The Tampa Bay Buccaneers begin a three-day rookie camp Friday afternoon. Here are three things I’ll be keeping an eye on.
Mike Evans' readiness. The first-round draft pick has to get ready in a hurry. The Bucs are counting on Evans to be an instant starter at wide receiver opposite Vincent Jackson. Many rookie receivers are brought along slowly. The Bucs don't have that luxury. They need Evans in the starting lineup on opening day.
Charles Sims' hands. The Bucs surprised a lot of people by using a third-round pick on a running back when they already had depth at the position. But Sims was drafted for a reason. He’s an outstanding receiver out of the backfield and it sure seems like the Bucs want to throw to their running backs.
Robert Herron in the slot. It might be a lot to expect a sixth-round pick to contribute right away, but Herron will at least get a look. The Bucs need a slot receiver and Herron is a natural at that position. If Herron can make a good early impression, he could set himself up for a lot of playing time.