One of the biggest areas of concern for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers entering the 2013 season is depth. Buccaneers’ fans can feel comfortable with any of the players currently slated to start, but the lack of depth behind the starters could become a major issue.
With the trade of Eric Wright the Buccaneers took a position where depth may have already been an issue and compounded it. Now I understand the red flags with Wright, and I get that he’s not exactly the epitome of a “Buccaneer Man,” but the simple fact is, the guy can play.
Wright was expected to be second corner for the Bucs which would allow rookie Johnthan Banks and young players Danny Gorrer, Leonard Johnson, Anthony Gaitor, and others to fight for who would draw the role of guarding the slot receiver.
In moving Eric Wright, everyone must slide up a spot. I’m not going to predict who lands where, but I can tell you, when it comes to depth, the line just got shorter. It now means that instead of an experienced player like Wright being in the pool, it’s likely the Bucs will at some point have to turn to an unproven guy like Deveron Carr or Myron Lewis.
The NFL is a brutal league, and the “next man up” slogan is used in all 32 locker rooms. So you must have confidence in each and every guy on the 53 man roster. GM Mark Dominik must have a lot of trust in these young corners because the NFC South is a gauntlet when it comes to top flight receivers.
I believe in Banks, I even believe in Gorrer and Johnson, I’m just not so sure the team could afford to let go of a player like Wright in a league that demands you stop the pass.