Buccaneers: Three starters who should watch their backs

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TAMPA, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 04: Ryan Jensen #66, Alex Cappa, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

Buccaneers Guard Alex Cappa

Before kickoff of the Bucs second preseason game, an admittedly hard-to-watch affair with the Tennessee Titans, commentators Chris Meyers and Ronde Barber mentioned how there might be a little competition brewing for the starting right guard spot between Alex Cappa and Aaron Stinnie. While all 22 starters from the 2020 Super Bowl championship roster are back for 2021, Cappa was the lone ranger of the 22 to actually play against the Titans.

Cappa was also the only one of the 22 that didn’t actually play in the Super Bowl. Stinnie was the starting right guard on Super Sunday.

Cappa was actually the leading Pro Bowl vote-getter at his position at one point in 2020 but unfortunately saw his season come to an end during the Buccaneers Wild Card game in Washington after fracturing his ankle. It really was tragic that the Humboldt State product didn’t get a chance to cross the finish line with the rest of his fellow starters. Stinnie meanwhile stepped in and filled the void left by Cappa with performed amicably. Coming into 2021, it’s clear that Bruce Arians and company are high on both players, particularly Stinnie considering he has a shot to start at right guard.

Cappa should, and probably will, be the starting right guard on opening night against the Dallas Cowboys, but that doesn’t mean that Stinnie isn’t going to give a real run for his money. Cappa will need to fight with all he’s got, which luckily the alumni of a small college program is all too familiar with.