Predicting The Bucs 53 Man Roster

With the preseason wrapping up this weekend, all teams will be cutting their roster to the 53-man limit by 4 PM next Tuesday.

The Bucs have one of the deepest rosters in the NFL and are projected to make a Super Bowl run in what could be Tom Brady’s final season.

The bottom third of the roster is the one that is likely to see the most turnover.

With that in mind, here are my thoughts on the Buccaneer’s final 53-man roster.

** Indicates a rookie.

Quarterbacks: (3)

Tom Brady-If he stays healthy, Brady will play the majority of the snaps. Last season Blaine Gabbert saw mop-up duty in three games, and Kyle Trask did not throw a pass in the regular season.

Tom Brady
Blaine Gabbert
Kyle Trask

Wide Receivers: (7)

Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Julio Jones, and Russell Gage make up the NFL’s best starting wide receiver unit. Period. End of conversation.

No other team can roll out four receivers with this kind of talent.

Evans will be going for his eighth straight 1,000-yard receiving season. Look for Godwin to go over 1,000 yards as well.

Mike Evans
Chris Godwin
Julio Jones
Russell Gage
Tyler Johnson
Jaelon Darden
Kaylon Geiger

Running Backs: (4)

There is no surprise here as the Bucs will carry four running backs, and all four have gotten work in preseason games.

Leonard Fournette will be the starter. He came to camp in good shape, at around 245, down from his OTA weight of 260. He is also an excellent receiver and will be the number one back for the Bucs.

Leonard Fournette
Ke’Shawn Vaughan
Rachaad White**
Gio Bernard

Tight end: (3)

This is the weakest position on this team. The Bucs signed Kyle Rudolph to a one-year contract to replace Rob Gronkowski. It will be interesting to see how Brate does in a starting role. Brate has been a safety valve for Brady in the red zone the last two seasons. This season, he will be counted on to play a more significant role in the offense than in the past.

Cameron Brate
Kyle Rudolph
Cade Otten**

Offensive line: (9)

This is an area where the lack of depth could hurt the team during the season. Ryan Jensen will probably be placed on IR once the rosters have been trimmed to 53. Aaron Stinnie has already been placed on IR. So let’s take a look at how this offensive line shakes out.

Donovon Smith
Luke Goedeke**
Robert Hainsey
Shaq Mason
Tristan Wirfs
Josh Wells
Nick Leverett
John Molchon
Fred Johnson

Defensive Line: (7)

The Bucs got considerably younger along the defensive line. They drafted Logan Hall and did not resign N’Damokung Suh. A healthy Akeim Hicks will make this Bucs defensive line one of the most feared in the NFL.

Akeim Hicks
Vita Vea
William Gholston
Logan Hall**
Patrick O’Connor
Rakeem Nunez-Roaches
Deadrin Senat

Linebackers: (8)

Again the first 4-5 players of this group comprise one of the best linebacker units in the NFL. Unfortunately, the Bucs put Cam Gill on the IR, meaning his season is over. The Bucs also expect second-year linebacker Joe Tryon-Shoyinka to take that next step in his development.

Shaquill Barrett
Lavonte David
Devin White
Joe Tryon-Shoyinka
Carl Nassib
KJ Britt
Grant Stuard
Anthony Nelson

Defensive Backs: (9)

With the addition of Logan Ryan and Keanu Neal, this unit is much improved from last season. In addition, the team is high on Zyon McCollum, the rookie from Sam Houston State. He is one of the quickest players on the team as he runs a 4.40/40.

Sean Murphy-Bunting
Antoine Winfield Jr.
Mike Edwards
Carlton Davis
Jamel Dean
Logan Ryan
Keanu Neal
Zyon McCollum**
Rashard Robinson

There has been an intense battle in training camp between Ryan Succop and second-year kicker Jose Borregelas. Succop was perfect in his preseason debut in Tennessee, while Borregelas missed a 54-yarder against Miami. I think Succop wins this battle and will be the Kicker for the Bucs this season.

Jaelon Darden will be the returner in Tampa. The team has used Kaylon Geiger and Rachaad White in that role in the preseason. But neither has done enough for the Bucs to move away from Darden.

K Ryan Succop
P Jake Camarada**
LS Zach Trinor
PR Jaelon Darden
KR Jaelon Darden

This is a crapshoot, but here we go predicting the Sixteen man practice squad. We don’t know who the Bucs will pick up from other teams. This is a projection after the Bucs have chosen their 53-man roster.

QB Ryan Griffin

WR Jerreth Stearns
WR Devin Thompkins
WR Cyril Grayson

RB Patrick Laird

Te Ko Kieft

OL Brandon Walton
OL Sadarius Hutcherson
OL Dylan Cook

DL Elijah Ponder

LB Andre Anthony
LB Olakunle Fatuksai
LB Jordan Young

DB Chris Cooper
DB Dee Delaney
DB JJ Russell

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