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Players to watch in Training Camp

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 26: Kicker Roberto Aguayo #19 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up before the start of an NFL game against the Cleveland Browns on August 26, 2016 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 26: Kicker Roberto Aguayo #19 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up before the start of an NFL game against the Cleveland Browns on August 26, 2016 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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As the 2018-19 season kicks off with the start of training camp, there are numerous players for Bolts fans to keep an eye on.

The Rookies

ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 26: Derwin James of FSU poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked
ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 26: Derwin James of FSU poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked

The Bolts have a very exciting class of rookies this season, with many of them expected to be integral parts of the team. This applies especially to rookie safety Derwin James.

James has been hyped as an Earl Thomas-esque player, and has been labeled as a player expected to have an immediate impact from Week 1.

Other than James, I would also strongly recommend keeping an eye on rookie Kyzir White, as it seems he has begun to gain some traction with the coaches at the linebacker position.

The Kickers

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 11: Caleb Sturgis #6 and Donnie Jones #8 of the Philadelphia Eagles play against the Cleveland Browns at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 11: Caleb Sturgis #6 and Donnie Jones #8 of the Philadelphia Eagles play against the Cleveland Browns at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The Chargers were plagued by a terrible kicking game last season, which could have cost them going to the playoffs. Although they were not able to adequately address this issue during the season, they have signed former Philadelphia Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis, as well as maligned Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo.

Ironically, the kicking competition in training camp last season between Younghoe Koo and Josh Lambo was one of the highlights of training camp, but little did the Bolts know how that competition would end up working out.

Although it seems that Sturgis is poised to be the starter come Week 1, I’m sure many Bolts fans such as myself will be curious what type of kicking performance we can expect this season.

Mike Williams

After missing the offseason and the majority of the regular season last year, seventh-overall pick Mike Williams is primed to make his “debut” in 2018-19.

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With starting tight end Hunter Henry already down for the season, a big-bodied presence such as that of Williams could really help make up for that difference.

Since the Bolts have such a deep group of receivers, Williams has to prove himself and earn playing time, but training camp is the perfect time to do so.

Overall, training camp will be a good time for Bolts fans to get an early glimpse at what they might be able to expect in the 2018-19 season, which hopefully will end up being a very successful year for the up and coming Bolts.

Which players are you excited to watch during Training Camp? Let us know in the comments.

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