3 Buccaneers players to watch in first preseason game against Steelers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Yaya Diaby
Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Yaya Diaby / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers kick off their preseason against the Pittsburgh Steelers this week.

Preparations for the regular season continue as the Bucs finally play a real football game. All eyes will be on the quarterback battle between Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask. How long will it take for the Bucs to make a decision?

It's not just the quarterback competition to focus on during the Buccaneers' preseason opener. Various ongoing positional battles will continue over the next few weeks.

It will be interesting to see how this team evolves in the post-Tom Brady era. Here are three players to watch in the Bucs' preseason opener.

3. Yaya Diaby, EDGE

Third-round rookie Yaya Diaby has impressed all summer, and he now gets his first preseason opportunity against the Steelers. Diaby is already part of the second-team defense on the Bucs' latest depth chart, and he will have a significant role to play this season.

Diaby continues to show his ability as a pass rusher, but Todd Bowles also believes he can drop into coverage. The rookie has one interception at camp so far.

A standout performer throughout training camp, the Bucs will hope Diaby can continue to build momentum in the preseason opener.