Your 2023 Buccaneers 53-Man Roster

August 29th, 2023

Rookie first-round pick Calijah Kancey.

Cuts are in! The Buccaneers’ 53-man roster is set, including 13 rookies! At least for today. There’s still lots of time for Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht to make additions and subtractions.

Licht said he expected to do just that while on the Buccaneers Radio Network before Saturday night’s kickoff.

Keep in mind the No. 3 quarterback rules have changed, so the Bucs can use John Wolford as an emergency guy without burning a roster spot.

Here are your 2023 Bucs – for now, per the and various reports:


Baker Mayfield
Kyle Trask

Running Backs

Rachaad White
Chase Edmonds
Ke’Shawn Vaughn
Undrafted rookie Sean Tucker


Mike Evans
Chris Godwin
Rookie Trey Palmer
Deven Thompkins
Undrafted rookie Rakim Jarrett

Tight Ends

Cade Otton
Ko Kieft
David Wells
Rookie Payne Durham

Offensive Line

T Tristan Wirfs
G Matt Feiler
C Robert Hainsey
G Rookie Cody Mauch
T Luke Goedeke
C/G Nick Leverett
G Justin Skule
T Brandon Walton
G Aaron Stinnie

Defensive Line

Rookie Calijah Kancey
Vita Vea
Greg Gaines
Logan Hall
Will Gholston
Mike Greene

Outside Linebackers/Edge Rushers

Shaq Barrett
Joe Tryon-Shoyinka
Anthony Nelson
Rookie YaYa Diaby
Undrafted Rookie Markees Watts
Cam Gill

Inside Linebackers

Lavonte David
Devin White
Rookie SirVocea Dennis
K.J. Britt

Carlton Davis
Jamel Dean
Zyon McCollum
Dee Delaney
Rookie Josh Hayes
Undrafted Rookie Derrek Pitts
Undrafted rookie Chris Izien


Winfield Jr.
Ryan Neal
Undrafted rookie Kaevon Merriweather

Kicker – Chase McLaughlin
Punter – Jake Camarda
Long snapper – Zach Triner

75 Responses to “Your 2023 Buccaneers 53-Man Roster”

  1. Mike S Says:

    Inside LBs??

  2. xdptoddx Says:

    Any word on bringing in other options at C with Jensen done? What’s the confidence level in Hainsley?

  3. D-Rome Says:

    You’re missing 16 names.
    Not sure how that’s possible. Joe double counted before hitting the go button. -Joe

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Not shocked but surprised by David Moore exclusion and the inclusion of Greene & Pitts……probably not as much the players as the number at the positions.

    i’m truly saddened that Myron Lewis didn’t make

  5. KC Buc Says:

    Surprised Josh Hayes made the cut, seemed like he hadn’t much all summer. Also interesting we flipped from 7 WRs & 5 CBs in 2022 to 5 WRs and 7 CBs.

  6. KC Buc Says:

    *hadn’t done much

  7. Ugotrobbed Says:


  8. Wokeizdunn Says:

    Yeah, this looks like 4th best in the NFC South. After that, who knows?

  9. robclwtr Says:

    Am I missing something, I keep counting 50?

  10. robclwtr Says:

    AH… The kickers, duh!

  11. Mord Says:

    No Jose Ramirez?! Wasn’t he a subject of rave reviews?

  12. Durango 95 Says:

    Big mistake again rolling without the immortal Cyril Grayson and lounge singer Freddie Martino.

  13. Irishmist Says:

    CB Izen doubles as 4th safety.

  14. sasquatch Says:

    Mike Greene is not a rookie. He was a rookie UDFA last year. Was on the practice squad last year.

  15. Frank Pillow Says:

    Where is Dare Ogunbowale?

  16. Tony Says:

    I thought Isaac Ramirez & Wolford would’ve made it. Especially Wolford since you don’t know what to expect from Baker & Trask. I didn’t think Vaughn would make it.

  17. Lovelorn For Brady Says:


  18. sasquatch Says:

    Irishmist Says:
    August 29th, 2023 at 5:15 pm

    CB Izen doubles as 4th safety.

    Incorrect. Izien is a safety, not a CB, Doubles as the NB (which isn’t really a CB).

  19. Buc4evr Says:

    Surprised that they didn’t keep Moore at WR. Evans and Godwin never play every game in the season. Also thought Russell did really well. Not sure the Bucs can get him back on the practice squad, same for Moore.

