Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Buccaneers to Watch Against Philadelphia

A few players to keep an eye on when the Bucs kick off the preseason against the Eagles.

Pictures of the Buccaneers leaving for the preseason opener against the Eagles.

1. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Seferian-Jenkins responded about as well as he could have when the Bucs' first depth chart revealed him as the team's No. 2 tight end. He took it as motivation, and as the Bucs' No. 2 tight end he will likely see a significant number of reps on Thursday night. Seferian-Jenkins has had success as a starter in the NFL, so expect him to have a big game working against the Eagles' second-team defense.

2. RB Mike James
Tampa Bay is set with their top two running backs, Doug Martin and Charles Sims. In 2015, both Martin and Sims surpassed 1,000 yards of total offense. James is currently the No. 3 running back on the Bucs' roster ahead of Peyton Barber, Storm Johnson and Russell Hansbrough, but his performance during the preseason will be key in whether or not he retains that No. 3 spot and earns a place on the 53-man roster.

3. DE Howard Jones
Jones burst on the scene last year, picking up five sacks in as many starts. The Bucs are deep at defensive end with Noah Spence, Robert Ayers, Will Gholston and Jacquies Smith all seeing first-team reps in some capacity. Keep an eye on how Jones has improved since he breakout season.

4. P Jake Schum
The competition at punter is one of the tightest of any position, with Schum and Bryan Anger both impressing during training camp. During the preseason, both punters will likely see a similar number of reps. Anger was signed as a highly sought-after free agent, so it will be interesting to see if Schum can impress the Bucs' coaches enough to retain his starting spot from a year ago.

5. CB Vernon Hargreaves
Thursday night will be the first time Vernon Hargreaves steps on the field for a game as a member of the Buccaneers. Throughout the game, he could see significant playing time after working with both the first and second-team defenses. When Hargreaves has worked with the first-team, he's been in the slot but when he's been with the twos, he's seen time on the outside. It will be interesting to see how many reps Hargreaves gets at which position and with which group of players.

Pictures of the Eagles' offense and defense, according to the team's depth chart.

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