3 Buccaneers veterans playing for their jobs in preseason opener

Tanner Hudson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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These Buccaneers have a lot on the line going into the first preseason game.

The NFL preseason is not usually the best time to watch high-quality football. Between the recognizable names only playing a few reps and the difficulty of watching players who won’t be on the team in a few days, even the Buccaneers have played in their share of snoozefests before the regular season.

Regardless of the quality of play and the players on the field, the Buccaneer faithful wouldn’t miss this game either way. Seeing the pewter and red on the T.V. after so many months away is always a pleasant wakeup call in August, and there will actually be some exciting storylines to follow as the Bucs take the field for the first time.

The obvious names like Tom Brady and Mike Evans draw a lot of intrigue as some of the best players in the league. The parts of the game that feature the starters will be more than exciting enough to make the rest of the game worthwhile, but there are also plenty of reasons to watch the later downs.

The Bucs have a handful of veterans actively fighting for their jobs and the chance to return to the defending champs, and these players will be worth watching well after the established players have reached the bench. It is worth noting that these players should see a decent bit of playing time during the preseason.