  20. robclwtr Says:

    JJ Russell, Isaacs, and Ramirez? Didn’t think Ramirez would make it anyway. Kinda glad about Isaacs, and Russell, for that matter. Pretty happy. I think we have a good team. I’ll bet the bubble player is either, or both possibly, on the DL or the OL, namely Greene on the DL and Skule or Leverett on the OL. If changes are made by JL, that’s where I bet they are made. No confidence in Bowles, but I believe he has talent to work with. Someone said the other day that they wished Bowles and Canales could switch places. Perfect, I think. Total confidence, well, alot of confidence, in Bowles as a DC, but not a HC. Canales, not this year as a HC, but I wouldn’t bet against it being in his near future. I get it. He’s had 3 games, but how can you not be excited after watching our OC from last year. Leftwich definitely needed to go, but so did, or does, Bowles as a HC. Can’t wait for Minnesota! Glad we are catching them early before that DC gets them going! By the way, I just don’t buy the arguments that TB12 was the problem, and/or the OL injuries. Up the gut, Up the gut, then 3rd and 8. Only the GOAT could have won any games with that SH!T Show. Sure was fun watching him save our butts a few games, though, wasn’t it?!!!

  21. Tony Says:

    They should give Watts a chance some more to see what he can do. I think he could be good for them.

  22. Bucsmarley Says:

    Would have kept Moore and kade Warner
    Hopefully they sneak though waivers and land on our ps

  23. Durango 95 Says:

    David Moore and Pat O’Conner. Likely PS candidates.

  24. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist and Founder of Says:


    14 Rookies total and 6 Undrafted Rookies on our active 53.

    Wowza, the cupboard was bare

  25. Craig Says:

    Have to wait until the Practice Squad is built up to panic.

    It actually looks better than last season, kept some speed WR, and upped the speed of the D-line.

    Both of those things will be a positive, if they have a third QB on the practice squad, I think cutting Wolford might come back to bite.

  26. President Canales Says:

    I like it. Lets roll. Nothing to do but play.

    Quit belly aching, for the salary cap hell we did to ourselves (worth it).
    I say hell of job by Licht and team.

    For those of you who doubt him… kiss the ring!
    Proof is in the chips and he got us fans one!

    Well done Mr. Licht.

  27. SteveK Says:


    As always thank you!

    Can you please confirm with Coach Bowels if the Sage, Irv Kaufman, is 1st string, “arm chair, assistant GM and food vendor taste tester”? We need to add a bullet point to the Sage’s resume.

  28. DFW Buc Says:

    President…. My feelings exactly!

  29. go dawgs Says:

    durango^^^ what an idiot.. sorry brother. im sure the bucs know the 53 much more than you do, will all due respect.

  30. sasquatch Says:

    Bucsmarley Says:
    August 29th, 2023 at 5:27 pm

    Would have kept Moore and kade Warner

    In place of who?

    Arguably, they could have kept Moore, and I kinda expected they would, thinking they would keep 5 receivers. Warner, on the other hand, wasn’t in our top 8 receivers through camp. He’s just a name, that’s all. He might be a candidate for the PS.

  31. Pewter Power Says:

    I’m surprised they only kept 5 receivers. By the end of the season Vaughn will be #4 on the depth chart or he should be. I’m no nfl scout but you don’t have to be to see tucker was better

  32. SlyPirate Says:


    I see talent, speed, and difference makers at every level and both sides of the ball. I don’t see holes. We haven’t even seen CK or Evans this offseason.

    Image if Baker/Trask emerge. It’s not hard to do. The Bucs are drafting difference makers and depth next year. Gonna be AWESOME!!!

  33. Marine Buc Says:

    The only surprises to me are:

    – The Bucs keeping 6 OLBs
    – The Bucs only keeping 5 WRs
    – RB Key Vaughn making the 53
    – IDL – Mike Greene > P. O’connor
    – Both WRs Moore and Geiger getting cut
    – 11 rookies made the 53

  34. Joe Says:

    No Jose Ramirez?! Wasn’t he a subject of rave reviews?

    Not during training camp.

  35. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    No real surprises.

    The depth on DL and CB is concerning, but you cannot address everything in a single year.

  36. Jack Sparrow Says:

    GO BUCS !!!

