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2192348 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2014-08-10 23:29:05.0 UTC 2014-08-10T19:29:05.000-04:00 bucs-shuffle-offensive-line published 2014-08-11 01:56:47.0 UTC 2014-08-10T21:56:47.000-04:00 sports/football/bucs DTI 123838630 TAMPA — The first aftershocks of the Bucs' offensive line struggles in Friday's preseason-opening loss to the Jaguars came Sunday. Unheralded Jace Daniels saw his first action with the first line, and veteran Jamon Meredith was out of the mix at guard. "They want to see if I can step up and be on this 53(-man roster)," Daniels said after working all practice as the first-team right guard. "I'm feeling good out here. (Today) will be a better day. It's a little different out there blocking Gerald McCoy." Daniels, 24, signed last year as an undrafted rookie from Division II Northern Michigan. He was among the final cuts but spent 12 weeks on the practice squad. He had worked with the second-string line at guard and center, and now has a chance to prove himself as the fifth player to see first-team reps at guard. Though Oniel Cousins held his spot as the first-team left guard, Daniels pushed Meredith — who has 20 starts in the past two years — to working as the second-team left tackle. "To get to the first team, you have to … do some good things in practice, and Jace has been doing that throughout, whether it be at center or guard," coach Lovie Smith said. "Jamon didn't play as well as he needed to, and we realize he can play guard and tackle, so we're going to let him concentrate a little bit more at the tackle position and give that next group of guards an opportunity. Jace is the next guy." Second-year pro Patrick Omameh and rookie Kadeem Edwards, who have gotten looks with the first team in camp, worked as the second-team guards Sunday. MEANS, AN END: Second-year DE Steven Means, who had the Bucs' only sack Friday, was held out of practice with what Smith called a groin injury. Neither seemed concerned that the problem is long term, and his absence gives more time to USF alum Ryne Giddins, who signed last week and played 14 snaps Friday. SPECIAL-TEAMS SEARCHING: Smith said he was pleased by his special-teams unit Friday, but he doesn't know who his returners are. "Our returners have to do a better job. Kind of as simple as that," he said. "We're looking for a guy." The Bucs have established starters at punter and kicker in Michael Koenen and Connor Barth. Pat Murray connected on an extra point and averaged 45 yards on two punts. Smith said he'll continue to get a look to challenge at both spots. THIS AND THAT: Former USF safety Mark Joyce, who was signed last week and saw one snap on special teams Friday, was waived. No corresponding addition was made, so the Bucs have a spot available to sign a player. … Lakewood High's Louis Murphy caught two touchdown passes in 11-on-11 drills, including a long pass over the middle from QB Josh McCown. The best defensive play was nickel defensive back Leonard Johnson's goal-line interception on a pass intended for RB Jeff Demps. … LB Brandon Magee, who had three tackles Friday (and an unnecessary roughness penalty) worked with the second-string defense. Contact Greg Auman at gauman@tampabay.com and (813) 226-3346. Follow @gregauman. By GREG AUMAN, Times Staff Writer Sports, Football, Bucs, latest sports Bucs shuffle offensive line By GREG AUMAN 4STC Main Bucs begin looking for offensive line fixes External input 3 sp_bucsnotes081114 Bucs begin looking for offensive line fixes 2014-08-11 04:00:00.0 UTC 2014-08-11T00:00:00.000-04:00 1 Guard Jace Daniels gets time with the first team at Sunday&#8217;s practice: &#8220;It&#8217;s a little different &#8230; blocking Gerald McCoy.&#8221; /resources/images/dti/2014/08/jace_13659348.jpg SAM OWENS | Times /resources/images/dti/rendered/2014/08/jace_13659348_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2014/08/jace_13659348_8col.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2014/08/10/123838630-bucs-shuffle-offensive-line StaffArticle sports,footballFootballsports,football,bucsTampa Bay BuccaneersTAMPA — The first aftershocks of the Bucs' offensive line struggles in Friday's preseason-opening loss to the Jaguars came Sunday. Unheralded Jace Daniels saw his first action with the first line, and veteran Jamon Meredith was out of the mix at guard.Sports, Football, Bucs, latest sportsSports, Football, Bucs, latest sportsGREG AUMAN 383087 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:34:18.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:34:18.000-04:00 greg-auman published Greg Auman <p>Greg Auman has been at the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i> since 1999 and has covered the Bucs and the NFL since 2013. He covered the University of South Florida's athletic department from 2004-13.