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Roster Update: Things to Know - OL

A few things to know about the Bucs' offensive linemen ahead of training camp.

Photos of the offensive linemen on the Bucs' roster before training camp.

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Players: C Josh Allen, T Edawn Coughman, T Demar Dotson, G Kadeem Edwards, G Antoine Everett, T Reid Fragel, OL Garrett Gilkey, G Logan Mankins, G Ali Marpet, OL Matthew Masifilo, G Patrick Omameh, T Kevin Pamphile, T Donovan Smith, C Evan Smith, C Jeremiah Warren.

Coach: George Warhop

1. Demar Dotson, Logan Mankins and Evan Smith return from 2014.
Three starters from the Bucs' 2014 offensive line return for this season – Dotson, Mankins and Smith. Dotson has been consistent, to say the least, over the course of the past three seasons; he's missed just one start since 2011. Mankins started every game for the Bucs a year ago, and Smith started all but one.

2. Logan Mankins has slimmed down.
It's unclear exactly how much weight Logan Mankins has lost, but it's significant enough to notice. Mankins has been doing extra cardio, sometimes running sprints during practice, and looks much leaner than when he became a Buccaneer a year ago.

3. Rookies are expected to compete.
The Bucs picked up two offensive linemen in the second round of this year's draft, Ali Marpet and Donovan Smith, and both are expected to compete for starting spots. Smith will play left tackle and Marpet will line up at right guard, for now. Both looked strong during spring workouts, but there's always a learning curve, especially for a player like Marpet, who's making the jump from Division III to the NFL.

4. Don't count out Kevin Pamphile or Kadeem Edwards.
Pamphile and Edwards were both drafted in the fifth round in 2014 and have been gradually improving since arriving in Tampa. When asked about Smith starting at left tackle, Offensive Line Coach George Warhop said that the job was Pamphile's, for now, and that Smith would have to beat him out. Edwards should be in contention for the starting right guard spot, as well, with Mankins anchoring the left side of the line.

5. Matthew Masifilo has flipped to the offensive side of the ball.
Masifilo is listed simply as "offensive line" after moving from the defensive side of the ball. He played defensive tackle and end in 2014 and was a defensive linemen for his entire college career at Stanford.

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