Bucs list McCown, Graham as starters -- for now

August, 10, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

The Bucs released their first depth chart Monday and it lists Luke McCown as the first-team quarterback.

It also features Earnest Graham as the starting running back and Quincy Black as the No. 1 strong-side linebacker. But don't go reading too much into this.

Depth charts in the preseason (particularly before a team even plays its first preseason game) are far from being set in stone. Most coaches like to give veterans the benefit of the doubt in positions that are being contested.

McCown's still in a heated battle with Byron Leftwich and I seriously doubt the Bucs paid running back Derrick Ward big money in free agency to sit him behind Graham. As far as Black starting at linebacker, it's possible because Angelo Crowell, who also got a big contract in free agency, doesn't seem to be able to stay healthy.

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ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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