Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Washington Redskins: Battle of the Bubble

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IAugust 28, 2012

Adam Hayward, sacking Tom Brady, doesn't have to worry about his job.
Adam Hayward, sacking Tom Brady, doesn't have to worry about his job.

Final preseason contest, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on their way to Washington in what will be the Battle of the Bubble.

There's some bubble battles that stand out with the final cut looming on Friday; 22 players will be let go then with a few invited back for the practice squad.

Here are some of the heated battles for the Bucs' final roster spots:


Wide Receiver:

Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams are in, Arrelious Benn is likely. If they keep six wide receivers, here's the battle for the final three spots: Tiquan Underwood, Preston Parker, Jordan Shipley and Sammie Stroughter.

Has Underwood looked good enough to wrap up a spot? Shipley hasn't done anything going into Wednesday night. Parker has been good and bad and everyone loves seventh-round pick Sammie Stroughter, the Little Engine Who Could.

Tough decision, all the bubble guys will get plenty of playing time in Washington.


Tight End:

Dallas Clark, Luke Stocker are in, but their state of health could make the third guy pretty important. Zach Pianalot, Danny Noble and Drake Dunsmore are battling it out, but Noble could have a step on the rest. Watch all three tomorrow.


Quincy Black, Mason Foster and Lavonte David are the starters. Adam Hayward looked like he could be a starter the way he played against New England last week, recording seven tackles (six of them solos) one sack on Tom Brady and a tackle for loss. Dekoda Watson will also have a spot.

If Tampa Bay keep six, then these guys will battle for the final spot: Najee Goode, Jack Cutrera, Rennie Curran. Goode, a Greg Schiano draft pick, would appear to have the inside edge.



Eric Wright and Aqib Talib will start. After that, it gets interesting.

They'll keep six, possibly seven. Anthony Gaitor, E.J. Biggers, Myron Lewis, Leonard Johnson and Keith Tandy have all played mainly at safety, but any one of them are capable of playing the corner position (though Biggers' broken foot complicates the equation). All of them could find a spot if Tampa keep seven.



Mark Barron and Ronde Barber start with Ahmad Black right behind them. Here's where it gets interesting. Do the Bucs keep three or four safeties? You still have Larry Asante, Cody Grimm and Tandy. Who goes, who stays?

There's a lot at stake this week all over the NFL. There will be more than 1,200 players out of work on Saturday.

Tough business.



Mason Foster is still out with a hamstring problem: OneBucSite.com