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Buccaneers vs. Dolphins: What to watch in preseason

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the Miami Dolphins tonight, in what will undoubtedly be the last chance to make the roster for many players. Special teams contributions will be a major deciding factor there, as they are every year. Amusingly, that's even more true now: the Bucs have three kickers for one kicking job -- special teams will be interesting, to say the least.

Incidentally, Winston might actually play a little. Both he and Evan Smith are dressed and in uniform in warmups according to Greg Auman, though that doesn't necessarily mean they'll actually take the field. The Bucs have a few injuries, too. Pewter Report notes that Bradley McDougald, Donovan Smith and Jacquies Smith are out, while Kevin Pamphile isn't healthy and Kenny Bell had been ruled out earlier. That should give the backups at key positions some extra playing time.

A few positions to keep an eye out for:

Kicker: Kyle Brindza, Connor Barth and Patrick Murray all have a shot at the job, though Brindza is obviously in the lead.

Wide receiver: Donteea Dye, Adam Humphries and Rannell Hall are likely fighting for one roster spot.

Tight end: Will Cameron Brate make the roster?

Safety: Chris Conte's not guaranteed a roster spot, and neither is Keith Tandy. Both could still make it, too. Keep an eye out there.

Offensive line: The interior will be the main focus, here. Kadeem Edwards, Jeremiah Warren and Garrett Gilkey may be fighting for one or two roster spots at this point.

Running back: Will Bobby Rainey make the roster ahead of Mike James? Or will they both manage to survive?

Treat this as your first quarter open thread.