Top storylines heading into Bucs’ preseason finale

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wrap up their 2022 preseason slate Saturday night against the Indianapolis Colts, and there are plenty of compelling storylines for the Bucs heading into this final exhibition matchup.

Here’s what to watch for as Tampa Bay takes the field at Lucas Oil Stadium:

First Look at Starters

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After having long lists of players held out of the first two preseason games, Bucs head coach Todd Bowles told the media this week that all of his healthy players will play Saturday night.

That includes Tom Brady, who will see the field after returning from an 11-day absence from the team due to personal reasons.

It’s still unclear just how much we’ll see Tampa Bay’s biggest names on the field Saturday night, but fans in attendance will get at least a glimpse of the GOAT, as well as the Bucs’ other healthy starters.

Hopefully, they’ll remain healthy by avoiding injuries in their limited action.

Position Battles

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There are still quite a few spots up for grabs, both in the starting lineup and on the roster as a whole.

The final wide receiver spot features a tight race, the starting left guard position is still up for grabs, the kicking job hasn’t been completely settled, the No. 2 corner slot still seems unclear.

What happens on the field Saturday night could go a long way toward making all of those decisions and more for the Bucs’ coaching staff.

Staying Healthy

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This is always the most important part of the preseason. While every team obviously wants to play well, that’s a distant second to escaping exhibition games without suffering significant injuries, especially to key players.

The Bucs are already more banged up than they’d like to be heading into the regular season, and with the starters finally getting some playing time Saturday night, it’ll be even more important for them to avoid any more injuries.

Don’t be surprised if Tampa Bay’s most important players on both sides of the ball don’t see more than a series or two.

Story originally appeared on Buccaneers Wire