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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Kade Warner. Kade Warner. player. . . Wide Receiver. . 1. 48. Kade Warner

If there's one true sleeper at Bucs training camp this year, it's undrafted free agent Kade Warner.

Warner played his college ball at Kansas State, where he put together a respectable career but nothing that overly stood out to scouts. He tallied 60 catches and 622 yards over two years with the Wildcats, finding the endzone five times. He's listed on the Bucs depth chart as an outside receiver, but everything about his game screams slot receiver, which just so happens to be a position of need.

The Bucs lost longtime slot receiver Scotty Miller to the Falcons in free agency and have yet to fill the void. Chris Godwin played 66 percent of his snaps in the slot last year -- the most in his career so far -- but there are rumblings that Dave Canales will move him to the outside this season.

Even with Russell Gage returning, the Bucs need bodies in the slot and Warner feels like an ideal fit. He has competition at the position with three other rookies -- Trey Palmer, Rakim Jarrett, and Taye Barber -- but the system he's coming to might end up benefiting his long-term value.

In Seattle, Dave Canales not only helped run the offense but at more than one time specialized in wide receivers. If there's a guy who can both get the most out of Warner and find a place for him in his scheme, it's Canales.

There's also the personal connection, as Warner is the son of Hall of Famer Kurt Warner who was with Todd Bowles during his time in Arizona. Both Bowles and Warner have commented on their existing relationship, which started when Kade was just a kid, which is a variable that has to be calculated for even if it's one of the heavier weighted things a final decision will be based on.