  37. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Counting last year’s UDFA, I’m counting about 13 UDFAs……could be off by 1 or 2

    That is a huge number…

    This team is definitely younger.

    Joe…..can you give us an age comparison between 22 & 23?

  38. sasquatch Says:

    This roster is a breath of fresh air, youth, and SPEED, that they really needed.

  39. Defense Rules Says:

    Bucs & Rams will probably tie for the most rookies on their rosters (the ‘penalty’ for winning a Super Bowl?). My guess is that our starters can play with anyone. They better stay healthy while our rookies develop, although I could see us starting at least 3 rookies (Mauch, Kancey, Izien) and maybe more than that (Diaby, Palmer, maybe even Dennis & Merriweather if the need arises early-on). Wow!

    The most surprising pick IMO was Derek Pitts, a 25-year old undrafted rookie from North Carolina State (6′ & 177 lbs). Played college ball from 2017-2022 (true dedication) with 3 different colleges: West Virginia (2017-2018), Marshall (2019-2020), NC State (2021-2022). Obviously loves football.

  40. geno711 Says:


    Check Greg Aweman (spelled wrong on purpose so it can get past Joe’s stopping it) twitter account. He did a breakdown on age difference from last year to this year.

  41. Defense Rules Says:

    Marine Buc … ’11 rookies made the 53′.

    I counted 14 rookies in our 53-man roster (8 drafted; 6 undrafted). So much for Todd Bowles coaching ‘scared’ (a conservative HC would’ve kept a lot fewer rookies IMO). Like you, I was surprised that Moore & O’Connor were let go, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them back on the roster before too too long. I also wouldn’t be too surprised to see several replaced by pick-ups from other teams’ cutdowns.

  42. All_da_way Says:

    The Bucs cap crunch forced the Bucs to re-evaluate their depth and start over. What happened last season was the Bucs overrated their depth and vet UFA signings which was a big reason why the Bucs season went south. Of course poor coaching was the other aspect.

    This time around the Bucs were more aggressive in upgrading an anemic pass rush and to revamp the offensive scheme.

    Will it be enough to be competitive? Maybe but I think it is going to take next years draft to really right the ship once more and by 2025 the Bucs are out of cap jail.

  43. Durango 95 Says:

    go dawgs Says:
    durango^^^ what an idiot.. sorry brother. im sure the bucs know the 53 much more than you do, will all due respect.
    Too much Bud Light for you.

  44. Marine Buc Says:

    @ DR

    You are correct – 13 rookies.

    I believe there could be as many as 34 players still playing on their first contracts.

    We went from the oldest to the youngest team in the NFL… lol.

    I just saw that RB Sean Tucker has been named the Bucs RB2.

    That’s awesome.

  45. EEK Says:

    Has the practice squad been announced?

  46. Beeej Says:

    I think ‘5 receivers’ kind of puts the boot on the neck of No Riskit and stomps on it

  47. Seattle Buc is back in TB Says:

    Wow Trey Palmer looks like our legit #3 what a steal for Licht if Palmer pans out.

  48. sasquatch Says:

    The practice squad, I do not believe can be announced until 24 hours after the final cuts. You may hear individual signings before then, but the team won’t be confirming until the squad is firmed up for at least this week.

  49. Bluesnred111 Says:

    They should have cut Keyshawn Vaughn. Couldn’t do anything against crap defenses.

  50. Pickgrin Says:

    I only missed by 3 players predicting the final roster. Not bad.

    Vaughn instead of Dave Moore, Green instead of O’Connor and Pitts instead of Issac.

    And NO – they didn’t keep 7 CBs. Izien is a safety – not a CB……

  51. Onetime007 Says:

    Joe to take advantage of the 3 QB rule, the third QB has to be on the 53 man roster. On game day he dresses but doesn’t count against the 46 that suits up for the game. Bucs could bounce him back and to from the PS, but there’s a limit on how many times you can do that as well

  52. Scott Says:

    So we got rid of the highest graded LB in all of preseason.. wow

  53. D Cone Says:

    Chiefs carried 10 Rookies last year I believe. Many contributed. Looked like Bucs have 12 currently and the could change when teams comb thru the almost 1200 men out of a job today. In todays world where a few of the players take up most of the money teams have to use younger players. Most teams are in the same boat. I think the Bucs line up looks pretty good. Should be able to compete.
    Sorry to hear about Wolford but I think he was cut for his own good. Same injury in preseason happen in January 21 and a more severe neck injury in Sept 21. Next one could have him laying on the ground unable to move from the neck down or something far worse. I really think his as are Ryan Jensen ‘s days of Professional Football are over and too early at that. Still remember to this day Mike Utley leaving the Silverdome on a stretcher, giving a thumbs up, and still unable to walk in any real sense of the word 30 years later.

