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August 8, 2013 @ 11:00 am
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Pewter Report's Bucs 53-Man Roster Prediction

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Scott Reynolds

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Prior to the kickoff of Tampa Bay's 2013 preseason schedule, PewterReport.com's Scott Reynolds offers up his pewter predictions on the Buccaneers' 53-man roster. Which players does he project to make the team? Which surprising names get released? Click here to read the story.
With the Buccaneers set to kick off the 2013 preseason at home at Raymond James Stadium against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, PewterReport.com has forecasted Tampa Bay’s final 53-man roster. Check out Scott Reynolds’ pewter predictions before the first preseason snap has been played.

TAMPA BAY’S PROJECTED 53-MAN ROSTER

QUARTERBACKS – 2
QB Josh Freeman
QB Mike Glennon
Analysis:
Ideally, the Bucs would love to go into the 2013 regular season with just two quarterbacks, but that will depend largely on how well Glennon performs in the preseason. If he proves to be competent, the team may see no need to keep veteran Dan Orlovsky. If Glennon struggles with moving the team or with turnovers, the Bucs will likely keep three quarterbacks with Orlovsky as the backup and Glennon as the developmental project.

RUNNING BACKS – 5
RB Doug Martin
RB Brian Leonard
RB Mike James
RB Peyton Hillis
FB Erik Lorig
Analysis:
Martin is the unquestioned starting halfback and Lorig seems poised to be the starter at fullback. Leonard’s versatility to play both positions and his preseason production should enable him to win a roster spot. The Bucs like James, although he is not a spectacular runner. The team does like to keep its draft picks for at least a year, so that helps his chances. Hillis, who is intriguing due to his starting experience, should be able to impress against lesser defenders in the second halves of preseason games enough to win a roster spot over Michael Smith.

WIDE RECEIVERS – 6
WR Vincent Jackson
WR Mike Williams
WR Kevin Ogletree
WR Tiquan Underwood
WR Chris Owusu
WR Eric Page
Analysis:
Jackson and Williams form one of the NFL’s better starting receiver combos. Ogletree, Underwood and Owusu are all in the mix for the No. 3 job, but because the Bucs feature so many three-receiver sets don’t be surprised if all three make the roster. Page is kept on as a sixth receiver due to his ability to return punts and kicks.

TIGHT ENDS – 3
TE Tom Crabtree
TE Luke Stocker
TE Nate Byham
Analysis:
Tampa Bay doesn’t feature its tight end much in the passing game, so there really isn’t a need to keep more than three tight ends on the roster. Crabtree has a very good shot at beating out Stocker for the right to start. Because of his size and blocking ability, Byham likely beats out rookie Tim Wright for the third tight end spot on the 53-man roster.

OFFENSIVE LINE – 9
LT Donald Penn
LG Carl Nicks
C Jeremy Zuttah
RG Davin Joseph
RT Demar Dotson
OL Ted Larsen
OL Gabe Carimi
OL Jamon Meredith
OL Cody Wallace
Analysis:
Penn, Nicks, Zuttah, Joseph and Dotson are entrenched as the starters. Larsen and Meredith proved their worth last season as valuable reserves that can play multiple positions. Larsen can play center and either guard spot. Meredith can play anywhere but center. Carimi has the positional flexibility to play right tackle and guard and the Bucs would love to have him stick this year and then be able to coach him up next year with a full offseason in Tampa Bay. Wallace edges out Jace Daniels, Adam Smith and Mike Remmers for the final roster spot because of his experience and the fact that he can play both guard and center.

DEFENSIVE LINE – 9
DE Adrian Clayborn
DT Gerald McCoy
DT Akeem Spence
DE Da’Quan Bowers
DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim
DT Derek Landri
DE Steven Means
DE Aaron Morgan
DE William Gholston
Analysis:
The Bucs’ front four is set with Clayborn, McCoy, Spence and Bowers. Te’o-Nesheim proved to be a valuable reserve last year and can play either end spot and inside as a tackle in nickel pass rush situations. Landri gets the roster spot over veteran tackle Gary Gibson because he’s younger and slightly quicker. The Bucs like Morgan’s speed off the edge, and Means’ upside and special teams ability. Gholston is more of a developmental project, but has the size to play either end position and tackle in nickel pass rush situations. The Bucs need to generate more pass rush in 2013 and will keep a host of defenders to aid in that effort.

