Tampa Bay Buccaneers: A Look Inside The Roster

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: A Look Inside The Roster
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Quarterbacks:

Luke McCown, Brian Griese, and Josh Johnson are the current QBs for the Bucs.

The obvious front runner for the starting job is McCown, the Bucs are high on him because he's young, athletic, and has a strong arm. Other than one game against the Saints, he has yet to show the ability to play on a high level in the NFL though. Look for the Bucs to add another QB before training camp.

 

Backfield:

The Bucs have a lot of solid players in their backfield, but that's about it. They all are solid. I think Derrick Ward could possibly flourish even more with a bigger role, but I'm not sure. Earnest Graham is a decent back, and Cadillac could maybe make an impact when he gets healthy. I doubt it though. Look out for Clifton Smith, he could possibly become a Darren Sproles like player.
Our FBs are real solid too, when healthy BJ Askew is one of the better FBs in the league and his backup Byron Storer is a good FB himself and a special teams ace.

Receivers/Tight Ends:
There is some very good play-makers here, but a lack of depth. At least at WR. Antonio Bryant is coming off an outstanding season and Kellen Winslow is one of the league's best TEs when healthy.

Jerramy Stevens is also a red-zone mismatch and two TE sets with him and Winslow can create some problems for defenses. John Gilmore will be used as the blocking TE. The depth at WR behind Bryant is not good...at all.

Michael Clayton hasn't caught 40 passes in a season since 2004, and the Bucs plan on him being the No. 2 guy after the money they paid him. Behind him there's a huge pile of crap battling it out for the No. 3 guy. Maurice Stovall, Paris Warren, Brian Clark, Kelly Campbell?

Ew. The Bucs will probably draft a WR somewhere in the draft, but it's no lock they are any better than these guys. Probably should've kept Ike Hilliard.

 

Offensive Line:

This may be the strongest position for now and the future for the Bucs. The interior line between Jeff Faine, Davin Joseph, and Arron Sears are one of the best in the league, and they all are very young. The OTs are meh, but they are good enough. Donald Penn has flashed potential a lot.

We also have a great young back in Jeremy Zuttah, who should be starting in the NFL. He can play every position on the line and is an absolute beast.

 

Defensive Line:

Here is the weak link on this team. Easily one of the worst defensive lines in the league. Gaines Adams has yet to live up to his hype, our DTs combined for half a sack last year and one of the two starters actually left. Greg "Stylez" White was a beast in 2007, but totally fell off last year. He's nothing more than a off the bench speed rusher for long 3rd downs.

Jimmy Wilkerson is a solid rotation man, but that's about it. The Bucs NEED to address this BADLY. It's absolutely terrible and we need an upgrade.

 

Linebackers:

This is very interesting. Our OLBs are a total mystery. We have young guys with potential like Geno Hayes, Quincy Black, and Adam Hayward who will get their chance. Plus, Angelo Crowell who had a beast 2007 for the Bills, will get a chance to rebound from a bad injury and could be a beast if healthy.

What's even more interesting, Jermaine Phillips is likely to get a look at OLB. He's played on a Pro Bowl level these last two years at SS, but they want to see how he works out at OLB. Barrett Ruud is of course, a monster and one of the best LBs in the league.

 

Secondary:

Aqib Talib had a great rookie season as the nickel-back, but he will now step up to be our number one CB. He's got great physical talent and play-making abilities, so I'm excited to see him in an even bigger role. I don't know why Ronde Barber is still on the roster, love the guy and what he's done here over the years...but he was awful last season.

With Buchanon gone, he's now stepping back into a starting role, when I expected him to be a NB. Elbert Mack may possibly make an impact this season too. Though, I expect another corner on draft day.

Safety we are okay at. The Bucs are trying to push Phillips out at SS and Sabby Piscitelli in, so look for him to start even if Jermaine doesn't work out at LB. Tanard Jackson is a young best too.


Kicking/Punting:

Matt Bryant will have competition in camp from Mike Nugent, who has a stronger leg. Bryant was unreliable from beyond 40 yards last season, it is possibly we keep both and use Nugent for kickoffs and long FGs only.

Josh Bidwell is a very good punter and there's nothing going on there.

 

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