A lot of things were known about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following last season’s disappointing 5-11 finish. One of them was, the team needed a new starting right guard.
Early in the pre-season, Alex Cappa’s name has risen to the top of the list as a favorite to claim his stake to the job, according to this tweet from Greg Auman of The Athletic.
I think Cappa has taken every first-team rep at right guard. I asked Arians about him Saturday and he had praise for his progress. https://t.co/QB148SYgKc— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 5, 2019
When Cappa was drafted in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Humboldt State, many praised the selection and voiced excitement about the kind of player Cappa could become as he developed in the professional ranks.
One-year in, and the door is wide open for yet another DII product to become a fixture on the Buccaneers offensive line.
Auman referenced Arians’ praise for Cappa this past weekend. And indeed, Arians said on Saturday when asked about the lineman, “He’s doing a heck of a job. He’s gotten better and better every practice. He’s going against some studs in there, so yeah, he’s holding his own.”
Practicing against a defensive line possessing the talents of Ndamukong Suh and Vita Vea, among others, is sure to make the offensive side of the trenches stronger.
The starting right guard job is just one of many questions the Tampa Bay Buccaneers needed to answer heading into training camp, and it appears they may have gotten an early answer here in Alex Cappa.