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Daily Bucs Links 8/30/11 - Running game struggling, defensive line shining

Bucs still looking for backup running back to emerge |
Or maybe they're just waiting for run-blocking to emerge. 

Bucs' explosive runner silenced in preseason
Blount hasn't looked great, but none of the backs have. I'm blaming the offensive line. 

Bucs DE Bennett shines in battle with rookie Bowers |
Michael Bennett has looked tremendous this preseason and has certainly earned the starting job. He looked poor in run defense in the first game, but shored that up in the other two games. 

Bucs rookie Ahmad Black in a race against time | & St. Petersburg Times
If Ahmad Black can't play and play well on Thursday, he's in danger of losing his job. 

Okam Making A Very, Very Big Impression | Pewter Report
Frank Okam has had a great preseason and there's a chance he will start over Roy Miller at nose tackle. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Frank Okam pushing for extensive playing time - St. Petersburg Times
Any time Okam pushes, people get out of the way. I don't know if Roy Miller will, though.

Starting Left Guard Position Still Undecided | Pewter Report
Ted Larsen had the left guard position locked up tight going into training camp, but lackluster play and a (supposedly minor) ankle injury have given Zuttah the chance to reclaim that spot. I like Zuttah better as a pass-blocker, but Larsen is generally the better run-blocker. 

Bowers Showing Carter-like Ability | Pewter Report
Morris compared Bowers to Michael Strahan and Kevin Carter. He has a long way to go before coming close to that, but he had a very good game. 

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Bucs' veterans need to help Talib - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Talib needs to help himself, first and foremost. 

Understanding the NFL practice squad | National Football Post
Greg Gabriel explains how the NFL practice squad works. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dezmon Briscoe, WR - Breakout stars for every NFL team in 2011 - FOX Sports Gallery
Dezmon Briscoe as the breakout star seems like a popular pick, but I'm not buying it. 

NFC South rookies getting starts - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Lots of rookie starters for the Bucs for the second straight year. 

Morris Dubs QB Carpenter "Mr. August" | Pewter Report
Carpenter has looked good this preseason. The question for him is whether the Bucs go with three or two quarterbacks. 

The Good, the Bad and the...Meaningful? |
The offense, the defense and the nothing. 

Buccaneers Insider, 8/29/11 |
Insider talks about the bottom of the roster. 

QB Josh Freeman Press Conference, 8/29 |
Josh Freeman's response to every question about where the team is at: "I feel good about it."

HC Raheem Morris Press Conference, 8/29 |
Raheem Morris talks up a lot of defensive players in this press conference. 

Freeman and Bucs ready for regular season - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
They didn't look all that ready. 

Lee Roy Selmon joins lawsuit against NFL for negligence |
Lots of people suing the NFL for negligence in regard to concussions, and even Lee Roy Selmon joins in.

Greg Cosell Part II:The Pats TE Duo and Rookies | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Matt Waldman continues his excellent interview with Greg Cosell. Really worth a read.

Earnest Graham's new role takes shape with Tampa Bay Buccaneers - St. Petersburg Times
Running back, fullback, special teamer - Earnest Graham can do anything.

Slow starts leave much to be desired |
This is something that really needs to be fixed.

Top 10 Observations From Bucs-Dolphins | NFL Blog Blitz: Tampa Bay Buccaneers powered by
Jenna Laine offers 10 things to take away from the game.