Photos of the linebackers on the Buccaneers' roster prior to training camp.
More roster updates:
Players: Kwon Alexander, Quinton Alston, Bruce Carter, Lavonte David, Larry Dean, Khaseem Greene, Josh Keyes, Jared Koster, Danny Lansanah, Jason Williams.
Coach: Hardy Nickerson
1. There's a new player making the calls.
Carter has worked as the Bucs' middle linebacker during OTAs and mini-camp after playing on the outside in Dallas last season. That means he'll be the one responsible for making the calls to the defense. So far, Head Coach Lovie Smith said, he's handled the responsibility well.
2. Lavonte David is still looking for a Pro Bowl bid.David has been named an All-Pro and earned a spot in the NFL's Top 100 countdown for two years in a row, but he's never been named to a Pro Bowl. Could 2015 finally be the year he makes it? The bar's already set high after he led the NFL in tackles per game last season.
3. Danny Lansanah has continued creating turnovers.
Lansanah recorded three interceptions in 2014, the second-most of any Buccaneer. He continued the trend in spring workouts, intercepting a handful of passes, including a few during practices open to the media. "Danny's been our interception master all OTAs," Carter said during a press conference in June.
4. Kwon Alexander's athleticism could get him on the field.
For most of the spring Alexander, the rookie and fourth-round draft pick out of LSU, has worked with the second team while Lansanah practiced with the ones. But the two have very different skill sets; Alexander is a little lighter and quicker. Whether or not he earns the starting spot in camp, Alexander's athletic ability should earn him a handful of reps, at the least, during the regular season. He will also be a valuable asset on special teams.