The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are almost a week into training camp. With a lot of high hopes for the upcoming season, the Bucs have a lot of players with tons of expectations. However, they also have several that need to prove themselves in training camp.
Here are two positions that have a lot to prove in camp.
The line for the Buccaneers has been one of their most questionable positions. After having an unproductive 2019, they are looking to bounce back in 2020. The Bucs were able to add talent in the draft with Tristan Wirfs. Wirfs brings size and athleticism to a weak line, and he’s hungry for the job.
The offensive line will have tons of pressure on them this year, having to protect Tom Brady. Brady just turned 43 today and shows no signs of slowing down. But if he doesn’t have a productive offensive line, then who knows what will happen?
Another thing they must do is help the running game. The Bucs’ run game in 2019 was prettu much nonexistent. However, this year with a combination of Brady and a youthful line, the running backs will be much better.
Speaking of running backs, the Buccaneers have new faces going into camp. Ronald Jones II is still there and worked hard in the offseason. However, just a few days ago, the Bucs signed LeSean McCoy on a one-year deal. McCoy will greatly help the run game not only in performance, but also with his knowledge.
With the Bucs losing Ke’Shawn Vaughn for a few weeks to Covid-19, the McCoy signing makes sense. Vaughn is another player looking to make a splash in 2020 when he returns. But, if Jones struggles at all this year, expect Vaughn to be the go to guy for Tampa.
Both positions are young and will be the future of the Buccaneers if they play their cards right. But with their youth, they have to prove people wrong, especially the offensive line. A good running back is nothing without a good line.
The Buccaneers have a camp full of veterans, from Lavonte David to Rob Gronkowski, they are stacked with knowledge. It’s up to the younger players, rookies and sophomores to ask questions and prove their worth. Especially the offensive line and running backs, because they have the most to prove.