Roster Evolving

July 27th, 2016
Talks roster.

Talks roster building.

The first roster cutdowns mandated by the NFL are over a month away, Aug. 30 to be precise.

Still, that hasn’t stopped Bucs fans from jotting down potential 53-man rosters, nearly two months before the Bucs put toe to leather to kick off the season.

Yesterday, while appearing in studio with “The Big Dog,” Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620, Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht discussed how the roster evolves over the late-summer weeks.

“You have to prepare for injuries, they are going to happen,” Licht said. “You are always looking for depth. You are always looking for players to potentially upgrade your depth, even your starting positions at times, across the board. …

“We have to figure out what our strengths are. A lot of times, your strengths now on July 26 are a lot different than they are on Sept. 1. So are your weaknesses, too. So are your team needs.”

Licht is absolutely correct. We only need to look at last year. The Bucs, entering training camp in 2015, had a woeful offensive line the previous season, and looked to start two rookies including one from Division III, glorified high school football.

Then, when right tackle Demar Dotson went down in the first preseason game at Minnesota, the offensive line appeared grim.

But after picking up two offensive line starters off the scrap heap, the line actually shocked all and turned out to be a strength, allowing the fourth-fewest sacks in the NFL and opening holes for one of the better run games.

Joe has a hunch this is going to happen with the secondary. Bucs defensive backs were no less than rotten last year. But infused by new talent at corner, and perhaps a rehab or two from players brought back from last year, cornerback could actually become a strength.

3 Responses to “Roster Evolving”

  1. Pickgrin Says:

    CB is absolutely a strength.

    Assuming Verner and Banks can get back to pre-Lovie form, we’ve got 4 legit starters to man 3 spots in Grimes, VH3, Verner and Banks. Robinson and Hey Jude represent pretty good back of the depth chart skills as well.

    The fact that neither Leonard Johnson nor Mike Jenkins is good enough to be on this team is a good sign!

  2. Fsuking Says:

    Safety is gonna be a key cog in our secondary. If they can’t cover their own area (like last year) our talented CBs will suffer. I sure hope Ryan Smith is ready

  3. The Buc Realist Says:

    Licht says
    “You have to prepare for injuries, they are going to happen,”

    He must know that he has CM98 on the roster!!!! Our starting DT who has not played a 16 game season in 6 seasons!!!!!!!