Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Standouts from Buccaneers' OTAs

A few players who impressed during the Buccaneers' OTA practices.

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Pictures from the Bucs' OTA practice.

  1. WR Chris Godwin**
    It's safe to say Godwin's first year of OTAs was a success. He was one of the team's top performers throughout the three-week program, drawing praise from his coaches and teammates while producing a handful of highlight reel plays. Godwin will be battling with a deep group to earn playing time, but has started off on the right foot.

WATCH: HIGHLIGHTS FROM OTAs2. CB Ryan Smith
Smith was a standout on special teams a year ago, but the Buccaneers are hoping to add to his workload this season and utilize him more often on defense. Smith has made the transition from safety to cornerback, putting him in a position where he feels the most comfortable. He had an opportunity to work with the starters at times during OTAs, and while he had some hiccups, he also had moments where he flashed.  

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  1. WR Adam Humphries**
    It seems that whenever Head Coach Dirk Koetter refers to Humphries, he uses the same word: consistent. That was how Koetter described Humphries performance in OTAs while also mentioning him as one of the team's top performers. The Bucs' No. 3 receiver a year ago, Humphries finds himself in a similar position to Godwin where he'll have to beat out a talented group to retain his spot.

READ: YOUNG PLAYERS PROVIDING CORNER DEPTH4. CB Javien Elliott
Elliott had just six starts in one year of Division 1 college football and arrived in Tampa last spring as an undrafted free agent. He went on to appear in six games during his first NFL season, making one start, and has steadily been improving since. Scott Smith provided a detailed recap of Elliott's performance, which can be found HERE.

5. QB Ryan Griffin
When the Buccaneers signed veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, it appeared that he was set to take over as the team's backup quarterback after the departure of Mike Glennon. But Griffin, who was the team's third-string quarterback a year ago, has made it a competition. "Ryan Griffin's had a really good offseason," Koetter said. "He's throwing the ball tremendous. We'll see how it plays out. We love Fitzpatrick's experience. He's been here three weeks where Griffin's been here two-and-a-half years. That's another good battle."

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