TAMPA, Fla. -- Some unanswered questions as training camp ends:
Who are the starting guards? That’s the biggest question of all. The Bucs have been rotating Oniel Cousins, Patrick Omameh, Kadeem Edwards, Jace Daniels and Jamon Meredith. None of them have much experience. The Bucs are hoping two of them can step up enough to claim starting jobs. But they may have to look to the outside for help.
Who’s the slot receiver? There are several options here and the Bucs could use them all. Tight end Tim Wright has been lining up in the slot a lot. Receiver Chris Owusu could end up there. The Bucs drafted Patrick Herron mainly to play the slot. He got off to a slow start in camp, but has come on strong lately. Herron could get more playing time as the season goes on.
Who’s the nickelback? The answer to this one is pretty clear. Leonard Johnson has been getting all the first-team work. He’s set as the nickelback.
Who are the starting cornerbacks? Alterraun Verner’s a lock at one spot. But the other one remains a bit of a question mark. Mike Jenkins has been dealing with a hamstring injury. That’s created more reps for Johnthan Banks and he’s made the most of them. Banks appears to have the edge.
Who’s the starting tight end? This is not a one-person answer. The Bucs are going to play three tight ends extensively. Wright will line up in the slot and at H-Back as well as tight end. Brandon Myers and rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins also are going to get plenty of work with the first team and there will be a good amount of two tight end sets. All three tight ends are going to get a lot of playing time.