Tampa Bay Buccaneers 53 Man Roster Prediction, Version One

Jul 25, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Tom Crabtree (84) and tight end Nate Byham (82) practice during training camp at One Buccaneer Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Training camp has just begun, but it’s never too early to start thinking about what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ roster will look like when the season begins in September. And while there may be injuries, further roster moves, or drastic changes based on game action in the preseason, this is how I see the roster breaking down to start the year.

Quarterback

Depth Chart Player
Starter Josh Freeman
Backup Mike Glennon
Emergency Dan Orlovsky

I don’t think Mike Glennon is ready to run an NFL offense yet, so Orlovsky will be around until Glennon is competent. He might be let go for a practice squad player eventually, but at first I suspect Orlovsky would be the quarterback to enter the game should a backup be needed.

Running Back

Depth Chart Player
Starter Doug Martin
Backup Peyton Hillis
Backup Michael Smith
Reserve Mike James
Fullback Erik Lorig
Backup Brian Leonard

I think the Buccaneers have plenty of versatile talent here, so they’ll keep the roster loaded with a good amount of running backs. Mike James may struggle to make the active roster every week, but I think the team will try to develop him into a versatile backup. Leonard and Hillis are different enough, and good enough, to both merit a place.

Wide Receiver

Depth Chart Player
Starter Vincent Jackson
Starter Mike Williams
3rd Receiver Kevin Ogletree
4th Receiver Eric Page
5th Receiver Tiquan Underwood

I feel like this is pretty straight forward, but Page might be the surprise. Lots of reports out of camp told tales of Page’s incredible speed and ease of moment on the field, and I think he’ll be the reliable slot receiver the Buccaneers want, with Ogletree and Underwood providing the veteran presence.

Tight End

Depth Chart Player
Starter Luke Stocker
Backup Nate Byham
Reserve Tom Crabtree

Crabtree might not make the team at this rate, as he’s not been showing much in the brief amount of camp. And while it’s overreacting to push him down the depth chart based on just camp performances, I believe the deficits are razor thin at tight end on this roster, and Nate Byham is ready to claim a bigger role in the offense.

Tackles

Depth Chart Player
LT Starter Donald Penn
RT Starter Demar Dotson
Backup Gabe Carimi

Easy. I think should anything happen to Penn, Carimi and Dotson would be most likely to take his spot. Even with as poorly as he played at RT for the Bears, Carimi would be a better option at tackle than Jamon Meredith.

Guard

Depth Chart Player
LG Starter Carl Nicks
RG Starter Davin Joseph
Backup Ted Larsen
Backup Jamon Meredith

But Meredith is a fine backup right guard who could play right tackle in an emergency. And Larsen is a solid backup. Carimi could also play right guard.

Center

Depth Chart Player
C Starter Jeremy Zuttah

Larsen backs up here if needed, but Zuttah is the starter.

Defensive End

Depth Chart Player
Starter Adrian Clayborn
Starter Da’Quan Bowers
Backup Aaron Morgan
Backup Daniel Te’o-Nesheim
Backup William Gholston

I think Steven Means is a project for the future, so Gholston (with his incredible physical traits) makes the roster as the final defensive end. I think there’s a surprising amount of depth here, as Morgan has talent, and Te’o-Nesheim has a great motor.

Defensive Tackle

Depth Chart Player
Starter Gerald McCoy
Starter Akeem Spence
Backup Derek Landri
Backup Gary Gibson

Straight forward position. Gibson is a stable veteran presence, but I doubt he’s going to keep Spence from claiming the starting job. Lanrdi is a great backup for McCoy, so the Buccaneers have solid depth here as well.

Linebacker

Depth Chart Player
SLB Starter Dekoda Watson
MLB Starter Mason Foster
WLB Starter Lavonte David
Backup Adam Hayward
Backup Jonathan Casillas

I feel like linebacker is the spot that can lose a depth chart spot to allow for the third quarterback and the stable of running backs. Considering that nickel packages are used more often than ever, I believe the Bucs can handle the season with just two backups. It helps when those backups are both incredibly versatile.

Cornerback

Depth Chart Player
Starter Darrelle Revis
Starter Leonard Johnson
Nickel Johnthan Banks
Backup Danny Gorrer
Backup Deveron Carr
Backup Anthony Gaitor
Backup Michael Adams

Danny Gorrer is a guy I have high hopes for, and I think he will be the most secure of the backup corners. Deveron Carr has a ton of raw talent, so I think he’s going to find a spot on the roster as well. And rather than keeping any more players lacking in experience, the Bucs would choose a pair of guys with experience to fill out the rest of the depth chart.

Safety

Depth Chart Player
Starter Dashon Goldson
Starter Mark Barron
Backup Ahmad Black
Backup Sean Baker

Cody Grimm locked up his chances of making the team with offseason arrests, so I believe Baker will stand out in camp and make the team ahead of recent draft choice Keith Tandy. Call it a gut feeling.

Special Teams

Depth Chart Player
K Starter Lawrence Tynes
P Starter Michael Koenen
LS Starter Andrew Economos

Nothing special here. Tynes may feel some heat from Derek Dimke, but I suspect the Buccaneers will prefer the veteran kicker even with his inconsistencies.

And that’s it for the roster. What do you think, is this how you’d put it together? Let us know in the comment section below!

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  • Eddie Gautreaux

    Not to bad on 53 man . But a guy that im looking to make it . Jason weaver OT out of usm. Start along a line w a 3rd pick in atl. Remember dotson is out of usm basketball program. Weaver gave up few pressures at both RT n LT at usm. Could also play guard. Just saying,

    • LeoTPP

      I admit that line play is super hard for me, and most beat writers I follow, to pick up from training camp. So it will be hard for most media types to predict beyond the guys we know from their play on the field in the NFL. I feel like the top 8 on the O-line is pretty much set. Any other guys would seem like practice squadders at this point, which as we saw last year, is an important role that could be needed later in the year.