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      Bucs Beat: Rookie G Edwards has will to succeededwards_zpsd50c5d24.pngKadeem Edwards did not face top competition at Tennessee State, but he started to prove he belongs during the Bucs’ offseason workouts. JASON BEHNKEN/STAFF By Roy Cummings | Tribune Staff Published: June 14, 2014TAMPA — Buccaneers rookie guard Kadeem Edwards walked into One Buc Place earlier this offseason wearing a sizable chip on his shoulder. Already, it has proved to be an accessory he wears rather well.A product of Football Championship Subdivision Tennessee State, Edwards was considered a developmental player when the Bucs made him the first of two selections in the fifth round of this year’s draft.His lack of experience against top-level competition was the reason for their conservative assessment, but the Bucs’ thoughts regarding Edwards are quickly changing. And that chip he’s carrying around is a big reason why.Playing with an edge he considers critical to any success he might have, Edwards made a stunning run up the depth chart during the final month of the offseason workout program.A third-teamer at first, Edwards was taking snaps at left guard with the first team during the mandatory minicamp last week. If Carl Nicks doesn’t bounce back the way the Bucs hope, Edwards could be there again when training camp starts.“What Kadeem has showed us are the things we’re looking for: good body, smart guy; and he’s shown good agility in the drills,’’ Bucs coach Lovie Smith said. “The next step is for him to get more live action with the rest of the group.’’That will come during training camp. The Bucs almost certainly will take a cautious approach with Nicks, who continues to recover from two years worth of left foot problems, and Edwards will be one of the prime beneficiaries.Jamon Meredith, Patrick Omameh and Oneil Cousins figure to benefit as well from the limitations that are likely to be placed on Nicks, but Edwards appears to have something they don’t.“When you come from (what was formerly known as the Division I-AA) level, you have to have a chip on your shoulder, because people think your competition isn’t as good,’’ Edwards said. “But at the end of the day, we’re all football players, and they drafted me for a reason. And if you come in and work hard and prove your worth, there’s a chance you can start.’’Apparently so.Conflicting opinionThe Bucs sparked a bit of a running back controversy when they spent their third-round pick on West Virginia’s Charles Sims. They’ve been saying ever since that they made the pick largely because they believe Sims has excellent hands and can excel as a pass catcher.Not everyone shares their opinion.In his book, NFL Draft 2014 Preview, former Pro Football Weekly editor Nolan Nawrocki quotes an anonymous NFL scout with a contrary opinion of Sims’ skills.“I’m not sure how good his hands are,’’ the scout is quoted as saying. “He doesn’t catch the ball very well. He’s a No. 2 back. Those guys are a dime a dozen.’’Fan friendlyThe Bucs’ first two games of the regular season are both at home, with 4:25 p.m. and 4:05 p.m. starts against Carolina and St. Louis, respectively. Those start times are the biggest reason the Bucs’ training camps schedule is rife with late-afternoon starts.But not the only reason.“We’re trying to practice in the heat as much as anything, because it’s a home-field advantage that we have,’’ Smith said. “But it’s also about the fans.“I know most people work all day, and that’s the time where, if you’d like, you can come over and still be able to catch some of our practice after you go to work. We want to be fan-friendly with it also.” rcummings@tampatrib.com(813) 259-7979Twitter: @RCummingsTBO

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      Anyone that had read my replies on the boards, know that I’ve been high on Kadeem since his first interview. This guy just has a great workman attitude and I’m really looking forward to watching him at training camp. The guy sees a need and is working hard to show the coaching staff that he’s the guy that has to fill it. I also love that he’s not awed even a little bit about playing in the NFL. His college tape was really good, I think he’ll be a steal for a 5th round pick.

      Not everyone shares their opinion.In his book, NFL Draft 2014 Preview, former Pro Football Weekly editor Nolan Nawrocki quotes an anonymous NFL scout with a contrary opinion of Sims’ skills.“I’m not sure how good his hands are,’’ the scout is quoted as saying. “He doesn’t catch the ball very well. He’s a No. 2 back. Those guys are a dime a dozen.’’

      A good scout would NEVER say 'I'm not sure...', that makes his opinion suspect to begin with, the one's that ARE sure indicate otherwise.

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          It took some brass to take Kadeem Edwards over America’s Guard, David Yankey. Licht’s Legion seems to have triumphed again; I have to admit I never heard of Kadeem. My jaw literally dropped when we passed on Yankey…       That dissenting scout was probably focused on the size of Sims' hands (reportedly small) rather than his ability to adjust his body to make it easier to make a catch with those smallish hands. Many players with larger hands do NOT have that ability to make quick adjustments in body position while already running to make an otherwise tough catch much easier. Licht & Co. apparently saw the total picture, as reports from camp on Sims have been very good...

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    • Anonymous

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      Yeah that’s the first time I’ve heard anyone say that about Sims. We shall see.Also, NDY my jaw was still on the floor from the Sims pick in the 3rd round lol but yeah Edwards caught me off guard for sure. Regardless, I'm excited about all these new guys and what they'll bring to the team.

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          I watched some YT on Sims, and he was very impressive in his ability to actually make moves on a defender while the ball was still in the air and never break stride to catch the ball. Very unusual skill for a 210-215 pound RB. And he is a very explosive runner, able to change direction and accelerate very quickly. Supposedly a good blocker too. I can understand why we took him now that I see all this…

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      The Bucs’ first two games of the regular season are both at home, with 4:25 p.m. and 4:05 p.m. starts against Carolina and St. Louis, respectively. Gotta start out 2-0.  Get off to a good start.

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          It took some brass to take Kadeem Edwards over America's Guard, David Yankey. Licht's Legion seems to have triumphed again; I have to admit I never heard of Kadeem. My jaw literally dropped when we passed on Yankey...  

      It sure did take some Brass. I really wanted Yankey , but I'm willing to give this kid a chance . Hopefully the scouting department didn't get too cute with this pick and out-think themselves.

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          In comparing their combine results, Kadeem had a 5.18 40, compared to Yankey’s 5.46. Speed in Space, baby…

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          It took some brass to take Kadeem Edwards over America's Guard, David Yankey. Licht's Legion seems to have triumphed again; I have to admit I never heard of Kadeem. My jaw literally dropped when we passed on Yankey...  

      It sure did take some Brass. I really wanted Yankey , but I'm willing to give this kid a chance . Hopefully the scouting department didn't get too cute with this pick and out-think themselves.

      I was surprised too.  Yankley was clearly the right choice based on notoriety and it is exactly who Dom would have drafted.  We would have been enthusiastic about the draft and 3 years later wonder what happened when all the picks were cut.  Licht won't get them all right, but I am willing to give him a chance. 

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