Who to keep an eye on Saturday?
Shaun King
Shaun King

Posted Aug 1, 2003

Justin Smith, who is expected to start on the 1st team defense, will also see time with the 2nd team while trying to solidify a roster spot. He replaces Derrick Brooks, who stayed behind to attend to his ill mother in Pensacola. Smith has his chance to impress his teammates and coaches. On a team filled with depth at the linebacker position, Smith has showed promised in entering just his 2nd year in the league.

Last time we saw Shaun King take a snap he was getting abused by a fierce Pittsburgh Steelers defense in front of a nationally televised audience. It's his second year in the same system and now it's time for him to put it all together. Remember Buc fans, a sub-par pre-season may very well mean coach Jon Gruden will be shopping for another quarterback if he isn't already. He has praised King during camp and now it's time for King to produce.

Keenan McCardell is unlikely to play so that leaves room for another receiver to make plays. Jacquez Green will likely see some work with the first team. Expect Green to also field a few punt returns as well. If there is one position the Bucs have good depth it's the wide receiver position. McCardell, Keyshawn Johnson and Joe Jurevicius aren't going anywhere but who will be the fourth and fifth wide receivers? Those roster sports could be determined on Saturday. Let's not forget Karl Williams who always seems to come up with a big play or two to ensure a place on the team. Williams has been consistent in the return game as well. Veteran Reggie Barlow will also see extended action. Barlow has some very productive years under his belt and has great speed as well as veteran savvy.

Corey Ivy is another player to watch against the Jets. He will be replacing hampered cornerback Ronde Barber who is nursing a surgically repaired right knee. Ivy also makes valuable contributions on special teams but with a good effort can make a bid to become the extra defensive back on the field when the Bucs use a nickel defense.

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