After an excruciatingly long off-season, the pre-season is finally upon us. This off-season had its ups and downs, but even with very little salary cap, GM Jason Licht did manage to bring in some solid talent. Here are 3 players to keep an eye on tonight as the Bucs play the Steelers in Pittsburgh.
1. Devin White: In the 2019 draft the Bucs managed to draft the best MLB prospect to come out of college in the last decade in LSU’s Devin White. So far White has not disappointed and with fellow MLB Lavonte David out White will be the captain of this defense. This shows HC Bruce Arians has a lot of trust in the young rookie. It will definitely be interesting to see how he does against the Steelers offense even though his time on the field will be limited.
2. Ronald Jones: Jones has been quite popular this off-season and it’s not just his sparkling personality. Jones is trying to put his tumultuous rookie season in the rearview and has been lighting it up in training camp. Even when the pads came on he has continued to impress. He has looked very good at catching passes out of the backfield as well, which was one of the biggest knocks against him coming out of USC. Again like Devin White Jones’s time will most likely be very limited, but it would be reliving to fans to see the second-year RB make some plays on offense.
3. Noah Spence: This year is make or break for OLB Noah Spence and he has shown up to camp looking like he’s about to prove his haters wrong. Spence had a decent rookie season, but since then he has been nothing more than an afterthought. This year it looks as the switch from DE to a 3-4 OLB has reinvigorated the young pass rusher. All throughout training camp Spence caught the attention of Bruce Arians and DC Todd Bowles, that has earned him the starting spot at OLB tonight over FA acquisition Shaquil Barrett. Spence should get a significant amount of playing time as he is still learning the ins and outs of his new OLB position in Todd Bowles defense and could use all the time on the field he can get.