Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3 Things to Watch at Camp, July 29

A few things we'll be watching for as the Bucs take the field for their second training camp practice.

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  1. Caleb Benenoch's role.**
    The Buccaneers returned four of five starters on the offensive line from last season – an offensive line that helped Doug Martin rush for 1,402 yards. The Bucs decided to add another lineman in the draft when they selected the versatile Benenoch out of UCLA in the fifth round of the draft. So far, it appears that the rookie is holding his weight. Benenoch worked with the second-team for the majority of Thursday's practice and even stepped in with the ones for a few reps. He can play both guard and tackle, so if Kevin Pamphile holds onto the starting spot at left guard, keep an eye on Benenoch to be the Bucs' swing offensive lineman. 

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  1. Cameron Brate vs. Austin Seferian-Jenkins.**
    Seferian-Jenkins entered training camp as the presumed starter and took the majority of the first-team reps during the Bucs' first training camp practice on Thursday. But Brate could be creating a competition as camp carries on. He had a successful season a year ago filling for Seferian-Jenkins, who missed several games with injuries, and continued to impress during the Bucs' opening camp practice. Brate, whose strong suit is catching passes, spent time working with the ones on Thursday.

3. Forcing turnovers.
It's a double-edged sword when talking about turnovers during training camp. If there are several turnovers, it's a good sign that the defense is performing well but worrisome that the offense is turning the ball over, and vise versa. The Bucs' offense did an excellent job limiting turnovers during their first camp practice after the defense took the ball away often during OTAs and mini-camp. It will be interesting to see if the defense can rebound today, or if the offense will continue to hold onto the football.


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