Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What to Watch at Training Camp, August 12

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


Photos from the Bucs' training camp practice at One Buccaneer Place.


1. Lavonte David in the backfield.
During Tuesday's practice, David laid a vicious hit on Matthew Masifilo, knocking the guard back on his heels and almost onto his back. Just one day after signing his contract extension, David was all over the field, especially in the run game. Keep an eye on how many tackles he records on the backfield on Wednesday.


*2. The turnover battle. *
Brandon Dixon recorded the only interception of Tuesday's practice, picking off a deflected ball during seven-on-seven drills. But the Bucs' offense didn't turn the ball over at all during the team portion of practice. Some days the offense wins and some days the defense wins and that's typical for training camp, Head Coach Lovie Smith said. Who wins the turnover battle on Wednesday – the offense or defense?

3. Louis Murphy's return.
Tuesday was Murphy's first practice at training camp after he'd missed the first week and a half with an ankle injury. He was the Bucs' No. 3 receiver behind Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson in 2014 and is listed No. 2 at WR 1 behind Jackson on the depth chart, so he seems on pace to retain the spot he held last season. How quickly will he be able to jump back into live action and compete at the level he's accustomed to?

4. Tony McDaniel's role.
Like Murphy, yesterday was McDaniel's first practice at Bucs Training Camp. But he's in a somewhat different position after being signed as a free agent on Tuesday morning. McDaniel jumped right into practice with his new teammates, and is a big body (6-7, 315) to help defend against the run. He was a starter for 14 games for Seattle last season. Will he work with the Bucs' first team on Wednesday?

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