Sunday, September 1, 2013
Surveying the Buccaneers' roster
By Pat Yasinskas
After making their cuts Saturday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a roster that looks a lot like what I projected Friday.
I hit on 51 of 53 roster spots. Defensive tackle Gary Gibson and offensive lineman Cody Wallace were the two guys I had making the team who didn’t make the final cut. I didn’t have tight end Tim Wright and safety Keith Tandy making the roster, but they did.
Let’s take a brief overview of the composition of Tampa Bay’s roster:
QB (3): Josh Freeman, Mike Glennon and Dan Orlovsky
Comment: The question is whether Glennon or Orlovsky will be the No. 2 quarterback. My thinking is the Bucs wouldn’t have held onto Orlovsky if he’s going to be No. 3.
RB (5): Doug Martin, Erik Lorig, Brian Leonard, Mike James and Peyton Hillis
Comment: Leonard, James and Hillis all looked good in the preseason. They all can be used to help keep Martin fresh.
WR (5): Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, Kevin Ogletree, Tiquan Underwood and Eric Page
Comment: The first four were pretty much set in stone. Page made the roster mostly because he’s going to be the return man.
TE (4): Luke Stocker, Tom Crabtree, Nate Byham and Tim Wright
Comment: Presumably, the Bucs kept Wright around because they expect Crabtree to miss some time with an ankle injury.
OL (8): Donald Penn, Carl Nicks, Jeremy Zuttah, Davin Joseph, Demar Dotson, Gabe Carimi, Ted Larsen and Jamon Meredith
Comment: By carrying only three backups, the Bucs appear to be optimistic that Nicks won’t miss too much time due to a staph infection.
DL (9): Adrian Clayborn, Da'Quan Bowers, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Trevor Scott, William Gholston, Steven Means, Gerald McCoy, Akeem Spence and Derek Landri
Comment: McCoy, Spence and Landri are the only true defensive tackles. The Bucs must be planning to use at least one of their ends on the inside at times.
LB (6): Lavonte David, Mason Foster, Jonathan Casillas, Dekoda Watson, Najee Goode and Adam Hayward
Comment: The starters have a chance to be one of the league’s best units, and the backups aren’t bad either.
DB (10): Darrelle Revis, Johnthan Banks, Leonard Johnson, Danny Gorrer, Rashaan Melvin, Michael Adams, Dashon Goldson, Mark Barron, Ahmad Black and Keith Tandy
Comment: This should be the most improved area on the team.
Specialists (3): Rian Lindell, Andrew Economos and Michael Koenen.
Comment: Lindell is the third projected kicker the Bucs have had. Connor Barth and Lawrence Tynes both are out with injuries.