3 Bucs players who should feel confident going into second preseason game

  • An undrafted rookie
  • An exciting, young receiver
  • Baker Mayfield, ladies and gentlemen

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Trey Palmer
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Trey Palmer, WR

Those who have seen even bits and pieces of what Trey Palmer has done for the Bucs during training camp and offseason workouts would agree with me when I say there is no way he should have been a sixth-round pick. Palmer came out of Nebraska as a mid-round prospect, but more close to a fourth rounder than where he was drafted.

The talent was always there with Palmer at Nebraska, but somehow he slipped to the sixth round, and Bucs fans should be thankful. Against the Steelers, Palmer was targeted four times and caught all four passes for 33 yards and a touchdown.

That touchdown, though, was far and away his best catch of the day.

Beyond the Bucs' top three wide receivers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Russell Gage, the room has been wide open. But, Palmer has cemented himself as the fourth guy in line. He is the most talented player in that room not in the top three, and this preseason performance only furthered that notion.

On all four of his receptions, Palmer was open, even though on the touchdown he had to catch it over a defender. But, all four of his routes saw him get open, and especially for a quarterback like Baker Mayfield looking to bounce back, that's a valuable trait for a wide receiver to be able to give.