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Breaking down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp battles

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Lovie Smith takes over the coaching ranks. (©GettyImages)
Lovie Smith takes over the coaching ranks. (©GettyImages).

We move on to Tampa Bay in the next of the training camp battles series. We've already taken a look at a few teams, and continue to move down the list. 

We're breaking teams down based off my way too early power rankings.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Greg Schiano experiment just didn't work for Tampa Bay. He went 11-21 in two seasons and lost a lot of respect from players in the locker room. In comes Lovie Smith, a year removed from the Chicago Bears coaching job.

The Bucs went all offense in the draft, as they try to improve upon an offense that ranked third worst in scoring. They'll have a battle in training camp at quarterback, and will hope to have Doug Martin back 100 percent off injury.

They now have two dynamic receivers in Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, and an under the radar superstar tight end in Timothy Wright. They also boast a front seven that can really get after the quarterback with guys like Gerald McCoy, Adrian Clayborn, Lavonte David and newly acquired Michael Johnson from Cincinnati. 

Training camp position battles to watch: QB, RG, LB, WR

Quarterback: Mike Glennon vs Josh McCown

Probably the most open competition out there. McCown comes over from Chicago after a stellar year in spot duty replacing the injured Jay Cutler. In eight games last season, McCown completed over 66% of his passes with 13 TD's and just 1 INT. He will have similar big targets in Tampa with V-Jax and Evans. Glennon was OK in his rookie season with 19 TD's, 9 INT's and a 83.9 QB rating. Both should see the same amount of reps in camp, and will be an interesting competition. Due to such a solid season last year, you'd have to give the edge to McCown right now.

Right Guard: Patrick Omameh vs Oniel Cousins vs Kadeem Edwards vs Jamon Meredith

This could be a battle for both guard positions if Carl Nicks isn't fully recovered from a nagging toe injury. Meredith was the starter at the position last year and would most likely pair up with Nicks. Oniel Cousins comes over from the Browns and Edwards was drafted in the 5th round in this year's draft. Omameh is entering his second season after being signed off the 49ers practice squad during the season last year. 

Strong Side Linebacker: Johnathon Casillas vs Dane Fletcher

Although Lovie Smith loves playing the Nickel Cover 2 defense, the base package of the 4-3 defense, strong side linebacker position is an open battle. Casillas tore his ACL last season, and if fully recovered, should win the job. Fletcher comes over from New England via free agency. Casillas will be less than eight months removed off the ACL injury so Fletcher could very well land the starting role. 

Slot Receiver: Louis Murphy vs Chris Owusu vs Robert Herron vs Lavelle Hawkins

Not that the slot will receive many targets on a game by game basis due to the star power at the outside receivers and tight ends, but this should make for an interesting battle. Murphy comes over from the Giants, and still has yet to hit his potential.

Owusu played with the Bucs last year but caught just 13 balls. Herron is a rookie out of Wyoming drafted in the 6th round and Lavelle Hawkins comes over from San Diego after playing his first five seasons in Tennessee, he was primarily a kick returner last year with the Chargers. 

Next up, the Buffalo Bills.

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