Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Takeaways from Camp, July 30

A few notes from the Buccaneers' first open training camp practice.

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  1. The D-Line dominated.**
    Saturday was the first time that the Buccaneers were in pads, and although full contact was not allowed, players were permitted to make some contact. The defense took full advantage in what was a dominant performance, especially on the line. Several defenders picked up would-be sacks, including Gerald McCoy and Jacquies Smith.

2. The competition for the third receiver spot is wide open.
The Buccaneers know that Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans will be their top two wide receivers, but there are several players competing for the third spot. Russell Shepard, who was the Bucs' special teams captain a year ago, has turned heads during the first two days of camp, as has Donteea Dye. Both Shepard and Dye, along with Adam Humphries and Bernard Reedy, had an opportunity to work with Jameis Winston and the starters on Saturday.

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  1. The Bucs had a new center with the first-team.**
    Last season, the Buccaneers signed Joe Hawley to help the Bucs' depth along the offensive line after Evan Smith, the starter, was injured. Hawley performed so well in Smith's absence that he remained the starter for the rest of the season. On Saturday, though, Smith earned reps with the first-team offense. He had been working with the twos previously.

4. Running backs and tight ends were split out.
During Saturday's practice, the Buccaneers lined up several times with tight ends or running backs split out wide. Luke Stocker, Austin-Seferian-Jenkins and Charles Sims all saw reps working at what would be traditionally a wide receiver position, with Sims taking a bubble screen to the house from that formation.  

WATCH: TRAINING CAMP PRESSERS5. The Bucs, and fans, battled through a minor weather delay.
The Buccaneers moved their training camp practices to the morning this summer with the intention of beating mid-afternoon heat and rain. A storm rolled in around 10 a.m. on Saturday, causing the Buccaneers to delay practice. When the team returned to the field, the stands were still packed full of fans, who were enjoying the first training camp practice open to the general public. When the Buccaneers returned after the rain delay, it was clear skies until the conclusion of practice.

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