Depth Chart Released
August 09, 2011 at 08:53am by Scott • 7 Comments »
The Bucs released their first preseason depth chart yesterday, and there aren’t a whole lot of surprises on it. Offensively, there are none. Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn are the starting wide receivers and Dezmon Briscoe and Sammie Stroughter are listed as the second string. Kregg Lumpkin is listed as the backup halfback to LeGarrette Blount instead of Allen Bradford. Is that a surprise? No, not really.
On defense, it’s a little more interesting. Michael Bennett is listed as the starting left defensive end over Da’Quan Bowers. That may be because the Bucs want to take it was on him for this Kansas City game or that they feel he’s not 100% yet, but everything I’ve heard is that he’s been going full speed and has looked awesome. Bennett is a guy I like, too, so I won’t bitch about him being the starter. Maybe it was all a little too good to be true with Bowers’s recovery.
Roy Miller starting ahead of Brian Price is no surprise. Price is still somewhat out of shape and recovering from his hip problem. Honestly, it’s amazing he has been able to get as much work in as he has. Adrian Clayborn has the starting right end spot.
And the moment of truth… Mason Foster is your starting middle linebacker. Tyrone McKenzie is listed as his backup. I’m sure it has been a fair competition and all, but it really seemed like this is the way the coaches wanted it to go all along.
Barring an injury over the next couple days, this is how they’ll line up on Friday.