The Buccaneers are entering the third and final week of their 2014 training camp and it’s time to take a look at the roster following the first preseason game, which was a 16-10 loss at Jacksonville. PewterReport.com has revised its forecast and issues its second 53-man roster prediction.BUCCANEERS OFFENSEQuarterbacks – 2QB Josh McCownHad a shaky debut in red and pewter in Jacksonville, but his experience gives him the edge over Mike Glennon to start in 2014.
QB Mike GlennonHas been deemed as the team’s QB of the future and he’s made positive strides in training camp in his second year in the NFL.
Running Backs – 5RB Doug MartinHas been named as the starting halfback and is trying to bounce back from a disappointing 2013 campaign that ended with a shoulder injury.
RB Charles SimsRookie running back has made a great impression with his suddenness and receiving ability, and will challenge Martin for playing time.
RB Bobby RaineyThe shifty Rainey has made a strong statement in training camp as a running back and as a punt and kick return candidate.
RB Mike JamesJames is the team’s most powerful, north-south runner and has a niche in short-yardage and goal line, and has also shown he can play on special teams.
RB Jeff DempsA utility player with world-class speed, Demps can find a niche on offense as a mismatch-creating receiver out of the backfield and on kick returns.
Wide Receivers – 6WR Vincent JacksonThe physical Jackson is once again Tampa Bay’s primary receiver in the passing game and is poised for another 1,000-yard season.
WR Louis MurphyMurphy’s mix of size, speed, experience and ability to play inside and outside, gives him the perfect opportunity to gain a roster spot as a starter.
WR Mike EvansTampa Bay’s first-round pick in 2014 has flashed in practice, but needs to develop consistency in order to start outside or in the slot.
WR Chris OwusuThe speedy and versatile Owusu has the ability to stretch the field vertically as a slot receiver or a wide receiver in Tampa Bay’s offense.
WR Tommy StreeterThe big, 6-foot-5, 215-pound Streeter has impressed with a great combination of size, physicality and hands in training camp and in the preseason opener.
WR Robert HerronAfter battling dropped passes during the first week of training camp, the rookie speedster has find his stride and his hands as a slot receiver.
Tight Ends – 4TE Austin Seferian-JenkinsAs he improves as a blocker, Seferian-Jenkins will emerge as Tampa Bay’s primary tight end due to his size, speed and receiving ability.
TE Tim WrightThe team’s leading tight end from a year ago has carved out a niche as a pass-catching H-back in Jeff Tedford’s new offense.
TE Brandon MyersWhile not flashy, Myers is efficient as both as a blocker and a receiver and brings valuable experience to the tight end position.
TE Luke StockerStocker’s value to the team is as a lead blocker in the backfield and on the edge at the point of attack in the running game.
Offensive Line – 9LT Anthony CollinsCollins has never been a wire-to-wire starter at left tackle in the NFL for a full season, but he’s athletic and has an attitude, which fosters hope.
LG Oniel CousinsOne of George Warhop’s pupils from Cleveland, Cousins struggled with consistency at Jacksonville and could soon be replaced in the starting lineup.
C Evan Dietrich-SmithDietrich-Smith, who is one part mauler and one part technician, may be the most consistent performer on the Bucs’ offensive line.
RG-C Jace DanielsOne of PewterReport.com’s camp sleepers, the competitive and quick-footed Daniels has turned into quite the technician as he rises up the depth chart.
RT Demar DotsonDotson is a powerful, agile veteran right tackle that keeps improving with every game and has impressed the coaching staff.
G Patrick OmamehIntelligent guard has made big improvements to his game from a year ago and has the potential to one day become a starter in the NFL.
G Kadeem EdwardsPromising rookie is raw and has to use better technique to avoid holding penalties, but is developing quickly during training camp.
OT Kevin PamphileYoung, developing prospect has the ability to play either the left or right side in the NFL and could be the Bucs’ swing tackle in 2014.
