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Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Who will be the Bucs leaders this season?

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The Bucs are looking for leaders, and linebacker Devin White (45) is only a rookie. But LSU teammates and coaches sing his praises, particularly for his leadership qualities. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
The Bucs are looking for leaders, and linebacker Devin White (45) is only a rookie. But LSU teammates and coaches sing his praises, particularly for his leadership qualities. MONICA HERNDON | Times
Published Jun. 13

Who will be the Bucs’ leaders?

Will Tampa Bay make any surprising cuts in training camp?

What’s the starting defensive backfield look like?

Is this the best Rays team ever? Are they just unlucky with pitching arms?

And how good will Hard Knocks be with Jon Gruden and the Raiders.

We answer your questions on today’s Sports Day Tampa Bay mailbag episode.

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    Reality check: Manning’s 2001 was superior to Winston’s 2019, mainly because it’s easier to play quarterback in today’s NFL.
  5. Last season, Jameis Winston threw the ball away five times. This season, he has thrown it away 23 times. “One of the hardest things to do is to throw the ball away — trust me,” Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich said. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
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  7. Rookie linebacker Devin White is starting to have the kind of impact in Tampa Bay as he had at LSU. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
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