Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Standouts from Training Camp, August 7

Five players who caught our eye during the Bucs' sixth training camp practice.


Photos from today's training camp practice at One Buccaneer Place.

  1. P Spencer Lanning**
    There are just two punters in camp, and only one will make the 53-man roster. Lanning was signed as a free agent this offseason to compete with Michael Koenen, the Bucs' starter from a year ago, and the two have gone back and fourth all training camp. On Friday, though, Lanning had a noticeably better performance. He was able to keep the ball in the air for a longer time and was routinely pushing returners to a backpedal.

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2. CB Johnthan Banks
Banks and Alterraun Verner have been the starting corners for the duration of training camp, and both have made impressive interceptions so far during practice. Earlier in the week, it was Verner who stood out at practice. On Friday, it was Banks. On the first play of 11-on-11 drills, Banks intercepted a deep pass from Jameis Winston intended for Mike Evans, and helped the Bucs' secondary to a dominant performance on the day.

3. WR Robert Herron
Herron was targeted quite a few times during Friday's practice and has performed well throughout camp. Closer to the end of practice, Herron made an impressive reception coming across the field, and the Bucs went right back to him the next play with a bubble screen. "Excellent speed and quickness," Head Coach Lovie Smith said of Herron. "You notice that right away."

4. G Logan Mankins
Watching Mankins during a goal line drill is a thing of beauty. Friday might not have been anything new for the multiple-time Pro Bowler, but Mankins' ability to get off defenders and get to the second level was impressive nonetheless. There were a handful of plays where he blocked three different players and helped the Bucs' running backs find the end zone.


5. LB Kwon Alexander
Alexander does a few different things really, really well. During Friday's practice, he was able to find his way into the backfield to stop a play for a loss, and guard a tight end in man coverage down the seem. He worked mostly with the second team but his versatility will undoubtedly help his chances of getting on the field.

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