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Daily Bucs Links: Prepping for the Falcons

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Eagles name Carson Wentz starting quarterback -
Philadelphia will move forward with the No. 2 overall pick under center in Week 1.

Colin Kaepernick is doing what heroes do -
Why do we cheer when fictional heroes take a stand but chastise athletes who do it in real life?

Buccaneers Get Back to Work
With the roster trimmed to 53 players and sights firmly set on the Falcons, the Buccaneers practiced on Monday and then discussed their collective state of mind, among other things.

Jameis Winston Among Bucs' Captains
A vote by the players resulted in four repeat team captains from 2015 – Lavonte David, Vincent Jackson, Gerald McCoy and Russell Shepard – and one newcomer in second-year QB Jameis Winston.

Bucs Announce Six Captains For 2016 | Pewter Report
The Buccaneers voted on their six captains Monday, and selected Jameis Winston, Vincent Jackson, Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David, Russell Shepard and Joe Hawley

Bucs Keep Four Undrafted FAs On 53-Man Roster | Pewter Report
The Bucs kept four undrafted rookies on the final 53-man roster, a testament to the Bucs scouting department and nod to the team's "best 11" philosophy

Big Things Expected From Healthy Bucs Defensive Line | Pewter Report
The Tampa Bay Bucs are expecting big things from their defensive line this season, especially if the core starters can stay healthy.

Bucs' Jude Adjei-Barimah, Evan Spencer savor spots on 53-man roster - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Last year, Jude Adjei-Barimah and Evan Spencer nearly survived the final cuts before joining the practice squad. This year, it's a different story.

Bucs' starting guard Ali Marpet back practicing after ankle injury - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
The Bucs practiced on Monday morning with some players -- including Ali Marpet and Daryl Smith -- who were returning from injuries.

Tough first five games may mean Tampa Bay Buccaneers start season 1-4 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
The Buccaneers could get into a big hole to start the season, but the schedule lines up for a rebound. Here are game-by-game predictions.

2016 NFL preview: Improved Jameis Winston has Buccaneers optimistic - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Going into his second year under Dirk Koetter, a slimmer Jameis Winston has the Bucs believing he will deliver a big sophomore season.

Bucs give undrafted free agents a chance | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Coach Dirk Koetter told Bucs players before training camp to compete and the best players would have a spot on the roster, regardless of where or if they were drafted. He kept his word by giving jobs to four undrafted free agents: DE Channing Ward, DT DaVonte Lambert, TE Alan Cross and T Leonard Wester, who made the leap from Division II in college to the NFL.

Koetter, Smith know Bucs opponent well: Their old team, Atlanta | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Dirk Koetter's first game as head coach is also a trip into his past, and Sunday's trip to Atlanta will pit him and defensive coordinator Mike Smith against key players they worked closely with in their years with the Falcons.

Sam Bradford trade explained by Eagles, Vikings GMs | The MMQB with Peter King
The two general managers recount all the action that led to the Eagles sending Sam Bradford to the Vikings for two draft picks the week before the season starts. Plus 10 takeaways from cutdown weekend and more