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.
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: