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Cappa among most improved young Bucs

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Humboldt State Athletics – Alex Cappa during his Humboldt State days

By Ray Hamill — These are exciting times for Alex Cappa.

The former Humboldt State star, who was one of two Lumberjacks to be named to the D2Football.com all-decade team earlier this week, is gearing up for his third season in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and his second as a starter at offensive guard.

And, according to BucsNation.com, Cappa was the most improved young player on the team over the past 12 months.

In a story written by Chris Schoenherr breaking down the players the team drafted in 2017 and 2018 and seeing which of them made the biggest leaps in 2019, Cappa received special mention.

According to the story, no one made a bigger move in the right direction than the Lumberjacks legend.

“While we can see with the naked eye that Cappa improved immensely, the PFF (Pro Football Focus) grade really highlights just how much of an improvement he made,” Schoenherr said.

He added, “In 2019, Cappa was given the opportunity to start and hasn’t looked back. While he was mostly just alright at the guard position, this was an immense upgrade from the turnstile play that was seen in years prior.”

The Bucs traded up to draft Cappa in the third round in 2018.

Legendary quarterback Tom Brady joined the team this offseason, immediately catapulting the Bucs to Super Bowl contender status.

Schoenherr also said of Cappa, “If he is able to progress as he did from 2018 to 2019, he will most likely beat out any training-camp competition to start in 2020 and hopefully improve for years to come.”

For the complete story, click here.

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