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September 3, 2013 @ 6:42 pm
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Bucs Release Their Depth Chart With Some Surprises

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Gil Arcia


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The Bucs have released their depth chart as the head to New York to face the Jets at Met Life Stadium. As expected, there are a couple surprises but one that may stick out more than others.
Tampa Bay has finally released it's depth chart within their Week 1 media guide. Titled the “unofficial” depth chart as it is subject to change, the Buccaneers appear to be starting a couple surprises.

First, you won't see rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks start the game opposite Darrelle Revis. Instead, it will be second-year corner Leonard Johnson. The 2012 undrafted rookie from Iowa State University had a good rookie campaign after being called for duty last season due to injuries and suspensions. Unless the Bucs come out in a nickel defense, Banks will not be starting the game. That is not a knock on Banks, but may mean he just needs a bit more work.

Third-year defensive end Da'Quan Bowers was going to be heavily relied on in 2013. If that still stands, it will have to come as the season progresses. The Bucs will start 2010 third-round defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim over Bowers opposite Adrian Clayborn. There were plenty of moments this preseason and training camp where the coaching staff just did not look satisfied with Bowers when he came off the field. The former Clemson standout will have to re-impress the staff — if you will — to earn the starting spot. On the bright side, Bowers will have the opportunity to play a lot as he will have a key role in the defensive line rotation.

At strongside linebacker, former Florida State Seminole Dekoda Watson will be starting at over veteran Jonathan Casillas and the man who will backup rookie Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin will be Brian Leonard while Peyton Hillis is listed fourth.. 

Here is the rest of the depth chart:

