The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially begin training camp on Tuesday, July 26 when veterans report to camp.

Which means it’s time to start breaking everything down when it comes to watch out for, what to keep up with, and how things could possibly shake out over the coming weeks.

The Buccaneers still have a large portion of their Super Bowl-winning roster intact, but there are more than a few new faces that will be vying for jobs in 2022. Some of them will even be starting jobs that are crucial in helping the Buccaneers get back to the playoffs/Super Bowl.

So, which three position battles must you keep your eyes on? Let’s dive in and find out.

1. Will rookie Luke Goedeke win the starting left guard position?

The challengers: Robert Hainsey, Aaron Stinnie, Nick Leverett, Sadarius Hutcherson

The Buccaneers lost a lot during the offseason and arguably the biggest loss was Pro Bowl left guard Ali Marpet. Marpet was one of the NFL’s best and most underrated guards during his time in Tampa Bay.

Filling that spot will be crucial in helping the Buccaneers offensive line keep its place among the top offensive lines in the NFL.

Outside of certain situations, it’s never ideal to have a rookie start on the offensive line. But, in this case, Goedeke winning the job is the best-case scenario for the Buccaneers. In both the long-term and the short-term.

Don’t count out Stinnie, however. He’s shown he can play against top competition at a high level. If he wins the job, it certainly wouldn’t be considered as a bad development.

The wildcard: Sadarius Hutcherson – the coaching staff really liked what Hutcherson was doing before he tore his ACL during the preseason. He could certainly end up as one of the Buccaneers’ offensive linemen to make the final 53.

2. Can Cameron Brate hold his own at tight end?

The challengers: Cade Otton, Ko Kieft, Codey McElroy, Dylan Cook, Ben Beise, J.J. Howland

Brate has plenty of experience and he’s shown that he can produce as a viable target in the passing game. However, he’s limited as a blocker and doesn’t have the explosion/athleticism he had a few years ago.

Otton and Kieft will likely provide the biggest test for Brate, but it’s still largely unknown as to how impactful both players will be. Especially with Otton. He’s yet to practice with the Buccaneers in a full capacity due to ankle surgery he had a few months ago.

McElroy is the only other tight end with NFL experience and he’s still a long shot to make the roster.

The wildcard: Unknown/pending veteran addition – the Buccaneers will very likely add a veteran tight end either before camp or during camp. Said veteran will also be one with enough NFL experience to where they could win the starting job.

3. Who starts next to Vita Vea?

This will be a fun battle to watch. The Buccaneers have Will Gholston, who’s the second-longest tenured Buc on the roster and he’s been an entrenched starter in the Bucs’ base defense for years, now.

Then, there’s free agent addition Akiem Hicks, who has a Pro Bowl nod on his resumé. And then, to round everything out, there’s 2022 second-rounder Logan Hall, who is pretty much a Gholston clone and also has the talent to become the next DeForest Buckner.

And, you can’t count out Rakeem Nunez-Roches. Even if the deck is stacked against him.

The only player on the defensive lined that’s guaranteed starting playing time in Vea. Everything else around him is up for grabs.

Could Hall beat out Gholston and/or Hicks? Will Hicks show the play he’s capable of when healthy? Will Gholston and Nacho continue to turn in steady, underrated performances that keep them heavily involved with the rotation?

The mix of veteran talent combined with Hall’s draft pedigree will certainly make this one of the top position battles -if not the top position battle- during training camp.

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