The Buccaneers have begun putting their roster together and getting the best players on the roster for another Super Bowl run.
All NFL teams have until Tuesday to submit their 53 man rosters to the league. Then they will begin putting the 16 man practice squad together.
It is always difficult to predict all 53 players on the roster. Someone you think will make the team may get cut if the team thinks someone who was cut from another team can do a better job.
There are not going to be a lot of surprises on this Buccaneer roster. All 22 starters return from last year’s championship team. Bruce Arians said that the top 35 is pretty much solidified, but there is a lot of competition for the final 10-15 roster spots.
The three quarterbacks on the roster are set.
Tom Brady-The best quarterback in the history of the NFL. I don’t give a damn what the clowns on the NFL Network said. Brady will look to add to his legacy with another ring this season.
Blaine Gabbert Will be the number two behind Tom Brady. Gabbert has not been impressive in the preseason. Gabbert has 50 touchdown passes and 47 interceptions in his career. As long as Arians is the coach, he will be the number two. Arians loves the guy.
Kyle Trask is the quarterback of the future. Completed 12/14 with one touchdown pass in his final preseason game.
The Bucs will go with four backs. Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette will be 1A and 1B. Depending on who has the hot hand, that is the guy that Arians will go with. Both will play a ton this season.
Giovanni Bernard was brought in primarily to be a third-down back and catch the ball out of the backfield. We have seen glimpses of how he can impact the passing game in the preseason.
Shawn Vaughan will have a tough time getting on the field barring an injury. I didn’t think Vaughan was all that impressive in the preseason. I hope the return experiment with Vaughan is over. It will be another year of watching and learning for Ke’Shawn Vaughan.
Again pay no attention to what the blowhards on ESN and the NFL network say. This wide receiver undoubtedly room is the best in the NFL. Period. Case closed.
Two Future Hall of Farmers, Mike Evans, and Antonio Brown are a part of this wide receiver group. Evans will be going for his eighth 1,000-yard season in 2021. Brown had 45 catches in eight games last season and should double those numbers this season.
Chris Godwin enters his fourth season as a top ten receiver in the league. Scotty Miller, Tyler Johnson, and Jaelon Darden will round out the receiving corps.
Cyril Grayson and Jayden Mickens are the odd men out. It will be tough to slide them through waivers and get them on the practice squad.
Rob Gronkowski, OJ Howard, Cameron Brate Tanner Hudson.
Another future Hall of Famer undoubtedly leads this room. This may be Gronkowski’s last season so enjoy it, Bucs fans. Tanner Hudson had a great preseason, and he edges out Cody McElroy for the final tight end spot.
OJ Howard is still rusty from his layoff with an injury last season, so it may take him a bit to get his game where it needs to be.
Donavan Smith, Ali Marpet, Ryan Jensen, Alex Cappa, and Tristan Wirfs will start the offensive line. The offensive showed significant improvement last season. Marpet and Wirfs are two of the top offensive linemen in the NFL, and Wirfs will be a perennial All-Pro for years to come.
Aaron Stinnie, Robert Hainsey, Josh Wells, and Nick Leverett are the reserves along the offensive line.
Steenie and Cappa battled all training camp for the right guard spot, with Cappa winning that battle. The Bucs are grooming Hainsey to take over for Center Ryan Jensen when his playing days have ended with the Bucs.
Vita Vea, Ndamukong Suh, William Gholston, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Steve McClendon, Khalil Davis, Pat O’Conner.
O’Conner secured his spot after the Titans game. Davis, although struggling at times during training camp, makes the team as the seventh defensive linemen.
The Bucs struggled to get to the quarterback with Vea out with an injury most of last season. A healthy Vea will make this top ten defense even better than it was last season.
These linebackers as a group are undoubtedly the best in the NFL. No other team can start four linebackers with Shaquille Barrett, Jason Pierre-Paul, Lavonte David, and Devin White. It is an older group, but the best in the NFL.
In the years to come, Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, the rookie from Washington, will be a force in this league. He is already being compared to a young Jevon Kearse.
Anthony Nelson, Kevin Minter, Joe Jones, and the rookie from Auburn KJ Britt round out this linebacker group.
Lots of young talent in this group. Carlton Davis, Jordan Whitehead, Mike Edwards, Jamel Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting, Ross Cockrell, and the free-agent Dee Delaney make up this group.
In addition to cornerback, Cockrell can play cornerback, safety, and linebacker. Arians likes his versatility. Delaney has a great camp and two picks in the preseason finale in Houston to cement his place on the roster.
This group struggled at the start of last season but got better as the season went along.
- Punter: Bradley Pinion
- Kicker: Ryan Succop
- Long snapper: Zach Triner
The Bucs will start the season with Jaelon Darden as the rerun man. We have seen in three preseason games a glimpse of his speed and athleticism in the return game. For instance, the ability to make guys miss and his speed on getting to the outsiders are two components of his game that have been missing for years in the Bucs return game.