic look of what you're going to get in a game, because our teammates know us pretty well. You go up against guys that aren't familiar with you, and they still have to stay true to their principles."

Davis played at Blake High and Bethune-Cookman, and he has been with the Jaguars since 2012, totaling 11 sacks over the past three seasons. He has become friends with Bucs offensive linemen Kevin Pamphile, Donovan Smith, Josh Allen and Gosder Cherilus through his brother Ronnie, who cuts the players' hair at Boyz 2 Men at Florida Avenue and Waters in Tampa.

"Big Ron" also played at Blake and in college at Albany State and Tuskegee, and hopes attend Bucs games in the fall with kids from his brother's foundation — Ryan hosted a "Back to School Bash" at Dowdell Middle School last month, donating 500-plus backpacks filled with school supplies to area children.

No fighting

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter was pleased to see the practice come and go without any major fighting between the players, as might be expected in a full-contact practice between two teams.

"I thought both coaching staffs did a good job," Koetter said. "As far as Jacksonville's defense being on the field I was on, they did a good job of pulling off the quarterbacks multiple times. I thought it was a pretty good job."

Today's practice is only in shells, but Koetter said his experience has been that those are as physical as practices in full pads.

Public practices

Aug. 24, 9:45-11:50 a.m., practice with Browns

Preseason schedule

Saturdayat Jaguars, 7:30, Ch. 38

Aug. 26Browns, 8, Ch. 10

Sept. 1Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 8

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