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Cowboys OL La'el Collins is decimating defenders like a first-round pick - SBNation.com
Collins unleashed a ferocious block in Dallas' first preseason game Thursday night, and reminded everyone why he was projected to be a top draft pick.

Is Johnny Manziel ready to be the Browns starter yet? - SBNation.com
Maybe! He had a good night of preseason play on Thursday. Let's get you up to speed on Thursday's preseason winners and losers along with some other very important NFL things to know.

Ryan Mallet leads 2015's list of NFL players down to their last chance - SBNation.com
For players like Ryan Mallett and Montee Ball, 2015 could be a now-or-never season.

Geno Smith doesn’t deserve a free pass just because of his broken jaw - SBNation.com
There's a difference between being hurt and injured, and Geno needs to learn it quick. If I were a NFL football player I would never get injured because I have to much pride.

NFL preseason results and scores 2015: Marcus Mariota throws pick, Bills QB battle heats up - SBNation.com
Marcus Mariota threw his first pick in a Titans uniform, the Bills quarterbacks looked pretty good and more from Friday's preseason action.

NFLN: Expectations for Winston?
The "Preseason HQ" crew discusses the Saturday night's Buccaneers vs. Vikings game and the expectations for Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston.

Mic'd Up: Alterraun Verner
Bucs cornerback Alterraun Verner was Mic'd Up for a training camp practice.

John Clayton on Winston: "He's Brilliant"
ESPN's John Clayton raved about Jameis Winston when he joined Bucs Training Camp Report Live on Thursday.

SR's Fab 5: Bucs Stress Victory Over Titans | Pewter Report
The Bucs are putting an emphasis on beating the Titans and starting off the year strong, plus a look at which Bucs will be free agents in 2016 in SR's Fab 5.

Bucs Critical Camp Question 3: Will McCoy Get 10 Sacks? | Pewter Report
Since establishing himself as one of the leagues premiere defensive players in 2012, Gerald McCoy has recorded 23 sacks over the past three seasons which ties him with Marcell Dareus for most among defensive tackles in that span.

Saturday camp preview: Bucs' Jamies Winston makes debut
NFL Nation previews what to watch for on Saturday, including Jameis Winston's pro debut. The No. 1 pick has struggled early in camp. Can he turn it around in a game setting?

Bucs look for Jameis Winston's progress to continue in preseason debut - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
The top pick has thrown a lot of interceptions in camp, but he appears to be learning from his mistakes with each outing.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie Kwon Alexander making push to start at MLB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
The competition for the starting job at middle linebacker could be one of the highlights for the rest of training camp and the preseason.

Winston hopes to manage risks without making mistakes | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — All gunslingers, be they Old West outlaws or modern-day quarterbacks, share a common characteristic. From Billy the Kid to Brett Favre, they are all fearless.

Bucs vs. Vikings: 5 Things To Watch | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The Jameis Winston era is finally upon us.

Upgrades spark optimism for Bucs' offensive line | Tampa Bay Times
MINNEAPOLIS Bucs offensive line coach George Warhop finished the question:How hard was it …

5 things to watch in Tampa Bay Bucs preseason opener | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA Tonight's Bucs preseason opener at Minnesota is the much anticipated debut of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, and fans across the league will be watching to see how the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner from Florida State will fare in his first NFL snaps.

For Bucs' Jameis Winston, it all begins Saturday | Tampa Bay Times
MINNEAPOLIS He has played on bigger stages and in a much hotter spotlight. In a few days, nobody will remember the final score of tonight's Bucs preseason opener against the Vikings. But don't tell Jameis Winston the game doesn't count. • Two days before his pro debut, Winston looked relaxed wearing a red shirt and black sweat pants, seated in an interview room at One Buc Place. The rookie quarterback had just completed the team's walk-through when asked what could constitute a successful debut. •