Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Newcomers to Watch at Training Camp

Several players joined the Buccaneers this offseason. Here are a few to keep an eye on when training camp opens this Saturday.

Buccaneers rookies at OTAs and mini-camp.

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1. QB Jameis Winston
It goes without saying – Jameis Winston will have plenty of eyes on him during training camp. Since being selected with the No. 1 pick in this year's draft, Winston's had a productive offseason. He's drawn compliments from his teammates for work ethic and looked sharp in seven-on-seven and eleven-on-eleven drills during OTAs and mini-camp.

2. TE Tim Wright
Wright had the best season of his career with the Buccaneers in 2013, starting eight games and catching 54 passes. He was traded to the Patriots prior to the start of the 2014 season, but re-acquired this summer after New England released him. Wright is expected to compete with Austin Seferian-Jenkins, along with the Bucs' other tight ends, for a starting spot.

3. S D.J. Swearinger
Swearinger was released by the Texans and the Bucs promptly picked him up off of waivers. General Manager Jason Licht spoke highly of Swearinger on WDAE radio on Tuesday night, saying that he was a "key addition" and will be competing for a starting spot. Swearinger worked with the first team almost immediately upon arriving in Tampa. 

4. WR Rannell Hall
To say the Bucs' wide receiver room is crowded might be putting it lightly. The team's top two receivers, Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, are essentially locked into the roster. Louis Murphy just signed a contract extension, while Kaelin Clay and Kenny Bell were selected in the draft. Russell Shepard, who will be fighting for a roster spot, is one of the team's best special teams players. So Hall, an undrafted free agent, is fighting an uphill battle to make the team's 53-man roster, but a strong showing in camp could help him potentially land a spot on the practice squad. Nicknamed "Speedy", Hall "drew strong reviews" during rookie mini-camp.


  1. DE George Johnson**
    Johnson, like Wright, is a new addition who's played in Tampa before. Johnson played for the Buccaneers in 2011 and 2012 before seasons with Minnesota and Detroit. He had the best year of his career in 2014, recording six sacks as a rotational player for the Lions. He was acquired via trade from Detriot this spring.

6. FB Joey Iosefa
Iosefa was selected in the seventh round of this year's draft and was promptly moved from halfback to fullback. At 245 pounds, he fits the part. Iosefa is expected to compete with Jorvorskie Lane, the Bucs' starting fullback from a year ago.

7. DT Henry Melton
Melton was signed as a free agent this spring after recording five sacks with the Cowboys a year ago. He played in all 16 games in 2014 with three starts and is an impressive athlete. Gerald McCoy will occupy one defensive tackle spot, and Melton will battle it out with Clinton McDonald and Akeem Spence, among others, for that second starting spot.

Check out photos from Day 1 of Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie Camp on May 8, 2015.

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