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4 Players Who Caught Our Eye at OTAs

Standouts from Thursday's OTA practice.

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1. OT Donovan Smith
Smith is making strides towards becoming a starter in the NFL. For the first time since practices have been available to the media, Smith worked with the first team offensive line. And when he was on the sideline, he ran sprints with Logan Mankins, Evan Smith and Garrett Gilkey in what has become a Mankins ritual.

2. WR Russell Shepard
Shepard, one of the Bucs' best special teams players a year ago, had a couple nice catches during Thursday's practice, including a touchdown in the middle of the field from Jameis Winston during 11-on-11 drills. In what might have been the highlight of the day, Winston placed the ball nicely in between defenders and Shepard came down with the ball in the end zone. Earlier in the practice, Shepard hauled in an over-the-shoulder pass in the corner of the end zone that appeared to be headed five yards out of bounds. He caught the pass, but only managed to get one foot down.

3. RB Doug Martin
Doug Martin, Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey could all play important roles in the Buc's offense this year. But who the "starter" is has yet to be determined. Martin showed burst during practice when making cuts on run plays and caught the ball well out of the backfield.

4. LB Danny Lansanah
During the second play of 11-on-11 drills, Lansanah made an athletic interception off of a Mike Glennon pass. Lansanah ran with the first-team defense, holding off rookie Kwon Alexander, who played with the twos.

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