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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Bucs to get more realistic picture in second preseason game

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When the Bucs line up against the Chiefs Saturday night, they'll be doing so with starting units that closely resemble the ones that will begin the regular season.

After key players like Kellen Winslow, Aqib Talib, Brian Price and Clifton Smith missed last week's trip to Miami, all are expected to be in the lineup on Saturday -- at least for a little while.

So, when the starting defense trots out there, it won't be missing what is arguably its best member (Talib) or one of its most intriguing additions (Price). And watching the Bucs' starting offense without Winslow on the field just isn't the same. It will be interesting to see what kind of dimension he adds to a unit that already is expecting big plays from rookie Mike Williams.

The debut of Price is something that many observers (me included) are quite interested in watching. He'll probably come off the bench behind Roy Miller, but he figures to play with the first-team defense in nickel situations. When offenses are facing a passing situation, the Bucs are expected to use Price as a defensive tackle in their "nickel rush" package. That would enable defensive end Kyle Moore to remain at left defensive end rather than moving inside. Coach Raheem Morris has said the goal is to get the team's four best pass rushers on the field at once, and Price is likely among that group.

So, among the many things to watch in the team's second preseason game is how, exactly, it plans to integrate some of its most important parts that weren't around in the preseason opener.

[Last modified: Friday, August 20, 2010 4:15pm]

    

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