While the Buccaneers are visiting Jacksonville this week for joint practices before their preseason game on Saturday, they are getting some field action away from Tampa. The Jaguars are a great team to joint practice with considering the talent on their roster. After the Bucs first preseason game against Philly, it predominately played out as expected. The game versus Jacksonville will provide certainty of what we observed last week, and a closer look at players both on the bubble and those who are established. Here are 3 offensive players to keep an eye on:
1. RB Charles Sims – Obviously, Sims will be sharing time in the backfield with Doug Martin. Although his split time will be on the lesser side, Sims is an intriguing player. While he was held out of last week’s game, Sims has looked himself in training camp. It would be nice to get a look at his agility running the ball, a catch or two out of the backfield, and some pass blocking. Then get him out.
2. WR/KR Jonathan Krause – Krause was picked up this offseason from Philadelphia after spending most of last season keeping the bench warm. The Bucs scouting department saw some value in Krause with both his wide receiver abilities, as well as his special teams return skills. So far, Krause has shown promise in camp with both the receiving squad and the special teams return units. After V-Jax, Evans, and Humphries, the receiving corps is very sketchy. While fans and local analysts have kept a positive mindset for Kenny Bell, he has been disappointing in training camp going back to last year. Winston recently raved about Russell Sheppard who had an impressive outing against Philly. That being said, the fourth wide receiver spot is fair game as of now even as Louis Murphy slowly recovers from his injury. If Krause can show some receiving promise, he could land a spot on the roster. It will be imperative for Krause to also show his return ability. *Additional WR’s to watch are Evan Spencer, Donteea Dye, and Bernard Reedy.
3. OL Kevin Pamphile – After signing former Seahawk offensive guard J.R. Sweezy during free agency, Kevin Pamphile has stepped up his game this camp knowing Sweezy is now on board. Currently, Sweezy is recovering from a back injury, was just put on the PUP list, and is expected to miss 5 games. This is the opportunity that Pamphile has sought while growing as a project for the Bucs. Pamphile was drafted by the Bucs in 2014 in the 5th round. He has been earning positive reviews from his fellow teammates, filling in at that left guard spot. It will be interesting to see how Pamphile does on that left side next to 2nd year big man OT Donovan Smith. The question will be what will happen to Pamphile when Sweezy is medically cleared and ready to suit up. Since the Bucs invested $32.5 million dollars for five years on Sweezy, where will that leave Pamphile?