Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp Sleepers

Buccaneers Training Camp Sleepers

  • 2020 NFL Training Camp
  • Cam Gill
  • D'Cota Dixon
  • NFL
  • Parnell Motley
  • Raymond Calais
  • Scott Miller
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Zack Bailey
By JT July 31, 2020 0 Comment

These players could be Training Camp stars in Tampa Bay

Going into the NFL season, it’s unlikely that we see many surprises with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster. There are no real secrets as to who the starters will be. However, there will be competition for some key backup and role player jobs that could be filled by unproven commodities. Here are some names to watch as potential sleepers for at Buccaneers training camp.

Scott Miller

There has been a lot of questions this off-season as to who would emerge as the Bucs third wide receiver target. Tyler Johnson was drafted in the fifth round out of Minnesota and many feel he could be a favorite to win that job. Justin Watson, a key special teams player, was one of the primary targets for the Bucs at the end of last season and could continue to develop into that role. However, second year wide receiver Scott Miller has one thing that gives him a huge edge.

Miller is extremely fast. The Bowling Green alumni ran a sub 4.4 time in the 40 yard dash at his pro day last year. He brings a vertical threat that neither Johnson or Watson provide. Unfortunately, he dealt with nagging hamstring issues as a rookie. Now fully healthy heading into 2020, he could be the third starting receiver with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

D’Cota Dixon

D’Cota Dixon is a second year safety out of Wisconsin. As a rookie last year he made a strong impression on the Buccaneers coaching staff and was in the mix to make the final roster. Unfortunately, his season came to an early end as he was placed on injured reserved before final cuts were made.

Dixon is a physical box safety with a high IQ. He also brings off the charts leadership and intangibles as the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award in 2019. He can be a valuable special teams player and depth at safety as well as nickel linebacker.

Raymond Calais

The Bucs drafted Raymond Calais in the seventh round of the most recent NFL draft. He has excellent speed for a running back and has the vision and toughness to carry the ball between the tackles. With fellow rookie running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn listed on the COVID reserve it opens the door for Calais to compete for the primary backup job behind Ronald Jones.

Where Calais will likely carve out his biggest initial role will be as a kick returner. He averaged over 28 yards per return last season and returned two for touchdowns during his college career. Between this special teams value and his game changing speed out of the backfield, Calais is a name to watch.

Cam Gill

It will be an uphill battle for Cam Gill as an undrafted rookie out of an FCS school. Even as a multiple time conference defensive player of the year, he’s a long shot to make the team. However, there is an opportunity for him to carve out a role as a depth pass rusher.

Gill is athletic and physical. He attacks blockers and has the speed to cause problems on the edge. He has also practiced as an off ball linebacker to show versatility to NFL teams through the draft process. And much like many of the other players on this list, Gill brings a lot of value to special teams. He’s a true sleeper to make the team and be able to make an impact.

Zack Bailey

Zack Bailey is an interior offensive lineman in his second year with the team. As a rookie out of South Carolina last year, he looked to be one of the better offensive lineman on the Bucs team. In fact, he made the team as an undrafted free agent and was an important depth piece before going on injured reserve in October. Now, he returns and is projected to be their top interior depth lineman in 2020.

Parnell Motley

The Bucs have a talented group of young corners and you can pretty much write four roster locks in pen. However, there will be competition for a fifth corner spot on this team. MJ Stewart was a second round pick in 2018, but has been a major disappointment when he has seen playing time. The door is wide open for a guy like Parnell Motley to take that job from him.

Motley is an undrafted free agent from Oklahoma. He’s had 33 pass breakups over the last three seasons and 6 interceptions. He will have limited opportunity to make an impression in this shortened training camp. However, the Buccaneers have shown in the past that they aren’t afraid to take an unproven guy over someone who has shown they can’t meet the standards of the coaching staff.

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