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5 Standouts from Camp, July 29

Five players who impressed during the Bucs' second training camp practice.


  1. WR Mike Evans**
    For the Buccaneers to be successful this season, Evans and Jameis Winston will need to continue to build on their successful season a year ago. Individually, both performed at a high level, with Winston passing for more than 4,000 yards and Evans surpassing the 1,000-yard mark. During the offseason, Winston spoke about how important it was for him and Evans to continue to build chemistry. So far, it appears their efforts are paying dividends. Evans was all over the field on Friday, catching what seemed like 75 percent of the passes that left Winston's hands.

2. RB Charles Sims
Doug Martin finished No. 2 in the NFL in rushing yards a year ago, but Sims had a standout season of his own. He had 1,090 total yards from scrimmage and was tied for the team-lead with four touchdown receptions. The Buccaneers will rely on Sims heavily again this year, and he looks ready to handle the load. During Friday's practice, he looked quick running the ball and was often involved in the passing game. The Buccaneers weren't in pads, though, so we'll get a better look at Sims this weekend.


  1. DE Robert Ayers**
    As mentioned above, the Buccaneers weren't in pads, so there isn't much to judge an offensive or defensive lineman by. But the way that the Bucs were using Ayers on Friday was noteworthy. He worked with the first-team defense as a defensive end, but the Bucs also brought him in as a defensive tackle in what appeared to be a pass-rush package, with Gerald McCoy at the other tackle and Noah Spence and Jacquies Smith on the edge. 

The Buccaneers struggled creating turnovers on Thursday, but Grimes made sure that wouldn't be the case during the Bucs' second training camp practice. At the start of practice, he deflected a deep pass intended for Russell Shepard down the right sideline. Later on in the workout, Grimes picked up his first interception of training camp, snagging a pass intended for Donteea Dye.

5. DT Gerald McCoy
Even without pads on, McCoy was nearly unblockable. He was able to put pressure on the quarterback on a handful of plays, picking up what would have been sacks on at least three, were the action live. McCoy spent the majority of practice working against Kevin Pamphile, but got reps against Ali Marpet as well.

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