The closest training camp battle for the Buccaneers right now actually comes at special teams. The good news for Tampa is that iron sharpens iron.
As much as everyone would like to believe it, there aren’t that many camp battles going on for starting roles on the Buccaneers.
Left guard and center are the main ones that seem to get the most attention right now, but let’s not pretend that these are impossible to predict come the start of the season. Smart money will always be on Luke Goedeke and Robert Hainsey, even if the vets get their reps in the first week with pads.
The one position where a true starter is actually hard to predict is kicker.
Ryan Succop has held the job for the past two seasons and done well to right the ship of inconsistency that has plagued the Bucs in this area, but Jose Borregales is hot on his trail.
People might think that Succop is a lock for the job based on his veteran status and contract, but the young kicker put up a Hell of a fight in camp last year, and the first week has shown us that he will do the same in 2022.
Despite the early lead that Succop has created by going perfect thus far through camp, Borregales has also been great with his misses being few and far between. The difference between the two is minuscule, and kicks in the preseason games are going to play a major role in determining whether the Bucs will keep the veteran or the younger, cheaper option.
One way or another, the Buccaneers are ensuring that they will go through the season with the better kicker, omitting all of the pomp and circumstance. This is always the best way to handle the position, and the special teams success should improve as a result.
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