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Bucs bits on rookie receiver, Falcons defense and Matt Ryan

Bucs wide receiver Donteea Dye (17) pulls in a touchdown pass under pressure from Washington Redskins strong safety Kyshoen Jarrett (30) during the first half. [AP photo]

Bucs wide receiver Donteea Dye (17) pulls in a touchdown pass under pressure from Washington Redskins strong safety Kyshoen Jarrett (30) during the first half. [AP photo]

Starting strong

When rookie wide receiver Donteea Dye caught a touchdown for his first NFL reception last week, he became the first Bucs player to do so since tight end Will Heller in 2003, per Elias Sports.

Points will be there

Even in their 5-0 start, the Falcons gave up at least 19 points in each of their first five games. The defense took a step forward in pulling out a 10-7 win against the Titans last week, but did so against a backup quarterback in Zach Mettenberger.

Matty Ice

Falcons QB Matt Ryan is on pace for his fifth straight 4,000-yard passing season, with 2,002 yards in his first seven games. The emergence of second-year RB Devonta Freeman, however, has limited his scoring passes — he's only on pace for 20 touchdown passes, which would be his lowest since his rookie year in 2008.

Bucs bits on rookie receiver, Falcons defense and Matt Ryan 10/31/15 [Last modified: Friday, October 30, 2015 6:17pm]
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