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QUARTERBACKS
QB Brian Griese
QB Chris Simms
QB Luke McCown
TOTAL: 3
Commentary: Griese enters the season as the starter with Simms serving as his backup. McCown earns the No. 3 job while Jared Allen winds up being the odd man out.

RUNNING BACKS
RB Carnell “Cadillac” Williams
RB Michael Pittman
RB Earnest Graham
RB Derek Watson
TOTAL: 4
Commentary: No surprises with Williams and Pittman making the team. Graham, whose had an impressive training camp and preseason, can play both halfback and fullback, which makes him valuable. Watson is a player with a lot of upside and has shown the ability to lead block for the kickoff returner.

FULLBACKS
FB Mike Alstott
FB Jameel Cook
TOTAL: 2
Commentary: Cook beats out Razzano, who was sidelined for nearly two weeks of training camp with a hamstring injury. The team will likely try sign Razzano to the practice squad.

WIDE RECEIVERS
WR Joey Galloway
WR Michael Clayton
WR Ike Hilliard
WR Edell Shepherd
WR Paris Warren
TOTAL: 5
Commentary: Rookie WR Larry Brackins, who missed a significant amount of time in camp with a hamstring injury, has been slow to recover from that injury, and he’s raw, which means he might not be worthy of an active roster spot right now. That said, the Bucs might lose him to another team if they release him, so don’t be surprised if Brackins winds up on injured reserve. Wide receiver J.R. Russell hasn’t been consistent as a receiver or on special teams. He could be a practice squad candidate. DeAndrew Rubin is eligible for the practice squad, but he could stick on the active roster if he makes a splash as a return man in the next two games. If he doesn’t, look for the Bucs to bring back WR/KR Frank Murphy.

TIGHT ENDS
TE Anthony Becht
TE Alex Smith
TE Nate Lawrie
TOTAL: 3
Commentary: Although he’s still eligible for the practice squad, Lawrie has more upside than Will Heller, and the Bucs have a draft pick invested in him whereas Heller entered the league as an undrafted free agent.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
OT Anthony Davis
OT Kenyatta Walker
OT Todd Steussie
OT Chris Colmer
OG Matt Stinchcomb
OG Dan Buenning
OG Sean Mahan
OG Jeb Terry
C John Wade
TOTAL: 9
Commentary: The Bucs love center Scott Jackson, who is able to play multiple positions along the offensive line, but they will probably try to sneak him on the practice squad and keep Stinchcomb instead. Steussie makes the roster after proving to be a capable backup, and Davis starts in place of Derrick Deese, who starts the season on the physically unable to perform list or is released with an injury settlement.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
DE Simeon Rice
DE Greg Spires
DE Dewayne White
DE Bryant McNeal
DT Anthony McFarland
DT Chris Hovan
DT Ellis Wyms
DT Jon Bradley
DT Anthony Bryant
TOTAL: 9
Commentary: There’s a chance Bryant doesn’t make the roster. He’s raw, but defensive line coach Rod Marinelli loves his upside. Bradley beats DT Damian Gregory, who has not been the same since suffering his injury last year. The Bucs could also keep DE Josh Savage, who hasn’t made a huge splash in preseason but has a motor that won’t quit.

LINEBACKERS
LB Derrick Brooks
LB Shelton Quarles
LB Jeff Gooch
LB Barrett Ruud
LB Ryan Nece
LB Marquis Cooper
TOTAL: 6
Commentary: There aren’t any surprises here. If the Bucs decide to keep a seventh linebacker, it will be for special teams purposes. Bam Hardmon and Jermaine Taylor are two players who could wind up on Tampa Bay’s eight-man practice squad.

CORNERBACKS
CB Ronde Barber
CB Brian Kelly
CB Torrie Cox
CB Juran Bolden
CB Blue Adams
TOTAL: 5
Commentary: The Bucs could go with four cornerbacks like they did to start the 2004 regular season, but Blue Adams has impressed in training camp and preseason and could convince the team to keep him on the active roster. If not, Adams is certainly a practice squad candidate.

SAFETIES
S Jermaine Phillips
S Dexter Jackson
S Will Allen
S Donte Nicholson
TOTAL: 4
Commentary: Despite making an interception in preseason, seventh-round pick Hamza Abdullah doesn’t make the active roster. He is, however, a practice squad candidate.

KICKERS
K Matt Bryant
TOTAL: 1
Commentary: Bryant missed a 52-yard field goal last weekend, but he’s still got a stronger leg than Todd France, whose kickoffs have been short in preseason. If they both struggle in the next two games, there’s a strong chance that the Bucs will turn elsewhere to find their kicker for this season. One kicker the Bucs have had an eye on is former Florida State Seminole Xavier Beitia, who was released Wednesday by the New York Jets. For now, it looks like it will be Bryant.

PUNTERS
P Josh Bidwell
TOTAL: 1
Commentary: There’s no competition. Bidwell has arguably been Tampa Bay’s most impressive player in preseason. He once again solidifies the punter and holder positions for the Bucs.

LONG SNAPPER
LS/TE Dave Moore
TOTAL: 1
Commentary: Moore is an excellent long snapper. The Bucs were hoping that a younger player might step up and steal the job from him, which would have saved them some salary cap room, but having Moore, who can also play as an emergency tight end, serve as the team’s long snapper again is a good thing.

PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM
RB Charlie Garner (knee)
T Derrick Deese (ankle)
TOTAL: 2
Commentary: It will be difficult for the Bucs to justify a roster spot for Garner, whose been sidelined since Week 3 of last season with a serious knee injury. He’s done a great job of rehabbing, but Garner probably won’t be ready to go when the regular season starts on Sept. 11. That mean’s he’ll probably wind up on the PUP or he’ll be released. Deese appears to be on the brink or retirement. Doctors haven’t even determined what the cause of his lingering ankle injury is. That said, Deese retires, is released or winds up on the PUP to start the season.

INJURED RESERVE
WR Larry Brackins
TOTAL: 1
Commentary: Brackins has a lot of upside, but he’s too raw to keep on the active roster. He hasn’t shown a knack for playing on special teams, and he’s still got a ways to go in terms of learning the offensive playbook and how to run routes. With Brackins coming off of a hamstring injury, there’s a good chance he winds up on IR, which would allow the Bucs to keep him while he continues to study the playbook and workout at One Buccaneer Place.

PRACTICE SQUAD CANDIDATES
FB Rick Razzano
C Scott Jackson
WR J.R. Russell
LB Bam Hardmon
LB Jermaine Taylor
S Hamza Abdullah
CB James Patrick
OG Jonathan Clinkscale


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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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