Roster Not Set YetJune 28th, 2013
It’s quiet at One Buc Palace. Many football operations’ staff have gone fishing, trying to charge their batteries for the long, long, long haul ahead.
Still, with the “Gone Fishing” sign posted, that doesn’t mean others are resting.
In an interesting breakdown of what the roster may look like when training camp practices begin July 25, an article on Buccaneers.com (intrepid Scott Smith?) details why the roster is still fluid until that time.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are currently putting the finishing touches on the 90-man roster they will take to training camp in late July. You may have caught some recent tweaks to that roster, such as the additions of Derek Hagan and Michael Adams. In those cases, the receiver position kept the same numbers (the waiver paired with Hagan’s signing was rookie wideout Jheranie Boyd) while the cornerback crew got a slight bump at the expense of the offensive line (rookie guard Jeremy Lewis).
There could be another move or two before the start of camp on July 25. All players, coaches and football operations folks will be taking some vacation time between now and training camp, but the NFL waiver wire never shuts down. The Bucs will surely keep an eye on that wire, and they may choose to massage the numbers at one position or another before camp starts.
Still, we have a pretty good working camp roster at this point, so it’s instructive to look at how those 90 spots break down by position. You’ll find those numbers in the table below along with, for comparison’s sake, the breakdown from the first day of training camp in 2012, Head Coach Greg Schiano’s first season at the helm. The last column in the table below shows how the 53 spots broke down by position when the Bucs opened the regular season a year ago, which helps demonstrate which spots will be most competitive in camp.
Look, there is little question to Joe that the 88th or 89th or 90th guy on the training camp roster won’t be starting when the Bucs open against the Jets in the New Jersey Swamplands. That’s highly unlikely, and Joe will take such a bet any day, any time.
But who knows, maybe the last guy signed (in July) makes the practice squad, or at best plays special teams for the Bucs.
The fact the Bucs are not settled on a roster is actually a good thing, not something to loathe.