  54. Aceofaerospace Says:

    6 undrafted rookies making the Final Cut. Pretty impressive, if it holds up.

  55. Statguy Says:

    Rather see Ronnie Brown than Vaughn

  56. YP5 Says:

    13 rookies/undrafted rookie free agents on 53 man roster. It’s going to be a fun season! 🏴‍☠️

  57. BogglesBucs Says:

    I feel the same as others with Vaughn. Surprised about Moore and O Connor. Honestly wish we could’ve kept JJ Russell too. He had something in him but overall I like the clean slate new lookin roster. I think we’ll do alright

  58. Slacker Says:

    Sneak snuck his way on. Guess that’s why he has the nickname

  59. Rod Munch Says:

    Statguy Says:
    August 29th, 2023 at 8:54 pm
    Rather see Ronnie Brown than Vaughn


    I’d rather see Brown over Tucker or Vaughn – but no big deal. They clearly hide him so he’ll end up the practice squad. I like him a ton and see him as a Thompkins like player who will get his chance down the line. He is very much a developmental player, coming from such a small school, but RB is one position where it really doesn’t matter what school you came from, so long as you have NFL speed and quickness, and he does.

  60. firethecannons Says:

    Frank Pillow Says:
    August 29th, 2023 at 5:17 pm
    Where is Dare Ogunbowale? I know right? lol

  61. firethecannons Says:

    I could definitely of done without Sneak Vaughn, replace him with additional wideout or another edge.

  62. Itzok Says:

    The last time I saw this many u drafted free agents make the team was the Raheem Morris race to 10 squad. 10 losses. It takes talent to win I see 5 wins at best.

  63. Rod Munch Says:

    People are down on Vaughn because he’s boring – but he’s OK and plays special teams. If the Bucs had to start him for any reason, he’d do fine for a game or two. Tucker looked pretty good with his carries, and has a name, so they can’t put him on the practice squad since someone else would sign him now that he’s proven he’s healthy.

    The only name I’m a bit surprised by is Britt. He’s soo slow, way too slow to play LB. I guess he’s the special teams ace, but looking at the guys they kept, there’s a lot of special teams on that list.

  64. HC Grover Says:

    Not bad for the Bucs….

  65. gotbbucs Says:

    Inside LB, Corner, and Safety are terrifyingly thin.

    Should be lots of waiver wire action churning the bottom of this roster.

    Practice squad will be interesting.

  66. CyberDilemma Says:

    Joe, you are wrong about the Bucs being able to use Wolfold as an emergency QB without burning a roster spot. The emergency QB has to be on the active 53 man roster. The emergency QB just doesn’t count against the game day active 46.

  67. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Marine Buc Says:
    “I just saw that RB Sean Tucker has been named the Bucs RB2.”

    Could you point me to that source?

  68. chark Says:

    After the draft watched hilites ramirez , diaby, watts etc.. watts better than ramirez based on college hilites watts looked better ..i posted this on another message board

  69. Larrd Says:

    Lots of youngry and lots of Super Bowl winners who have been learning how to lead. Bowles may have done his best work hiring the OC. I am pretty excited. I guess it is late August.

  70. CK Says:

    They are sleeping on Ryan Miller at WR

  71. Mark A Swygert Says:

    Some of these roster decisions at the bottom of the depth chart are more about special teams than they are about the D or the O. Vaugh was kept because he is a willing gunner on punt coverage. The UDFA’s that made the team are mostly going to make their bones there, except for maybe Tucker and Jarrett because they look like real offensive playmakers.

  72. adam from ny Says:

    yeah what the heck happened to ramirez…

    the rave reviews were crazy good at one point…

    but physically he never looked the part…

    and was a no show all through out…

    what happened there???

    is he even practice squad material – prolly not

  73. CaptMHealz Says:

    I dont know how Keyshawn Vaughn made the roster.

  74. fred Says:

    Watts will be good!

  75. TOMMY MORDUE Says: