With some players fighting for a roster spot and others already locked into their roles with the team, the Buccaneers need to decide who should play, and who should sit in the preseason finale.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to wrap up their preseason against the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 30.
Typically, the coaching staff makes decisions on final roster spots in the fourth preseason game, and position battles wrap up their final act. It will be no different for the Buccaneers in 2018.
For the Bucs, the preseason has gone smoothly. No significant injuries have surfaced (knock on wood), and both sides of the ball have shown signs of improvement. Getting through one more week with a clean bill of health and finding answers to the final roster questions are of utmost importance.
Tampa Bay has already confirmed some players won’t be dressed for Thursday’s game including Jameis Winston, who is set to serve a three-game suspension. There was some belief that head coach Dirk Koetter could use the game to keep him fresh for his return in late September. However, Winston will be shut down until the Week 4 Chicago Bears matchup.
Koetter will be forced to make a ton of tough decisions regarding player availability. Players who may be of value come the regular season may not have shown enough and could see time to get back on track.
There is always some controversy about who should play, and who should get the week off. Without official word on some intriguing candidates, here are six players who should either play or sit out the Week Four preseason matchup.