Battle 4: Chase McLaughlin and Rodrigo Blankenship at kicker
When the Bucs signed veteran Rodrigo Blankenship recently, there were a lot of people who thought this was immediately going to be a kicking competition. Personally, I don't see much of a competition, here. The way I see it, this job is Chase McLaughlin's to lose.
If you look at the broad spectrum, McLaughlin has far more experience and has made a whole lot more notable kicks. Just take this stat for example: Blankenship has made two career field goals at 50 yards or longer, while 17 of McLaughlin's 67 career makes have been from at least 50 yards.
To me, this doesn't seem like a real battle brewing. Blankenship will provide some fun comic relief, here and there, especially with Baker Mayfield on the same squad. But, this shouldn't be as big a deal as other battles.
Battle 5: Wide receivers 4-6
While part of me is excited to see who rounds out the roster at wide receiver for the Bucs, at the same time, it doesn't necessarily matter in the immediate future. The reality is, the Bucs have a legitimate shot to win the division in 2023 if all goes well at quarterback. That's honestly the only big question mark.
It's going to be a lot of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Russell Gage for whomever is under center. Guys like Rakim Jarrett and Trey Palmer could be big parts of the team's future, but for right now, there are far more important battles to keep an eye on.