2017 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Discussion in 'Tampa Bay Buccaneers' started by RTTAS, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. RTTAS

    RTTAS Guru

    Sep 16, 2015
    Pretty much the same racial makeup of the 2016 buccs, which is a bad thing. Cameron Brate is still in a battle for the #1 tight end spot, being listed as one of two starters at the position with super-affletic rookie OJ Howard (see: no college production to speak of) - there is great depth at TE, however. Ali Marpet stays as a starter on the interior OL, while JR Sweezy, a FA pick-up from Seattle, will start at guard. The other three starters on OL are mediocre sumos, two of which I've never heard of - there are three reserve white linemen on the roster. The much maligned Chris Conte returns as a starting safety, but unless he has 20 interceptions and 150 tackles this season his head will still be hunted by DWFs and the media - unfortunately, the Buccs recently signed veteran TJ Ward, who is listed as the back-up currently but will most likely be pushed to replace Conte ASAP. There are no other palefaces on the defensive side of the ball, as was the case for 2016.

    Adam Humphries will be third/slot wide receiver and punt returner, having picked up 55 receptions and 622 yards in 2016 (but he isn't listed as a starter on the depth chart so I can't count him as one here, but he virtually is). Crab Legs Winston remains the starting QB, with Ryan Fitzpatrick replacing Mike Glennon as the #2.

    QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick
    WR: Adam Humphries (also starting punt returner)
    TE: Cameron Brate (listed as co-starter), Antony Auclair, Luke Stocker, Alan Cross
    OL: Ali Marpet, JR Sweezy, Leonard Wester, Joe Hawley, Evan Smith

    S: Chris Conte

    Special Teams: K Nick Folk, P Bryan Anger, LS Garrison Sanborn
    Practice Squad: LB Riley Bullough, FB Austin Johnson, OG Michael Liedtke
    Injury Reserve: QB Ryan Griffin, OT Cole Gardner

    Starters: 4
    On 53-man roster: 15

    Just not good enough by the Buccs, and they'll more than likely be cellar dwellers in the NFC South yet again.

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