LINEBACKERS – 6
WLB Lavonte David
MLB Mason Foster
SLB Dekoda Watson
WLB Adam Hayward
MLB Najee Goode
SLB Jonathan Casillas
Analysis:
David and Foster are entrenched as starters at weakside linebacker and middle linebacker, respectively. Watson appears to have the edge over Casillas for the starting strongside linebacker role. Hayward and Goode will be key reserves and play on special teams, along with Casillas, who beats out former special teams ace Jacob Cutrera.

CORNERBACKS - 6
CB Darrelle Revis
CB Johnthan Banks
CB Leonard Johnson
CB Michael Adams
CB Rashaan Melvin
CB Danny Gorrer
Analysis:
To play in the pass-happy NFC South, the Bucs need plenty of cornerbacks and will keep six. Revis, Banks and Johnson will likely be the starters as Tampa Bay will play a good deal of nickel and dime defense once again in 2013. Adams has plenty of experience and good playmaking ability and will likely be the fourth cornerback on the depth chart. The 6-foot-2 Melvin, an undrafted free agent, is this year’s version of Johnson, and he’s been impressive. Gorrer wins the final roster spot over Deveron Carr, who could be a practice squad candidate, due to his experience. The Bucs finally part ways with 2010 draft bust Myron Lewis.

SAFETIES - 4
FS Dashon Goldson
SS Mark Barron
FS Keith Tandy
FS Ahmad Black
Analysis:
Goldson and Barron are the starting safeties in base and nickel defense. Tandy and Black will battle for the right to be the third starting safety in dime defense with the other one being relegated to playing special teams. Because Goldson can serve as the team’s personal protector on punt team, that makes Cody Grimm expendable as the Bucs only keep four safeties.


KICKING GAME – 3
K Derek Dimke
P Michael Koenen
LS Andrew Economos
Analysis:
The guess here is that Dimke, who has a strong leg, eventually beats out veteran Lawrence Tynes, who has battled a toe injury in training camp and has had a shaky debut in Tampa Bay. By keeping Dimke, the Bucs almost assuredly have to keep a veteran holder in Koenen on the roster, in addition to a veteran long snapper like Economos.

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    i like dimke to be the kicker, i hope he can be a 80 percent FG guy outside the 40. inside the 40 should be higher. but tymes should be gone.
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    This is a great revised roster than last year-GO BUCS GL HICKS HBPLANT 1964
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    just looking for an answer, but I guess by now I should be able to infer through context. I thought the CBA said a team could carry a 53 man roster if the 53rd man was a QB otherwise it was limited to 52. Is that not the case? Bye bye Myron. Good luck in the Tour de France. You've trained much harder for that than you ever did for football.
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    This predicted roster seems very logical and I can't argue too much with any of it, but they always manage to throw us a head-scratcher or two every season (Preston Parker over Tiquan Underwood last season?). I wonder what surprise cuts they'll make this season. The kicking battle might be interesting. Dimke has clearly out-perfomed Tynes so far, but they may be reluctant to put their faith in an untested kicker.
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    Well, Myron Lewis is gone! Must have lost those pictures he had of Dominik! lol
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    I agree Pinkstob. If Demps decides to play football, they will be hard put to find a way to use that kind of speed. I can't argue with any choice Scott has made, but this is going to be a dilemma! Sean Baker at FS and Tim Wright, converted TE is going to give Schiano gas when they have to be cut. David Douglas, WR is not chopped liver either! Now I wish the Bucs were on Hard Knocks, I would love to hear some of these conversations in Schiano's office! Maybe the preseason games will make the decision easier or perhaps even more difficult! May the best man win!
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    I think Grimm and Gaitor make the team.
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    It's a good looking list - but I don't think we can get away with only Landri (I don't buy Gholston as a viable backup at DT at the moment) to back-up both Spence and McCoy...gotta think Gibson makes it over one of the project players (Gholston, Means, Morgan). Sorry to see Mike Smith go but if Page can prove himself as a strong returner then that's the trade.
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    SR, I agree 100% with this list. However, since the Bucs did trade for Demps I assume they would at least put a helmet on him and kick the tires. The last I heard he was expected here at the end of the month. If he got here in time to play in the 4th preseason game and looked good I would keep him over Page. That would mean keeping more backs than WR's, but I say who cares so long as we have the most talented 53 guys.
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    " The Bucs finally part ways with 2010 draft bust Myron Lewis" Music to my ears. I'm looking forward to seeing what becomes of Leonard Johnson and Rashaan Melvin. Always root for the undrafted guy(s).
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    My guess is that the eventual starting kicker is possibly on another team at the moment. I'm not sold on Dimke or Tynes at the moment, they are just the kickers we have on the roster. I wouldn't be at all surprised if kicker wasn't a revolving door all season.
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