Battle 2: Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask at quarterback
Could there be any more obvious camp battle to watch than the quarterback position? On one hand, you have a recent second-round pick in Kyle Trask who came out of Florida with a phenomenal career for the Gators. Trask has yet to have a real shot in Tampa, of course, due to Tom Brady's being there.
Then, you have a potential redemption story with Baker Mayfield, a former number one overall pick who has seen his career take a downward trend over the last couple of years. Going from Cleveland to Carolina, and then to Los Angeles for a bit, Mayfield is now on his fourth team in two years.
It's safe to say that, if the Bucs get the quarterback position solidified, they can make some noise not just in the NFC South, but the conference in general.
Battle 3: Dee Delaney and Josh Hayes at nickel
This year, the Bucs' nickel job seems to be wide open. The two guys competing for the starting spot are sixth-year veteran Dee Delaney and rookie sixth-round pick Josh Hayes. Delaney has yet to be a full-time starter in his career and has only notched three starts, with one coming for Tampa last year and two the year before.
"The nickel spot is open – there's quite a few spots that are going to be a battle," head coach Todd Bowles told the team website a few weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Hayes comes in as an athletic, versatile player who has familiarity with the nickel position at Kansas State. If Bowles says this is wide open, then we should believe him. This is a true battle, and one that matters for a defense looking to re-establish themselves as a top unit in this league.
Now, let's look at a couple of battles that aren't as interesting to watch in the coming days.