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Phase II of Bucs’ training camp finishes up on Thursday, meaning that Friday is the first day that all of the players will be in full pads, and the offense will face against the defense. But before all of that, we did have Scott at practice today where he saw a lot of the offense, including a star studded tight ends group, and the offensive line.

Is Tristan Wirfs the clear cut starter at right tackle to begin the season? We spoke with Bruce Arians after practice as well, where he said he’s comfortable with backup lineman Joe Haeg because they have film on him. Since the Bucs first game is at New Orleans, that means Wirfs will have to line up against Cameron Jordan with no preseason games or NFL experience. Is that exactly how you want to throw Wirfs in there? Is Haeg the safer pick?

Scott said that Cam Brate looked good out there in practice and quicker than he has been in the past two seasons. It will be interesting what his role is this year with Rob Gronkowksi as the number one tight end and O.J. Howard slated to be second. Brate may have to fight for playing time this year, but with the amount of injuries that happen in this game, it’s best to have Brate around as an option.

Hear us dive into further parts of the Bucs’ roster like the running backs, which two players bulked up in the secondary, and much more in this new edition of the Pewter Nation Podcast.


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9 months ago

Tom Brady and Leftwich just have to be conscience of what Wirfs can and cannot do. They just need to gameplan with a rookie Ot in mind.

9 months ago

The first game will be a tough one. If we win, I will be impressed. If we struggle against the Division leader, would that be a surprise? The Saints won 13 games last year. We won 7. Keep it close, and lets see how much progress we have made since last year.

8 months ago

First game with Bucs and Saints last year ended in close Bucs loss. 31-24 Saints. 10/06/19. Winston had his turnover issues last year trying to play hero from behind too much IMO. Winston wasn’t the problem with first Saints game though he had 2 TD’s and no Int. Our defense was shredded by mediocre Bridgewater (4 tds 1 int.) and WR Thomas (188 yards) Both teams shut the run down. Difference was our suck ass Secondary and Davis got a beat down. He seems to have learned and improved thank god.