Tampa Bay Buccaneers Depth Chart Released: Dekoda Watson Among Starters Early in Camp


Jul 26, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano during training camp at One Buccaneer Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released their first unofficial depth chart of the summer, and it features a couple of surprises. Here is the depth chart, in its entirety (thanks to Jenna Laine for posting it to Twitter):

WRVincent JacksonKevin OgletreeChris OwusuDerek HaganCarlton MitchellBobby Sewall
LTDonald PennMike RemmersHoward Barbieri
LGCarl NicksCody WallaceRoger Allen
CJeremy ZuttahTed LarsenJace Daniels
RGDavin JosephJamon MeredithAdam Smith
RTDemar DotsonGabe Carimi
TELuke StockerTom CrabtreeNate ByhamZach MillerDanny NobleTim Wright
WRMike WilliamsTiquan UnderwoodDavid DouglasEric PageTerriun Crump
QBJosh FreemanMike GlennonDan OrlovskyAdam Weber
RBDoug MartinBrian LeonardMike JamesPeyton HillisMichael Smith
FBErik LorigSpencer Larsen
LEDa’Quan BowersDaniel Te’o-NesheimWilliam GholstonErnest Owusu
DTGerald McCoyDerek LandriPep Levingston
DTGary GibsonAkeem SpenceMatthew MasifiloAndre Neblett
REAdrian ClaybornAaron MorganSteven MeansMarkus White
SLBDekoda WatsonJonathan CasillasKa’lial Glaud
MLBMason FosterNajee GoodeJacob CutreraDom DeCicco
WLBLavonte DavidAdam HaywardJoe Holland
LCBDarrelle RevisDanny GorrerRashaan MelvinMyron LewisDeveron Carr
RCBLeonard JohnsonJohnthan BanksMichael AdamsAnthony GaitorBranden Smith
SSMark BarronCody GrimmSean BakerTroy Nolan
FSDashon GoldsonAhmad BlackKeith Tandy
PMichael KoenenChas Henry
KLawrence TynesDerek Dimke
LSAndrew EconomosAndrew DePaola
PREric PageDavid DouglasBranden Smith
KRMichael SmithMike JamesTiquan Underwood

So what are the biggest surprises from this depth chart? I’ll call out three specifically.

  • Leonard Johnson over Johnthan Banks as starting RCB is a surprise to many, as the rookie from Mississippi State figured to be used heavily in his first season. But Johnson has been solid during camp, and is being cross-trained in the slot to make sure he’s able to cover anyone on any given play, while still retaining the role as the starting corner. However, there are no other rookies starting for the Buccaneers, so this might also be a sign to Banks, and fellow rookie Akeem Spence, that starting jobs must be earned, and a couple of weeks worth of camp isn’t enough to leap ahead of a veteran.
  • Cody Grimm’s place ahead of Sean Baker is a surprise to me, but might be further evidence of Schiano’s preference for competition, and a reluctance to name rookies into advanced positions so early in camp. And while Baker is technically not a true rookie, he has never played in a regular season game, and still has a lot to prove.
  • Michael Smith’s fall to the bottom of the running back depth chart is shocking. He’s got the talent and skills needed to be a backup running back, but he’s apparently failing to stand out in any appreciable way this summer, being passed by even Peyton Hillis on the depth chart.

The starting status of Dekoda Watson is encouraging, but he’s going to need to continue to prove himself to maintain that job. The athletic linebacker from Florida State has the tools needed to be a monster on the strong side of the defense, but he hasn’t “put it all together” yet in his career.

Likewise, the backup status for Akeem Spence is likely just a chip for Spence’s shoulder, as the rookie from Illinois has been impressive in camp, and is favored to win the nose tackle job.

And finally, the depth of Eric Page on the wide receiver chart is discouraging, but his presence as the number one punt returner is a sign that his roster spot is likely closer than he could have imagined, as the Buccaneers held a punt return specialist for much of last season without taking into account any offensive contribution, as Roscoe Parrish was not going to add anything to the Bucs’ offense, and was only brought in to not drop punts.

What stands out to you on the depth chart? Let us know in the comments.