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QUARTERBACKS
QB Brad Johnson
QB Chris Simms
QB Brian Griese
TOTAL: 3
– Jason Garrett was basically an insurance policy in case an injury struck one of the top three signal callers. He also served as a valuable tutor for Simms, who should be Johnson’s backup to start the season.

RUNNING BACKS
RB Charlie Garner
RB Jamel White
RB Brandon Bennett
TOTAL: 3
-Unless Bennett makes a big splash on special teams, he could be replaced once Michael Pittman returns from serving his three-game suspension.

FULLBACKS
FB Mike Alstott
FB Greg Comella
TOTAL: 2
-Comella’s abilities give the Bucs the best chance of replacing Alstott if something should happen to the “A-Train, plus he showed he can contribute on special teams. Comella barely edges out Jameel Cook for the roster spot.

WIDE RECEIVERS
WR Joey Galloway
WR Tim Brown
WR Michael Clayton
WR Bill Schroeder
WR Frank Murphy
WR Mark Jones
TOTAL: 6
-Years of watching Aaron Stecker and Karl Williams return kicks ineffectively convinces the Bucs to keep speedy returners and spot receivers Jones and Murphy. Charles Lee’s inability to play special teams and hamstring injury caused him to miss too much time and costs him a roster spot.

TIGHT ENDS
TE Ken Dilger
TE Rickey Dudley
TE Will Heller
TE/LS Dave Moore
TOTAL: 4
-Heller edges out rookie Nate Lawrie, who could be re-signed to the practice squad. Moore makes it on his ability to long snap.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
OT Derrick Deese
OT Todd Steussie
OT Anthony Davis
OT Kenyatta Walker
G Matt Stinchcomb
G Cosey Coleman
G Jeb Terry
G/C Jason Whittle
C John Wade
TOTAL: 9
-Play of Coleman and Terry make Kerry Jenkins and his $1.42 million salary expendable. Whittle secures the backup center position while Walker’s starting experience and ability to be a swing tackle keep him around.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
DE Simeon Rice
DE Dewayne White
DE Greg Spires
DT Anthony McFarland
DT Ellis Wyms
DT Chartric Darby
DT Oliver Gibson
DT Cleveland Pinkney
TOTAL: 8
-The Bucs will either go with Pinkney or DE Corey Smith. Pinkney may have more upside, but if the team prefers to go with an end, they could choose Smith instead. Although he came in late, Gibson earns a roster spot by giving the Bucs a situational defensive tackle.

LINEBACKERS
LB Derrick Brooks
LB Shelton Quarles
LB Ian Gold
LB Jeff Gooch
LB Keith Burns
LB Marquis Cooper
LB Ryan Nece
TOTAL: 7
-Playing experience gives Nece the edge over Michael Brown, who was hot in training camp, but quickly cooled off when preseason started.

CORNERBACKS
CB Brian Kelly
CB Ronde Barber
CB Mario Edwards
CB Corey Ivy
CB Torrie Cox
TOTAL: 5
-Whitaker has potential, but limited roster spots make him the odd man out.

SAFETIES
FS Dwight Smith
SS Jermaine Phillips
SS John Howell
FS Will Allen
TOTAL: 4
-Howell edges out Scott Frost and Kalvin Pearson, who could end up on Tampa Bay’s practice squad. Allen makes it more on potential than production.

KICKERS
K Martin Gramatica
TOTAL: 1

PUNTERS
P Josh Bidwell
TOTAL: 1

PUP (Physically Unable To Perform) LIST
WR Joe Jurevicius (back/knee)
G Matt O’Dwyer (torn pectoral muscle)
TOTAL: 2
-Look for the Bucs to put one or both of these players on injured reserve if they don’t come around by Week 6.

RESERVE NON-FOOTBALL ILLNESS LIST
WR Keenan McCardell (holdout)
RB Michael Pittman (three-game suspension)
TOTAL: 2
-McCardell doesn’t take up a roster spot and his $2.5 million salary won’t count towards the league-mandated cap unless he reports. If he reports, which seems highly unlikely, the Bucs must immediately release a player.


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Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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