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If the Buccaneers are high on Kadeem Edwards, they have a funny way of showing it

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to find some starting guards somewhere, and Kadeem Edwards could be a candidate.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking into trading for Alex Boone. This is not a shocking development. Ian Rapoport now reports that they have interest in Boone "at the right price", which is also not news. The question is just what the right price is.

What is new, though, is that Rapoport also notes that the team is high on rookie fifth-round pick Kadeem Edwards at guard. It makes some sense: he's talented and has shown well in training camp, overall. Unfortunately, the Bucs have a bit of an odd way of showing how high they are on Edwards: they gave him 11 snaps against the Jaguars, all of those snaps coming with the third/fourth team at the end of the game.

I can't think of a world in which it makes sense to give the raw rookie you are high on and who could start the season 11 snaps at the end of the first preseason game. Instead, this suggests that Edwards is a long, long way removed from being able to contribute this season.

To be fair, he did look good in those 11 snaps. But it's hard to evaluate anyone when he's going against fourth-string defenders. I'd expect Edwards to get a little more and earlier playing time on Saturday, and then we'll be able to see more clearly how ready he is to contribute this season.