With Jameis Winston suspended for the first three games of the season, Tampa Bay will only keep two quarterbacks on the roster. The extra roster spot will be used for additional depth.
Dare Ogunbowale just misses the cut at running back. Shaun Wilson gets the edge for his special teams prowess and ability to catch passes out of the backfield. On paper, the Bucs have five solid options if they can sneak Ogunbowale on the practice squad.
There is universal agreement with this tight end group. Both Anthony Auclair and Alan Cross are solid depth. Plus, Cross can play fullback in heavy sets.
The last two receiver spots are awarded to Justin Watson and Freddie Martino. Unless Bobo Wilson or Bernard Reedy had a tremendous performance against Jacksonville, this was how the wideout position was going to shape up.
Wilson and Reedy have a history with Tampa and if an injury occurs, look for one of the two to get a call.
Mike Liedtke was a healthy scratch in the preseason finale and has locked up a roster spot. Leonard Wester’s job is still up in the air due to his injuries during training camp. The other top options are Brad Seaton and guard Adam Gettis.
Wester will get the nod because he entered camp as the primary swing tackle. The idea of keeping nine offensive linemen makes sense early on as Donovan Smith is still recovering from an injury.