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Buc-etology: Predicting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 53-Man Roster, Part Three

As we get ready for the NFL season, it’s easy to sit around and speculate on which players will make the roster, and which will fall short. It’s fun to pick through depth charts to find players on the rise, and players whose stock has fallen. So in the weeks leading up to the naming of the Buccaneers’ roster for week 1 against the New York Jets, we present Buc-etology, a Bracketology style prediction of the Buccaneers’ roster, including last four in, last four out, and players whose names are rising up or falling down the depth chart.

So without any further introduction, here are my picks:

POS FIRST SECOND THIRD OTHER
WR Vincent Jackson Kevin Ogletree Eric Page
LT Donald Penn
LG Carl Nicks
C Jeremy Zuttah Ted Larsen
RG Davin Joseph Jamon Meredith
RT Demar Dotson Gabe Carimi
TE Tom Crabtree Nate Byham Danny Noble
WR Mike Williams Tiquan Underwood Derek Hagan
QB Josh Freeman Mike Glennon
RB Doug Martin Brian Leonard Peyton Hillis Mike James
FB Erik Lorig
LDE Da’Quan Bowers Daniel Te’o-Nesheim William Gholston
DT Gerald McCoy Derek Landri
DT Akeem Spence Gary Gibson
RDE Adrian Clayborn Steven Means
SLB Dekoda Watson Jonathan Casillas
MLB Mason Foster Najee Goode
WLB Lavonte David Adam Hayward
LCB Darrelle Revis Danny Gorrer Rashaan Melvin Deveron Carr
RCB Johnthan Banks Leonard Johnson Anthony Gaitor
SS Mark Barron Cody Grimm
FS Dashon Goldson Ahmad Black
P Michael Koenen
K Derek Dimke
LS Andrew Economos

There were some really tough decisions to be made in this list, especially given the amount of fringe players who would be useful in some way or another. The next two preseason games will be key in figuring out just who will make it out of these roster battles.

Last Four In Last Four Out
Danny Noble Jacob Cutrera
Derek Hagan Michael Adams
Deveron Carr Luke Stocker
Steven Means Keith Tandy

The obvious big decision here was the choice to keep Danny Noble ahead of Luke Stocker. Stocker was not very good during his brief appearance last night against the Patriots, and has been injured and on the sidelines for much of training camp. Noble seems to provide a good set of hands and enough athleticism to get open, which sets him apart from Nate Byham and provides better, more well-rounded depth on the tight end depth chart.

It was also tough to keep Cutrera, Adams, and Tandy off of the roster, but there were some shortcomings for each player that kept them outside of the 53. Cutrera is stuck behind proven veterans and an impressive Najee Goode, Adams is one of a handful of decent backup corners, so his age my reduce his appeal, as he’s in his prime now rather than having room to grow. And Tandy had a better week 2 than he did week 1 in the preseason, and provides a good amount of versatility, but just he’s not able to backup as well as Cody Grimm. If the Buccaneers opt to keep five safeties, Tandy would be the guy.

Stock Rising Stock Falling
Tom Crabtree Da’Quan Bowers
Akeem Spence Anthony Gaitor
Johnthan Banks Leonard Johnson
Mike James Eric Page (WR)

The good part about this section of the projections was how difficult it was to fill out the “stock falling” section. Bowers has obviously been a bit of a disappointment lately, although he had flashes of brilliance on Friday evening. Gaitor was injured, but that’s not the reason for his fall, as I have seen him caught out of position a couple of times this offseason. Same with Leonard Johnson, but the main reason for his presence on the “falling” list is the rise of Johnthan Banks. And Eric Page has yet to get a chance to show anything as a wide receiver, but he has proven to be a great special teams player as a returner.

Tom Crabtree has been the biggest stock riser of the past couple of weeks of the preseason. He has proven to be a reliable option in the aerial attack, and his blocking has been good enough at times. His blocking will need some work, but he’s the best tight end on the roster at the moment.

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