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Daily Bucs Links: Cameron Brate's year

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Dez Bryant wanted to throw a touchdown pass for ‘a long, long, long time’ and finally did -
Bryant didn’t know the trick play was coming, and he was nervous, but it worked.

It's been 18 years since there wasn't a Ryan coaching in the NFL -
The last year we were Ryan-less was 1998.

Dak Prescott and the Cowboys are going to be hard to beat in the playoffs -
Prescott is showing you why he’s a lethal QB and why the Cowboys are the NFC favorite with the playoffs less than two weeks away.

Tyrod Taylor benched, EJ Manuel will start for the Bills against the Jets -
Taylor’s time in Buffalo may be drawing to a close.

Mike Tomlin’s response to Terry Bradshaw’s criticism couldn’t have been better -
Well played.

NFL playoff scenarios, Week 17: Patriots can clinch top seed, Lions vs. Packers decides NFC North -
These clinching scenarios are hard to keep track of.

Dee Ford bullied the Broncos out of the playoff chase -
The Chiefs pass rusher didn’t get any sacks in a Week 16 win over the Broncos, but he was a critical difference maker.

NFL power rankings 2016, Week 17: Packers, Steelers are getting hot when it matters most -
Le’Veon Bell and Aaron Rodgers are leading their teams on winning streaks to finish the year.

NFL pass protection is complicated, especially for young offensive linemen -
NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz explains how teams make it easier on their blockers.

Rex Ryan left the Bills the only way he knew how -
He knew what was coming, but true to form, Ryan wanted a say in his firing. Now, the Bills begin the process of moving forward.

Buccaneers Power Rankings: Week 17
With very slight playoff chances remaining after a Week 16 defeat, where do the Bucs find themselves in the latest Power Rankings?

Jameis Winston Approaching NFL Record
With a strong performance against the Panthers in Week 17, Winston could finish his first two seasons with more passing yards than other QB in NFL history.

Watch: Buccaneers Insider Live, Dec. 27
Senior Writer/Editor Scott Smith and Team Insider Casey Phillips report live from One Buccaneer Place.

Cam Brate Heads to Injured Reserve
The Bucs announced a series of roster moves on Tuesday, with TE Cam Brate landing on injured reserve and RB Russell Hansbrough returning for another stint with the team.

Bucs Rewind: New Orleans Saints, Week 16
A recap of the Buccaneers' Week 16 game against the New Orleans Saints.

Martin's Future With The Buccaneers In Question | Pewter Report
Running back Doug Martin being inactive for a second straight game means more than just not getting to play. Could the Bucs' feature back be on the move?

Bucs Place TE Brate, CB Adjei-Barimah On IR | Pewter Report
The Tampa Bay Bucs placed tight end Cameron Brate and cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah on the injured reserve list Tuesday, ending their seasons.

Ron Rivera -- Carolina Panthers to keep Luke Kuechly out for finale
Luke Kuechly won't play in the Panthers' season finale, coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday. It will be the sixth straight game the linebacker will miss after suffering a concussion on Nov. 17.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers eye first winning season since 2010 on Sunday - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
The Bucs have an (extremely) outside shot at the playoffs, but a win over Cam Newton and the Panthers would at least add momentum going into 2017.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers place TE Cameron Brate on injured reserve
Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate's breakout season was cut short Tuesday when Tampa Bay placed him on injured reserve following a back injury he suffered Saturday against New Orleans.

Lack of takeaways, indecisiveness stood out to Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
The Bucs defense failed to force a turnover for first time since Week 4 in their loss to the Saints.

Brate's big year is over | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — A breakout season from Bucs tight end Cameron Brate will end a game early, as he will miss Sunday's regular-season finale against Carolina after being placed on injured reserve with a back injury suffered in Saturday's loss to the Saints.