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5 Things to Think About as OTAs Wrap Up

A few notes as the last open OTA practice is set to get under way.

1. Who helped themselves?
After OTAs conclude this week, the Buccaneers will have their mandatory mini-camp before breaking for a month and returning for training camp. Who will leave the Bucs' facilities leaving a strong impression on the team's coaches? So far, Alterraun Verner, Cameron Brate, Jameis Winston and Mike Evans are just a few players who performed well during OTAs.

2. How has Winston progressed?
The second-year quarterback is gradually getting better and better each day, but if there's one area he's improved in during OTAs it could very well be his chemistry with Evans. Coach Dirk Koetter has spoken about their relationship improving and it has shown on the field; Evans and Winston connected on a handful of passes during OTAs. Will it keep up during the final open practice on Thursday?


The best photos from the first week of OTAs.

  1. Where does Noah Spence fit in?**
    As the only kicker on the roster, Roberto Aguayo is the lone Buccaneer rookie to be working with the starters so far. But whether or not Spence is on the field for the first snap of each game doesn't matter all that much. He'll likely see a fair share of playing time this year, especially in obvious passing situations, and has been impressive in camp. Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith, along with Koetter and Spence's teammates, have been impressed with Spence thus far. It's worth noting, though, that Spence is still working with the twos despite Jacquies Smith missing time with injuries.

4. Which second-year wide receiver has the edge?
Kenny Bell, Donteea Dye and Adam Humphries all enter their second season in the NFL vying for a third, or fourth, wide receiver spot. And all three are candidates for the kick returner job, too. So far, it appears that Bell has the edge on the competition, but Humphries and Dye have experience playing in regular season games, while Bell does not. Still – Bell has looked especially sharp during the past few weeks of workouts.

5. Who will join Doug Martin and Charles Sims in the backfield?
The Buccaneers are without Bobby Rainey, their No. 3 running back a year ago, who departed via free agency this spring. Tampa Bay will dress at least three running backs on game day, it's just a matter of who will get the call. Mike James and Peyton Barber are prime candidates, with James seeing the majority of those reps in practice.

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