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Davin Joseph vs. Jeb Terry
Terry stole most of Joseph’s thunder when he received a significant amount of reps at the right guard position during Tampa Bay’s three-day mini-camp in June, and now he’s looking to keep the Bucs’ first-round draft pick on the sideline as the two players get prepared to battle in training camp.
The 6-foot-5, 311-pound Terry has had a tremendous offseason and could line up as Tampa Bay’s starting right guard on the first day of training camp, depending on what the team decides to do with Sean Mahan, who started all 16 regular season games at that position for the Bucs last season.
The Bucs are flirting with the idea of moving Mahan to center to compete with John Wade for the starting center spot, and if that idea comes to fruition, Terry and Joseph will compete against each other.
Joseph (6-3, 311) didn’t have a bad offseason, but he didn’t have a great one, either. There wasn’t much of a buzz surrounding the first-round pick. Instead, the buzz surrounded Terry, a former fifth-round pick who is entering his third year in the NFL.
Terry actually was in a stiff competition with Mahan for the starting right guard job last year until he suffered a knee injury in the preseason opener vs. the Tennessee Titans. That injury cost him the rest of the preseason and ultimately took him out of the running for a starting job in 2005.
Tampa Bay would ideally like Terry to emerge as the starter at right guard so it can move Mahan to center and have Joseph serve as Terry’s backup during his rookie season.
However, this battle is far from decided since things could change a lot once the pads come on in training camp. If Joseph can put a strong, physical showing in pads at camp, he certainly will be tough to keep on the sideline, which is where Terry has spent his first three years in the NFL.
Advantage: Jeb Terry
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