Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3 Things to Watch at Camp, August 1

A few things to keep an eye on at today's training camp practice.


Pictures from the Buccaneers' training camp practice on Sunday.

  1. Wear and tear.**
    Today is the Buccaneers' fifth training camp practice in a row and their second consecutive practice in full pads. This is also the team's longest stretch of consecutive practices that they will have all of training camp. After Tuesday, the Bucs' next day off is Sunday, August 7th. Keep an eye on which players are still fresh and which under-the-radar players get reps as the starters rest up.


  1. Daryl Smith vs. the run.**
    The Buccaneers have been going through run plays all spring and summer, but those reps are never truly at full speed until the pads come on. Smith, a 12-year veteran, has been lining up as the Bucs' strong side outside linebacker all spring and all of training camp so far. He will get the majority of his snaps on first and second down, so keep an eye on his performance against the run with the Buccaneers in full pads for the second day in a row.

3. The deep ball to Russell Shepard.
The Buccaneers have been searching a deep threat, and so far during camp that has been Shepard. On the opening day of camp, Shepard caught two deep balls, including one for a touchdown. As camp has gone on, he has been targeted deep more than any other Buccaneer. Could he be the Buccaneers' deep threat that they have been searching for?

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