In preparation of Tampa Bay’s first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday, the Bucs released their first official depth chart of the 2019 season on Tuesday.

While many positional battles will change as the preseason rolls along, the introductory depth chart should give a glimpse of how things are shaping up heading into Friday night’s match-up.

Some things of note within the depth chart mainly come on the defensive side of the ball, including Noah Spence being listed as a starting outside linebacker – along with Carl Nassib – above former Denver Bronco, Shaq Barrett.

With Lavonte David undergoing a minor surgery on his knee, Deone Bucannon slides into a starting role at interior linebacker alongside rookie Devin White while Kevin Minter and Devante Bond will serve as the second-string tandem.

At cornerback there isn’t a designation for the nickel corner spot, but Carlton Davis and Vernon Hargreaves III are listed as starters on the outside with Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting behind them. Ryan Smith and M.J. Stewart, who is primarily expected to serve in a nickel role in addition to playing some safety, will be third-string.

See the full depth chart here.

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  1. Like seeing Cappa in that RG spot! Hopefully he hangs onto it and locks down that line!

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  2. It’s nice to see Watson as the #4. His ceiling is really high. The only surprise might be Ledbetter rising the depth chart fast.

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  3. Kind of surprised to see that Gay is not the starting kicker. I am sure that will likely change. Surprised that Cichy is so far down the depth chart. Dare Ogunbowale too. At any rate, I am really enjoying watching training camp on Youtube. Coaching is definitely giving us some pleasant surprises. Cappa looks like he has a hold on the starting right guard position. Cool. Watson looks like he will get more playing time this year. Glad to see that Edwards and Whitehead are slated as the starters. If we can just keep Hargraves healthy and Davis plays the same as he is right now, we might actually be a better team than last year! GO Bucs!

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  4. Keep it up Watson and Cappa! I like seeing those picks materialize. Don’t count Gay in, yet. We are going to send a message heading into camp. Do your job or you’re gone. Gay might be the example if he struggles with more PATs. He needs to be perfect in preseason game appearances or he’s toast IMO, same with Santos for that matter. Kicking game will be the most entertaining part of preseason games.

    This chart will look different after every game. Lots of jockeying to occur Friday. Let’s go, can’t wait !!!

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  5. Bye bye Justin Evans

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    • Evans will be up there when he’s fully healthy

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  6. What do you have against Justin Evans? When Healthy he is the best safety on the team. These other players are coming along but they don’t have the range or overall versatility of a J Evans.

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  7. Interesting that Anthony Johnson has the sixth spot so far but Lodge has been injured and only recently returned to practice.

    Hudson is ahead of Leggett which is not surprising as Hudson is making plays.

    While Watford and Liedtke can play tackle in a pinch it still stings to see Boozer and Benonch as the primary backups at LT and RT respectively. Bucs will have to find some upgrades from cuts it looks like.

    If the Bucs keep five OLB’s Daniles has a shot to make it. Kenney as well. That will be an interesting battle.

    D’Cota Dixon, I. Johnson, and L. Denis are all fighting for the last 1-2 roster spots at safety. They are playing aggressively to the ball which is nice.

    USF’s Mazzi Wilkins has clawed his way up the depth chart and is now head to head with D. Harris. Very interesting!

    I am interested in seeing if Z. Bailey and Holcomb can put pressure with some of the more established OL ahead of them this pre season.

    Overall, nothing surprising but a lot can change within the next four weeks.

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  8. I still think Gay ends up the kicker. Would not be surprised if one of the kickers ends up on limited IR. That way they have a reserve in the event the chosen kicker can’t get it done. Licht cannot afford to get this wrong.

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  9. Well the problem Licht has is that he spent a 5th rd pick on Gay to Unseat Santos as the starting PK. BA will not burn a roster spot to carry two Kickers on this team, he just want do it. If Santos wins out in pre season Gay will get Cut and it’ll be another Black Eye on Licht’s resumé of drafting Kickers.

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  10. I look at the young, rangy, ball hawking talent at safety and cornerback and envision these guys all swarming to the ball. Even the players that no one expects much of anything from are impressing : D’Cota Dixon, MJ Stewart, Kentrell Brice, Jamal Dean, and SMB. Plus, the Bucs will eventually get Justin Evans back from injury!

    I can’t wait to see the 3-4 defense in action. With the right coaching and utilizing the strengths of all these young guys, this defense could be impressive and fun as hell to watch.

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  11. OK..I’ll say it since most of you won’t.
    Startin to look like a close 8-8 season or worse..to me

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