Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3 Things to Watch at Camp, August 9

A few things to keep an eye on when the Bucs take the field for practice on Tuesday.

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  1. The weather.**
    On Monday, heavy rain in the Tampa Bay area forced the Buccaneers to move their training camp practice from One Buc Place to Tropicana Field. Practice was scheduled to be open to the public, but fans were not permitted to attend once the decision was made to move practice indoors. Rain is expected against on Tuesday so keep an eye on the Buccaneers' Twitter account for the latest status on practice. If practice is not moved inside, it will be open to the public at One Buc at 8:45 a.m.

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  1. Reserve running backs.**
    The Bucs have several talented running backs fighting for a roster spot, but only so many spaces available after final cuts are made. Doug Martin and Charles Sims both eclipsed 1,000 total yards from scrimmage last year, so Russell Hansbrough, Mike James, Storm Johnson and Peyton Barber will likely all be fighting for one roster spot. Special teams will be key for those four players. Keep an eye on which player begins to separate themselves as the Bucs' first game approaches.

3. Versatile offensive linemen.
The Buccaneers were without Kevin Pamphile, who was excused from practice for a personal matter on Monday. In his absence, Evan Smith stepped in as the starting left guard. Smith performed well, although players were in shells rather than full pads. An offense will usually dress seven offensive linemen on game day, so versatility will be key for those hoping to earn a jersey on Sundays. Pamphile was the Bucs' swing lineman a year ago and can play multiple positions while J.R. Sweezy is expected to be the team's starting left guard come Week 1. That leaves just one game day jersey left to be won, and Smith could be the player who earns it.

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