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5 Players to Watch at Thursdays OTAs

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

Check out photos from the first day of OTAs at One Buccaneer Place.

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1. QB Mike Glennon
Jameis Winston, along with dozens of other rookies, will be at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere in California on Thursday so he will not be at the Bucs' OTAs. That leaves Mike Glennon and Seth Lobato as the only quarterbacks at practice and gives Glennon an opportunity to work with the first team for most of the day.

2. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
After being selected in the second round of the 2014 draft, Seferian-Jenkins struggled with injuries during his rookie season. He will be right in the mix for the starting spot at tight end, battling with Brandon Myers, Luke Stocker, Taylor Sloat and Cameron Brate. Spectators won't get a good feel for his progress blocking during the non-contact OTA practices, but will have an opportunity to see him work in the passing game.

3. WR Mike Evans
Evans got a late start playing football and wasn't the most experienced receiver enterring last year's draft. But he still caught 12 touchdown passes, a Buccaneer record, and earned over 1,000 receiving yards en-route to earning a Offensive Rookie of the Year nomination. He's now spent an entire year in an NFL system and had a full offseason to train, as opposed to preparing for the combine and private workouts. And he's spent a year in the wide receiver room with Vincent Jackson. Look for a more polished Mike Evans during OTAs.


  1. G Logan Mankins**
    It's difficult to judge an offensive lineman in a t-shirt and shorts and, after rookie mini-camp, Head Coach Lovie Smith said that he wouldn't really get a good feel for his guys up front until the pads came on. But Mankins is the most accomplished player in a group that struggled last season. He'll be practicing with Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet, who were drafted in the second round of this year's draft and could be propelled into the starting lineup as rookies. Keep an eye on Mankins' relationship with his newest teammates.

5. LB Danny Lansanah
Lansanah was undrafted and played in the Canadian Football League and United Football League before landing in Tampa. Last year, he earned a starting spot and had a breakout season, finishing second on the team in tackles, at almost 30 years old. Lansanah will have to compete to retain his starting spot with rookie Kwon Alexander, who General manager Jason Licht believed to be one of the best outside linebackers in this year's draft. OTAs mark the first time the two will be on the same field together.

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