Tampa Bay Buccaneers

4 Underdogs Shining at Training Camp

A few under-the-rader players who are performing well at training camp.


Photos from today's training camp practice at One Buccaneer Place.


1. WR Rannell Hall
Hall, an undrafted free agent out of Central Florida, has had an impressive training camp to say the least. There have been five days of practice so far, and he's been mentioned by name by Head Coach Lovie Smith on two of those days. On Thursday, Hall worked as a punt returner, which could be a sign that the Bucs are trying to increase his role to keep him on the roster.

CAMP RECAPS: DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 | DAY 5

2. G Garrett Gilkey
Gilkey played 214 snaps last season, and struggled at times, but he entered training camp much-improved and right in the mix for the starting right guard job. For the first two days of camp, Gilkey ran with the first-team offensive line, and he's performed well during one-on-one drills since pads came on. Gilkey will have to hold off Ali Marpet, who worked with the starters on Thursday, and Kadeem Edwards, who's spent two days with the ones, to earn the job.  

3. S Bradley McDougald
McDougald had one of his best practices on Thursday, and after practice Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier tipped off that he might be a front-runner to earn one of the two starting safety jobs. McDougald entered the league as an undrafted free agent and was claimed off of waivers by Bucs in 2013. He had a strong finish to the 2014 season, intercepting Drew Brees in the Bucs' season finale.


4. LS Andrew DePaola
DePaola made his NFL debut as a 27-year-old rookie in 2014, and it appears he's going to hold onto the starting long-snapper job for a second season. The Bucs brought in Courtland Clavette, an undrafted rookie out of Brown, to compete with DePaola, but Clavette was released earlier in the week.

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