Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3 Things to Watch at Camp, August 18

A few things to think about as the Bucs take the field for their second open practice against the Jaguars.

Pictures of the Buccaneers' training camp practice in Jacksonville on Wednseday.

1. The final joint practice with the Jaguars.
The Buccaneers will take the field for their second joint training camp practice with the Jaguars on Thursday, with both teams being in shells. The Bucs and Jaguars were in full pads on Wednesday.  It will be the final joint training camp practice between the two teams before they meet on Saturday in Week 2 of the preseason. The practice is open to the public, but is at capacity so fans are unable to attend by showing up at the door. While it is the final joint practice between the Bucs and Jags, it isn't the last for the Buccaneers this training camp. The Bucs will host the Browns for two practices next week, with one being open to the public.

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  1. Blocking the Bucs' defensive linemen.**
    During the first open training camp practice on Thursday, the Buccaneers' defensive line put together an impressive performance. Gerald McCoy, Will Gholston and Noah Spence all stood out, with Spence dominating pass-rushing drills, Gholston looking strong against the run and McCoy playing like the four-time Pro Bowler that he is. It will be interesting to see how the Jags' offensive linemen adjust in an attempt to slow the Bucs' defensive linemen.

3. Forcing turnovers.
The Buccaneers recorded a few turnovers during their practice against the Jags, but none more impressive than Brent Grimes' leaping, one-handed pick. Since both teams are in shells, the majority of practice could consist of seven-on-seven and one-on-one work, as opposed to 11-on-11. Which team will win the turnover battle during wide receiver vs. defensive back drills?

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