3 Bucs players under the most pressure in preseason game vs. Jets

  • A worrisome situation at tackle
  • The pressure is on at QB
  • A young WR battling for a spot

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kyle Trask
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Saturday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will travel to take on the new-look New York Jets in Preseason Week 2. It will be Kyle Trask getting the start in this one, but he's not the only name to watch.

The Bucs have a few positions that are up for grabs at the moment, with other positions locked down and not necessarily without worry.

Going into this second exhibition, three particular Bucs players are facing some pressure. Let's key-in on them for a moment.

1. Luke Goedeke, OT

Last year, Luke Goedeke started eight games as a rookie. The Bucs' second-round pick out of Central Michigan was drafted to hopefully come in and supplant Donovan Smith when his time in Tampa Bay was up. However, in his first season, Goedeke was a major disappointment.

Pro Football Focus gave him a miserable grade of 43.7 overall. In 2022, he allowed 22 quarterback pressures, three quarterback hits, two sacks and was called for five penalties. He was just as bad in run blocking as he was against the pass, and came into Year 2 with plenty to prove.

In his first preseason action this year against the Steelers, Goedeke picked up where he left off last season. He did not play well, whatsoever, and earned only a slightly better grade of 58.7 in that game, courtesy of PFF. He allowed a sack, a pressure and committed a penalty.

Right now, he is the best option to start at right tackle. But, he's under a lot of pressure going into his second preseason game and has to prove he can hang.