Every year, there are hundreds of deserving and talented players that are cut throughout the NFL. These players may have everything going right, but the fit may just not be there. This problem could be especially prominent during an abbreviated offseason.
Running back Raymond Calais looks like a perfect candidate to make the Buccaneers if the scenario was only slightly different, but as it stands, this could be difficult.
Tampa Bay will likely only have space for three running backs on their active roster. With four or five tight ends as a necessity, three quarterbacks, and around six receivers, the Bucs won’t have space for four running backs.
The two apparent locks to make the team for that position are Ronald Jones and Ke’Shawn Vaughn. These two will likely carry the bulk of the reps, but that final spot is a bit more ambiguous.
Calais could be the third back on the roster, but that would involve beating 2019 special teams captain and third-down back Dare Ogunbowale.
This is another one of those scenarios where having more time would have probably played out in Calais’ favor. Still, if the offseason is shorter, the Bucs would probably choose to move forward with the proven entity in Ogunbowale.
If he doesn’t make the final cut, expect for Calais to remain on the practice squad alongside Sinnett, where he would get another shot at making the team again in 2021.