On the eve of the regular season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are about to gamble heavily on their 2014 roster. Some Bucs players whose stock is on the rise will capitalize. Others whose stock is on the downslide may find themselves on the street next week.
Only days away from the final cuts to the 53-man roster, the Bucs are still making substantial changes. The Bucs cut a blockbuster deal with the New England Patriots this week, trading tight end Tim Wright and a draft pick for guard Logan Mankins, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer:
Breaking: the Patriots have agreed to parameters of a trade to send Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to the Bucs for a pick and TE Tim Wright— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) August 26, 2014
The acquisition of Mankins shifts the dynamics of the offense and further reduces the value of some of the Bucs' underachieving offensive linemen.
Some players like Doug Martin and Austin Seferian-Jenkins will find their stocks profit from the absence of players adjacent to them on the depth chart. Others, like Solomon Patton, simply willed their way ahead with solid performances throughout training camp and the preseason.
Here is the Buccaneers training camp and preseason Week 4 stock report.