Bucs’ offensive depth table takes first place in reverse order
And here is a breakdown by position:
Strategist – The Buccaneers have four quarterbacks in camp this year, with the three returning veterans joined by second-round rookie Kyle Trask. The team retained three quarters on the 53-man roster last year and are likely to do so again, but Trask looks likely to replace one of the two substitutes with Tom Brady. Brady, of course, is cut off as a starter.
To come back – The Buccaneers kept four running backs on the regular season roster last year and could do it again, but the last two will likely have to make their contribution on special teams. The depth of the back field is complemented by CJ Prosise and Troymaine Pope. Both have been in the league since 2016 and have had good regular season experience.
Wide receiver – The Bucs’ top four remain the same as last year with starters Mike Evans and Chris Godwin backed by Antonio Brown and Scotty Miller. Brown took most of the shots in three-receiver sets after arriving mid-season in 2020, but Miller was behind a string of big plays, including a huge touchdown in the Championship game. NFC. Jaydon Mickens and Tyler Johnson currently sit fifth and sixth, but have plenty of competition with fourth-round rookie Jaelon Darden, freshman Travis Jonsen and others. Mickens and Darden are also the top two contenders for the return job, which could prompt the Bucs to go seven deep to the receiver if possible.
Tight end –Rob Gronkowski and OJ Howard occupy the two designated starting spots, although Howard is still recovering in shape after returning from last year’s Achilles tendon injury. Cameron Brate has just returned from the PUP list and is ranked second behind Howard. Young tight ends Codey McElroy and Tanner Hudson have taken a fair amount of camp reps with Brate and Howard both running out of time, and at the moment it looks like McElroy is ahead of Hudson in this pursuit. He is ranked second behind Gronkowski and ahead of Hudson.
Offensive line – Again, there’s no change in the starting lineup for a year, but that’s only true because right guard Alex Cappa has returned from the ankle injury that knocked him out of the game. fight in the Wild Card game in January. Aaron Stinnie started the rest of the way for Cappa in the playoffs and received praise for his play. Stinnie is now ranked second behind Cappa on the depth chart. Robert Hainsey, a third-round rookie from Notre Dame, has worked at center throughout camp and is where he also starts on the depths board, just behind starter Ryan Jensen. Josh Wells was listed as the main replacement for left tackle Donovan Smith last year, but is currently placed behind right tackle Tristan Wirfs in 2021. Brad Seaton, who returns after retiring last season, is in second place behind Smith. Freshman Nick Leverett recently worked on tackle, but is starting on the depths board as second left guard behind Ali Marpet.