Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What to Watch at Training Camp, August 11

A few things to keep an eye on when the Bucs take the field on Tuesday.



1. Body language.
The grind of training camp is in full swing as players enter their second week of full-contact practices. It's been hot, wet, humid and everything else imaginable in Tampa around this time of year. So far, players haven't shown signs of being phased by the elements, even during Sunday's practice, where the heat index reached 119 degrees.

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2. First-team snaps for second-team players.
There has not been an official depth chart released yet, so it may be premature to say any player is definitively on the first or second team. But Larry English, who had worked with the twos at the start of training camp, stepped in for an injured George Johnson and performed at a very high level. Will he get a few more snaps with the starters on Tuesday and have an opportunity to keep his momentum going? The same goes for William Gholston, who stepped in for Gerald McCoy on Sunday when McCoy took a veteran's day. Gholston didn't turn heads like English has, but he played well.

3. Donteea Dye's development.
Much was made over the Bucs selecting guard Ali Marpet out of a Division 3 school in this year's draft, but he's not the only small-school rookie at the Bucs' training camp. Dye, a wide receiver who played college football at Division 3 Heidelberg University, earned an invitation to camp through a tryout and has been improving little-by-little as camp's gone on. The competition at wide receiver is deep so Dye will have to prove his worth through special teams, in addition to offense, for a chance to make the 53-man roster.

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4. Kenny Bell in the slot.
Louis Murphy, last year's No. 3 receiver, has yet to practice during training camp because of an ankle injury. In his absence, Bell has impressed. The first thing that jumps out about Bell is his speed, in and out of his breaks and in the open field. There have been a few receivers worked in at the No. 3 spot, but Bell is making a case to own that spot.

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