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5 Players to Watch at Second Open OTA

Who to keep an eye on during the Bucs' second open OTA practice.

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1. QB Jameis Winston
On Thursday, the media will get to see Jameis Winston practicing with his veteran teammates for the first time; when the Bucs' opened their first OTA to the media last week, Winston was at the NFL Players Association's Rookie Premiere. has released clips of Winston throwing passes to Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, but those practices haven't been fully reported on. Every in and out of Winston's interactions with his new teammates will be on display at the second open OTA.

2. OL Ali Marpet
Marpet is expected to compete for a starting spot, likely at right guard, but sat out last Thursday's practice with an injury. Sure, the offensive linemen don't have pads on and that's where they get most of their work done. But every rep is crucial for a rookie's development, especially at this time of year.

3. S D.J. Swearinger
Swearinger is used to being a starter. Over the course of the past two seasons, he's started two-thirds of his team's games. And after Dashon Goldson was traded to the Redskins, a starting safety spot opened up with the Bucs. Swearinger, a top contender for Goldson's spot, has only been in Tampa for a few weeks. It will be interesting to see how quickly he is able to absorb the Bucs' system and gel with his new teammates.  

4. OT Kevin Pamphile
Pamphile got a nod of confidence from Offensive Line Coach George Warhop, who said that second-round pick Donovan Smith would have to "beat him out" for the starting left tackle job. Last week, Pamphile practiced with the first team. There's not much to judge an offensive lineman on when he's wearing a t-shirt and shorts, but the distribution of snaps, if any, with Smith will be something to keep an eye on.

5. K Brandon Bogotay
Kicking competitions are pretty transparent. Both guys kick and whoever makes the most wins the day. Bogotay, who was signed last Thursday, is tasked with upending Patrick Murray, last year's starter. The two are the only kickers at OTAs, creating a direct competition. The job won't be won during these next few weeks, but a strong enough performance could earn Bogotay an invitation to training camp.

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