A quarterback could be rising in Tampa Bay’s QB battle. He leads the group’s group of gamers whose shares are rising. A former Professional Bowl linebacker, nevertheless, is trending within the improper path.
Baker Mayfield, quarterback: Studying between the strains of head coach Todd Bowles’ feedback after observe on Tuesday, Mayfield appears to have an inside observe on the beginning QB job over Kyle Trask.
“It comes all the way down to moxie… You possibly can see who the group galvanizes round and who’s able to play the primary sport and you decide from there,” Bowles told the media. If Mayfield is thought for something on the sector, it is that he performs with moxie.
Bowles already is aware of that, based on ESPN’s Jenna Laine. In April, Bowles discussed the addition of Mayfield and stated, “You preferred his moxie. You preferred his management expertise. You preferred the best way he may get out and throw on the run some.”
Cade Otton, tight finish: Certainly one of two tight ends the Bucs chosen in the course of the 2022 NFL Draft, Otton has pulled away because the No. 1 tight finish on the group’s depth chart. He was the fifth tight finish drafted total final 12 months and completed first amongst rookie tight ends with 42 receptions. (h/t Stathead)
Per Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com, offensive coordinator Dave Canales’ system also needs to profit Otton. After discussing his 2022 numbers, Smith wrote, “These numbers are more likely to go up in Otton’s second season, because the offense being put in by … Canales is taken into account tight-end pleasant.”
Nick Leverett, guard: Leverett seems to be the odd man out with Tampa Bay’s collection of Cody Mauch within the second spherical (forty eighth total) of the 2023 NFL Draft. With All-Professional offensive sort out Tristan Wirfs switching to the left facet — the place Mauch performed in faculty — it left a query as to the place he would play this season.
Leverett began at left guard final season, however the group signed former Chargers guard Matt Feiler to play that place this 12 months. As a substitute of shifting Leverett to proper guard, Mauch is predicted to take that position as a rookie. Leverett, a 2020 undrafted free agent, stuffed in admirably in 10 begins in 2022, permitting no sacks in 481 stress alternatives, per Pro Football Focus.
Devin White, linebacker: White requested a commerce in April and is not working towards with the group. The previous Professional Bowler would not should be at voluntary offseason exercises, however his absence permits different linebackers to emerge. White drastically underperformed in 2022, so the group could be sensible to look towards the longer term at linebacker anyway. Per PFF, White had a foul 2022, grading 74th of 81 linebackers.
Data from PFF costs him with 16 missed tackles final season. He was additionally a legal responsibility in protection, permitting 43 receptions of 57 targets (75.4 %) for four hundred and forty yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. Throughout his four-year NFL profession, QBs have accomplished 82.4 % of makes an attempt thrown in White’s path