- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter
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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:
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.
Comment: Leonard, James and Hillis all looked good in the preseason. They all can be used to help keep Martin fresh.
Comment: The first four were pretty much set in stone. Page made the roster mostly because he’s going to be the return man.
Comment: Presumably, the Bucs kept Wright around because they expect Crabtree to miss some time with an ankle injury.
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.
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.
Comment: The starters have a chance to be one of the league’s best units, and the backups aren’t bad either.
Comment: This should be the most improved area on the team.
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.