4 emerging surprises at Buccaneers training camp

  • A veteran tight end
  • A mid-round linebacker
  • An udrafted wideout
  • A third string quarterback?

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3. Rakim Jarrett, WR

This shouldn't really come as a surprise, whereas the real surprise came back in April when Rakim Jarrett went undrafted. That was the real surprise. However, during Bucs training camp, it's the undrafted Jarrett, out of Maryland, who is making a push for a roster spot.

In a crowded wide receiver room, Jarrett has displayed an excellent ability to gain yards after the catch; again, that's no surprise to anyone who has followed his game over his college career. Coming into the league, Jarrett was scouted as a strong slot receiver with great foot quickness and possessing 4.4 speed.

The Bucs obviously have a veteran trio of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Russell Gage locked in atop the depth chart. But, behind them it could be anyone's job to snag. Jarrett is competing with guys like sixth-round pick Trey Palmer, veterans David Moore and Deven Thompkins (who is having an excellent camp as well) among some other undrafted free agents.

There is certainly a door open for Jarrett to come in and take a job, but he'll have to continue proving himself throughout the rest of camp and the preseason, as well.