New head coach Greg Schiano told the Tampa Bay Times that this year's crop of rookies, more than in years past, will be given opportunities for playing time.
“I think there’s great opportunities, maybe more than any other year,” coach Greg Schiano said. “Not because of who they’re competing with but because those veterans don’t have as much of a head start in this scheme. They have a head start in being veteran players, but they don’t have a head start in this specific scheme. So I think our rookies, I’ve told them these are great opportunities to get yourself ready to battle for a job.”
This is not just because the Buccaneers suffered through a 12-loss season last year and the roster isn't filled with top-notch talent. There are many better reasons than skill.
After the debacle of 2011, ownership cleared house among the coaching staff. Enter Schiano, who is instilling a new philosophy on life and football and changing the look and feel of the Bucs' playbook.
Because the rookies have been allowed extra time with the coaching staff at One Buc Place, Schiano thinks some may be a little ahead of their veteran counterparts at learning Schiano's new system.
There's also the fact that Bucs general manager Mark Dominik masterfully navigated the draft in April and landed a superb first-year class of rookies.
Here's a list of the seven drafted rookies and a little about what their role could be: