Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs to Watch on Hard Knocks, Episode 3

Who to keep an eye on when the third episode of Hard Knocks airs.

The third episode of Hard Knocks is scheduled to air on Tuesday night at 10 p.m. Eastern Time. When it does, this year's season will be more than halfway over. On the first two episodes of the five-part series, we saw several storylines develop, including Riley Bullough's journey to the 53-man roster, Brent Grimes' home life and a behind-the-scenes visit with DeSean Jackson. Here are a few Buccaneers to keep an eye on tonight:

1. K Nick Folk
On the second episode of Hard Knocks, most of the episode was spent focusing on the Buccaneers' decision to release fellow kicker Roberto Aguayo. The move, seemingly, put Folk in position to win the kicking job for Tampa Bay's regular season opener against Miami. But Folk struggled in the Bucs' second preseason game, missing one of his three field goal attempts and having an extra point blocked due to a low kick. The third episode of Hard Knocks could be a continuation of the kicking competition, whether it's between Folk and Zack Hocker or between Folk and himself.  

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  1. QB Jameis Winston**
    Winston put together a strong performance in the Buccaneers' preseason victory over Jacksonville, which will be portrayed on tonight's episode. Winston completed 21 of 29 passes and had at least two drops as Tampa Bay downed Jacksonville, 12-8. Head Coach Dirk Koetter mentioned two key errors in Winston's game, one being a poor decision which led to an interception. The interception was called back because of a flag, but Winston treated it like a live play. It will be interested to hear the internal conversation between Koetter and Winston regarding the throw.

3. TE Cameron Brate
It would be interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the NFL's most productive tight ends as he adjusts to an offense which added another talented tight end in this year's draft. Brate arrived in the NFL as an undrafted free agent and broke out last year when he caught eight touchdown passes. Still, the Buccaneers selected a tight end – O.J. Howard – with their first-round draft pick this spring. Hard Knocks has followed the budding relationship between Mike Evans and Jackson, but the tight end room is a completely different dynamic.

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