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The Race for Return Duties

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TAMPA, FL - August 26, 2020 - Cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting - Kyle Zedaker | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Speaking to the media, Special Teams Coordinator Keith Armstrong was asked by Greg Auman (The Athletic) about who was impressing in camp as far as special teams. Looking at the roster: Many names could be viable options to play a significant role in special teams, options that need to be investigated with the loss of pres-season.

Another hole needs to be filled since the injury to TJ Logan saw him recently placed on IR. Responding to questions, Armstrong mentioned draftee Cam Gill, out of Wagner, and how he was impressed with his combination of size, speed, and power.

Without a doubt, the lack of pre-season games has seriously impacted the assessment of players. And while coaches, players, fans, even media have been salivating over the marquee signing of Tom Brady, Armstrong and his Special Team coaches have been eagerly watching the backup players looking to find gems to turn the Buccaneers special teams into one of the best in the league.

Coaches will be looking closely at Jaydon Mickens, the former undrafted WR who has seen game time as a returner for the Jacksonville Jags, and Armstrong is certainly impressed right now.

Surprise inclusions to this list include CB, Sean Murphy-Bunting and Antoine Winfield Jr., who have a pedigree of returning the football in college and have done well enough for coaches to consider them for the role.

Whatever happens between now and opening day, coaches and media are going to be watching events at the Advent Health Training Facility very closely as the depth chart falls into place.

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