Here are some of the top storylines to follow during Bucs training camp:
Peyton Hillis’ Role: The Buccaneers decided to bring in the former Madden ’12 cover boy just days before camp started. Hillis has the ability to be everything the Bucs had hoped Legarrette Blount could be last year. Hillis is not guaranteed a roster spot though. Michael Smith brings flash and speed to the backfield, while Mike James could prove to be a dependable product for the Bucs to lean on. Brian Leonard’s versatility makes him an intriguing piece to watch.
Darrelle Revis, Adrian Clayborn, Carl Nicks, and Davin Joseph’s health: All four are coming off of season-ending injuries in 2012, but they aren’t the only players to be weary of. The Bucs have been hit hard by injuries the past few years and are due for a season of light injuries. Looking at the roster for the Bucs, the starters are looking solid, but, as it is with most teams, depth could be a concern.
The “No Fly Zone”: Last year, the Bucs had a horrific pass defense. They attacked that position as hard as a team could this off-season. With the additions of Darrelle Revis, Dashon Goldson, and Johnthan Banks, the Bucs have adopted the nickname “No Fly Zone” for their secondary. Self-appointed nicknames can be good and they can be bad. Let’s hope this new secondary lives up to their new nickname.
Development of a pass rush: It’s no secret the Bucs have been awful at getting to opposing quarterbacks. It didn’t help that Michael Bennett, who led the Bucs with 9 sacks last year, was not resigned by the team. The pressure is on both Adrian Clayborn and DaQuan Bowers to take the next step in their young careers of becoming feared pass rushers. Greg Schiano has said both could become that this year. Health is also a major concern for a defensive line that has been hit by injuries more than any other unit the past couple years. Gerald McCoy stayed healthy last year and became a Pro Bowler. Let’s hope Bowers and Clayborn follow him this year.
Is Mike Glennon real competition: As soon as the Buccaneers made the selection of Mike Glennon in the 3rd round of April’s draft, the clock started to click on Josh Freeman. The only way Glennon becomes true competition for Freeman is if he goes out and proves it. Glennon might get more playing time than any Buccaneer player this preseason. This can go either way. If Glennon struggles, viewing him as legit competition for Josh Freeman might be hard to swallow. If Glennon succeeds, prepare yourself for one wild ride this season!