Predicting Training Camp Headlines: Defense by Gil ArciaJuly 10, 2014 As we get closer to the start of training camp, the excitement and optimism continues to build for the new era of Buccaneers football under the new regime. But with excitement and optimism there is also anxiety and curiosity for how the roster will shape up as training camp develops. Once a week, in the weeks leading up to camp, TheBayCave.com will predict story lines that you may see for certain positions on each side of the ball in regards to who earns roster spots. This week we’ll take a look at the defensive positions that have been under a watchful eye.Cornerback: “Moore earns role as the nickel corner.”Former Chicago Bears’ cornerback D.J. Moore was signed for a reason. That reason was to be the team’s nickel cornerback so this headline shouldn’t be a surprise when the time comes.During offseason workouts, defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said Moore had the advantage at the position. Reason for that is because of the familiarity the 2009 fourth-rounder has being in Lovie Smith’s defense. Others like Danny Gorrer and Leonard Johnson have been mentioned by the stuff but all indications are that if there is one who would push Moore for the specific role it would be Gorrer.Unfortunately for others, Moore will beat them out through training camp.Defensive End: “Clayborn named the starter.”Much talk and speculation surrounds defensive ends Adrian Clayborn, Da’Quan Bowers, and William Gholston respectively. The three, among some others, will be fighting it out in camp for rights to start at left end.TheBayCave.com is on record suggesting Bowers and Clayborn would be the top two names at the spot once the regular season kicked off. But Bowers has been a disappointment yet again this offseason due to conditioning. He also revealed on a radio show in South Carolina that he won’t be at 100 percent once camp starts due to surgery in December. The situation immediately puts him at a disadvantage.That leaves Clayborn and Gholston. The two will undoubtedly have a leg up on the rest of the competition however, Clayborn will be named the starter while Gholston spells the former Hawkeye. For the moment, it will play to Clayborn’s advantage since he is in a contract year. It’s unclear what his future holds but it is important that he plays well.TBC may be predicting he is named the starter at the completion of camp but that doesn’t mean Smith and the rest of the coaching staff will limit his reps if he doesn’t show promise in the scheme.link
I agree with Moore as the NB, he has experience being productive in this system. Bowers doesn’t count, I forget he’s on the team sometimes. Clayborn will start and Gholston will be a solid rotational guy spelling him at end and probably seeing a little time at dt as well. Bowers making the team would shock me.
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