The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will kick their much anticipated 2011 season off Friday night against the Kansas City Chiefs in what will be a battle of two of the more surprising teams from the 2010 season.
The Buccaneers followed up their miserable, three win 2009 season, with a 10-win, 2010 year where Tampa Bay just missed the playoffs.
With Mark Dominik and the Buccaneer front office electing to stick with their youth movement moving forward, Tampa Bay fans who have been dying to see some of the Bucs' young talent take to the field will finally see them in action against the Chiefs.
All signs point to the Buccaneers starting each of their first three selections from the 2011 draft, so Tampa Bay will inevitably learn Friday night what some of these newcomers can bring to the field.
Outside of the rookies who will be expected to contribute from week one, their are some second year players that will be worth keeping an eye on Friday night as well.
It just so happens that every player on this list plays on the defensive side of the ball, but for a defense that ranked 28th against the run and was tied for 31st in the league in total sacks—there is a reason why the focus should be on the defensive side of the ball.