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Countdown to camp: Linebackers

7/22/2014

The next stop on our pre-camp position-by-position overview of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is linebacker.

This could be a position of strength for the Bucs. Weakside linebacker Lavonte David already is one of the best in the league and he’s just entering his prime. David’s presence alone makes the Bucs respectable at linebacker. But they could end up being much better than respectable.

One of the keys will be how Mason Foster adapts to changes at middle linebacker. Foster is going to be asked to drop in pass coverage more than he has in the past. If he can handle that role, that will be a big boost to the linebacker corps. Foster also will call the defensive signals.

Jonathan Casillas is the front runner to start on the strong side. Dane Fletcher is the top backup linebacker, and he quickly could become a candidate to start if Foster struggles. Ka'Lial Glaud and Danny Lansanah are next in line as backups, but they’ll need to contribute on special teams to secure roster spots.