Bucs Bubble Players to Watch Versus Eagles

Justin Pawlowski shares Bucs players who are on the bubble that Bucs fans should have a keep eye on in their first preseason game.

Johnthan Banks | CB
Banks is battling with Josh Robinson for the 5th CB slot on the Bucs' roster. I have been to most practices, and I can tell you that the battle between Banks and Robinson is not close. Banks has been terrible through training camp so far this year, so the only thing that might help him is strong performances in preseason games.

Kenny Bell | WR
Once again, Bell was the darling of the off-season and the first day of training camp. Once the pads went on, Bell disappeared. I don't care what the depth chart says, Evan Spencer and Jonathan Krause have much better shots, or at least should have better shots, at making the Bucs final roster over Bell. If Bell wants to avoid the chopping block, he better make big plays as a return man.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins | TE
Nope, I don't think Seferian-Jenkins has any chance of being cut, but he needs to prove his worth on the field. The guy shows flashes in practice, but then will make plays that make you scratch your head. Cameron Brate is clearly the Bucs' starting tight end as I have said the entire off-season. Seferian-Jenkins needs to worry more about guys like Luke Stocker and Dan Vitale, who could end up blowing right by him.

Jacquies Smith | DE
Like Seferian-Jenkins, I don't think Smith is in danger of being cut, but he may be in danger of losing playing time. Like I said, I've been to most practices this year. I don't remember seeing Smith flash even once. Look out for young defensive ends like Howard Jones and Kourtnei Brown, whom the Bucs have been developing, and whom could shine under new defensive line coach Jay Hayes. 


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