Most Anticipated Matchup In Bucs Training Camp


For this weekend’s Pewter Report Roundtable, the crew tackles one other powerful query. This week’s immediate: Which matchup are you most trying ahead to watching throughout Bucs coaching camp?

Scott Reynolds: Russell Gage vs. Sean Murphy-Bunting

Bucs star receiver Chris Godwin is just not anticipated to be able to observe firstly of coaching camp. Godwin continues to be recovering from ACL knee surgical procedure. However the group is hopeful that he’ll be able to go by the beginning of the season on September 11 in Dallas. Godwin performs the necessary slot receiver place in Tampa Bay’s offense. It’s anticipated that newcomer Russell Gage and Tyler Johnson will cut up these reps in camp in his absence. We haven’t seen Gage observe but, as a smooth tissue subject stored him out of the OTAs and mini-camp.

Bucs WR Russell Gage – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

How he fares within the slot and on the Z receiver (flanker) place in camp shall be fascinating. Gage has plenty of catching as much as do when it comes to getting his routes down and his timing and rapport with quarterback Tom Brady. If Godwin isn’t prepared firstly of the season then Gage shall be counted on much more in September. He’s smaller than Johnson is, however wiry sturdy and tenacious. And Gage is quicker and faster, so he ought to be capable of separate higher than Johnson.

Nickel cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting is in a contract 12 months. Outdoors of creating some performs within the 2020 postseason, Murphy-Bunting has underwhelmed during the last two years. He wants an enormous season to proceed his profession in coaching camp. Gage ought to provide an actual take a look at for Murphy-Bunting. His lack of expertise within the Bucs offense would possibly initially give SMB the early edge in August. However as soon as he picks it up, Gage’s pace ought to provide an actual take a look at for Murphy-Bunting within the latter levels of camp. All eyes shall be on the slot in only a few weeks in Tampa Bay.

Matt Matera: Devin White vs. Leonard Fournette

For starters, we get a matchup of LSU vs. LSU! These two gamers are good mates so I like the concept that they received’t take it simple on one another. It’s an enormous 12 months as nicely for each gamers, so it’ll be enjoyable to see who will get off to a greater begin in coaching camp. These two are going into their third 12 months collectively as teammates, and we’ll discover out if both participant will pull one thing out that we haven’t seen earlier than.

Bucs ILB Devin White

Bucs ILB Devin White – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

If we’re discussing who must have the higher 12 months, it’s most likely White. He’s nonetheless very productive and really proficient, however he tends to get in his personal manner at occasions. Nevertheless, White has been very open about bettering on his play and has taken measures to get higher learning the sport and together with his exercise routine. With Larry Foote transferring to inside linebackers coach, I’m anticipated an enormous 12 months for the group captain, who made his first Professional Bowl final season.

Fournette bought that wanted long run deal he was searching for with a three-year contract. For the primary time since becoming a member of the Bucs, it’s his job. He doesn’t must look over his shoulder this 12 months within the operating again room. Rachaad White will get taking part in time, however Fournette is the primary man. There have been questions on Fournette’s weight in mini-camp, however I don’t suppose that’ll be an issue for coaching camp or within the season. We’re going to get the most effective model of him, and he can ball out to assist the Bucs offense. White and Fournette brings a stage of competitors that his wanted over the summer time. It’ll happen every day.

JC Allen: Luke Goedeke vs. Vita Vea and Akiem Hicks

When the Bucs chosen Luke Goedeke within the second spherical it signaled an open competitors for the vacant left guard spot. Veteran Aaron Stinnie will now must fend off the rookie for the beginning spot. Whereas Stinnie has expertise on the place and together with his fellow linemates, Goedeke is making the transition from proper deal with. It’s a path recognized all too nicely for previous Bucs guards. Ali Marpet and Alex Cappa have been each tackles at small colleges and transitioned to protect with Tampa Bay. Now Goedeke will attempt to comply with of their footsteps. However he’ll face a problem neither needed to overcome once they made they change.

Vita Vea and Akiem Hicks.

Bucs LG Luke Goedeke

Bucs LG Luke Goedeke – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Dubbed the finest defensive deal with duo within the league, Vea and Hicks are going to problem Goedke proper out of the gate. To say these two mountainous males are going to be an actual take a look at for the rookie is an understatement. Coming from a small college, it will likely be necessary for Goedeke to indicate he can deal with the leap in expertise and competitors. This matchup is extra about Goedeke exhibiting he is usually a constant down-to-down participant greater than something. We all know what Vea and Hicks are able to.

Goedeke’s acquired reward for his capacity to know the offense rapidly. Taking initiative, he’s  reached out to not too long ago retired Ali Marpet for recommendation on making the change to protect as nicely. We have now but to see the rookie in pads, so once they come on we’ll have a greater concept of the place he’s at. One factor is for certain, we’re going to search out out actual fast simply how a lot of a ‘glass eater’ Goedeke actually is.

Bailey Adams: Joe Tryon-Shoyinka vs. Tristan Wirfs

There’s a motive why Tryon-Shoyinka’s identify is listed first, as this matchup is extra about him than it’s Wirfs. Wirfs is established. He earned Professional Bowl and All-Professional honors in 2021, and he was not too long ago ranked because the No. 2 deal with within the league. Tryon-Shoyinka, then again, is seeking to take the subsequent step in 2022. He flashed as a rookie final 12 months, posting 4 sacks in a rotational function behind Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul. Now, it’s Tryon-Shoyinka’s time to step up as a starter. And there was no scarcity of reward for him this offseason, as he has typically been picked because the Bucs’ subsequent large factor/x-factor/breakout star.

Bucs OLB Joe Tryon-Shoyinka

Bucs OLB Joe Tryon-Shoyinka – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Tryon-Shoyinka has an opportunity to take reps towards one of many NFL’s finest tackles, which might solely make him higher. Iron sharpens iron, proper? That’s why “finest towards finest” durations are such a enjoyable a part of camp. Tampa Bay’s final two first-round picks squaring off for the second straight camp, with one persevering with to construct a legacy and the opposite seeking to begin one. The storylines alone are motive sufficient to concentrate when Tryon-Shoyinka and Wirfs meet on the observe discipline.

Each of those guys are large, sturdy and athletic. Wirfs has dealt with a number of the sport’s prime go rushers during the last couple of years, so he’s not going to offer Tryon-Shoyinka something. However, Tryon-Shoyinka is explosive. He’ll give Wirfs take a look at after take a look at with every rep. He has lengthy arms and comes off the ball quick, which supplies him an opportunity to win leverage towards Tampa Bay’s proper deal with. We’ll see how typically we get this matchup vs. a matchup between Barrett and Wirfs. However when it does come to fruition, it’ll be nice enjoyable.

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