4 Buccaneers sleepers who could steal a key roster spot at training camp

Buccaneers training camp opens this week, and a few sleepers could use the opportunity to steal a roster spot and become impact players.
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After an offseason of resetting, we're finally going to get a good look at this new version of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at training camp.

The team is set to report to camp this week, kicking off a month of honing the roster and making final preparations for the upcoming season.

Despite what you may have heard from Peter King or other national writers, the Bucs season is not over before yet and the team is not DOA heading into Week 1. There's no doubt an uphill battle to right the wrongs of last season, but the piling on that has occured this offseason seems to have put a massive chip on the shoulder of everyone in Tampa Bay.

That's something that extends from Todd Bowles to Baker Mayfield to the veterans, to young players trying to make the roster. There are plenty of storylines heading into Bucs training camp, but a few revolve around sleepers who could use their time at camp to prove their worth and steal a key roster spot.

. Rodrigo Blankenship. player. . . Kicker. 48. Rodrigo. Rodrigo Blankenship. 4

A late addition to the Buccaneers roster this offseason, Rodrigo Blankenship could end up being one of the final pieces put in place ahead of Week 1.

He comes to training camp as a bit of a fan favorite, having won folks over during his time in college at Georgia. Calling a Bulldog a fan favorite this deep in Florida is a tough sell, but there's a certain everyman charm about him that is hard to dislike -- and that's before we get to actual football merits to appreciate.

Blankenship will be attempting to make his third roster in two seasons, bouncing between the Colts and Cardinals last year. He brings with him a 83 percent career field goal percentage, but he's only hit 40 percent of his kicks beyond 50 yards.

To be fair, Blankenship has only attempted five kicks longer than 50 yards in his career, but the Bucs are specifically looking for a big leg. He's more accurate when folding in his kicks from beyond 40 yards into his career total, but it's still not anything that blows you away on the surface.

That's where Blankenship can use his time in training camp to make a case for himself. He's very much entering camp as the challenger to Chase McLaughlin, but if Blankenship can show off an improved accuracy from long distance, it's going to make it hard not give him the job when it comes time to make that decision.