Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Training Camp Battles We're Most Excited for
We got through free agency.
We pulled through the draft.
Now we enter training camp.
Rookies and veterans alike come into the 2013 season at exactly the same place: square one.
With a new head coach, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be working out new schemes, new plays and, most importantly, a revised roster.
There will be some great training camp competitions, and the more competitive training camp is, the higher the higher the talent level on the roster is.
Here's to a brutal training camp.
Doug Martin V. LeGarrette Blount
The Muscle Hamster versus Blount Force?
This battle will pit two young, prospective starters at running back against each other, both battling to catch Schiano's eye and become his bell-cow back.
While Blount has two years of experience under his belt, Martin seems to have a higher potential for success. The Muscle Hamster has power equal to or greater than Blount's, while possessing near-elite speed and impressive vision.
Why not just run dual RB sets?
Da'Quan Bowers V. Michael Bennett V. Adrian Clayborn
Here we have a three-way battle for two starting spots at defensive end.
Adrian Clayborn recorded 7.5 sacks last season, in addition to 29 solo tackles. On the defensive line, he was an unbeatable force that started all 16 games. It is most likely that Clayborn will be start next season, but first he must prove he's the best.
Michael Bennett has a crucial leg up over Bowers and Clayborn: experience. While the other two gentlemen only enter their second seasons, Bennett has four years already under his belt, and only has just blossomed. 2011 was statistically his best season by a long-shot, as he strung together four sacks and 35 solo tackles.
Da' Quan Bowers is the dark horse in this competition. He saw limited action in 2011, despite being perfectly healthy (as far as we know). His potential, however, landed him a second-round draft selection even though he had rather large injury concerns. He could have experienced a free-fall, as Chris Polk did in 2012, but was scooped up on Day 2.
Eric LeGrand V. Weightlessness
I'm sure that everyone has heard by now of how the Bucs recently signed Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed from the neck down playing football. At Rutgers, he was coached by none other than Greg Schiano. His signing sent a message about the players Schiano wants on his team and who he doesn't.
However, I have a problem with the LeGrand signing.
He is weightless.
No joke, check out the Buccaneers website.
I understand that he is in a wheelchair, but the doctors could weigh the wheelchair and then subtract its weight from the weight of LeGrand in the wheelchair. Tampa Bay has access to some of the best medical professionals in the world.
Yet still his weight reads "0."
Every Wide Receiver Except for Vincent Jackson
I predict that in order to determine who will be the No. 2 wideout, Tampa Bay will subject every wideout except for Vincent Jackson to a Hunger Games-style blood bath, with the "winner" getting to play football against the man-hunting Saints twice a year. That's really a lose-lose situation for the wide receivers.
Seriously, though, the Bucs have many borderline No. 2 WRs who will compete to the bitter end to secure that starting job. Mike Williams played No. 1 last year, giving him an edge, but at the same time, I wouldn't be surprised if Arrelious Benn goes full-throttle and keeps his job from last year.