Jenkins’ “Way Too Early” Bucs’ 53-Man Roster Projection

Quarterbacks – 3
QB Jameis Winston
QB Blaine Gabbert
QB Ryan Griffin
Analysis: It’s the same quarterback room as 2019, but the Bucs are surely hoping for different results. Now in his second year under Arians, Winston must improve his decision making or the gamble could lead to a very dismal outcome for Arians, Licht and Winston himself come next offseason.

LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire

LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire – Photo by: Getty Images

Running Backs – 4
RB Ronald Jones II
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire
RB T.J. Logan
RB/WR: Antonio Gibson
Analysis: While Jones and Logan remain in the backfield from 2019, Barber is replaced by the electric, do-it-all back out of LSU, Edwards-Helaire, while adding another explosive gadget player in Gibson.

Wide Receivers – 6
WR Mike Evans
WR Chris Godwin
WR Nelson Agholor
WR Antonio Gandy-Golden
WR Scotty Miller
WR Justin Watson
RB/WR Antonio Gibson*
Analysis: Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, barring injury, will once again look to show the world why they are one of, if not the, most dangerous receiving duo in the world, but this time there will be a few new weapons behind them in the form of Agholor and the 6-foot-4, small-school product, Gandy-Golden. If Miller can find a way to remain healthy, the upside is endless for this unit. Watson, if he continues to struggle earning a spot in the offensive rotation, will round out the receivers as a productive special teams guy.

*Gibson officially listed at running back on this roster

Bucs TE Cameron Brate and QB Jameis Winston

Bucs TE Cameron Brate and QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Tight End – 3
TE O.J. Howard
TE Cameron Brate
TE Antony Auclair
Analysis: Much like the quarterback position, the room remains the same for the tight ends. And much like Winston, Howard will be looking for a bounce back year where his play on the field comes closer to his potential. Behind Howard, Brate will likely remain a steady producer, especially in the red zone, as long as Winston remains under center.

Offensive Line – 8
LT Donovan Smith
LG Ali Marpet
C Ryan Jensen
RT Andrew Thomas
OT Demar Dotson
OG Alex Cappa
C/OG Earl Watford
OT Josh Wells
Analysis: With Thomas being the key addition to the offensive line and the rest of the line getting another year of play under run game coordinator Harold Goodwin and offensive line coach Joe Gilbert, the unit will desperately look to improve their run blocking efficiency for their new-look running backs unit. The return of Dotson, Watford and Wells will provide ample options as far as depth, should the typically reliable unit of big men up front face missed time due to injuries.

Defensive Line – 6
DE Will Gholston
NT Vita Vea
DT Ndamukong Suh
DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches
DE Jeremiah Ledbetter
DL Marlon Davidson
Analysis: Arians repeatedly emphasized the importance of keeping the front seven together – a unit that led Tampa Bay to the top-ranked run defense in the league in 2019 – and in this battle plan that’s largely been the case, with the exception of Allen being replaced by Davidson on the interior defensive line.

Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett

Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett – Photo by: May Holt/PR

Outside Linebackers – 5
OLB Shaquil Barrett
OLB Jason Pierre-Paul
OLB Anthony Nelson
OLB Khazin Daniels
OLB Pat O’Connor
Analysis: Barrett and Pierre-Paul can be one of the most fierce edge duos in the league in tandem with Vea and Suh up the middle, even with Pierre-Paul getting into his 30’s. Daniels and O’Connor will primarily be suited up as rotational players and depth while Nelson looks to stay healthy and continue building on his limited playing time as a rookie in 2019.

Inside Linebackers – 4
ILB Devin White
ILB Lavonte David
ILB Kevin Minter
ILB Jack Cichy
Analysis: White and David are an elite pairing at middle linebacker, two sideline-to-sideline players with a mental and physical edge and big-play ability. Should either be forced to miss time, Minter is a proven veteran who can step in and get the job done while time will only tell what Cichy has to offer the team’s linebacker corps as he looks to avoid the injury bug that has plagued his college and professional career to this point.

