Buccaneers need to make successful backups permanent starters

Rachaad White, Cade Otton, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)
Rachaad White, Cade Otton, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers have leaned heavily on their depth so far this season. While not always perfect, the Bucs should have some new starters from this mix.

Good teams should never care about names. You want to start? You need to beat the guy in front of you. You want to keep your job? You need to look better than the guy behind you. The Buccaneers are not above this tried and tested scheme.

The Buccaneers starters have left plenty to be desired this season with a record of four and five through the first half of the season. The depth has been needed far more this year than in other years due to injuries, but it is still hard to place all the blame on guys that are new to the limelight.

Guys are stepping up for the Bucs that didn’t come into the season as starters. These guys need to get starting roles going forward or need to keep their jobs when the original starters return.

Nick Leverett

The newest starting left guard for the Bucs has been a breath of fresh air. While still not perfect, Nick Leverett has looked way better than Luke Goedeke, and the Buccaneers would be crazy to make a change when Goedeke comes back from injury.

Give the rookie a year to grow. Leverett looks like the better player right now, and switching that up after a win makes little sense.

Rachaad White

White is flat-out a better running back than Leonard Fournette. With better vision, pass-catching, and blocking abilities, White gives the Buccaneers their best chance of turning their failing run game around if he stays on the field for as long as possible.

Sorry Fournette.

Cade Otton

The rookie tight end allegations are dying in Tampa. Despite playing one of the hardest positions for a rookie in the league, Otton looks like a steal of a draft pick.

Even when Cameron Brate comes back, Otton needs to be the guy for the Bucs to keep building for the future.

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