Despite the Tampa Bay Buccaneers returning all 22 starters and change, not every starting spot is completely set in stone for the Buccaneers.
During the offseason, it was all over the headlines about how the Buccaneers became the first team of the Super Bowl-era to return all 22 starters, and a little something on the side, in a quest to “go for two” as Super Bowl champions. But that being the case, the general assumption was that all the starting spots or safe, and why wouldn’t they be? The Bucs had just won a Super Bowl with that lineup.
However the NFL has always stood for Not For Long (as well as National Football League) and competition is apart of the game, and nature of the beast.
Often times, to bring out the best true competitors, it takes someone below them on the death chart to yip at their heels to bring out the best in them. That’s also true and all walks of life. If you care enough, you’re going to be better at your job if you feel someone warming up your seat.
While the Buccaneers are absolutely loaded in 2021 thanks to their magical 2020 there are at least three players who were penciled in as starters who should be looking over their shoulders. This isn’t to say that they are in legitimate position battles for their spots, but things can always change during the season, Weather it be injury, or poor play. Here are the three starters for the Buccaneers who should be watching their backs for the duration of training camp and preseason.