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Bucs’ right guard Alex Cappa looks to be back in form after recovering in the offseason from a fractured ankle. The injury occurred in the Wild Card round against Washington, which opened the door for Aaron Stinnie to spur the Bucs on their Super Bowl run.

Although Stinnie survived some tough matchups on his way to the a world title, most assumed the job would still be Cappa’s this season. The Humboldt State product didn’t allow a sack in 17 games last year, and he’s quickly gotten back to an impressive level of play in camp.

“Cap looks like he’s full speed,” Bruce Arians said. “He’s not holding back at all.”

Cappa confirmed as much.

“I feel great, no problems,” Cappa said. “I was good in mini-camp , so I’ve been good for a while. It’s been fun to be rolling, but yeah, I feel great.”

Entering training camp, Cappa is the clear starter at right guard. He’s received all the first team reps and played well in the process. But after Stinnie played so well in big games during Cappa’s absence, is the job open for competition?

“Stinnie’s putting a lot of pressure on him,” Arians said. “Stinnie played really well when he got his opportunity last year.”

Cappa seems unfazed, pointing out that there’s competition at every position. Whether it’s Stinnie or another player lobbying for right guard, Cappa knows he has to earn the starter’s role.

“It’s always a competition,” Cappa said. “Obviously, everybody wants to play, everybody wants to start, everybody’s competing. I don’t think you look at anything like (it’s) for sure, I think we’re all just competing, all trying to put our best on the field, and you don’t really view it like that, to be honest.”

Versatility may be the key to Stinnie eventually winning a starting job. Rookie Robert Hainsey has been serving as the team’s No. 2 center in camp, but it’s clear the Bucs would love to see Stinnie prove himself to be a reliable snapper too. But Stinnie’s mixed results as a pivot haven’t exactly moved him up the depth chart just yet.

“I wish he could snap the ball better,” Arians said. “His snaps are really really good and then all of a sudden one goes flying over the quarterback’s head. Aaron is a solid player. There’s always competition.”

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TBChucky
1 month ago

I’d prefer Stinnie to be a swing Guard per se, and be able to man both spots in a pinch. I think Cappa wins, obviously. But competition will hopefully bring out the best in both of them!

Spitfire
Reply to  TBChucky
1 month ago

Totally agree. I love the fact that we have a proven starting quality backup ready to slide in whenever needed because there is almost guaranteed to be a time or two at minimum that they will need him for part of or all of at least a game or two. Worst case if Cappa costs too much next year Stinnie will hopefully be able to step in if needed. Otherwise Cappa has ready grown in experience and strength and prove. To be a staple on the Oline and should be the clear cut starter until proven otherwise.

Horse
1 month ago

I hope our Starters get to play 2 quarters, since there is only 3 pre season games.

NaplesFan2.0
1 month ago

Barring injury, Cappa should definitely be the week 1 starter. While Stinnie did perform admirably in place of Cappa, he did give up a few plays to Kenny Clark, with at least 1 resulting in a sack. Nothing to frown upon as Clark is pretty damn good, but js. If Cappa keeps improving, we’re looking at the Marpet of the right side.

PatrioticChief
Reply to  NaplesFan2.0
1 month ago

We’re a long ways from that I think. That being said, Cappa has shown gradual improvement for three years. A little more in 2021 and the weakest link is Jensen or Smith.

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