The Buccaneers’ training camp is well underway, and the regular season opener in New Orleans is just 17 days away, if the schedule holds. Here are some observations from training camp so far:
Offensively, the Bucs are loaded. Brady. Evans. Godwin. Gronk. All of them have looked great. Brady, now 43, looks like he hasn’t missed a beat. However, two Bucs have been lost for the season due to injury: John Franklin and T.J. Logan.
That leaves the offensive line and running game as question marks. Ronald Jones is now joined by LeSean McCoy in the backfield. And it looks like under Bruce Arians’ offense, they’re going to be catching a lot more passes out of the backfield. They’re struggled a bit in that department. That has to change.
We know the defensive line is top notch. So much of the focus is on the young secondary. The Bucs need Jamel Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting, Carlton Davis and others to continue showing improvement. Second-year stud Devin White looks like he’s on the path to becoming a superstar.
And then, there’s special teams. The Bucs have a kicking competition going on (don’t they always?) It’s between second-year kicker Matt Gay and newcomer Elliott Fry. Both of them have missed their share of kicks. Arians says the one who’s the most consistent will get the job. Can’t we just bring back Martin Grammatica? And don’t even get me started on who’s going to be running back kicks.
There is, of course, much more to camp than just this. The Bucs hold their first scrimmage at Ray-Jay Friday night. Final cuts are coming soon. This should be interesting.
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