4 Buccaneers UDFAs with the best chance of securing a roster spot at training camp

As training camp begins, a few undrafted rookies are in prime position to secure roster spots
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There's another safety who looks poised to make a serious case for himself as a part of the Buccaneers secondary rotation this year. Christian Izien out of Rutgers is someone who has already impressed some of the right people, with Antoine Winfield Jr establishing earlier this offseason at minicamp that he's a fan of the rookie's game.

“He reminds me of myself,” the 5-foot-9, 203-pound Winfield said to Matt Matera over at Pewter Report. “We’re kind of similar stature. He’s put into the same roles that I was in so it’s good seeing him out there. He’s learning, he’s a smart player, but he’s learning.”

That's a huge endorsement and one that Izien can further backup with a strong performance at training camp. Something else working in his favor is that lack of depth at safety for Todd Bowles. Winfield and Ryan Neal are the only two sure-fire roster locks for the Bucs and there's a decent chance one of the safety UDFAs are able to snag a spot -- specifically Izien.

If Merriweather is a guy who looks like he could play himself into a roster spot, then the case is even strong for Izien. There's more of a logjam of strong safeties where the Bucs have Winfield at free safety and nobody else locked in behind him (although to be fair, Nolan Turner is far from a lock to block Merriweather from a backup role).