Bucs rookies and quarterbacks have reported, and coaching camp kicks off on Wednesday. Pewter Report has previewed the Bucs roster position-by-position, and now it’s time for me to take a stab at a 53-man roster place. Remember that the Bucs might return a major quantity of gamers to the apply squad with the growth to 16 spots, which may embody six veterans.
Quarterbacks – 3
Evaluation: The Bucs quarterback room is ready. Whereas there’s an opportunity Trask might unseat Gabbert because the quantity two, the workforce will probably go together with the skilled possibility behind Brady. Final season Trask was inactive for each recreation. So it will likely be attention-grabbing to see if he’s energetic for any video games this season to obtain mop-up responsibility.
Working Backs – 4
Evaluation: There’s an outdoor probability Bernard doesn’t make the roster, however I doubt the Bucs go into the season with simply three backs on the roster. White goes to problem Vaughn for the highest backup spot, however it’ll come all the way down to how effectively he does in go safety. That’s an space Vaughn has proven enchancment at over his two years. But White ought to see motion as a result of his versatility and receiving abilities, which might push Bernard down the depth chart.
Huge Receivers – 7
Cyril Grayson, Jr.
Evaluation: The highest three in Evans, Gage and Godwin are lock, however behind them it’s a free-for-all. Johnson didn’t impress with the chance he had final yr, as he was extra of a possession-type receiver. Grayson was ascending final season earlier than an harm sidelined him. He already has Brady’s belief, and with a great camp he has a chance to carve out a task on offense.
Cease me in the event you’ve heard this earlier than, however Darden has impressed within the offseason. He’s processing the offense sooner this yr with a full comprehension of the playbook. The previous fourth-round decide has a great probability of constructing the roster. Thompkins, a mini-camp standout, might help in a wide range of methods and caught the eye of teammates and head coach Todd Bowles. If he can hold that consistency by means of camp he might make the roster over somebody like Scotty Miller or Breshad Perriman.
Tight Ends – 3
Evaluation: The signing of Rudolph probably pushes Ko Kieft out of a roster spot. Rudolph brings veteran expertise to a roster that was missing it and is a extra completed blocker than Brate. Though Brate has the belief of Brady and must be a weapon within the passing recreation particularly within the Pink Zone. Otton is the wild card. The rookie was medically cleared for coaching camp, however might want to present he has a agency grasp of the playbook and consistency going up towards the Bucs protection in camp.
Evaluation: With the 4 of the 5 beginning spots set, all eyes will probably be on the battle for the beginning left guard spot. Stinnie has the within edge, however the Bucs introduced in competitors by means of the draft in Goedeke. Hainsey has been working laborious all offseason to rework his physique. Whoever loses out on the beginning spot will present wonderful depth alongside the offensive line. Leverett gives probably the most versatility of the lineman on the roster and is able to taking part in all 5 spots. Josh Wells is the odd man out on this state of affairs, as a result of Johnson’s youth and flexibility to play each sort out and guard.
Defensive Line – 6
Evaluation: The Bucs added pace and athleticism to their defensive position with acquisition of Akiem Hicks and draft decide Logan Corridor. Nonetheless, with each additions the workforce didn’t lose something towards the run. Anticipate an uptick in snaps for Vea, who’s coming off his first Professional Bowl berth. Gholston continues his function as a do-it-all, lunch-pail lineman. Whereas Nunez-Roches and O’Connor are precious reserves, with the latter a core particular groups participant.
Evaluation: That is the one spot on the roster the place I don’t assume the Bucs are carried out when it comes to personnel. Even with the signing of Rudolph, Tampa Bay ought to nonetheless have loads of cash left over to usher in a veteran edge rusher. Barrett is returning to the correct aspect the place had a few of his greatest manufacturing in Bowles protection. Tryon-Shoyinka might want to show he could be a difference-maker out the gate. Whereas Nelson will look to proceed to construct off final season in a rotational function. Ponder will get the ultimate spot for now, however count on a veteran edge rusher in some unspecified time in the future.
Evaluation: This place on the roster is fairly minimize and dry. David and White return because the starters and can look to have bounce again seasons, after not producing numbers they count on of themselves. Britt impressed throughout offseason camps and might want to take the subsequent step in his growth as the highest reserve at linebacker. Stuard was a particular groups maven final season and can look to excel in that function whereas making an attempt to carve out a specialty function on protection.
Cornerback – 5
Carlton Davis III
Evaluation: Davis and Dean are locks to make the roster, as is fifth-round rookie McCollum. The Murphy-Bunting slot experiment may be over and he might be competing for a spot on the skin. An harm sidelined him for many of the season final yr, however he hasn’t proven the progress the Bucs have hoped for. Delaney shocked many by making the roster out of camp final season and has impressed through the offseason. If the workforce desires extra depth, they might select to maintain the versatile Ross Cockrell or undrafted free agent Kyler McMichael if he has a great camp.
Security – 4
Antoine Winfield, Jr.
Evaluation: The security room is just about set with the highest 4 on the roster. After receiving his first Professional Bowl nod, Winfield ought to proceed his development as one of many high younger safeties within the recreation. Edwards lastly get his shot as a starter after three years as a rotational participant. Ryan has the flexibility to line up everywhere in the defensive backfield, and may see his fair proportion of snaps within the slot. Whereas Neal is a robust run defender and the toughest hitter within the room. If the Bucs hold 5 safeties, Troy Warner is a reputation to observe.
Specialists – 3
P Jake Camarda
LS Zach Triner
Ok Jose Borregales
Evaluation: The drafting of Camarda successfully signaled the tip for veteran punter Bradley Pinion. Carmada won’t be charged with punting, however dealing with kickoffs and holding duties on area targets. Triner is again on a two-year deal to deal with the lengthy snapping duties, a task he has been stellar at. The shock right here is Borregales beating out incumbent kicker Ryan Succop. Whereas Succop has been constant from inside 40 yards, he’s restricted by his lack of distance on kicks. Borregales was protected by the Bucs all season final yr, and with a constant camp has an actual shot at profitable the job.