Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3 Things to Watch at Camp, August 15

A few things to keep an eye on during the Bucs' training camp practice on Monday.

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Pictures of Coach Dirk Koetter during his first game as Buccaneers' Head Coach.

  1. The only open practice of the week.**
    There is just one open training camp practice at One Buccaneer Place this week. Practice will be open to fans on Monday before the Bucs travel to Jacksonville for two days of practice and their second preseason game, which will be held on Saturday. When the Buccaneers return from Jacksonville, there will be one more open practice on August 24th before camp breaks. The final open practice will be held with the Browns at 9:45.

2. Jacquies Smith against the run.
Throughout his time in Tampa Bay, Smith has proven to be able to rush the passer. He recorded seven sacks a year ago, despite missing time with injuries, and was impressive getting after the quarterback during the Bucs' preseason opener. But on Saturday, Will Gholston, one of the Bucs' starting defensive ends, was unable to practice and Smith was propelled into the starting lineup. As the next man up, the Buccaneers need Smith to be stout against the run, in addition to rushing the quarterback.  

3. A return man.
In their first preseason game, the Buccaneers used three different players to return kickoffs: Donteea Dye, Kenny Bell and Bernard Reedy. Reedy was also used as a punt returner, along with Adam Humphries and Jonathan Krause. Keep an eye on which players are getting the majority of reps as practice carries on. Each of the aforementioned players has a legitimate shot to win the job at either kickoff or punt returns.

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