Aug 28, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith looks on during the first half against the Washington Redskins at Raymond James Stadium. The Redskins won 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Release First Regular Season Depth Chart

Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers is just around the corner for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Five days, to be exact. With that being said, things are finally starting to take shape with the roster which had plenty of questions that needed to be answered, such as who would take on special teams duties or which five guys were going to called upon to protect Josh McCown? Earlier today, the Buccaneers released their first “unofficial” depth chart of the regular season. Take a look below, courtesy of Bucs Nation.






After looking everything over, here are some immediate observations. Even though their 2014 first-round pick Mike Evans was never given any preferential treatment throughout the preseason, he was still named one of the starting wide receivers and will be the only rookie on the team to hold a starting spot. Obviously, no surprise there. But speaking of surprises, after a strong preseason, Johnathan Banks was moved to a backup cornerback role behind Mike Jenkins, who missed the entire month of August with a hamstring injury.

After trying out a multitude of variations at punt and kickoff returns, Bobby Rainey will be solely responsible with fielding punts while Chris Osuwu and Mike James take on the kickoff duties. The depth chart also denotes that everything is “subject to change,” so things may change between now and Sunday. Maybe.

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