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Daily Bucs Links 8/16/11 - Defensive line thoughts, Youngry Bucs want a Super Bowl

Rising Bucs stick to formula: Young and hungry - NFL - Football
Pete Prisco visited the Bucs these past days, and wrote an article about them. One interesting note: Donald Penn reiterates that he knows Josh Freeman will get him a Super Bowl. 

Bucs DT McCoy wants young defense to forge new identity |
Gerald McCoy wants to create an identity on defense. 

McCoy coming of age on young Bucs defense
McCoy really sounds ready to go out and kick some butt. - Young Bucs D-line not yet at full strength
The defensive line hasn't been at full strength yet, as minor injuries keep cropping up. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers news and notes: Gerald McCoy faces a favorite; Anthony Gaitor makes his case - St. Petersburg Times
Gerald McCoy talks about facing Tom Brady

Tampa Bay Buccaneers look at biggest DT option, 350-pound Frank Okam - St. Petersburg Times
Frank Okam is getting a lot of attention suddenly. He looked good against Kansas City and in limited time last season, but he's not going to be a starter. 

Defensive Line Anchors Bucs' Blanking Of K.C. | NFL Blog Blitz: Tampa Bay Buccaneers powered by
Jenna Laine talks about the defensive line's performance against Kansas City.

DT Brian Price may be 'a month away' from returning to form | & St. Petersburg Times
Brian Price isn't fully healthy yet, but that doesn't mean he can't play. 

Tampa Bay Bucs’ DT Price’s Status "Up in the Air" – Bucs Scene - The Lakeland Ledger - Lakeland, FL - Archive
It's not clear yet whether Price can play on Thursday. 

Buccaneers Banged Up At Nose Tackle | Pewter Report
With Miller out with a minor injury and Price still rehabbing, the Bucs played Al Woods at nose tackle against Kansas City. 

Buccaneers Insider - 1040 ESPN Tampa
Craig's thoughts on yesterday's practice. 

No. 5's bar will only get higher |
A Buccaneer quarterback talks about measuring himself against Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, and it isn't delusional. How's that for a change from recent years?

You can follow us on Twitter as @Bucs_Nation or on Facebook at | Mason Foster Was Ready For The NFL - Tampa Bay Bucs Football
JoeBucsFan talks to Mason Foster

NFL assistants fighting for better benefits -
After players and owners battled over money, now the assistant coaches want improved benefits. 

Bucs add insurance at cornerback - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Yeah, this isn't insurance. This is a try-out. 

Bucs consider Youboty's deal an 'opportunity contract' | & St. Petersburg Times
Right, try-out. 

Bucs Q&A: Briscoe, Gaitor worth watching |
More Q&A from the Tribune.

Len Pasquarelli's tip sheet - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Pasquarelli talks about new middle linebackers across the league, including Mason Foster. 

Bucs want Trueblood to start - NFC South Blog - ESPN
I want Trueblood to start, too, given how he played and how Lee played against the Chiefs

Why I keep talking about Bucs QB Josh Johnson | National Football Post
Matt Bowen really liked what Josh Johnson did on Friday. 

Bucs' Spurlock getting used to kickoff changes - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Spurlock talks about kick returns. 

NFL expects female officials sooner than later - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
At the NCAA D1 level female officials are already refereeing games, so it won't be long before we see them at the NFL level. 

Is Bucs middle linebacker position still an open competition? | & St. Petersburg Times
As I said yesterday, I don't think this competition is really ongoing - Foster seems to have won. 

McKenzie 'going to stick it out' |
Tyrone McKenzie is going to do what he can to help the team, but he doesn't sound convinced this competition is still open. 

NFC South training-camp reports - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Quick thoughts on the NFC South training camps. 

Conversation with National Football Post’s Wes Bunting | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Another interesting interview by Matt Waldman on evaluating players and specifically draft prospects. 

Opportunities Abound |
With plenty of minor injuries, there's opportunity for guys further down the roster to shine. 

[Video] Buccaneers Insider, 8/15/11 |
Insider talks to Cody Grimm