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33745364 Greg Auman has been at the Tampa Bay Times since 1999 and has covered the Bucs and the NFL since 2013. He covered the University of South Florida's athletic department from 2004-13. <p>Phone: (813) 226-3346</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:gauman@tampabay.com">auman@tampabay.com</a> </p><p>Blog: <a href="http://tampabay.com/blogs/bucs/">Bucs Beat</a></p><p>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/gregauman">@GregAuman</a></p> 1 11/09/06 TP_248528_GARN_redesign_10 Caption: (Tampa, Fl 08/28/2006) Greg Auman; St. Petersburg Times staffer sig. Times Photo by Joseph Garnett, Jr.writes a column for the St. Petersburg Times. /resources/images/dti/2012/10/Auman_Greg_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745364-greg-auman AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:34:18.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:34:18.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">GREG AUMAN</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2287604 2016-08-01 01:40:46.0 UTC 4 Weeks Ago competition-strong-for-bucs-offensive-line-spots sports/football/bucs Competition strong for Bucs' offensive line spots StaffArticle 2288598 2016-08-08 01:57:45.0 UTC 3 Weeks Ago depth-on-bucs-offensive-line-being-tested-early sports/football/bucs Depth on Bucs offensive line being tested early StaffArticle 2289754 2016-08-17 00:44:39.0 UTC 2 Weeks Ago kelvin-palmer-back-with-bucs-competing-on-offensive-line sports/football/bucs Healthy Kelvin Palmer competing on Bucs offensive line StaffArticle <p>TAMPA — The first aftershocks of the Bucs' offensive line struggles in Friday's preseason-opening loss to the Jaguars came Sunday. Unheralded <b>Jace Daniels</b> saw his first action with the first line, and veteran <b>Jamon Meredith</b> was out of the mix at guard.</p> <p>&quot;They want to see if I can step up and be on this 53(-man roster),&quot; Daniels said after working all practice as the first-team right guard. &quot;I'm feeling good out here. (Today) will be a better day. It's a little different out there blocking <b>Gerald McCoy</b>.&quot;</p> <p>Daniels, 24, signed last year as an undrafted rookie from Division II Northern Michigan. He was among the final cuts but spent 12 weeks on the practice squad. He had worked with the second-string line at guard and center, and now has a chance to prove himself as the fifth player to see first-team reps at guard.</p> <p>Though <b>Oniel Cousins</b> held his spot as the first-team left guard, Daniels pushed Meredith — who has 20 starts in the past two years — to working as the second-team left tackle.</p> <p>&quot;To get to the first team, you have to … do some good things in practice, and Jace has been doing that throughout, whether it be at center or guard,&quot; coach <b>Lovie Smith</b> said.</p> <p> &quot;Jamon didn't play as well as he needed to, and we realize he can play guard and tackle, so we're going to let him concentrate a little bit more at the tackle position and give that next group of guards an opportunity. Jace is the next guy.&quot;</p> <p>Second-year pro <b>Patrick Omameh</b> and rookie <b>Kadeem Edwards</b>, who have gotten looks with the first team in camp, worked as the second-team guards Sunday.</p> <p><b>MEANS, AN END: </b>Second-year DE <b>Steven Means</b>, who had the Bucs' only sack Friday, was held out of practice with what Smith called a groin injury. Neither seemed concerned that the problem is long term, and his absence gives more time to USF alum <b>Ryne Giddins</b>, who signed last week and played 14 snaps Friday.</p> <p><b>SPECIAL-TEAMS SEARCHING:</b> Smith said he was pleased by his special-teams unit Friday, but he doesn't know who his returners are. &quot;Our returners have to do a better job. Kind of as simple as that,&quot; he said. &quot;We're looking for a guy.&quot;</p> <p>The Bucs have established starters at punter and kicker in <b>Michael Koenen</b> and <b>Connor Barth. </b>Pat Murray connected on an extra point and averaged 45 yards on two punts. Smith said he'll continue to get a look to challenge at both spots.</p> <p><b>THIS AND THAT:</b> Former USF safety <b>Mark Joyce</b>, who was signed last week and saw one snap on special teams Friday, was waived. No corresponding addition was made, so the Bucs have a spot available to sign a player. … Lakewood High's <b>Louis Murphy</b> caught two touchdown passes in 11-on-11 drills, including a long pass over the middle from QB <b>Josh McCown</b>. The best defensive play was nickel defensive back <b>Leonard Johnson</b>'s goal-line interception on a pass intended for RB <b>Jeff Demps</b>. … LB <b>Brandon Magee</b>, who had three tackles Friday (and an unnecessary roughness penalty) worked with the second-string defense.</p> <p><i>Contact Greg Auman at </i><i>gauman@tampabay.com</i><i> and </i>(813) 226-3346. Follow @gregauman.<br /><br /><br /><br /></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:59:11