Tampa Bay Buccaneers 53-Man Roster

LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 29: Head coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on from the sidelines during the second half against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on August 29, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have cut their roster down to 52 players, one less than the number of players they're allowed to take into the season. For now, these are the final 52 players - but we will undoubtedly see some changes and additions over the next couple of days. At least one addition, in fact, as going into the season with just 52 players seems unwise. The Bucs lack depth at multiple positions and will want to try to improve their roster through the waiver wire and free agency as well.

A few positions stand out on the final roster. The Bucs have just three defensive tackles, though defensive end Wallace Gilberry could play DT as well. The team also has a ridiculous 12 defensive backs on the roster, and a few of them can play multiple positions: Ronde Barber, Keith Tandy and Anthony Gaitor are all listed as 'DB' rather than safety or cornerback, implying that they can play as both. Despite the team's expected run-heavy offense, the Bucs are carrying just three tight ends. In fact, all of the skill positions seem a little undermanned: three running backs, five wide receivers, three tight ends, one fullback - that's not a lot of depth in case of injury.

Here's the full 53-man roster

Offense: 23

Quarterback (2) - Josh Freeman, Dan Orlovsky

Running back (3) - Doug Martin, Legarrette Blount, Michael Smith

Fullback (1) - Erik Lorig

Tight End (3) - Luke Stocker, Dallas Clark, Danny Noble

Wide Receiver (5) - Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, Arrelious Benn, Preston Parker, Sammie Stroughter

Offensive Tackle (5) - Jeremy Trueblood, Donald Penn, Demar Dotson, Jamon Meredith (T/G), Bradley Sowell (T/G)

Guard (2) - Carl Nicks, Derek Hardman (G/T)

Center (2) - Jeremy Zuttah (C/G), Ted Larsen (C/G)

Defense: 26

Defensive end (5): Adrian Clayborn, Michael Bennett, Wallace Gilberry, George Johnson, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim

Defensive tackle (3): Gerald McCoy, Roy Miller, Gary Gibson

Linebacker (6): Quincy Black, Lavonte David, Mason Foster, Najee Goode, Adam Hayward, Dekoda Watson

Cornerback (7): Aqib Talib, Eric Wright, Brandon McDonald, E.J. Biggers, Leonard Johnson, Myron Lewis, Anthony Gaitor (DB)

Safety (5): Ronde Barber (DB), Mark Barron, Cody Grimm, Ahmad Black, Keith Tandy (DB)

Special Teams (3):

Longsnapper (1): Andrew Economos

Kicker (1): Connor Barth

Punter (1): Michael Koenen

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