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5 Storylines to Follow During Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Training Camp

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5 Storylines to Follow During Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Training Camp

Lovie Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to launch a new era starting in 2014. The team hired a new head coach in Lovie Smith, a new general manager in Jason Licht and signed a new starting quarterback in Josh McCown. Tampa Bay even got new jerseys. With so many changes in the organization, the Bucs will need a strong preseason to get off on the right foot in the regular season. Here are five storylines to watch for during training camp.

5. Mike Glennon’s Future

Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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5. Mike Glennon’s Future

Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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The Buccaneers spent a third-round pick on quarterback Mike Glennon in the 2013 NFL Draft. Glennon played in 13 games as a rookie, throwing for 2,608 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions. While he showed potential at times, Tampa Bay decided to bring in veteran Josh McCown to be its starter this season. It will be interesting to see if the Bucs keep Glennon as a backup or look to trade him during camp.

4. The Running Back Rotation

Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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4. The Running Back Rotation

Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Doug Martin has proven, when healthy, that he is an elite NFL running back. However, coming off a major shoulder injury, new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford has stated he is looking to lighten Martin's workload in 2014. The Buccaneers have capable backs behind Martin to carry the weight. Mike James, Bobby Rainey and rookie Charles Sims all figure to be given an opportunity to prove they should be the No. 2 option during training camp.

3. The Offensive Line

Carl Nicks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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3. The Offensive Line

Carl Nicks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Tampa Bay's offensive line is arguably the team's biggest question mark. Demar Dotson and Anthony Collins will start at the tackles, joined by Evan Dietrich-Smith at center. However, the two guard positions remain uncertain. Carl Nicks would likely start at left guard if healthy, but he has yet to return from a foot injury suffered last season. If Nicks is not ready for camp, Tampa Bay will have to find new starters at both guard spots.

2. Josh McCown’s Rapport With His Receivers

Josh McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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2. Josh McCown’s Rapport With His Receivers

Josh McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Lovie Smith declared that Josh McCown would be the team's starting quarterback in 2014. McCown will use training camp to get familiar with a new group of receivers. Luckily, Vincent Jackson and rookies Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins form a talented group of receivers who will make his transition easier. They also have excellent size, similar to the receivers McCown worked with in Chicago last season.

1. Love Smith’s Impact

Lovie Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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1. Love Smith’s Impact

Lovie Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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The Bucs fired head coach Greg Schiano just one day after the conclusion of the regular season. Lovie Smith was hired to replace Schiano and lead the team in a new direction. Unlike Schiano, Smith has gotten along well with his players and is highly regarded throughout the league. With so much controversy surrounding the organization last season, Smith will look to bring a calming presence to Tampa Bay and improve upon the team's 4-12 record.

 

Kevin Major is a writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevinMajor_Rant, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google