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Daily Bucs Links: Dick Vitale gala

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2015 NFL depth charts: Can the Lions finally top the Packers for NFC North dominance? -
The Lions may be closer to a spirited title run than you think. The 2015 NFL Draft gave the team several players who should contribute immediately.

The NFL's dirty secret behind the Wells Report -
After examining the Wells Report, and the Patriots report on the Wells Report, I can report that it appears the NFL and Patriots are in cahoots and need to be investigated.

Rise 'n Grind: Roger Goodell is determined to make things worse -
Robert Kraft's former BFF is going to hear Tom Brady's appeal, and that's not going to work out very well for anyone, especially the NFL. We've got a rich and meaty football breakfast for you.

Buccaneers Offer Five-Game Ticket Plans
Packages named for Ring of Honor inductees Alstott, Williams.

Mailbag: Koetter's Offense
Casey Phillips and Scott Smith answer a fan's question about the changes Dirk Koetter might make to the offense this year.

Bucs Rookies Visit VA Hospital
Members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie Club paid a visit to local veterans at James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa.

SR's Fab 5: Licht, Robinson's Scouting Will Rebuild The Bucs; Mankins On A Mission | Pewter Report
An emphasis on scouting and a philosophy shift mirroring the Patriots is helping Tampa Bay GM Jason Licht and personnel chief Jon Robinson rebuild the Bucs.

NFC South roundtable: Which under-the-radar rookies will make biggest impact? - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
Pairing receiver Devin Funchess with Kelvin Benjamin should immediately make life difficult on opposing cornerbacks.

Who's next for Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor?
There are three worthy candidates for inclusion in the Buccaneers Ring of Honor next time around.

Lovie Smith honored at Dick Vitale gala fundraiser | Tampa Bay Times
Dick Vitale's annual gala in Sarasota has raised more than $12-million for cancer research, and while it's often a basketball affair, Bucs coach Lovie Smith and FSU coach Jimbo Fisher are among the three coaches honored at the Ritz-Carlton on Friday night, along with Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim.

Bucs rookies enjoy visit to veterans' hospital | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA -- A group of 20-plus Bucs rookies had finished an hour of meeting with patients and staff at James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital on Friday afternoon when quarterback Jameis Winston stopped the group before it left for a bus back to One Buc Place.

How La’el Collins became a Dallas Cowboy after a tumultuous NFL draft | The MMQB with Peter King
CHICAGO — In a cramped hotel room the day before the NFL draft, speaking before a dozen of his relatives and close family friends, La’el Collins began to cry as he delivered the news: He wasn’t walking across the stage at the Auditorium Theatre and they weren’t hitting the gold carpet.