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Which future Bucs might be playing in Baltimore this weekend?

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Chargers Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home we’ve unfortunately had to turn our focus to the 2019 season while others keep their eyes on the Super Bowl.

Two such teams competing to stay alive in the chase for Lombardi are the Los Angeles Chargers and Baltimore Ravens.

As is always the case, both teams will have some players leave, and the Bucs will have some new players come in. And perhaps, some of the guys coming to Tampa in 2019 will be playing in this very game.

Let’s take a look.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

2019 FREE-AGENTS

POSITION NAME AGE
POSITION NAME AGE
WIDE RECIEVER GEREMY DAVIS 27
CORNERBACK MICHAEL DAVIS 24
LINEBACKER KYLE EMANUEL 28
TIGHT END ANTONIO GATES 39
PUNTER DONNIE JONES 39
DEFENSIVE END ANTHONY LANIER 26
DEFENSIVE TACKLE BRANDON MEBANE 34
LINEBACKER DENZEL PERRYMAN 25
SAFETY ADRIAN PHILLIPS 27
DEFENSIVE TACKLE DARIUS PHILON 25
LINEBACKER HAYES PULLARD 27
DEFENSIVE TACKLE ISAAC ROCHELL 24
WIDE RECEIVER ARTAVIS SCOTT 24
DEFENSIVE TACKLE DAMION SQUARE 30
GUARD COLE TONER 25
CORNERBACK JASON VERRETT 28
SAFETY JAYLEN WATKINS 26
CORNERBACK TREVOR WILLIAMS 25
WIDE RECEIVER TYRELL WILLIAMS 27

PLAYER TO WATCH: CB, MICHAEL DAVIS

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Chargers Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t how the Los Angeles Chargers envisioned they’d start the year, but after losing cornerback Jason Verrett to his second achilles injury in as many years, they had to find a new starter to play opposite of Casey Hayward Jr.

And at least for the last nine games, it’s been Michael Davis.

Since entering the starting lineup, Davis has been credited with eight pass defenses. Only Andrew Adams has had more on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers current roster.

Davis is far from a sure thing, and he isn’t facing the best passing offense in the league. So, one thing Bucs fans can learn from this match-up is his toughness and willingness to help out in run defense.

One glaring red mark on Davis’ stat sheet this year is his lack of interceptions. He has none.

But, there’s no denying the second-year corner has done a solid job in 2018, and if the Chargers let him loose then Tampa Bay may come calling.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

2019 FREE-AGENTS

POSITION NAME AGE
POSITION NAME AGE
WIDE RECEIVER QUINCY ADEBOYEJO 24
RUNNING BACK JAVORIUS ALLEN 28
TIGHT END NICK BOYLE 26
WIDE RECEIVER JOHN BROWN 29
RUNNING BACK ALEX COLLINS 25
RUNNING BACK GUS EDWARDS 24
GUARD JERMAINE ELUEMUNOR 24
QUARTERBACK ROBERT GRIFFIN III 29
CORNERBACK STANLEY JEAN-BAPTISTE 29
RUNNING BACK TY MONTGOMERY 26
LINEBACKER C.J. MOSLEY 27
LINEBACKER PATRICK ONWUASOR 27
DEFENSIVE TACKLE MICHAEL PIERCE 26
CENTER MATT SKURA 26
LINEBACKER ZA'DARIUS SMITH 26
LINEBACKER TERRELL SUGGS 36
RUNNING BACK DE'LANCE TURNER 24
DEFENSIVE END BRENT URBAN 28
TIGHT END MAXX WILLIAMS 25

PLAYER TO WATCH: RB, TY MONTGOMERY

NFL: Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Ravens Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

With Bruce Arians being the favorite amongst Bucs fans for the vacant head coaching job, Montgomery becomes a player of interest.

In Arians’ most successful offensive season in Arizona, he had Chris Johnson and David Johnson to lean on for most of the season.

Both backs averaged more than four yards per carry and David Johnson really made his mark as a rookie in the passing game.

If the Bucs were to add Montgomery they’d end up with more of a Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson type pairing than they would Johnson and Johnson.

But no matter, the duo would give Arians’ offense the flexibility out of the backfield which made Arizona so successful in 2015.

Until we know who the new head coach is, this is just a speculative watch, but this is that time of year, folks.

The Los Angeles Chargers and Baltimore Ravens kickoff at 1:05 PM EST on January 6th. Playoff football is always fun, but it’s even more fun to think some of those participating in 2018 might be helping your Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019.