Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3 Things to Watch at Camp, August 4

A few things to keep an eye on during the Buccaneers' training camp practice on Thursday.


Pictures from the Buccaneers' training camp practice on Wednesday.

  1. Robert Ayers on the inside.**
    When the Buccaneers signed Ayers as a free agent this spring, one part of his game that the team admired was his ability to play both inside and on the edge. Throughout training camp, Ayers, who isn't necessarily the Buccaneers' biggest defensive lineman, has been working as a defensive tackle alongside Gerald McCoy in the team's pass-rush package. He's been dominant thus far, whether he's been working on the inside or outside.


  1. Kwon Alexander's leadership.**
    Kwon Alexander has a lot on his plate for a second-year player. Earlier in the week, he spoke about being the "quarterback" of the Bucs' defense, and with that will come leadership responsibilities. It will be interesting to see Alexander's role develop on a defensive unit with two already-established leaders in Lavonte David and Gerald McCoy.

3. A potential kick returner.
The Buccaneers are still looking for a return man and have several options, including Adam Humphries, Bernard Reedy and Kenny Bell. Alterraun Verner worked with the kick returners on Monday as well. With Humphries being named the Bucs' No. 3 receiver, earlier this week we know he'll be on the roster come Week 1. Keep an eye on the number of return reps Humphries gets, both on kickoffs and punts.

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