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5 Potential Training Camp Sleepers

Under-the-radar players to watch for at training camp.

Photos of wide receivers on the Buccaneers' roster prior to the start of training camp.

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Shepard has made a name for himself as an excellent special teams player since joining the Bucs as an undrafted free agent 2013, but had a strong spring working on the offensive side of the ball. He was a jack-of-all-trades at LSU and has only been playing wide receiver full-time for a few years. He feels he has plenty to learn about the position and has room to grow.

2. OT Kevin Pamphile
The Bucs selected Donovan Smith in the second round of this year's draft, and have him set to compete for the starting left tackle job. That job, according to Offensive Line Coach George Warhop, belongs to Pamphile, for now. During the spring, Warhop said that Smith would have to "beat out" Pamphile, a fifth-round draft pick in 2014, to earn the starting job. There's a chance that the second-year pro could be manning the Bucs' blindside when the team takes on the Titans the first week of the season.  


  1. RB Mike James**
    The Bucs have several running backs competing for roster sports, with three – Doug Martin, Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims – having significant experience. James has shown promise, though; he's carried the ball 79 times since the Bucs drafted him in the sixth round in 2013, and averages 4.2 yards per run. He's also caught 11 passes, and even threw a touchdown pass his rookie season. 

4. LB Josh Keyes
Keyes had a strong spring, but will have to prove he can play special teams if he wants a spot on the 53-man roster. He was signed as an undrafted free agent this spring after a successful career at Boston College, and earned praise from Head Coach Lovie Smith for his work during OTAs and mini-camp.

5. DE Ryan Delaire
Delaire, like Keyes, is an undrafted free agent fighting for a spot on the team. But he enters his first training camp under fairly different circumstances. He played for a small school, Towson, unlike Keyes who played in the ACC. Delaire was also projected to be drafted, while Keyes was expected to be signed as a free agent. Throughout the spring, Delaire has been quiet, but how much can a defensive lineman do without pads on? He'll have a chance to showcase his ability when camp kicks off on Saturday.

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