RG Jamon MeredithHas struggled with consistency in camp and is a preferred backup with experience and versatility to play both guard and tackle.
DEFENSEDefensive Line – 8DE Adrian ClaybornHustling, hard-charging lineman has lost weight in his contract year and has a stranglehold on the left end position.
DT Gerald McCoyTwo-time Pro Bowler has had a terrific camp and is poised to become the best three-technique defensive tackle in the NFL this year.
DT Clinton McDonaldSuper Bowl winner has a nice mix of strength and explosiveness, and is trying to fend off a stiff challenge from Akeem Spence in camp.
DE Michael JohnsonHas all the physical tools and ability in the world, but has just had an average camp and needs to be more aggressive in his pass rushing efforts.
DT Akeem SpenceLast year’s nose tackle has become even quicker and more determined in his pass rush this year as he tries to regain his starting job.
DE Will GholstonTall, angular defender has made positive gains in practice and the preseason to warrant more playing time at defensive end and inside at tackle.
DT-DE Da’Quan BowersAfter struggling at end, Bowers may have found a home at the three-technique position where his quickness can beat guards to penetrate the line.
DE Steven MeansMeans edges out Scott Solomon for the final defensive end roster spot due to his speed off the edge and his ability to play multiple special teams roles.
Linebackers – 6WLB Lavonte DavidDavid’s star is ascending and he has quickly become one of the league’s best outside linebackers and is on the verge of a huge year.
MLB Mason FosterIn fantastic shape entering his contract year, Foster is ready to take his game to new heights in the Tampa 2 defensive scheme.
SLB Jonathan CasillasCasillas’ speed makes him a dangerous blitzer, coverage defender and an absolute perfect fit in the Tampa 2 defense and on special teams.
OLB Danny LansanahLansanah has lost weight and shown great improvement from a year ago and put himself in position to make the team for a second-straight year.
OLB Brandon MageeMagee brings speed and striking ability to the Buccaneers defense and has made a strong first impression with the scouts and coaches.
MLB Dane FletcherAlthough he won’t beat out Foster for the right to start at Mike linebacker, he gives the Bucs an experienced, playmaking reserve that can help on special teams.
Cornerbacks – 6CB Alterraun VernerHas battled some injuries in his first year in Tampa Bay, but is a great Cover 2 cover corner with playmaking ability when healthy.
CB Johnthan BanksTall, lanky corner is becoming more comfortable and aggressive in his second year in the NFL and is battling for the right to start opposite Verner.
CB Leonard JohnsonJohnson has all but locked up the starting nickel cornerback role with an outstanding training camp thus far.
CB Mike JenkinsExperienced veteran cornerback has come home to Tampa to revive his career and has put himself in position to start with an impressive offseason.
CB Rashaan MelvinThe Bucs like Melvin’s length and athleticism and he’s overcome a foot injury to make the team and offer depth at the cornerback position.
CB Danny GorrerGorrer brings size and versatility to the secondary as he can line up outside or in the slot as a nickel cornerback.
Safeties – 4 SS Mark BarronBarron has had a terrific camp and has shown tremendous improvement in the passing game by snaring several interceptions in camp.
FS Dashon GoldsonGoldson is still recovering from offseason ankle surgery and is hoping to rebound to his playmaking ways in the Tampa 2 in 2014.
SS Major WrightWright has the versatility to play either safety spot and has been a physical, playmaking presence on the field during training camp.
FS Keith TandyThe intelligent Tandy brings incredible versatility to the secondary as he can play either safety position and nickel cornerback in a pinch.
SPECIAL TEAMSSpecialists – 3K Connor BarthBarth is having a solid training camp and had a successful return to the field in Jacksonville with a field goal and some deep kickoffs.
P Michael KoenenKoenen hasn’t lost his edge as a punter and a holder and provides the Bucs with the ability to handle kickoffs, too.
LS Jeremy CainCain has performed the long snapping duties well and has the current lead in the battle to replace Andrew Economos.
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd 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 enjoys 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: [email protected]
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