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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Release First Regluar Season Depth Chart


Oct 25, 2012; Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

This article is titled “Tampa Bay Buccaneers Release First Regular Season Depth Chart,” but it could also be called “Why in the World is Da’Qaun Bowers Not Starting at Defensive End?”

Listed below is the Buccaneers’ depth chart that was released today, which you can find at Buccaneers.com.

POS FIRST SECOND THIRD FOURTH
WR Vincent Jackson Kevin Ogletree Russell Shepard
LT Donald Penn Jamon Meredith
LG Carl Nicks
C Jeremy Zuttah Ted Larsen
RG Davin Joseph
RT Demar Dotson Gabe Carimi
TE Luke Stocker Tom Crabtree Nate Byham Tim Wright
WR Mike Williams Eric Page
QB Josh Freeman Mike Glennon Dan Orlovsky
RB Doug Martin Brian Leonard Mike James Peyton Hillis
FB Erik Lorig
LDE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim Da’Quan Bowers William Gholston
DT Gerald McCoy Derek Landri
DT Akeem Spence Gary Gibson Chris Jones
RDE Adrian Clayborn Trevor Scott Steven Means
SLB Dekoda Watson Jonathan Casillas
MLB Mason Foster Adam Hayward
WLB Lavonte David
LCB Darrelle Revis Michael Adams Rashaan Melvin
RCB Leonard Johnson Johnthan Banks
SS Mark Barron Keith Tandy
FS Dashon Goldson Ahmad Black
P Michael Koenen
K Rian Lindell
KO Michael Koenen
H Michael Koenen
LS Andrew Economos
PR Eric Page
KR Eric Page

So what are the main things to takeaway from this first breakdown of the Buccaneers’ final roster?

Da’Quan Bowers Is Seriously Not Starting

So much for wanting Da’Quan Bowers to be an every down player, as the Buccaneers will be bringing him along slowly as a backup behind Daniel Te’o-Nesheim. This absolutely baffles me, but hopefully Bowers will still be rotated in and out and allowed to make an impact on the pass rush.

The Buccaneers will not have the pass rush they need with Daniel Te’o-Nesheim as a regular player on the defensive line. He’s just not as efficient at generating pressure as the other options at the position. He is capable as a defensive end, but he’s not going to get pressure on the quarterback on his own.

Hopefully this is a continuation of the offseason message to Bowers that he has to earn his role as starter, and not a sign of the plan for the entire season.

Leonard Johnson Starting Ahead of Johnthan Banks

Earlier this offseason I made the case for Leonard Johnson to start at corner for the Buccaneers, but at the time that was against Eric Wright rather than Johnthan Banks.

There is a general sentiment among Buccaneers’ fans that Johnson isn’t very good, and that’s just not true. Johnson isn’t perfect, but as I stated in the above article, there’s are a lot of things Johnson does very well, and he’s shown improvement in some of his areas of concern coming out of college.

And since NFL teams use the nickel more and more against modern offenses, naming a starting corner doesn’t mean as much as naming a starting quarterback or left tackle. The third corner is an important position, and the young Banks will get plenty of chances to grow into his role in the NFL. In fact, Banks will probably be on the field for 40-50% of the plays this season, with a chance for more if he proves himself to be better than Leonard Johnson.

But for now, have faith in Johnson. He’s going to do well with the defense at full strength this season. Just trust me on this one.

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