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With DeSantis, I fear who is next | Letters

Gov. Ron DeSantis must think he was elected as monarch of Florida rather than governor. He seems to be using the my-way-or-the-highway form of governing. If someone does not agree with him (especially a Democrat) then he finds a way to get rid of him or her. As a voter in Hillsborough County, my concern for all citizens of Florida is, who is next? If you disagree or criticize DeSantis in any way, you will be his next victim. His autocratic actions should have a chilling effect on every Democrat, Republican and independent voter.

At K9 Partners for Patriots, veterans rescue service dogs – and vice versa

For veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), gaining a new companion in the form of a service dog can be the bridge to a better life. K9 Partners for Patriots provides just that. The Brooksville nonprofit organization aims to eliminate veteran suicide through teaching active and former military vets diagnosed with service-related PTSD, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or military sexual trauma (MST) how to train their own service dogs. Before the six-month program officially begins, pups choose their veterans.

Bucs left guard spot still ‘wide open’ entering preseason opener

TAMPA — Perhaps the only quantifiable measure of who’s gaining the upper hand in the Bucs’ competition at left guard involves who lines up with the first team each day. But even that’s far from an accurate gauge in one of the most intense position battles of training camp, created by Pro Bowler Ali Marpet’s stunning retirement in February.

Bucs’ Scotty Miller feels ‘really good now,’ finds himself in a receiver competition

TAMPA — By the end of last season, Bucs wide receiver Scotty Miller finally felt “pretty good.”. The effects of his turf toe injury had started to subside. After missing seven games and being inactive for an eighth, he gradually returned to a role in a division-round playoff game that resulted in four catches for 38 yards. Those two numbers — accumulated across 54 snaps — represented 40% and nearly 45.2% of Miller’s 2021 totals, respectively.

Bucs’ receiver logjam makes for intense training-camp competition

TAMPA — The most riveting roster-spot battle of this sweltering Bucs training camp exists a bit beneath the depth chart’s surface. Scroll down a few names — past Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Russell Gage and Julio Jones — and you’ll find it: a logjam of sleek, if not small, pass-catchers and punt returners vying for one of the remaining receiver jobs. Considering the Bucs generally carried six receivers on the active roster last season, the math is pretty straightforward.

Before Logan Hall was a Bucs rookie, he couldn’t stay on his feet at Houston

When Bucs rookie Logan Hall was a sophomore at Houston, he kept having the same problem. “The dude couldn’t stay on his feet,” Cougars coach Dana Holgorsen said. Because Hall had no control when he rushed the quarterback during practice, he ended up on the ground regularly. Holgorsen kicked Hall out of drills and threatened to move him from the defensive line to offensive tackle.