53 Roster Man Prediction
August 28, 2012 at 12:18pm by Scott • 4 Comments »
The Bucs cut down to their required 75 yesterday. I’m not going to go over the cuts because none of the players mean anything to any of us except maybe Ed Gant who has a small fan club after a particularly good preseason game last year but has been virtually invisible this year so why would you want to keep him when the Bucs already have Preston Parker who can drop balls as well as anyone. Wow, that was a long sentence.
So instead, let’s just predict who the final 53 will be. And even this is almost futile since the Bucs will surely keep perusing the waiver wire and trade out some of the bottom of their roster for some different players that other teams didn’t want.
QB (2): Josh Freeman, Dan Orlovsky
RB (3): Doug Martin, LeGarrette Blount, Michael Smith
Mossis Madu has shown burst but Smith’s return ability pushes him over the edge and the Bucs can’t keep four tailbacks.
FB (1): Erik Lorig
WR (6): Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, Tiquan Underwood, Sammie Stroughter, Preston Parker, Arrelious Benn
I guess Benn’s knee is just sprained and he’s going to start participating soon, so I guess he stays. And Parker probably gets the nod over Jordan Shipley since Parker has been around the team for a while and Shipley has only been in Tampa for a week and has a still-suspicious knee. With all the shit going on with Amobi Okoye, they don’t need to take a chance on another player who’s leg just might fall off mid-game.
But honestly, when you look at it, it’s not a terribly impressive WR corps, is it?
TE (3): Dallas Clark, Luke Stocker, Danny Noble
I keep hearing good things about Noble, although I do see Zack Pianalto on the field a lot.
OL (8): Donald Penn, Carl Nicks, Jeremy Zuttah, Ted Larsen, Jeremy Trueblood, Demar Dotson, Derek Hardman, Desmond Wynn
This number should probably be higher, and there’s a chance they keep a complete unknown just to have a body there for a couple days while they look for someone better. Hardman and Wynn can play both tackle and guard and Larsen can also play center, so this combo gives them the most depth.
DL (9): Michael Bennett, Gerald McCoy, Roy Miller, Adrian Clayborn, George Johnson, Gary Gibson, Wallace Gilberry, E.J. Wilson, Amobi Okoye
Okoye’s knee is worse than the Bucs thought it was when they signed him. It wouldn’t surprise me if they let him go on final cutdown. It would cost them $2-million in cap space but they need reliable depth so bad at that position they might feel like it’s worth it.
LB (6): Quincy Black, Mason Foster, Lavonte David, Adam Hayward, Dekoda Watson, Najee Goode
Goode beats out Cutrera since he was drafted. I don’t have any better reason than that.
DB (9): Aqib Talib, Eric Wright, Anthony Gaitor, Ronde Barber, Mark Barron, Ahmad Black, E.J. Biggers, Cody Grimm, Larry Asante
Five safeties seems like a lot, but you play to your strengths and that’s definitely a Buccaneer strength this season.
ST (3): Michael Koenen, Connor Barth, Andrew Economos
And that’s only 50 so obviously I didn’t think this completely through, but I took the time to write all that crap and I’m not going to delete it just because I don’t know math. So we definitely need another offensive lineman. How about Jamon Meredith? He’s got the most experience of the guys left. Hmm… who else? This feels like Wheel of Fortune back when they had to choose from a gallery of prizes and didn’t just get cash. Go ahead and add Pianalto since he can be a backup FB and a fourth tight end plus he plays special teams. And finally Cutrera even though his name begins with “cut”. There’s your 53.