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Projecting Tampa Bay's Most Heated Roster Battles This Offseason
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Let the games begin.

With the draft out of the way, every NFL team is shaping its roster in preparation for training camp and the 2014 season. The Buccaneers wrapped up their rookie minicamp over the weekend and moved right into organized team activities (OTAs).

These post-draft practices are the only way to discern which players are most likely to make the final roster. For Bucs on the bubble, they will have to prove they bring just a little bit more than the guys standing next to them.

The rookie minicamp revealed little, as the Bucs announced no additional undrafted free-agent signings after the weekend. OTAs may shed more light on how head coach Lovie Smith and his staff have thus far evaluated the roster.

The best roster battles can be found in positions boasting comparable talent and the addition of new players.

This year's hottest competitions will likely come from the Bucs offense, where the Bucs focused their entire draft. Most of the position battles on defense will be fought by backups, as the starting roster is mostly set.

Here are five position battles that should keep Bucs on the edge of their seats through OTAs and into training camp.

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