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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will announce their 53-man roster on Saturday evening. All 32 NFL teams are required to submit their final roster cuts and active roster to the league by 6:00 p.m. ET.
PewterReport.com has compiled its final 53-man roster prediction below. We're fairly confident in this roster prediction, although the Bucs will have to make difficult decisions at the quarterback, defensive line and linebacker positions.
At this point, we don't see how the Bucs can afford to keep four quarterbacks heading into the regular season, which means they'll likely release Chris Simms and rookie Josh Johnson. Tampa Bay likely will attempt to sign Johnson to the practice squad, but he would have to clear waivers first.
Even if it's 100 percent accurate, Tampa Bay's 53-man roster will by no means be set as the Bucs likely will have to eventually clear roster spots for tight end Jerramy Stevens (suspended) and running back Cadillac Williams (PUP list).
PEWTERREPORT.COM'S FINAL 53-MAN ROSTER PREDICTION
QUARTERBACKS (3) Jeff Garcia Brian Griese Luke McCown
RUNNING BACKS (3) Earnest Graham Michael Bennett Warrick Dunn
FULLBACKS (2) B.J. Askew Byron Storer
WIDE RECEIVERS (6) Joey Galloway Antonio Bryant Ike Hilliard Michael Clayton Maurice Stovall Dexter Jackson
TIGHT ENDS (3) John Gilmore Alex Smith Ben Troupe
OFFENSIVE LINE (8) Donald Penn Arron Sears Jeff Faine Davin Joseph Jeremy Trueblood Jeremy Zuttah Dan Buenning Anthony Davis
DEFENSIVE LINE (9) Gaines Adams Chris Hovan Jovan Haye Kevin Carter Greg White Ryan Sims Jimmy Wilkerson Dre Moore Greg Peterson
LINEBACKERS (7) Derrick Brooks Barrett Ruud Cato June Quincy Black Adam Hayward Matt McCoy Geno Hayes
SAFETIES (4) Jermaine Phillips Tanard Jackson Sabby Piscitelli Will Allen
KICKERS (1) Matt Bryant
PUNTERS (1) Josh Bidwell
LONG SNAPPER (1) Andrew Economos
SUSPENDED LIST Jerramy Stevens – will miss first two games of the season.
PUP LIST Cadillac Williams – has until Week 6 of the regular season before the Bucs have to decide whether to activate him or place him on injured reserve.
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