Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What to Watch at Training Camp, August 4

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


Photos from the first training camp practice in pads at One Buccaneer Place.


1. The pass rush.
Jacquies Smith and George Johnson have been the Bucs' starting defensive ends since the start of camp, and now that pads are on they can turn loose against the team's offensive linemen. Both players had breakout seasons in 2014; Smith started seven games for the Bucs and finished second on the team in sacks with six and a half while Johnson earned six sacks while with the Lions. Can the two put pressure on Jameis Winston and the Bucs' offense?

2. The starting right guard.
There have been two starting right guards so far in training camp – Garret Gilkey and Kadeem Edwards. Gilkey ran with the first team on Saturday and Sunday before players were in pads and Edwards took over the spot during Monday's full-contact practice. Will Edwards stay with the ones, or will the Bucs rotate the two? Or could Ali Marpet break into the starting lineup for the first time?

3. The weather.
Rain has been a staple for the first three days of training camp, causing two open practices to be cancelled. As of Monday night, there was a zero percent change for rain for Monday's 9 a.m. practice, and the temperature is expected to be 78 degrees.

4. Leaders.
On Monday, Gerald McCoy could be seen working with his fellow defensive linemen, giving them pointers on their technique. Logan Mankins and Evan Smith serve a similar role on the offensive line, while Lavonte David leads the linebackers by example. Could another player begin to emerge as a leader?

5.  Jamal Young's progress.
Young was signed by the Bucs as an undrafted free agent, and hardly played organized football before arriving in Tampa. On Monday, he had a few impressive plays, one working against Donovan Smith in one-on-one drills. It will be interesting to see a larger sample size for the relatively unknown defensive end.

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