Link: http://espn.go.com/blog/tampa-bay-buccaneers/post/_/id/4916/buccaneers-projected-rosterI have to disagree with some of the choices made by Pat Yasinskas.My thoughts:Jorvorskie Lane: I'm not sure we are going with a full-time fullback on the roster. I actually think Tim Wright will take over those duties. I think there were only be 5 RB on the final roster.Receivers: I do think these 5 make it, but I think we will have 6 receivers. Not sure who makes the 6th, but I think 6 will make the roster.Tight End: No Luke Stocker. We will only dress 3 TE's on game days. If we are going to carry 4, might as well go with a development player.Offensive Line: I could see Patchan make the roster over Pamphile. Defensive Linemen: I don't think some of these guys make the final roster. Bowers, Means and Masifilo are definitely bubble guys. I also think we will go with 8 on the DL and 6 at the CB position.Corner Back: Lots of depth here. I think we go with 6 players. Johnson, may or may not be one of them.Linebackers: I think we go with 6, but a lot of folks are high on Nate Askew.
I also think we’ll keep a 6th wr. I don’t expect Stocker to make the team, I think we stick with 3 and maybe keep one fb. Defensively the one that sticks out to me the most is I actually think we keep 6 CBs, probably those 5 plus either Gorrer or Melvin.
My take:QUARTERBACKS (2) Josh McCownMike GlennonMcCown is the present and Glennon the future. The third quarterback can be on the practice squad. RUNNING BACKS (5) Doug MartinMike JamesBobby RaineyCharles SimsJeff DempsArguably the deepest position on the roster. James, Rainey and Sims will compete to be the top backup to Martin. Demps adds value as a return man and potential receiver.RECEIVERS (6) Vincent JacksonMike EvansChris OwusuLouis MurphyRobert HerronDavid GettisOwusu and Murphy likely will compete for the third receiver spot. But the team is hoping Herron can develop quickly and be the slot receiver. I know that Gettis has had his share of injury issues, but he's tall and has speed. If he can stay healthy, he could make an impact.TIGHT ENDS (3) Austin Seferian-JenkinsBrandon MyersTim WrightA position with lots of depth. Seferian-Jenkins is the future at this position, but Myers and Wright might be the present. Wright plays a H-back role and fills in as Fullback when necessary.OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9) Anthony CollinsCarl NicksEvan Dietrich-SmithDemar DotsonPatrick OmamehKadeem EdwardsKevin PamphileOniel CousinsJamon MeredithThere is concern about Nicks’ health. If he’s unable to return, this becomes a real problem area. The depth isn’t great, and the team may have to look to the outside for help. I think Patchan has a chance to make it over Pamphile, but I think we carry 9 as well.DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (9) Gerald McCoyClinton McDonaldAkeem SpenceChaz SuttonMichael JohnsonAdrian ClaybornWilliam GholstonSteven MeansEuclid CummingsThe starting four of McCoy, McDonald, Johnson and Clayborn is solid. But spots in the rotation after them are very much up for grabs. How can you bet against a guy with the first name of Euclid? I also like Sutton to make it over Masifilo. LINEBACKERS (6) Lavonte DavidMason FosterJonathan CasillasDane FletcherKa’Lial GlaudNate AskewThe last two spots are up for grabs and could end up being filled from the outside. CORNERBACKS (6) Alterraun VernerJohnthan BanksMike JenkinsD.J. MooreDanny GorrerRashaan MelvinBanks and Jenkins will compete for the No. 2 job. DJ Moore will end up as the nickelback. Lots of talent in the cornerback group. I like the taller Gorrer to beat out Johnson and Melvin played well in OTAs.SAFETIES (4) Dashon GoldsonMark BarronMajor WrightKeith TandyThere’s good depth here because Wright was a former starter for coach Lovie Smith in Chicago. SPECIALISTS (3) Jeremy CainConnor BarthMichael KoenenThis won’t change unless there’s an injury.
sean,I think offenses are going more to misdirection and less to smash mouth so while I understand what you are thinking, I just don't see our offense using a fullback very much this year. There have been hints about this from both Smith and Tedford and given the premium that surrounds roster positions, I'm not sure that we will use one enough. This is also a trend that is going around the NFL now, much like only carrying 2 quarterbacks when the norm used to be always 3. Fullbacks are the most devalued position on the football field. I could be wrong, but that's the way I'm reading the signs now.
I think Smith and Tedford are more just waiting to see if any FB shows them enough in camp. Pryor seems like he’d be athletic enough to be useful on ST and in the passing game. I just think it’s worth a spot if one of those guys stands out enough. If they don’t impress then that bodes well for Rainey/James/Demps.
I think Smith and Tedford are more just waiting to see if any FB shows them enough in camp. Pryor seems like he'd be athletic enough to be useful on ST and in the passing game. I just think it's worth a spot if one of those guys stands out enough. If they don't impress then that bodes well for Rainey/James/Demps.
Maybe, but I am predisposed to thinking a FB is in the playbook or he's not. I can't see passing to a FB with the TE's or RB's we have. No speed, no space. It's a lead blocker, short yardage guy and ST ace.