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Daily Bucs Links: Protecting Winston

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Jerry Jones says Dez Bryant may play Sunday against the Giants -
The Cowboys travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the Giants in Week 7.

2015 NFL power rankings, Week 7: Bengals and Panthers make a statement -
Week 6 of the NFL season has come and gone, leaving a shakeup at the top in its wake.

The Colts' explanation for their botched trick play somehow makes it seem even stupider -
At first, this looked like an individual failure on a play we didn't understand. Now it's a play we understand and a massive coaching failure. That's worse!

Before Julius Thomas was a Pro Bowl tight end, basketball was his future -
This is the story of how Julius Thomas, a basketball star all his life, opted instead to roll the dice and give it a shot on the gridiron.

Cameron Jordan breathes new life into the Saints' defense -
Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan gets retired NFL defensive end Stephen White's Hoss of the Week award for a heroic effort against the Falcons last week.

Smith: "Excited About Playing This Week"
Head Coach Lovie Smith talks about the performance of S Chris Conte this season, QB Jameis Winston's mobility in the pocket, and facing the Washington Redskins.

Evans Reflects on Standout Game vs. 'Skins
Mike Evans broke out against Washington in 2014, but is prepared to face a much difference defense this time around.

Reinforcements on the Way for Buccaneers
Tuesday notes: The Bucs could get several key players back from injury as they come out of the bye week and prepare for Washington…And other notes.

Bucs Can Be Best Defense In NFL, CB Banks Says | Pewter Report
Statistically speaking, Tampa Bay will be bringing one of the top-ranked defenses in the league to Washington this weekend as the Bucs try to climb back to .500.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Johnthan Banks, Chris Conte return from injuries - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
Coach Lovie Smith is glad the Buccaneers have more healthy players as they return from their bye week.

Mike Evans: 'You think Texas A&M, and you think Johnny Manziel' - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
Bucs receiver Mike Evans says he probably shouldn't have worn another team's jersey Saturday, but he didn't have a Johnny Manziel Texas A&M jersey.

Lovie Smith: Tampa Bay Buccaneers trying to protect Jameis Winston - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
Following Marcus Mariota's injury last week, Bucs coach Lovie Smith says the team is doing what it can to protect its own rookie QB, Jameis Winston

Bucs lookahead: Week 7 at Washington | and The Tampa Tribune
Seeking their first tw-game winning streak under coach Lovie Smith, the Bucs (2-3) head into Sunday’s matchup at Washington refreshed from a bye week.

Bucs notes: RT Dotson, DT Spence return to practice | and The Tampa Tribune
RT Dotson and DT Akeem Spence (back) returned to the practice field at One Buc Place for the first time since the regular season began.

Bucs Hot Reads: at 2-3, .500 record within reach | and The Tampa Tribune
After an opening-week debacle against Tennessee, the prospect of a .500 record after six games holds particular appeal for the Bucs.

Bucs focus on getting better in secondary | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — Veteran Buccaneers cornerback Tim Jennings knows head coach Lovie Smith well enough to know when Smith isn’t happy.

Here's a surprise: Bucs D ranked in top five | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPAThe Bucs are a top-five defense in the NFL. You can look it up. That ranking may seem like a misprint. Fake as a Colts punt.Except it's true.

Bucs gets injured players back to practice coming off of bye | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — The bye week helped the Bucs in more ways than just letting the players getting away from football. During practice Tuesday, many of injured players returned, including CB Johnthan Banks.

Greg Cosell's Week 6 Review: The ingredients for a Panthers comeback | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: There were a lot of factors that went into the Carolina Panthers' big win at the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.