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Bucs Burning Questions And Roster Predictions

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By JT September 2, 2020 0 Comment
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Final cuts are quickly approaching as we try to examine the roster answer the Bucs burning questions and roster predictions.

The regular season is less than two weeks away and final cuts will be upon us soon. For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, most of the roster is solidified. However, there are a few key questions and position battles that are yet to be determined. Here’s what needs to be answered before the cut deadline.

How many quarterbacks will the Bucs keep?

There are two guys in the hunt to be the primary backup to Tom Brady. Blaine Gabbert is a long time NFL veteran who head coach Bruce Arians is very familiar with. Ryan Griffin has been with the Bucs for several years and has always shown well when given the opportunity. It is expected that Gabbert will be the second string guy between the two. The question then becomes, will the Bucs keep a third quarterback on the active roster.

Will Tyler Johnson make the team?

Tyler Johnson was drafted in the fifth round out of Minnesota. He was a big playmaker for the Gophers and some were surprised he was available in the fifth round. However, Johnson has been very limited in training camp with a soft tissue injury. With other receivers thriving, both as pass catchers and on special teams, it’s not a given that Johnson makes the roster. At this point it is unclear if the Bucs would keep him as a sixth wide receiver who really hasn’t practiced with the team.

Who will be the depth on the defensive line?

The Bucs look pretty set at their top four guys on the defensive line with Ndamukong Suh, Vita Vea, William Gholston and Rakeem Nunez-Roches. However, after that there is a group of guys who are all fighting to be next in line. Khalil Davis was picked in the sixth round and has flashed his athleticism and playmaking in camp thus far. Kyle Love is a guy who has been around the league for awhile and brings a lot of experience. Patrick O’Connor and Jeremiah Ledbetter have been with the Bucs for the last few years, bouncing around on the practice squad and occasionally the active roster. These four all have a good case to make the team, but there might be only one spot available. Even if the Bucs keep six defensive linemen, there isn’t much clarity on who would make the team.

Who will be the fourth edge?

Much like the defensive line, outside linebacker is pretty established at the top. You can write Jason Pierre-Paul, Shaq Barrett and Anthony Nelson on the roster in pen. After that there is a battle between Kahzin Daniels, Quinton Bell, Cam Gill and Michael Divinity. None of these four have really impressed too much, although they have shown flashes. Bruce Arians went out of his way to mention the play of Bell and Gill following the Bucs scrimmage. It is likely that one of these two wins the job, but more than anything it will probably come down to which guy brings the most value to special teams.

Has Parnell Motley done enough?

Undrafted rookie Parnell Motley really impressed in practice. He made plays one the ball and was as good in coverage as anyone could have hoped. Unfortunately, Motley went down with an injury leading up to the Bucs scrimmage last week. This leaves him unable to prove he can play on special teams and may fade from the coaches minds in the last two weeks of practice. It is unclear if he was able to prove enough in his limited time in camp, despite making the most of his opportunity.

What will the final 53-man roster look like?

Obviously no one will know that until it’s released. However, that doesn’t mean predictions can’t be made. This is a best guess estimate as we move into September.

Quarterback – Tom Brady, Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Griffin

Running backs – Ronald Jones, LeSean McCoy, Dare Ogunbowale, Ke’Shawn Vaughn

Wide receivers – Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Scott Miller, Justin Watson, Jayden Mickens, Tyler Johnson

Tight ends – Rob Gronkowski, OJ Howard, Cameron Brate, Anthony Auclair

Offensive line – Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet, Ryan Jensen, Alex Cappa, Tristan Wirfs, Joe Haeg, AQ Shippley, Zack Bailey, Josh Wells

Defensive line – Vita Vea, Ndamukong Suh, William Gholston, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Khalil Davis

Outside linebacker – Shaq Barrett, Jason Pierre-Paul, Anthony Nelson, Quinton Bell

Inside linebacker – Lavonte David, Devin White, Jack Cichy, Chapelle Russell, Kevin Minter

Corner backs – Carlton Davis, Jamel Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting, Ryan Smith, Parnell Motley

Safeties – Jordan Whitehead, Mike Edwards, Antoine Winfield Jr, Andrew Adams, D’Cota Dixon

Specialist – Matt Gay, Bradley Pinion, Zach Triner

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