Buc-etology, Part 4: Predicting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 53-Man Roster


August 29, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan (15) runs with the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Sean Baker (33) chases in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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.

WRVincent JacksonKevin Ogletree
LTDonald Penn
LGCarl Nicks
CJeremy ZuttahTed Larsen
RGDavin JosephJamon Meredith
RTDemar DotsonGabe Carimi
TELuke StockerTom CrabtreeNate Byham
WRMike WilliamsTiquan UnderwoodEric Page
QBJosh FreemanMike GlennonDan Orlovsky
RBDoug MartinBrian LeonardMike James
FBErik Lorig
LDEDa’Quan BowersDaniel Te’o-NesheimWilliam Gholston
DTGerald McCoyDerek Landri
DTAkeem SpenceGary Gibson
RDEAdrian ClaybornSteven MeansTrevor Scott
SLBDekoda WatsonJonathan Casillas
MLBMason FosterNajee Goode
WLBLavonte DavidAdam Hayward
LCBDarrelle RevisDanny GorrerRashaan MelvinDeveron Carr
RCBJohnthan BanksLeonard JohnsonMichael Adams
SSMark BarronSean Baker
FSDashon GoldsonAhmad Black
PMichael Koenen
KDerek Dimke
LSAndrew Economos
KR/PREric Page

Last Four In:

  • Deveron Carr, Sean Baker, Najee Goode, Trevor Scott

Last Four Out: 

  • Danny Noble, Cody Grimm, Keith Tandy, Chris Owusu

Stock Up

  • Akeem Spence – If there was any doubt that he’d win the starting nose tackle, he proved himself worthy on Saturday night. Spence gave up his gap early in the game, but then dominated the rest of the way, breaking into the backfield and making big plays on numerous occasions
  • Trevor Scott – Many players will get signed during the preseason and get cut shortly thereafter. Veterans will take any chance they can get to catch on with an NFL roster. So that’s why Scott stands out, because he truly impressed in his first appearance, and might have made the roster with his pass rush ability.
  • Sean Baker – The Buccaneers’ backup safety just seems to know where the ball is during the preseason. After an impressive performance last year at this time, Baker reappeared on Saturday night with a big fumble recovery which he returned for a game-winning score.

Stock Down

  • Deveron Carr – The injury to Danny Gorrer and Anthony Gaitor’s unfortunate move to the IR make it more likely that Carr will get his chance on an NFL roster, but he hasn’t stood out at all this preseason. He has the tools to be good, but he has work to do to be a contributor in the NFL.
  • Ahmad Black – The Buccaneers went with a traditional nickel corner against the Dolphins by using Michael Adams. This means that the “big nickel” package with three safeties was not the first look, and didn’t appear very often. This likely doesn’t speak highly for Black.
  • Nate Byham – The Buccaneers’ blocking specialist at tight end gave up a brutal sack during the third preseason game. He needs to prove himself in the final preseason game, or he could lose out to Danny Noble for the final roster spot at tight end.