While the right guard spot on the depth chart remains a void for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Alex Cappa has been playing with the first team.
Last season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers struggled up front along the offensive line. While the team made minimal moves along the sub-par offensive line unit, they did move right guard Caleb Benenoch out of the right guard role after an abysmal 2018 campaign; this leaves the right guard spot wide open.
After Benenoch was moved, the Bucs were rumored to have Alex Cappa ready to roll as the starter at right guard. Selected in the third round a year ago, Cappa did not see a single start a year ago after being developmentally behind.
This offseason the Buccaneers also added former draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals when head coach Bruce Arians was there in Earl Watford. According to Twitter, Watford is not planning to come to Tampa Bay to sit on the bench, but is there to “take jobs.”
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After minicamp, the Buccaneers added another interior offensive lineman in Josh LeRibeus after ESPN’s Jenna Laine reported that Alex Cappa had still not developed as well as the Buccaneers would have liked. This has led to the belief that there will be a camp battle for the right guard position during training camp between Cappa, Watford, and LeRibeus.
Training camp is not two days down, and The Athletic’s Greg Auman has stated that Cappa has been getting the first team reps at right guard along the Buccaneers’ front five. This is not a definitive victory for Cappa by any means, but he is off to the right foot.
The right guard position is worth the continual monitoring for the Buccaneers as camp progresses as it remains an open void on the offensive depth chart. While Cappa is starting camp in that spot, Watford and LeRibeus are bound to put up a fight to prove their worth.