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2014 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Predicting the Final Depth Chart

Predicting The Final Depth Chart Of The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Lovie Smith Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers still have a few preseason games left before they have to trim their roster down to 53 players, but it is becoming more clear how the final roster could shake out. With that being said, here is a look at what the final depth chart could look like at the start of the regular season.

Quarterback (3)

Josh McCown Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Quarterback (3)

Josh McCown Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Josh McCown, Mike Glennon, Mike Kafka

The Buccaneers signed Josh McCown to run their new-look offense. Mike Glennon is a more than capable backup. Lovie Smith has a history of keeping three quarterbacks, so Mike Kafka gets the nod for now. Look for the Buccaneers to scour the waiver wire for a more capable third option.

Running Back (5)

Mike James Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Running Back (5)

Mike James Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Doug Martin, Charles Sims, Mike James, Jeff Demps, Lonnie Pryor

The Bucs face a tough decision between Bobby Rainey, Mike James and Jeff Demps, with two of the three likely ending up on the final roster. Rainey led the team in rushing last season, but James has more potential and Demps has elite speed and kick return ability. Lonnie Pryor should provide versatility as the starting fullback.

Wide Receiver (6)

Louis Murphy Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Wide Receiver (6)

Louis Murphy Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, Chris Owusu, Louis Murphy, Tommy Streeter, Robert Herron

Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans are going to be the starters. Chris Owusu has the talent to be a productive slot receiver, but will have to hold off the rookie Robert Herron. Tommy Streeter and Louis Murphy will provide reliable insurance behind Jackson and Evans.

Tight End (3)

Austin Seferian-Jenkins Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Tight End (3)

Austin Seferian-Jenkins Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brandon Myers, Tim Wright

The Buccaneers did not spend a second-round pick on Austin Seferian-Jenkins for him to sit on the bench. He is the most well rounded tight end on the roster. Brandon Myers will be a reliable backup. Tim Wright is a receiving tight end with tons of potential.

Offensive Line (8)

Demar Dotson Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Offensive Line (8)

Demar Dotson Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Anthony Collins, Oniel Cousins, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Jamon Meredith, Demar Dotson, Kevin Pamphile, Kadeem Edwards, Jace Daniels

With the additions of Anthony Collins and Evan Dietrich-Smith in free agency, the Buccaneers offensive line should be much improved. Oniel Cousins and Jamon Meredith are the starters at guard for now, but rookies Kadeem Edwards and Kevin Pamphile should see plenty of playing time as well.

Defensive Line (9)

Clinton McDonald Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Defensive Line (9)

Clinton McDonald Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Adrian Clayborn, Gerald McCoy, Clinton McDonald, Michael Johnson, William Gholston, Akeem Spence, Chaz Sutton, Steven Means, Da'Quan Bowers

Akeem Spence started some as a rookie last season, but Clinton McDonald was signed to start alongside Gerald McCoy. Steven Means is locked in as Michael Johnson's backup. Da'Quan Bowers and William Gholston will provide depth at defensive end and potentially kick inside on passing downs.

Linebacker (6)

Mason Foster Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Linebacker (6)

Mason Foster Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Lavonte David, Mason Foster, Johnathan Casillas, Dane Fletcher, Danny Lansanah, Nate Askew

Dane Fletcher will challenge Mason Foster for the starting middle linebacker job, but Foster should win out in the end. The backup situation is not so clear. Danny Lansanah is a solid special teams player and Nate Askew should make the team as a backup based on his enormous potential.

Defensive Back (10)

Major Wright Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Defensive Back (10)

Major Wright Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Alterraun Verner, Johnthan Banks, Leonard Johnson, Mike Jenkins, Danny Gorrer, Rashaan Melvin, Mark Barron, Dashon Goldson, Major Wright, Keith Tandy

Mike Jenkins was signed to compete with Johnthan Banks for the starting job next to Alterraun Verner, and Banks has responded well. Major Wright has had success under Lovie Smith in the past and will provide great depth behind starters Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson.

Specialists (3)

Connor Barth Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Specialists (3)

Connor Barth Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Connor Barth, Michael Koenen, Jeremy Cain

The Buccaneers did not bring in much competition for any of these players, so no surprises here.