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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5 Dark Horse Candidates To Make The 53-Man Roster

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5 Dark Horse Candidates To The Make 53-Man Roster

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As a team in transition under head coach Lovie Smith, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster is bound to undergo a few changes this season. That should open up the door for a few under-the-radar players to make the final roster. Here are five such players.

5. Tommy Streeter, WR

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5. Tommy Streeter, WR

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A sixth-round draft pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 2012, Tommy Streeter has been unable to make an impact in the NFL thus far. However, the former University of Miami wide receiver has been turning heads at Buccaneers camp, and even caught a touchdown in the team's preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. If he can keep it up, the 6-foot-5 WR could find his way onto the final roster.

4. Lonnie Pryor, FB

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4. Lonnie Pryor, FB

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The Buccaneers are so deep at running back that the team may not even have room to keep a fullback on the final roster. If they ultimately decide to keep one, the battle will be between Jorvorskie Lane and Lonnie Pryor. Lane is more physically imposing, but Pryor is more versatile. It will likely come down to which player is better on special teams.

3. Matt Patchan, T

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3. Matt Patchan, T

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An undrafted free agent out of Boston College, Matt Patchan has a real chance to make the Buccaneers as a backup offensive tackle. It won't be easy though, as he will likely have to beat out fifth-round pick Kevin Pamphile for the job. At worst, Patchan should end up on the practice squad.

2. Solomon Patton, WR

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2. Solomon Patton, WR

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The Buccaneers are basically set at the wide receiver position, so if Solomon Patton hopes to make the team, he will have to make his mark as a kickoff returner. As the Florida Gators' all-time leader in kick return average, the potential for Patton to make the roster is certainly there, but he will have to beat out the incumbent Eric Page first.

1. Nate Askew, LB

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1. Nate Askew, LB

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Undrafted free agent Nate Askew spent the majority of his collegiate career at wide receiver before making the switch to linebacker for his senior season. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Askew ended up leading Texas A&M in interceptions with three. As a developmental prospect with huge upside, Askew is the perfect candidate for a spot on the back end of the roster.