The Tampa Bay Buccaneers published their "unofficial" depth chart ahead of their first regular season game on Sunday, against the Carolina Panthers.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released their first depth chart of the regular season. This is an 'unofficial' depth chart, even though they send it out as part of a press release to every journalist. Kind of odd, but it signals that they have no obligation to actually hold to that depth chart. As far as I know, they could completely flip on game day. They won't, but they could.
The depth chart carried only a few changes from the last time they published one. Austin Seferian-Jenkins is now listed as the second tight end, ahead of Luke Stocker but still behind Brandon Myers. It also means that Patrick Omameh is still listed as the right guard, although the Bucs are trying to obfuscate whether he or Rishaw Johnson, or even someone else will start at that position.
One oddity that I still don't get is the Bucs' insistence that Mike Jenkins must be the starting cornerback ahead of Johnthan Banks, even though the latter has had a pretty good preseason, Jenkins has not been very good in the past, and has also missed almost all of the preseason with a hamstring injury. We'll see whether that sticks, but it's a little surprising nonetheless.
Also worth noting: Oniel Cousins is now the backup right tackle, after working at left guard for all of preseason. Apparently, one he lost his starting job to Logan Mankins, he also fell down the depth chart behind rookie Kadeem Edwards. I'm still not entirely sure as to why the Bucs are hanging on to Cousins.
|LDE||Adrian Clayborn||William Gholston|
|DT||Gerald McCoy||Da'Quan Bowers|
|DT||Clinton McDonald||Akeem Spence|
|RDE||Michael Johnson||Steven Means||Scott Solomon|
|SLB||Jonathan Casillas||Danny Lansanah|
|MLB||Mason Foster||Dane Fletcher|
|WLB||Lavonte David||Danny Lansanah|
|CB||Alterraun Verner||Rashaan Melvin|
|CB||Mike Jenkins||Johnthan Banks|
|CB||Leonard Johnson||Quinton Pointer|
|SS||Mark Barron||Bradley McDougald|
|FS||Dashon Goldson||Keith Tandy|
|WR||Vincent Jackson||Louis Murphy||Robert Herron|
|LT||Anthony Collins||Kevin Pamphile|
|LG||Logan Mankins||Kadeem Edwards|
|C||Evan Dietrich-Smith||Garrett Gilkey|
|RG||Patrick Omameh||Rishaw Johnson|
|RT||Demar Dotson||Oniel Cousins|
|TE||Brandon Myers||Austin Seferian-Jenkins||Luke Stocker|
|WR||Mike Evans||Chris Owusu||Russell Shepard|
|QB||Josh McCown||Mike Glennon|
|RB||Doug Martin||Bobby Rainey||Charles Sims||Mike James|
|P||Michael Koenen||Patrick Murray|
|PK||Patrick Murray||Michael Koenen|
|KO||Michael Koenen||Patrick Murray|
|H||Michael Koenen||Patrick Murray|
|LS||Andrew DePaola||Dane Fletcher|
|KR||Chris Owusu||Mike James||Bobby Rainey|
The Buccaneers play football this week, which means Ken and Leo have real football to talk about!
Football season is finally here, so Ken and Leo are back to give you their thoughts on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the first real game of the year approaches. With the Panthers looming in just a few days, how do the Bucs stack up?
The guys take a look at the final 53-man roster, and discuss the surprises and the areas that still need some work. Are the Bucs deep enough, and which players are still "on the bubble" as the team prepares for Week 1?
Then the attention turns forward to the first week of the season, as Ken and Leo discuss the game against the Carolina Panthers. How do the Bucs win this game, and how do they matchup with their division rival?
All that, plus bold predictions, fantasy football trash talk and palindromes on this episode of Bucs Nation Radio.
Here are Ken and Leo's fantasy teams. Leave your thoughts on which is better in the poll below, and sound off in the comments!
Also, leave your questions and comments for our next episode.
The latest power rankings don't get how good the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are. They never do.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to kick ass this year, as Stephen White so eloquently argues. But it's going to take a while for the rest of the NFL to take notice.
And it's taking the media a while to get up to speed, too. The latest NFL power rankings show as much. SB Nation has the Bucs at number 22*. Fox Sports has the Bucs at number 23. Pete Prisco slides them into the same spot. The New Orleans Times-Picayune throws them a minor bone by making them 18th.
The only ones to get it right? Bleeding Green Nation slides them in at number 13, which is going to be a lot closer to correct than those other rankings. And Bob Glauber at Newsday throws the Bucs in at number 11. That's actually a playoff spot!
*Amusing note, the Bucs are number two in their absurd power rankings, based on the amount of wins without scoring a touchdown on offense over the past decade. My favorite: 2002 against the Ravens, with Derrick Brooks running down the sidelines on a pick six.
J.J. Watt's new $100 million contract gives Gerald McCoy a target to aim for, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a framework to work toward.
The Houston Texans have signed J.J. Watt to a six-year, $100 million extension, according to John McClain of
Die Hard The Houston Chronicle. The deal includes $51 million in guarantees, and runs through 2021: Watt was under contract through 2015 under a cheap rookie deal. The structure of the deal may change the true value of these numbers, but it shouldn't radically alter the understanding of this contract.
