The Tampa Bay Buccaneers still have 31 days before the start of training camp and 51 until opening the preseason on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles. The wait for Week 1 in Atlanta stands at 82.
That’s quite a bit of time for the front office and general manager Jason Licht to scour 31 other rosters and evaluate free agent possibilities. As of right now, though, the Bucs still have 90 of their own players to grade out moving forward.
Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Head coach Dirk Koetter was asked if he’s concerned with his team’s depth at any position after the Bucs wrapped up their three-day mandatory minicamp June 16. Leading an NFL franchise for the first time, Koetter said he fully expects plenty of moves to be made before the Sept. 11 regular season opener. The majority of those changes just aren’t coming for another month or so.
“You’re never exactly where you want to be,” he said. “Every team has depth at some positions and not at others. We’re looking to add some pieces at a couple of spots, but you’re not going to add them this time of year. Some of those things aren’t going to happen until final cut-downs. Think about it, when you start going down from 90 to 53 and every team lets about 40 guys go, that’s a lot of good football players on the streets and there will be some guys out there at that time.
“Of course we have a couple of spots, but for now our guys are our guys and we’re going to coach them up and they’re doing a good job of soaking it in.”
League cut-down dates for teams don’t arrive until September, with rosters first getting trimmed from 90 to 75, then from 75 to 53.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the Bucs’ current 90-man roster by position:
Offensive linemen: 16 (Combined Pro Bowl selections: 0)
Secondary: 16 (PB selections: 5 – Brent Grimes , Alterraun Verner )
Defensive linemen: 15 (PB selections: 4 – Gerald McCoy )
Wide receivers: 11 (PB selections: 3 – Vincent Jackson )
Linebackers: 10 (PB selections: 1 – Lavonte David )
Tight ends: 8 (PB selections: 0)
Running backs: 6 (PB selections: 2 – Doug Martin )
Quarterbacks: 4 (PB selections: 1 – Jameis Winston )
Punters: 2 (PB selections: 0)
Kickers: 1 (PB selections: 0)
Long snappers: 1 (PB selections: 0)
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You have the secondary guys also listed as TE’s. I like Grimes, but I have trouble believing he’s been to 4 Pro Bowls as a Tight End.
Looks like a copy-paste error.
Definitely copy-and-paste error. Thanks for pointing it out. It would be nice if the number was four, though.
Lack of Pro Bowlers indicates a serious lack of talent in the drafting process.
Hopefully this will improve as the players Licht has selected mature, improve and make a name for themselves as time goes on.
Safety is still an issue for me and I’m keeping my fingers crossed at the DE spots. Go Bucs!
Absolutely Horse. You just don’t hear much said about our safeties. Didn’t show much last year and seems we are rerunning with the same group. Hope we can pick up some help there after cut downs.
Well, Major wright still has his locker full of junk at One Buc, as I was there last week and noticed. You don’t even hear whether he is even on the team but I think that is telling. I don’t think he is necessarily a bad player but he just has health issues or staying healthy should I say. I am really excited all around this year and I don’t think one bad penalty in the opening game is going to set the tone for this season. Lovie LET that happen last year and it added to his dismise. How can you let your defense turtle up like that after a bad penalty. lavonte said it changed the whole rest of the game for the D. Never again should that happen.
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