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Daily Bucs Links: Preparing for the season finale

Here's your open thread for today.

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NFL will not reinstate Raiders OLB Aldon Smith during 2016 season -
The former All-Pro would have been a boost to a potent Raiders roster, but he’ll have to wait longer.

Colin Kaepernick receives 49ers’ team award for courage and inspiration -
There doesn’t appear to have been a locker room divide, as he was voted for by his teammates.

NFL provides all the inspiration you need to stick to your New Year’s resolutions -
Want to work out more? Give more money to charity? NFL players can help motivate you.

Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota still give their teams hope even after devastating injuries -
There’s no question we would have liked to see both players healthy throughout the season, but they appear to have promising futures.

The moment everything went wrong for 5 NFL teams that were supposed to be good -
A million things need to go right to win. Just one thing needs to go wrong to lose.

Watch: Pewter Panel for Week 17
TJ Rives and Scott Smith are joined by Mark Cook of Pewter Report and Ira Kaufman of JoeBucsFan for this week's installment of the Pewter Panel.

Watch: Buccaneers Insider Live, Dec 30
Senior Writer/Editor Scott Smith and Team Insider Casey Phillips report live from One Buccaneer Place.

Watch: Buccaneers Injury Report, Week 17
The Official Buccaneers Injury Report for Week 17, brought to you by Florida Hospital.

Evans Moving the Chains at Impressive Rate
Football Geekery: Buccaneers WR Mike Evans leads the NFL in receiving first downs by a comfortable margin and could rank among the best ever in that regard.

SR's Fab 5: Time For Bucs To Start Over At RB; Where Has VJax Been? | Pewter Report
With Doug Martin's suspension, it's time for the Bucs to start over at the RB position, and where has Vincent Jackson been? Find out in SR's Fab 5.

Pewter Preview And Predictions: Buccaneers vs. Panthers
Read how the Pewter Report staff envisions the Bucs season finale against the Panthers playing out this Sunday in the final Pewter Preview of 2016.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers switch jerseys for last practice, hilarity ensues - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
The Bucs' last practice of 2016 didn't lack laughter, as hefty linemen squeezed into the jerseys of their leaner teammates to wear during the workout.

Jacquizz Rodgers on shot with Tampa Bay Bucs: 'This is all I wish for' - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
With Doug Martin out, Rodgers is getting an opportunity for playing time with his third NFL team, and the impending free agent is running with it.

Bucs' Aguayo could finish much better than he started| Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Roberto Aguayo got it straightened out — his kicks and future both look good. After starting the season 4-of-8 on field goals, he has made 17 of 20.He also made 17 straight extra points.

Jameis Winston's next hurdle is one that decides games | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — For all the development Jameis Winston has demonstrated, he has a lot more growing to do, particularly when it comes to protecting the football.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Carolina Panthers: Debating the difference between 9-7 and 8-8 | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA - They've already dropped the ball. Once in control of their playoff fate at 8-5, the Bucs essentially blew their chance to reach the postseason for the first time in nine years with losses at Dallas and New Orleans.