Offensive line: Alex Cappa
The offensive line comes into the game tonight fairly set, which is a complete anomaly given the state this unit was in a year ago. However this camp, Alex Cappa has taken the opening at right guard and ran with it, seeing all of the first team reps.
Not only has Cappa seen all of the reps, but he has been described by Winston as “dominant” and has been praised by Arians as well. After moving last year’s starter Caleb Benenoch to backup tackle this offseason, the Buccaneers needed last year’s third round pick in Cappa to step up; he has answered the bell thus far.
While he may not see Heyward or Tuitt for more than a series, if they play at all, the Steelers have a deep group of defensive linemen who could test Cappa and the Buccaneers’ offensive line tonight. For a unit that came in near the bottom of the league in rushing a year ago, a strong start tonight would boost their confidence.
The other four spots along the offensive front are locked down, and the fifth spot does not look like much of a competition anymore. Cappa is worlds ahead of Earl Watford and Josh LeRibeus for the starting role, and he could lengthen that gap tonight.