3 Things to Watch at Camp, July 28

A few things we'll have an eye on when the Buccaneers take the field for their first training camp practice.

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  1. The starting offense and defense.**
    Today will be the first training camp practice of the 2016 season, which means we'll see what the Bucs' preliminary first-team offense and first-team defense look like. Throughout mini-camp and OTAs, members of the media were able to observe which players the Buccaneers had working with the starters, but coaches often explain that spring workouts are designed to mix and match players and that the starting lineup doesn't really mean anything until training camp. It will be particularly interesting to see who is working in the secondary of the first-team defense. Throughout the spring, Alterraun Verner and Brent Grimes worked with the starters at corner with Jude Adjei-Barimah in the slot and Vernon Hargreaves working with the twos.

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The Buccaneers' 53-Man roster.

  1. Dirk Koetter's first camp as a head coach.**
    Today will be Koetter's first training camp practice as a head coach in the NFL after being promoted from offensive coordinator this winter. He has been a head coach before in his career, but only at the college level. He has already implemented a few changes to the Bucs' training camp regimen, including moving practices from the afternoon to the morning. It will be interesting to see what other changes he has in store as practice gets started.

3. A slimmed-down Jameis Winston.
Winston, by all accounts, had a successful rookie season running with the football. He ran for six scores, which set a Buccaneer record for quarterbacks. This offseason he dropped around 20 pounds, and we'll finally be able to see how losing that weight affects his game against a live defense instead of playing against air, like he did during the spring.

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