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Plenty of Battles as Camp Gets Ready to Start

Today’s St.Petersburg Times gives us a little training camp breakdown of the Bucs at some various Positions:

The Buccaneers report for training camp Friday, and what a camp it is expected to be. In recent seasons, there hasn’t been a great deal of debate about key positions because those jobs had had limited turnover. Nothing could be further from the truth this year. The coaching staff is new. So, too, are the offensive and defensive schemes. Many players central to the team’s hopes also are new. So this will be camp full of story lines, and they will include position battles in key areas.


Get ready for endless debate about this position. It’s wide open, even though the conventional wisdom is the job is Luke McCown’s to lose. Even so, McCown’s grip on it isn’t secure given that the Bucs have options. Whether those options — veteran Byron Leftwich and rookie Josh Freeman — are better can be argued. Coaches will be fair about the opportunities afforded each player during training camp and preseason games, the idea being that they’ll get a wealth of information upon which to base a decision. But it’s possible there won’t be a consensus starter if no one is clearly superior.

One thing is clear: The candidates are vastly different. McCown is a veteran but a career backup who hasn’t established a reputation in the league. Leftwich is trying to live down his reputation for being immobile and prone to interceptions even though he has a big arm. Freeman is an unknown but a gifted athlete.

It should be an interesting ride

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