Ahead of their first preseason matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released their initial depth chart.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers tomorrow night for their first preseason game of the year. Ahead of this matchup, the Buccaneers released their first official depth chart, and other than a few surprises, it is pretty straight forward.
No surprise after a dominant start to camp is Alex Cappa, who is listed as the starting right guard spot, teamed up with the returning four of Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet, Ryan Jensen, and Demar Dotson. The Buccaneers also listed Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard as co-starters at the tight end position, which should give the indication that they plan to use two tight end sets a ton this season.
Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are listed as the starting receivers to nobody’s surprise, while Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson are listed as the third and fourth receivers respectively. At the running back position, Peyton Barber is listed ahead of Ronald Jones, who has had an impressive start to his training camp.
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Defensively, there are few surprises as well. With Justin Evans still sidelined as he is recovering from a foot injury that ended his 2018 season, Mike Edwards and Jordan Whitehead are listed as the starting safeties for Todd Bowles’ defense. While Ndamukong Suh and Vita Vea are locks to start along the defensive front, the other end position is currently ruled by William Gholston.
With Lavonte David out with a torn meniscus, former Arizona Cardinal Deone Bucannon is listed as the starting inside linebacker next to first round pick Devin White. Vernon Hargreaves and Carlton Davis round out the secondary as the starting cornerbacks on the initial depth chart after they have both had a great start to camp.
While this is just the first release of the depth chart, it gives a good indication as to how the Buccaneers view personal performance thus far throughout camp. It will be an interesting watch to see how the depth chart transforms from here until week one of the regular season.