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3 Players to Watch at Camp, July 30

A few players to keep an eye on during Sunday's training camp practice.

Pictures from the Buccaneers' training camp practice on Saturday.

1. S Justin Evans
The Buccaneers have high hopes for Evans after selecting him in the second round of this year's NFL Draft, but the team doesn't appear ready to thrust him into the starting lineup just yet. Evans missed some time during OTAs and mini-camp and has been working primarily as a backup thus far during training camp. All of this is expected and doesn't mean that Evans won't be a starter when Week 1 rolls around, but his performance with the reserves will dictate how quickly he climbs the ladder.


  1. S J.J. Wilcox**
    Wilcox was one of the Buccaneers' top free agent signings this offseason and many believed that he and Evans could be the Bucs' starting safeties for their regular season opener. So far, that hasn't been the case. Wilcox has been working with the Bucs' second-team defense behind Chris Conte and Keith Tandy, but could be moving up the depth chart after a strong performance during practice on Saturday.

3. DE Noah Spence
The Buccaneers had success rushing the passer on Saturday, with Spence picking up a sack and Will Gholston adding another during team drills. Spence is a little leaner than he was a year ago and, with that, appears to have gained an extra burst off the edge. Spence recorded 5.5 sacks as a rookie, but we won't get a true feel for how far he's progressed until pads come on. Also keep an eye on George Johnson, who has worked with the Bucs' starters in pass-rush situations.

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