Cornerbacks – 6
CB Carlton Davis
CB Jamel Dean
CB Sean Murphy-Bunting
CB Lamar Jackson
CB Mazzi Wilkins
CB Ryan Smith
Analysis: Tampa Bay’s cornerback unit is extremely young but showed in the second half of last season how good they really can be. While much of the emphasis has been on the Bucs’ front seven, the defense will sink or swim with their cornerbacks while they see if the unit continues to progress or takes a step back in 2020. Jackson is drafted for depth while Wilkins looks to continue improving, despite being undersized, and Smith continues to excel on special teams.

Bucs DB Mike Edwards

Bucs DB Mike Edwards – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Safeties – 5
FS Karl Joseph
S Mike Edwards
SS Jordan Whitehead
S Justin Evans
S D’Cota Dixon
Analysis: The addition of Joseph gives Tampa Bay a high-upside value player for a year while the organization looks to see if Mike Edwards can take another step forward and become a more regular player in Bowles’ defensive rotation. If Evans can finally get healthy and back on the field it would be a huge boost for the unit, but should he continue to experience setbacks that keep him sidelined, D’Cota Dixon will likely be the next man up to take his place.

Special Teams – 3
K Matt Gay
P Bradley Pinion
LS Zach Triner
Analysis: Pinion was a serviceable punter last year and did well on kickoff and holder duties. Gay had his ups and downs after a stellar preaseason, converting 27 of his 35 field goal attempts including five of eight from 50+ yards, and will look to build off of his rookie campaign in 2020. As far as the long snapper position? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

What Do You Think?

Did you like my Bucs Battle Plan for the 2020 offseason? Did you like the trades I made? Does it adequately address Tampa Bay’s needs? Which additions did you like best? Let me know what you think in the article comments section below.

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AlexanderNascimento
1 year ago

Well done, Taylor
Hope you are right in ALL of your choices

Johnny Cannons
1 year ago

Definitely don’t hate it. The Jameis scenario seems realistic; you hope he doesn’t take a “prove it” deal elsewhere and I don’t think he would.

I like Joseph – but another injury prone S? Makes me say ‘yikes’ a little bit.

Like the Davidson pick a lot as I think he could play 3 or 5 tech.

Overall, a plan I could get behind.

EricNV
1 year ago

Oy vey! I see some logic to signing Winston to a short extension, but the haters are going to be howling mad about it. Also, I didn’t see you drafting a DT to replace Beau Allen, nor did you draft an additional OL for depth, moves (or lack thereof) that will be felt at some point during the regular season.

MiltonMack21
1 year ago

Hudson is back.

DT25
1 year ago

In terms of situations we keep Jameis, this one feels pretty realistic, similar to Matera’s. Still some things I would change, but I like the draft (a little less than Matera’s, but still like it). Joseph doesn’t exactly fit the safety type we need. He’s similar in a lot of ways to Whitehead, and we need a deep coverage safety more. Which is why I’m throwing money at Anthony Harris instead in either situation. Also not really thrilled about Agholor as he’s a step down from even Perriman, but we may not have the money to throw around for much… Read more »

geno711
1 year ago

You lost me with Nelson Agholor. Maybe 40 time fast but never actually played fast. — I think the only consistency they got out of Agholor at Philly was that he was a consistent blocker. His 4.42 combine speed is the same as Godwin’s btw which I think is interesting. I’d give Dion Lewis a 2 year contract at running back at total of $3 million (1.5 per year). An elite pass catcher to be a better option that Dare that we have now. I am in love with your draft personally. Like it all. Even if other’s agreed with… Read more »

BUC-ASS-BOB
1 year ago

5 years of same crap of INTs does not seam bother Jenkins , He must be like Watching The Saints win the division every year, Jenkins must not like watching Bucs in a playoff game. Call me crazy but I would love see the Bucs in playoffs, I think the football IQ at buc one doubled when Bruce Arians came to town and I don’t believe Bruce is going to play with this bullsh-t one more year, I think Bruce is going to send the clown packing.

