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Daily Bucs Links: Preparing for the game

Here's your open thread for today.

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NFL says spotters saw ‘no indications of a concussion’ for Cam Newton -
Cam Newton was hit several times, but the NFL’s safeguards against concussions didn’t see reason to evaluate him further.

Every NFL team's cult hero for the 2016 season -
They’re not always the biggest names, but these 32 players have charmed their fan bases more than anyone else.

Trevor Siemian was better than 2015 Peyton Manning, and the Broncos are 1-0 -
Trevor Siemian wasn’t great against the Panthers. But he doesn’t need to be great. He just needs to be not disastrous, and he wasn’t Thursday night.

The Broncos defense still looks great, but there’s one big question mark -
The absence of Malik Jackson in the middle of the Broncos defense was noticeable on Thursday night.

Key Matchups: Buccaneers vs. Falcons
Six matchups to keep an eye on when the Buccaneers and Falcons meet in Week 1.

Buccaneers Better in One-Back Sets
Football Geekery: Once again this year we dive a little deeper into the statistics to help illuminate Buc football…This week: two-back vs. one-back sets, Mike Evans comparables and more.

Watch: Buccaneers Injury Report, Week 1
The Official Buccaneers Injury Report for Week 1, brought to you by Florida Hospital.

SR's Fab 5: Bucs' Path To 10 Wins And Playoffs; Top 20 Bucs In 2016 | Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds breaks down the Bucs' path to 10 wins and the playoffs, and ranks the 20 most important Bucs in this week's SR's Fab 5.

Sam Wyche, former Cincinnati Bengals coach, in hospital awaiting heart transplant
Sam Wyche, who led the Bengals to a Super Bowl appearance in 1988, is currently in a Charlotte, North Carolina, hospital as he waits for a potential heart transplant.

New Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Cecil Shorts III to make $1.05 million - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Receiver Cecil Shorts III, who signed with the Bucs after being cut last week by Houston, will make $1.05 million with a base salary of $800,000.

Bucs WR Mike Evans learning to let go of mistakes - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Drops mounted up to an NFL-high 11 last season for Mike Evans, who coaches say is doing better dealing with the mental challenges of being a receiver.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' no-huddle plans may be affected by crowd noise - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Dirk Koetter said that dictating the tempo on offense will be tough this Sunday for the Buccaneers, who face the Falcons in the noisy Georgia Dome.

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones ready to go for opener after ankle injury
Falcons WR Julio Jones, who injured his ankle in the third preseason game and has been limited, is "ready to go" for the team's opener vs. the Bucs.

Matt Ryan: Falcons planning offensive strategy around Gerald McCoy - ESPN Video
Matt Ryan talks about his upcoming game against the Buccaneers and highlights how important it is for the Falcon's offensive line to keep an eye on DT Gerald McCoy.

Hawley edges out Smith for Bucs' starting center job | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — As expected, Joe Hawley will open the season as the Bucs' starting center, beating out fellow veteran Evan Smith, coach Dirk Koetter said after Friday's practice.

Four new teams will make the NFL playoffs; will Bucs be one of them? | Tampa Bay Times
If you're wondering whether this is the season the Bucs return to the playoffs, I have some good news: At least four new teams — and an average of 5.7 — have made the playoffs every season since the NFL realigned in 2002.

Bucs' 40th anniversary celebration: Rating the best and worst season openers | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Happy anniversary. The first game in Bucs history occurred 40 years ago against the Houston Oilers at the Astrodome. September 12, 1976. A determined Bucs team left the visiting locker room and headed for the field.

A primer on what to expect from Bucs this season | Tampa Bay Times

Rams taking it slow with Jared Goff; Victor Cruz on his return -
Jared Goff won't be suiting up for Week 1 -- but that doesn't necessarily mean the Rams rookie QB won't be starting by midseason. Plus, David Johnson's ceiling and the turning point in Victor Cruz's return.

Brandon Marshall takes knee during national anthem | The MMQB with Peter King
Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall explains how his recent personal experiences motivated him to take a knee during the national anthem in the NFL season-opener and says he’s prepared for the public backlash