Sep 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) catches the ball as he works out prior to the game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

NFL.com Predicts Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Starters


With the draft in the rear window now, rosters are beginning to take shape. The rosters teams have are what they will likely take into training camp and pre-season unless they make a few transactions.

There is some roster turnover at the end of the pre-season as teams make cuts to get down to the 53-man rosters so teams will often sign players who have just been cut. However, those players very rarely walk into a starting gig with a new team.

But the point is that what we see today on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster will likely be what we see heading into week 1 on September 7 vs. Carolina Panthers.

NFL.com released their predictions for what the Bucs’ starting line-up will be come September. This is of course assuming there are no injuries.

Their predictions are as follows:

OFFENSE
 
DEFENSE
 
QBJOSH MCCOWNDEMICHAEL JOHNSON
RBDOUG MARTINDTGERALD MCCOY
WR 1VINCENT JACKSONDTAKEEM SPENCE / CLINTON MCDONALD
WR 2MIKE EVANSDEWILLIAM GHOLSTON
TE 1BRANDON MYERSMLBMASON FOSTER
TE 2 AUSTIN SEFERIAN-JENKINSWLBLAVONTE DAVID
LTANTHONY COLLINSCB 1ALTERRAUN VERNER
LGCARL NICKS / ONIEL COUSINS CB 2JOHNTHAN BANKS
CEVAN DIETRICH-SMITHSSMARK BARRON
RGJAMON MEREDITH / PATRICK OMAMEHFSDASHON GOLDSON
RTDEMAR DOTSONSMAJOR WRIGHT

A few observations:

• Interesting that Tim Wright is overlooked at tight end. It’s a position the Bucs have a lot of depth at now and there is a chance Wright is moved back to receiver, the position he played in college. It’ll be interesting to see how the Bucs utilize him moving forward.
• Neither Kadeem Edwards nor Kevin Pamphile, the two offensive lineman the Bucs drafted, are projected as starters. What’s more surprising is to see Oniel Cousins and Patrick Omameh in consideration to be a starter.
• I’m not sure why there is no strongside linebacker listed.
• Glad to see William Gholston is getting the recognition he deserves. He’s primed for a big sophomore season.

Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be examining the depth the Bucs have at every position so keep an eye out for that.

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  • Barney Fairmont

    There is no way anybody could have guessed that lineup. What a great piece of investigative Journalism.