AlbJack65
Reply to  BUC-ASS-BOB
1 year ago

You know what I would love to see , Bob? I would LOVE to see you make just ONE post without a shit ton of grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors. I swear to God, reading one of your comments is like reading an English assignment from a 2nd grader in West Virginia.

Dman
1 year ago

Not bad, but if we stick with Jameis not sure what the deal should be. Ok with the 2020 price. I’m also thinking we keep either Gabbert or Griff, not both. With the announcement of resigning Hudson, my guess is that seals it for either Howard or Brate. We’ll end up with Hudson, Auclair and hopefully Brate at a reduced price. Get a RD2/RD3 in trade for Howard. For the price of Agholor I’d rather resign Perriman. Perriman knows the offense and had a nice run that makes me think he’ll be able to build off that next season. Love… Read more »

Pete Wood
1 year ago

C plus. I hate the move up to the third. We need more picks. We have too many needs.
I love most of the draft picks, but we should ditch Ryan Griffin and draft a qb in the mid rounds. We need some improvement at qb.
Not crazy about signing a free agent wide receiver who hasn’t lived up to his potential and has a drop problem. Bucs need another butter fingers on the team like they need a hole in the head.

jerseybucsfan
1 year ago

Love ya dude. But Agholor is a low-effort underachiever. Keeping Winston makes zero sense. Can’t give a thumbs up on the plan.

BucWonder
1 year ago

I think I like this plan the best. The young guys on PR are dusting their elders. And this is coming from an old dude. Taylor’s plan is realistic, just like Matt’s was. I prefer a different veteran S in Jefferson and I’d keep Perriman rather sign Agholor, but I like the reworks with Brate and Jensen and bringing Dotson back cheap. Maybe the other Arians back-up QB Stanton rather than Gabbert again, but that’s nit picking. I love the draft. Quality is better than quantity sometimes Mr. Pete Wood even though I almost always agree with your informed, thoughtful… Read more »

Jdgamble31
1 year ago

Well done imo !
~most likeliest scenario with the Brady/Jameis decision also
~take a flyer on Nelson A. on the cheap
~personally I’d rather have HA-HA or jimmy Ward as a S
~love Thomas @1
~also for me I’d rather get best DL available with the the 2nd pick and then get Akers in the 3rd.

Solid strategy that I could get behind.

LETS GO BUCS!!

WhatTheBuc
1 year ago

Seems the most logical plan so far. I wouldn’t double up on RB. Just draft Antonio Gibson. If we stick with Jameis your salary is more likely than franchising. Take DT, edge, or another OT in round 2.

twspin
1 year ago

Like your thinking here Taylor.

Pete Wood
1 year ago

Bucwonders, you have shown me the error of my ways. My dislike of Ryan Griffin made my grade unduly harsh. A good plan. Same complaints, but a B plus.

fanofdabucs
1 year ago

Very well done with two exceptions IMO. I don’t like the Nelson Agholor signing much. Drops, not real tough, doesn’t block well. Give me Perriman back instead. I also don’t see both Brate and OJ back. Brate makes way too much money to stick as a pass catching only TE. Love the draft. Thomas will be a stud RT and greatly improve the run game. Clyde will thrive in BAs offense. He’s tough, catches well, pass blocks and can tote the rock. That’s the only type of deal I would want to bring Winston back on. A reasonable 3 yr… Read more »

BucWonder
1 year ago

Mr. Pete Wood, I wish all posters could disagree as agreeably as we have. I know many posters choose to do that too. Those are the posts worth reading. I look forward to your next post.

Go Bucs!

Hockey Duckie
1 year ago

I’d be ecstatic to land Thomas at 14th overall, but it’s highly unlikely as the top-4 OT’s have been mocked to go 11th and above. I am lost with the 2nd round pick of a RB, but you double up on it again in the fourth. You addressed the RBs, but not the run blocking, to which I’m thoroughly confused. You retained Winston for three more seasons, but not addressed the iOL? The best way to reduce Winston’s turnovers is to take away plays from him. But if we can’t open lanes to the 2nd level, then it doesn’t matter… Read more »

geno711
Reply to  Hockey Duckie
1 year ago

@Hockey Duckie

I love advanced stats. You have used these same stats a bunch on this site.
Do you agree with all the Football Outsider advanced stats or just those with the offensive line?

