5 Potential Surprises In Bucs Training Camp


The Bucs’ 2022 coaching camp kicks off on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. on the AdventHealth Coaching Heart. The largest change in Tampa Bay is Todd Bowles taking up as head coach for the retired Bruce Arians. But, Bowles will run camp in a really related method to how Arians did the previous three seasons. Anticipate just a little extra physicality and tackling durations, and extra good-on-good motion in camp. Which means extra first-team offense vs. first-team protection, particularly when the pads come on in August.

Whereas the established order is considerably anticipated, there could possibly be some potential surprises in coaching camp. Listed here are 5 issues we’ll be anticipating as soon as camp begins.

1. Trask vs. Gabbert For QB2

This offseason Bucs quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen stated that it’s doubtless going to be one other redshirt yr for Kyle Trask. Bowles stated, “Not so quick.” He plans on having Trask get a ton of reps in observe and within the preseason video games. Bowles and basic supervisor Jason Licht have to determine if Trask is a viable choice to be the starter in Tampa Bay after Tom Brady leaves.

That implies that the Bucs might be utilizing a pencil – not a pen – relating to the quarterback depth chart. Blaine Gabbert, the No. 2 QB the final two seasons, will begin camp because the backup. However Trask will be given each alternative to push Gabbert for the best to again up Brady. Don’t be shocked if he wins the No. 2 job, both.

Trask will doubtless get many of the camp reps towards Miami and Tennessee within the joint practices. And he’ll get many of the taking part in time within the preseason video games as nicely. Trask remains to be an unknown commodity, and one of many Bucs’ targets in camp is to search out out if the previous second-round choose is future starter materials.

2. New Receivers On Bucs Depth Chart

Bucs WR Deven Thompkins – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson have been mainstays with the Bucs over the previous couple of seasons. Breshad Perriman spent all of 2019 and a number of the 2021 season in Tampa Bay. However these veterans might be pressed for roster spots in camp by Cyril Grayson Jr., who spent many of the previous three seasons on the observe squad, Jaelon Darden and undrafted free brokers Deven Thompkins and Jerreth Sterns.

Tampa Bay is ready on the high of the depth chart with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Russell Gage. The subsequent three (or 4) spots might be decided by versatility and particular groups play. Darden, Thompkins, Sterns and Miller all took reps returning kicks and punts within the offseason. A type of receivers will make the workforce because the return specialist, and Darden enters camp because the early favourite. Thompkins has electrical pace and generated some pre-camp buzz within the offseason.

Perriman’s size-speed combo helps his trigger, whereas Johnson and Grayson have the power to play inside within the slot and outdoors. Grayson is likely one of the greatest blocking receivers on the workforce and can be one of many quickest. Don’t be shocked if just one receiver out of the trio of Perriman, Johnson and Miller survives roster cuts.

3. All 4 Prime Safeties Will Play

The Bucs’ security room is as proficient because it’s been underneath Bowles’ watch. Tampa Bay has a Professional Bowler in Antoine Winfield Jr. and a ball hawk in Mike Edwards, who’s getting into a contract yr with rather a lot to show. He’ll get the primary probability at changing Jordan Whitehead within the beginning lineup.

However the Bucs additionally signed a pair of veterans in Logan Ryan and Keanu Neal. Each have loads of beginning expertise underneath their belts. Not like earlier years when reserve Andrew Adams was compelled into motion because of harm or ineffectiveness, the Bucs can have higher security play than Adams delivered regardless of who’s on the sector.

Ryan and Neal didn’t signal with the Bucs to be backups. Bowles, who’s as inventive as they arrive relating to designing defenses and utilizing personnel, will discover a method to get all of them on the sector. Perhaps not all on the similar time, however who is aware of? Don’t rule out some three-safety appears to be like in Tampa Bay this yr. Bowles might use Ryan, Winfield or Edwards as a slot cornerback, as all three have expertise taking part in there earlier than.

4. A Shake-Up At Cornerback?

Bucs CB Sean Murphy-Bunting

Bucs CB Sean Murphy-Bunting – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Maybe no Bucs defender enters 2022 with extra to show than Sean Murphy-Bunting. Getting into a contract yr off of his worst season, Murphy-Bunting must hit the bottom working in camp. The previous second-round choose didn’t play nicely final yr earlier than and after his dislocated elbow in a Week 1 win towards Dallas.

After shedding the beginning outdoors cornerback job to Jamel Dean final yr, Murphy-Bunting was relegated to solely taking part in inside on the slot place. Sad together with his play a yr in the past, the Bucs added the versatile Ryan to the combo this offseason. Both he, Winfield or Edwards might wind up seeing taking part in time inside at slot cornerback if Murphy-Bunting falters in camp.

And with Dee Delaney having one other spectacular offseason and rookie cornerback Zyon McCollum turning heads in OTAs, Murphy-Bunting might slide all the way down to the underside of the depth chart except he performs like he did within the 2020 postseason. It might be a giant shock, however Murphy-Bunting could possibly be lower if different younger cornerbacks impress in camp and within the preseason.

5. A Actual Bucs Kicking Competitors

Veteran Ryan Succop has solidified Tampa Bay’s kicking duties relating to discipline targets and further factors. Succop beat out Matt Homosexual in 2020 and set a brand new franchise document for essentially the most factors in a single season with 136. However the NFL is a “What have you ever achieved for me currently?” league, and Succop turns 36 in September. He lacks the leg power to reliably make kicks from past 40 yards.

After signing a three-year contract extension final yr, Succop was slated to be the Bucs’ kicker. Tampa Bay added undrafted kicker Jose Borregales final yr. The 2020 Lou Groza Award winner spent all of final yr protected on the observe squad. Now could be his probability to unseat Succop if he can. Borregales has a giant leg and might be given each alternative to win the job in camp and within the preseason.

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