Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Standouts from Camp, August 5

A few players who impressed during the Bucs' training camp practice on Friday.

1. WR Evan Spencer
Spencer, who is in the midst of a heated wide receiver battle, has put together a few impressive days of camp, including Friday. He recorded the catch of the day during red zone drills, hauling in a pass with one hand in the left corner of the end zone for a touchdown. The Buccaneers know who their top three wide receivers are, but Head Coach Dirk Koetter has said that the competition is very close between the No. 4 and No. 8 receiver.

2. G Ali Marpet
During his rookie season, Marpet thrived as a run blocker. He regularly graded out as one of Pro Football Focus' top run-blocking guards and helped Doug Martin rush for more than 1,400 yards. As his second year is set to begin, it appears that Marpet's pass-blocking is coming along as well. Working against Robert Ayers in one-on-one drills, Marpet stonewalled him during one rep and then put him on the ground the next. Marpet followed that up by pancaking DaVonte Lambert.


  1. WR Adam Humphries**
    Koetter said that Humphries is one of the Bucs' most consistent players, and Jameis Winston echoed that sentiment, calling him a "third down machine." Humphries, who has won the spot at the Bucs' slot receiver for time being, caught almost every pass thrown his way on Friday. He's proving to be one of Winston's most reliable targets throughout training camp. Jonathan Krause also turned heads in what was a productive day from the Bucs' receivers.

One of Smith's primary responsibilities will be stopping the run, and he excelled in doing that on Friday. During team drills at the start of practice, Smith stood out on three consecutive plays, stuffing Doug Martin at the line of scrimmage on one, providing tight coverage as a pass on the next and stopping Charles Sims in the backfield on the third.

5. DE Noah Spence
Spence's speciality is rushing the passer, and he looked especially sharp during one-on-one drills on Friday. Working against Donovan Smith, Spence picked up back-to-back sacks. It's worth noting, though, that Smith rebounded well and stuffed Spence on their third go. With Smith and Spence going into their second and first seasons, respectively, the future looks bright along the Bucs' offensive and defensive lines.

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