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An Early Look At The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Roster - Offense

With the draft over, we've got an idea what the Bucs' roster will look like come opening day. So let's go over all the positions and see which players are likely to make the roster, and which are likely to be cut. 


QB: Josh Freeman (Starter), Josh Johnson, Rudy Carpenter - No insight here. Freeman is the undisputed starter, Johnson is the backup unless he gets traded and Carpenter is the number three. 

RB: Legarrette Blount (Starter), Allen Bradford (unsigned draftee), Earnest Graham - With Blount and Bradford the Bucs have a powerful running back tandem, and Graham can function as a third-down back. The Bucs may need to look for a third-down back in free agency or among undrafted rookie. 

FB: Erik Lorig (Starter) - Lorig was competent last year and there's little reason to replace him. Both Graham and Bradford can play fullback in a pinch, so there's little need for depth here. 

WR: Mike Williams (Starter), Arrelious Benn(Starter), Sammie Stroughter, Dezmon Briscoe, Michael Spurlock - Preston Parker may push Sammie Stroughter or Michael Spurlock (who is a restricted free agent) for a roster spot, but I don't think he can beat either one. 

TE: Kellen Winslow Jr, Luke Stocker, Ryan Purvis, Daniel Hardy - Naming a starter here is kind of pointless because it will be very situational. Kellen Winslow will be the starter on passing downs, but on running downs he may not even be on the field. Regardless, Stocker brings versatility, Purvis brings blocking with John Gilmore a free agent and Daniel Hardy will have to battle Nathan Overbay for the last spot on the roster. I think Hardy wins out because he's a good receiver, and Kellen Winslow has a chronic knee injury. 

OT: Donald Penn (Starter), James Lee (Starter - Restricted Free Agent), Will Barker, Demar Dotson - Penn is the clear starter at left tackle and James Lee was competent at right tackle last season and will probably be retained. Barker's a solid backup and Dotson has a lot of potential, but spent last season on IR. Jeremy Trueblood might be re-signed for depth, but he could be too expensive to re-sign. 

OG: Davin Joseph (Starter - Unrestricted Free Agent), Ted Larsen (Starter), Brandon Carter, Derek Hardman - I'd be shocked if the Bucs don't re-sign Davin Joseph, and Ted Larsen was decent as a starter last year. He should get better with an offseason of training. Jeremy Zuttah may push Larsen for the starting job, but I think they value him more as an all-purpose backup. Hardman is a solid backup and Carter has some upside. 

C: Jeff Faine (Starter), Jeremy Zuttah - Faine is the clear starter at center. While Zuttah was decent last year, Faine is still a better center, or at least a better snapper. Zuttah is competent as a guard and a center, and could even play tackle if need be. 

PK: Connor Barth (Starter) - Barth has proven to be a reliable starter over the past two seasons, and his lack of kickoff power will become less relevant now that kickoffs have been moved to the 35-yard line. 

LS: Andrew Economos (Starter) - Andrew Economos has been solid as a longsnapper, but suffered a knee injury during the offseason. If he isn't ready, they'll just sign someone off the street.