This makes Watt the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL, and it also sets the bar for other impact defensive linemen -- including Gerald McCoy.
McCoy isn't quite at Watt's level, as no one really is, but this contract can still serve as a target and framework for an extension. It sets an upper limit: McCoy can't realistically argue that he should be paid more than Watt. But he does have a little more leverage than Watt did, as he's not locked up for two years, and using the franchise tag on McCoy is prohibitively expensive at over $18 million in 2015, and over 22 million in 2016. In J.J. Watt's case, the franchise tag numbers were much more manageable.
The Bucs have been negotiating McCoy's extension for most of the offseason. They've made him the central player in their defensive scheme, have called him the face of the franchise, and he's now the undisputed leader of the team as a whole. The Bucs are not going to let McCoy leave, and he and his agent know that, which gives them a little extra leverage in these negotiations.
Ultimately, I'd expect McCoy to come out of this with a contract worth around $16 million per year, with probably $45 million (three years of salary) in staggered guarantees. A deal not quite at Watt's level, as McCoy don't have the production to match Watt's statistics,but better than that of any other defensive player in the NFL. If Mario Williams can get $16 million per year from the Buffalo Bills, McCoy can get that from the Bucs.
A new contract for McCoy won't affect this year's cap, where he already counts for over $15 million. The Bucs have generally preferred a pay-as-you go system, which matches paid salary to cap hit and there's no reason to believe that structure will change.
Here's your open thread for today.
Bucs cornerback Mike Jenkins returns to practice | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Bucs CB Mike Jenkins, sidelined all August with a hamstring injury, returned to practice Monday, an encouraging step toward his playing in Sunday's season opener against Carolina.
Bucs may be without offensive coordinator for opener | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — The Bucs' offensive scheme under new coordinator Jeff Tedford has been shrouded in mystery during the preseason, with players and game plans maintaining that concealment. Now there is secrecy as to whether Tedford will be available to call plays in Sunday's regular-season opener against Carolina.
[Video] Press Conference: Lovie Smith
Head Coach Lovie Smith spoke to the media on Monday.
Shepard Shines at the Moment of Truth
Monday Notes: Russell Shepard believes he won his spot on the roster with a specific play in the 11th hour of the preseason...Plus, Patrick Murray's confident approach and the Bucs' new team captains
[Video] Insider: Defense Breakdown
In this two-part edition of Buccaneers Insider, Scott Smith and TJ Rives breakdown the defense and special teams following the announcement of the 53-man roster this weekend.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were back at practice today, and we have all the notes.
Good news: Mike Jenkins was back at practice for the first time since the start of training camp, per Rick Brown. It'll be interesting to see whether he or Johnthan Banks will get the nod as a first-team cornerback.
Jeff Tedford was still absent, too, sadly. Pewter Report notes that QB coach Marcus Arroyo and Jeff Tedford's son (offensive assistant) were leading offensive meetings in his stead.
Who's the right guard?
No one knows!
Bucs offensive line moved behind a wall during the portion of practice open to the media, so starting guard combo? Couldn't tell ya! #Bucs— JennaLaineBucs (@JennaLaineBucs) September 1, 2014
With Solomon Patton on the practice squad, the Bucs need new returners. Per Rick Stroud, Chris Owusu and Mike James were practicing kick returns, with Bobby Rainey and Robert Herron as the up backs. Meanwhile, Solomon Patton was still handling punt returns, per Roy Cummings. That's a good sign he'll be back on the roster once they place Charles Sims on injured reserve, designated for return.
New updated jersey numbers, for those who ask: Bradley McDougald is wearing 30, Scott Solomon 56, Masifilo (practice squad) 95, Magee 53 ...— Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 1, 2014
In addition, the Bucs' official roster lists Garrett Gilkey with number 72.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have rounded out their initial practice squad with three more defensive backs.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have officially announced their initial 2014 practice squad. After yesterday signing six players who spent the preseason with the team, the Bucs have added four outside players to their developmental squad: cornerbacks Brandon Dixon and Derrius Brooks, linebacker Carlos Fields and safety Kimario McFadden.
The 5'10", 192 lbs. Brooks was an undrafted free agent out of Western Kentucky in 2012, and has spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints and Calgary Stampeders. without ever appearing in a regular season game. Dixon was a sixth-round draft pick for the New York Jets this year, and was waived during final cuts.The 5'11", 2013 lbs. cornerback played his college football at Northwest Missouri State.
Fields is a fairly big safety, at 6'1", 238 lbs, who spent the offseason with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent out Winston-Salem State. Finally, McFadden went undrafted this year after spending his college days at South Carolina State. He signed with the Falcons before being waived during the final roster cutdown.
QB Mike Kafka, RB Jeff Demps, TE Cameron Brate, DT Matthew Masifilo, LB Brandon Magee, KR/PR Solomon Patton, CB Brandon Dixon, CB Derrius Brooks, LB Carlos Fields and S Kimario McFadden.
Here's your open thread for today.
Bucs players ecstatic about Logan Mankins | Tampa Bay Times
Of course. They're no longer crippled by horrible guards. Now it's just one.
Data Crunch: Roster Breakdown
Now that's a cool data thingie.