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Irritable Bucs ready to hit another team

 
Guard Evan Smith, left, and defensive tackle Akeem Spence scuffle as Major Wright tries to break it up.
Guard Evan Smith, left, and defensive tackle Akeem Spence scuffle as Major Wright tries to break it up.
Published Aug. 10, 2016

Push and shove

The post-snap skirmishes are increasing, which means it must be time for a preseason game. On Tuesday, DT Akeem Spence and G Evan Smith got into it and had to be separated. "Preseason is a time to get better," RB Doug Martin said. "It's time to go against other teams. We're tired of hitting each other, so it's good to get out there and start hitting some other people and try our offense and defense against another team. It's good competition to get better."

Hear me now?

Preseason games are important for the coaching staffs to iron out things like personnel groupings and communication. This year, NFL teams will be trying out new headsets, That is noteworthy since defensive coordinator Mike Smith plans to make calls from the coaches' box. "Well, I'm not sure why, but they're saying how much better it is, they're saying you can be anywhere in the field and have great communication," coach Dirk Koetter said. "I'm not sure the reasoning, but they're saying it's a really good system. We took a look at it at the owners' meetings, we've had our headphone guy (come) in and did a little demo. But unless we practice in the stadium we wouldn't have a chance to demo it, so it'll be Thursday night."

Quote of the day

"Do I like preseason? I like it when it's over with."

— Bucs T Demar Dotson

Public practices

(8:45-10:50 a.m., unless noted)

Saturday, Monday, Aug. 24 (9:45-11:50, practice with Browns)

Note: Admission, parking free at One Buc Place. Times subject to change. Check buccaneers.com for updates.

Preseason schedule

Thursday at Eagles, 7, Ch. 32

Aug. 20 at Jaguars, 7:30, Ch. 8

Aug. 26 vs. Browns, 8, Ch. 10

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

Times staff