5 Buccaneers Players Who Should See Their Roles Expand in 2014

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5 Buccaneers Players Who Should See Their Roles Expand in 2014
Bill Feig

If NFL free agency had a slogan, it would be "next man up."

The arrival of head coach Lovie Smith tolled the bell for many Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the roster in 2013. Not only would some players find themselves without jobs under the new Bucs regime, but also other Bucs would be competing for playing time as Smith and his staff evaluate the roster.

The Bucs' roster transformation culled the team of several veteran starters like Darrelle Revis, Donald Penn and Davin Joseph.

While the team added high-profile free agents like defensive end Michael Johnson, cornerback Alterraun Verner and center Evan Dietrich-Smith, there have been indications of expanded roles for players already on the roster.

Some players have bigger roles to play after unexpectedly impressive performances in 2013. Others possess skill sets better suited for the scheme Smith will deploy in 2014.

The following five players are primed to play greater roles for the Buccaneers in 2014. This list will only address players who were Buccaneers last season.

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