Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Buccaneers to Watch Against Washington

A few players to keep an eye on in the Buccaneers' preseason finale against the Redskins.

1. QB Sefo Luifau
Liufau is currently the No. 4 quartberback on the Buccaneers' roster and, with that, saw a limited number of reps during training camp. Tampa Bay's coaching staff will have an opportunity to get a good, hard look at their undrafted rookie passer against Washington as he's expected to play the majority of the game. The Buccaneers' starters probably won't play, and it's uncertain whether Ryan Griffin will be available. That leaves Luifau and Ryan Fitzpatrick available for gameday, and Head Coach Dirk Koetter has suggested that Luifau will take most of the snaps.


  1. RB Jeremy McNichols**
    The Buccaneers don't have a problem parting ways with draft picks following training camp, especially running backs. The team released sixth-round pick Dan Vitale after last year's camp and parted ways with seventh-round pick Joey Iosefa the year before. Neither were selected as high as McNichols, a fifth-round pick, but the Buccaneers are so deep at running back that McNichols finds himself fighting for a roster spot. He'll need to perform well against Washington to be considered for the 53-man roster.

3. LB Kendell Beckwith
Beckwith was a pleasant surprise during training camp. Frankly, the fact that he was on the field for all of camp was surprising. Beckwith suffered a serious knee injury last November, but was able to fully recover in time for camp. He has been the Buccaneers' starting SAM while Davonte Bond recovers from an injury, but will have to beat out Adarius Glanton and Cameron Lynch, along with Bond, to earn the starting job.


  1. CB Javien Elliott**
    Elliott has quickly climbed the ladder. He arrived in Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent a year ago and didn't see significant playing time during his college career. He landed a roster spot and got on the field with the starters at the end of last season. Elliott is battling veteran Robert McClain for the starting nickel corner job.

5. K Nick Folk
It's safe to assume that Folk will be the Buccaneers' kicker when Week 1 rolls around. Folk was the heir apparent when Tampa Bay parted ways with Roberto Aguayo, but struggled in the team's second preseason game. Folk came on strong last week against Cleveland, hitting three field goals and accounting for all nine of the Buccaneers' points. Keep an eye on how he performs against Washington.

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