One of the hardest things about cutting players is that sometimes it is completely out of their hands. These young guys can do everything right in every opportunity that they receive, and even that can fall short.
Understandably, one of the hardest positions to earn a spot for on the Buccaneers this year is wide receiver. The Bucs have a great core group built up, and the final numbers will be around six players for the cutoff. This will put rookie John Hurst in a tough spot from the start.
The depth chart already looks mostly set for the Bucs at receiver with the order being Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Tyler Johnson, Scotty Miller, and Justin Watson. This likely means that at most, there will be two spots available for newcomers.
With some other big names remaining that will also be fighting for a spot, it will be very difficult for Hurst to solidify himself with the limited opportunities that he will receive. Some of his counterparts have a bit more diversity in their talents, and the Bucs likely already have a solid idea of who they want their final group to be.
This is certainly not fair to some of the younger players, but the quarantine’s impacts will play a massive role in the creation of the roster in 2020.