Two third-year players are vying to start at wide receiver for the Buccaneers opposite marquee free-agent addition Vincent Jackson, and we hear there is no true front-runner for the job at this point. The Bucs are promoting a competition for the "Z" position and Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn will enter training camp, when the battle really could intensify, on a fairly even playing field.
The new coaching staff is not making promises to any of the contenders for the starting job and wants the best target to have the opportunity to emerge.
However, Williams, who has started all but one game over the past two seasons, and Benn are both expected to be involved in the offense no matter who starts. We also hear that Dezmon Briscoe, Preston Parker — who typically plays in the slot — and even Tiquan Underwood, who has only 11 career catches, also could get looks with the first-team offense at the "Z" position in camp.