This is a tough spot for the Buccaneers. Last season Cato June was supposedly the starting SLB, but primarily played the Will spot on every down but first down. We have a few hybrid players that can play this position. This is one of the few spots on the entire Buccaneers roster that I believe is open for competition come training camp time. It became obvious to anyone watching the Bucs last season that Derrick Brooks had lost a step (I love Derrick Brooks, so hopefully nobody tries to Duemig me and say I hate the guy). Cato June could permanently move to WLB, with someone stepping up and taking over this SLB spot on a more permanent basis.
Currently on the Roster – Cato June, Ryan Nece, Charles Bennett, Quincy Black
As I stated previously I think the coaching staff has high hopes for Quincy Black. Would our defense be much worse if Cato moved to the WLB spot and Quincy Black won the SLB spot outright in camp. DB could still get 20 snaps a game on defense, and his leadership is still top notch. This should be a great camp battle in my opinion.
No Chance – All have a chance to make the roster
Battling for Spots – Ryan Nece, Charles Bennet
Ryan Nece would make the perfect 5th LB on a corp that consisted of Ruud, DB, Quincy Black and Cato June. Nece has the ability to play all 3 spots on our LB corps. Former Clemson LB Charles Bennett, a 7th round draft pick of the Bucs in ’06 is battling Nece for the 5th LB spot. He brings some versatility to the table ala Ryan Nece. He was on the IR last season with a knee injury so he will have to prove to the Bucs that he is healthy and able to supplant a guy in Nece where we know what he is capable of bringing to the table.