Buccaneers to watch at night practice

August, 1, 2014
Aug 1
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will hold their night practice at Raymond James Stadium on Friday. The practice starts at 7:30. Here's a list of five guys to keep an eye on.

Tight end Timothy Wright. Former coach Greg Schiano didn't have a lot of success with this franchise. But Wright might be the best thing Schiano left behind from his Rutgers days. Wright, a Rutgers product, had 54 receptions as a rookie last season. It's easy to say that was a fluke because of Schiano's familiarity with Wright. But there's more to it than that. Wright can play in the NFL and he has the versatility to line up as a tight end or an H-back.

Defensive end Steven Means. He might be the best-kept secret on the roster. If you watch practice closely, you'll see that the Bucs are using Means extensively on special teams. That's an indication the Bucs have big plans for Means, who also has some potential as a pass-rusher.

Running back Charles Sims. He was a third-round draft pick for a reason. The Bucs believe Sims can play right away in a rotation with Doug Martin. Although Martin is going to be the feature back, there is room for Sims as a fill-in and third-down back. Sims has looked very good in practice the last few days and, if he shows he can handle blitz pickups, it might not be long before he moves ahead of Bobby Rainey and Mike James on the depth chart. Sims also could factor in as a return man.

Defensive end Scott Solomon. This is a guy that's drawn a lot of praise from coach Lovie Smith. Solomon has spent some time with the Jets and Titans, but hasn't done much. Smith has said Solomon's pass rush from the outside has been impressive. Solomon has a chance to be the third defensive end behind Michael Johnson and Adrian Clayborn.

Quarterback Mike Glennon. He didn't have a great practice on Thursday after performing well earlier in camp. Josh McCown is entrenched as the starter, but the Bucs need to see some progress from Glennon, who they have declared the quarterback of the future.

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