The final act of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ preseason position battles will conclude against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Week four of the preseason may not be relevant to the starters on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster, but for the backups and the bubble players, this is their last chance to get onto an NFL roster to open the season.
There are some intriguing position battles still brewing, and they will wrap up against the Jacksonville Jaguars. On offense, key skill positions remain unsolved, and the backend of the defense still needs to be finalized.
A few places remain, and a strong performance could be the difference in starting the season with a job or waiting for a call back home on the couch. It’s a career-defining day for some players. It could be their last chance to prove they belong in the NFL or their first shot to make an impact.
Here are four battles to keep an eye on:
Through three games, the wide receiver position is virtually set. Justin Watson has locked up the fifth receiver spot, but there’s room for one more player.
Freddie Martino is probably the front-runner in regards to preseason play. He caught a touchdown against the Lions last week while Bobo Wilson and Bernard Reedy were unable to make their presence felt.
It’s a tight race as all of the players have seen regular season snaps with the Bucs at some point, but Martino has put together the best preseason out of the bunch. Look for big special teams play to make the difference in this battle.
Of course, the Bucs could decide to stick with five wideouts, but with Jameis Winston off the roster for three weeks, an extra wideout and special teams contributor may be the route the team decides to take.