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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preseason 2014: 5 Players to Watch in Week 3

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preseason 2014: 5 Players to Watch in Week 3

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Buffalo Bills Saturday in the all-important third preseason game. With the first round of roster cut downs coming up next week, it is an important game for a number of players on the Buccaneers' roster. With that in mind, here are five players to watch when the Buccaneers play the Bills.

5. Larry English, DE

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5. Larry English, DE

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English signed with the Buccaneers Aug. 14 after five disappointing seasons with the San Diego Chargers. The Buccaneers are hoping to rejuvenate the career of the former first-round pick, as he makes the switch from linebacker to defensive end. English is a long shot to make the final roster, but on a team desperate for pass rushers, English could find a spot on the final roster with a strong showing against Buffalo.

4. Solomon Patton, WR

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4. Solomon Patton, WR

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Patton has improved with each passing week. The undrafted rookie out of Florida currently sits atop the depth chart at both kickoff and punt returner and the speedster is on the verge of locking up a roster spot.

3. Rishaw Johnson, G

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3. Rishaw Johnson, G

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The Buccaneers acquired Johnson in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs this past Thursday. The Buccaneers problems along the interior of the offensive line have been well-documented throughout the preseason, so it will be interesting to see what Johnson can bring to the table in what has been a pretty lackluster group of players to choose from at guard.

2. Jeff Demps, RB

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2. Jeff Demps, RB

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The Buccaneers went from having one of the deepest backfields in the league to being rather thin at the position after injuries to rookie Charles Sims and Mike James. The door is now wide open for Demps to earn a spot on the roster. However, Demps will need to show something as a running back, because it appears he has lost the kick returner competition to Solomon Patton.

1. Jorvorskie Lane, FB

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1. Jorvorskie Lane, FB

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As was the case with Jeff Demps, Lane's chances of making the final roster drastically improved with the injuries to Charles Sims and Mike James. Further working in Lane's favor is his ability to play fullback and his prowess as a short-yardage power back. Saturday's game against the Bills will give Lane another opportunity to prove he is worthy of a spot on the 53-man roster.

Keith Momberg is the Jacksonville Jaguars writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @K_Momberg or add him to your network on Google.