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Friday, July 18, 2014
Tampa Bay Buccaneers' projected roster

By Pat Yasinskas

Examining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ roster:

McCown
QUARTERBACKS (2)

McCown is the present and Glennon the future. The third quarterback can be on the practice squad.

RUNNING BACKS (6)

Arguably the deepest position on the roster. James, Rainey and Sims will compete to be the top backup to Martin. Demps is a project, but he has value as a return man.

Jackson
RECEIVERS (5)

Owusu and Murphy likely will compete for the third receiver spot. But the team is hoping Herron can develop quickly and be the slot receiver.

TIGHT ENDS (4)

A position with lots of depth. Seferian-Jenkins is the future at this position, but Myers and Wright might be the present.

Collins
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

There is concern about Nicks’ health. If he’s unable to return, this becomes a real problem area. The depth isn’t great, and the team may have to look to the outside for help.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

The starting four of McCoy, McDonald, Johnson and Clayborn is solid. But spots in the rotation after them are very much up for grabs. Bowers needs a good training camp to secure a roster spot.

David
LINEBACKERS (6)

The last two spots are up for grabs and could end up being filled from the outside.

CORNERBACKS (5)

Banks and Jenkins will compete for the No. 2 job. The loser likely will end up as the nickelback.

Goldson
SAFETIES (4)

There’s good depth here because Wright was a former starter for coach Lovie Smith in Chicago.

SPECIALISTS (3)

This won’t change unless there’s an injury.