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5 Things We've Learned from Training Camp

A few takeaways from the Buccaneers' training camp practices.

1. Hard Knocks won't be a distraction.
The Buccaneers are under the microscope during training camp, with 30 cameras from NFL Films documenting the team's activities. Although there are extra cameras, Head Coach Dirk Koetter insisted that Hard Knocks isn't a distraction and that each practice has been business as usual.

2. Kendell Beckwith is ready to roll.
As training camp approached, it seemed almost certain that Beckwith would miss most, if not all of camp. The Buccaneers were prepared for that situation when they drafted him, knowing that Beckwith suffered a torn ACL at the end of his college career. To the surprise of many, Beckwith was on the field for the first day of camp and has been at every practice since. He's fully cleared by the team's doctors and in the hunt for the starting SAM job.


  1. Gerald McCoy might be unblockable.**
    The first day of pads might as well be nicknamed Gerald McCoy Day. After months of going through half-speed drills, McCoy makes a transformation when he gets in pads and can finally turn it loose. That was the case during the Bucs' first padded practice on Monday. The Buccaneers have several talented offensive linemen working against McCoy, but it wouldn't be wise to bet against McCoy in a one-on-one drill, no matter who is lined up against him. 4. The weather hasn't been kind.
    The Buccaneers have played through rain three times in four practices. On Monday, rain was coming down throughout the entire workout and continued for most of the day. This will very soon be a problem of the past, though. The team's indoor practice facility should be completed by the start of the regular season.

MORE: DOUG MARTIN PLAYING WITH CHIP ON SHOULDER5. The "starting" defensive line isn't really important.
Much is made of who the "starter" is at each position and the Buccaneers will likely have four defensive linemen who earn the designation. From what we've seen through four practices, that doesn't really mean much. The Bucs have shown several different combinations along the defensive line and have used six to eight players with the first-team defense.

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