Carlton Davis, Jamel Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting, Ryan Smith, Parnell Motley
The Buccaneers should only be able to carry five corners this year. The additional quarterback and keeping a long snapper on the roster takes a toll, and this is where Tampa Bay has some space to give due to their depth at safety.
Davis and Dean should start on the outside, while SMB will take most of the reps at the nickel. The second-year corners will have a lot on their plates this year, but the Bucs can be hopeful about their starting corners for the first time in years.
The fourth corner on this list is currently Ryan Smith, but that is subject to change. Smith has the experience and is similar to Minter in terms of his special teams prowess, but Parnell Motley has made a convincing case during camp to be the fourth corner.
Regardless of the order, Smith and Motley will be primary contributors to special teams, but they do bring something to the table on defensive reps.
Jordan Whitehead, Antoine Winfield Jr., Mike Edwards, Andrew Adams
The safeties for the Buccaneers are another reason to stay excited about the 2020 season. While the starters haven’t been set yet, Winfield, Whitehead, and Edwards all made cases during camp to earn starting reps in 2020.
For now, the best guess is that Winfield and Whitehead end the season as the starters, but Mike Edwards has a real shot of starting the season with the first team.
Even if Winfield and Edwards don’t earn the starting role, they will be the first man up at safety while also being an additional depth piece for SMB.
Andrew Adams is often the forgotten man on this defense, but he is a starting-caliber player who will provide great depth for the Bucs if an injury occurs to either of the starters.