The Wall
1 year ago

If, and that’s a big IF, I especially like the first two draft picks. I just don’t see keeping Howard if we can pick up a second or third round. Let’s face it; Arians isn’t going to use him that much anyway. Brate has been a great target for Winston.
I don’t have enough knowledge to comment on some of your later picks but additional offensive lineman and a safety seem like the logical thing to do. I like all your resignings except Winston.

The Wall
1 year ago

In the first sentence I meant if we resign Winstn

surferdudes
1 year ago

Any plan that has Winston coming back is a bad plan to me. Even if you did resign him, we need to draft a QB, and at least bring in a vet to actually compete with Winston. You’re going into the season with the same three turds at QB ? Time to flush the toilet. What if Winston throws a pick six at home to lose the first game of the season? Don’t say that won’t happen, we’ve seen it before. Good luck selling a ticket if that should happen. I would not trust that Winston gets better with at… Read more »

43 Is Only Old in Human Years
1 year ago

BTW wrong already, Bucs resigned Hudson.

BUC-ASS-BOB
1 year ago

At times when I read a article like this one while I am driving and Jenkins writes something as stupid as give Bust Winston a contract extension, I respond by taking into my I phone because I do not have the time to set at computer and type. And all the little spelling bee champions from special gym point out the bad grammar In my posts. The thought of one more wasted season on this bust is unthinkable Give a losing QB with a average QB rating of 86 that throws 30 INTs under watchful eye of a QB whisperer… Read more »

Alldaway 2.0
1 year ago

This plan overall is a solid B.

Just wondering with all these battle plans what if the Bucs do something drastically different and surprise us all?

fredster
1 year ago

Don’t hate this plane. I don’t know if addresses O line enough. Still thin even if Thomas plays well right away. Don’t love the draft either but it’s not terrible. As far as Winston, he is the best option if Brady doesn’t materialize. Which he likely won’t. I like the Winston 3 year deal at 21 million as it saves Bucs some money too. If have to move on after next year won’t kill them.

magoobee
1 year ago

Excellent Draft:
1. People have to remember that Thomas was the #2 OL before the combine. But any of the top 4 are acceptable.
2. Edwards-Helaire is an excellent choice but so would Cam Akers. Bucs could actually move back a little and get one of them. Either would be an improvement over ROJO.
3. Love, Love, Love Antonio Gibson – I see him as a 4th round pick but would be fine in the 3rd. He is basically a smaller David Johnson and we know what Johnson did with Arians.

magoobee
1 year ago

No team is going to sign Winston for $20mil. If the Bucs wait, they can probably get Winston for a 1 year $15mil deal as the de facto starter, then bring in decent vet QBs for under $8mil and round out the 3rd QB with Gabbert or Stanton at under $2mil.

Dman
1 year ago

Hey @HockeyDuckie, thanks for the rushing and O line stats. For all those looking to use high draft picks on a RB I come back to the two things I complained about all last season – O line and play calling. First three rounds I do O line and D line. And yeah, I expect I’ll get a bunch of thumbs down, but ever notice how the Patriots cycle through RB’s and they all seem to do pretty well? And yes, I’d love to add Taylor from Wisco – still my #1 RB in this draft [tipping my hat to… Read more »

BigSombrero
1 year ago

Good plan. You didn’t botch the #1 position: QB. I think you may even be closer to his actual value than most of us. Prescott is the only guy in free agency that could lead this team to a better record in 2020. Brady is too costly and his QBR was LOWER than Winston with 30 INT’s last year. Shocking, I know. BOTH QB’s ended their teams season by throwing a pick 6. Im not a huge fan of using pick 14 for any offensive lineman in this draft, but understand why so many think its a no brainer and… Read more »