Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Breaking Down the Rookie Class After the Preseason

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Breaking Down the Rookie Class After the Preseason
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hedging their bets on the future.

That's right. Their plan, their long-term strategy, their "M.O.", if you will, is to have the younger crop of players pick this franchise up and carry it on their shoulders for the next 7-12 years.

That younger crop, which includes 'veteran' Bucs such as defensive end Adrian Clayborn, linebacker Mason Foster and tight end Luke Stocker, among many others, are supplemental to the current crop of rookies whose raw talent is only eclipsed by their untapped potential.

Safety Mark Barron, running back Doug Martin, linebackers Lavonte David and Najee Goode, cornerback Keith Tandy and running back Michael Smith have all just wrapped-up their first professional preseason.

With that in mind, how did they fare?

What did they show, or not show, that has fans either clamoring for the future to arrive, or dreading for the day it finally does?

In short, just how bright is the franchise's future, with this rookie class at the helm?

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