The last installment of our six-week series of pre-camp positional reviews is necessarily going to be the most succinct one. There simply aren’t many specialists to discuss on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ roster, and not likely much change to occur from last year’s group.
Obviously, the Buccaneers employ dozens of players on special teams across such units as punt return and coverage, kickoff return and coverage and placekicking, but we have covered the potential special teams contributions from those players in previous installments. In some cases, how young players fare on special teams in training camp and especially the preseason games will determine whether or not they make the roster and get a helmet on game days.
In this case, however, we are looking at just the players whose duties will by definition be confined to special teams – the kickers, punters and long-snappers. At the moment, that’s a grand total of four players on the 90-man roster, with rookie kicker Jose Borregales joining last year’s efficient trio of kicker Ryan Succop, punter Bradley Pinion and long-snapper Zach Triner.
Given Succop’s strong work in 2020 and his new contract signed in March and the lack of any current competition for Pinion and Triner, it appears highly likely that the Buccaneers will roll with the same trio of specialists in 2021. And that in itself is noteworthy, at least when it comes to the placekicking position.
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