The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have Saturday off so let’s take this opportunity to check in on the top position battles.
Both guard spots. This one remains wide open. Jamon Meredith, Oniel Cousins, Patrick Omameh and Kadeem Edwards have been taking turns working with the first team and it doesn’t look like anyone has pulled ahead of the pack yet.
Third wide receiver. Chris Owusu has been getting most of the first-team work when the team goes to three-receiver sets. The Bucs have a lot of other young talent, but those guys can compete for the fourth and fifth receiver spots.
No. 2 cornerback. Alterraun Verner is the No. 1 cornerback even though he’s missed much of camp with an injury. Johnthan Banks and Mike Jenkins are competing for the other starting spot. Banks might have a slight edge. His size and skills make him a good fit in the Cover 2 defense.
Tight end. Veteran Brandon Myers and rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins have taken turns with most of the first-team work. That probably will continue because the Bucs plan to take advantage of the versatility of their tight ends by giving them all playing time. Second-year pro Timothy Wright also will get some playing time.
Backup running back. This one remains a very close race. Bobby Rainey and rookie Charles Sims appear to be the leading candidates to be the top backup behind Doug Martin. Mike James also remains in the picture. The Bucs used a third-round pick on Sims, so I wouldn’t expect him to spend the season on the bench.