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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp Preview: Fullback

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WACO, TX - DECEMBER 03:  Cody Johnson #11 of the Texas Longhorns runs during a game against the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
WACO, TX - DECEMBER 03: Cody Johnson #11 of the Texas Longhorns runs during a game against the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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Training camp is right around the corner, as it will start on the July 27. That means it's time for a training camp preview, and we're going to go through the roster position by position. First up: fullback.

Players: Erik Lorig, Cody Johnson, Drake Dunsmore (FB/TE)

Erik Lorig was the starting (and only) fullback last year, but his position is far from secure. In fact, we don't even know whether the Bucs are inclined to keep a fullback, or how they would use a fullback. Would they prefer a pass-catching fullback, or do they want a thumper who can lead block? Erik Lorig is best suited for the latter, and he did well in that role early in 2011 - but, like so many others, his play fell off during the second half of the season. Lorig wasn't of much use as a pass-catcher, though.

Cody Johnson is a rookie, and hence we don't know much about him. He can actually run the ball a little, rushing for 200 yards and six touchdowns in 2011. He didn't do anything in the passing game, but he's also an experienced lead blocker. If the Bucs want a fullback who can carry the ball, Johnson should be the winner in this battle.

Drake Dunsmore is a bit different. He can block a little, but his best fit would be as an H-back/move tight end who is asked to pass block and run routes. The Bucs could use him as a fullback, especially on passing downs, but he may be competing with the tight ends for a roster spot.

Likely post-camp roster: Cody Johnson, Drake Dunsmore (TE)