Look, I know it’s way too early. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Camp has yet to finish and game one of the preseason hasn’t been played. I understand that, but at this point in the season what else is there?
It’s all speculation and many things could change before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers final cut day on September 1st, but here are a few names that could be in trouble.
With the drafting of Ronald Jones, Charles Sims may be in trouble. Last year, the Bucs runningback had his least total rushing attempts and yards of his career. When Sims was on the field, he performed well catching the ball out of the backfield. Sims tallied his second most receptions and yards of his career last year, however, he only had one rush for six yards and no receptions in the final game of the season.
The current backfield is full with Peyton Barber, Jacquizz Rodgers and Ronald Jones being the assumed first three (Not listed in any particular order). Shaun Wilson has impressed many this camp, but will most likely be unavailable preseason week one. Still, Sims looks to be in a tough spot, especially if Wilson can continue to impress in camp. If Wilson is able to provide more versatility, Sims may be a free agent come September 1st.
Tampa Bay Buccaneer Josh Robinson has been an exceptional special teams player. This season however, the team could choose use his roster spot elsewhere. The cornerback room needed some help, as a result, Jason Licht went out and drafted M.J Stewart and Carlton Davis.
The assumed cornerbacks would be Brent Grimes, Vernon Hargreaves, Ryan Smith, M.J Stewart and Carlton Davis. That’s a tough group to crack, especially with most of Robinsons value being on special teams. If they choose to make him a safety like they did last year, its also a tough fit.
With the assumed guys at safety being Keith Tandy, Chris Conte, Justin Evans and Jordan Whitehead. That still leaves out Isaiah Johnson if they Bucs choose to take a 5th safety. I could see Robinson sticking at the safety spot, but even then, it might be tough.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiving core also is loaded with talent. The question here is how many wide receivers will the Bucs carry into the season? I’m of the opinion that they will only take five wide receivers.
If that’s the case, most reports out of camp are that Bobo Wilson is shining bright. Coach Dirk Koetter has praised Wilson for being coachable. That puts the wide reciever group at five including Bobo.
Jason Licht has never been shown hesitation in cutting a draft pick. Even with Watson being drafted in the fifth round this year, the practice squad may be his eventual destination.