83 Vincent Jackson 
85 Kevin Ogletree 
89 Russell Shepard
70 Donald Penn 
79 Jamon Meredith
77 Carl Nicks
76 Jeremy Zuttah 
62 Ted Larsen
75 Davin Joseph
69 Demar Dotson 
72 Gabe Carimi
88 Luke Stocker 
84 Tom Crabtree 
82 Nate Byham 
81 Tim Wright
19 Mike Williams 
17 Eric Page
5 Josh Freeman 
8 Mike Glennon 
6 Dan Orlovsky
22 Doug Martin 
30 Brian Leonard 
25 Mike James 
44 Peyton Hillis
41 Erik Lorig
50 Daniel Te'o‐Nesheim 
91 Da'Quan Bowers 
92 William Gholston
93 Gerald McCoy 
90 Derek Landri
97 Akeem Spence 
95 Gary Gibson 
98 Chris Jones
94 Adrian Clayborn 
71 Trevor Scott 
96 Steven Means
56 Dekoda Watson 
52 Jonathan Casillas
59 Mason Foster 
57 Adam Hayward
54 Lavonte David
24 Darrelle Revis 
21 Michael Adams 
28 Rashaan Melvin
29 Leonard Johnson 
27 Johnthan Banks
23 Mark Barron 
37 Keith Tandy
38 Dashon Goldson 
43 Ahmad Black
9 Michael Koenen
4 Rian Lindell
9 Michael Koenen
9 Michael Koenen
48 Andrew Economos
17 Eric Page
17 Eric Page
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    He was resigned yesterday when Gorrer put on IR.
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    For an offense that supposedly doesn't emphasize the TE, do they really need 4 of them? I think I'd want some more OL depth.
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    Don't trust Leonard Johnson opposite Revis. He should be in the slot and allow Banks to get his feet wet against the Jets!
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    This is a much better team; we still need one more Free agency and Draft to be a consistent contender. We should be able to win 8-9 wins this season; we need Freeman and the Coach to take us past more wins than that. Go Bucs! Be the Team!
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    It lists Gibson on the DT, I thought he was released?
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    Some people would rather be 'right' rather than actually, you know, root for your favourite football team through thick and thin. Damn the negativity. It's the start of football season and this team is better than last year. Stay healthy this year and go Bucs!
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    Couldnt agree more nmkinley, why would you rather be right and have your team not do well. Im going to root for my team no matter what and trust that the coaches and upper management of this NFL team know what there doing. Do I question some of these decision absolutely but thats why I do what I do for a living and they make personel decisions. Go Bucs! going to be a great year
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    Amen scubog!
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    Funny how some of you are so afraid of a letdown that you wont allow yourself to get the least bit hyped over a team that finished 2012 with the # 1 rush defense, the # 9 ranked offense and added two Pro-Bowl players, a high draft choice and the return of Clayborn to improve the pass defense. I suppose it's easier to join the ranks of naysayers who predict 4-12 seasons, find fault with as much as you can, have no positive expectations, to predict doom and be critical of your favorite team in an effort to shield yourself from others who might find humor in your loyalty to a losing team. After going through all of the ups and downs for the past 36 years I can still stand up to the Monday morning question, "What happened to your Bucs?"
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    I'm not to sure about surprises, unless a given person hasn't been following the Bucs since the last week of last season, to see all the changes.
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    The changes that have been made? On Oline, it's Demar Dotson at Rt. Not much of a change I suppose. Te's havn't changed much. Hb's; we've changed the backups, and we have some interesting backups - mostly bruiser-backs. Wr's; Ogletree and Eric Page. -----------------------------------------D changes. Dt Akeen Spence is the biggest change. We have two new De's, and I suppose one could say we brought in another young Dt in Chris Jones Linebackers has Dakota Watson and Casillas. Cb's has Darrelle Revis, a draftee Jonthan Banks, an unknown but soon to become fanfavorite Mike Adams. Safeties we bring in Dashon Goldson. ------------------------------------------------ Overall, the O doesn't get much in the way of new starters. The D gets new starters at every level. For the most part, we got depth upgrades throughout as well as some new starters on D. This team is improved.
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    I like this team, it will be better than last year. After the bye week this team will get it together and be competitive every week. The defense line is not that bad as it looked in preseason. The back seven are going to be very good. The offense will be fine if they run the ball a lot in the first 3 quarters and use play action passing . In the 4th quarter if were ahead keep running the ball. If not turn it over to Freeman and run the hurry up offense. Run the ball, control the clock, keep the defense on the sideline so there fresh for the 4th quarter, control Freeman until the 4th. I think this team can get to 10 wins this year. I predict Atlanta is going to fall apart (.500 at best), the Bucs can win the division. I more draft and a couple quality free agents and this team will be a contender for winning the Super Bowl next year. GO BUCs
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    I'm not surprised in the slightest by this depth chart. A good group of players besides TE and KR. Coaching and Freeman will be the difference between wins and losses.
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    Nicks is healthy and ready??
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    Read the list for the fourth time ... not much of an upgrade over last year.
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    richbucsfan: Revis, Goldson, Banks, Olgletree added; a healthy Clayborn, Joesph, and Nicks (when MRSA clears). That is not much of an upgrade????? C'mon. Be real. The team is much better, if only Revis (gamechanger) was added.
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    It doesn't surprise me that some of you are already calling this season a loss. It also wouldn't surprise me if the same people said the Bucs were going to the Superbowl this year if they win the first two games..It's real simple for me, it is all on how Josh plays this year. If Josh improves then the Bucs as a team improve.
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    I loved seeing Goldson and Revis come in. But it looks like draft mistakes are haunting this team. Will Freeman put it all together? Will the Pass rush make it out of the bottom of the league? not so sure
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    I was hopeful in the offseason that a few veteran d-lineman would be brought in, but looking at this team, don't have much hope for a good season. Probably 5-11 or 4-12. Many more blackouts ahead. Looks like the end of MD's and GS's careers in Tampa. It's not like they didn't have the prime opportunity to upgrade the team.
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    Probably - will depend on Josh Freeman's ability to get the ball to Vince, Mike, and Doug along w/ the OL's ability to protect and open holes.
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    That's how football works for all teams Morgan.
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    Not impressed with this team. Looks like a 6-10 season.
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